Mayor Rahm Emanuel

The view of the skyline from the new Northerly Island Park. (Credit: Chicago Park District)

Northerly Island Park, Touted As ‘Urban Oasis’, Officially Opens

The long, controversial transformation of Northerly Island from small airplane play lot for the rich and powerful to a public “urban oasis” along Lake Michigan culminated Friday with the official opening of Northerly Island Park.

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A Chicago resident speaks out at a town hall meeting on the city budget, objecting to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposal to raise property taxes by $500 million. (Credit: CBS)

Mayor Gets An Earful At Relatively Calm Final Budget Forum

There were no disruptions Thursday night during the last of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s three town hall meetings on next year’s Chicago city budget, but there wasn’t time for much else, either.

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

Emanuel To Seek $500M Property Tax Hike

Mayor Rahm Emanuel will seek a massive property tax hike later this month, as he seeks to shore up police and firefighter pension funds, and close a $750 million budget hole.


Protesters stormed the stage at a budget forum Wednesday night. (Credit: CBS)

Protesters Storm Stage At Emanuel Budget Forum

It was supposed to be a discussion about the new budget, but when the topic of Dyett High School closing came up, protesters marched toward the stage and the mayor


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Emanuel Still Seeking Budget Solutions Ahead Of Second Town Hall Meeting

The mayor heard plenty of complaints at the first town hall meeting, but is also seeking suggestions for how to plug a $750 million hole in the budget.


Mayor Rahm Emanuel. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel Says City Helping Families Hurt By Rauner’s Cuts To Early Education Program

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he’s taking steps to protect children who could be shoved out of an early education program, because of Rauner administration cuts, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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

City Suing Former Red Light Camera Contractor

Chicago is suing former red-light camera contractor Redflex Traffic Systems in the wake of a guilty plea in federal court by its one-time CEO.


A woman yells at Mayor Emanuel Monday during a public forum on the city budget. (CBS)

Emanuel Gets Earful At Budget Forum

Some yelled, while some read from their smart phones. One odd man out even thanked the mayor.


Mayor Rahm Emanuel finishes the Chicago Triathlon. (Credit: Nancy Harty)

Thousands Run, Bike And Swim Downtown For Chicago Triathlon

The lakefront downtown this morning was awash in wetsuits and spandex as an estimated seven thousand athletes participated in the Chicago Triathlon.


Alison Parker and Adam Ward (Credit: WDBJ7)

Emanuel: Journalists’ Murders “Stark Reminder” Of Need For Better Gun Control, Mental Health Treatment

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a longtime supporter of stricter gun control, said the on-air murders of a Virginia TV reporter and photographer served as “stark reminder” the government needs to be “shocked into action.”


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CTA Getting $750K From Feds To Train Bus Mechanics

The CTA initiative will be a part of the agency’s successful Second Chance Program, which trains non-violent ex-offenders, victims of abuse, and others who face barriers to employment.


Whiting Refinery

Broken BP Refinery Unit Reopens, Falling Gas Prices Should Drop Even More

Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst at, said Chicago area drivers can expect to see prices fall by up to 50 cents in the next couple weeks, after BP confirmed it has reopened the crude distillation unit that went offline on Aug. 8.


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Mayor To Hold Town Hall Meetings To Get Budget Ideas From The Public

The mayor said he, his finance team, and cabinet members will attend the meetings on Monday, Aug. 31, Wednesday, Sept. 2, and Thursday, Sept. 3. Emanuel said he’ll spell out the choices the city must make in these challenging, pension debt-driven times; and he wants to hear residents’ thoughts on coping with the crises.


Mayor Rahm Emanuel. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel Distancing Himself From Rauner’s Latest Budget Proposal

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is distancing himself from Governor Rauner’s latest budget proposal, which the governor says was negotiated with Emanuel among others, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


Members of the Jackie Robinson West team from Chicago celebrate following their 7-5 win over the West Team from Las Vegas during the United States Championship game of the Little League World Series at Lamade Stadium on August 23, 2014 in South Williamsport, Pa. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

JRW Players Still Waiting To Receive Championship Rings

Members of the Jackie Robinson West Little League team are still waiting for a special gift.

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The McCormick Place convention center complex. (Credit: CBS)

Major Jobs Fair Offers Opportunities To Thousands Of Youth

Leaders of some of the biggest companies in the country were at McCormick Place on Thursday, for what has been dubbed a catalyst for hiring programs and events.


Students in the "One Summer Chicago" jobs program painted four abandoned houses in Englewood in bright colors as part of an art project. (Credit: Mike Krauser)

Students Use Art To Transform Englewood Block

Mayor Rahm Emanuel paid a visit to some young people taking part in the city’s “One Summer” jobs program on Wednesday in the West Englewood neighborhood.


Gabriel Gamino Jr. and Garbrielle Thomas celebrate their engagement at Navy Pier. Gamino proposed moments after graduating as a new Chicago police officer. (Credit: CBS)

Chicago’s Newest Cop Pops The Big Question After Navy Pier Graduation

A big day got even bigger for a new Chicago police officer, when he proposed to his longtime girlfriend right after joining Chicago’s finest.


Rendering of the expanded parking garage at Midway International Airport. (Credit: City of Chicago)

City Plans Significant Upgrades At Midway Airport

The expansion will include a larger parking deck, with four levels, and space for hundreds of cars. Security checkpoints also will be enhanced, and concession areas will be expanded in response to complaints from tourists and business travelers who have expressed concerns about the amenities at Midway for years.


Joe Ferguson

Inspector General Questions Impact Of Employee Wellness Program

Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson’s latest report found the city has paid American Healthway Services more than $3 million a year to administer the employee wellness program, but the administration has done nothing to track the company’s performance.