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Mayor's Office

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 10:21am

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday said Chicago Department of Transportation crews over the next few weeks will work in a geographical grid to repair potholes on Chicago’s 1,055 miles of “major thoroughfares”

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:02am

Mayor Rahm Emanuel emphatically declared in an interview with Fran Spielman of the Chicago Sun-Times that, “I am not running for president” after completing his mayoral term, or a possible second term as mayor; Emanuel also dismissed the notion that he has endorsed Gov. Pat Quinn for reelection over GOP candidate for Illinois governor Bruce Rauner, to whom the mayor has ties, because the mayor’s endorsement of Quinn actually helps Rauner

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:01am

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday said a revision of Chicago’s 75-year parking meter privatization contract saved the city roughly $2.1 million in the second half of last year; Contentious contract, which was approved under former Mayor Richard M. Daley, privatized the operation of 36,000 city parking meters for $1.1 billion

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 4:14pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday said Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett “made the right call” in her decision this week to issue guidance to Chicago Public Schools principals that, “If an individual teacher refuses to administer the [ISAT] test, you should direct that teacher to swipe out and leave the work place”; ISATs, which are slated for administration at CPS schools beginning next week, will soon be phased out

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 4:06pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday conceded that the Chicago Police Department was “slow to react” to a diffusion of street gangs that adversely affected the city’s murder rate; “We had arrested the gang leadership [in] part of my tenure correctly … so there was no leadership in these gangs,” Emanuel explained; Mayor added, “So it wasn’t two gangs fighting each other,” but, “It was two groups inside of these gangs fighting each other for turf”

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 3:56pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday said, “We think we hit the right balance” in an ordinance that would regulate the nascent ride-share industry, made up of companies like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar; Mayor’s ordinance, among other things, would require ride-share drivers to undergo criminal background checks and illegal drug tests and submit their vehicles for annual inspections

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 3:55pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said on Wednesday that city workers have been repaving roughly 8,500 potholes each day; Crews began fixing potholes a week earlier than usual this year, and in January the city launched an online feature that allows for the tracking of pothole repairs

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 1:24pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel appeared on an episode of “The Steve Harvey Show,” which was taped Tuesday and scheduled to air on WMAQ-Channel 5 at 2 p.m. Wednesday, in which the mayor recognizes community activist Andrew Holmes as part of the “Harvey’s Hero” segment; Holmes helped launch the 1-800-TELL-US anonymous tip hotline, which is designed to help combat gang violence

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 1:22pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Transit Authority President Forrest Claypool announced a CTA bus modernization program, under which some of 300 new buses – each with 10 surveillance cameras, larger windows and improved interior lighting – are scheduled to begin service this spring; All 300 buses are expected to provide service by the end of next year

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 4:06pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday referred to the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute, which is set to be located in Chicago and operated by a consortium headed by the University of Illinois’ UI Labs, as “Olympic gold”; Institute is slated to be funded by $234 million in private donations, a $70 million U.S. Defense Department grant and $16 million from the state