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Mayor's Office

Mon, 07/29/2013 - 10:34am

Audit of Chicago’s 2012 finances found, among other things, that Mayor Rahm Emanuel had $33.4 million in unallocated cash-on-hand at the end of the year, down from the city's $167 million at the end of 2011; City Budget Director Alex Holt defended the drop by saying it is the result of “honest” budgeting

Fri, 07/26/2013 - 10:30am

Retired Chicago government workers filed a class action suit against the city and its four employee pension funds to stop Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s attempt to phase out the 55 percent health care subsidy for all but 5,500 of the city’s 30,000 retired employees and transition them to coverage under the federal Affordable Care Act; Suit argues that the state constitution guarantees retirees’ benefits cannot be hindered or modified

Thu, 07/25/2013 - 4:09pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday named Alderman Michelle Harris (8th) as the new chairman of the City Council Committee on Committees, Rules and Ethics in the wake of the retirement of Dick Mell, former alderman of the 33rd Ward who previously served as that committee’s chairman.

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Wed, 07/24/2013 - 5:35pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel dismissed the Guardian Angels' reference to the Magnificent Mile as "Muggers Mile"; Emanuel said police work to make sure the area is safe and urged the volunteer group to instead work to combat violence along school routes and playgrounds

Wed, 07/24/2013 - 4:01pm

Mayor Emanuel accused the RTA board of demonstrating a lack of oversight in the Metra patronage scandal when asked whether he was still confident in Larry Huggins, the city’s representative on the Metra board

Tue, 07/23/2013 - 10:33am

Mayor Rahm Emanuel expressed his support for an ordinance from Alderman Ameya Pawar (47th) that would create a $250,000-a-year independent budget office; Office would analyze the mayor’s spending plans for the City Council; Twenty-two aldermen in total have expressed support for the initiative, but a funding source for the office has not yet been identified

Mon, 07/22/2013 - 3:44pm

While announcing the lease of the Illinois Port Authority District to the Broe Group on Sunday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel blamed the state’s $100 billion pension shortfall and the city’s $19 billion in unfunded pension liability as the reason for the recent layoff of more than 2,000 CPS teachers and staff; Emanuel called on lawmakers to deal with the pension crisis, pointing out the city's credit downgrade by Moody's Investor Services

Mon, 07/22/2013 - 10:46am

Chicago Sun-Times discussed recent issues facing Mayor Rahm Emanuel, such as Moody Investors ordering a “triple drop” in the city’s bond rating and 2,100 layoffs at CPS; UIC professor Dick Simpson, a former Chicago alderman, said these events may cost Emanuel support of African-American and independent voters

Mon, 07/22/2013 - 10:42am

Former president of now-defunct Municipal Sewer Services, Anthony Duffy, has yet to pay the City of Chicago a $428,438.74 judgment; City sued Duffy for participating in a minority-contracting scam under Mayor Richard M. Daley’s administration

Fri, 07/19/2013 - 1:22pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel debuted an informational website that will allow the city to post information on Tax Increment Financing districts; Website includes a citywide map, information on the purpose of each district and information on TIF fund distributions