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Emanuel Announces 300 More Jobs

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    Rahm talked about an investment in Healthcare technology for the city, and a boon for the McCormick Place convention business. (Published Tuesday, Jun 28, 2011)

    Rahm Emanuel continued on a theme of his young administration, Tuesday, when he announced 300 new jobs for Chicago.

    This week, Emanuel is boasting about a host of new positions created by AllScripts, an Electronic Health Records company that will move a sales and development force into the Merchandise Mart.

    "I am committed to creating an economic climate in Chicago that attracts and retains businesses and encourages growth and investment," Emanuel said.

    Emanuel said bringing a health care leader like AllScripts to Chicago is a significant investment in the future, considering an expected boom in health care infrastructure. Emanuel knows plenty about how the healthcare industry is poised to grow because he worked on the Obamacare reform bill during his time as White House Chief of Staff.

    The added benefit to this announcment should make the tourism industry happy.

    AllScripts has agreed to host its annual conference, which draws 5,000 visitors, at McCormick Place -- the convention center that has been bleeding events for the past few years.

    AllScripts CEO Glenn Tullman, brother of Tribeca Flashpoint Academy CEO Howard Tullman, said a letter from Rahm Emanuel, House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate Leader Tom Cullerton talking about administrative changes at McCormick helped seal the deal.

    "For McCormick place to remain economically viable, changes need to be made," Tullman said. "That letter was very important to us."

    Tuesday's announcment marks the fourth such jobs announcement from Emanuel, who's been in office fewer than 45 days.