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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.


Q+A with Christian Mitchell

The Daily Whale sat down with newly-elected State Representative Christian Mitchel in 2013 to discuss his goals for his first term in office.  At the time he was the youngest member of the Illinois General Assembly.  Earlier this month Mitchell was appointed to also serve as interim director of the Illinois Democratic Party through the November elections.  In light of this new responsibility we decided to re-share Mitchel's interview.


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.


Fr. Katsouros touts success of Arrupe College’s first graduating class

Father Steve Katsouros, the founding dean and executive director of Loyola University’s Arrupe College, spoke to the City Club of Chicago on Wednesday touting the success of the school’s new two-year college, which graduated its first class in June 2017.


Happy Labor Day

The Daily Whale staff wishes all of our readers a happy and healthy Labor Day weekend. In observance of the holiday, we will not publish our daily newsletters on Monday, September 4. Our normal publication schedule will resume on Tuesday, September 5.


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.