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Thu, 04/25/2013 - 10:54am

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is offering Lollapalooza tickets to 100 top technology students from colleges around the country as part of an expansion of the ThinkChicago program, which aims to draw tech talent to the city; In addition to attending the concert, students would also visit tech incubator 1871, participate in panel discussions with Chicagoans in the technology field and attend a job fair with local companies

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 5:14pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel visited Englewood’s Growing Home organic, urban farm on Wednesday to highlight the project as an example of the success of the Chicago Neighborhoods Now initiative, under which over $363 million in public and private investments have been made in the Englewood area; Growing Home is quadrupling its trainees to 80 people per year and tripling its annual produce output, to 40,000 pounds per year

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:28am

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced new musical acts for the 2013 Taste of Chicago’s Petrillo Music Shell event; Headliners announced Wednesday include Robin Thicke, Robert Plant, Jill Scott and Neon Trees, who will join previously announced opening performers Fun

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:25am

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor Cheryl Hyman have announced almost 4,000 students are expected to earn associate degrees from the school system this year, the highest number in over 20 years; CCC saw a 5 percent increase in credit enrollment between 2010 and 2012

Tue, 04/23/2013 - 10:26pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants Chicago to dip its toes into “cleanweb,” where public data is used to create web applications for mobile devices that will help Chicagoans save energy.

Emanuel announced Tuesday that, starting this weekend, the city of Chicago will over the next year hold a series of “hackathons,” two-day sessions where people will compete to make applications out of city data on the energy efficiency of buildings.

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Tue, 04/23/2013 - 4:02pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel hopes a new city-sponsored business center will lure young biotech companies downtown.

The center will serve as a space for startup companies in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries to set up shop and network with Chicago’s established medical community.

The project will be Chicago’s second recent jaunt into business incubation; last year, the city helped launch 1871, a tech company startup space located in Merchandise Mart.

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Mon, 04/22/2013 - 3:48pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel visited the White House Friday to talk to President Barack Obama and other “old friends” about “Chicago priorities,” according to mayoral spokeswoman Sarah Hamilton; Prior to visiting the White House, Emanuel attended the first meeting of the US Conference of Mayors Infrastructure Financing for Cities Task Force, which he chairs with former President Bill Clinton

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 3:46pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel directed his administration to update its medical emergency response plan for dealing with mass injuries, as a result of the Boston Marathon bombing; Plan was most recently updated last year to deal with potential incidents associated with the NATO Summit

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 3:45pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Housing Authority on Saturday announced an updated version of the authority’s 13 year-old public housing initiative, the “Plan for Transformation”; Called “Plan Forward,” the new initiative calls for a new strategy for creating 3,800 remaining public housing units the CHA had promised to construct as part of a 25,000-unit commitment under the original plan

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 1:05pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the construction of a $55 million, one mile-long underground pipeline that will run underneath Foster Avenue in Albany Park and transport excess water from the north branch of the Chicago River to the North Shore Channel drainage canal; Construction on the project, which will help alleviate future flooding, could begin as early as next year