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Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel To Rauner: Releasing Full Tax Returns “A Rite Of Passage”

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said, as a candidate for governor, his friend Bruce Rauner should make his full tax returns and supporting documents public.

08/20/2014

City Hall

Advocates Slam 2012 Mental Health Clinic Closures

A top Emanuel aide insisted Tuesday the administration has done a better job caring for the mentally ill over the past couple years, despite closing half the city’s clinics; but some advocates told aldermen that’s simply not the case.

08/20/2014

Karen Lewis

Karen Lewis “Seriously Considering” Mayoral Run

Potential mayoral candidates Alderman Bob Fioretti and CTU President Karen Lewis are holding events to assess interest in a potential run.

08/19/2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks at a naturalization ceremony for 67 immigrants who became U.S. Citizens on July 3, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel Defends Fire Department Hiring Preference For CPS Grads

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is defending the Chicago Fire Department’s hiring preference for Chicago Public School graduate, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

08/19/2014

Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis speaks about education reform at a City Club of Chicago luncheon. (Credit: CBS)

Lewis: Chicago Voters ‘Absolutely Unimpressed’ With Emanuel

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said a recent poll showing most voters are unhappy with how Mayor Rahm Emanuel is handling the Chicago Public Schools reveals “pushback for … failed policies” such as the controversial closing of nearly 50 schools.

08/15/2014

A city of Chicago red light camera (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel: “I Convicted” Former Red Light Operator Before Federal Indictment

“I issued the first indictment of the red light camera operator, because I fired them. I inherited them, and I fired them. That was the first indictment, and I convicted them, because they no longer have the contract,” Emanuel said Thursday.

08/15/2014

The Jackie Robinson West All-Stars prepare for the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. (Credit: Jim Williams/CBS)

Chicago Ready To Cheer On Jackie Robinson West In Little League World Series

The Jackie Robinson West All-Stars have made Chicago proud. For the first time in more than 30 years, a local team has made it to the Little League World Series, which kicks off today in Williamsport, Pa.

08/14/2014

Red Light Cameras

Feds Indict Former Red Light Camera CEO In Bribery Probe

The woman who used to head up Redflex Traffic Systems and the man who use to head up Chicago’s red light camera program have been indicted by a federal grand jury.

08/13/2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Emanuel Joins Other Big-City Mayors To Discuss Plight Of Poor Residents

The gap between the nation’s richest and poorest had increased dramatically, big-city mayors said in a report issued this week.

08/11/2014

Dick Durbin

Durbin: More Needs To Be Done To Help Child Immigrants

Elected officials addressed thousands during the People’s Mass at Fiesta Del Sol in honor of dreamers, immigrants and the 47,000 children held at detention centers across the nation.

08/03/2014

Computer rendering of the Big Marsh Eco-Park, a nature preserve and mountain bike park planned for a former industrial site just east of Lake Calumet. (Credit: Chicago Park District)

Old Industrial Site On Lake Calumet To Become Nature Preserve, Bike Park

The centerpiece of what will be known as Big Marsh Eco-Park will be a 45-acre mountain bike park; including a single-track trail, a dual slalom course, a dirt jump trail, a pump track, a cyclocross course, a short-track course, a gravity flow trail, a slope-style course, and a bicycle skills area.

08/01/2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel discusses the shooting death of 11-year-old Shamiya Adams. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel “City Of Big Hearts … Will Welcome” 1,000 Migrant Children

Six aldermen want the City Council to encourage non-profits in Chicago to house and support migrant children who have fled violence in Central America and crossed the border into the U.S.

07/31/2014

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Council Hiking Chicago Phone Fees To Fund Pension Systems

Aldermen have approved a plan to hike the city’s monthly 911 surcharge on phone bills by 56 percent to help shore up the city’s pension funds, and avoid a property tax hike before next year’s elections.

07/30/2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM Newsradio)

Mayor Introduces Minimum Wage Increase To City Council

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has introduced a plan to the City Council to gradually increase the minimum wage in Chicago to $13 an hour.

07/30/2014

A surveillance camera at a CTA train station. (Credit: CBS)

Violent Crime On CTA Declined In First Half Of 2014

Violent crimes and thefts on the CTA dropped by more than a third in the first half of this year, compared to the first six months of last year, city officials said Tuesday.

07/29/2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel discusses the shooting death of 11-year-old Shamiya Adams. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel Announces Expansion In Early Education For Poverty Level Kids

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a new program Monday to bridge the early childhood education gap for poverty level inner city kids.

07/28/2014

The Aqua hotel and condo tower was designed by Chicago architect Jeanne Gang. (Credit: Aqua Condo Chicago)

Lucas Museum Names Two Architects For Lakefront Site

Chicago architect Jeanne Gang and China’s Ma Yansong have been picked to design the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, which has been planned as an addition to the Museum Campus just south of Grant Park.

07/28/2014

Chicago Public Schools

Mayor Defends Controversial School Budget Moves

Mayor Rahm Emanuel defended the Chicago Public Schools’ use of what some would call a fiscal “gimmick” to balance its $6.8 billion budget for next school year.

07/25/2014

Former Chicago mayor Richard Daley leaves Northwestern Memorial Hospital, after treatment for an undisclosed illness in early February. (Credit: CBS)

Daley Excused From Testifying In Park Grill Lawsuit

Former Mayor Richard M. Daley will not have to testify in open court in connection to the Emanuel administration’s effort to break a long-term deal with the operators of the restaurant at Millennium Park.

07/23/2014

The bane of Chicago motorists: red-light cameras. (CBS)

Wagusepack: Mayor ‘Needs To Take The Lead’ On Red Light Camera Problems

A frequent critic of Mayor Rahm Emanuel was applauding his actions, if not his words, in the wake of a Chicago Tribune report finding thousands of erroneous red light tickets might have been issued during mysterious spikes in citations.

07/23/2014

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