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Mayor's Office

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 2:53pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday issued a statement in response to U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman’s ruling that same-sex couples in Cook County can get married before June 1, when the state’s gay marriage law is set to take effect; Emanuel stated, “I applaud today’s decision that all Chicagoans have the right to marry,” adding, “Love does not discriminate, and neither should the law”

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 11:08am

Shannon Breymaier, spokesman for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, said on Wednesday that city officials plan to seek City Council approval in March for $1.5 million in TIF money for the development of a skate park on 3 acres of space in the southwest corner of Grant Park

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 3:38pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday night is scheduled to host a fundraiser for U.S. Congressman Bill Enyart (D-Ill.) at Harry Caray’s restaurant, located at 33 W. Kinzie St. in River North; Enyart, who represents Illinois’ downstate 12th congressional district, appeared at a Granite City event earlier Wednesday in which Vice President Joe Biden called for new infrastructure funding

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 1:04pm

Office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday announced that, following an area-flood watch issuance for Thursday morning from meteorologists, city workers have begun clearing obstructions from catch basins to allow for adequate water drainage in the city’s sewer system; Mayor’s Office asked city residents to help clear debris, if possible, and advised Chicagoans to call 311 in the event of broken pipes

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 3:59pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday defended his proposal to raise Taste of Chicago food ticket prices, double to $50 the price of “premium seats” at the Petrillo Music Shell during the food festival and sell up to 3,000 tickets for previously-free Petrillo “general admission lawn seats” for festival concerts; Taste last year generated a $272,000 profit – the first in six years – following earlier reform by the mayor

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 2:31pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday said that, “I’m welcoming [New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie] to the public transportation system and the roads here in the city of Chicago”; Christie, whose administration is facing an investigation for the politically-driven George Washington Bridge closure, is in the city to meet with the Economic Club of Chicago as part of his role as chair of the Republican Governors Association

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 2:35pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday said he will wait for recommendations from Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson before possibly taking disciplinary action against six active Chicago Police officers for their part in the 2011 re-investigation into the death of David Koschman; Koschman died in 2004 from injuries related to an altercation 11 days earlier with R.J. Vanecko, a nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 4:03pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday issued a statement in response to Woonsocket, R.I.-based CVS Caremark Corp.’s announcement it would stop selling tobacco products at CVS pharmacies by October 1; Emanuel said “I applaud CVS for taking an important step today to protect public health” 

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