Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Chicago, Illinois

Editorial Board Calls for Tax Increment Financing Reform in Chicago

The Chicago Tribune says the city of Chicago can't be trusted with tax increment financing (TIF), so it's time for a do-over.

June 25, 2019 - Chicago Tribune

O'Hare Blue Line

O'Hare Tunnel, Proposed by Elon Musk, Looks Dead on Arrival in Chicago's New Political Regime

Advocates are relieved Elon Musk's proposal to build a new subterranean connection to O'Hare is dead, but still disappointed at the wasted brainpower and public funding devoted to the idea.

June 9, 2019 - Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Mayor

Evaluating the Planning and Development Record of Rahm Emanuel

Mayor Rahm Emanuel came into office in Chicago from the Obama White House. Before a new takes office mayor, on May 20, Curbed looked back at Emanuel's track record on matters related to planning.

May 19, 2019 - Curbed Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

Lincoln Yards Mega-Development Clears Final Legislative Hurdle

A Chicago City Council vote to approve tax increment financing for the massive Lincoln Yards redevelopment proposal scored a surprising reversal and a big win for outgoing Mayor Rahm Emanuel, with an assist from Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot.

April 17, 2019 - Politico

Chicago Harbor, City Skyline, Illinois

Comprehensive Building Code Update Approved in Chicago

Chicago's new building code is hailed as a major achievement for the city, labor unions, and the construction and development industries in the city.

April 12, 2019 - MAPS

Chicago Street

Report Identifies Priorities for Chicago's Mobility Future

A new mobility task force report looks to guide the city toward a more multimodal transportation system that addresses accessibility and congestion.

March 22, 2019 - Chicago Tribune


Post-Amazon Chicago: Mayor Seeks $1.7 Billion in Subsidies for Downtown Developments

Making the case that proposed developments won't come to fruition with support from tax increment financing, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is moving quickly to shore up development plans now that Amazon has moved on.

November 7, 2018 - Chicago Tribune

Trump Sign

Another Chicago Skyscraper Sign Controversy

Regulations crafted in the wake of the Trump sign controversy of 2014 could be relaxed to let Salesforce leave its mark on the city of Chicago's skyline.

September 25, 2018 - Chicago Tribune

The Bloomingdale Trail

Evaluating Departing Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Planning Record

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel made a surprise announcement this week that he would not seek a third term in office.

September 6, 2018 - Streetsblog Chicago

Goose Island Chicago

After Scrutiny Regarding Affordable Housing Policy, Emanuel Proposes New Chicago Department of Housing

Chicago's current housing policies aren't protecting or producing affordable housing in gentrifying areas, so Mayor Rahm Emanuel is proposing a restructuring of the government. Advocates are skeptical of the idea.

June 26, 2018 - Chicago Tribune

Chicago Blue Line

Chicago's New Train to O'Hare Won't Be a Train—It's Elon Musk's 'Loop'

Loop, as in a derivation of Hyperloop, conceived by Elon Musk and to be built by his newest venture, The Boring Company, is the technology of choice for high-speed transit to O'Hare Airport.

June 16, 2018 - Chicago Tribune

Riverfront Open Space

Mayor Emanuel Wants to Open More of the Chicago River to the Public

Plans to double the length of publicly accessible riverfront will be included in Mayor Rahm Emanuel's State of the City address tonight.

April 16, 2018 - Chicago Sun Times

O'Hare Blue Line

RFQ Released for Express Train to O'Hare

Express rail between the Loop and O'Hare moves a step closer to reality

December 5, 2017 - Progressive Railroading

Chicago Commute

Chicago's Innovative Ride-Hailing Tax Approved

The Chicago City Council has approved a new budget that includes a new transit funding mechanism that could level the playing field for transit.

November 22, 2017 - Streetsblog Chicago


Op-Ed: Ride Sharing Tax Will Help Poor

Chicago's Mayor Emanuel's proposed tax would be used for the benefit of transit.

October 31, 2017 - The Washington Post


Tax Uber and Lyft to Pay for Transit? Chicago Might

The city of Chicago is already taxing rides with transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft. Now mayor Rahm Emanual wants to raise those fees and spend the extra money on transit projects.

October 18, 2017 - DNAinfo Chicago

Under Construction: An Elevated Pedestrian Path on the Chicago River

The new 312 RiverRun will connect three parks on a two-mile elevated pedestrian path.

October 16, 2017 - DNAinfo Chicago

Waterfront walkway along Navy Pier in Chicago

Money for Blighted Neighborhoods Pushed to Chicago Tourist Attraction

The administration of Rahm Emanuel okayed a financial scheme to move money for poor neighborhoods into a fund for Navy Pier, a downtown mall and theater.

July 31, 2017 - Better Government

Red Light Camera

Chicago Settles Red Light Camera Lawsuit for $37.5 Million

Opponents of red light cameras have achieved a major victory against the Rahm Administration in Chicago.

July 22, 2017 - Chicago Tribune

Chicago River Industrial Area

Developers Ready for New Opportunities Along the Chicago River

Chicago's North Branch Framework Plan and Design Guidelines, approved in May, is already having the expected effect: big, flashy developments in the pipeline.

June 23, 2017 - Chicago Tribune

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