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Exelon/ComEd Rate Increase Legislation Signed by Governor Rauner

February 7, 2017

It took last minute negotiations and ten amendments, including one to reduce the number of votes needed for passage, but ComEd and Exelon were successful in their effort to have Illinois ratepayers…

Update on Pedway Redesign Discussion

January 17, 2017

January 17, 2017   The Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC) recently held a series of workshops to discuss possible improvements to the Chicago Pedway system. It is funding a $125,000 redesign…

Mayor’s Budget Includes Loading Zone Pilot Program

October 11, 2016

October 11, 2016   Mayor Emanuel’s proposed 2017 budget includes the creation of a managed pilot whereby the City of Chicago will convert current business-paid loading zones to user-paid loading zones, shifting the…

Recycling Ordinance Gets Updated

August 26, 2016

August 26, 2016   The City Council amended the Chicago Recycling Ordinance to provide greater clarity to property owners regarding their recycling requirements and to give city officials stronger enforcement capabilities. Under…

City funds Property Tax Rebate Program

August 25, 2016

August 25, 2016   With Springfield failing to act on the Mayor’s proposed doubling of the homeowners exemption, the Chicago City Council approved a City-funded rebate program to help offset the recent…

BOMA/Chicago Meets with ComEd, Exelon and Senator Mattie Hunter

August 23, 2016

BOMA/Chicago leaders, staff and legislative and energy consultants met with Senator Mattie Hunter, Chairman of the Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee, and representatives from Exelon and ComEd to discuss their proposed…

2017 Sprinkler Retrofit Deadline Approaching

July 19, 2016

July 19, 2016   BOMA/Chicago is reminding buildings that the deadline for the final phase of the City’s sprinkler retrofit mandate is approaching. When the ordinance became effective, buildings had until January…

Illinois General Assembly Approves New “Transit TIF”

July 18, 2016

July 18, 2016   Legislation introduced and approved by the Illinois General Assembly on June 30, 2016 would allow for a new type of TIF district (called a “transit TIF”) to provide…

Finally a State Budget… Sort Of

July 18, 2016

July 18, 2016   The Illinois General Assembly succeeded in passing a “stop gap” budget to avoid, by a few hours, the distinction of going a full 12 months without a fully…

2016 Illinois Legislative Wrap-Up

July 1, 2016

July 1, 2016   The regular session of the Illinois General Assembly adjourned on May 31 with no resolution to the budget stalemate that had log-jammed many other major legislative proposals and created…

CPS Legislation Provides Pension Payment, Levy Increase

June 30, 2016

June 30, 2016 The other shoe appears ready to drop on the unresolved CPS pension issue. A House amendment to Senate Bill 318 allows the City of Chicago to impose a new…

Chicago City Council Mandates Paid Sick Leave

June 30, 2016

June 30, 2016   After more than a year of discussions, the Chicago City Council unanimously passed an ordinance in June that allows employees to accrue and use up to five earned…

Seeking Member Feedback on Expected Recycling Ordinance

June 30, 2016

June 30, 2016   Mayor Emanuel is expected to propose an amendment to the City’s recycling ordinance that will require source separation of recyclables in all buildings.  For BOMA/Chicago buildings, this is…

Sprinkler Retrofit Deadline Approaching

March 16, 2016

March 16, 2016   BOMA/Chicago is reminding buildings that the deadline for the final phase of the City’s sprinkler retrofit mandate is approaching. When the ordinance became effective, buildings had until January…

Online Registration and Payment Now Available for Fire Safety Certification Program

March 16, 2016

March 16, 2016   Nearly one hundred individuals have already completed the City of Chicago’s revised Fire Safety Director Program since the initial pilot offering on February 23. The revised certification program…