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ComEd CEO says Chicago must invest in energy future

ComEd CEO Anne Pramaggiore on Monday said her company is working with lawmakers on new legislative that would help Chicago become a clean and sustainable energy leader, positioning the city and Illinois for future economic success.


U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly sees ‘lame duck’ session as opportunity for compromise on gun reform

U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly is hoping the end of the bitter and divisive presidential election will provide Congress with an opportunity to revive stalled gun reform legislation, she said in a recent interview with the Daily Whale.


Over 61 percent of state legislative races already decided

Illinois voters will have an opportunity to cast ballots in over 150 state legislative races this November, but many of those elections appear to have already been decided.

Only one candidate will appear on the general election ballot in 97 of the 158 state House and Senate races this year. All 118 House seats are up for election, but just 41 percent of those races have two candidates. The 70 House candidates without a challenger include 43 Democrats and 27 Republicans.


Race director: Bank of America Chicago Marathon generated $277 million for Chicago economy, $18.7 million for charity in 2015

With just 10 days until the 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Executive Race Director Carey Pinkowski on Thursday discussed the growing influence of the marathon beyond the race course while speaking at a City Club of Chicago breakfast event.


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.