After School Matters is practically a household name in Chicago. It's the city's premier afterschool program, founded 20 years ago by former first lady Maggie Daley. It offers needy high school students apprenticeships—20,000 of them this year alone.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel defended his former boss Sunday, sounding a refrain that voters may be hearing a lot from Democrats ahead of the 2012 election: Things would be a lot worse in the U.S. had President Barack Obama not been elected."
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said 138 police officers will be redeployed to a street beat by the end of this year, bringing the number of redeployed officers to more than 1000 since Emanuel took office.The mayor announced his plan with Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy on Thursday as part of his go
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is scheduled to meet with some airline executives on Monday.The mayor says he wants to discuss potential improvements to the city workforce and infrastructure that could help Chicago build its airline industry."
The Chicago Transit Authority is planning to install hundreds of electronic bus trackers at high-traffic stops throughout the city.The $3.7 million project will equip 400 bus shelters with LED screens to inform riders when the next bus is scheduled to appear.
The Chicago City Council passed an amendment to the zoning code that recognizes urban agriculture.This now makes urban farming of fruits, vegetables and fish legal in Chicago.Farms settled on vacant land have been popping up around the city – particularly in blighted areas.
The Chicago City Council is backing a casino and wants the additional revenue to pump money into local rickety infrastructure.The Black and Hispanic Caucuses successfully pushed a measure through the full City Council on Wednesday.
It’s hard to take the embarrassment factor entirely out of public events: That may be a lesson for the new Emanuel administration after Monday night’s budget town hall meeting. The gatherings take place every year; they give residents a chance to tell the mayor their priorities.