WCL: Live Chat with Mayor Rahm Emanuel at 1:30pm Thursday

Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel, left, and his wife Amy Rule during inaugural ceremonies Monday, May 16, 2011 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Kevin Hauswirth, the newly appointed social media director from the Chicago Mayor's Office talks about Mayor Rahm Emanuel's first-ever Facebook Town Hall #AskChicago, which is scheduled for Thursday June 30th at 1:30 p.m.

This event will mark the first time a sitting mayor of a major city has held a live online chat with the public in which questions will be submitted and ranked by the public. The live event is being hosted at Kennedy-King College.

The mayor will answer the popular questions during the live town hall, co-hosted by WGCI's Tony Sculfield and Nina Chantele, who is also a contributor on Windy City LIVE.

The three smart communities so far are:

Kennedy-King College
U-Building Room 156
6301 S Halsted St
Arrive at 12:30pm

Humboldt Park
Association House of Chicago
1116 N Kedzie Room 522
Arrive at 1:15pm

Pilsen Instituto del Progreso Latino
Family Net Center
2570 S. Blue Island
Arrive at 1pm


The Mayor's office is encouraging tech-savvy chicagoans to create and build more mobile, web or social media apps through the Apps for Metro Chicago competition, which launched on Friday June 24th 2011. The goal is to integrate city, county and state data into user-friendly information that Chicagoans can have at their fingertips to help make the city a better place for it's residents.

Apps for Metro Chicago is a collaboration between four governments -- the City of Chicago, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, Cook County, and the State of Illinois. The competition will hand out $50,000 over three rounds; the first round which is for transportation has already began. The deadline for submissions is Aug. 15, and the first-place finisher gets $5,000.

For more on the Apps for Chicago program visit appsformetrochicago.com