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CDOT and CTA leaders tout improvements to infrastructure during City Club luncheon; Emanuel criticizes Trump’s response to violence in Charlottesville

On Monday, CTA President Dorval Carter and Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld discussed how improvements to Chicago’s public transit systems and infrastructure have helped spur development and economic growth in the city.


Cardinal Cupich tells City Club time for ‘swift’ action on violence

The Roman Catholic Church plans to find ways to work more effectively with other civic leaders and organizations to combat gun violence in Chicago and to push for new laws that ban military-style weapons, Cardinal Blase Cupich told members of the City Club of Chicago on Monday.


Happy Memorial Day

In observance of Memorial Day, the Daily Whale will not publish newsletters on Monday, May 29. We will resume our normal publishing schedule on Tuesday morning. The Daily Whale would like to wish all of its readers a happy and safe holiday weekend.


Tollway executive director: We’re 12 to 18 months away from a definitive plan for more I-PASS interoperability

While speaking at the City Club of Chicago on Thursday, Illinois Tollway Executive Director Greg Bedalov said his agency is working on expanding the interoperability of the I-PASS system to allow consumers to use their transponders to pay for more than just tolls.


IHDA executive director says her organization’s investments created 7,400 jobs in 2016

Illinois Housing Development Authority Executive Director Audra Hamernik spoke about her organization’s efforts to expand affordable housing opportunities for Illinois residents during a City Club of Chicago luncheon on Wednesday.


Treasurer Frerichs says his office remains busy despite absence of state budget

The lack of state budget has not left the state Treasurer’s Office with a lack of work, Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs explained during a City Club of Chicago even on Wednesday.


City Club panel stresses importance of human services in midst of budget crisis

Presenters at a recent City Club of Chicago luncheon argued it was important to raise awareness about the importance of human services in Illinois as organizations struggle in the absence of a state budget.


U of C Crime Lab director: Conflict resolution might be key to combating violence in Chicago

The University of Chicago’s Jens Ludwig suggested that finding new to ways to promote peaceful conflict resolution might be a crucial step to lowering violence in Chicago while speaking as part of a Chicago Club of Chicago panel last week.


Dillard: Trump presidency could provide unexpected benefits to mass transit

Regional Transportation Authority Board of Directors Chairman Kirk Dillard on Monday said his organization is “cautiously optimistic” that president-elect Donald Trump has an infrastructure plan that includes his organization.

Dillard leads an organization that oversees the second largest public transportation system in the U.S. The RTA serves 8 million residents in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will Counties.


Illinois CIO says state making progress on efforts to become leader in technology

Hardik Bhatt, Illinois’ chief information officer and the secretary designate of the states’ Department of Innovation and Technology, has spent the last 19 months leading efforts to update Illinois’ IT operations and make the state a leader in technology.