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Happy Fourth of July from the Daily Whale

The Daily Whale wishes all of our readers a happy and healthy Fourth of July. In observance of the holiday, our newsletters will not be published on Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5. Our regular publishing schedule will resume on Monday, July 8.


Happy Memorial Day from the Daily Whale

The Daily Whale would like to thank all of those that have served our country and wish the best to all of our readers on this Memorial Day weekend. In observance of the holiday, our regular weekday newsletter will not be published on Monday, May 27. Our regular publishing schedule will resume on Tuesday, May 28.


William Towns: An Open Letter to Chicago – Elections Bring Change. Opportunity Zones Offer Promise

We are on the heels of an unprecedented mayoral election in Chicago, signaling an immediate opportunity to outline the best path forward for this city. We are also anticipating the U.S. Department of Treasury’s second round of proposed guidelines for Qualified Opportunity Funds which are eagerly anticipated in the coming weeks. These guidelines advise on the best ways to put Opportunity Zones to use and represent a glaring opportunity for Chicago.


City’s public health commissioner touts success battling teen smoking during City Club appearance

While speaking at a City Club of Chicago event Tuesday, Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Julie Morita touted the strides the city has made battling teen smoking. Morita said teen smoking in the city is the lowest on record thanks to an approach to the issue that focused on policy, systems and environmental change.


Aon leading movement to create white-collar apprenticeship program

Global professional services firm Aon is in the second year of an innovative apprenticeship program that currently employs 50 students in technology, insurance and human resources positions while they earn associate’s degrees at two-year community colleges.

The two-year apprenticeship program began in 2017 and offers participants a competitive salary, employee benefits, paid tuition toward an associate’s degree, mentoring and on-the-job workforce training. Upon successful completion of the program, apprentices are also offered full-time employment at Aon.  


Proft, Brady differ on the best strategy for Illinois Republicans but agree on the leaders best suited to help the party find success

Radio host and political activist Dan Proft on Tuesday argued the Illinois Republican Party should rally around a pure conservative reform platform as it prepares for the 2018 general election while former Republican state party chair Pat Brady said the GOP should instead be focused on drumming up support for Bruce Rauner’s reelection bid.


Lightfoot highlights CPD reform efforts but emphasizes there is more work to be done

Chicago attorney and Police Board President Lori Lightfoot on Monday contended the “Chicago Police Department cannot be successful in its core mission of fighting crime and keeping the public safe without a constant eye on reform.”


City Club panelists agree population loss is a serious problem for Illinois but disagree on solutions

What was billed as a policy discussion of ideas to stop the outflow of residents from Illinois quickly turned into a testy hour-long conversation among four panelists at the City Club of Chicago on Tuesday.


Political newcomers face veteran lawmaker seeking to regain seat in state House District 5

The 2018 Democratic primary in Illinois’ 5th House District drew six candidates when first-term incumbent Juliana Stratton announced she would vacate the seat and campaign as J.B. Pritzker’s running mate in the gubernatorial election.


District 49 primary shaping up as a contest between experience and youth

A two-term DuPage County board member and a 28-year-old with one local-government race under his belt are facing off in this year’s Republican primary in Illinois House District 49.

Six-term state Rep. Mike Fortner (R-West Chicago) currently represents the district but announced last August that he would not seek re-election. Fortner’s announcement came following his vote to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of the state’s budget bill that included a 32 percent income tax hike.