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Chicago mayor welcomes black fire recruits

Emanuel: 'You have a special responsibility ... together we'll make sure there is a different future than the past'

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.

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