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City Council Passes Benchmarking Amendments

December 13, 2017

December 13, 2017   The City Council voted 48-2 in favor of amendments to the Chicago Benchmarking Ordinance that will create a zero-to-four-star rating system for benchmarked buildings. The amendment will also…

BOMA/Chicago Releases 2017 Economic Impact Study

November 27, 2017

November 27, 2017   BOMA/Chicago commissioned JLL to conduct a research study analyzing the economic impact of our building members. This study was conducted to better understand our members’ economic value to…

CFD’s Emergency Medical Service Bicycle Teams

November 1, 2017

November 1, 2017   Medical emergencies are one of the most common crises that building operators will experience. Well trained staff members are taught to meet the Chicago Fire Department’s Emergency Medical…

NextGrid Takes Center Stage

October 9, 2017

October 9, 2017   The passage of last year’s Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA) led to the creation of NextGrid, an 18-month, collaborative study initiated by the Illinois Commerce Commission to help…

Chicago Passes New Electrical Code

September 15, 2017

September 15, 2017   With BOMA/Chicago’s support, the Chicago City Council has passed a major update to the Chicago Electrical Code.  The new code will make Chicago one of the first major…

Aldermen Introduce New Street Performers Ordinance

September 11, 2017

September 11, 2017   In February, Aldermen Brenden Reilly of the 42nd Ward and Brian Hopkins of the 2nd Ward, introduced a proposal to amend the street performer ordinance to extend protections…

Illinois Poised to Head Into Third Year Without a Budget

September 11, 2017

September 11, 2017   The Illinois House adjourned without attempting to advance pending Senate budget proposals, alternative House budget or a “stop-gap” budget. Prior to the House adjourning, Speaker Madigan held a…

Recent Exelon/ComEd Legislation Subject of Two Court Challenges

June 1, 2017

June 1, 2017   Two lawsuits have been filed as a result of state legislation passed in December of 2016. Illinois Public Act 099-0906, became law with the passage of Senate Bill…

Preparedness Committee Open Meeting: Recap & Presentation Materials

May 16, 2017

May 16, 2017   Over the years, the BOMA/Chicago Preparedness Committee (formerly the Security Committee) has presented informative and educational sessions on, terrorism, active shooters, weather emergencies and other major man-made or…

Office Buildings Lead In Reducing City’s Energy Usage According to Benchmarking Report

May 8, 2017

May 8, 2017   With three years of reporting energy benchmarking now in the books, commercial office buildings in the City of Chicago continue to be leading performers in reducing carbon emissions.…

BOMA Fights to Save EPA’s ENERGY STAR Program

April 4, 2017

April 4, 2017   The Fiscal Year 2018 budget recently proposed by President Trump includes dramatic cuts for the Environmental Protection Agency. Most notable for the real estate industry is the demise…

Building Code Initiative Advances

March 29, 2017

March 29, 2017   The Chicago Building Code in its present form is extremely outdated. Most of the life safety chapters have not seen a major revision since the revised Building Ordinance…

Chicago Building Commissioner Meets with BOMA/Chicago

March 15, 2017

March 15, 2017   Chicago Building Commissioner Judith Frydland met with the BOMA/Chicago Codes Committee on March 23 to discuss a number of initiatives underway at the Department of Buildings that will…

City Council Passes Mayor’s Water and Sewer Tax

February 7, 2017

February 7, 2017   On September 14, the City Council overwhelmingly passed the water and sewer tax proposed by Mayor Emanuel to shore up the largest of the City’s pension fund.  The…

Mayor Emanuel Unveils His 2017 City Budget

February 7, 2017

Mayor Emanuel unveiled his proposed 2017 budget at a special meeting of the City Council.  The $8.22 billion budget proposes spending $380 million more than was appropriated in 2016.  This represents an…