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Emanuel says he will not resign

One day after firing Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday told reporters he will not be resigning.

The mayor’s comments came during POLITICO’s Illinois Playbook Breakfast at the Metropolitan Club. Reporters asked Emanuel if he is considering stepping down in response to widespread criticism he received in the wake of the Laquan McDonald video footage released last week. 


City treasurer calls for increased investment in disenfranchised communities

Chicago Treasurer Kurt Summers on Tuesday called on the city to invest more in its lower income neighborhoods in order to help improve the lives of residents and boost the city’s economy.


Budget panel: Chicago will need more taxes, help from Springfield to address financial difficulties

A panel of Chicago-area reporters on Monday predicted the city will be forced to implement further tax and fee increases in the coming years to stabilize its finances.


Happy Thanksgiving from the Daily Whale!

The Daily Whale staff wishes a very happy Thanksgiving to our readers and their families. In observance of the holiday, our daily newsletters will not be published on Thursday, Nov. 26 or Friday, Nov. 27. Our regular publishing scheduled will begin again on Monday, Nov. 30. 


Rising number of nonprofits in Chicago brings new opportunities for philanthropists, growing competition for funds

Philanthropic leaders from Chicago discussed the evolution of the city’s nonprofit sector during a panel discussion at the City Club of Chicago on Tuesday.


CCHHS CEO: System continues transition to patient-centered healthcare

Cook County Health and Hospitals Chief Executive Officer Dr. John Jay Shannon on Monday said the Affordable Care Act has helped provide his system with the resources necessary to improve care and move to a patient-centered, anticipatory healthcare model.

While speaking at a City Club of Chicago event, Shannon said the implementation of the ACA has been a “game changer” for CCHHS. Pursuant to the ACA, the health system launched CountyCare in 2013. The no-cost managed care health plan has significantly reduced the number of uninsured patients CCHHS serves.


U.S. Sen. Roland Burris’s memoir recalls struggles, triumphs of long political career

Former U.S. Senator Roland Burris provides a detailed account of his groundbreaking political career in his recently-published memoir, “The Man Who Stood Up to Be Seated.”

Burris made Illinois history in 1978 when he became the first African American to be elected to a statewide office. He served as comptroller for 12 years and then was the first African American elected as Illinois attorney general. In 2008, Burris was appointed to replace then President-elect Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate.


IL Network of Charter Schools study: School choice associated with improved high school performance

During a City Club of Chicago event on Wednesday, Illinois Network of Charter Schools President Andrew Broy highlighted a recent report from his organization showing the majority of Chicago high school students now choose not to attend their neighborhood schools, and those students on average performed better than students in neighborhood public schools. 


Merchandise Mart kicks off fifth annual Social Media Week

Jasculca Terman Strategic Communications and New York-based digital strategy firm Crowdcentric are hosting the fifth annual Social Media Week Chicago conference inside the Merchandise Mart this week. The four-day event will explore different media platforms companies are using to grow their business and foster innovation.


Aviation Committee approves regulations of personal drones

The Chicago City Council Committee on Aviation on Thursday approved new regulations on the recreational use of drones.

Aldermen Ed Burke (14th) and Scott Waguespack (32nd) sponsored the measure, which lays out restrictions for recreationally operated drones, or “small unmanned aircrafts.” Drones used for business or commercial purposes are currently subject to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations.