Tribune coverage: Rahm Emanuel

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

Emanuel's dessert debt: $53,000 in cheesecakes

Mayor Rahm Emanuel owes $53,000 to Eli's Cheesecake Co.

Emanuel blames Chicago crime uptick on officers second-guessing themselves

Mayor Emanuel stood by comments he made last week about Chicago cops becoming "fetal" out of concern they will get in trouble for actions during arrests.

Emanuel acknowledges his office aware of no-bid deal before vote

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday said for the first time that his staff had prior knowledge of no-bid contract at the center of federal bribery investigation.

Emanuel supports principal training amid CPS scandal fallout

Emanuel's office reiterates the mayor backs "professional development for school leaders," a day after his former schools chief was indicted.

Mayor's planned property tax breaks could hurt many renters, small businesses

Many renters and small business owners would likely pay more from an expanded homeowner's exemption under Mayor Rahm Emanuel's property tax hike plan.

Emanuel wants CPS property tax hike but mum on spending specifics

Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants Chicago taxpayers to pony up $45 million more for school construction projects, but he has given few details on how he'd spend it.

Emanuel seeking $588M property tax hike, more fees to chart 'new course'

Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to ask aldermen to increase property taxes by nearly $600 million during his second term, aides to the mayor confirmed Monday.

Emanuel accessibility collides with public frustration

Mayor Rahm Emanuel getting run out of a budget hearing was a case of his promise to be more accessible colliding with frustrated Chicagoans erupting.

Emanuel set to call for largest property tax hike in modern Chicago history

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is set to call for the largest property tax increase in modern Chicago history

Security ushers Emanuel away as Dyett protesters take to stage at budget hearing

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's security team ushered him away after protesters trying to keep open a Bronzeville high school rushed the stage at a Wednesday hearing.

Emanuel met with chants, protesters at first public budget hearing

Mayor Rahm Emanuel attends a public forum Monday about the budget, but closing of Dyett High School was predominate issue.

Mayor Emanuel won't rule out tax on ride-hailing companies

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday refused to rule out a tax on companies like Uber as part of his effort to deal with the city's huge financial problems.

Emanuel says Biden needs to gauge 'emotional energy' for run

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Vice President Joe Biden needs to decide whether he has "emotional energy" for a campaign and for serving in the event he wins.

Rahm Emanuel on NFL draft: Make Chicago its permanent home

Rahm Emanuel plans to "double down" on winning future NFL drafts, the mayor said during an appearance Thursday on WSCR-AM 670.

Emanuel again looks to Claypool amid troubles at CPS

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday introduced a new team to run the beleaguered Chicago Public Schools, naming Forrest Claypool as CEO.

Emanuel tries again to start produce bus in food deserts

Mayor Rahm Emanuel tries launching project to bring fresh fruits and vegetables to food deserts in Chicago after a similar initiative failed two years ago.

Emanuel rakes in another $612,000 in campaign cash

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is still reeling in campaign cash, collecting another $612,000 from familiar donors, three months after winning re-election.

Emanuel offers Rauner 'unsolicited advice' on pensions, Madigan

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is encouraged by facets of Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed pension bill, but cautioned against ripping House Speaker Michael Madigan.

Emanuel's City Colleges tuition changes will drive up costs for some

Tuition would increase for some part-time City Colleges of Chicago students under a proposed budget the system's board is poised to approve Thursday.

Mayor Emanuel faces tough trek toward 'grand bargain' for shoring up CPS

Mayor Rahm Emanuel needs lawmakers and unions to reshape state law and win contract concessions that would free up cash for shoring up CPS finances.

Rauner, Emanuel and Democratic lawmakers look for pension delay deal

Lawmakers this week will take a second shot at approving short-term relief for Chicago's teacher pension nightmare amid a deepening budget fight.

Rahm Emanuel laughs off boos at Blackhawks rally

Mayor Rahm Emanuel didn't escape some boos at Thursday's Blackhawks rally at Soldier Field.

Emanuel launches 2nd term agenda with airport changes, borrowing

Mayor Rahm Emanuel jump started his second-term agenda Wednesday with a focus on getting the city's financial house in order.

Rahm Emanuel faces daunting second-term challenges

Rahm Emanuel takes the mayoral oath of office for a second term Monday morning. Chicago schools and economy, Illinois pension all await him.

New Chicago City Council still driven by Emanuel agenda

Chicago City Council gets 13 new aldermen Monday, but Mayor Rahm Emanuel is still expected to be in control.

State pension ruling deals Emanuel triple blow on Chicago's finances

An Illinois Supreme Court ruling tossing the state's overhaul of its pension systems is likely to affect changes Chicago made to its pension funds.

Mayor: Approval of Burge victims fund a step toward 'removing a stain'

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and aldermen say approving a reparations fund for the torture victims of former police Cmdr. Jon Burge is a step toward righting a wrong.

