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Emanuel says he made ‘mistake’ with Obama school

September 25, 2014 GMT

CHICAGO (AP) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he acted too hastily and made a mistake when he announced plans to name a high school after President Barack Obama on Chicago’s North Side.

“In my rush to honor our favorite son, I made a mistake,” Emanuel said Wednesday. “I heard the community, and it’s not going to be named after the president. My goal is to have a library named after him in the city of Chicago.”

Emanuel, Obama’s former White House chief of staff, said in a statement last week that he was backing away from his decision to name the $60 million selective enrollment high school after his former boss.

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There has been grumbling among aldermen and others ever since Emanuel announced plans in April to build Barack Obama College Preparatory High School. They balked at the idea of naming a school on the city’s near North Side after a president whose political career was launched on the South Side and who still has a home there.