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Daily Whale Staff

CHA CEO Eugene Jones: Authority is focused on holistic development strategies

Chicago House Authority CEO Eugene Jones on Monday said his agency is focused on holistic development strategies that provide education, employment, recreation and social networking opportunities to public housing residents.


City Club panelists urge more spending on preventing juveniles from engaging in criminal activity, less on incarceration

Panelists at a City Club of Chicago luncheon on Wednesday said too much money is spent on the incarceration of minors in Illinois and Cook County and not enough is spent on programs that would deter youths from engaging in criminal activity.

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke moderated the panel, which included Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (JTDC) Superintendent Leonard Dixon, Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice Director Candice C. Jones and Cook County Circuit Court Judge Colleen Sheehan.


Illinois treasurer tours state in celebration of 529 College Savings Day

Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs on Wednesday will begin a two-day tour of the state in honor of 529 College Savings Day.


Q&A with Todd Connor, CEO of Bunker Labs

In early May, JPMorgan Chase awarded a $1.5 million grant to Bunker Labs, a nonprofit organization aimed at helping military veterans start and grow their own businesses.

Bunker Labs founder Todd Connor, a veteran of the Iraq War and experienced entrepreneur, said the $1.5 million grant will allow the Bunker to expand into new chapters across the nation.  “We’re in eight cities right now and we’ll be in 12 within the next ten months,” Connor explained. “We’ve got about 110 companies that we’re actively working with.”

Special Olympics Chicago hosts 48th annual games

Special Olympics Chicago held its 48th annual games this week at Eckersall Stadium on Chicago's south side. More than 3,500 athletes competed in over 25 track and field events throughout the week. 


Chicago Community Trust’s Mazany: Chicagoans need to confront racism head-on to correct city’s other problems

Chicago Community Trust President and CEO Terry Mazany on Wednesday argued Chicagoans must directly address racism if they hope to correct the city’s other problems, including deficiencies in the education system and police department controversies.


Gainer unveils plans to create jobs for teens in Cook County; says doing so will help reduce violence

Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer (D-Chicago) on Tuesday unveiled a set of proposals to help combat rising crime rates in Cook County by increasing employment opportunities for teenagers.


Q&A with Illinois Medical District Commission Executive Director Dr. Suzet McKinney

Following the September 11 terrorist attacks, Dr. Suzet McKinney made a decision to focus her career on the field of emergency response and public health preparedness. 

“I always thought my public health specialty would be maternal and child health,” McKinney said during a recent conversation with the Daily Whale. “But after I completed my public health degree, 9/11 happened. That started a conversation across our country about the importance of public health and how fractured the public health infrastructure was at that time.”

RTA executive director backs proposal for gas tax hike in push for additional public transportation funding

RTA executive director Leanne Redden on Tuesday advocated for a Metropolitan Planning Council proposal to increase funding for transportation by raising the Illinois’ gas tax and vehicle registration fees.

While speaking at a City Club of Chicago event, Redden stressed the need to boost funding for the RTA and its member agencies, the CTA, Metra and Pace. Redden explained there has been a lack of state funding for the RTA in recent years and contended those funding deficiencies can negatively impact the region’s economy in a variety of ways.


Illinois EPA to resume emissions test notices

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday announced the resumption of vehicle emissions test notice mailings the agency suspended in December due to the state budget impasse.

According to a press release from the state EPA, the agency’s vehicle emissions testing contractor has agreed to take responsibility for the printing and mailing of the test reminders. The contractor, Applus Technologies, Inc., will take on the new responsibilities at no additional cost to the state.