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Mayor's Office

Fri, 09/06/2013 - 1:07pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday announced Chicago had 1.37 million international visitors in 2012, a 14 percent increase from the year before; Figure makes Chicago the country’s ninth most-popular city for international tourists, and Emanuel aims to break into the top five by 2020

Fri, 09/06/2013 - 11:14am

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday abandoned plans for a $2 billion privatization of Midway Airport after the venture that includes Industry Funds Management of Australia and Manchester Airports Group, one of two remaining bidders for the deal, dropped out this week; Venture was not confident it could meet Emanuel’s demands for the project

Thu, 09/05/2013 - 2:50pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel will appear on Monday on the Late Show with David Letterman; Emanuel’s appearance will coincide with the release of “The Presidents’ Gatekeepers,” a Discovery Channel documentary on presidential chiefs of staff in which Emanuel talks about his time as President Barack Obama's chief of staff

Thu, 09/05/2013 - 11:03am

Chicago Tribune analysis found that Chicago Chief Financial Officer Lois Scott had business ties to indicted former city comptroller Amer Ahmad before she recommended that Mayor Rahm Emanuel hire him; Ahmad awarded Scott’s former firm $165,000 in bond business when he served as Ohio deputy treasurer 

Wed, 09/04/2013 - 10:29am

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday announced that Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods Market, Inc. plans to build an 18,000-square-foot store near Kennedy-King College in Englewood that would create 100 jobs when it is expected to open in 2016; Emanuel touted the planned store as a product of his efforts to provide better food options to residents of the city's south and west sides

Tue, 09/03/2013 - 10:33am

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday decided to reappoint city Inspector General Joe Ferguson to another four-year-term, though Ferguson is not expected to serve the entire term; Ferguson plans to end his contentious work relationship with Emanuel by vacating the position as early as next summer after completing projects like bringing the city into full compliance with the Shakman decree and fully implementing a city ethics reform bill

Fri, 08/30/2013 - 3:59pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration issued a request for proposals from vendors interested in operating 50 city plazas as part of a program that aims to beautify the city’s open spaces; Plazas like Sunnyside Mall in Uptown and the Montrose/Broadway/Sheridan triangle would remain city-owned, but operators could receive revenue through advertising and event marketing

Fri, 08/30/2013 - 3:58pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel met Thursday with Ausaf Sayeed, consul general of India, to discuss an ongoing commitment to spur economic development between India and Chicago; Emanuel and Sayeed also discussed how to improve relations between Chicago and Delhi, Chicago’s sister city since 2001

Fri, 08/30/2013 - 12:26pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Friday that the city eclipsed $1 billion in hotel revenue during the first seven months of the year, setting a new record and showing an 8.4 percent increase compared to the same time last year; Occupancy rate of city hotel rooms was 73.6 percent, a record-tying rate

Thu, 08/29/2013 - 4:26pm

First two projects to benefit from Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s move to give 7.5 percent of labor hours for all city construction projects to neighborhood residents are going to bid; Hyde Park, Woodlawn and South Shore residents will be eligible for jobs working on a streetscaping project along 71st Street between Jeffrey Boulevard and South Shore Drive and some jobs for sewer work on South Martin Luther King Drive between 29th and 30th streets will go to workers from Douglas, Oakland and Grand Boulevard

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