Political fallout from Chicago blizzard?

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As Chicago digs out from the Super Bowl Sunday Blizzard, the election for mayor came into focus.

Mayoral candidate and 2nd Ward Alderman Bob Fioretti, criticized the city's snow removing efforts thus far saying the Emanuel administration has done a "miserable job" of clearing streets, particularly the neighborhood side streets.

Fioretti made a point of calling out Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Charles Williams, a former CPD officer, saying Williams is not up to the task of the large job of leading Streets and Sanitation.

He said there are questions within the department of scheduling.

"A lot of these drivers are hitting the 16 hour limit. They don't have a schedule on who's replacing them," said Fioretti.

At an earlier press conference, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the city is doing a good job, the day after the storm. He said all main arterial roadways are clear and crews are working on side streets.

"All hands are on deck," said Emanuel.

More than 500 city vehicles are helping in the snow removal process.

It's the side streets that are the biggest issue for residents.  In a 90 minute period, WGN crews saw five vehicles get stuck at the intersection of Cullom and Greenview in the Ravenswood neighborhood--including the WGN News live truck.

Mayor Emanuel says it will take hard work by city crews, patience from residents and cooperation from nature to get the city back on its feet.

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