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Chicago Police Memorial Foundation donating $1 million for bulletproof vests for CPD

Former Chicago Police Superintendent Phil Cline, executive director of the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, said his foundation has raised $1 million to buy 2,500 new bulletproof vests for Chicago Police officers.

Chicago Park District receives 2014 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management

The Chicago Park District received the 2014 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management from the National Recreation and Park Association and the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration.

“The Gold Medal Award honors communities throughout the United States that demonstrate excellence in long-range planning, resource management and agency recognition,” according to the website of the NRPA.

Aldertrack offers comprehensive guide to Chicago’s 2015 City Council elections

Chicagoans Jimm Dispensa and Mike Fourcher this week released the 2015 Aldertrack Chicago Racing Form, a detailed manual of the city’s 2015 City Council elections.

The form provides details on the races in all 50 wards, including information on more than 225 aldermanic challengers, the city’s new ward boundaries, important Board of Elections dates and elections results from past years. Dispensa and Fourcher’s booklet is available in both digital and paper formats.

Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center to host seventh annual Momentum Awards Dinner

The Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center, the nonprofit behind the 1871 technology center, is hosting its seventh annual Momentum Awards Dinner on Thursday.

Scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the Radisson Blu hotel, the event will honor entrepreneurs and businesses that helped to fuel the local economy. Thursday’s dinner also serves as a fundraiser for the CEC, which raised $1.8 million through last year’s event.

Open House Chicago celebrates the city’s buildings and neighborhoods

During a City Club of Chicago event on Monday, Chicago Architecture Foundation President Lynn Osmond encouraged Chicagoans to attend the upcoming Open House Chicago festival on Oct. 18-19.

Former RTA Board Chair Gates honored with City Club Award for Excellence

Former Regional Transportation Authority Board Chairman John Gates, Jr. received the City Club of Chicago’s Award for Excellence in Public Service on Thursday.

Gates stepped down as chair of the RTA in June after four years with the agency. The businessman entered public service five years ago after selling a real estate investment firm he co-founded. He now serves as CEO of the PortaeCo investment firm and as a board member of various civic and charitable organizations.

Tollway executive director highlights economic impact of capital program

Illinois Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur touted her agency’s efforts to involve small-business contractors in its Move Illinois capital program during a Thursday City Club of Chicago address.

IEPA director credits Finance Authority for water infrastructure investments

While speaking at a Monday City Club of Chicago event, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director Lisa Bonnett praised the Illinois Finance Authority for providing funding that has allowed the state to make crucial updates to its aging water infrastructure.

Aurora mayor touts drop in crime

Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner touted drops in crime in Illinois’ second-largest city while speaking at a Tuesday City Club of Chicago event.

Weisner said Aurora’s average annual murder rate over the past six years decreased 84 percent compared to the 10 years prior. By the same comparison, shootings dropped 69 percent, robberies decreased by 51 percent and burglaries decreased by 56 percent.

Local producer to chronicle ‘the greatest team in pro football history’

Filming is currently underway for "'85: The Untold Story of the Greatest Team in Pro Football History," a documentary about the 1985 Chicago Bears.

The film is slated for release in spring 2015 – the 30th anniversary of the Bears’ last NFL Super Bowl championship.