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Governor Bruce Rauner has blamed Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel for failure on the city’s violence.

Governor Bruce Rauner says Rahm Emanuel has "failed horribly" on public safety. The comments came after gunfire in the city last weekend injured more than 70 people and killed at least 11.

The Republican said Thursday that Chicago police have not received sufficient personnel, equipment or staffing assistance to be effective.

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Organizers of a petition drive to impose term limits for Chicago mayors say they have enough signatures to put the question before voters.

Former Illinois governor Pat Quinn on Monday filed 86,481 signatures to get a binding referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot. That is 33,962 signatures above the legal requirement.


A federal judge ruled Friday that the U.S. Justice Department does not have the authority to withhold grants from the city of Chicago because of its policies that provide sanctuary to immigrants.

The city sued Attorney General Jeff Sessions last August after the Justice Department ordered Chicago and other sanctuary cities to give 48-hours' notice before releasing from custody immigrants who entered the country illegally. The Justice Department also sought access to jails by federal agents and the sharing of citizenship information.

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Former Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy announced plans Wednesday night to run for mayor against the man who fired him after the release of dashcam video showing a white police officer fatally shooting a black teenager.

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel are among the Illinois politicians criticizing President Donald Trump's decision to bar transgender people from serving in the military.

Duckworth is an Iraq War veteran who lost both legs after her helicopter was shot down in 2004. The Democratic senator said Wednesday that she "didn't care if the American troops risking their lives to help save me were gay, straight, transgender or anything else." She said the policy is "counterproductive to our national security."

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner expressed his reservations about two recent state bills.  One would raise the state's minimum wage; the other would allow Chicago residents to elect their own school board.

Both houses of the General Assembly approved a plan to step up the minimum wage to $15 per hour over the next five years from the current level of $8.25.  Rauner said he was willing to support an increase to $11 per hour but attacked Democrats for seeking more without GOP support.


The Illinois Senate will consider a measure that would let Chicagoans elect their school board rather than have members appointed by the mayor.

House Bill 1774 would set the first school board elections in 2023. That means whoever’s elected mayor in 2019 still would be able to make appointments through that term.


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By a vote of 10-3, an Illinois House committee has approved a controversial bill that would imprison repeat gun offenders for up to 14 years.

Opponents argue there’s no evidence the proposal would do anything to reduce gun violence.

With less than a week before the end of this year’s legislative session, Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson testified before the House Judiciary-Criminal Law Committee in a marathon hearing.

  While the historic 22-month Illinois budget impasse has dominated the legislative session in Springfield again, state lawmakers also have grappled with how to respond to Chicago’s gun violence. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to sell the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago, but Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to know the state's plans for the rail stop underneath it.

The station at Clark and Lake streets includes stops on the Blue, Brown, Green, Orange and Purple train lines.

"I’m not gonna stick that on Chicago taxpayers," Emanuel said.  He argues the developer or state government should foot the bill. 

A Rauner spokeswoman says the state always has wanted to partner with the city on the project.

Chance the Rapper donated $1 million to Chicago Public Schools Tuesday.  

He characterized it as a "call to action", and comes after a meeting with Gov. Bruce Rauner.  The governor had congratulated Chance for his recent grammy wins, and invited him to meet.  However, Chance, who supports increased funding for the school district, says the meeting wasn't successful.  


Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the public can now request to see emails from his personal accounts that relate to official city business.


Emanuel this week released thousands of pages of emails from two of his personal email accounts.

The Better Government Association sued for those emails, arguing the public is legally entitled to see emails that deal with government business.

Emanuel agreed to release them, but he has a warning.

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More than 2,000 pages of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s emails have been released.

It’s the end of a lawsuit over Emanuel’s use of private emails for city business.

Emanuel was sued by the Better Government Association.

In a statement, attorneys for the BGA and the city say they disagree whether city business done on personal email accounts is subject to public disclosure laws.

But regardless of that disagreement, Emanuel released 5 years of his emails.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner was part of an 80-member delegation that traveled to the Vatican.  They witnessed Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich become a cardinal.

Other notable members of the group included Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emaneul.   None of their trips were financed by taxpayers.  

In a Facebook video, Rauner said he had a lot of “interactions” with the delegation.  

  The battle between Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel continues after the city council voted to raise water and sewer taxes.

Emanuel wants the money to go toward underfunded city pensions.  He also needs Rauner and state lawmakers to approve his plan to change pension benefits.

But Rauner is critical of the mayor’s proposal.


Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says a voter referendum aimed at imposing term limits on Chicago's mayor and creating a consumer advocacy position won't make the November ballot.

Quinn told The Associated Press he's short of the roughly 53,000 signatures required by a Monday deadline. The Democrat says his goal is to get 100,000 signatures, and he's got roughly 20,000.

He launched the petition drive in June but wouldn't say for which election. He tells AP he's aiming for the 2018 primary, when Illinois next elects a governor.

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Justices had some harsh words Thursday for city officials in a ruling.

For years, the City of Chicago skipped putting money into pension funds. And now, attorneys say two pension accounts will run out of money in a decade.

Mayor Emanuel had come to an agreement with several unions to reduce employee benefits to make sure they even have a retirement account, but Illinois Supreme Court justices said the state constitution won’t let them do that.

Dozens of protesters have shut down the final public meeting of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's task force on police accountability.

