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Benefit Chicago announces $12 million in loans for six Chicago-area organizations

Benefit Chicago on Wednesday announced the recipients of its first round of loans, which total $12 million. The six organizations receiving loans are: AutonomyWorks, Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives (CNI), Garfield Produce Company, IFF, the Southwest Corridor Collaborative of LISC Chicago, and Sweet Beginnings, the for-profit subsidiary of the North Lawndale Employment Network.

So. Ill. Democratic County Chairmen’s Assoc. endorses Kennedy for governor

Illinois gubernatorial candidate Chris Kennedy on Wednesday announced he had received the endorsement of the Southern Illinois Democratic County Chairman’s Association. A press release from the campaign claimed it was the first major endorsement in the race for governor on the Democratic side.

Meister reappointed Illinois Finance Authority executive director

The Illinois Finance Authority board this week reappointed Chis Meister as the IFA’s executive director.

BGA panel addresses Laquan McDonald legacy

A year ago this week, the Chicago Police Department, under a court order, released a video that showed 17-year-old Laquan McDonald being shot 16 times by a Chicago police officer as the teen moved away. The images rocked the city. Since, officer Jason Van Dyke has been charged with murder, the Department of Justice opened a wide-ranging investigation, the agency that investigates police misconduct has been abolished and a steady drumbeat of protests have pushed the city to pursue a wide range of other reforms.

ForeverCar.com secures $10 million funding round, receives innovation award

ForeverCar.com, a company that operates an online marketplace that allows consumers to compare and purchase vehicle service protection plans, had a lot to celebrate Tuesday.

Lone Star state officials pursue Chicago business

Texas economic development officials have been in Chicago this week in an attempt to woo businesses to move to the Lone Star state, according to a news release.

New housing, retail developments coming to Woodlawn

Efforts to revitalize the South Side community of Woodlawn are getting a boost in the form of 34 new homes and a $28 million mixed-use development, Preservation of Affordable Housing Chicago announced on Friday.

POAH is an affordable housing nonprofit with offices in Chicago and Boston. The organization currently owns and operates about 9,000 affordable homes in nine states and the District of Columbia.

Tyson Foods, Chicago Urban League partner on hunger awareness program

A partnership announced Thursday between Tyson Foods, the Chicago Urban League and the Greater Chicago Food Depository will work to combat food insecurity, which presents a daily challenge to thousands of Chicagoans.

Mayor Emanuel makes another plea for Obama administration to do more on guns

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and mayors from around the country called on the Obama administration Wednesday to do more to keep illegal weapons off city streets while Chicago experiences another violent summer.

Navy Pier celebrates Centennial year

Improvements to Navy Pier will continue beyond this year’s Centennial celebrations as one of Chicago’s most-visited tourist destinations continues to plan beyond its 100th anniversary, Marilynn Gardner, the pier’s president and CEO, told members of the City Club last week.

Navy Pier opened in July 1906 and has frequently played host to events and other cultural offerings through its first 100 years. During World War II, the pier served as a U.S. Navy training site.