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Wed, 07/17/2013 - 12:57pm

The City Council on Wednesday during a special meeting unanimously passed gun control ordinances introduced by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

One of the ordinances strengthens the city’s assault weapons ban and establishes new possession penalties of 20-90 days in jail and a $1,000-$5,000 fine. The measure was introduced in the wake of gun-related legislation enacted by the state last week that gave Chicago and other cities 10 days to update their assault weapons bans.

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Tue, 07/16/2013 - 3:50pm

A Chicago City Council committee passed by voice vote on Tuesday two gun control measures introduced by Mayor Rahm Emanuel despite several aldermen’s contentions that the proposed penalty for possessing an assault weapon is too lax. A National Rifle Association lobbyist, meanwhile, testified that ordinances would be vulnerable to legal challenges.

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Tue, 07/16/2013 - 1:10pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and representatives of Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration joined officials from Method on Tuesday to announce the development of a flagship manufacturing facility on Chicago’s South Side.

Method, a maker of soaps, detergents and home cleaning products, plans to open its first U.S. manufacturing facility near E. 111th St. and S. Doty Avenue in the Pullman neighborhood, according to a mayoral press release. The company expects to create about 100 new manufacturing jobs in Chicago and will seek LEED certification for the building.

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Fri, 07/12/2013 - 3:45pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s clean-energy initiative, which reserves five cab stands at the Union and Ogilvie stations exclusively for cabs using compressed natural gas, is angering some cabdrivers who fear the pilot program will hurt their business; Emanuel administration hopes the program will promote use of clean fuel and increase the number of CNG taxis and stations

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 12:48pm

Crain’s Chicago Business columnist Greg Hinz wrote that Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s potential ousting of Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson and his possible appointment of state Rep. Deb Mell (D-Chicago) as the City Council successor to her father, Ald. Richard Mell (33rd), would be out of line with Emanuel’s previous calls for a more open, transparent Chicago government

Wed, 07/10/2013 - 3:33pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said on Tuesday that he is willing to comply with Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson’s investigation of projected savings from a new garbage pickup system, but not until the program is fully implemented; Ferguson on Monday issued a report saying the Emanuel administration had not been compliant with his attempts to review the proposed savings

Wed, 07/10/2013 - 10:29am

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said on Tuesday that a final agreement on the proposed $500 million Wrigley Field-area renovations is “just a few feet away”; Other key stakeholders did not comment on the situation; Commission on Chicago Landmarks is scheduled to meet Thursday to consider proposed outfield signage, which has been a highly contentious aspect of the proposed renovations

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 3:33pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said on Tuesday that state Rep. Deb Mell (D-Chicago) will not be “guaranteed” her father’s City Council seat, nor will she be “excluded from” applying for the job; Emanuel said he will use the same model used to replace former Ald. Sandi Jackson to select Ald. Richard Mell’s (33rd) successor, which included multiple rounds of interviews of a number of applicants

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 11:00am

Illinois wind farms will provide five percent of the electricity supplied through Chicago’s municipal aggregation program with Integrys Energy Services, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Tuesday.

In a mayoral press release, Emanuel said his administration negotiated with energy suppliers to come up with the deal, which doubles the amount of wind energy the city’s residents and businesses received through ComEd.

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Tue, 07/09/2013 - 10:45am

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has called a special City Council meeting for July 17, during which the council will consider his proposals to strengthen the city’s assault weapons ban and impose higher penalties for gun crimes committed near schools