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Mayor's Office

Wed, 06/26/2013 - 10:50am

Mayor Rahm Emanuel discussed a proposal to ban plastic shopping bags in Chicago but did not express a firm stance on the measure; Mayor noted that he thought there was a lot of work to be done on the proposal and said aldermen need to find the “right model” to “make necessary changes” to the ordinance

Tue, 06/25/2013 - 5:19pm

Mayor Emanuel praised the Chicago Police Department for their effective crowd control following the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup victory; Police reported 23 arrests related to Blackhawks celebrations citywide

Tue, 06/25/2013 - 4:28pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said state lawmakers’ failure to provide pension relief to CPS and lack of success in resolving the state’s pension crisis is largely to blame for the school district’s $1 billion budget deficit for the fiscal year beginning on July 1 and the associated school spending cuts; Emanuel noted that 45 percent of the school district’s budget hole is the result of pension system payments

Tue, 06/25/2013 - 10:57am

Fundraising committee Mayor Rahm Emanuel started four months ago has already generated $42 million to finance summer programs for at-risk youth; Committee has begun distributing $1.7 million in grants to 11 nonprofits funding summer programs for over 3,000 Chicago youth; Co-chaired by Allstate Insurance CEO Tom Wilson and Loop Capital Markets CEO Jim Reynolds, the committee’s initial fundraising goal was $50 million over five years

Mon, 06/24/2013 - 1:05pm

Speed cameras will be installed near 50 Chicago schools and parks in August and the city will begin issuing tickets for violators caught by the cameras in September under an agreement with Arizona-based camera operator American Traffic Solutions; Mayor Rahm Emanuel originally projected $30 million in revenue from speed camera fines this year, but an extended period of contract negotiations caused the city to cut the estimate in half

Mon, 06/24/2013 - 10:29am

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Israeli President Shimon Peres attended a signing ceremony for a research agreement between the University of Chicago and Israel’s Ben-Gurion University; Both schools have allocated more than $1 million for the project that is aimed to create nanotechnologies to aid water shortages in dry locations

Fri, 06/21/2013 - 12:53pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Choose Chicago announced that city hotels reported an 81.2 percent occupancy rate during the month of May, an 8.5 percent increase from May of last year

Fri, 06/21/2013 - 10:52am

Mayor Emanuel, along with 17 other mayors, signed a letter to Congress asking legislators to limit the use of Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program aid for soda purchases; Letter urges federal legislation not to make cuts to SNAP funding as proposed in a recently defeated version of the farm bill

Thu, 06/20/2013 - 1:16pm

Chicago Republican Party is requesting an investigation into the electronic billboard deal supported by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and approved by the City Council last year; Chicago GOP spokesman Chris Cleveland accused Emanuel and the entire Democratic City Council of selling the city's assets for short-term cash

Wed, 06/19/2013 - 3:52pm

Chicago Tribune revealed Mayor Rahm Emanuel received two $5,000 donations from spouses of top executives at System Development Integration, a Chicago-based technology firm seeking to win the city’s red light camera program contract; Emanuel recently returned donations from executives of a different firm and barred the company from bidding on a city marketing contract due to a potential violation of the mayor’s ban on political contributions from people that have or are seeking city contracts