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Mayor's Office

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 3:53pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday attended a ground-breaking ceremony for West Rogers Park’s $15 million Devon Avenue streetscape project, which is funded primarily by Tax Increment Financing monies and for which work began earlier this week; Widened sidewalks, new trees and new artwork are slated to come under the project; Emanuel said, “I cannot think of a better street that represents the coming together of many, many, many different faiths in a common purpose”

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 3:17pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday announced the city is offering about 23,000 city jobs to undocumented students who immigrated to the United States five-or-more years ago; City has made more than 22,000 summer job program-positions, 500 city internships and volunteer jobs and 30 Mayor’s Office fellowships available to such students

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 2:09pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is expected to establish a task force charged with identifying possible sites for “Star Wars” creator George Lucas’ $300 million Lucas Cultural Arts Museum after Lucas expressed an interest in Chicago hosting the museum; Emanuel administration said it plans to submit a proposal to Lucas, who recently married Mellody Hobson of Chicago-based Ariel Investments

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 3:00pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday said it’s “not even worth applying” for summer jobs program funding after the federal government has reduced its funding for such programs; Emanuel said, despite the lack of funding, the city this year plans to offer summer jobs programs to 22,000 Chicagoans between the ages of four and 24, up from 20,000 last year

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 11:42am

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has plans to propose levying a lease tax on downtown office towers as part of an attempt to generate revenue for a $600 million hike in the city’s required contribution to Chicago’s firefighter and police officer pension funds, a source told the Chicago Sun-Times; Aldermen Brendan Reilly (42nd), Scott Waguespack (32nd) and Bob Fioretti (2nd) are expected to express opposition to the proposal

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 3:57pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) presented the new international Terminal 5 at O’Hare Airport on Friday after the completion of a $26 million overhaul.

The new terminal features 24 retailers and restaurants, 11 of which are Chicago-based, according to a mayoral press release. Over 400 fulltime jobs are expected to be created at the establishments, which include Rick Bayless’ Tortas Frontera, The Goddess & Grocer and “a wide variety of culinary options” from Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises.

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Thu, 04/03/2014 - 11:56am

Mayor Rahm Emanuel at Wednesday’s City Council meeting responded to aldermen’s passage of a resolution last week in which the city called for the end of Russia’s military takeover of Crimea by saying Chicago shouldn’t create its own foreign policy

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 3:59pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said on Tuesday that his pension negotiation proposal, which would replace Chicago public workers’ 3 percent COLA with increases equal to half of the inflation rate and require a 2.5 percent increase in workers’ retirement contributions, does not qualify as a “cut” to benefits; Mayor said, “I’ll tell you what a cut looks like, not getting a retirement check”; Emanuel’s measure also calls for a city property-tax increase

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 12:46pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Howard Tullman, CEO of the 1871 technology startup hub, on Tuesday announced commitments from area businesses to create 10 or more new jobs each over the next two years; Centro, Food Genius, SpotHero, Cleversafe, Context Media and AdYapper were among the companies to make job-creation commitments

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 4:12pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday used a $1.5 million Equi-Trust Life Insurance Company contribution and a $1 million Laura and John Arnold Foundation pledge to help offer the Match Education program to 1,000 Chicago Public Schools students; Program for at-risk teenagers, described as a combination of “math tutoring on steroids” and sports-based guidance, served 600 students before the new funding