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Tonight on our YouTube Channel, we’ll be live streaming tonight’s Chicago OpenGov Hack Night about the date behind the Chicago Tribune’s Red Light Camera Ticket investigation.
We’ll start our live stream at about 6:15pm tonight.
the Chicago Department of Public Health’s Twitter bot, plus a new online complaint form, helped the department identify 133 restaurants for inspections over a 10-month period. Twenty-one of those restaurants failed inspection and 33 passed with “critical or serious” violations. Not a bad haul.
Read the full article here.
Here’s an article in a leading industry magazine about Foodborne Chicago. Snip:
An added benefit for public health agencies is that FoodBorne Chicago is an open-source framework, which will enable other health departments adopt the application free of charge, Harris said. Richardson said the cost of developing the FoodBorne Chicago program was “minimal between staff time and a few nominal costs for the server, the URL and things like that.”