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  • Rita Mayfield, second from left

Having spent the better part of the last few weeks closing schools and socking homeless shelters with heavy-duty water bills, Mayor Emanuel finally got around to taking care of his favorite slush fund.

That is, he sent a couple of his aides—including one from the Chicago Public Schools—to meet with state rep Rita Mayfield and head off her attempt to reform the city’s TIF program.

Just to remind you . . .

The tax increment financing program is the one where the mayor jacks up the money you pay in property taxes—in the name of education, among other things—and then spends that money on whatever he wants.

Including eradicating blight in neighborhoods that are not blighted—like River North.