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Wed, 06/05/2013 - 1:21pm

Editorial in the Arkansas Democratic-Gazette praised Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s efforts to reform CPS schools; Column quotes Emanuel as saying “I will absorb the political consequences [of school closures] so our children have a better future,” and then asks readers, “what if every politician put kids first and his own career second?”

Tue, 06/04/2013 - 2:48pm

Food trucks would operate from nine new areas in the city under a measure approved by the City Council Committee on Pedestrian and Traffic Safety on Monday. The measure would increase the number of designated food truck locations in the city to 30.

Food trucks would be able to prepare and serve food on board while parked in any of the proposed locations for up to two hours. The city already has 21 designated food truck areas, and food trucks are also allowed to park in any legal metered parking space that is at least 200 feet from a brick-and-mortar restaurant.

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Wed, 05/29/2013 - 1:40pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday unveiled plans to develop a domestic violence shelter in the city’s Chicago Lawn neighborhood.

The 40-bed shelter, tentatively called “WINGS Metro,” will feature “suite-based” rooms designed to provide guests with additional privacy and comfort. The shelter is expected to serve 100 families within its first year.

The Southwest Side shelter, slated for completion in June 2014, will also include ten affordable housing units that will be provided for victims transitioning out of the shelter.

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Fri, 05/24/2013 - 3:57pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court challenging arbitrators’ finding that the city owes $57.8 million to public parking garage operator Chicago Loop Parking LLC because the city violated a 99-year, $563 million contract with the firm by allowing another public parking garage to open near a Chicago Loop Parking facility

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 12:59pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel selected longtime General Electric executive Jeff Malehorn to lead World Business Chicago, the nonprofit that works to facilitate economic development in the city; Malehorn is expected to start in June

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 10:17am

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s anti-violence campaign received a $5 million pledge from Chicago-based Boeing Co., bringing the total pledges for the public-private effort to $40.9 million; Chicago Public Safety Action Committee, which is managing the campaign, has set a fundraising goal of $50 million

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 10:13am

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s revised parking meter deal with Chicago Parking Meters LLC could land the meter operator an additional $517 million in revenue on top of revenues it would have collected under the former agreement; Sources of the additional revenue could include charges for cellphone payments as well as penalty payments for meters that the city takes out of service and “excessive use of disabled parking permits”

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 4:00pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel issued a statement following the vote to shutter 50 Chicago Public Schools on Wednesday that thanked CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the Chicago Board of Education, and community members for their “invaluable role in helping ensure every child in the city has access to an education that matches their full potential”

Wed, 05/22/2013 - 12:34pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel authored an opinion piece in the Chicago Tribune on the 50 proposed school closures that the Board of Education was expected to vote on Wednesday afternoon; “I know many of these changes are unpopular and if I did not believe they were absolutely necessary, I would not be making them,” Emanuel wrote, later adding “I am driven by my conviction that these changes will open doors to our children’s future”

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 5:28pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said on Tuesday that he is not concerned about potential political ramifications of Wednesday’s scheduled vote on the proposed closure of 54 Chicago Public Schools; Emanuel explained, “no consequence, to me, is greater than not allowing children access to a high-quality education,” adding, “I will absorb the political consequence so our children have a better future”