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Daily Whale Staff

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.


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.


Q&A with Jeff McCarter, founder & executive director of Free Spirit Media

For over 25 years Jeff McCarter has worked in various media industry roles, including film producer, documentary maker, cameraman, and video editor. During that time he noticed a striking lack of diversity represented in the field. McCarter responded by founding Free Spirit Media in January 2000.

Remembering Dr. Paul Green

City Club of Chicago chairman and event moderator Paul Green died last month at the age of 73. Over approximately 30 years, Green watched City Club transform from a weekly meeting of 20 familiar faces in the 1980s to an organization that meets more frequently and has nearly 2,000 members.

When asked during a 2014 interview with the Daily Whale what keeps people coming week after week to Maggiano’s Banquets in River North for the City Club’s popular luncheons, Green was quick to respond, “I tend to believe it’s because of the moderator.”

Race director: Bank of America Chicago Marathon generated $277 million for Chicago economy, $18.7 million for charity in 2015

With just 10 days until the 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Executive Race Director Carey Pinkowski on Thursday discussed the growing influence of the marathon beyond the race course while speaking at a City Club of Chicago breakfast event.


IMD’s Suzet McKinney positioning district for future growth

Speaking to the City Club of Chicago one year after taking over as executive director of the Illinois Medical District (IMD) Commission, Suzet McKinney said the district’s leadership is working to develop infrastructure and facilities to meet the needs of the technology and medical organizations of the future.


iBIO to honor Mayor Daley, Chicago life sciences industry leaders at 10th annual awards dinner

The Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization will honor former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, Aptinyx President and CEO Dr. Norbert Riedel, Arsenal Vascular co-founder Milan Mrksich, Ph.D., and educator Kathleen Molenhouse at its 10th annual iCON Awards Dinner on Thursday.

iBIO is a life sciences industry organization with over 500 members, including private companies, universities, other academic institutions and service providers. Its membership comes from the agricultural, bio-industrial, pharmaceutical and medical devices sectors.


Q&A with Public Building Commission Executive Director Felicia Davis

Chicago Public Building Commission Executive Director Felicia Davis began her career as a patrol officer in the Chicago Police Department. She spent 10 years with the CPD, eventually serving as a detective in the violent crimes division.  

“One of the things I miss about being on the police department is that I would go into all communities everywhere in the city,” Davis told the Daily Whale in a recent interview. “It forces you outside of your comfort zone.”

Public Health Commissioner Morita says department needs partners to be successful; highlights new grant to prevent violence in Chicago

Dr. Julie Morita, who has served as commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health since early 2015, stressed the importance of cooperation among government agencies, community groups and private companies to improving public health outcomes while speaking at a City Club of Chicago luncheon on Tuesday.

Discussing her department’s efforts, Morita stated, “We need to have partnerships to help us to be successful. We cannot do any of this work alone.”


100 Club of Chicago to celebrate 50th anniversary

100 Club of Chicago CEO Joseph “Joe” Ahern on Wednesday encouraged audience members at a City Club of Chicago luncheon to attend his organization’s 50th anniversary celebration later this month.