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BGA panel addresses Laquan McDonald legacy

A year ago this week, the Chicago Police Department, under a court order, released a video that showed 17-year-old Laquan McDonald being shot 16 times by a Chicago police officer as the teen moved away. The images rocked the city. Since, officer Jason Van Dyke has been charged with murder, the Department of Justice opened a wide-ranging investigation, the agency that investigates police misconduct has been abolished and a steady drumbeat of protests have pushed the city to pursue a wide range of other reforms.

ForeverCar.com secures $10 million funding round, receives innovation award

ForeverCar.com, a company that operates an online marketplace that allows consumers to compare and purchase vehicle service protection plans, had a lot to celebrate Tuesday.

Lone Star state officials pursue Chicago business

Texas economic development officials have been in Chicago this week in an attempt to woo businesses to move to the Lone Star state, according to a news release.

New housing, retail developments coming to Woodlawn

Efforts to revitalize the South Side community of Woodlawn are getting a boost in the form of 34 new homes and a $28 million mixed-use development, Preservation of Affordable Housing Chicago announced on Friday.

POAH is an affordable housing nonprofit with offices in Chicago and Boston. The organization currently owns and operates about 9,000 affordable homes in nine states and the District of Columbia.

Tyson Foods, Chicago Urban League partner on hunger awareness program

A partnership announced Thursday between Tyson Foods, the Chicago Urban League and the Greater Chicago Food Depository will work to combat food insecurity, which presents a daily challenge to thousands of Chicagoans.

Mayor Emanuel makes another plea for Obama administration to do more on guns

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and mayors from around the country called on the Obama administration Wednesday to do more to keep illegal weapons off city streets while Chicago experiences another violent summer.

Navy Pier celebrates Centennial year

Improvements to Navy Pier will continue beyond this year’s Centennial celebrations as one of Chicago’s most-visited tourist destinations continues to plan beyond its 100th anniversary, Marilynn Gardner, the pier’s president and CEO, told members of the City Club last week.

Navy Pier opened in July 1906 and has frequently played host to events and other cultural offerings through its first 100 years. During World War II, the pier served as a U.S. Navy training site.

Lightfoot and Angelo to appear on Chicago Tonight

Lori Lightfoot, chairwoman of Chicago's Police Accountability Task Force, and Fraternal Order of Police President Dean Angelo are scheduled to appear on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight Monday evening. The pair are expected to discuss a report the task force released last month entitled “Recommendations for Reform:  Restoring Trust between the Chicago Police and the Communities They Serve.”

Divvy offering free rides for Earth Day

The city of Chicago will celebrate Earth Day on Friday, April 22 by offering residents free Divvy rides.

On Friday, Chicagoans can go to any Divvy kiosk in the city and receive a 24-hour pass, which typically costs $9.95, for free. The passes allow riders to take unlimited 30-minute trips throughout the day at no additional charge.

Candidates for Chicago mayor in 2019?

It is never too early to discuss the next election, or even one or two more down the line.  At Wednesday’s City Club luncheon, “A Crisis of Confidence:  Police, Chicago’s Public Schools, Finances & the Mayor’s Ability to Lead,” the conversation turned to who might enter the 2019 election for mayor in Chicago.

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