Mayor Rahm Emanuel

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Two Years Later, Aldermen Finally Pick Independent Budget Analyst

A nearly two-year deadlock over who would run the Chicago City Council’s independent budget office has come to an end, as aldermen have reached a consensus choice to become their first-ever financial analyst.

05/21/2015

Ald. Ed Burke (14th)

E15 Mandate Resurfaces A Month After $20,000 Contribution To Alderman

One month after receiving a $20,000 contribution from one of the world’s largest producers of ethanol, Chicago’s most powerful alderman on Wednesday breathed new life into his plan to require Chicago gas stations to offer motorists a higher ethanol blend of fuel known as E-15.

05/21/2015

Video posted on Facebook shows a Chicago police officer asleep inside his police SUV. (Source: Facebook)

Emanuel Says Don’t Judge Police On One Incident After Camera Catches Cop Sleeping

After video surfaced showing a uniformed officer sound asleep in a squad car, Mayor Rahm Emanuel cautioned that all police shouldn’t be judged on one incident.

05/20/2015

Emanuel Says Progress On City Financial Matters Being Made In Springfield

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says in Springfield, there’s progress being made on financial matters important to Chicago right now, though most of it has been behind the scenes, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

05/20/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel visits with a business incubator program in Englewood. (Credit: Craig Dellimore.)

Startup Boot Camp Program Aims To Spur New Businesses In Chicago

The Emanuel administration is trying to spur entrepreneurial spirit on the South Aide, with a little help from Google, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

05/19/2015

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City Council Veterans Eager To Get “Fresh Ideas” From Rookie Aldermen

Veteran members on the Chicago City Council said they welcome changes that 13 new aldermen might usher in as they begin their new terms in office this week.

05/19/2015

Marcus Norris. (Credit: CBS)

Mention In Emanuel’s Inauguration Speech Brings Smile To Face Of One Chicago Teen

Just a couple of hours after his inauguration, Mayor Rahm Emanuel was greeting a line of well-wishers in an open house at his City Hall office, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

05/18/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel stands with his wife, Amy Rule, as he takes the oath of office for his second term as Chicago Mayor from Cook County Circuit Court Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans at the Chicago Theatre on May 18, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Emanuel, after not gaining a majority of votes in the February non-partisan election, easily defeated his challenger, Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, in the April run-off election.  (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Emanuel Calls For Citywide Focus On Disadvantaged Kids In Second Inaugural Speech

After taking his second oath of office, the mayor said he and aldermen have a lot of important work to do, but Emanuel shied away from discussing the city’s major financial problems – massive budget deficits and severely underfunded employee pension funds – and focused almost entirely about the plight of disadvantaged youth.

05/18/2015

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel sits with his wife Amy Rule and former U.S. President Bill Clinton as he is introduced at the inauguration ceremony for his second term as Chicago Mayor at the Chicago Theatre on May 18, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Emanuel, after not gaining a majority of votes in the February non-partisan election, easily defeated his challenger, Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, in the April run-off election.  (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Mayor Emanuel, Aldermen Sworn In

Former President Bill Clinton and a who’s who of Illinois politics were on hand Monday morning as Mayor Rahm Emanuel was sworn in for a second term.

05/18/2015

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Emanuel, Aldermen To Be Sworn In Monday

Some big names were in Chicago Monday to celebrate Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s second term. Former President Bill Clinton will watch as Emanuel is sworn in, along with all 50 aldermen, the city clerk, and city treasurer. Lyric Opera soprano Renee Fleming and Englewood poet Harold Green also will perform at the ceremony.

05/18/2015

Bill Clinton. (Credit: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

Former President Bill Clinton To Attend Inauguration For Mayor Emanuel, Aldermen

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton will attend the inauguration ceremony for Mayor Rahm Emanuel and 50 aldermen on Monday, according to a spokeswoman for the city of Chicago.

05/17/2015

Director Spike Lee and actor John Cusack discuss Lee's upcoming film "Chiraq," which has sparked controversy over the title. Chiraq -- a blend of Chicago and Iraq -- has been slapped on the city by rappers and spread through social media because of gun violence in some Chicago neighborhoods. (Photo credit: CBS)

Spike Lee Defends “Chiraq” Film, Blasts “People Just Judging From Afar”

The title of Spike Lee’s new movie might not sit well with some, but the filmmaker was not backing down from calling his upcoming film on Chicago’s gun violence “Chiraq,” as he defended his controversial work on Thursday.

05/14/2015

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It’s Official: University Of Chicago To Get Obama Library

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama confirmed a decision that has been clear for nearly two weeks early Tuesday, as they announced online the Obama presidential library is coming to “Sweet Home Chicago.”

05/12/2015

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the ongoing negotiations with Iran over their nuclear program on April 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. In exchange for Iran's agreement to curb their country's nuclear proliferation, the United States would lift some of the crippling sanctions imposed. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Obama Library Announcement Set, But Rahm Not Celebrating Until It’s Official

The long-awaited formal announcement of a decision made months ago is now less than a day away. It’s been known for nearly two weeks that the Barack Obama Presidential Library will be built in Chicago on the South Side, but Mayor Rahm Emanuel isn’t claiming victory until it’s official.

05/11/2015

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Emanuel: City Coming Up With Plan B For Pensions After High Court Ruling

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said officials at City Hall are working on what they can do to shore up the city’s underfunded public employee pension funds, after an Illinois Supreme Court ruling overturned the state’s pension overhaul.

05/11/2015

Washington Park

Obama Library Site Selection Will Raise New Questions On South Side

With the official announcement coming Tuesday that the Barack Obama Presidential Library and Museum will be built in Chicago, comes a host of other questions, from exactly where it will be built, to the impact the project will have on small businesses on the South Side.

05/11/2015

The air traffic control tower is seen behind the departures level of Terminal 2 at O'Hare International Airport. (Photo credit: Mira Oberman/AFP/Getty Images)

Mayor Emanuel Names Ginger Evans As New City Aviation Commisioner

Ginger Evans is the vice president of engineering for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

05/10/2015

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Teachers Union Files Unfair Labor Practices Complaint Against CPS

Faced with a proposed pay cut it finds insulting, the Chicago Teachers’ Union has filed an unfair labor practices complaint with the state of Illinois, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.

05/06/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel: Dual Taxation For Pensions ‘Wrong’

The Chicago Teachers Union is incensed over the city’s demand that teachers accept a seven percent pay cut, but Mayor Rahm Emanuel today emphasized he’s fighting a two front battle: not just over a teachers contract, but also over pension relief from Springfield.

05/06/2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to the Chicago City Council about his agenda for addressing the state's budget woes, and helping the city with its own financial problems. (Credit: CBS)

Rauner Pitches Controversial Agenda To “Lions’ Den” At Chicago City Hall

Minutes before Bruce Rauner became the first sitting governor in memory to address the Chicago City Council, aldermen unanimously passed a resolution rejecting his call to create so-called “right-to-work zones,” which would allow workers to choose if they want to join unions, or pay dues in jobs organized by labor unions.

05/06/2015

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