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Tue, 11/26/2013 - 4:04pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced to the City Council on Tuesday an ordinance that would allow for the classification of electronic cigarettes as “tobacco products,” which would be contigent upon further regulation from the Food and Drug Administration; Emanuel introduced another ordinance Tuesday that would increase to 500 feet from 100 feet the distance from a school wherein the smoking of flavored tobacco products is restricted

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 4:22pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Vice President Joe Biden Monday to mark the start of construction on the new 40-bed WINGS Metro domestic violence shelter, the first domestic violence center to open in Chicago in over 10 years

Fri, 11/22/2013 - 4:22pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday congratulated Jennie Magiera, digital learning coordinator for the Academy for Urban School Leadership and Chicago Public Schools’ Tech Innovator of the year, for her recent Champion of Change recognition by the White House; Emanuel said, “The City of Chicago is grateful for her efforts to find creative ways to incorporate technology into lesson plans to maximize each child's creativity and prepare our students for jobs in a 21st century economy”

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 12:21pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday while speaking at the Bloomberg Business Summit lunch accused the press of largely ignoring three large health care benefits that stem from the Affordable Care Act in their reporting on the problems with the website’s rollout; Emanuel explained that those three benefits are: coverage of pre-existing conditions, coverage of children under a parent’s policy until age 26, and lower rates of health care inflation for the last three years 

Wed, 11/20/2013 - 3:50pm

Chicago Tribune’s Hal Dardick reported that $70 million in expected revenues from speed tickets issued to motorists caught speeding by new cameras near city schools and parks are slated to be added to the city’s $3.3 billion general revenue fund in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed 2014 budget; Emanuel promised that the city would use the speed cameras revenues to fund public services for children, and Dardick argued those fund should have been set aside in a special, separate fund

Wed, 11/20/2013 - 3:49pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, in a joint announcement with the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, said that a new sculpture will be installed along the lakefront trail at the northeast corner of Monroe Street and Lake Shore Drive this week; Two-hundred-foot-long and eight-foot-tall sculpture from artist Orly Enger, entitled “Hot Rod,” is made from recycled lobster rope and will be on display for one year

Tue, 11/19/2013 - 4:17pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday unveiled plans for the $240 million redesign of the Chicago Transit Authority's 95th Street Red Line station; Station will feature terminals on both the north and south sides of 95th Street that will be connected by a second-story bridge to prevent children from having to cross 95th Street at the street level to catch buses and trains 

Tue, 11/19/2013 - 3:52pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Park District Superintendent Michael P. Kelly on Tuesday announced plans to convert the historic Theater on the Lake building into a year-round facility that will include a restaurant and new performance and event space; Building, located at the intersection of Fullerton Avenue and Lake Shore Drive, has only hosted summer programming in the past; Park district plans to issue RFPs for improvements to the existing structure in December

Tue, 11/19/2013 - 3:49pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration on Tuesday announced that speed cameras at nine locations in Chicago had resulted in the issuance of 2,722 tickets between Oct. 16 and Nov. 17; Deputy Transportation Commissioner Scott Kubly said the city had given out an additional 24,000 warnings as a result of cameras placed throughout the city

Mon, 11/18/2013 - 3:31pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Park District Superintendent Michael Kelly on Sunday announced 81,625 city residents are enrolled in fall park district programs, an increase from 80,000 Chicagoans that were enrolled in spring programs; Fall program registration for 2013 increased 14 percent compared to last year, and 30,038 enrollees signed up online – more than ever before

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