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  • Mayor Emanuel: Happy holidays! Now pass my freaking privatization deal.

Since it’s the holiday season, 27th Ward alderman Walter Burnett Jr. took the opportunity Wednesday to remind his colleagues of the true meaning of voting for the latest city privatization deal.

“Happy Hanukkah!” Burnett said during the City Council meeting. “And just like the miracle that kept the oil burning, we have to keep the oil burning here in the city of Chicago.”

Aside from honoring the Festival of Lights, Burnett’s point appeared to be that the city needs the money it will collect from turning over public space to a private billboard company for the next two to three decades. Most of the council agreed—the measure passed 43-6.