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Mayor's Office

Tue, 10/22/2013 - 10:31am

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed 2014 budget includes increased fines for five parking violations and higher daily storage fees for impounded vehicles; Emanuel expects the increased fines to generate about $10 million in revenue for the city next year

Mon, 10/21/2013 - 3:50pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel defended his decision to raise Chicago’s cigarette tax by $0.75 a pack, denying that it will intensify a black market for cigarettes that is, according to officials, “already worse than it is for marijuana, cocaine and heroin”

Mon, 10/21/2013 - 3:49pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed raising zoning permit fees for projects of more than 10,000-square-feet and imposing higher fees on people who do not file zoning applications electronically; Emanuel hopes the higher fees, which will be part of the 2014 budget he plans to present on Wednesday, will generate an additional $4 million for the city next year 

Mon, 10/21/2013 - 3:48pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday indicated a willingness to compromise on his demand for a mandatory minimum, three-year sentence for gun crimes in Illinois; Emanuel explained that he was not interested in imposing minimums on offenders younger than 17 or people who have a F.O.I.D. card

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 3:42pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel visited O’Hare Airport on Thursday, along with U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and other officials, to mark the opening of the new Runway 10C-28C; Runway, the final initiative under the first phase of the O’Hare Modernization Program, is 10,800-feet-long and O’Hare’s fourth east-west parallel runway

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 4:07pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced an intergovernmental agreement between the Chicago Department of Transportation and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District to the City Council Wednesday to share the design costs of a tunnel that would divert stormwater past the Albany Park neighborhood and into the North Shore Channel

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 4:03pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday announced his selection of Chicago Department of Buildings Commissioner Michael Merchant to succeed Charles Woodyard as chief executive of the Chicago Housing Authority; Woodyard on Tuesday announced his resignation from the CHA, effective Nov. 1

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 4:05pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday welcomed Wang Chao, China's vice minister of commerce to Chicago; Emanuel and Wang discussed possibilities for improving the economic relationship between Chicago and China

Thu, 10/10/2013 - 1:23pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday announced a proposed $690,000 allocation in the 2014 city budget to fund the city’s Small Business Center’s transition to an entirely paperless system; City plans to move all licenses and permits online by 2016

Wed, 10/09/2013 - 3:47pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday announced his 2014 city budget will not include property, sales or gas tax increases; Mayor did not rule out cigarette or liquor tax increases and unveiled a proposal to increase fees for businesses that apply for zoning and building permits in person instead of electronically