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New ad calls for state action to help Chicago stabilize its finances

Illinoisans for Growth and Opportunity (IllinoisGO) on Tuesday unveiled a new advertisement highlighting the impact Chicago has on Illinois’ economy and encouraging state lawmakers to seek compromises to improve the city’s financial standing.

Executives’ Club elects Mark Thierer as new board chairman

Catamaran CEO Mark Thierer will serve as the new chairman of the Executives’ Club of Chicago board. Last week the club announced Thierer will replace Deb DeHaas, who spent two years as chairwoman.

Thierer is the chairman and CEO of Catamaran, a  Schaumburg-based pharmacy benefit manager that serves more than 35 million members and manages approximately 400 million prescriptions each year, according to its website.  

Walgreens joins Spike Lee, St. Sabina in sponsoring peace photography contest

Walgreens will partner with film director Spike Lee and St. Sabina Church in sponsoring a peace photography competition for Chicago youth, Rev. Michael Pfleger said Sunday while speaking at the South Side church.

Howard Tullman recommends Wickr, the “Snapchat for grownups” that is popular among Washington pols

During his City Club of Chicago address on Monday, 1871 CEO Howard Tullman sang the praises of Wickr, a messaging service that is popular among politicians in Washington, D.C. He called the application “a hit” and “a very powerful tool.”

Wickr is a phone app that allows people to send and receive private messages, documents, pictures, video and audio files that disappear after being read. In his slide presentation, Tullman referred to the application as “Snapchat for adults.”

Chicago nonprofit wins innovation award for economic partnership with Mexico City

Chicago Sister Cities International won the 2015 Sister Cities International Innovation Award for Economic Development in the category of cities with a population greater than 500,000. The innovation award honors the accomplishment of sister city programs that promote peace in the community through collaboration and respect.

Polk Bros. Foundation helping Chicago nonprofits achieve financial stability

During a City Club of Chicago event on Tuesday, Gillian Darlow, CEO of the Polk Bros. Foundation, discussed the importance of keeping local nonprofits financially stable so they can effectively provide community services.

Established in 1989, the Polk Bros. Foundation partners with other Chicago nonprofits to ensure the organizations have the financial resources necessary to provide Chicagoans with education, housing, healthcare and community-related services. 

Dr. Green: Turnout key to Emanuel’s runoff victory

In an analysis released Tuesday, political analyst Dr. Paul Green called voter turnout and Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s success appealing to a broad range of voters deciding factors in the April mayoral runoff election. Green is the director of Roosevelt University’s Institute for Politics and emcee for the City Club of Chicago.

Aqua America acquires Glenview's water system

North suburban Glenview has privatized its water and wastewater system, selling ownership of its North Maine Utilities infrastructure to the Illinois subsidiary of Aqua America, Inc. for $22 million.

Lincoln Challenge Academy helps prepare high school dropouts for success

During a City Club of Chicago panel on Tuesday, leaders from the Illinois National Guard’s Lincoln Challenge Academy spoke about their efforts to help at-risk youths and high school dropouts receive diplomas or GEDs.

Hopkins up 10 points on Pattison in latest poll

With one week before Chicago’s runoff Election Day, the latest poll indicated 2nd Ward aldermanic candidate Brian Hopkins has a 10 point lead over opponent Alyx Pattison.

Hopkins received the support of 55.3 percent of respondents to the poll, and Pattison had the backing of 44.7 percent of persons polled. Ogden & Fry conducted the survey Tuesday on behalf of Aldertrack.