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Taste of Chicago starts today

The Taste of Chicago kicks off Wednesday in Grant Park, featuring over 70 purveyors of food and beverage.  Since 1980 the Taste has delivered Chicagoans and visitors an impressive variety of food options from the best that the city has to offer. Turkey legs, tacos, barbeque, pizza, Italian beef and pot stickers are among the many choices.  There are also a variety of beverage options from the beer garden, wine bar and several coffee bars.  This year’s 39th annual Taste runs from 11 am to 9 pm Wednesday through Friday and from 10 am to 9 pm on Saturday and Sunda

Small South Dakota town plays oversized role in Illinois governor’s race

The 10,000-person town of Vermillion, South Dakota has connections to two candidates in Illinois’ gubernatorial primaries.

Both Republican candidate Jeanne Ives and Mary Kathryn Muenster, wife of Democratic candidate J.B. Pritzker, were born there.

CUNA Mutual Group to offer credit union customers access to extended vehicle service contracts through ForeverCar’s online platform

Chicago-based ForeverCar got a boost Wednesday as insurance and investment company CUNA Mutual Group announced a new marketing program for its car mechanical repair coverage plans using ForeverCar’s online platform.

The expansion will help CUNA offer extended vehicle service protection plans to all its credit union customers and continues CUNA’s push to bring “digital innovation” and new technologies to credit unions, according to the company’s December 13 press release.

CPS students discuss social justice at Project Soapbox Competition

Two hundred Chicago Public Schools students gathered at Jones College Prep this past Saturday to speak about important issues facing the city and country during the semifinals and finals of the 10th annual Project Soapbox Competition.

The Project Soapbox Competition brings together students for “powerful speeches on issues that are most important to them.” Semifinalists at Saturday’s event talked about the Black Lives Matter movement, sexual harassment, racial epithets, mental health and people with disabilities.

Kennedy leads Biss in A-1 contributions since Oct.1; Pritzker still ahead of the pack

Illinois gubernatorial candidate Chris Kennedy has far outpaced most of his opponents in the Democratic primary race in so-called A-1 campaign contributions since October 1.

Kennedy netted just over $100,000 from about 25 businesses and individuals. Biss reported a little under $14,000 from 10 individuals.

Billionaire JB Pritzker outraised both, albeit with his own money. Pritzker gave his campaign committee $7 million on October 13.  Pritzker’s campaign has been entirely self-funded.

Radio host and conservative leader Dan Proft to speak at City Club

Radio show host, former Illinois gubernatorial candidate and Illinois Policy Institute fellow Dan Proft is set to speak on “The State of Illinois Politics” at the City Club of Chicago this coming Monday, November 6.

ForeverCar closes $15 million financing round

Chicago-based ForeverCar on Tuesday announced the closing of a $15 million debt and equity financing round.

The company operates a web-based platform that sells vehicle service contracts to car owners in all 50 states whose vehicles are not covered by a manufacturer warranty.  In total, ForeverCar has raised more than $25 million in funding to date.

Liberty Mutual partners with ForeverCar to offer vehicle service contracts to its policyholders

Home and auto insurance services provider Liberty Mutual and Chicago-based ForeverCar recently announced a partnership to include vehicle service contracts as part of the suite of offerings Liberty Mutual offers to its policyholders.

Benefit Chicago announces $12 million in loans for six Chicago-area organizations

Benefit Chicago on Wednesday announced the recipients of its first round of loans, which total $12 million. The six organizations receiving loans are: AutonomyWorks, Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives (CNI), Garfield Produce Company, IFF, the Southwest Corridor Collaborative of LISC Chicago, and Sweet Beginnings, the for-profit subsidiary of the North Lawndale Employment Network.

So. Ill. Democratic County Chairmen’s Assoc. endorses Kennedy for governor

Illinois gubernatorial candidate Chris Kennedy on Wednesday announced he had received the endorsement of the Southern Illinois Democratic County Chairman’s Association. A press release from the campaign claimed it was the first major endorsement in the race for governor on the Democratic side.