Emanuel's 'people plazas' contract spurs questions about ads, exclusion

A contract for "people plazas" pushed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel has some aldermen worried about ads filling the sites and some neighborhoods ending up excluded.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel to take second-term oath at Chicago Theatre

Mayor Rahm Emanuel will start his second term indoors with a May 18 swearing-in ceremony at the Chicago Theatre.

Emanuel took free sports tickets, transportation in '14, disclosure shows

Mayor Rahm Emanuel reported taking gifts from three people in 2014: Michael Sacks, Sidney "Skip" Herman and David Herro.

Emanuel plans $200M advance on city credit card to get out of complex deals

Mayor Rahm Emanuel indicated Wednesday he plans to take a $200 million advance on Chicago's "credit card" to buy the city out of complex loan deals that have helped drag down the city's debt rating

Emanuel to kids at NFL draft event: Don't mess with city's lawn

Mayor Rahm Emanuel will join NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for a tour Wednesday of the complex for the NFL draft — which he hopes will become an annual event in Chicago.

Emanuel knocks College of DuPage for elected board

In Wednesday's "Chicago Tonight" appearance, Mayor Rahm Emanuel pointed to the College of DuPage as evidence that an elected school board doesn't necessarily prevent problems.

Mayor Emanuel sees prize in Obama library, not bid for Olympics

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is not interested in an Olympic Games bid. He said he wants something with a bigger payoff: the Obama presidential library.

Emanuel scoffs at Rauner suggestion that CPS declare bankruptcy

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday threw cold water on Gov. Bruce Rauner's suggestion that Chicago Public Schools consider bankruptcy to fix its finances.

Emanuel could find help from Springfield elusive

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's city financial plans rely on help from the state, but he could find that in short supply in Springfield, which has its own problems.

Emanuel's council critics could grow louder after election gains

Mayor Rahm Emanuel in his second term will face an opposition bloc, the Progressive Reform Caucus, that gained in both size and energy in the runoff.

Exhausted Emanuel soaks in victory, asks for some slack

An exhausted but upbeat Mayor Rahm Emanuel soaked in his re-election Wednesday, thanking voters, reflecting on strategy and asking reporters for some slack.

Emanuel: Election challenge will make me 'a better mayor'

Mayor Rahm Emanuel marked the morning after the election the same way he usually does: greeting voters at the 95th Street CTA Red Line station.

Rahm Emanuel wins second term; now comes the hard part

After winning re-election, Mayor Rahm Emanuel now must address buckling and painful-to-repair financial problems caused by decades of deferred action.

Emanuel tries to score points with Rauner attack

Mayor Rahm Emanuel offered up a double serving of political theater on Wednesday, attacking his friend Gov. Bruce Rauner and airing a contrite TV ad.

Garcia reverses stance on Obama library parkland after Emanuel criticism

Mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia now says he will support a Barack Obama presidential library on city parkland, a reversal of his previous opposition.

Emanuel and Garcia face different personality challenges

Rahm Emanuel must convince voters his style is a plus, while Chuy Garcia needs to show he has vision to lead city.

Emanuel hurt by flagging black support, low turnout

Rahm Emanuel failed to get 50 percent because of low turnout and faltering African-American support, election results show

Mayor Emanuel heads to runoff against Garcia

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is headed to a politically risky runoff election in April after conceding he won't get the 50 percent plus 1 vote he needs Tuesday night

Emanuel closing in on majority he needs to avoid runoff, Tribune poll finds

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is closing in on the 50 percent he needs to win re-election and avoid a runoff, a new Chicago Tribune poll shows.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is finding it harder the second time around

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is finding it harder to run for office the second time around, now that he's made a host of decisions that have left some angry.

Tribune poll: Mayor Rahm Emanuel leads challengers but may face runoff

Mayor Rahm Emanuel still has a ways to go to persuade voters to give him a second term next month and avoid a runoff, a new Chicago Tribune poll shows.

Emanuel expands fundraising lead

Mayor receives $427,499 in contributions, including $10,000 from Los Angeles Clippers owner Steven Ballmer, the former CEO of Microsoft.

Emanuel acknowledges some Chicagoans don't feel safe in homes

Mayor Rahm Emanuel asserted he's done on a good job on crime while acknowledging many Chicagoans don't feel safe in their own neighborhoods.

Emanuel with $6.5 million for stretch run of re-election bid

Mayor Rahm Emanuel had about $6.5 million left in his campaign fund to start the stretch run of his re-election bid, records showed Thursday.

Rahm Emanuel reimburses city $7,000 more for travel

Rahm Emanuel pays back city following Chicago Tribune questions about why he spent taxpayer money to have security detail accompany him to the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel kicks off his re-election campaign

Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired back at critics with his own tale of two cities — the old and new Chicago — as he kicked off his campaign for a second term.

