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Mayor's Office

Mon, 07/22/2013 - 3:44pm

While announcing the lease of the Illinois Port Authority District to the Broe Group on Sunday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel blamed the state’s $100 billion pension shortfall and the city’s $19 billion in unfunded pension liability as the reason for the recent layoff of more than 2,000 CPS teachers and staff; Emanuel called on lawmakers to deal with the pension crisis, pointing out the city's credit downgrade by Moody's Investor Services

Mon, 07/22/2013 - 10:46am

Chicago Sun-Times discussed recent issues facing Mayor Rahm Emanuel, such as Moody Investors ordering a “triple drop” in the city’s bond rating and 2,100 layoffs at CPS; UIC professor Dick Simpson, a former Chicago alderman, said these events may cost Emanuel support of African-American and independent voters

Mon, 07/22/2013 - 10:42am

Former president of now-defunct Municipal Sewer Services, Anthony Duffy, has yet to pay the City of Chicago a $428,438.74 judgment; City sued Duffy for participating in a minority-contracting scam under Mayor Richard M. Daley’s administration

Fri, 07/19/2013 - 1:22pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel debuted an informational website that will allow the city to post information on Tax Increment Financing districts; Website includes a citywide map, information on the purpose of each district and information on TIF fund distributions

Thu, 07/18/2013 - 4:11pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday morning talked about the unique aspects of the city's workforce and how his administration is helping to drive Chicago’s economy.

The mayor’s comments came during a panel discussion at a breakfast the University Club of Chicago held to promote “The Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities and Metros are Fixing our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy,” a new book by Bruce Katz, vice president and director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, and Jennifer Bradley, a fellow at the organization.

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Thu, 07/18/2013 - 10:44am

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the finalization of a five-year, $67 million contract with Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions Inc. for the installation of as many as 300 traffic cameras near city schools and parks to enforce speed limits; City expects to gain $15 million in revenue from the camera’s operation this year; ATS plans to instal as many as 50 cameras this year beginning in August, and the city is scheduled begin to issue tickets originating from the cameras in September

Wed, 07/17/2013 - 5:47pm

Sit down meeting between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson may determine whether Ferguson decides to pursue another term; Ferguson believes he should be reappointed while Emanuel suggested he should reapply for the job and make his case before a panel

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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