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Tribune coverage: Rahm Emanuel

Read selections from the Tribune's ongoing coverage of Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

  • Emanuel's dessert debt: $53,000 in cheesecakes

    Emanuel's dessert debt: $53,000 in cheesecakes

    After winning a hard-fought run for re-election last spring, Mayor Rahm Emanuel owes more than the cliche debt of gratitude to voters for giving him a second term, and as he put it, “a second chance.” He also owes a debt of dessert to Eli’s Cheesecake Co. — for $53,755. That’s about 1,800 cheesecakes...

  • Emanuel blames Chicago crime uptick on officers second-guessing themselves

    Emanuel blames Chicago crime uptick on officers second-guessing themselves

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday stood by his contention that Chicago police officers are becoming "fetal" out of concern they will get in trouble for actions during arrests, blaming officers second-guessing themselves in the wake of high-profile incidents for rising crime rates in Chicago and elsewhere....

  • Emanuel acknowledges his office aware of no-bid deal before vote

    Emanuel acknowledges his office aware of no-bid deal before vote

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday said his staff "asked some very hard questions" about a no-bid contract before the Chicago school board approved it — his first acknowledgment that his office had prior knowledge of the deal now at the center of a federal bribery investigation. The comments come on...

  • Emanuel supports principal training amid CPS scandal fallout

    Emanuel supports principal training amid CPS scandal fallout

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office reiterated his support for "professional development for school leaders" a day after his former schools chief was indicted on charges she steered contracts for training to a recent employer in exchange for bribes and kickbacks. Emanuel has emphasized the importance of...

  • Mayor's planned property tax breaks could hurt many renters, small businesses

    Mayor's planned property tax breaks could hurt many renters, small businesses

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel has framed his record $588 million property tax hike plan around the notion that it will include breaks for those of modest means, but hundreds of thousands of renters who fit that description are still likely to pay more because they can't benefit from the mayor's safeguards....

  • Emanuel wants CPS property tax hike but mum on spending specifics

    Emanuel wants CPS property tax hike but mum on spending specifics

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants Chicago taxpayers to pony up $45 million more per year for school construction projects as part of his record property tax increase, but he has given few details on how he'd spend the windfall. The mayor won't say what schools would benefit, which projects would be tackled...

  • Emanuel seeking $588M property tax hike, more fees to chart 'new course'

    Emanuel seeking $588M property tax hike, more fees to chart 'new course'

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday will call for property tax increases totaling $588 million over the next four years, part of an unprecedented series of tax and fee hikes he wants to shore up police and fire pension funds and balance the budget. Five months after voters gave him a second chance, Emanuel...

  • Emanuel accessibility collides with public frustration

    Emanuel accessibility collides with public frustration

    About half an hour after angry protesters had forced Mayor Rahm Emanuel out of his own town hall meeting, a couple dozen of them continued to dance and chant in celebration on a stage Chicago's mayor was supposed to have commanded. "Shut it down!" they shouted over and over, as Emanuel slipped...

  • Emanuel set to call for largest property tax hike in modern Chicago history

    Emanuel set to call for largest property tax hike in modern Chicago history

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel is set to call for the largest property tax increase in modern Chicago history to raise enough money to make a major pension payment for police and firefighters next year, the mayor's City Council floor leader and a City Hall source told the Chicago Tribune late Wednesday. The...

  • Security ushers Emanuel away as Dyett protesters take to stage at budget hearing

    Security ushers Emanuel away as Dyett protesters take to stage at budget hearing

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel had to be ushered off by his security detail during a public hearing on the city budget Wednesday night after protesters trying to keep a South Side high school open took to the stage. The disruption forced an early end to the meeting that drew about 500 people to the South Shore...

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