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Madigan stresses importance of moderate approach to budget-making

Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) said the solution to the current Illinois budget impasses lies in moderation during a speech at the City Club of Chicago on Wednesday.


House task force holds hearing on gun violence

The U.S. House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, led by Chair Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) and Vice Chair Robin Kelly (D-Ill.), on Tuesday hosted a hearing in Washington, D.C.  

Tuesday’s forum, entitled “No More Silence: Commonsense Solutions to Address the Gun Violence Epidemic,” brought together “expert panelists to discuss what actions Congress can take now to enhance community safety and keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals,” according to a press release from Kelly.


Supreme Court will not review Highland Park assault weapons ban

The Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal filed by Dr. Arie Friedman and the Illinois State Rifle Association of a lower court ruling upholding Highland Park’s ban on assault weapons, the Chicago Tribune reported Monday.


Political Strategist Stan Greenberg: Shifting societal demographics could spell trouble for Republicans in 2016 elections

Political strategist and Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg on Thursday argued changes in the make-up of the U.S. population and its belief systems have produced a “new American majority with different values.” 

Greenberg made the remarks at a City Club of Chicago event on Thursday. During the event, he spoke about observations he detailed in his recently-published book, “America Ascendant: A Revolutionary Nation’s Path to Addressing Its Deepest Problems and Leading the 21st Century.”


Emanuel says he will not resign

One day after firing Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday told reporters he will not be resigning.

The mayor’s comments came during POLITICO’s Illinois Playbook Breakfast at the Metropolitan Club. Reporters asked Emanuel if he is considering stepping down in response to widespread criticism he received in the wake of the Laquan McDonald video footage released last week. 


City treasurer calls for increased investment in disenfranchised communities

Chicago Treasurer Kurt Summers on Tuesday called on the city to invest more in its lower income neighborhoods in order to help improve the lives of residents and boost the city’s economy.


Budget panel: Chicago will need more taxes, help from Springfield to address financial difficulties

A panel of Chicago-area reporters on Monday predicted the city will be forced to implement further tax and fee increases in the coming years to stabilize its finances.


Happy Thanksgiving from the Daily Whale!

The Daily Whale staff wishes a very happy Thanksgiving to our readers and their families. In observance of the holiday, our daily newsletters will not be published on Thursday, Nov. 26 or Friday, Nov. 27. Our regular publishing scheduled will begin again on Monday, Nov. 30. 


Rising number of nonprofits in Chicago brings new opportunities for philanthropists, growing competition for funds

Philanthropic leaders from Chicago discussed the evolution of the city’s nonprofit sector during a panel discussion at the City Club of Chicago on Tuesday.


CCHHS CEO: System continues transition to patient-centered healthcare

Cook County Health and Hospitals Chief Executive Officer Dr. John Jay Shannon on Monday said the Affordable Care Act has helped provide his system with the resources necessary to improve care and move to a patient-centered, anticipatory healthcare model.

While speaking at a City Club of Chicago event, Shannon said the implementation of the ACA has been a “game changer” for CCHHS. Pursuant to the ACA, the health system launched CountyCare in 2013. The no-cost managed care health plan has significantly reduced the number of uninsured patients CCHHS serves.