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Chicago Returns Week a Big Success

Chicago Returns Week a Big Success BOMA/Chicago, in partnership with Chicago Returns, World Business Chicago, and the City of Chicago, launched Chicago Returns Week the week of May 2-May 6. The initiative, a celebration of a return to downtown and to the office, was a huge success. Chicago Returns Week incorporated a dozen outdoor public…

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Delay in Property Tax Bills Subject of Cook County Board Hearing

Delay in Property Tax Bills Subject of Cook County Board Hearing The Cook County Finance and Technology and Innovations Committees met in joint session on Monday, April 25 to discuss the anticipated delays in property tax billing caused by the Cook County Assessor. Ron Tabaczynski, BOMA/Chicago Director of Government Affairs provided testimony explaining how late…

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Chicago’s City-Wide Scooter Program To Launch in May

Chicago’s City-Wide Scooter Program To Launch in May After two years of pilot programs authorizing scooter usage on the public way, the City of Chicago’s citywide scooter program is set to launch in May of 2022. BOMA/Chicago was engaged in discussions with the City about use of scooters in the Central Business District. During those…

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2022 End of Session Report

2022 End of Session Report By Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies Overview Over the course of their spring 2022 legislative session, Illinois lawmakers passed a bevy of bills designed to shore up state finances and woo Illinois voters ahead of the 2022 election cycle. The General Assembly’s April 9 adjournment, more than a month earlier than…

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Property Taxes Focus of Crain’s Op-Ed Penned by BOMA/Chicago Executive Director Farzin Parang

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Property Taxes Focus of Crain’s Op-Ed Penned by BOMA/Chicago Executive Director Farzin Parang BOMA/Chicago Executive Director, Farzin Parang, recently authored an opinion piece on property taxes that was published in Crain’s Chicago Business, “Property Taxes Don’t Have to Be a Zero-Sum Game. The text of the letter is below. Property Taxes Don’t Have to Be a…

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OEMC Relaunches Smart911

OEMC Relaunches Smart911 The City of Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management & Communications (OEMC) is relaunching Smart911 to residents of Chicago in January as part of the Mayor’s Office of Racial Equity and Justice equity strategic plan. Smart911 is a free and private service that allows residents to create a safety profile for their household that includes any information…

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BOMA/Chicago Secures Downtown Ambassador Grant

BOMA/Chicago Secures Downtown Ambassador Grant BOMA/Chicago won a grant to provide “Downtown Ambassadors” for the Central Loop during December. We are partnering with CleanSlate to provide the Downtown Ambassador service. Ambassadors will be actively circulating downtown streets to offer a friendly welcome to tenants and visitors, report cleanliness problems, and serve as additional eyes and ears…

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BOMA/Chicago Board and Taxation Committee Meet with Assessor Candidate Kari Steele

BOMA/Chicago Board and Taxation Committee Meet with Assessor Candidate Kari Steele Members of BOMA/Chicago’s Board of Directors and Taxation Committee met with Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Chairman and Cook County Assessor candidate, Kari Steele this week. Chairman Steele is running against incumbent Assessor Fritz Kaegi, who is serving his first term. During his first term…

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Overview of the 2021 Climate and Equitable Jobs Act

Overview of the 2021 Climate and Equitable Jobs Act The Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA) is the most sweeping legislation to be passed in over a decade and with its passage, Illinois will have some of the most significant clean energy and decarbonization commitments in the nation.  It will require Illinois to be reliant…

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Board of Review Candidate George Cardenas Meets with Taxation Committee

Board of Review Candidate George Cardenas Meets with Taxation Committee 12th Ward Alderman and Board of Review candidate, George Cardenas, met with members of the Taxation Committee in November. Alderman Cardenas is running against incumbent Democratic Board of Review Commissioner Tammy Wendt, who is serving her first term. Alderman Cardenas spoke about his experience and…

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