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Safety Reimagined – Technology for a Safer World

May 24, 2021
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By Gary Kuzel, Jeff Jacklin, and Chris Allison. Join Affiliate Member United Radio Communications for a guided tour of Safety Reimagined –Technology for a Safer World – an integrated technology ecosystem. The tour will share how this ecosystem enables Building…

Navigating the Public Way

June 11, 2019

Whether you are a property owner, manager, or a tenant, failing to comply with the City of Chicago’s public way requirements will cost you time and money. If not properly permitted, public…

Chicago’s Next Chapter

June 5, 2019

On May 20, Lori E. Lightfoot was sworn in as Chicago’s fifty-sixth Mayor at Wintrust Arena. This was the largest venue for a mayoral swearing-in in recent memory. The crowd was excited…

2019 Spring Session Update: 1 Week Out

May 28, 2019

By Stephen S. Morrill, Principal of Morrill & Fiedler LLC (M&F), with contributions from Curt Fiedler The House and Senate convene the final week of the scheduled 2019 spring session – with…

Light It Up: How to Participate in BOMA/Chicago’s Building Lighting Program

May 20, 2019

Every night, Chicagoans are treated to a brightly illuminated, iconic skyline. On many nights, the buildings have a splash of color. Sometimes, messages are sprawled across the building facades. Whether celebrating a…

Let’s Talk Energy: ENERGY STAR Ratings and City of Chicago Energy Rating System

April 3, 2019

In September 2013, Chicago adopted the energy benchmarking ordinance for residential, commercial, institutional and municipal buildings. Five years later, Chicago achieved LEED for Cities Platinum certification. In February, Illinois was rated the…

Building Code Modernization Ordinance: My Take

April 2, 2019

Certainty and Predictability: that’s what the building and construction industry needs most from a building code. The City of Chicago has gone a long way to achieve these crucial tenets with the…

2019 General Municipal Election Recap

March 3, 2019

The February 26 election may be over but ballot counting continues. Mail-in ballots postmarked by election day can be counted until March 12, one week before the Board of Elections must certify…

Governor Pritzker Delivers his Budget Address

February 22, 2019

On Wednesday, February 20, Governor Pritzker delivered his inaugural budget address. According to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Governor Pritzker’s Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) budget totals $77 Billion in spending…

Save Money and Energy with the Peoples Gas Commercial and Industrial Program

February 3, 2019

The Peoples Gas Energy Efficiency Program can help your building save money and energy. The program’s energy advisors will meet with you to discuss natural gas savings measures for your building and…

BOMA/Chicago Education Committee Profile

December 3, 2018

By Susan Hammer, BOMA/Chicago Education Committee Chair and Vice President/General Manager at AMA Plaza Sir Isaac Newton once said: “What we know is a drop, what we don’t know is an ocean.” …

Two Years In With OSHA’s Rope Descent Systems Rule Change — What We’ve Learned

December 3, 2018

Across Chicagoland it’s a common sight to see window washers perched on the sides of the city’s buildings, sometime hundreds of feet above the street, at work cleaning the windows and glass…

Illinois 2018 General Election Review

November 3, 2018

The 2018 Illinois General Election was held earlier this month on Tuesday, November 6.  The anticipated “blue wave,” while not as impactful as originally predicted (at least in the U.S. Senate), still…

Help Us Fight Hunger this Holiday Season

November 3, 2018

Make a Food or Financial Donation through December 7 By BOMA/Chicago Each year, the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) provides meals for 1 in 6 residents living in Cook County. This translates into 810,000+…

Illinois Legislative Preview

November 3, 2018

Policy decisions made in Springfield greatly impact the commercial office industry and BOMA/Chicago members have an ongoing interest in Illinois election outcomes.  As a follow up to last week’s blog about the…

Gold Circle Awards Profile: 2018 Property Management Professional of the Year Heather Holderman [Part 2 of 2]

October 22, 2018

Click Here to Read Part 1 of Heather Holderman’s Profile. Cultivating relationships with tenants from the level of decision maker, facility manager and the administrative teams.  All these roles are critical to…

Illinois 2018 General Election Preview

October 9, 2018

Because the commercial office industry is profoundly impacted by legislative and regulatory activity at the state and local levels, BOMA/Chicago members and affiliates rightfully pay close attention to elections in Illinois.  This…

Demystifying the State Street SSA and its Impact on BOMA/Chicago Buildings

October 3, 2018

If you received email promotions over the summer for ACTivate networking events hosted by the Chicago Loop Alliance (CLA), you may have wondered … what is the CLA? What does this group…

Five Reasons to Invest in the RPA/FMA Designation Program

October 3, 2018

I earned my Real Property Administrator (RPA) about 25 years ago after I was encouraged by my supervisor to take the designation classes. The comprehensive RPA coursework accelerated my understanding of property…

BOMA/Chicago PAC: Gearing Up for the City’s Big Elections

October 3, 2018

Right now, Chicago is approaching an important election year in 2019. Fortunately, BOMA/Chicago will be ready. Through its political action committee (PAC), BOMA/Chicago supports political candidates who have demonstrated leadership and sound…

Gold Circle Awards Profile: 2018 Property Management Professional of the Year Heather Holderman [Part 1 of 2]

October 2, 2018

Somewhat by accident actually.  I was working in the financial sector and someone approached me about an administrative position within a real estate company, working in “property management.”  I had no previous…