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Mayor Rahm Emanuel has used personal email accounts to communicate with top government and political figures, including through his own custom email domain that's similar to the one Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton used on a private email server as secretary of state.
Emanuel registered his personal email domain, rahmemail.com, on May 16, 2011 — the same day he was sworn into office as Chicago's mayor, records show.
That personal account surfaced among thousands of hacked emails from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta posted by WikiLeaks late last month. A subsequent search for the mayor's email domain in 30,000 emails released by the State Department earlier this year found that Emanuel used the same account to communicate with Clinton when she was secretary of state.
The mayor also received an email from Podesta on a separate personal Gmail account that was included in the hacked emails posted by WikiLeaks.
The exchanges came after the Chicago Tribune had filed Freedom of Information Act requests seeking Emanuel's phone and email records on issues of public interest, including the installation of a speed camera system and a revamp of the city's aging water infrastructure. The requests turned up no official emails from Emanuel.
The Tribune's 2015 lawsuit against Emanuel alleges that the mayor violated the state's open records laws by refusing to release communications about city business conducted through personal emails and text messages.
The judge said it should be up to the court to decide whether the communications are "public record" and wrote that communication on personal devices or within personal accounts "does not ipso facto mean that the communication is personal in nature."
The city appealed the ruling.
originally posted by: queenofswords
a reply to: paradoxious
It is a cultural thing. The people there have come to expect their politicians to be two things: #1 Democrats; #2 Corrupt
There are a lot of mafia connections with Chicago:
This thread may be of interest to you. It brought out a first-time organized crime historian to ATS.