Ald. Margaret Laurino - Video Streaming Remarks

September 27, 2007

September 27, 2007
Good morning.
As your Chairman of the Committee on Economic, Capital and Technology Development, I consider today as marking another milestone in moving the Chicago City Council forward - for the benefit of city government and all the residents of Chicago.
The real significance of our first webcast is not about the magic of live television on your computer screen. The real significance is that we have taken another major step in making our city government more transparent
From now on, anyone - anywhere - will be able to go online and watch the Chicago City Council meetings - live.
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It has been quite a journey to get to this point, beginning in 2004 when we passed the ordinance to allow video streaming of City Council meetings.
Quite frankly, I don't think we had any idea in 2004 exactly how complicated and labor intensive this project would become. It was much more than simply putting up three cameras and pressing a button. We needed significant infrastructure upgrades in the Council, along with countless of hours of programming and testing to get us to this point.
A project of this magnitude would not have come to life without an entire team of people working together. I would like to extend my thanks to you, Mayor Daley, and your staff, as well as to Alderman Burke and his staff, for all of the time and effort they put into this project. Our City Council Sergeant at Arms, Tina Butler and her staff, worked hand-in-hand with us, every step of the way. City Clerk Miguel Del Valle and his staff offered their support. Hardy Bhatt and his staff at BIS provided technical assistance for this project. And my colleagues and I would like to thank General Services, especially, John Keating, in the booth, who as the Director of the Broadcast, is in charge of making us look good.
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In closing, when the public has more information about - and more access to - what we do in City Council - it will help us... not only to better serve the constituents in our ward, but to better serve the entire City of Chicago.
Thank you.