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Mayor's Office

Thu, 07/18/2013 - 4:11pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday morning talked about the unique aspects of the city's workforce and how his administration is helping to drive Chicago’s economy.

The mayor’s comments came during a panel discussion at a breakfast the University Club of Chicago held to promote “The Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities and Metros are Fixing our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy,” a new book by Bruce Katz, vice president and director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, and Jennifer Bradley, a fellow at the organization.

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Thu, 07/18/2013 - 10:44am

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the finalization of a five-year, $67 million contract with Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions Inc. for the installation of as many as 300 traffic cameras near city schools and parks to enforce speed limits; City expects to gain $15 million in revenue from the camera’s operation this year; ATS plans to instal as many as 50 cameras this year beginning in August, and the city is scheduled begin to issue tickets originating from the cameras in September

Wed, 07/17/2013 - 5:47pm

Sit down meeting between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson may determine whether Ferguson decides to pursue another term; Ferguson believes he should be reappointed while Emanuel suggested he should reapply for the job and make his case before a panel

Wed, 07/17/2013 - 12:57pm

The City Council on Wednesday during a special meeting unanimously passed gun control ordinances introduced by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

One of the ordinances strengthens the city’s assault weapons ban and establishes new possession penalties of 20-90 days in jail and a $1,000-$5,000 fine. The measure was introduced in the wake of gun-related legislation enacted by the state last week that gave Chicago and other cities 10 days to update their assault weapons bans.

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Tue, 07/16/2013 - 3:50pm

A Chicago City Council committee passed by voice vote on Tuesday two gun control measures introduced by Mayor Rahm Emanuel despite several aldermen’s contentions that the proposed penalty for possessing an assault weapon is too lax. A National Rifle Association lobbyist, meanwhile, testified that ordinances would be vulnerable to legal challenges.

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Tue, 07/16/2013 - 1:10pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and representatives of Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration joined officials from Method on Tuesday to announce the development of a flagship manufacturing facility on Chicago’s South Side.

Method, a maker of soaps, detergents and home cleaning products, plans to open its first U.S. manufacturing facility near E. 111th St. and S. Doty Avenue in the Pullman neighborhood, according to a mayoral press release. The company expects to create about 100 new manufacturing jobs in Chicago and will seek LEED certification for the building.

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Fri, 07/12/2013 - 3:45pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s clean-energy initiative, which reserves five cab stands at the Union and Ogilvie stations exclusively for cabs using compressed natural gas, is angering some cabdrivers who fear the pilot program will hurt their business; Emanuel administration hopes the program will promote use of clean fuel and increase the number of CNG taxis and stations

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 12:48pm

Crain’s Chicago Business columnist Greg Hinz wrote that Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s potential ousting of Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson and his possible appointment of state Rep. Deb Mell (D-Chicago) as the City Council successor to her father, Ald. Richard Mell (33rd), would be out of line with Emanuel’s previous calls for a more open, transparent Chicago government

Wed, 07/10/2013 - 3:33pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said on Tuesday that he is willing to comply with Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson’s investigation of projected savings from a new garbage pickup system, but not until the program is fully implemented; Ferguson on Monday issued a report saying the Emanuel administration had not been compliant with his attempts to review the proposed savings

Wed, 07/10/2013 - 10:29am

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said on Tuesday that a final agreement on the proposed $500 million Wrigley Field-area renovations is “just a few feet away”; Other key stakeholders did not comment on the situation; Commission on Chicago Landmarks is scheduled to meet Thursday to consider proposed outfield signage, which has been a highly contentious aspect of the proposed renovations