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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

A plane arrives at O'Hare International Airport. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Chicago To Add Noise Monitors Near O’Hare Airport

The additional monitors will help gauge the impact of changes in flight patterns at one of the nation’s busiest airports. A new runway opened in October, allowing thousands more flights annually and driving residents’ noise complaints.

07/23/2014

Shamiya Adams. (Family provided photo)

Person Of Interest In Custody For Shamiya Adams’ Murder

Mayor Rahm Emanuel made an unannounced visit to the home of Shamiya’s family Tuesday night. Adams was killed after being struck by a random bullet at a sleepover in the 3900 block of West Gladys Avenue in Garfield Park.

07/22/2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Supt. Garry McCarthy meet at Chicago Police Headquarters with federal law enforcement officials and community activists to discuss ways to address gun violence in Chicago. (Credit: CBS)

Government Officials, Community Leaders Promise Coordination To Combat Violence

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Supt. Garry McCarthy met with federal law enforcement officials and local community organizations and religious leaders on Monday to discuss joint efforts to reduce gun violence in Chicago, on the heels of a weekend when at least 43 people were shot, four of them fatally.

07/21/2014

South Shore Cultural Center (Photo credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

South Shore To Host African-American Small Business Expo

Business Affairs Commissioner Maria Guerra Lapacek said the audience on Saturday at the South Shore Cultural Center will include budding entrepreneurs and business owners looking to expand.

07/18/2014

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle discusses Chicago Public Schools plans to close about 50 schools at the end of the school year. (Credit: CBS)

Preckwinkle Rules Out Mayoral Bid

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has ruled out challenging Mayor Rahm Emanuel in next year’s mayoral election.

07/15/2014

CTU President Karen Lewis; Mayor Rahm Emanuel (CBS)

Lewis Forms Exploratory Committee To Weigh Run Against Emanuel

For months, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis has said she’s considering a run for mayor. Now she has taken another step toward jumping in the race.

07/15/2014

Activist Adeline Bracey and other minimum wage workers say the mayor's plan to raise the  Chicago minimum wage to $13 an hour by 2018 isn't enough. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/CBS)

Workers, Activists Say Mayor’s Minimum Wage Plan Not Good Enough

Minimum wage workers and community activists came to City Hall on Wednesday to say Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to gradually raise the city’s minimum wage to $13 per hour by 2018 is too little, too late.

07/09/2014

Ald. Will Burns (at podium) and Mayor Rahm Emanuel (left) discuss a task force's recommendation to raise Chicago's minimum wage to $13 per hour by 2018. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

Mayoral Task Force Recommends $13-An-Hour Minimum Wage By 2018

The panel recommended raising the current $8.25 per hour minimum wage in Chicago by $1.25 a year for each of the next three years, followed by a $1 increase in 2018, for a total of $13 an hour in four years.

07/08/2014

Mayor Emanuel, Chicago Park District open Burnside Park Playground. (Credit: Brooke Collins, City of Chicago)

Mayor Emanuel Cuts Ribbon On New Park In Burnside

Mayor Emanuel helped cut the ribbon at Burnside Park on Sunday.

07/06/2014

Former Mayor Richard Daley speaks publicly for the first time about the death of his wife, Maggie, and about life after leaving City Hall, during a reception at the law office where he is of counsel. (Credit: CBS)

Daley Seeks To Avoid Park Grill Testimony Due To “Medical Hardship”

Citing an unspecificed “medical hardship,” lawyers for former Mayor Richard M. Daley have asked a Cook County judge to excuse him from testifying at a trial where the Emanuel administration is seeking to break a long-term lease for the Park Grill restaurant at Millennium Park, signed under Daley.

07/03/2014

One of two rows of meat packing buildings on Fulton Market, just west of the Loop. (Credit: City of Chicago)

Fulton Market Owners Fight City Hall Plan For Landmark District

Business owners in the city’s trendy Fulton Market area were urging the Emanuel administration to drop plans to designate the district as a city landmark, and turn the wholesale market into a tourist-oriented farmers market like Pike Place in Seattle.

07/02/2014

City Hall

Aldermen Back Mayor’s Plan To Hike Phone Tax To Fund Pensions

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he has lined up enough City Council support to increase the monthly surcharge added to phone bills in Chicago, as part of the effort to address the city’s pension crisis.

06/26/2014

Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

City Council Approves Plan To Allow Gun Shops In Chicago

Facing a court order to allow gun sales in the city, the Chicago City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to approve an ordinance allowing gun shops in the city limits, but with tight restrictions.

06/25/2014

These two parking lots between Soldier Field and McCormick Place have been proposed as the future home of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, a collection of artwork owned by Star Wars creator George Lucas. The lots would be moved underground and replaced with a $1 billion museum. (Credit: CBS)

Park Advocates Willing To Sue To Keep Lucas Museum Off Lakefront

Advocates for green space in Chicago said they support having Star Wars creator George Lucas build an interactive museum to house his extensive art collection in Chicago, but they don’t want it on the Museum Campus as a mayoral task force has suggested.

06/25/2014

Court Generic

Former Chicago City Comptroller Pleads Guilty To Forgery Case In Pakistan

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s former comptroller, Amer Ahmad, has admitted in court in Pakistan that he forged documents to flee overseas. But he will not be getting a slap on the wrist anytime soon for making a fake Pakistani National Identity Card and birth certificate, an official in the South Asian country said.

06/19/2014

Artistic rendering of the Northerly Island nature preserve once construction is completed on the project. (Credit: Chicago Park District)

Feds Tout Progress On Northerly Island Transformation

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy had high praise for Mayor Rahm Emanuel as she walked along the hills and wetlands areas being created on the manmade peninsula that was once the Meigs Field airport.

06/17/2014

Dr. Amara Enyia, who’s running for Mayor of Chicago.

Mayoral Candidate: Mayor Emanuel Is The ‘Typical Candidate,’ And That’s The Problem

Her political and community experience, not to mention a law degree and PhD in Educational Policy, make her seem like a viable candidate for Mayor of Chicago. Yet to many, Dr. Amara Enyia just won’t seem conventional enough for the Chicago political machine.

06/16/2014

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