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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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The Civic Federation Releases Report of Financial Recommendations

On Thursday, The Civic Federation released “Recommendations for a Financially Sustainable City of Chicago,” a report detailing 40 recommendations to improve the city’s finances long term. These recommendations range from public works to pensions, and are primarily directed at Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City Council. “The Civic Federation sees a need for the Mayor […]

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Mayor Emanuel Presides over First City Council Meeting

Mayor Rahm Emanuel presided over his first City Council meeting on Wednesday morning. He called for a renewed partnership with the Council in tackling the many challenges facing Chicago. “The serious challenges ahead cannot be overcome by one alderman, one committee or one Mayor,” Mayor Emanuel said to Council members. “All of us have a […]

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Rahm Emanuel’s Inauguration

Chicago’s new mayor, Rahm Emanuel, was inaugurated Monday in an outdoor ceremony at Millennium Park. Chicago Tonight talked to some of the people who came to watch about what the inauguration meant. Rahm Emanuel’s first minutes as mayor began on Monday after he was sworn in at an outdoor ceremony open to the public. Thousands […]

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Chicago City Council Reorganized

Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel announced the reorganization of the Chicago City Council on Tuesday morning. “The people of Chicago were loud and clear when they voted for change and that is exactly what we are announcing today. With the fewest number of committees in the last 50 years, this city council reorganization provides relief to taxpayers […]

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Daley’s Last City Council Meeting

Mayor Richard M. Daley convened what is expected to be his last meeting with the Chicago City Council on Wednesday morning. Chicago Tonight caught up with former alderman and head of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Political Science department about Daley’s history with the Council and some of his more memorable moments. All disagreements […]

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