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Chicago Mayor’s First 100 Days a Success

August 22, 2011

On Tuesday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will mark his 100th day in office. And, what a busy first 100 days it has been.

“The goals I set for my Administration hold me and my team accountable to the taxpayers,” said Mayor Emanuel. “We are here to deliver results, so that Chicago becomes the most competitive city in the nation and one of the best places to build a family and grow a business.”

Among the accomplishments the Emanuel Administration has made throughout the first 100 days:

*Saved the city more than $50 million of the $75 million outlined on the first day in office.

*Announced the redeployment of nearly 750 additional officers to Chicago’s neighborhoods.

*Secured more than 4,000 private-sector jobs in neighborhoods across the city.

*Unveiled the Micro-Market Recovery Program to address foreclosures and stabilize property values on a community level to protect residents and neighborhoods.

*Developed a new City-wide Credit Card and Reimbursement Policy, reduced the number of City credit cards from 500 to 30 and eliminated City petty-cash funds.

*Initiated reforms to the City’s procurement process by posting non-competitive contracting online for public review and implementing a Reverse Auction initiative.

*Implemented an unprecedented City procurement modernization initiative that will save about $25 million by 2013.

*Created a stronger curfew ordinance to protect young people across the city.

*Launched Internet Essentials, a public-private partnership that will provide access to high-speed, reliable Internet service 330,000 Chicago students and their families.

*Advocated for state legislation to enable Chicago Public Schools to lengthen the school day and year.

*Held public forums with Chicagoans by hosting a groundbreaking Facebook town-hall, answering questions during a telephone town-hall, holding a live conversation during a virtual good government town-hall and launching the City’s first-ever interactive budget website, Chicagobudget.org.

*Published more than 200 data sets that allowed Chicago residents to see City employee salaries, crime statistics, and contracts dating back to 1993, among many others, as part of an unprecedented open data initiative.

Not a bad start for the City, huh?

“I ran for Mayor because I wanted to lead a process of change and growth for the City of Chicago,” said Mayor Emanuel.

“We have made significant progress during these first 100 days, but until every child can go to school thinking of the classroom and not about safety, our work will not be done. And until every parent can be thinking about building a life in our city and not about whether the next paycheck will go far enough, my job will not be finished.”

To see a breakdown of the cuts and changes Mayor Emanuel has already made in Chicago, visit cityofchicago.org.

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