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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.

Dart voices support for Comm. Fritchey’s bail-bond measure

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart on Friday expressed his support for state-level legislation proposed by Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey (D-Chicago) that would establish a flat bail-bond fee for people detained at the county jails.

Disability advocates propose plan to save state $337M by closing institutions

Disability advocates from around Illinois presented a proposal to lawmakers Wednesday that they claimed could save the state $337 million per year. The plan called for closing institutions that house individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and replacing their services with community integration programs.

Department of Buildings commissioner highlights city’s top contractors

Two of the contractors that helped construct the newly-opened Lowes Chicago Hotel were on the list of builders that Chicago Department of Buildings Commissioner Felicia Davis named as the top companies behind the city’s recent development boom.

Columbia College VP moving to U of C

Alicia Berg announced she will be leaving her role as vice president of campus environment at Columbia College to take a new position at the University of Chicago.

At U of C, Berg will be the new assistant vice president of campus planning and sustainability. She will work under the direction of Steve Wiesenthal, the senior associate vice president for facilities and university architect.

Resolute VP named Illinois Beverage Association executive director

Jim Soreng began serving last month as the Illinois Beverage Association’s new executive director. Soreng is a vice president with Chicago-based public affairs firm Resolute Consulting.

In his role, Soreng will work as a liaison between the non-alcoholic beverage industry, elected officials and members of the public throughout Illinois. The IBA’s membership consists of beverage distributors, bottlers and employees. The beverage industry directly or indirectly employs more than 100,000 Illinoisans, according to an IBA press release.