Industry Gives Thumbs up to New Chicago Mayor Emanuel
May 17, 2011
By: Robert Carr

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s inauguration in Millennium Park was a somewhat more flashy affair Monday than in the past, when the same man, former Mayor Richard Daley, repeated the swearing-in process over two decades. Emanuel set a tone in his acceptance speech that while he acknowledges Daley’s 22-year success in building up the city, he’s also not afraid to tackle waste and other problems in government....

... Both Randy Blankstein, president of the Northbrook, IL-based Boulder Group, and Richard Schuham, EVP with the local Studley office, agreed with O’Connor. “Chicago has been a very pro-growth, pro-development city for decades. In terms of commercial real estate that trend has fostered years of good jobs and new buildings. Unfortunately the real estate tax load has been a challenge for corporate users. Hopefully the new mayor will find new ways to attract and retain corporate and non-profit employers so Chicago can continue to be a beacon of skyline growth,” Schuham tells GlobeSt.com. ...

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