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Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Emanuel Joins Other Big-City Mayors To Discuss Plight Of Poor Residents

The gap between the nation’s richest and poorest had increased dramatically, big-city mayors said in a report issued this week.

08/11/2014

Dick Durbin

Durbin: More Needs To Be Done To Help Child Immigrants

Elected officials addressed thousands during the People’s Mass at Fiesta Del Sol in honor of dreamers, immigrants and the 47,000 children held at detention centers across the nation.

08/03/2014

Computer rendering of the Big Marsh Eco-Park, a nature preserve and mountain bike park planned for a former industrial site just east of Lake Calumet. (Credit: Chicago Park District)

Old Industrial Site On Lake Calumet To Become Nature Preserve, Bike Park

The centerpiece of what will be known as Big Marsh Eco-Park will be a 45-acre mountain bike park; including a single-track trail, a dual slalom course, a dirt jump trail, a pump track, a cyclocross course, a short-track course, a gravity flow trail, a slope-style course, and a bicycle skills area.

08/01/2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel discusses the shooting death of 11-year-old Shamiya Adams. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel “City Of Big Hearts … Will Welcome” 1,000 Migrant Children

Six aldermen want the City Council to encourage non-profits in Chicago to house and support migrant children who have fled violence in Central America and crossed the border into the U.S.

07/31/2014

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Council Hiking Chicago Phone Fees To Fund Pension Systems

Aldermen have approved a plan to hike the city’s monthly 911 surcharge on phone bills by 56 percent to help shore up the city’s pension funds, and avoid a property tax hike before next year’s elections.

07/30/2014

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

Mayor Introduces Minimum Wage Increase To City Council

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has introduced a plan to the City Council to gradually increase the minimum wage in Chicago to $13 an hour.

07/30/2014

A surveillance camera at a CTA train station. (Credit: CBS)

Violent Crime On CTA Declined In First Half Of 2014

Violent crimes and thefts on the CTA dropped by more than a third in the first half of this year, compared to the first six months of last year, city officials said Tuesday.

07/29/2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel discusses the shooting death of 11-year-old Shamiya Adams. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel Announces Expansion In Early Education For Poverty Level Kids

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a new program Monday to bridge the early childhood education gap for poverty level inner city kids.

07/28/2014

The Aqua hotel and condo tower was designed by Chicago architect Jeanne Gang. (Credit: Aqua Condo Chicago)

Lucas Museum Names Two Architects For Lakefront Site

Chicago architect Jeanne Gang and China’s Ma Yansong have been picked to design the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, which has been planned as an addition to the Museum Campus just south of Grant Park.

07/28/2014

Chicago Public Schools

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

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