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FOX 32 Sunday: Reporter's Notebook: Emanuel thanks Ray LaHood

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Mayor Emanuel had more than the school closings controversy on his mind last week. His personal friend--former longtime Peoria Congressman Ray LaHood--is stepping down as President Obama's Transportation secretary.

At a joint news conference, LaHood announced that US DOT will clear a $100 million loan by June for Chicago to extend the Chicago Riverwalk--another six blocks on the south bank of the waterway. But the mayor took the occasion to thank him for a lot more than that.

"Under Ray LaHood as Secretary of Transportation, we have the total rehab of the Red Line being built," Emanuel said. "Under Ray LaHood, the 95th Street Station has been funded and totally rebuilt."

LaHood also intervened to keep the O'Hare expansion and modernization project on track, when financially troubled airlines were threatening to cut it short and he has helped numerous transportation projects downstate. When people ask, "What exactly has Barack Obama done for us lately?" the answer from Governor Quinn and officials across Illinois involves two words: Ray LaHood. They'll all miss him.

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