WBEZ | Mayor Rahm Emmanuel http://www.wbez.org/tags/mayor-rahm-emmanuel Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Emanuel's budget receives unanimous support http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-17/emanuels-budget-receives-unanimous-support-94134 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-17/Rahm Inauguration - wbez Bill Healey.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s budget received unanimous support from the City Council Wednesday. After more than a month of vetting and tweaking, he got all 50 aldermen on board. With a $636 million deficit on the horizon, the council had to make some difficult decisions to right its course. <a href="http://ward32.org/" target="_blank">Ald. Scott Waguespack</a> hoped to avoid cuts to libraries and mental health services. However, the approved budget has about 180 fewer library employees and a dozen mental health clinics will be consolidated to six. To unpack the approved budget, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> spoke to Ald. Waguespack and city budget director Alexandra Holt.</p><p><em>Music Button: The Budos Band, "His Girl", from the album II (Daptone)</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 17 Nov 2011 15:17:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-17/emanuels-budget-receives-unanimous-support-94134 New presidents for City Colleges of Chicago http://www.wbez.org/story/new-presidents-city-colleges-chicago-87663 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-June/2011-06-09/Emmanuel CCC.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Most of the city colleges of Chicago will be getting new leadership. Mayor Rahm Emanuel endorsed recommendations for five new presidents of the seven city colleges.<br> <br> In a press conference on Thursday, he said new presidents, a new board and a new plan to increase accountability in the system have to happen.</p><p>Mayor Emanuel pounded the table while saying, "You cannot continue with a seven percent graduation rate. You cannot continue with a system with a declining enrollment when everyone else during the recession was seeing dramatic increases."</p><p>The new presidents were picked from a pool of 140 candidates in a national search. The colleges board of trustees will vote on the leadership in a meeting next week.</p><p>The mayor also said he'd like to expand dual credit classes in Chicago high schools.&nbsp; These classes allow high schoolers to earn community college credit in addition to high school credit. Emanuel said he hopes that will increase student focus and "get them on a track where they have a future in mind."</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 09 Jun 2011 21:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/new-presidents-city-colleges-chicago-87663