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Public healthcare leaders call on state to approve grant funding for local health departments

Illinois public health advocates held two press conferences on Tuesday to call on Springfield lawmakers to pass House Bill 4311 or its senate companion, Senate Bill 2178, which appropriates $17.1 million for the state’s Local Health Protection Grant.

The grants provide financial support to certified local health departments for programs such as food protection, potable water supply, private sewage disposal and infectious disease prevention.

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Panelists argue court-ordered spending causing additional problems amidst state budget impasse

During a City Club of Chicago discussion on the causes of the Illinois budget stalemate and the effects the impasse is having on the state’s economy, panelists argued state spending related to court orders and consent decrees has been detrimental in that it has disincentivized lawmakers from balancing the budget. 

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Echo Global Logistics announces plan to double its Chicago workforce

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Echo Global Logistics Chairman and CEO Douglas Waggoner on Thursday announced the company will add 850 new workers to its Chicago-based workforce over the coming years, leaving it with more than 1,600 employees in the city.

Echo Global Logistics provides technology-based transportation and supply chain management services. Founded in Chicago a decade ago, the company currently employs 800 people in Chicago. In total, Echo Global Logistics has over 30 offices across the country, according to a press release issued by the Mayor’s Office.

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Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership joining with local agencies to spur economic development

During a speech at the City Club of Chicago on Tuesday, Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership CEO Karin Norington-Reaves discussed her organization’s work with city agencies to grow the economy by helping individuals seeking employment find careers.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and then Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel established the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership in 2011. The organization offers workforce services for all job seekers and employers located in the city of Chicago and Cook County.  

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UIC chancellor seeking more partnerships with private sector to diversify school’s funding

While highlighting several accolades his university has recently received, University of Illinois-Chicago Chancellor Michael Amiridis argued the recent state budget stalemate highlighted the importance of developing more partnerships with the business community to ensure the school is adequately funded.

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Illinois is national leader in hosting clinical trials, new report finds

A new report from the economic healthcare organization We Work for Health highlighted the large number of biopharmaceutical clinical trials conducted in Illinois and analyzed the positive effect these trials have on patient health and the economy.

We Work for Health compiled the report, entitled “Research in Your Backyard,” in conjunction with the Illinois Medical District, the Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization (iBIO) and the nonprofit organization Cures Within Reach.

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Nonpartisan groups hoping to help state lawmakers find budget solutions

Representatives from seven nonpartisan organizations delivered a letter to Gov. Bruce Rauner and four other Springfield leaders this week requesting a meeting to discuss potential solutions to the current state budget stalemate.

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IFT President Dan Montgomery backs moratorium on new charter schools

Illinois Federation of Teachers President and Chief Operating Officer Dan Montgomery on Tuesday argued for the state to place a temporary moratorium on new charter schools and advocated for the establishment of new regulations on charter schools.

While speaking at a City Club of Chicago luncheon, Montgomery said the Illinois Federation of Teachers’ 100,000 teachers, faculty and staff members includes about 1,000 Chicago charter school teachers.

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Illinois Republican Chairman Tim Schneider calls for business reforms during Monday speech

During an address at the City Club of Chicago on Monday, Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider called for state legislative reforms to make the state more welcoming to businesses.

Schneider also discussed the ongoing state budget stalemate, arguing an agreement is not possible without compromises from both parties.

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Marina City inches closer to landmark designation

The Marina City towers in Chicago’s River North neighborhood moved closer to receiving Chicago landmark status on Friday after a Commission on Chicago Landmarks hearing on Friday was absent of any testimony against the designation.

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