The Chicago Tribune reports that about 40 people moved toward the stage where task force members sat, forcing an abrupt end to the meeting at a high school in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood.

Emanuel formed the panel in response to the public outrage over the 2014 killing of black teenager who was shot 16 times by a white officer.

The anger erupted in November when the city was forced to release video of the killing.

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says 5,000 jobs will be created out of a newly-minted $1.3 billion deal to build the final runway in the overhaul of O'Hare International Airport.

The agreement between the city, United Airlines and American Airlines was announced on Saturday.

Construction is set to begin in May with the new runway opening in 2020. Emanuel touted the deal Sunday.

For years, Chicago has been untangling O'Hare's six crisscrossing runways and rearranging them in a safer and more efficient layout.

A Chicago-area lawmaker is pushing for a measure allowing the city's mayor to be recalled. Now some want to take it a step further. 

Democratic State Sen. Napoleon Harris of Harvey says he’s introducing a plan to:

"...make sure that everyone was held accountable, no matter what level of government that you're in. This goes for county, township, alderman, everyone."

A Republican is sponsoring a similar plan.

New recall proposals include one that would only apply to Chicago's mayor.


The head of Chicago's law department says a former U.S. attorney will conduct an independent review of the division that defends Chicago police after a judge last week accused a city attorney of hiding evidence in a lawsuit over a fatal police shooting.

Corporation Counsel Steve Patton said in a news release yesterday that the department has hired Dan Webb to review “practices and standards'' of the Federal Civil Rights Litigation division.

It represents Chicago and its officers in federal civil cases, including claims of excessive force.


Gov. Bruce Rauner says Illinois won't help Chicago Public Schools avert a financial "disaster'' unless Mayor Rahm Emanuel starts pushing some of the Republican governor's legislative agenda.


Rauner repeated that position Monday, saying it won't change even if CPS begins laying off thousands of teachers.

CPS faces a $1 billion budget shortfall, due largely to increasing pension payments.

Emanuel wants state lawmakers to change how pensions are funded to reduce CPS' costs and make the system more equitable for Chicago taxpayers.

The acting head of the authority that investigates complaints against Chicago Police will tout her plans for reforming the agency following outrage over shootings by police including one in which a video showed a white officer shooting black teenager Laquan McDonald 16 times.

Sharon Fairley, appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to reform the Independent Police Review Authority, will hold a news conference on Monday to outline “her vision for the agency.''

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Newly released emails reveal close coordination between the Chicago mayor's office, police and the body that investigates police shootings in the days after a white officer shot a black teenager in 2014.

Thousands of emails were released Thursday in response to open-records requests from The Associated Press and other news media regarding 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was killed in October of last year.

The video, which was not made public until Nov. 24, led to protests.

Chicago officials are expected to announce changes in police training, including a requirement that every officer responding to service calls be equipped with a Taser.

A statement from Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office said Emanuel and Interim Police Superintendent John Escalante will have a news conference at 2 p.m. today to announce "a major overhaul'' of the policy regarding how officers respond to incidents and the use of force. 

Bernie Sanders: Chicago Mayor's Support Not Needed

Dec 24, 2015

On the campaign trail in Chicago yesterday, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says he’s OK with the city’s mayor not supporting him.

In his first stop in the Mexican neighborhood of Little Village, Sanders spoke about his immigration policy in which he opposed breaking up families due to deportation.

On the near west side, he told a group of African-Americans that more money should be invested in education.

At both stops, he was greeted by Cook County Commissioner Jesus Chuy Garcia.

Emanuel: Recent Chicago Firefighter Death Raises Questions

Dec 17, 2015

The recent death of Chicago firefighter Daniel Capuano brought some strong emotions out of Mayor Rahm Emanuel Wednesday.

He told reporters the building’s owner didn’t get the proper permit to do construction on the elevator in which the firefighter fell to his death.

“I hope that gentleman carries that the rest of his life on his conscience. The Capuano children deserve better than what he did,” Emanuel said.

Emanuel says the city is referring the case to the state’s attorney for possible prosecution.

Emanuel To Meet with Justice Investigators In Police Probe

Dec 17, 2015

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he’s meeting with leaders from the Department of Justice today.

The federal agency is investigating the Chicago Police Department for civil rights violations.

"It is in our self-interest as a city that they’re here," Emanuel said, "because the problems and the challenges we have -- in the sense of police and community relations and the changes that we need -- are deep-seeded. They go way back."


Police protests are resuming in Chicago, with several students staging a "die-in'' on the sidewalk near Daley Plaza in downtown.

WLS-TV reports that the protesters lay on the ground Thursday morning for 16 minutes to represent the number of times a white police officer fatally shot a black teenager in October 2014.

The latest protest comes after a day of marches Wednesday in which hundreds took part.

Lawmakers Suggest Bill To Recall Chicago Mayor

Dec 10, 2015

Two Chicago Democrats are proposing legislation that would allow city voters to recall their mayor.

Democratic Rep. La Shawn Ford filed legislation Wednesday outlining a lengthy process for a city special election. Ford tells Chicago's WBBM-TV that people have lost confidence in Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

State Representative Mary Flowers says the recall bill probably couldn’t apply to Emanuel, since it hasn’t been passed and he’s already elected.

Flowers represents the Gresham neighborhood on the city’s South Side, where she says Emanuel hasn’t brought enough jobs.