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Daily Whale Staff

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.


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.


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.