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CDOT and CTA leaders tout improvements to infrastructure during City Club luncheon; Emanuel criticizes Trump’s response to violence in Charlottesville

On Monday, CTA President Dorval Carter and Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld discussed how improvements to Chicago’s public transit systems and infrastructure have helped spur development and economic growth in the city.


Happy Memorial Day

In observance of Memorial Day, the Daily Whale will not publish newsletters on Monday, May 29. We will resume our normal publishing schedule on Tuesday morning. The Daily Whale would like to wish all of its readers a happy and safe holiday weekend.


Tollway executive director: We’re 12 to 18 months away from a definitive plan for more I-PASS interoperability

While speaking at the City Club of Chicago on Thursday, Illinois Tollway Executive Director Greg Bedalov said his agency is working on expanding the interoperability of the I-PASS system to allow consumers to use their transponders to pay for more than just tolls.


Duncan discusses efforts to reduce Chicago violence by providing economic opportunities for the city’s young men

Former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said his latest endeavor, Chicago CRED, is working to reduce violence in Chicago by providing alternative economic opportunities for young men in the city’s most dangerous communities.

IHDA executive director says her organization’s investments created 7,400 jobs in 2016

Illinois Housing Development Authority Executive Director Audra Hamernik spoke about her organization’s efforts to expand affordable housing opportunities for Illinois residents during a City Club of Chicago luncheon on Wednesday.


Treasurer Frerichs says his office remains busy despite absence of state budget

The lack of state budget has not left the state Treasurer’s Office with a lack of work, Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs explained during a City Club of Chicago even on Wednesday.


Q&A with David Marzahl, President & CEO of the Center for Economic Progress

The arrival of tax day can be a stressful time for many individuals. It can be particularly troublesome for low-income families who struggle to pay the high fees associated with have their tax returns prepared by paid tax professionals and seek advances on anticipated returns. David Marzahl and the Center for Economic Progress (CEP) seek to solve those problems by providing low-income and working families with free trusted tax and financial services.

Q&A with Jane Saks, President and Artistic Director at Project&

As president and artistic director at Project&, local artist and social activist Jane Saks uses her talents and platform to create important conversations and inspire social change.  Developed out of her work at Columbia College at the Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media, she and small group of supporters and colleagues launched Project& in 2014 with the specific mission to “create cultural experiences with social impact.”

Q&A with Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs

State Treasurer Mike Frerichs is the very bullish on Illinois.  The former state senator from Champaign sees the state’s diversity as one of the strongest attributes. “Folks in Southern Illinois are different than folks in Western Illinois.  Folks in Chicago are different from folks in Champaign,” the state treasurer said. “By and large, they get along together and they coexist. I’m always learning something new and really feel as if this is a diverse melting pot.”

City Club panel stresses importance of human services in midst of budget crisis

Presenters at a recent City Club of Chicago luncheon argued it was important to raise awareness about the importance of human services in Illinois as organizations struggle in the absence of a state budget.