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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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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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Blagojevich’s Sentencing Date Set

A tentative sentencing date has been set for former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, following his conviction on 17 counts during his corruption retrial this summer. U.S. District Judge James Zagel has set the hearing for October 6, 2011. Zagel said Blagojevich’s sentencing hearing could last anywhere from two hours to two days, depending on the […]

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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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Ameya Pawar: Alderman of the People

So far, Ameya Pawar appears to be bucking the political system in the way he appoints staff, deals with ward construction projects and runs his ward office. Some say the freshman alderman is the new face of changing politics in Chicago. He was the dark horse candidate in the 47th ward’s last election, and now […]

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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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Mayor Emanuel Highlights Cost-Saving Initiatives

On Thursday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel met with City of Chicago of department leaders and their employees to discuss the progress of current efficiency initiatives aimed at improving city services, achieving cost savings and streamlining operations. “I commend these departments for the real progress they are making,” said Mayor Emanuel. “The entire city government should be […]

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Emanuel Increases World Business Chicago Board

On Wednesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the expansion of the World Business Chicago board to nearly 50 members, effective immediately. “The new board leadership and structure of World Business Chicago will strengthen its ability to attract new businesses and create jobs here,” said Mayor Emanuel. “The new structure will directly link World Business Chicago to […]

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New City Employee Reimbursement Policy

On Monday, the city of Chicago released a new City-Wide Reimbursement Policy for city employees after Comptroller Amer Ahmad issued a report reviewing previous practices, both in response to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s order to reevaluate the City’s reimbursement and credit card policies. The Comptroller will be on Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm to discuss the […]

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Got a Question for Sen. Mark Kirk?

Sen. Mark Kirk joins us on Monday, July 11 on Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm to discuss several topics, including budget cuts, international affairs, the debt ceiling talks, the DREAM act, Illinois issues and more. Want to ask Sen. Kirk a question? E-mail us or post your questions below, and we may use your question […]

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Illinois Budget Cuts

On Thursday, July 1, Gov. Pat Quinn signed a new general revenue funds budget after cutting approximately $376 million from the amount approved by the Illinois House of Representatives. “Line by line, I have carefully examined the budget passed by the General Assembly and identified areas for improvement and reduction,” said Quinn. “I also re-prioritized […]

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Mayor Emanuel’s New Ethics Ordinance

On Tuesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced his plan to introduce an ethics ordinance to Chicago’s City Council on Wednesday, July 6th during their meeting. The ordinance aims at creating the most comprehensive lobbyist disclosure database in the country, in order to render the city government more transparent. “I promised during the campaign to reform city […]

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