Chicago mayor releases 1000s of emails from private accounts

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CHICAGO  — The city of Chicago has released thousands of email messages from Mayor Rahm Emanuel's personal accounts as part of a legal settlement with a government watchdog organization.

Emanuel's office said in a statement Wednesday it's making public any messages pertaining to city business that were sent to and from Emanuel. The messages date to 2011.

The release follows more than a year of wrangling between the Better Government Association and City Hall, which argued the messages didn't have to be made public. The organization and the Chicago Tribune also sued over the issue.

Two Cook County judges ruled against the city, saying emails sent on private devices aren't automatically exempt from disclosure laws.

Emanuel said Wednesday a new policy will prohibit city employees from doing business on personal email accounts.

See all the emails on the BGA's website here.