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Mayor's Office

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 12:59pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel during Sunday’s Council on Foundations annual conference touted aggressive lawmaking and good parenting as the two most important factors in deterring gun violence in Chicago; Emanuel also spoke about Chicago’s plans to add police in high-crime areas and expanded youth programs during the conference

Fri, 04/05/2013 - 10:05am

Mayor Rahm Emanuel praised Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett for speaking “eloquently” in response to criticism on CPS’ plan to shutter 54 schools this year; Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis recently called the planned closures, which primarily would affect predominately black neighborhoods on the city’s south and west sides, “racist” and “classist”

Wed, 04/03/2013 - 5:11pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel ordered Chicago Public Schools to defer to the Public Building Commission, the municipal building entity that he chairs, for the management of all school projects that must be completed before next school year related to the proposed school closings; CPS committed $155 million for improvements at 55 schools that will receive new students as a result of school closures

Mon, 04/01/2013 - 5:25pm

Mayoral aide Matt Hynes, Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) and Chicago Cubs spokesman Julian Green continued talks today on the proposed Wrigley Field renovation that has been halted by proposed signage, traffic and crime concerns; Cubs ownership set an April 1 deadline to come to an agreement

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 12:37pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced the city and public art group Redmoon will partner to hold the Great Chicago Fire Festival in October 2014; Festival will feature illuminated floating sculptures and a “fire spectacle”

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 9:54am

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he is "not worried" about the Chicago Cubs moving to suburban Rosemont after the town's mayor offered the team 25 free acres to build a staidum; Mayor is confident the city can make a deal to keep the Cubs in Chicago

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 4:13pm

The federal government will give the city of Chicago a $100 million loan to extend the Chicago Riverwalk six blocks, a project that will connect the lakefront with downtown. 

“I want to make the Chicago River the next recreational frontier for the city of Chicago,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel at a press conference. Emanuel claimed that the project would generate 400 jobs, and catalyze small businesses from riverside restaurants to kayak retail shops.

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Wed, 03/27/2013 - 7:30pm

First lady Michelle Obama will join Mayor Rahm Emanuel and local business and philanthropic leaders on April 10 to support an effort calling on the city's business sector to raise $50 million for programs serving at-risk youth; Allstate CEO Tom Wilson and Loop Capital CEO Jim Edwards are leading the fundraising effort

Wed, 03/27/2013 - 7:27pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he does not plan to continue negotiating the list of 54 Chicago Public Schools targeted for closure and will instead focus his efforts on helping to implement the school closure plans; Chicago Teachers Union scheduled a downtown protest for this afternoon and a group of black ministers today called for a pause on school closures in a letter delivered to city hall

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 4:59pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced the installation of 80 "Learning Gardens" at CPS schools as part of an initiative organized by the nonprofit group The Kitchen; Gardens will provide students with new opportunities for nutrition and science education