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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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BOMA/Chicago Meets with Cook County States Attorney Kim Foxx

BOMA/Chicago Meets with Cook County States Attorney Kim Foxx BOMA/Chicago’s Advocacy team met with Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx this month to discuss her office’s role in public safety. We had a productive and data-driven conversation about challenges related to felony prosecution. We also discussed ways to share information and resources between the State’s…

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BOMA/Chicago Actively Involved with BID Legislation

BOMA/Chicago Actively Involved with BID Legislation BOMA/Chicago has been a member of a City of Chicago steering committee to draft legislation that would enable the creation of business improvement districts (BID) across the state. Illinois is one of only five states in the country that do not have such legislation. Our Association’s task force emphasized…

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BOMA/Chicago Continues to Meet with Editorial Boards on Property Taxes

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BOMA/Chicago Continues to Meet with Editorial Boards on Property Taxes BOMA/Chicago continues to partner with the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, the Illinois Retail Merchants Association and Locals 150 and 399 of the International Union of Operating Engineers to meet with editorial boards of major newspapers across the Chicagoland area. As BOMA/Chicago works to educate elected…

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City Council Passes Scooter Sharing Ordinance

City Council Passes Scooter Sharing Ordinance On October 14, 2021, the City Council passed the updated Scooter Sharing ordinance, permanently authorizing the operation of scooter sharing services citywide. The ordinance does not address either of the BOMA/Chicago concerns – requiring docked deployment of scooters in the CBD and requiring notice to building management before installation…

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Scooter Sharing Ordinance Introduced in City Council

Scooter Sharing Ordinance Introduced in City Council After two years of pilot programs authorizing scooter usage on the public way, an ordinance has been introduced in City Council to authorize them more broadly. BOMA/Chicago is engaged in the matter and our current position is that we are open to the use of scooters downtown under…

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