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ComEd announces scholarship for job training program

ComEd celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Dawson Overhead Electrical Line Worker (OELW) job training program on Thursday by announcing a new scholarship for students seeking work in the electric industry.  


Illinois CIO calls for public, private partnerships to improve state’s technology systems

Illinois Chief Information Officer Hardik Bhatt on Wednesday emphasized the need for private businesses to work with the state government to develop technological solutions that will make Illinois more efficient, competitive and successful.


CTA president says state budget impasse will not affect fare prices – for now

While speaking at the City Club of Chicago on Tuesday, Chicago Transit Authority President Dorval Carter declared bus and train fares will not increase next year despite the current state budget stalemate. He cautioned, however, that the CTA may have to “revisit” its spending plan if Springfield does not adopt plans to provide adequate transit funding  in the future. 


U.S. Attorney encourages youth outreach, trust-building efforts to reduce violent crime

United States Attorney Zachary Fardon discussed how youth outreach programs and trust-building strategies between communities and the police can help reduce the rate of violent crime in the Chicago during a speech at the City Club of Chicago on Monday.


CCHHS approves new marketing contract

The Cook County Health and Hospitals System on Friday approved a three-year, $7.5 million contract with Res Publica Group to launch a new marketing campaign with the goal of attracting more patients to the health system. 


City Club panel looks back at causes of Illinois’ pension crisis, proposes fixes

Participants in a City Club of Chicago panel on Thursday looked back at the decisions that led to Illinois’ current pension crisis and offered some ideas on how the state could begin to close its pension funding gap.


Service groups call on state lawmakers to end budget stalemate, restore funding

Several human service groups rallied outside the James R. Thompson Center on Wednesday calling on Gov. Bruce Rauner and state legislators to end the budget stalemate and approve legislation restoring funding for key state services. The House Executive Committee is scheduled to vote on the measure Thursday to provide $3.8 billion in emergency funding for Illinois human service providers.

Joining the human service groups and advocates were state Reps. Will Guzzardi (D-Chicago) and Greg Harris (D-Chicago).  


Emanuel’s budget proposal gets mixed reactions from aldermen

Chicago aldermen have responded with a mix of reactions to the proposed budget Mayor Rahm Emanuel presented to the City Council on Tuesday. Emanuel’s proposal calls for a $544 million property tax hike to be phased in over 4 years and for a variety of other fee and tax increases.


Finance Committee delays action on declaring 25 percent of TIF funds as surpluses

The Chicago City Council Finance Committee on Monday delayed action on an ordinance codifying a previous executive order requiring the city to declare at least 25 percent of its unrestricting Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funds as a surplus each year.

Aarti Kotak, managing deputy commissioner of the Department of Planning and Development, explained to committee members that the ordinance codified a Nov. 8, 2013 executive order issued from Mayor Rahm Emanuel.


City renews partnership to offer naturalization resources for immigrants

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday announced the city will renew its partnership with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services agency in an effort to improve citizenship education and awareness for Chicago residents.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez joined Emanuel on Citizenship Day to sign an agreement extending the partnership for three years. Rodríguez said USCIS was proud to continue working with Chicago to provide immigrants with greater access to resources and information about citizenship.