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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.

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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.”

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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.

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Q&A with NAMI Chicago Executive Director Alexa James

August was the city’s most violent month in nearly two decades, according to data released by the Chicago Police Department. As frustrated residents seek solutions to end the epidemic of violence, organizations like NAMI Chicago are working to help by expanding access to mental health services in the region.

Q&A with Rich Lenkov

Rich Lenkov first came to the Chicago region more than 20 years ago in pursuit of a legal degree from Northern Illinois University. Since then, he has established himself as a lawyer, media personality, filmmaker and education activist.

Lenkov is a partner at Bryce, Downey & Lenkov LLC, a law firm that specializes in insurance defense. When he’s not practicing law, Lenkov hosts “Legal Face-Off” on WGN alongside attorney Jason Whiteside. The one-hour program hosts discussions on a variety of topics and their legal ramifications from different viewpoints.

Q&A with Chicago Housing Authority CEO Gene Jones, Jr.

Eugene “Gene” Jones, Jr. spent seven months as acting CEO of the Chicago Housing Authority before Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced his appointment to the permanent position in January 2016. In a little bit over a year leading the agency, Jones has accelerated the progress on several projects, including CHA’s $1.6 billion Plan for Transformation.

Q&A with Chicago Urban League President & CEO Shari Runner

For the past 100 years, the Chicago Urban League has prided itself on advocating for economic and educational advancements for African-Americans throughout Chicago.

“The whole idea is creating strong communities,” said Shari Runner, president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League. “The three pieces of a strong community are education, employment, and wealth creation. As our communities rebuild, we will be building a better city.”

Q&A with Robert Richmond, CEO of the LISA App

Part of Chicago’s expanding roster of technology startups, one local company is seeking to transform the beauty industry with an online app that allows industry professionals to offer salon services directly to consumers.

Robert Richmond launched a beta version of the LISA app on January 11, 2016. The app allows salon and spa professionals – “artists” – to work as independent contractors. Richmond said he developed the app in order to address a very serious issue in the beauty industry.

Navy Pier celebrates Centennial year

Improvements to Navy Pier will continue beyond this year’s Centennial celebrations as one of Chicago’s most-visited tourist destinations continues to plan beyond its 100th anniversary, Marilynn Gardner, the pier’s president and CEO, told members of the City Club last week.

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