De Blasio meets with Rahm Emanuel

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Rahm Emanuel. (via Daniel X. O'Neil)
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Bill de Blasio met with Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel this morning in New York City, according to sources familiar with the meeting.

Emanuel and de Blasio overlapped in the Clinton administration, where Emanuel served as a senior adviser to the president, while de Blasio served as a regional director for the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Emanuel went on to serve as a congressman, head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and chief of staff to President Barack Obama, before leaving to run for mayor of his hometown in 2011.

A spokesman for Emanuel said that today's meeting ran for approximately an hour, and that the two men discussed "transition and urban affairs." 

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De Blasio ran Hillary Clinton's Senate campaign in 2000, and then ran for City Council and public advocate, before emerging from a crowded field to win the Democratic primary for mayor in September. 

Chicago is the third-largest city in the United States, and shares many of the same challenges as New York City.

Emanuel made national news when he took a tough tack with the city's teachers' union last year, rescinding a promised raise and lengthening the city's school day, reforms that drew praise from Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

De Blasio hasn't said exactly how he'll deal with New York City's municipal unions, but has said that full retroactive raises for union employees aren't possible within the city's budget, and said he was "unburdened" when the local United Federation of Teachers opted to endorse a rival before the city's primary.

Republican nominee Joe Lhota, and his former boss, Rudy Giuliani, have both pointed to Chicago's crime rate as a warning of what might happen if de Blasio is elected.

De Blasio leads Lhota by about 40 points in the polls.