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Mayor's Office

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 11:28am

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plans to allocate $2 million in his 2015 budget to expand the Chicago Police Department’s bike patrol force; Allocation would allow the department to double the amount of officers on bikes

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 2:14pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 60-day “Check the Stamps” campaign yielded 500 complaints of illegal cigarette sales and 225 subsequent city investigations; One-hundred-and-sixty-five businesses received 620 tickets and could be hit with fines ranging from $518,875 to $1.7 million; Tipsters will receive $100 rewards if businesses are convicted of illegal cigarette sales as a result of their tips

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 3:55pm

Despite a technical malfunction that left many disappointed with Saturday’s Great Chicago Fire Festival, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said, “I do believe this is something we want to continue to do”; Mayor added, “Clearly, we’re gonna make changes and adaptations”​

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 3:54pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday announced a new Divvy bike-share membership discount for Chicago-area college students.

The Divvy Student Membership program will allow students at the City Colleges of Chicago, DePaul University, Northwestern University, University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia College and Rush University Medical Center to purchase an annual Divvy bike membership for $20 less than Divvy’s usual $75 annual membership fee.

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Fri, 10/03/2014 - 4:09pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel acknowledged Soldier Field’s surface has a bad reputation among NFL players and said, “We’ll work on it”; Many NFL teams in northern cities have artificial-turf fields; Luca Serra, a spokesperson for the Park District’s field-management contractor SMG, said the Bears organization prefers a grass field and that the Bears and the Park District will work to keep the field in optimal condition

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 3:53pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday vowed that his proposed 2015 budget would not increase city property, sales or gas taxes.

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Wed, 10/01/2014 - 3:40pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel expressed frustration over the Federal Aviation Administration’s efforts to restore the operations of an Aurora air-traffic control facility after a disgruntled contract worker set a fire in the facility on Friday that disrupted departing and arriving flights from Chicago airports

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 4:15pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to introduce the Taxi Driver Fairness Reforms of 2014 at next week’s City Council meeting. The reforms would require the city to seek bids for the development of a smartphone app that enables consumers to hail traditional taxi cabs in a manner similar to systems used by ride-share industry drivers, among other things.

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Wed, 09/24/2014 - 4:03pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel conceded that he acted hastily in proposing to name a $60 million selective-enrollment high school planned for the Near North Side after President Barack Obama; "In my rush to honor our favorite son, I made a mistake," the mayor said; Board of Education last week said schools cannot be named after people who are still alive

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 4:02pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel during an Illinois House-Senate Joint Criminal Reform Committee hearing called on the Illinois Legislature to decrease the penalty for any individual found in possession of no more than 1 gram of any drug to a misdemeanor