Chicago mayor appoints CIO and CTO amid digital-strategy revamp

by • 2 weeks ago

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

by • 4 weeks ago

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

by • 1 month ago

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

by • 4 months ago

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

by • 4 months ago

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

by • 9 months ago

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

by • 10 months ago

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

Chicago postpones police-misconduct database, citing cost concerns

by • 1 year ago

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

How data guided Illinois' COVID-19 vaccine awareness campaign

by • 1 year ago

Civis Analytics helped Illinois identify which messages will be the most effective at convincing "the movable middle" to get a COVID-19 vaccine.