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Public Health Commissioner Morita says department needs partners to be successful; highlights new grant to prevent violence in Chicago

Dr. Julie Morita, who has served as commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health since early 2015, stressed the importance of cooperation among government agencies, community groups and private companies to improving public health outcomes while speaking at a City Club of Chicago luncheon on Tuesday.

Discussing her department’s efforts, Morita stated, “We need to have partnerships to help us to be successful. We cannot do any of this work alone.”


100 Club of Chicago to celebrate 50th anniversary

100 Club of Chicago CEO Joseph “Joe” Ahern on Wednesday encouraged audience members at a City Club of Chicago luncheon to attend his organization’s 50th anniversary celebration later this month.


Free Spirit Media students find confidence in summer program

Teenager Kenyetta Johnson did not get a lot of encouragement when she would tell people about her love of the arts and film. Adults would ask, “Is that practical? Can you make a career out of something like that?”

But a summer internship in media secured through Free Spirit Media has helped Johnson put those doubts to rest.


Emanuel and Holt tout Chicago’s improved financial picture

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Budget Director Alexandra Holt on Monday said the city’s finances have significantly improved over the last five years, adding Chicago is gradually reducing its budget deficit and stabilizing its underfunded pension systems.  


Planning director: Chicago region needs to work together toward economic prosperity

The Chicago region and its surrounding communities can overcome future economic challenges and grow at a faster rate by working together on shared economic and civic goals rather than operating individually, Joseph C. Szabo, the executive director of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, told members of the City Club on Wednesday.


Study: Illinois not an automatic November win for Democrats

Every analysis of November’s presidential race automatically puts Illinois in the deep blue column, an all-but-counted win for presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. But a closer examination of the state’s March primary voter data by political expert Paul Green shows the race could be closer than many prognosticators realize.

“I think she’s got to be the favorite, but I wouldn’t write it off yet,” said Green, director of the Institute for Politics at Roosevelt University, of Clinton’s chances.


City Club panel addresses Chicago violence

Rebuilding Chicago neighborhoods’ trust in their police department, locking up violent offenders and reaching out to those who are likely to commit crimes are all important steps to stemming Chicago’s uptick in violence and homicides, police Supt. Eddie Johnson told the City Club of Chicago during a panel discussion on Monday.


CHA CEO Eugene Jones: Authority is focused on holistic development strategies

Chicago House Authority CEO Eugene Jones on Monday said his agency is focused on holistic development strategies that provide education, employment, recreation and social networking opportunities to public housing residents.


City Club panelists urge more spending on preventing juveniles from engaging in criminal activity, less on incarceration

Panelists at a City Club of Chicago luncheon on Wednesday said too much money is spent on the incarceration of minors in Illinois and Cook County and not enough is spent on programs that would deter youths from engaging in criminal activity.

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke moderated the panel, which included Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (JTDC) Superintendent Leonard Dixon, Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice Director Candice C. Jones and Cook County Circuit Court Judge Colleen Sheehan.


Illinois treasurer tours state in celebration of 529 College Savings Day

Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs on Wednesday will begin a two-day tour of the state in honor of 529 College Savings Day.