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Mayor's Office

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 3:51pm

Chicago Public Library spokeswoman Ruth Lednicer said Mayor Rahm Emanuel has favorable odds in his bet with NBC’s “The Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon that Chicago children could read at least 2.4 million books in Summer Learning Program; About 71,000 Chicago youth read 2.1 million books last summer, and more kids are expected to participate this year; Fallon’s “The Tonight Show” would film an episode in Chicago if Emanuel wins the bet

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 4:34pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday announced the city sued five pharmaceutical companies, claiming the drug makers have overstated the benefits of the opiate-based prescription drugs they produce, in turn fueling an epidemic of addiction in Chicago and throughout the United States.

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Tue, 06/03/2014 - 4:19pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday will appear on Jimmy Fallon’s the “Tonight Show” on NBC; Emanuel said he would make an appearance on the show if Fallon participated with the mayor in March’s Special Olympics Chicago Polar Plunge fundraiser, which the “Tonight Show” host did

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 1:52pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Minimum Wage Working Group is scheduled to hold its first of five public hearings Monday, at Kennedy-King College from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Working group – comprised of 16 elected officials, business executives and nonprofit leaders – is charged with exploring the possibility of raising Chicago’s minimum wage, although Emanuel has not revealed specifics of the proposal

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 1:50pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel reached out to Kathy Byrne, the daughter of former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne, to say he is working to honor the former mayor with a monument or tribute; Byrne is Chicago’s first and only woman to serve as mayor; Mayoral press secretary Kelley Quinn said, “The mayor feels Mayor Byrne was a trailblazer and ahead of her time,” adding, “He extended his help in doing what he could to” honor her

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 3:43pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday called for Gov. Pat Quinn to enact legislation that would allow juveniles in Illinois who are arrested for but not charged with certain crimes to have the arrests expunged from their records; Emanuel said, “This is giving kids a fresh start and a way, in my view, of getting a job and, most importantly, a college education”

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 1:28pm

Office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a tentative agreement in which U of I Health System would continue operating the Englewood Neighborhood Health Clinic, located at 641 W. 63rd St., which provides low-cost medicinal, pediatric, obstetric and vision services; U of I under its Mile Square program operates "a dozen" neighborhood health clinics that serve about 24,000 “mostly-minority clientele” a year, according to DNAinfo Chicago

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 4:06pm

Office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a Thursday press release cited a recent study that revealed nearly 60 percent of firearms used to commit crimes in Chicago between 2009 and 2013 were first purchased out of state; Report also revealed the Chicago Police Department takes seven times as many guns used in crimes off the street as police in New York City, and twice as many as the Los Angeles Police Department

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 4:04pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Gov. Pat Quinn and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on Thursday announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture has qualified the Great Lakes Region as one of the country’s eight “Critical Conservation Areas”; Designation makes the region eligible to compete for $138 million in USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program grants

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 3:34pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, after data revealed all-but-one of the Chicago communities representing the top 20 percent of marijuana arrests is predominantly black, ordered Chicago Police Department Superintendent Garry McCarthy to publically explain the disparity; Chicago Police in 2013, after a city ordinance allowed officers discretion in arresting or issuing tickets to individuals for misdemeanor marijuana possession, arrested 5,000 fewer people for possession than in 2011