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CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel is proposing changing city licensing ordinances to do away with 16 types of city inspections.

As WBBM Newsradio’s David Roe reports, the full City Council will consider the proposals Wednesday.

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The Emanuel administration says the idea is to make it less aggravating to get a license to run a company in Chicago. He says it fits in with his campaign promise to cut the levels of bureaucracy that business owners must face, the Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday morning.

The inspections that would be eliminated are described as duplicates of other inspections or unnecessary to maintain public health or safety.

Businesses that would benefit from cuts to on-site inspections include garages, bed-and-breakfasts, hospitals, electronics repair shops, gas stations, hotels, manufacturers, massage parlors, and some auto repair shops, the Tribune reported.

City Business Affairs and Consumer Protection Commissioner Rosemary Krimbel tells the Tribune that 73 percent of business licenses are issued by the city within three days, but the city still hopes to speed up that process further.

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