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Chicago's new CIO says modernization plan will have city "off to the races"

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Kurt Peterson, who was named Chicago's CIO in July, said the city's $400 million modernization plan will remake the city's technology.

Chicago mayor appoints CIO and CTO amid digital-strategy revamp

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the city is going to embark on a new IT modernization strategy, naming two officials to lead the effort.

To catch freeway shooters, Illinois is installing more cameras

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker approved legislation placing more cameras on expressways throughout 22 counties.

Ransomware on edtech vendor results in data breach of 500K Chicago students

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Chicago Public Schools said teacher-evaluation software sold by edtech nonprofit Battelle for Kids was hit by ransomware in December 2021.

Chicago names acting commissioner of IT agency

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A sprawling agency responsible for the city's technology, motor-vehicle fleet and public buildings has a new leader after its last commissioner joined the Obama Foundation.

Measuring the impact of data programs is about more than just dollars

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States are spending more on data-driven projects than ever before — but are they getting a return on their investments?

Microsoft, Chicago team up to provide digital skills training

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The company says free digital-skills training will reach more than 300,000 Chicagoans looking to boost their digital literacy or switch career paths.

Chicago installed 30 new self-service payment kiosks

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The city now claims 74 kiosks that allow residents to pay bills around the clock.

Chicago postpones police-misconduct database, citing cost concerns

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Proponents of a new database said it would lend the city transparency and credibility, but others — including Mayor Lori Lightfoot — questioned the cost.

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