Mayor Rahm Emanuel

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City Council Approves $5.5M Burge Torture Reparations Deal

Aldermen have approved a deal to provide $5.5 million in reparations to police torture victims, a step Mayor Rahm Emanuel said was an “essential step in righting a wrong.”

05/06/2015

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Teachers Union: CPS Demanding “Whopping” 7 Percent Pay Cut

The Chicago Teachers Union lashed out at the Emanuel administration Tuesday, accusing the mayor of “lying in wait” to raise property taxes, after demanding teachers and other union employees take a 7 percent pay cut next year.

05/05/2015

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Former CTA Executive To Replace Claypool In Top Spot

Get ready for a new man in the driver’s seat at the CTA. Mayor Rahm Emanuel was set to name a man with more than 30 years of public transportation experience in Chicago and Washington as the transit agency’s new president on Tuesday.

05/05/2015

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Rauner Open To Chicago Casino As Lawmakers Weigh Gambling Expansion

Unlike his predecessor, Gov. Bruce Rauner isn’t slamming the door on a proposed casino for Chicago. At the same time, Rauner has reservations about expanding casino gaming in Illinois.

05/04/2015

Vertiport Chicago is the city's first commercial helicopter facility since Meigs Field closed in 2003. (Credit: CBS)

Private Helipad Opens On Near West Side

A group of private investors has opened a commercial helicopter facility near the Illinois Medical District, offering air service to the edge of downtown for the first time in more than 12 years.

04/30/2015

Mayor Emanuel tells some of the kids to stop pulling up the grass in Grant Park. (Credit: CBS)

Chicago School Kids Get In On NFL Draft Fun

CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports with workers adding finishing touches to the sprawling Draft Town, children from Chicago schools got some football tips from top prospects whose names will be called tomorrow night.

04/29/2015

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Mayor Emanuel Reveals Plans For Tackling City’s Debt

With the city’s bond rating just a couple levels above junk status, Mayor Emanuel told the Civic Federation he is ending or phasing out some of the city’s more questionable borrowing practices.

04/29/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel chats with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in Grant Park, where the league will hold the "Draft Town" fan festival during the 2015 NFL Draft in Chicago. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel Basks In National Spotlight As NFL Draft Ramps Up

Mayor Rahm Emanuel was enjoying his role playing host to the 2015 NFL Draft on Wednesday, hoping to convince NFL officials to bring the draft back to Chicago for years to come.

04/29/2015

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City Council Panel Rejects Rauner’s “Right To Work Zones” Plan

Chicago aldermen and labor leaders have answered a resounding no to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s plans to create so-called “right to work” zones in communities throughout the state.

04/28/2015

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Mayor Emanuel Taps CTA Boss As His Next Chief Of Staff

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports the mayor’s gain could be bus and train riders’ loss.

04/24/2015

Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett attends a Chicago Board of Education meeting. (Credit: CBS)

Mayor Emanuel Says Byrd-Bennett Right To Step Aside In Light Of Federal Investigation

After a brief vacation, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has returned to Chicago and offered his first public comments since the scope of the federal inspection into the Chicago Public Schools came to light, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

04/20/2015

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Feds Seek Files On Elite Nonprofit In Chicago Schools Probe

Federal investigators looking into a $20 million no-bid Chicago Public Schools contract have requested records related to a nonprofit group tied to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Gov. Bruce Rauner and prominent business leaders.

04/19/2015

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County Commissioner Wants Sheriff’s Police To Help CPD Patrol West Side

Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin (D-Oak Park) has written a letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, asking him to allow the Sheriff’s Department deploy additional officers on the streets of the Austin neighborhood.

04/16/2015

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Emanuel To Rauner: “Chicago Will Not Be A Right-To-Work City”

Gov. Bruce Rauner has suggested creating so-called “right-to-work zones” across Illinois, but Mayor Rahm Emanuel and several aldermen have said that won’t happen in Chicago on their watch.

04/16/2015

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Mayor Emanuel Meets With Spike Lee, Voices Displeasure With Film Title “Chiraq”

It was in the mayor’s City Hall office Wednesday morning that he met with Spike Lee and delivered a blunt message.

04/15/2015

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Chicago Public Schools Target Of Federal Investigation

Chicago Public Schools is the target of a federal investigation, officials acknowledged on Wednesday.

04/15/2015

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Emanuel Agrees To $5.5 Million Police Torture Reparations Fund

Survivors of torture under former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge and victims’ supporters have long called for repayment for the suffering, pain, and often wrongful imprisonment they have suffered.

04/14/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel places his hand over his face as he laughs at his own joke during a news conference at Carole Robertson Center for Learning April 8, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Emanuel was elected to his second term as mayor after defeating Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia in a runoff election. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

Rahm Laughs Off Latest Rumors About Going Back To White House

“This is the best job I ever had,” he said. “I have no interest in another job. Zero, zilch, none, nothing, okay?”

04/09/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel shakes hands with commuters at the 95th Street Red Line station a day after winning a second term. (Credit: CBS)

Rahm: Surviving Runoff Will Make Me “A Better Mayor”

A day after securing his second term, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the historic runoff election in Chicago would make him “a better mayor,” after enduring a heated six-week contest against Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, a virtual unknown to most Chicagoans before he challenged the mayor.

04/08/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel (left) and Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia make the rounds across Chicago on Monday, the last full day of campaigning before the runoff election in Chicago. (Credit: Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

Polls Closed For Historic Mayoral Election

After weeks of contentious campaigning, voters in Chicago were having their say Tuesday in the race for mayor, and 19 races for alderman.

04/07/2015

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