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Illinois metro areas experience unemployment rate increase in February

Unemployment rates in all of Illinois’ metropolitan areas showed a year-over-year increase in February, according to data the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security released Thursday.

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Chicago and regional partners seek to spur economic development through water innovation

Mayor Rahm Emanuel this week joined several leaders from the Chicago-area to launch “Current,” a water-focused research initiative designed to promote “water innovation” and economic development.

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Metra board approves $64.5 million increase for 2016 capital program

Metra’s board of directors on Wednesday approved a $64.5 million addition to its 2016 capital program, part of which will go towards the replacement of the Fox River Bridge on the Milwaukee West Line.

New additional capital program funding is the result of a $14 million federal grant and additional $11.3 million in federal funding increases, other new capital contributions and a $12 million transfer of funds from the 2015 operating budget. Metra’s revised 2016 capital program totals $251 million in projected spending, the agency explained in a press release Wednesday.

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Q&A with Latino Policy Forum Executive Director Sylvia Puente

Sylvia Puente started her career as an activist at the age of thirteen when she joined her mother on picket lines in support of the United Farm Workers. Over the course of her now twenty-five year career serving the Latino community, Puente has become a leading public policy analyst and expert on issues impacting Latinos.

Thousands take plunge for Special Olympics

Approximately 6,000 people participated in the 16th Annual Chicago Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Chicago at North Avenue Beach on Sunday morning.  For the second year in a row, the participants included Lady Gaga and her fiancé, “Chicago Fire” star Taylor Kinney. 
 

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Q&A with Barrington Hills Village President Marty McLaughlin

After a surprise win in the 2013 election for village president of Barrington Hills over incumbent Robert Abboud, Marty McLaughlin entered office on a mission to clean up the village’s finances.

Happy New Year from the Daily Whale

The Daily Whale would like to wish a very Happy New Year to all of our readers and their families.

We will not publish our daily newsletters on Thursday, Dec. 31 and Friday, Jan. 1. Our normal publishing schedule will resume on Monday, Jan. 4.

Happy Holidays from the Daily Whale

The Daily Whale would like to wish a very Happy Holidays to all of our readers and their families.

We will not publish our daily newsletters on Thursday, Dec. 24 and Friday, Dec. 25. Our normal publishing schedule will resume on Monday, Dec. 28.

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Illinois’ 2nd Congressional District awarded $36 million in federal grants in 2015

Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) on Tuesday issued a press release stating the federal government had awarded over $26 million in grants to municipalities, public safety departments, health and housing agencies and schools in the 2nd District over the last year.

In total, entities in the second district received 43 grants in 2015. The grants provide funding for a variety of community needs, including equipment and training for local firefighters, expanding health and housing services, making infrastructure improvements, and supporting STEM education.

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Officials break ground on extension of North Branch Trail

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