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Mayor's Office

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 5:30pm

Jobs, tourism dollars and a new basketball arena are just some of the perks promised in the city’s redevelopment plans for Navy Pier and McCormick Place.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday unveiled the “Elevate Chicago” initiative, which includes plans for an “entertainment district” in the area surrounding the McCormick Place convention center and a redesign of Navy Pier public and commercial spaces.

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Thu, 05/16/2013 - 3:29pm

Teamsters Local Union No. 727 has backed out of attempts to represent O’Hare International Airport janitors employed by United Mantenaince Cos. Inc., which has a five-year, $99.4 million contract with the city for janitorial services at O’Hare

Thu, 05/16/2013 - 3:28pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office has returned $15,000 in campaign contributions from three leaders of the tech firm CityScan and removed the company from the city’s list of qualified-vendors for the mayor’s municipal marketing contract; Emanuel’s actions came after the Chicago Tribune inquired about the company’s contributions that appeared to violate executive orders the mayor signed in 2011

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 12:39pm

Aldermen and union leaders criticized Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to phase out city-subsidized healthcare for retired city workers beginning on Jan. 1, 2014; Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President Mike Shields pointed out that the city’s $108.7 million a year in healthcare costs are just a fraction of its annual budget and Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd) said money the mayor has proposed allocating for a new DePaul University basketball stadium could cover retirees' healthcare costs

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 12:35pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday announced the city will spend $1 million to help launch the Arts Education Plan for the Chicago Public Schools next school year; Program’s goals include providing weekly arts instruction to CPS students, increasing arts training for teachers and school officials, establishing additional arts-related community partnerships for schools and increasing funds for arts-related instruction in every school

Wed, 05/15/2013 - 10:10am

Mayor Rahm Emanuel will extend the city’s 55 percent subsidy of healthcare costs for 30,000 retired city workers through Jan. 1, 2014, but will completely phase out the coverage by January of 2017 in an attempt to save the city $108.7 million a year in healthcare expenses; 5,500 former city employees who retired before Aug. 23, 1989, will continue to receive subsidized healthcare for the remainder of their lives

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 3:53pm

Sources told the Chicago Sun-Times that Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plans for construction of a McCormick Place-area basketball arena for DePaul University involve the use of $125 million in public funds; Tax-increment financing would be used to provide $55 million of those funds while the other $70 million would come from hotel tax revenues

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 1:04pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel allocated $750,000 in private donations leftover from last year’s NATO Summit to launch “Night Out in the Parks,” an initiative to bring 750 cultural events to city neighborhood parks this summer

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 5:08pm

Sources told the Chicago Sun-Times that Mayor Rahm Emanuel is expected to unveil plans for a new $300 million arena for DePaul University at McCormick Place; DePaul will commit $100 million toward the project, the state would contribute $100 million and a sponsor would cover the remaining $100 million in costs in exchange for naming rights

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 3:23pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Choose Chicago on Monday announced that Chicago’s hotel occupancy rate during the month of April was 78.8 percent, a record for the city; Rate represents a 3.1 percent increase from the 76.4 percent Chicago hotel occupancy rate during April of last year