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  • Rahm Emanuel, back in Chicago Saturday after a ski trip in Utah. He suffered windburn.

As you may have read, when it was announced last Thursday that a big chunk of Chicago’s schools were being closed, the city’s mayor was on the very, very far-southwest side. He didn’t have to run for the hills; he was already there.

Yes, Mayor Emanuel was skiing in Utah, but it’s not like he doesn’t care. As soon as he heard the news, he rushed back to Chicago on the 31st available flight.

In his absence, and in line with their new commitment to transparency, school officials announced the closings frankly, in a press release titled (no kidding): “Significant New Investments To Provide Quality, 21st Century Education For CPS Students Transitioning From Underutilized Schools This Fall”. Don’t think of it as dying, the doctor might tell you, you’re just transitioning to a state-of-the-art afterlife.