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CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel held his second Facebook town hall Monday night.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Brandis Friedman reports, for more than 45 minutes, the mayor fielded questions from the town hall moderator; students from Westinghouse College Prep High School, where the town hall was taped; and residents, who sent in video questions.

Much of the discussion centered around education, and implementation of the longer school day. The longer day is now in effect at 13 schools, and will be implemented throughout the Chicago Public Schools system next year.

“I have to make sure that our kids aren’t cheated prepared to other kids,” Mayor Emanuel said during the town hall. “You know, Michael Jordan never got great not practicing. Derrick Rose never got great not practicing.”

Other questions came in from residents via Facebook and Twitter.

The mayor says the virtual town halls are intended to allow residents to communicate directly with his office, and give him a chance to hear what their concerns are.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Brandis Friedman reports


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