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Mon, 07/08/2013 - 11:02am

Members of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration recently sent an email to aldermen saying that restoration of paid Sunday parking in commercial districts would be subject to a review by the mayor's office; Move follows Emanuel’s promise to allow aldermen to reverse the provision in the city’s agreement with Parking Meters LLC that allows for free Sunday parking

Mon, 07/01/2013 - 3:32pm

Report by the Chicago Sun-Times noted that Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been uncharacteristically patient with local alderman Tom Tunney (44th) over the long-running debate over renovating Wrigley Field; Before the Landmarks Commission meeting last week, Emanuel ordered the commission to put off a vote on several items of concern to Tunney in order to give the alderman more time to negotiate a compromise

Mon, 07/01/2013 - 10:45am

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has told Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson he must reapply if he wants to keep his current position; Five-member “blue-ribbon panel” appointed by the mayor will review applications for the post and recommend who should serve as the city’s next inspector general

Wed, 06/26/2013 - 2:59pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced measures to the City Council on Wednesday aimed at curbing gun violence in Chicago.

One of those ordinances is designed to increase safety for students by creating  new “student safety zones” and hiking the penalties for serious weapon and gun-related offenses that take place in those zones.

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Wed, 06/26/2013 - 10:50am

Mayor Rahm Emanuel discussed a proposal to ban plastic shopping bags in Chicago but did not express a firm stance on the measure; Mayor noted that he thought there was a lot of work to be done on the proposal and said aldermen need to find the “right model” to “make necessary changes” to the ordinance

Tue, 06/25/2013 - 5:19pm

Mayor Emanuel praised the Chicago Police Department for their effective crowd control following the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup victory; Police reported 23 arrests related to Blackhawks celebrations citywide

Tue, 06/25/2013 - 4:28pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said state lawmakers’ failure to provide pension relief to CPS and lack of success in resolving the state’s pension crisis is largely to blame for the school district’s $1 billion budget deficit for the fiscal year beginning on July 1 and the associated school spending cuts; Emanuel noted that 45 percent of the school district’s budget hole is the result of pension system payments

Tue, 06/25/2013 - 10:57am

Fundraising committee Mayor Rahm Emanuel started four months ago has already generated $42 million to finance summer programs for at-risk youth; Committee has begun distributing $1.7 million in grants to 11 nonprofits funding summer programs for over 3,000 Chicago youth; Co-chaired by Allstate Insurance CEO Tom Wilson and Loop Capital Markets CEO Jim Reynolds, the committee’s initial fundraising goal was $50 million over five years

Mon, 06/24/2013 - 1:05pm

Speed cameras will be installed near 50 Chicago schools and parks in August and the city will begin issuing tickets for violators caught by the cameras in September under an agreement with Arizona-based camera operator American Traffic Solutions; Mayor Rahm Emanuel originally projected $30 million in revenue from speed camera fines this year, but an extended period of contract negotiations caused the city to cut the estimate in half

Mon, 06/24/2013 - 10:29am

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Israeli President Shimon Peres attended a signing ceremony for a research agreement between the University of Chicago and Israel’s Ben-Gurion University; Both schools have allocated more than $1 million for the project that is aimed to create nanotechnologies to aid water shortages in dry locations

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