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Reps. Zalewski, McAullife aim to promote vaccination awareness

Following an outbreak of the measles virus in Illinois, state Reps. Mike Zalewski (D-Riverside) and Mike McAuliffe (R-Chicago) have introduced a resolution to encourage parents to vaccinate their children against contagious diseases.

Chicagoland Chamber PAC honors chamber’s former president and CEO

Jerry Roper, former president and chief executive of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, was honored with the Chicagoland Chamber PAC’s inaugural PAC Advocacy Champion Award on Friday.

The CCC said almost 150 people attended the event, which took place downtown at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Several elected officials were among the attendees, including Alderman Tom Tunney (44th), Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr. (27th) and Illinois House Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs).

Mayor talks library Internet hot spots at City Club

While introducing Chicago Public Library Commissioner Brian Bannon at a City Club of Chicago event on Wednesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel discussed the library’s new program that allows patrons to check out Internet hotspots.

Rep. Kelly to serve on House Oversight Committee

U.S. Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) was selected to serve on the U.S. House Oversight Committee for the 114th Congress, her office announced on Tuesday.

The committee acts as the House’s main investigative body and oversees federal government operations, the implementation of federal regulations, cybersecurity and government contracting. Utah’s Jason Chaffetz (R) is the committee’s chair. Kelly will be the ranking member of the Information Technology Subcommittee and will serve on the National Security Subcommittee.

City’s education leaders discuss elected v. appointed school board

Looking ahead to Chicago's Feb. 24 elections, leaders from the city’s education community discussed making seats on the Chicago Board of Education elected positions during a Sunday episode of WTTW/Channel 11’s “Chicago Tonight” program.

Voters in 38 Chicago wards next month will have an opportunity to weigh in on whether they support an elected Board of Education.

IMDC head leaving for biotech trade organization

The Illinois Medical District Commission on Tuesday announced Executive Director Warren Ribley plans to resign and take over as head of the Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization.

Ribley plans to resign from the IMDC on Jan. 30, according to the IMDC. He will begin serving as president and CEO of iBIO and the iBIO Institute on Feb. 2. iBIO is dedicated to forging business-education partnerships in an effort to make Illinois and the Midwest “one of the world’s top life sciences centers.”

Congressmen Quigley, Schock find positives in $1.1 trillion spending bill

After President Barack Obama on Monday signed into law an $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill that will fund federal government operations through September, WTTW hosted members of Illinois’ congressional delegation from both sides of the aisle for discussions of compromise on the bill.

Park District to showcase national award

Chicago Park District General Superintendent and CEO Michael Kelly announced the district’s 2014 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management would begin a tour of the city’s 252 field houses on Wednesday.

Elected-school board question kicked off of 38th Ward ballot

A referendum question asking 38th Ward voters if they want an elected Chicago Board of Education has been removed from the ballot for the city’s Feb. 24 elections.

Jim Allen, communications director for the Chicago Board of Elections, told the Daily Whale the question was removed because the required number of backing signatures was not submitted. The measure required 1,079 signatures in the 38th Ward and only 835 were collected.

ComEd CEO speaks on infrastructure updates amid evolving regional economy

Anne Pramaggiore, president and CEO of ComEd, during a Monday City Club of Chicago event spoke of the company’s rebranding and its role in the revitalization of the Chicagoland region’s economy.

ComEd’s tagline – “Powering lives,” is meant to conceptualize the company’s role in the technology-driven 21st century world, Pramaggiore said.  ComEd’s previous slogan – “Keeping the lights on,” represented “a minimalist philosophy” from which the company has evolved, she said.