Business & Economy

New Efficiency Plans for the Department of Buildings

On Wednesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a new plan for the Department of Buildings to increase efficiency when attaining building permits, and by decreasing time it takes to get permits, also decrease the number of taxpayer dollars the Department spends. “We are taking much-needed steps to increase efficiency and decrease the time it takes developers […]

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Chicagoans Submit Budget Solution Ideas to Mayor

Last Friday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the launch of the City’s interactive budget website, and since then the Mayor has contacted some of the more active contributors in order to thank them for sharing their ideas and also further discuss their ideas for solving Chicago’s financial troubles. “The creative ideas streaming into www.ChicagoBudget.org prove the […]

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Business Weekend for Top Students

On Wednesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced ThinkChicago, a new program dedicated to bringing top students from regional universities to Chicago for a weekend in order to learn about business, network with professionals and consider a post-graduate career in Chicago. “My administration is committed to investing in the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs,” said Mayor […]

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Mayor Emanuel Launches Interactive Website for 2012 Budget Process

On Friday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel revealed a preliminary projected budget gap of $635.7 million for the City’s 2012 budget. The Mayor also announced the launch of an interactive website about the 2012 budget process so that Chicagoans can share their input, and released the City’s first-ever Annual Financial Analysis. “I have committed to making the […]

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City Council Meeting

A series of ordinances were introduced in Thursday’s City Council meeting, including the following: –Mayor Emanuel introduced eight ordinances supporting economic development and affordable housing for seniors and low-income renters. According to the Mayor, “Our goal is to foster the development of neighborhoods where commercial and affordable housing, jobs and open spaces contribute to continued […]

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Saving on Your Cell Phone Bill

The Citizens Utility Board (CUB), a consumer group, says 9 out of 10 smartphone users are paying too much for data plans. CUB Executive Director David Kolata joins us on Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm with information on how you can cut costs on your cell phone bill. On July 7, Verizon Wireless decided to […]

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Tips for Greener Living

Chicago has become a hub for alternative energy and green energy jobs. Phil Ponce and a panel of experts discuss this and more on Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm. View a slideshow below of graphics from The Clean Energy Supply Chain in Illinois: Wind, Solar and Geothermal report and the Chicago Climate Action Plan Progress […]

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Mayor Emanuel Announces Reforms in City Contracting

On Thursday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chief Procurement Officer Jamie Rhee announced various reforms to improve the transparency, accountability and cost-effectiveness of the city’s contracting process. The reforms will affect the competitive bidding process, establishing an eBay-like Reserve Auction to save the city possibly millions in taxpayer dollars. “In order to advance Chicago as the […]

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Cell Phone Hacking Prevention Tips

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch testified at a hearing on Tuesday in Britain about the phone hacking scandal that shut down his News of the World tabloid and rocked his publishing empire. On Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm, we look at the privacy, media and hacking issues surrounding the scandal. Smartphones are becoming increasingly prevalent in today’s […]

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Famous Chicago Homes For Sale

From Cameron’s house in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off to former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich’s Ravenswood Manor, several famous Chicago homes are now on the market, available to anyone who wishes to purchase a piece of Chicago history. On Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm, WBBM Newsradio 780’s Kris Kridel will discuss those homes, as well as […]

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Emanuel Introduces Managed Competition to Chicago’s Recycling Program

On Monday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced changes to the city’s Blue Cart Recycling program in order to make it more effective and eventually provide recycling to people throughout the entire city. One change involves the implementation of managed competition. Public and private sector companies will compete to see who can offer the best service at […]

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Emanuel Announces Innovation Delivery Teams

On Thursday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that Bloomberg Philanthropies will fund the creation of an Innovation Delivery Team for the purposes of increasing City government efficiency. “Bloomberg Philanthropies’ generous grant will create a top-notch team in the Mayor’s Office to help us deliver better services to taxpayers for less,” said Mayor Emanuel. “I’m committed to […]

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Emanuel Increases World Business Chicago Board

On Wednesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the expansion of the World Business Chicago board to nearly 50 members, effective immediately. “The new board leadership and structure of World Business Chicago will strengthen its ability to attract new businesses and create jobs here,” said Mayor Emanuel. “The new structure will directly link World Business Chicago to […]

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Emanuel Announces Energy Efficiency Program

On Tuesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a multi-agency Guaranteed Energy Performance Contracting program expected to increase energy efficiency in City buildings, create over 375 new direct jobs for Chicagoans, and save taxpayers between $4 and $5.7 million a year upon the establishment of  new energy conservation measures. The program will help the Chicago achieve greenhouse […]

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New City Employee Reimbursement Policy

On Monday, the city of Chicago released a new City-Wide Reimbursement Policy for city employees after Comptroller Amer Ahmad issued a report reviewing previous practices, both in response to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s order to reevaluate the City’s reimbursement and credit card policies. The Comptroller will be on Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm to discuss the […]

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