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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.

Kellogg named top school in Chicagoland for entrepreneurship

Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management was named the Chicago-area’s top graduate program for entrepreneurship in a recent national ranking.

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.