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U of C Crime Lab director: Conflict resolution might be key to combating violence in Chicago

The University of Chicago’s Jens Ludwig suggested that finding new to ways to promote peaceful conflict resolution might be a crucial step to lowering violence in Chicago while speaking as part of a Chicago Club of Chicago panel last week.

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Q&A with Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives President David Doig

In David Doig’s view, the process of revitalizing a neighborhood takes time, money, and a lot of patience.

Born and raised in west suburban Clarendon Hills, Doig moved to the city after graduating from Wheaton College. He began his career at the Lawndale Christian Development Corporation. Doig went on to serve as Deputy Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Housing and then as the superintendent of the Chicago Park District from 1999 to 2004.

Q&A with BBF Family Services President & CEO Rufus Williams

For decades, the North Lawndale community on Chicago’s West Side has been branded as one of the city’s most violent and dangerous neighborhoods. BBF Family Services is a social services organization aiming to change that perception and improve the quality of life for residents in North Lawndale.

Q&A with Teresa Garate, president & CEO of the Anixter Center

Teresa Garate considers herself a “fixer” when it comes to her professional career. She has worked to implement organizational reforms while working at Chicago Public Schools’ Office of Specialized Services, the Illinois Department of Public Health and in her current role as the president & CEO of Anixter Center.

Quigley: Cooperation from centrist Democrats key to getting things done in Washington

While speaking at the City Club of Chicago on Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley said the cooperation of centrist Democrats will be necessary to get things done in Washington under the new presidential administration.

Quigley has represented Illinois’ 5th District in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2009, when he won a special election to succeed Rahm Emanuel. He is a member of the House Committee on Appropriations and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Q&A with BBF Family Services President & CEO Rufus Williams

For decades, the North Lawndale community on Chicago’s West Side has been branded as one of the city’s most violent and dangerous neighborhoods. BBF Family Services is a social services organization aiming to change that perception and improve the quality of life for residents in North Lawndale.

Dillard: Trump presidency could provide unexpected benefits to mass transit

Regional Transportation Authority Board of Directors Chairman Kirk Dillard on Monday said his organization is “cautiously optimistic” that president-elect Donald Trump has an infrastructure plan that includes his organization.

Dillard leads an organization that oversees the second largest public transportation system in the U.S. The RTA serves 8 million residents in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will Counties.

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Q&A with Julie Tracy, Founder of the Julie + Michael Tracy Family Foundation

Julie Tracy and her husband Michael founded the Julie +Michael Tracy Family Foundation four years ago aiming to improve the quality of life for young adults who have autism. Their organization provides individuals with developmental disabilities long-term residence and social programs to help promote stability and independence.

Illinois CIO says state making progress on efforts to become leader in technology

Hardik Bhatt, Illinois’ chief information officer and the secretary designate of the states’ Department of Innovation and Technology, has spent the last 19 months leading efforts to update Illinois’ IT operations and make the state a leader in technology.

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Over 61 percent of state legislative races already decided

Illinois voters will have an opportunity to cast ballots in over 150 state legislative races this November, but many of those elections appear to have already been decided.

Only one candidate will appear on the general election ballot in 97 of the 158 state House and Senate races this year. All 118 House seats are up for election, but just 41 percent of those races have two candidates. The 70 House candidates without a challenger include 43 Democrats and 27 Republicans.

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