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Bill Clinton to attend Emanuel's, City Council's inaugural ceremony

Former President Bill Clinton will attend the inauguration Monday of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago City Council. | AP file photo

Former President Bill Clinton will attend the inaugural ceremony Monday at the Chicago Theatre, where Mayor Rahm Emanuel and 50 Chicago aldermen will be sworn in.

Emanuel and Clinton — whose wife, Hillary Clinton, is seeking the Democratic nomination for president — have a long history of working together. In 1982, Emanuel moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, to work for then-Gov. Clinton. Emanuel also served in several senior positions during the Clinton administration.


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In an interview ahead of the inauguration, Emanuel talked to Chicago Sun-Times’ City Hall reporter Fran Spielman about issues that confront the city and the dark cloud that hangs over his second term now that the Illinois Supreme Court has overturned state pension reforms and placed city reforms in jeopardy.

“I am energized by the both the opportunities and challenges that I face,” Emanuel said. “They’re daunting, yet they’re incredible.