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Chicago's Emanuel Heads to Wall Street After Deal Postponed

  • Mayor is meeting with credit rating companies in New York
  • Trip comes days after Chicago schools delayed $875m bond deal
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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel traveled to New York to meet with credit-rating companies after the city’s school district was hit by a third downgrade in a span of 15 days and didn’t complete a $875 million bond sale last week as its finances deteriorate.

The visit Monday came after the Chicago Board of Education postponed the securities offering on Jan. 27, saying some investors asked for more time to review it. Two days later, Moody’s Investors Service cut the board’s rating deeper into junk, citing its “increasingly precarious liquidity position and acute need for market access to support ongoing operations.” Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor’s also downgraded CPS last month.