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Rahm Emanuel Wed Nov 02 2011

Mayor Emanuel Applauds, Eases, Introduces & Proposes....

Mayor Emanuel's press shop is tireless. They must have three shifts going at full speed. They are particularly busy on days when the City Council is in session, as they send out press releases regarding the Mayor's initiatives and how they fared. Here's what the Mayor applauded, eased, introduced, commended, and proposed:

MAYOR EMANUEL APPLAUDS CITY COUNCIL FOR ENDING HEAD TAX FOR CHICAGO BUSINESSES

Today, Mayor Rahm Emanuel applauded the City Council for passing a City ordinance that ends the City's "Head Tax" - fulfilling a pledge made by the Mayor and the Administration to phase out the tax which is a deterrent for businesses to start and grow in the City. Under the Mayor's plan the "Head Tax" will be reduced by 50 percent in 2012 with its complete elimination occurring in 2014.

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MAYOR EMANUEL PROPOSES ADDITIONAL FUNDS TO RESTORE OVERNIGHT EMERGENCY SERVICES DURING CRITICAL WINTER MONTHS

Today, Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced an ordinance that would provide $200,000 towards reinstating limited emergency services between the hours of 12:00AM and 8:00AM. These funds will serve to fill a gap left by a $2.3 million state funding cut that was ordered on July 1, 2011 and went into effect on September 1, 2011 that led to the elimination of the service.

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Mayor Emanuel Introduces Park and Open Space Improvements Proposed For Five Chicago Neighborhoods

A new park and four park enhancement projects would be made possible through financial measures introduced to City Council today by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

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TIF Proposed in City Council For Improvements to Three Schools

Three Chicago schools would make assorted facility upgrades through Tax Increment Financing (TIF) assistance proposed to City Council today by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

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MAYOR EMANUEL EASES RESTAURANT INSPECTIONS FOR LOW-RISK FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS AND IMPROVES INSPECTION EFFICIENCY

Mayor Rahm Emanuel today introduced an ordinance that will make doing business in Chicago easier for new and existing food businesses by initiating a self-certification pilot program for low-risk food inspections and improving the efficiency of City inspectors. The proposal creates risk based inspections while maintaining public food safety.

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NEW PARK WILL OFFER GREENSPACE, ACCESS TO FUTURE TRAIL

A key entry point to the planned Bloomingdale Park & Trail in Logan Square was secured through a City-owned land sale approved today by City Council. The 0.30 acres of land, located at 1799-1805 N. Milwaukee Ave., will be sold to the Chicago Park District for $1.00. The Park District will then develop the site with open space amenities and use it to provide public access to the Bloomingdale Trail, currently being planned as a three-mile-long linear park on a former elevated rail line.

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MAYOR EMANUEL COMMENDS CITY COUNCIL FOR PASSAGE OF REVISIONS TO VACANT BUILDING ORDINANCE

Mayor Emanuel today commended Alderman Pat Dowell and the other members of the City Council for their passage of a revised vacant buildings ordinance that clarified and strengthened the innovative law passed by the City Council this summer.

 
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