With contribution limits off, Emanuel reels in more cash

Obscure candidate's decision eliminates contribution caps, allows Mayor Rahm Emanuel to collect $400,000.

Higher Emanuel fees and taxes add up

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has made much of not increasing property taxes during his first term, but he has increased a host of other taxes, fines and fees.

Emanuel launches re-election bid with TV ad, website

In bid for second term, Rahm Emanuel seeks to highlight concrete accomplishments, not controversy.

Emanuel: Too late to recoup potential losses on CPS bonds

Emanuel says it's too late to recoup funds schools may have lost on risky debt,

Mayor Emanuel advises incoming treasurer on life-work balance

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday spoke to incoming city treasurer Kurt Summers Jr. about balancing work and family life after a few aldermen cautioned him.

Emanuel defends CTA bag screening program

Chicago mayor voices support for plan to check passengers' bags

Emanuel names Preckwinkle administration official city treasurer

Mayor Rahm Emanuel appoints Kurt Summers Jr., former chief of staff to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, as city treasurer.

Emanuel set to outline re-election agenda in five speeches

Nearly four months before voters decide whether he gets another term, Mayor Rahm Emanuel began to detail what his re-election campaign will look like.

Emanuel continues building campaign finance edge

Emanuel mayoral campaign has about $8.7 million on hand in effort to retain job.

Emanuel may refund fines on 2.9-second yellows

Mayor Rahm Emanuel considers refunds of 77,000 tickets drivers got after his administration quietly lowered the city's 3-second yellow light standard.

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

Mayor Rahm Emanuel presents a 2015 budget that he said puts off what he¿s called ¿the day of reckoning¿ on police and fire pension funds.

Emanuel to raise tax on parking in garages

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's 2015 budget plan will call for higher taxes on luxury skyboxes at stadiums and again increasing the tax for parking in public garages.

Rahm Emanuel's favorite beers and bars in Chicago

As Chicago launches website to promote its beer scene, Mayor Rahm Emanuel touts Half Acre, Revolution among favorite beers

Pro-Emanuel PAC raises another $1 million

Total for Chicago Forward stands at nearly $2.4 million

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

Mayor's office says about 2,400 workers will benefit if agencies, like CPS, back requirement for contractors to pay at $13 per hour.

Emanuel taxi proposal: No fare hike, centralized dispatch

City officials and representatives of the taxi industry plan to introduce a proposal to centralize dispatch services next week in Chicago.

Emanuel pushes to reduce penalties for minor drug possession statewide

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday plans to call on state lawmakers to decriminalize marijuana possession statewide.

Emanuel sidesteps his campaign's criticism of Fioretti

Mayor Rahm Emanuel declined Tuesday to back up his campaign¿s accusation that Ald. Robert Fioretti has no political backbone, choosing instead to outline his own record for tough decisions.

Emanuel praises new firefighters, touts his record at graduation event

Mayor Rahm Emanuel praised new Chicago firefighters and paramedics, and touted his own record as mayor, during a graduation ceremony Monday at Navy Pier.

Emanuel downplays 'wine picture' with Rauner

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Bruce Rauner's positions on the minimum wage and education are more important in the governor's race than Rauner's wine club membership.

Mayor reimburses city $14,000 for travel costs

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel develops new travel policy, pays back taxpayers for money spent on trips where he did political fundraising after Tribune story.

Emanuel hounded by crime issue

New Chicago Tribune poll finds that voters are increasingly critical of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's job performance on violent crime,

Tribune poll: Voters give Emanuel low marks on his school policies

Teachers strike, school closings, budget cuts all take their toll on mayor's approval rating.

Chicago Tribune poll: Support for Mayor Rahm Emanuel falling fast in Chicago

Chicago Tribune poll finds voters have grown sharply dissatisfied with mayor, favor Lewis by 43 percent to 39 percent.

Emanuel touts progressive issues in NYC ahead of re-election bid

Mayor Rahm Emanuel heads to NYC to talk minimum wage, pre-K education

Emanuel confident Lucas museum will withstand legal challenge

The board of George Lucas' proposed museum on Wednesday unanimously agreed to take up Chicago's offer of a lakefront site to house the ¿Star Wars¿ creator's trove of art and movie memorabilia.

Emanuel touts monthly phone fee hike for pensions

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to allow gun sales in Chicago will get a City Council vote today, with aldermen likely to support the plan the mayor was forced to bring forward after a federal judge shot down the city's ban on firearms stores.

Emanuel makes book bet with Fallon on 'Tonight Show'

On The Tonight Show Rahm Emanuel offered Jimmy Fallon another bet: If Chicago kids read more books this summe, Fallon would tape his show in Chicago.

Emanuel ready to do it his way

Rahm Emanuel spent most of his political career in Washington, and he's bringing some of the DC style of management with him to City Hall.