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Sheriff’s office working to address jail overcrowding, provide better mental health services

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said his office has been working to implement reforms to lower the Cook County Jail population and improve the mental health services available to Cook County residents while speaking at a City Club of Chicago event on Thursday.


Rauner creates program to encourage minority entrepreneurship

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner announced on Tuesday the creation of the Advancing the Development of Minority Entrepreneurship (A.D.M.E) program, which is designed to improve the economic climate for minority and women-owned businesses in Illinois.


2016 marks significant anniversary of MLK’s work in Chicago

Martin Luther King Jr. Day was first celebrated as an official federal holiday 30 years ago, and 2016 also marks a significant anniversary for King’s work with the Chicago Freedom Movement.

At the invitation of the coalition of 44 civil rights groups, King came to Chicago in late 1965 and began working on the Chicago Freedom Movement’s efforts to improve the living conditions of African Americans in the city.


Democratic Party endorses Kim Foxx for state’s attorney

The Democratic Party of Cook County on Thursday endorsed Kim Foxx in the race for Cook County state’s attorney over incumbent State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez and challenger Donna More.

Thursday’s endorsement reverses the party’s August decision not to back a candidate in the March 15 state’s attorney primary.


Emanuel proposes house-sharing fees to pay for affordable housing initiatives

At Wednesday’s Chicago City Council meeting, Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced an ordinance reforming regulations of the city’s house-sharing industry and imposing new fees on the industry to raise funds for affordable housing.


Emanuel proposes tobacco taxes to fund two new programs for freshmen and at-risk eight-graders

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools Chief Education Officer Janice K. Jackson on Monday announced two new summer programs to prepare freshmen and at-risk eight-graders for high school.


Emanuel appoints Jaime Guzman to Board of Education

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday announced the appointment of Jaime Guzman to the Chicago Board of Education. Guzman will replace Jesse Ruiz, who stepped down to serve as president to the Board of Commissioners of the Chicago Park District.


Emanuel announces expansion of Second Chance Program for Chicagoans reentering the workforce

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday announced the city has partnered with the Chicago Transit Authority and the City Colleges of Chicago to expand the CTA’s Second Chance Program, which offers job training and career opportunities to Chicagoans who face challenges reentering the workforce.


State’s local government task force recommends changes to prevailing wage, collective bargaining

In its final report to Governor Bruce Rauner, the state’s Local Government Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates Task Force called for reforms in Illinois’ prevailing wage and collective bargaining regulations and advocated for giving citizens referendum authority to consolidate or dissolve local governments.


4G now available throughout Chicago’s subway system

Subway commuters on Chicago’s Blue and Red lines now have access to a faster mobile network while riding in tunnels or waiting at subway station.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Transit Authority on Tuesday announced the CTA has finished its installation of 4G communications across the city’s 22-mile subway system. The CTA is now the largest public transit system in North America with full 4G coverage.