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Mayor's Office

Mon, 08/19/2013 - 12:50pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday said he will call for city Inspector General Joe Ferguson and Corporation Counsel Steve Patton to investigate former city Comptroller Amer Ahmad; Ahmad was indicted on Thursday in Ohio on federal corruption charges for an alleged $500,000 kickback scheme he orchestrated while working for the state

Mon, 08/19/2013 - 10:17am

City workers will this week place fliers on cars parked downtown that display disabled-parking placards communicating that beginning next year, only those presenting a newly-designed placard are eligible for free parking at metered spaces and that able-bodied drivers abusing the system are subject to fines of up to $1,000, and could have their vehicles impounded; Effort is part of an initiative by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to root out fraud in the city’s free parking program

Fri, 08/16/2013 - 12:39pm

Number of food deserts in Chicago has decreased 21 percent since Mayor Rahm Emanuel took office 27 months ago, his administration announced; Food deserts are defined as areas located more than one mile from at least one retail food establishment with over 10,000 square feet of space, not including fast food restaurants or gas stations

Fri, 08/16/2013 - 12:38pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office on Thursday announced four new food trucks to receive licenses from the city; Trucks are: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Starfruit, Mar and Husky Hog BBQ, the first barbecue truck with an onboard smoker

Wed, 08/14/2013 - 10:31am

Seven-member selection committee comprised of members from Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration selected Maryland-based Xerox State & Local Solutions Inc. as the preferred bidder to replace Arizona-based Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. as the operator of Chicago’s red light camera program; City will next negotiate a contract with the firm

Mon, 08/12/2013 - 3:08pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel named members of a committee that will search for a new chief administrator for the Independent Police Review Authority; Committee members are Sarah Pang, a recent appointee to the Regional Transportation Authority Board, former police Superintendent Terry Hillard, Rev. Michael Pfleger, Alderman Deborah Graham (29th), and Michael Rodriguez, executive director of Enlace Chicago

Fri, 08/09/2013 - 4:23pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office announced Friday that speed cameras near Garfield, Gompers, Washington and Marquette parks will be installed next week; City is offering a 30-day grace period where only citations will be issued, but following that time, tickets start at $35; Cameras near eight more parks and schools will be operational by September

Thu, 08/08/2013 - 3:24pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Thursday during a ceremonial ribbon cutting at the city’s first school-public library hybrid facility that he plans to duplicate the school-library model in future public building developments throughout the city; First school-public library is located at the new International Baccalaureate school at 2111 W. 47th St. in the Back of the Yards

Thu, 08/08/2013 - 1:11pm

Chicago Tribune critic Blair Kamin pointed out that community representatives will only meet with the architectural team selected to develop Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed $173 million DePaul basketball arena near McCormick Place after the team has been selected by the city; Kamin wrote that allowing the community to give input on design teams before their selection by the city, such as the case in the redesign of Navy Pier, would be preferable

Wed, 08/07/2013 - 10:15am

Mayor Rahm Emanuel added eight new division superintendents to oversee the city’s new grid-based garbage collection system; Annual salaries for the new positions total $592,000, but Emanuel hopes the new system will save the city $18 million each year