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Ald. Pawar officially announces 2015 candidacy

Alderman Ameya Pawar (47th), who was first elected to the City Council in 2011, officially announced that he will run for reelection next year.

Pawar in an email to constituents on Tuesday said he hopes to continue efforts to improve 47th Ward K-12 schools, foster “responsible development” and push for citywide reforms during his second term. He and his Friends of Ameya Pawar campaign team began collecting nominating signatures last week, according to the email.

“Our election victory in 2011 was just the beginning of our story,” Pawar wrote.

Chicago Venture Summit names first five presenters

Organizers of the Chicago Venture Summit on Tuesday named the first five businesses that will share their stories at this year’s event.

The companies are the first of “dozens” of emerging growth businesses that will present at the summit, according to the organizers. The event is scheduled for Oct. 14 and 15 at Venue Six10, located at 610 S. Michigan Ave. in the South Loop.

Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce rolls out Small Business Chicago

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday announced the launch of Small Business Chicago, an initiative intended to help grow small businesses in the city.

New study touts environmental, health benefits of E15 fuel

Following a call from Alderman Ed Burke (14th) for most city gas stations to make E15 gasoline available for consumers, a new study touted the health and environmental benefits of the fuel.

The study from Life Cycle Associates, based on the results of work conducted by independent researchers at institutions including Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Illinois at Chicago, determined a switch to E15 fuel from regular gasoline would reduce greenhouse gas emissions and result in a subsequent drop in cancer risk.

Ald. Balcer to retire, but says he wasn’t forced out

Alderman Jim Balcer denied allegations that he is being forced into retirement to make room for former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s nephew to be elected 11th Ward alderman.

The Chicago Sun-Times on Monday reported Balcer “has been told his retirement would be welcome” so that Patrick Thompson, who currently serves as a Metropolitan Water Reclamation District commissioner, could take over in the 11th Ward.

Head of 1871 touts Chicago business growth

1871 CEO Howard Tullman on Friday praised Chicago business development efforts while discussing Inc. magazine’s ratings of the U.S.’s fastest-growing private businesses.

Ryan, Romney catch up in Chicago

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) joined Mitt Romney in Chicago Thursday night to discuss Ryan's new book, “The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea.”

The Union League Club of Chicago event was the first time the two appeared together publicly since 2012 when Romney ran for president and Ryan was his vice president running mate, according to the Associated Press.

Emanuel defends Chicago roots after being called a ‘suburbanite’

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday defended his Chicago roots after being called a “suburbanite” by the former head of the Chicago Park District.

In a recent interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, former Park District Superintendent Ed Kelly, 90, said Emanuel’s increasing fallout with Chicago voters could be due to the fact that he is not a real “Chicago guy.”

Quinn to GOP lt. gov. candidate: Be nice to the cows

Evelyn Sanguinetti, Bruce Rauner’s Republican lieutenant governor running mate, poked fun at Illinois’ agricultural industry, and Gov. Pat Quinn isn’t taking it lightly.

Streets and San scurries to remove Wicker Park signage

The city’s Department of Streets and Sanitation on Tuesday scrambled to remove unauthorized traffic signs installed in Wicker Park.

At least four such signs were installed on light poles along Milwaukee Avenue, Redeye Chicago reported. One of the signs, located between Honore Street and North Avenue, featured directional arrows running perpendicular to traffic and the text “FUCK IT.”

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