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IMD’s Suzet McKinney positioning district for future growth

Speaking to the City Club of Chicago one year after taking over as executive director of the Illinois Medical District (IMD) Commission, Suzet McKinney said the district’s leadership is working to develop infrastructure and facilities to meet the needs of the technology and medical organizations of the future.


iBIO to honor Mayor Daley, Chicago life sciences industry leaders at 10th annual awards dinner

The Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization will honor former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, Aptinyx President and CEO Dr. Norbert Riedel, Arsenal Vascular co-founder Milan Mrksich, Ph.D., and educator Kathleen Molenhouse at its 10th annual iCON Awards Dinner on Thursday.

iBIO is a life sciences industry organization with over 500 members, including private companies, universities, other academic institutions and service providers. Its membership comes from the agricultural, bio-industrial, pharmaceutical and medical devices sectors.


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.