Rahm Emanuel

Wed, 02/15/2012
Ahead of this spring’s NATO and G8 summits, four influential aldermen on Wednesday proposed prohibiting audience members from waving signs or engaging in any “demonstration of approval or disapproval” during City Council meetings. Under the proposal, the banned conduct in the council chambers would include — but would not be limited to — “cheering...
Tue, 02/07/2012
The City of Chicago and Cook County have saved a combined $20.5 million since they began working together to maximize resources in June, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced today. The two governments saved taxpayers $9.2 million in their second quarter of collaboration, down from $11.3 million in savings...
Mon, 02/06/2012
Until recently, the sound of gunfire crackling in the streets of Englewood came from at least two or three blocks away, giving La’Keisha Gray-Sewell and her young family a fragile sense of safety and distance from the mayhem. But Gray-Sewell, who runs a mentoring program for girls, and her husband, Barry Sewell, a disc jockey, have taken no...
Tue, 01/31/2012
As Chicago Public Schools begins what are certain to be contentious contract talks with the Chicago Teachers Union, Mayor Rahm Emanuel emerged as the star of a new online video promoting charter schools and ripping the union. An exclusive interview with Emanuel highlights the 35-minute video produced by the Michigan-based Education Action Group...
Wed, 01/18/2012
Despite his reputation as a hard-charging and foul-mouthed politician, it’s a 10-letter c-word –compromise – that has become a buzzword of rookie Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration. After tweaking his 2012 budget to secure unanimous approval from the City Council in November, compromise was the word of the day at City Hall on Tuesday also....
Wed, 11/02/2011
Mayor Rahm Emanuel moved Wednesday to reinstate limited overnight emergency services for the homeless, which had been shut down after a state budget cut. A City Council ordinance introduced by Emanuel would earmark $200,000 to create two to three outreach teams, each consisting of two employees and a van, to transport homeless people to shelters...
Wed, 11/02/2011
Mayor Rahm Emanuel moved Wednesday to reinstate limited overnight emergency services for the homeless, which had been shut down after a state budget cut. A City Council ordinance introduced by Emanuel would earmark $200,000 to create two to three outreach teams, each consisting of two employees and a van, to transport homeless people to shelters...
Wed, 10/19/2011
As the City Council held its first hearing on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed 2012 budget Wednesday, its longest-serving member questioned the plan to end water fee exemptions for non-profit institutions, one of many politically-sensitive measures in the cost-cutting budget. Emanuel’s budget, which seeks to close a projected $636 million deficit,...
Wed, 10/12/2011
Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to spend nearly $150 million to make Chicago “the bike-friendliest city in the U.S.” That challenge is considerable, given Chicago’s slow start compared to Portland and other bike-centered cities, and Emanuel’s initial plan is drawing complaints about an inequitable distribution of bike-related investment. The Chicago...
Fri, 10/07/2011
A cultural anthropologist should stick inside a vault the tape of Forrest Claypool, head of the Chicago Transit Authority, addressing a sea of dark suits at the City Club of Chicago breakfast on Tuesday. Mr. Claypool offered what the French call a tour d’horizon of a decaying transit system. In 25 years, researchers can find a reality about our...