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Lydia Murray Leads Collaboration in Cook County, Ill.

Lydia Murray Leads Collaboration in Cook County, Ill.Originally published in the December 18, 2012 edition of GovTech.com

Since September, Cook County, Ill.’s new CIO, Lydia Murray, has taken the tech reins in the county, after former CIO Greg Wass left for a position as a senior adviser at the state governor’s office.

She’s been in charge of financial reporting, revenue, email systems and the county’s website, and has spent much of her time since being appointed working on several large projects and collaborative efforts with Chicago.

“Historically,” Murray said, “the city of Chicago and Cook County have not collaborated on much of anything. And it’s ironic that both city hall and the county administrative offices actually share a building.” Murray said that relationship has changed in recent years, particularly since Mayor Rahm Emanuel took office last year.

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