PHOTOS: Politicians cheer on Jackie Robinson West

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Thousands cheered on Jackie Robinson West during their downtown rally on Wednesday, and a handful of politicians were on hand as well.

Not only did Mayor Rahm Emanuel compare his liken the team’s U.S. title to his own experience as a ballet dancer, but there were plenty of speeches to go around.

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Gov. Pat Quinn | Ashlee Rezin/for Sun-Times Media

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. | Ashlee Rezin/for Sun-Times Media

Mayor Rahm Emanuel with Butler. | Ashlee Rezin/for Sun-Times Media

Emanuel speaks during the rally at Jackie Robinson Park. | Ashlee Rezin/for Sun-Times Media

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