Government

New Efficiency Plans for the Department of Buildings

On Wednesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a new plan for the Department of Buildings to increase efficiency when attaining building permits, and by decreasing time it takes to get permits, also decrease the number of taxpayer dollars the Department spends. “We are taking much-needed steps to increase efficiency and decrease the time it takes developers […]

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Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Leadership

The annual Chicago Air & Water show gets underway on Aug. 20 and 21. We talk to the city’s new Commissioner of Cultural Affairs, Michelle Boone, about this and the uncertain future of arts in Chicago given the budget constraints on Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm. Watch a video about the upcoming event below. On May […]

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Chicagoans Submit Budget Solution Ideas to Mayor

Last Friday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the launch of the City’s interactive budget website, and since then the Mayor has contacted some of the more active contributors in order to thank them for sharing their ideas and also further discuss their ideas for solving Chicago’s financial troubles. “The creative ideas streaming into www.ChicagoBudget.org prove the […]

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90,000 City Contracts Now Online

On Wednesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel posted over 90,000 city contracts online on the City’s data portal as part of his continued effort to make City government more transparent and accountable. “These efforts will increase the openness and efficiency of the City’s contracting process,” said Mayor Emanuel. “By posting this data online in an easy-to-use format, […]

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Business Weekend for Top Students

On Wednesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced ThinkChicago, a new program dedicated to bringing top students from regional universities to Chicago for a weekend in order to learn about business, network with professionals and consider a post-graduate career in Chicago. “My administration is committed to investing in the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs,” said Mayor […]

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Quinn Signs Illinois DREAM Act

On Monday, Gov. Pat Quinn signed the Illinois DREAM Act to establish a privately funded college scholarship program for high school graduates from immigrant families, regardless of legality. Mayor Rahm Emanuel also spoke at the event. “Immigrants are a driving force in our city’s cultural and economic life, and opening the way for all Chicago […]

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Mayor Emanuel Launches Interactive Website for 2012 Budget Process

On Friday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel revealed a preliminary projected budget gap of $635.7 million for the City’s 2012 budget. The Mayor also announced the launch of an interactive website about the 2012 budget process so that Chicagoans can share their input, and released the City’s first-ever Annual Financial Analysis. “I have committed to making the […]

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City Council Meeting

A series of ordinances were introduced in Thursday’s City Council meeting, including the following: –Mayor Emanuel introduced eight ordinances supporting economic development and affordable housing for seniors and low-income renters. According to the Mayor, “Our goal is to foster the development of neighborhoods where commercial and affordable housing, jobs and open spaces contribute to continued […]

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City Council Passes Ethics Reform Ordinance

On Thursday, the Chicago City Council passed an ethics ordinance introduced by Mayor Rahm Emanuel which will create a level of transparency unprecedented in the history of Chicago’s city government. “I promised during the campaign to reform city government and change the way we do business at City Hall,” said Mayor Emanuel. “Today’s ethics ordinance […]

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50 Additional Policemen for CTA

On Wednesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) President Forrest Claypool and CTA Board Chairman Terry Peterson announced that the CTA will spend $10 million to hire 50 full-time police officers from the Chicago Police Academy to patrol Chicago’s rail and bus stations. “The CTA is proud to announce […]

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Mayor Emanuel Seeks to Expand Urban Farming

On Tuesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that the City of Chicago will introduce a new ordinance on Thursday to expand community gardens and urban farms. The ordinance will stimulate economic development, create jobs, and increase the accessibility of healthy food options in Chicago food deserts. “It is unacceptable that thousands of Chicagoans live in communities […]

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Mayor Emanuel Announces Reforms in City Contracting

On Thursday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chief Procurement Officer Jamie Rhee announced various reforms to improve the transparency, accountability and cost-effectiveness of the city’s contracting process. The reforms will affect the competitive bidding process, establishing an eBay-like Reserve Auction to save the city possibly millions in taxpayer dollars. “In order to advance Chicago as the […]

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Emanuel Creates Office of New Americans

On Tuesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the Office of New Americans, a new department devoted to supporting Chicago’s global immigrant communities. “Chicago’s vitality has been built on the strength of immigrant populations that have come to enjoy new freedoms and access new opportunities,” said Mayor Emanuel. “I want to make Chicago the most immigrant-friendly city […]

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Emanuel Introduces Managed Competition to Chicago’s Recycling Program

On Monday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced changes to the city’s Blue Cart Recycling program in order to make it more effective and eventually provide recycling to people throughout the entire city. One change involves the implementation of managed competition. Public and private sector companies will compete to see who can offer the best service at […]

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Emanuel Announces Innovation Delivery Teams

On Thursday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that Bloomberg Philanthropies will fund the creation of an Innovation Delivery Team for the purposes of increasing City government efficiency. “Bloomberg Philanthropies’ generous grant will create a top-notch team in the Mayor’s Office to help us deliver better services to taxpayers for less,” said Mayor Emanuel. “I’m committed to […]

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