Mayor Rahm Emanuel is teaming up with the U.S. Department of the Navy in the launch of a summer program that will provide intensive science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to more than 1,000 students in Chicago Public Schools.
An agreement on contract and pension issues has been reached between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the union representing Chicago Police sergeants that includes an annual 2 percent pay raise and pension reform.
Chicago's Fraternal Order of Police union wants a 12 percent pay raise over two years and a $3,000 yearly "cost of living in Chicago" stipend to offset the expense of their requirement to live within city limits.
The lawyer representing Chicago's retirees is calling on the Emanuel administration to put a five-year extension on the 55 percent city subsidy for retiree health care, arguing that doing so would give the federal health care law time to work out potential kinks in implementation.
On Thursday, the Chicago City Council unanimously passed an ordinance that will make the city a national leader in the protection of employee wages. Employers in the city will be held accountable if found guilty of wage theft, thanks to the new ordinance, and could have their business licenses revoked, making the city one of only two municipalities in the nation that has such a law on its books. San Francisco is the only other American city to have similar wage theft safeguards.
“This ordinance helps change the conversation about good business. To be pro-business also includes caring about how employees are treated,” said Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th), who worked with Arise Chicago to get the ordinance passed. “I think this marks an important step in leveling the playing field for the many ethical business owners in our city."
Proposed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel last March and approved by the Chicago City Council in April, the Infrastructure Trust outlined a way to finance infrastructure projects in the city during a time of prolonged federal and state budget crises and near absolute political aversion to tax increases. Its polarizing central concept of private companies investing in public infrastructure and then receiving some undefined return on their investment was alternately seen as a revolutionary way to improve Chicago and a nefarious step towards private investors opaquely dictating public policy. We take a look at what has come of the controversial Trust thus far.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he supports more thorough
background checks and a standard on federal gun prosecution Tuesday night
during a South Side panel discussion with policymakers and scholars
about the politics of guns in America.
The public meeting was on the eve of President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden’s announcement of a comprehensive gun control package,
that calls on Congress to pass an assault weapons ban and law requiring background checks on all gun buyers. The sweeping gun control plan also included 23 executive orders that call for, among other things, additional provisions on background check for gun purchasers, improved access to mental health care, and an end to the ban on federal research on gun violence.
package comes on the heels of the Newtown, Conn. elementary school
shooting that left 20 children and six adults dead, which Obama has said was the worst day of presidency, among other recent
mass killings with guns.
view is whatever you can do by executive order take care of it,”
Emanuel said to veteran journalist Tom Brokaw, who moderated the
University of Chicago Institute of Politics’ event.
One day after reports surfaced that the owner of a custodial firm
failed to disclose that he sold half his stake in the company prior
to winning a $99 million city contract, members of SEIU*, which represents former janitors at O'Hare Airport, are calling on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to void the deal that resulted in the laying off of more than 300 workers last month.
a press conference held Tuesday outside of Emanuel’s city hall office,
SEIU Local 1 President Tom Balanoff said a recent report in the Chicago Sun-Times
regarding United Maintenance Co. Inc., owner Richard Simon showed that
he “knowingly violated” city requirements by not fully disclosing the
company’s ownership status until after it had won the bid to
provide janitorial services at O’Hare Airport.