Chicago mayor touts planned new school on possibly tainted site

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The rooftop plants, gleaming glass windows and pristine entranceway in the image beside Mayor Rahm Emanuel stood in stark contrast to the tiny, dated school gymnasium where he spoke Sunday evening.

The mayor was at Gallistel Elementary Language Academy on the city's Southeast Side, just a few blocks and a set of railroad tracks away from Indiana. Emanuel was pitching plans for a new elementary school to be built nearby to ease the overcrowding that has packed the neighborhood's classrooms for decades.

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