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Some $500 billion is spent each year by governmental entities on information technology. Now so-called “civic hackers” are taking the vast troves of data that cities like Chicago collect, and designing apps to make that data more useful to the public. From apps that track food poisoning to potholes to parking -- the city of Chicago is leading the way in the growing "govtech" sector. We find out more.

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Moody’s Investors Service downgraded the rating on the city of Chicago’s $8.3 billion in general obligation debt to Baa2 from Baa1 on Friday, Feb. 27. 

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Early voting has begun for the Chicago mayoral and aldermanic races. The Board of Elections opened up 51 locations today.

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Chicago digs out from its fifth biggest snowstorm on record. How do residents feel the city did?

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel reveals his proposed budget for 2015. Paris Schutz details the fees, fines, and taxes that will increase under the mayor’s budget.

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The city releases its 2015 budget forecast with a relatively manageable deficit, assuming the city gets pension reform. But what happens if it doesn't? Paris Schutz has the details.  

Second Quarter Report Focuses on April 1-June 30

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The City of Chicago Office of the Inspector General released its second quarter report for 2014, according to a press release. The report provides a summary of OIG activity from April 1 through June 30, 2014.

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Hundreds of thousands of city residents have chosen to get their electricity through the municipal aggregation program. But now many of those might want to opt out because of higher rates. Paris Schutz has more.

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The city renowned for its architecture will host a global exhibit of architecture. Chicago officials announce a bold plan to hold a biennial international design and architecture exhibit in Chicago beginning next year. We'll tell you what and who's involved and what it might look like.

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The city and ecologists are close to finishing Chicago's newest park – an ecologically diverse habitat on what was once Meigs Field. We'll talk to two planners involved with Northerly Island's transformation.

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The City of Chicago's lawsuit against the Chicago Park District and the owners of the Park Grill in Millennium Park is in its second week in the Daley Center. Check in for the latest developments. 

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Chicago’s Inspector General, Joe Ferguson, says the city should have put $2.2 million into its coffers from a settlement, but a technicality prevented it. Ferguson also says the City should designate the Office of Inspector General as a “law enforcement organization.” Read an article.

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The Chicago Water Department is hiring; 160 jobs have opened to install 75 miles of new water main and 57 miles of new sewers in 2013. 

Breaking Down City's Proposal to Revamp Arts & Culture Scene

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The city unveils a draft of its first cultural plan in 25 years. We talk with the woman behind this ambitious plan to boost Chicago's arts scene.

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With the NATO conference less than a month away, Chicago officials and security consultants are attempting to quell lingering fears among community organizations about the upcoming summit.

The Mayor of Kankakee Responds

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Nina Epstein. Image Credit: Kankakee Public Library

Kankakee’s Mayor strongly denies that her city is taking sales tax revenues that belong in Cook County. Elizabeth Brackett has the story.

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