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Tribune coverage: Rahm Emanuel

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

  • Emanuel set to outline re-election agenda in five speeches

    Emanuel set to outline re-election agenda in five speeches

    Nearly four months before voters will decide whether he gets a second term, Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday night began to detail what his re-election campaign will look like. The mayor plans to give five policy speeches for what he hopes will be another four years in office. “I’m going to lay out...

  • Emanuel continues building campaign finance edge

    Emanuel continues building campaign finance edge

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel widened his financial advantage over challengers in the upcoming mayoral election, reporting more than $1.1 million in contributions to his political organization in the latest state campaign finance report. Chicago for Rahm Emanuel took in $818,650 from 324 contributors from...

  • Emanuel may refund fines on 2.9-second yellows

    Emanuel may refund fines on 2.9-second yellows

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday said he's not ruling out refunds on 77,000 tickets drivers got after his administration quietly lowered the city's three-second yellow light standard earlier this year. In his first comments on the latest controversy surrounding the city's red light camera program,...

  • Emanuel budget puts off day of reckoning on police, fire pensions

    Emanuel budget puts off day of reckoning on police, fire pensions

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday gave his own take on his first-term accomplishments while presenting his 2015 budget proposal to the City Council, a speech that was as much a re-election pitch as a plan to manage the city’s tricky finances. The mayor ticked off improvements he said the city has...

  • Emanuel to raise tax on parking in garages

    Emanuel to raise tax on parking in garages

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to raise taxes on drivers who park in garages, those who own luxury skyboxes at Chicago stadiums and companies that try to avoid city taxes by making purchases in the suburbs to balance next year's budget, aides said Monday. The three tax hikes would net the city $31.4...

  • Emanuel's favorite beers and bars

    Rahm Emanuel's favorite beers and bars in Chicago

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the idea came to him while he was swimming: Why not push Chicago as a beer destination? "You can count your laps while you're swimming, or you noodle on an idea," the mayor said. "I was getting ready for a quarterly tourism meeting, and I'm struck with the idea. You know...

  • Emanuel borrows to make Michael Reese payments after failed Olympic bid

    Emanuel borrows to make Michael Reese payments after failed Olympic bid

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel has borrowed more than $21 million to start paying for the former Michael Reese hospital site that was bought as part of former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s failed bid for the 2016 summer Olympics. City Hall must now find the money to pay off both those loans and the $14.2 million...

  • Emanuel won't rule out fee hikes in 2015 budget

    Emanuel won't rule out fee hikes in 2015 budget

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday he will balance the 2015 city budget without increasing property, sales or fuel taxes, but did not rule out raising other fees. With his new spending plan a few weeks away, the mayor pointed out he has stayed away from making the politically dangerous decision...

  • Pro-Emanuel PAC raises another $1 million

    Pro-Emanuel PAC raises another $1 million

    A political fund backing Mayor Rahm Emanuel has added more than $1 million to its war chest to advocate for the mayor, his City Council allies and political positions he supports in the run-up to the 2015 city elections. The latest state campaign finance report for the Chicago Forward political...

  • Emanuel asking city 'sister agencies' to join $13 minimum wage push

    Emanuel asking city 'sister agencies' to join $13 minimum wage push

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel today continued to position himself as a supporter of wage increases for workers, taking the largely symbolic step of calling on the Chicago Public Schools and other city "sister agencies" to require contractors to pay their workers at least $13 an hour. If all the agencies go...

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