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Labor Pains Bedevil Emanuel in His Chicago Bid to Replace Daley

Rahm Emanuel’s relationship with unions can make even the simplest question difficult: Is the former White House chief of staff and Chicago mayoral candidate a friend of labor?

“I’d rather not comment on that,” said Tom Balanoff, president of the Illinois State Council of the Service Employees International Union, the state’s largest. That depends, he said, on “how you define a friend.”