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Morning Spin: Emanuel starts podcast with love letter to Chicago craft breweries

Mayor Rahm Emanuel stands with Amtrak officials and developers at Union Station last week.

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Joining the ranks of comedians, radio hosts and millennials with microphones, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has started a podcast.

It’s called the "Chicago Stories" podcast, with City Hall billing the mayor as meeting with everyday Chicagoans and special guests in his office" and hearing "their stories of the Windy City."

The first episode features Haymarket Brewing, which has a restaurant and pub at Halsted and Randolph streets and recently opened a tap room and production brewery in southwest Michigan.

Haymarket operations director Mike Gemma and brewer Trevor Hagen talked to Emanuel about the city’s craft brewing culture, and the conversation let the mayor lay claim to some craft beer bona fides.

"I can’t think of a conventional beer I’ve, you know, a commercial beer that I’ve ordered in the last five years," Emanuel said.

The mayor plugged the city’s new Friday Night Flights, six summer events to highlight Chicago craft brewers. He asked the Haymarket crew for four and five up-and-coming craft brewers to watch. Going to some bars with so many options "is like the wine list all of the sudden, man, it’s getting too complicated."

Their response included: Haymarket "obviously," Dovetail Brewery, Half Acre Beer Company and On Tour Brewing.

Emanuel starting a podcast echoes moves by other politicans in the Internet age, using technology to speak to voters directly rather through traditional media. Gov. Bruce Rauner has regularly taken questions about the state budget stalemate via Facebook Live, for example.

"Little-known fact if you didn’t know about Haymarket Brewery, the most award-winning brewery in the city of Chicago and I think the United States," Emanuel said.

"I don’t know about the United States," one of the Haymarket guests replied.

"It’s only three of us here on this show, let’s go," Emanuel said, laughing. "Who’s here to refute us, man?"

What’s on tap

*Mayor Emanuel will break ground on a pedestrian and bike bridge at 41st Street.

*Gov. Rauner has no public events scheduled.

*U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth hold an immigration roundtable at the Heartland Alliance National Immigration Justice Center in Chicago.

*The week ahead: On Tuesday, Cook County Clerk David Orr will speak to the City Club of Chicago. On Wednesday, the Illinois House will hold a budget hearing in Chicago. And David Reifman, Commissioner of the Department of Planning and Development, will speak to the City Club.

From the notebook

*On the Sunday Spin: Tribune political reporter Rick Pearson’s guests were Greg Baise, president and CEO of the Illinois Manufacturers Association, Democratic governor candidate Chris Kennedy and Republican state Rep. Keith Wheeler of Oswego. The "Sunday Spin" airs from 7 to 9 a.m. on WGN 720-AM. Listen to the full show here.

What we’re writing

*Kennedy says Pritzker doesn’t ‘deserve’ to be governor, cites FBI recordings with Blagojevich.

*City Water Department emails reveal racial insensitivity, sexism.

*Emanuel to Rauner: Education funding bill ‘once in a lifetime opportunity.’

*Former Illinois senator wants money from pay increases he missed.

*Developers named for former Michael Reese Hospital site.

What we’re reading

*Prosecutors allowed to view statements by officers at Laquan McDonald shooting.

*Why we stay: Notable Chicagoans talk about why they call city home.

*$4.9 million sale of mansion is South Barrington’s priciest deal ever.

Follow the money

*State Sen. Daniel Biss, a Democratic candidate for governor, reported $43,700 in contributions.

*The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform’s look at the week’s big donations.

*Track Illinois campaign contributions in real time here and here.

Beyond Chicago

*London continues to probe deadly attack.

*Comey testimony might not get blocked.

*Pruitt defends exit from Paris accord.