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Nonpartisan groups hoping to help state lawmakers find budget solutions

Representatives from seven nonpartisan organizations delivered a letter to Gov. Bruce Rauner and four other Springfield leaders this week requesting a meeting to discuss potential solutions to the current state budget stalemate.


IFT President Dan Montgomery backs moratorium on new charter schools

Illinois Federation of Teachers President and Chief Operating Officer Dan Montgomery on Tuesday argued for the state to place a temporary moratorium on new charter schools and advocated for the establishment of new regulations on charter schools.

While speaking at a City Club of Chicago luncheon, Montgomery said the Illinois Federation of Teachers’ 100,000 teachers, faculty and staff members includes about 1,000 Chicago charter school teachers.


Illinois Republican Chairman Tim Schneider calls for business reforms during Monday speech

During an address at the City Club of Chicago on Monday, Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider called for state legislative reforms to make the state more welcoming to businesses.

Schneider also discussed the ongoing state budget stalemate, arguing an agreement is not possible without compromises from both parties.


Marina City inches closer to landmark designation

The Marina City towers in Chicago’s River North neighborhood moved closer to receiving Chicago landmark status on Friday after a Commission on Chicago Landmarks hearing on Friday was absent of any testimony against the designation.


Mayor announces official start of Chicago Ideas Week’s ThinkChicago program

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday announced the start of the fifth annual ThinkChicago program, which is part of Chicago Ideas Week. The three-day ThinkChicago event provides university students an opportunity to participate in a variety of activities highlighting the city’s computer science and technology career opportunities.


Cook County 2016 budget plan expands amusement tax

While presenting her $4 billion proposed budget for 2016 on Wednesday, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle called for an expansion of the county’s 3 percent amusement tax to include cable TV, ticket resellers and some recreational activities. Preckwinkle said the move would generate $20.25 million in additional revenue for the county next year and prevent the county from having to raise its current amusement tax rate.


New Mariano’s grocery store bringing jobs, healthy food options to Bronzeville

During an address to the City Club of Chicago on Tuesday, Roundy’s Supermarkets, Inc. Chairman and CEO Bob Mariano discussed how a new Mariano’s grocery store slated to open in Bronzeville next year could bolster the neighborhood’s economy.


City launches water department project email notification system

The Chicago Department of Water Management and Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday announced the debut of a new email system to provide residents with information about the department’s construction projects and allow citizens to contact city officials.


Chicago Community Trust presents new vision, establishes expanded grants for nonprofits

While celebrating its centennial anniversary on Wednesday, the Chicago Community Trust presented a new strategic plan for the future designed to inspire Chicagoans to engage in philanthropy and effect positive changes in their communities.

“We have been hard at work to craft a new vision for the Trust to ensure that this institution remains relevant, innovative and influential as we begin a new century,” Chicago Community Trust President & CEO Terry Mazany said. He added the new vision includes a focus on economic issues, social equity and youth development.


County Board approves creation of Cook-Chicago heroin task force

During a meeting of the Cook County Board of Commissioners’ Human Relations Committee on Wednesday, commissioners approved a resolution calling for the establishment of a joint anti-heroin task force between the city of Chicago and Cook County.