Google “Ari Emanuel” and “uber,” and you’ll find frequent references to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s brother as the “Hollywood uber-agent” for many of the world’s most popular entertainers. What’s far less known is Ari Emanuel’s ownership interest in Uber Technologies Inc. Uber is the fast-growing technology company locked in a high-stakes dispute in places across the country, including Chicago. Critics here say the Emanuel administration favors Uber and similar companies offering ride-sharing phone apps, at the expense of century-old taxi and car-service industries.
Clearly perturbed by a round of Bruce Rauner robo-calls made to Chicago residents on Tuesday, Rahm Emanuel took out the political filet knife and stuck it right into the mayor’s old fishing buddy — using Rauner’s own words against him. Emanuel’s camp said Rauner’s move to call tens of thousands of Chicago property owners and tell them Gov. Pat Quinn should veto a bill that aims to stabilize the city’s pensions, amounted to someone who was “already acting like a career politician.”
Before a standing-room-only crowd of immigration reform activists, Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Jim Oberweis on Tuesday offered a mea culpa for a track record of taking harsh stances on illegal immigrants.
CPS puts $100 million price tag on mayor’s AC-in-schools edict
Chicago Public Schools put a $100 million price tag Tuesday on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s sudden mandate to air-condition classrooms in 206 schools, even as CPS faces a $1 billion shortfall and many other pressing capital needs.
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, who is mulling a presidential run, said today that he’s set out to bring more African Americans into the Republican party and Chicago wasn’t a bad place to start.
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