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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.

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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.

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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. 
 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Illinois EPA to resume emissions test notices

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday announced the resumption of vehicle emissions test notice mailings the agency suspended in December due to the state budget impasse.

According to a press release from the state EPA, the agency’s vehicle emissions testing contractor has agreed to take responsibility for the printing and mailing of the test reminders. The contractor, Applus Technologies, Inc., will take on the new responsibilities at no additional cost to the state.

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Illinois metro areas experience unemployment rate increase in February

Unemployment rates in all of Illinois’ metropolitan areas showed a year-over-year increase in February, according to data the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security released Thursday.

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Chicago and regional partners seek to spur economic development through water innovation

Mayor Rahm Emanuel this week joined several leaders from the Chicago-area to launch “Current,” a water-focused research initiative designed to promote “water innovation” and economic development.

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Metra board approves $64.5 million increase for 2016 capital program

Metra’s board of directors on Wednesday approved a $64.5 million addition to its 2016 capital program, part of which will go towards the replacement of the Fox River Bridge on the Milwaukee West Line.

New additional capital program funding is the result of a $14 million federal grant and additional $11.3 million in federal funding increases, other new capital contributions and a $12 million transfer of funds from the 2015 operating budget. Metra’s revised 2016 capital program totals $251 million in projected spending, the agency explained in a press release Wednesday.

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