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Mayor's Office

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 3:53pm

David Spielfogel, a top adviser for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, said the mayor’s administration is acting to rework a proposal for the University of Chicago to host President Barack Obama’s presidential library on Chicago Park District land; Panel tasked with selecting the library site said the city must own the land, and the city is expected to buy or lease Park District land to remain a contender for the library

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 4:07pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plans for the expansion of Chicago’s Large Lots initiative, which allows homeowners to acquire up to two vacant lots on the same block for $1 each; City first implemented the program in Englewood and will now extend it to the Austin community

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:08pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to soon leave for Chile with his family for an annual holiday vacation; Emanuel in the past has been criticized for taking lavish vacations with his family at inopportune times; “We’ve had this tradition a long time, and it’s something that the whole family looks forward to,” Emanuel said, adding, “And then, traditionally, as it has in the last part, you guys will then attack me for going away with my family when I come back”

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 4:07pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, while speaking at a meeting on public safety, referenced the fatal shooting of 15-year-old Demario Bailey in the Englewood neighborhood on Saturday; Victim and his twin brother were on their way to basketball practice when the shooting occurred; Emanuel stressed the importance of extracurricular activities for young Chicagoans as a deterrent to violence

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 4:12pm

Emanuel’s administration, starting next year, will be setting aside money in a segregated account to be used for the 2016 pension contributions for laborers and municipal employees, according to a spokeswoman for the mayor; Money for the fund will come from excess profit from the 911 surcharge and other small budget cuts

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 3:50pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel criticized Gov. Pat Quinn’s appointment of his former campaign manager as executive director of the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority; Emanuel said the role should be given to someone with a strong financial background and stressed that Rauner should be allowed to make his own appointment

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 4:19pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel expressed support for an amendment that would make the city’s Affordable Housing Requirements Ordinance more stringent; Ordinance requires residential developers to build a certain amount of affordable housing units in new projects, but the requirement can be bypassed through contributions to the city’s affordable housing fund

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 2:40pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Alderman Ed Burke (14th) unveiled a street sign designating a portion of 48th Street and Harding Avenue in Archer Heights as the honorary Henry J. “Hank” Rutkowski Place; Rutkowski, an 89-year-old Chicagoan, became a POW while serving as an Army Air Corps sergeant in World War II

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 3:16pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel extended a message to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who, like Emanuel, is vying to attract President Barack Obama’s presidential library to his city; “Work on the DNC convention,” Emanuel said, adding, “Your time will be better spent”; De Blasio is also working to land the 2016 Democratic National Convention at Barclays Center in Brooklyn

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 3:56pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that city building permits issued for small and mid-size buildings have more than doubled since 2010, the year before he assumed office; Emanuel touted the statistic, saying the numbers showed “Chicago’s economy is moving in the right direction with more construction taking place”