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Morning Spin: How Emanuel landed the NHL draft in Chicago

Welcome to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Topspin It’s Friday, Feb. 12, the day after Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced he’d landed another professional sports draft for Chicago. As the mayor...

Get Rahm on the Stand

He sure seems to know an awful lot about "Codes of Silence:" Lawyers for a woman alleging that Chicago police covered up a 2007 road-rage incident involving an off-duty officer want Mayor Rahm Emanuel to give sworn testimony about the...Show More Summary

Lawyer seeks to question Emanuel on code of silence for lawsuit

Lawyers for a woman alleging that Chicago police covered up a 2007 road rage incident involving an off-duty officer want Mayor Rahm Emanuel to give sworn testimony about the so-called "code of silence" within the Police Department. A federal jury in December found that Officer William Szura used...

Aldermen block Emanuel tobacco tax hike proposal

Opponents of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to raise the legal age to buy cigarettes in Chicago to 21 and hike a series of tobacco taxes blocked a vote Wednesday after the mayor tried to jump-start the measure by pledging to crack down on illegal smoke sales. Ald. Leslie Hairston, 5th, stood in City...

Emanuel's bid to raise age to buy cigarettes, add tobacco taxes gets initial OK

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposal to raise the legal age to buy cigarettes in Chicago to 21 and hike a series of tobacco taxes got preliminary approval from aldermen Wednesday morning after fines were increased for people caught selling illegal smokes. After aldermen balked at the plan earlier this...

Emanuel resurrects tobacco tax hike by compromising

Mayor Rahm Emanuel jump-started his proposal to raise the legal age to buy cigarettes in Chicago to 21 and raise a series of tobacco taxes after he agreed to increase fines for people caught selling illegal smokes. Aldermen on Wednesday granted preliminary approval after balking earlier this week....

Emanuel tobacco tax package stalls

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's bid to raise the legal age to buy tobacco products in Chicago to 21 stalled Monday after aldermen complained that tax increases in the ordinance would further drive up illegal cigarette sales and hurt city businesses. During more than three hours of testimony before the City...

Protesters Return To Rahm's Ravenswood House To Demand TIF Reform

  Activists rallied in front of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Ravenswood home this weekend to demand reforms to the way the city spends a special pool of money known as Tax Increment Financing. [ more › ]

Photos: Logan Square 'Witches' Put A Hex On Rahm And Local 'Slumlords'

  Three women whose affordable housing activism resembles both performance art and paganism led a ritual "action" in Logan Square Saturday afternoon to put a hex on Mayor Rahm Emanuel and so-called slumlords, and a "protective spell" on the Northwest Side. [ more › ]

5 new gates planned at O'Hare

Five new American Airlines gates will be added to O’Hare International Airport as part of a deal inked between the airline and the city, the mayor’s office announced Sunday. Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration said the new gates will be built at O’Hare’s Terminal 3 and are slated to be up and running...

Chicago Schools Borrow At High Interest Rates, District Considers Civil Rights Lawsuit Against State of Illinois

Chicago Public Schools is broke. Mayor Rahm Emanuel previously asked Republican Governor Bruce Rauner for funds to tide the largest school district in the state over. Rauner said no, but instead offered CPS the opportunity to file for bankruptcy and have the state takeover. Show More Summary

Marchers protest proposed use of tax subsidies for Uptown condos

Leading a crowd of more than 50 Uptown neighbors marching to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Ravenswood home Saturday was 3-year-old Elizabeth Burgoa. She toddled alongside her father for nearly two miles, her cheeks flushed from the cold, her tiny fingers gripping a cardboard sign that read, "I will not...

This week in the war on workers: Chicago teachers protest planned cuts and layoffs

Chicago schools and teachers are once again under serious attack from Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, and once again, the Chicago Teachers Union is showing that it is a powerful force. Thousands of teachers and supporters rallied...Show More Summary

After election rescue, African-American voters sour on Emanuel

African-American voters helped rescue Rahm Emanuel's re-election bid last year, but now that same group is among the most dissatisfied with the mayor, a comprehensive review of the results of the latest Chicago Tribune polling reveals. Last April, Emanuel got nearly 60 percent of the vote in the...

After election rescue, African-American voters sour on Emanuel

African-American voters helped rescue Rahm Emanuel's re-election bid last year, but now that same group is among the most dissatisfied with the mayor, a comprehensive review of the results of the latest Chicago Tribune polling reveals. Last April, Emanuel got nearly 60 percent of the vote in the...

Emanuel looks to regroup on Lucas Museum

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday said he will talk to "Star Wars" creator George Lucas and financier wife Mellody Hobson to figure out what's next for the filmmaker's narrative art museum, a day after a federal court judge indicated that the lakefront location could violate state law. In light of the...

A federal judge complicates the Lucas Museum land grab

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and "Star Wars" creator George Lucas got the unluckiest of several unlucky breaks on page 13. Read U.S. District Judge John Darrah's legal ruling Thursday and you find a rising repudiation of Emanuel's argument that the mayor can give Lucas the use of lakefront land for a museum...

Teachers union has triple the public support of Emanuel

Three times as many Chicagoans side with the teachers union as with Mayor Rahm Emanuel on how to improve public schools at a time when the two sides remain locked in contentious contract negotiations, a Chicago Tribune poll has found. The survey also found that Emanuel's approval rating on education...

Chicago Public Schools. Staving off collapse. For now.

Chicago Public Schools managed to sell $725 million in bonds. Only after Mayor Rahm Emanuel hustled to New York to make a personal pitch to buyers. Only after CPS agreed to pay punishing interest rates of up to 8.5 percent. Only after CPS scaled down its original bid to sell close to $1.2 billion...

Aldermen to Emanuel: Step up mental health services

A group of aldermen on Wednesday urged Mayor Rahm Emanuel to step up services for the mentally ill, saying many patients have fallen through the cracks since the administration closed half of the city's mental health clinics four years ago. But the mayor's top public health official rejected the...

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