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Mon, 04/29/2013 - 12:22pm

Certain areas of Chicago will have free parking on Sundays as a result of a new settlement between the city and Chicago Parking Meters LLC, the company that oversees Chicago’s parking meters, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Monday.

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Fri, 04/26/2013 - 3:38pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday extended the city’s contract with current red light camera operator Redflex Traffic Systems to give the city more time to select the company’s successor; Redflex was barred from rebidding on the contract after its expiration following an alleged bribery scandal

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 1:29pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and police Supt. Garry McCarthy said that Operation Impact, an initiative to enlist more police officers on foot patrol in some of Chicago’s high-crime neighborhoods, has effectively reduced crime since the program’s inception; Emanuel said that crime in the targeted areas “was down in February by 50 percent, 69 percent in March, [and] April’s continuing in that trend”

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 1:26pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration has asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the League of Women Voters and 14 individuals that alleges Chicago’s newly-drawn ward map is unconstitutional because it favors protecting some incumbents over ensuring fair representation of constituents; City argued the League of Women Voters does not have the legal standing to file, that an alleged equal protection infraction does not exist and that the reshaping of ward boundaries is justified

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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