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Government employees make the world go around. They’re the ones driving and operating the buses, garbage trucks, snowplows, maintenance equipment — and so much more!

Day after day, rain or shine, and in the midst of a global health crisis, essential workers who serve the public are hard at work meeting needs in their communities.

Whether you create the systems that keep facilities running smoothly, manage transportation fleets, and ensure that parks and public spaces are safe and clean, or play another crucial role, the quotes below are here to inspire you.

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Analog vs. Digital Radio: It’s No Contest

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray on Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Are you wondering whether it’s time to make the switch from analog to digital two‑way radios?

When considering the capacity, coverage, and features of two‑way radios, most industries are learning that there is really no comparison when it comes to analog vs. digital radio.

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Employee Spotlight: Jim Lameka

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray on Wednesday, December 8, 2021

One of Chicago Communications’ newest team members is also one of the most experienced.

Jim Lameka has been a member of the Chicago Communications team since early 2021. But his “temporary” job with Miner Electronics lasted more than 27 years.

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Employee Spotlight: Randy Swets

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray on Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Randy Swets learned early on about the value of radios in public safety. His father was a career firefighter in the south suburbs of Chicago.

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Supply Chain Issues

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray on Tuesday, October 26, 2021

As you are likely aware, there have been significant delays in the delivery of many types of products over the past several months and most experts predict that these delays will unfortunately extend well into 2022.  We therefore wanted to give you an update on the supply chain issues we are experiencing with Motorola and other vendor products, as we know many of you currently have open orders with us.

Tags: Chicago Communications, Motorola Solutions

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Employee Spotlight: Julie Shannon

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray on Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Julie Shannon has witnessed many changes during her long career in the communications industry.

Before becoming a member of the Chicago Communications team in April, She spent 28 years serving in many different capacities at Miner Electronics: purchasing, receiving, dispatching, invoicing, and even doing payroll.

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Employee Spotlight: John Schoon

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray on Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Since the merger of Chicago Communications with Miner Electronics in early 2021, personnel from the two companies have enjoyed the benefits of combining forces. 

A great example is account executive John Schoon, who brings a wealth of experience to the Chicago Communications team from his background working with public safety organizations to optimize their communications systems.

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How do you know if multi‑channel two‑way radios are the right choice for your team’s communication needs? And what do you need to know about them to make sure they’re working optimally?

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Employee Spotlight: Bob Gonsiorowski

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray on Monday, August 23, 2021

Although Bob Gonsiorowski just joined the Chicago Communications team in 2021, he brings almost three decades of experience in communications and electronics to his position as Director of Indiana Operations. 

Bob spent 28 years with Miner Electronics, which Chicago Communications acquired on April 5, 2021. As one of the people ensuring a smooth merger process, Bob devotes some of his workday to the details of combining the two companies while also overseeing operations at the Munster, Indiana, office.

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Employee Spotlight: Alek Shvartsburg

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray on Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Public safety depends upon people like Alek Shvartsburg, a committed field technician responsible for maintaining 911 communications dispatch centers, including the busy Cook County Sheriff’s Department.

Alek describes some hair‑raising adventures as a technician, including climbing a 20‑story building to work on an antenna and coping with a broken elevator in the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower).

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