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Planning director: Chicago region needs to work together toward economic prosperity

The Chicago region and its surrounding communities can overcome future economic challenges and grow at a faster rate by working together on shared economic and civic goals rather than operating individually, Joseph C. Szabo, the executive director of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, told members of the City Club on Wednesday.


Study: Illinois not an automatic November win for Democrats

Every analysis of November’s presidential race automatically puts Illinois in the deep blue column, an all-but-counted win for presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. But a closer examination of the state’s March primary voter data by political expert Paul Green shows the race could be closer than many prognosticators realize.

“I think she’s got to be the favorite, but I wouldn’t write it off yet,” said Green, director of the Institute for Politics at Roosevelt University, of Clinton’s chances.


City Club panel addresses Chicago violence

Rebuilding Chicago neighborhoods’ trust in their police department, locking up violent offenders and reaching out to those who are likely to commit crimes are all important steps to stemming Chicago’s uptick in violence and homicides, police Supt. Eddie Johnson told the City Club of Chicago during a panel discussion on Monday.


CHA CEO Eugene Jones: Authority is focused on holistic development strategies

Chicago House Authority CEO Eugene Jones on Monday said his agency is focused on holistic development strategies that provide education, employment, recreation and social networking opportunities to public housing residents.


City Club panelists urge more spending on preventing juveniles from engaging in criminal activity, less on incarceration

Panelists at a City Club of Chicago luncheon on Wednesday said too much money is spent on the incarceration of minors in Illinois and Cook County and not enough is spent on programs that would deter youths from engaging in criminal activity.

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke moderated the panel, which included Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (JTDC) Superintendent Leonard Dixon, Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice Director Candice C. Jones and Cook County Circuit Court Judge Colleen Sheehan.


Illinois treasurer tours state in celebration of 529 College Savings Day

Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs on Wednesday will begin a two-day tour of the state in honor of 529 College Savings Day.


Special Olympics Chicago hosts 48th annual games

Special Olympics Chicago held its 48th annual games this week at Eckersall Stadium on Chicago's south side. More than 3,500 athletes competed in over 25 track and field events throughout the week. 


Chicago Community Trust’s Mazany: Chicagoans need to confront racism head-on to correct city’s other problems

Chicago Community Trust President and CEO Terry Mazany on Wednesday argued Chicagoans must directly address racism if they hope to correct the city’s other problems, including deficiencies in the education system and police department controversies.


Gainer unveils plans to create jobs for teens in Cook County; says doing so will help reduce violence

Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer (D-Chicago) on Tuesday unveiled a set of proposals to help combat rising crime rates in Cook County by increasing employment opportunities for teenagers.


RTA executive director backs proposal for gas tax hike in push for additional public transportation funding

RTA executive director Leanne Redden on Tuesday advocated for a Metropolitan Planning Council proposal to increase funding for transportation by raising the Illinois’ gas tax and vehicle registration fees.

While speaking at a City Club of Chicago event, Redden stressed the need to boost funding for the RTA and its member agencies, the CTA, Metra and Pace. Redden explained there has been a lack of state funding for the RTA in recent years and contended those funding deficiencies can negatively impact the region’s economy in a variety of ways.