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Mayor's Office

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 4:01pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday proposed increasing the price of Taste of Chicago food tickets from $2 to $2.50; Emanuel also proposed increasing the price of “premium” seats at the Petrillo Music Shell during Taste performances from $25 to $50, as well as for the first time selling up to 3,000 “general admission lawn seats”; Over 30,000 free Petrillo lawn spots would remain available

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 4:13pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office on Thursday announced that 91 percent of city employees participated in the year-long Chicago Lives Healthy wellness program that ended last month; Participating workers and spouses attended health seminars and exercise and weight-loss classes, and those who did not participate were required to pay a $50-a-month penalty; City has received a $3 million grant from the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America to expand the program

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 4:09pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday said he is “going to make sure the city is well positioned” as a candidate for the home of President Barack Obama’s presidential library; Mayor did not provide details on his plan to attract the library to Chicago, but did boast of the city’s “many institutes of higher learning”; Many have expressed confidence the library will be housed at the University of Chicago

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 2:38pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday said the Chicago Department of Transportation’s Divvy bike-share program will not be affected by the fact that bike-supplier Public Bike System Company recently declared bankruptcy; Emanuel recently withheld a $2.1 million payment from the supplier after bikes and other products were not delivered on time, which impacted Public Bike’s financial situation

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 4:00pm

According to a study released today by the University of Chicago Urban Education Lab, Match – Chicago’s math tutoring and mentoring program – has been successful in closing the achievement gap between white and black CPS students,. The study also showed that the Match education program improved the test scores and attendance rates of students who were on the verge of dropping out of school.

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Fri, 01/24/2014 - 4:01pm

A representative from the Illinois Coalition for Responsible Outdoor Lighting ridiculed Mayor Emanuel’s plan to use a citywide light show to attract tourism as being financially wasteful and harmful to the environment; Alderman Bob Fioretti (2nd) questioned the timing of the plan, which is being proposed at the same time the mayor’s Infrastructure Trust Board is attempting to make government buildings more energy-efficient

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 4:10pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel during a Thursday transportation panel at the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual meeting in Washington, D.C. proposed that mayors from around the country introduce a “national hazardous waste” fee, which would apply to freight trains; Fee would finance safety programs intended to offset the effects of potential accidents involving hazardous waste carried by the trains

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 4:13pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday announced his plan for growing tourism in Chicago, and the plan includes turning the city into North America’s “City of Light” – a designation commonly assigned to Paris.

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Wed, 01/22/2014 - 10:43am

Chicago Mayor’s Office on Wednesday said about 9.9 million room nights were booked in city hotels in 2013, over 275,000 more room nights than were booked during 2012; Hotel tax revenue accounted for $105.93 million last year

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 3:46pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined over 700 volunteers at Chicago Public Schools’ Sullivan High School on Monday to create artwork to commemorate the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.; AmeriCorps’ City Year organization planned “Day of Service” events at Sullivan and Kilmer Elementary School nearby on Martin Luther King Day, when both schools have historically closed for the day