By Fran Spielman
The Chicago Sun-Times
CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel made a surprise visit to the Chicago Fire Academy on Friday to deliver a pep talk to 111 middle-aged black firefighter-trainees who waited 17 years to realize their dream.
"The city in the past made a mistake. You are about correcting that mistake," the mayor's office quoted Emanuel as telling the rookies.
Chicago mayor welcomes black fire recruits