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Chicago mayor claps back at Illinois governor after activists shut down expressway
  Monday 09 July, 2018
Chicago mayor claps back at Illinois governor after activists shut down expressway

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel didn't have time for critics on Saturday.

After thousands of demonstrators shut down Chicago's Dan Ryan Expressway calling on elected officials to address gun violence in the city, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, objected to Emanuel's support of the protests.

In a tweet, Rauner said he was "disappointed" in the mayor for allowing the protests to stop traffic. "I am calling on the Mayor to take swift and decisive action to put an end to this kind of chaos," Rauner tweeted.

Illinois state police told The Associated Press protesters planned to block off two northbound lanes for the march. However, organizers said activists, including the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, wanted police to close the entire roadway, citing that the city often closes major roads for parades and other demonstrations.

Police then announced they would shut down all northbound lanes on the expressway to facilitate the protests.

Emanuel responded to the tweet just an hour later, calling the protests peaceful and jokingly asking Rauner to "delete his account."

"Delete your account" is a popular phrase on Twitter commonly used to insult the user. The phrase gained traction after Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton used it during the 2016 presidential election.

Emanuel's spokesman Matt McGrath told the Chicago Sun-Times that the mayor's tweet reflected support for expanded gun control measures in Chicago and throughout the state.

“The mayor’s hope is that today’s march may make someone realize they shouldn’t pick up a gun to settle a dispute, and if that happens the peaceful march the governor called ‘chaos’ will unquestionably be worth it,” McGrath said.

Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2018/07/07/chicago-mayor-rahm-emanuel-tweet-draws-praise-criticism/765666002/

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