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City Workers Wonder How Emanuel Got Addresses

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Mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel listens as he gets the endorsement of Teamsters Joint Council 25 on Jan. 25, 2011. (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO (WBBM) – Some city workers are wondering whether someone inside City Hall is slipping private information about them to the Rahm Emanuel mayoral campaign.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Bernie Tafoya reports, city workers have been receiving letters from Emanuel about something near and dear to them – their pensions.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Bernie Tafoya reports

Now, some of the workers want to know how the Emanuel campaign got their home addresses to send them letters in the first place.

In the Chicago Sun-Times, Lou Phillips, the business manager for Laborers Local 1001 representing many city workers, accuses Emanuel of violating the union members’ privacy. The union supports mayoral challenger Gery Chico.

Emanuel spokesman Ben LaBolt, speaking to the Sun-Times, insists the letter was sent throughout the city, rather than just to city workers.

Mayoral candidate Carol Moseley Braun is calling for a federal investigation.

“Citizens have a right to know whether or not those lists were made available to a political campaign,” she said. “City workers have a right to know whether or not their privacy was violated.”

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