Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Mayor Emanuel at Garfield Park discussing pensions, police shootings and parks. (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

Mayor Emanuel Refuses To Discuss Alternatives If State Supreme Court Shoots Down City Pension Deal

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is refusing to discuss alternate plans if the city’s pension agreement continues to be shot down by the courts, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

07/28/2015

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Judge Rules City’s 2014 Pension Overhaul Unconstitutional

The overhaul approved by lawmakers sought to eliminate a $9.4 billion unfunded pension liability by cutting benefits and increasing contributions. It would affect about 61,000 city employees and retirees.

07/24/2015

Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin discusses his proposal to appoint a "gun violence czar" to coordinate efforts to reduce gun violence in the Chicago area. (Credit: CBS)

County Commissioner Wants “Gun Violence Czar” To Coordinate Crime Reduction Efforts

A Cook County Commissioner has proposed the county appoint a “gun violence czar” as a new tool to stem the tide of violent crime in the Chicago area, by coordinating efforts between the Chicago Police Department, Cook County Sheriff’s Department, and other law enforcement agencies; and knocking down political barriers.

07/23/2015

Mohammad Waqas Khan (DuPage County Sheriff)

Federal Judge Keeps Man Locked Up Over Threatening Facebook Posts

A judge refused Monday to release a man from federal custody after prosecutors accused him of threatening through Facebook to shoot a “high net worth individual” before leaving for Pakistan.

07/20/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announces his appointment of Forrest Claypool (right) as CEO of the Chicago Public Schools and Frank Clark (left) as president of the Chicago Board of Education. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel Appoints Claypool To Run CPS, Former ComEd CEO As School Board President

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has tapped his top aide, Forrest Claypool, to run the Chicago Public Schools, and former ComEd chief executive officer Frank Clark as president of the Chicago Board of Education, a move the Chicago Teachers Union derided as more of the same from City Hall.

07/16/2015

A mobile learning lab will bring computers to kids across Chicago over the summer, as part of the Chicago City of Learning program. (Credit: Chicago City of Learning)

City Unveils Mobile Computer Lab To Help Keep Kids Learning In Summer

Chicago Park District Supt. Michael Kelly said the mobile classroom, unveiled as part of the Chicago City of Learning program, will allow kids to learn about things like computer coding, fashion design, and video production.

07/13/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel (CBS)

Emanuel To Rauner: Stop ‘Personalizing’ Budget And Pension Fight With Madigan

A day after Gov. Bruce Rauner told Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan to either fall in line with his agenda or pass a tax hike on his own, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is warning Rauner that doing so was a bad move.

07/09/2015

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro speaks in Chicago, alongside Mayor Rahm Emanuel, on July 8, 2015. (Credit: CBS)

HUD Secretary Troubled By CHA Hoarding Millions

The Obama administration expressed concerns Wednesday about the millions of dollars in funds the Chicago Housing Authority has been hoarding in a great time of need, but said it appears problems are on their way to being solved.

07/08/2015

Amari Brown (Family Photo)

Pfleger: Shaming Father Of 7-Year-Old Murder Victim Might Be Counterproductive

Outspoken anti-violence activist Rev. Michael Pfleger said Chicago’s mayor and police superintendent might have gone too far in the past couple days, in their criticism of the father of a 7-year-old boy who was slain over the July 4th weekend.

07/08/2015

Bikes at a Divvy bike station in Chicago. (Credit: CBS)

City Offering $5 Divvy Memberships To Low-Income Residents

Low-income residents in Chicago are being offered significant discounts on the city’s popular Divvy bike-sharing program.

07/07/2015

Emanuel visits with teenagers working on sprucing up infrastructure as part of summer jobs program. (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

Emanuel: Violent Weekend Not A Sign That Anti-Violent Strategies Are Failing

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says police are doing all they can to quell violence on the streets, but the problem requires having fewer guns on the streets and more moral values in the homes, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

07/06/2015

About 100 Chicago teachers and supporters marched outside City Hall on Thursday, to protest $200 million in budget cuts, including 1,400 job cuts. (Credit: CBS)

Teachers Protest CPS Budget Cuts, Layoffs

Public school teachers were raising their voices against Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s leadership of the district; in particular his proposal to help shore up CPS finances by having teachers pay the full cost of their individual pension contributions, most of which is now paid by the district.

07/02/2015

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CTU Plans City Hall Protest As CPS Begins 1,400 Layoffs

The union said the district’s cutbacks are counterproductive, and will lead to fewer resources for educators. The Emanuel administration has said the cuts will save $200 million for a district reeling from paying $634 million in pension obligations.

07/02/2015

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy on preparations for the Fourth of July weekend. (Credit: CBS)

Chicago Police To Work Overtime To Stem Violence During Fourth Of July Weekend

CBS 2’s Mai Martinez takes a look at how Chicago is preparing.

06/30/2015

Chicago Public Schools Headquarters

Testing, Evaluations Focus Of Negotiations Between CPS, Teachers

The Chicago Public Schools and its teachers face two deadlines on Tuesday: their three-year contract expires at midnight, and a $634 million pension payment is due by the end of the day.

06/30/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel (CBS)

Emanuel Rejects Rauner Plan To Advance $450M To Chicago Schools

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is rejecting Gov. Bruce Rauner’s offer to advance $450 million in state funds to help Chicago Public Schools make a $634 million pension payment.

06/29/2015

Chicago Public Schools Headquarters

Document: Rauner Plan Would Advance $450M To Chicago Schools

Gov. Bruce Rauner is offering to accelerate state grant payments to help cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools make a $634 million pension contribution, according to a summary of the proposal obtained Sunday by The Associated Press.

06/29/2015

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City Street Repaving Program In Full Swing

If you’ve found driving on city streets a little smoother recently, city officials said that’s because paving crews got an early start on road repairs, and have been going full blast.

06/24/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel

With Payment To Teachers’ Pension Fund Looming, Emanuel Calls On Springfield To Help

With a major payment deadline just over a week away, Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Springfield has to help Chicago work out its public school budget problems, reports WBBM’s Steve Miller.

06/22/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel laughs as the crowd at the Chicago Blackhawks victory rally boos the mention of his name. (Credit: CBS)

Blackhawks Fans Boo Mayor Emanuel At Stanley Cup Rally

Mayor Rahm Emanuel was soundly booed Thursday at the Blackhawks’ championship rally, and he didn’t have to say a word do draw fans’ ire.

06/18/2015

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