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Urban Partnership Bank receives federal funds to spur urban economic development

Chicago-based Urban Partnership Bank is looking forward to continuing its mission of spurring economic development in blighted neighborhoods with the help of a federal Bank Enterprise Award announced earlier this month.

NCAA president outlines reforms to help prepare student-athletes for life after college

During a City Club of Chicago address on Monday, NCAA President Mark Emmert discussed the need for his organization to reform how it protects student-athletes and prepares them for careers on and off the playing field.

City treasurer says heartfelt goodbye at last budget hearing

City Treasurer Stephanie Neely, who will exit her current role at the end of next month, said a heartfelt goodbye to members of the City Council Budget Committee on Tuesday during her final budget hearing.

Neely announced her resignation on Monday. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is expected to appoint Chicago-based Grosvenor Capital Management Senior Vice President Kurt Summers as Neely’s successor.

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.