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Chicagoans unhappy about Mayor Rahm Emanuel's recent political decisions have been vocal at City Hall, but they took the fight to a University of Chicago panel Thursday commemorating David Axelrod's appointment to head the school's politics institute.
Emanuel arrived late for the discussion on the state of American politics, where guests included MSNBC host Rachel Maddow and New York Times columnist David Brooks, NBC Chicago reports. When moderator George Stephanopoulos asked Emanuel his first question, members of the crowd began booing and shouting about Chicago Transit Authority cuts and calling for a "mic check," referring to the "people's microphone" emblematic of the Occupy movement.
"That's alright. Don't do that," Emanuel said, before conceding to the shouts until they began to die down. "You've had your turn, now give me my turn to answer this question."
The rest of the panel was surprisingly lighthearted, with the pundits cracking several jokes about sex, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
"When I was here at the U. of C., there were two things that were sort of lacking," Brooks said, according to the newspaper. "One was any hint of sexual activity."