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Emanuel says Chicago has what NY doesn't: ‘Really nice people'

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel answer questions at a news conference, Thursday, March 8, 2012, in Chicago during a meeting of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Call Chicago the Second City if you will, but Mayor Rahm Emanuel says his hometown has everything New York City could offer and one thing our East Coast friends can’t: “really nice people.”

The dig comes the same week New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was in Chicago for a conference. The two even held a press conference together Thursday.

On Friday, on the topic of why Chicago abruptly lost the G-8 Summit to Camp David, Emanuel was asked if there was something keeping Chicago from being considered a global city.

“It is the greatest city in the greatest country. It is the most American of American cities. We have everything that New York has – except for one thing we got that they don’t: really nice people,” Emanuel told reporters.

“I love New York and I love Mayor Bloomberg. He’s been great,” Emanuel said.

“But I think Chicago has something special.”

Lisa Donovan