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Volunteers and officials with Prevent Child Abuse America passed out blue and white pinwheels -- the group's symbol -- as part of Child Abuse Awareness Month on April 16, 2014. (Credit: Facebook)

Child Abuse Prevention Group Hosts Pinwheel Garden At Navy Pier

Child abuse prevention advocates gathered in front of Navy Pier on Wednesday with an important message: everyone can help prevent child abuse.

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A woman lights up. (file/AFP Getty Images)

City Touts Decline In Teen Smoking

Fewer than 11 percent of Chicago high school students reported smoking last year.

04/15/2014

Plastic Bag (Credit: CBS)

Aldermen Delay Vote On Plastic Bag Ban

Many aldermen still want to ban the ubiquitous plastic grocery bags they feel are clogging landfills, but some want to exempt small, independent retailers from the ordinance.

04/15/2014

File Photo Of Chicago Police Car (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Hearing-Impaired Man Robbed Near Mayor’s North Side Home

The 29-year-old man was walking on the sidewalk in the 1700 block of West Berteau Avenue at 5:45 a.m. when a man got out of a white van, implied he had a weapon, and demanded the victim’s backpack, according to police.

04/10/2014

Chicago's Urban Prep Academy (CBS)

Emanuel Praises Urban Prep Students For 100 Percent College Admission Rate

As Urban Prep students changed red ties for red and gold striped ties, the Mayor of Chicago said he hopes others catch the four year college idea.

04/08/2014

Illinois House Of Representatives

House, Senate Approve Chicago Pension Reform Plan

The legislation sponsored by House Speaker Michael Madigan overcame earlier resistance after the Chicago Democrat removed language mentioning the tax increase. Opponents feared they’d be blamed for a Chicago tax increase.

04/08/2014

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Mayor Dismisses Study That Shows Little Advantage At Charter Schools

The mayor didn’t dispute published study showing privately-run charter schools might be performing no better than regular public schools. Emanuel said that’s yesterday’s debate. He said the issue is making sure every school does a good job.

04/07/2014

Mayor Emanuel talks education, pensions and other topics. (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

Emanuel Makes Changes To Pension Bill

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he’s working hard to get state lawmakers to approve the pension deal that seems to have stalled in Springfield last week.

04/07/2014

An orange cone marks a deep pothole in Chicago's 32nd Ward. (CBS)

City To Use $15M In Federal Grants To Resurface More Streets

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he wants to repair the damage done to city streets by this year’s brutal winter weather, and has announced plans to resurface an additional 13 miles of roads.

04/07/2014

Travelers walk through the redesigned International Terminal at O'Hare International Airport. © 2014 Westfield

City Unveils Makeover Of O’Hare International Terminal

It’s the first redevelopment since Terminal 5′s construction in 1993 and includes two dozen new high-end retail and dining options.

04/04/2014

City Hall

Lawmakers Fear Blame For Chicago Pension Tax Hike

A fast-tracked plan to overhaul two Chicago city-pension programs slowed in the Illinois House Thursday, as nervous lawmakers said they fear backlash for a massive property-tax increase even if they don’t directly approve it.

04/04/2014

Chicago Public Schools

CPS Touts Safe Haven Programs During Spring Break

The program will offer activities for about 10,000 students while they’re off school for a week from April 14 to April 18.

04/03/2014

Ald. Ed Burke (14th)

Emanuel Pension Plan Clears First Hurdle In Springfield

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to reform two underfunded employee pension systems quickly took its first step toward approval in the Illinois General Assembly on Wednesday.

04/02/2014

City Hall

Mayor To Seek $250 Million Property Tax Hike To Address Pension Debt

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has proposed raising property taxes by $250 million over five years as part of a pension reform plan that also would require city workers to pay more toward their pensions.

04/01/2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel addresses an anti-violence summit at Chicago State University. (CBS)

Emanuel Calls For Some Juvenile Records To Be Automatically Expunged

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is throwing his support behind legislation that would automatically erase some juvenile arrest records, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

03/31/2014

Cleanup crews use vacuum trucks to remove crude oil from Lake Michigan, after a spill from the BP refinery in Whiting, Ind. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel Lashes Out At BP Over Lake Michigan Oil Spill

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has lit into BP for the oil leak into Lake Michigan, where cleanup efforts continue.

03/26/2014

Rendering of redeveloped lots in Englewood under a plan to sell vacant lots for $1. (Credit: City of Chicago)

City To Sell Vacant Lots In Englewood For $1

Applicants must own property on the same block, be current on tax payments and can’t have other unpaid financial obligations to the city.

03/21/2014

A Chicago Animal Care & Control  van. (Credit: CBS)

Mayor Denies Backlog Of Animal Neglect Complaints

Mayor Rahm Emanuel denied the city has a backlog of unchecked complaints to Chicago’s Animal Care and Control, despite hundreds of calls getting no response, some since as far back as August.

03/21/2014

Condoms

Two Dozen Chicago High Schools To Offer Free Condoms

Mayor Rahm Emanuel defended a plan to make condoms available at 24 high schools starting next school year, expanding an effort to reduce teen pregnancy and prevent the spread of sexually-transmitted diseases among youths.

03/20/2014

Robert Shaw

Former Ald. Bob Shaw To Run For Mayor

Shaw, 77, becomes the first person to announce a bid to unseat Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2015.

03/13/2014

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