100 days in, Chicago mayor touting his connections

By DEANNA BELLANDI | August 22, 2011 | 1:55 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Touting his personal contacts as a boon for the city has been a theme of new Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's first months in office.

Since he assumed office in May, Emanuel has bragged about pulling strings to land prestigious events, to get new jobs and business expansions, to entice influential people to serve in city roles and to get philanthropists to pony up for education. The talk comes naturally for a man who has 7,000 names in his digital contacts list, according to his staff.

But questions can arise about how many of Chicago's recent coups really came from Emanuel's personal clout.

For example, the Obama administration says Chicago was poised to be chosen the site of the G-8 and NATO summits tributes even before Emanuel began his lobbying effort.