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Tom Butala

A 'net importer of talent into Chicago,' DePaul sends next wave of graduates into the workforce

Graduation ceremonies for DePaul University’s 2015 class begin Saturday, and if historical trends hold true, many members of this year’s graduating class will choose to live and work in Chicago.

According to DePaul President Rev. Fr. Dennis Holtschneider, “80 percent of DePaul grads stay and build their lives in greater Chicagoland, making us a net importer of talent into Chicago.” With a student body of almost 24,000, DePaul is the largest private, nonprofit university in the Midwest. The school is the largest Catholic university in the United States.


Mental health specialist takes executive director role at Cook County Jail

The Cook County Board on Wednesday unanimously approved the appointment of Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia as executive director of the Cook County Department of Corrections.

Ald. O’Connor: Bringing Chicago’s fiscal house to order ‘a work in progress for the next several years’

With lawmakers in Springfield unable to reach an agreement on Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget and business reforms, Alderman Patrick O’Connor (40th) on Tuesday expressed concern about the effect the statehouse gridlock could have on Chicago’s finances.


Planning Department on pace to meet yearly affordable-housing development goals

Chicago Department of Planning and Development Managing Deputy Commissioner Lawrence Grisham told Chicago aldermen that his department is on pace to meet its annual affordable-housing development goals during a Monday meeting of the City Council Committee on Housing and Real Estate.

Ald. Cardenas calls for more information on ComEd subcontracting

Alderman George Cardenas (12th), chair of the Chicago City Council Committee on Health and Environmental Protection, called on ComEd to provide more information about its use of minority- and- women-owned subcontractors on Chicago projects during a Thursday committee meeting.

U of I president talks plan to increase financial aid

University of Illinois’ new President Timothy Killeen discussed his plan to ramp up funding for financial aid during a Wednesday City Club of Chicago address.


County officials begin nominating process for new CCHHS Board member

Members of the committee charged with nominating candidates to replace former Cook County Health and Hospitals System Board Member Rev. Dr. Calvin Morris met on Tuesday to finalize a schedule for the upcoming nominating process.

The nominating committee is made up of representatives from 14 health care and community organizations. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s office selected the organizations that make up the committee.

House sends automatic-transfer bill to governor’s desk on final day of session

The Illinois House on Sunday approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Elaine Nekritz (D-Northbrook) that would give judges discretion in transferring juveniles arrested for certain serious crimes to adult courts.


County hospital system nurses to protest amid ongoing contract dispute

Cook County Health and Hospitals System nurses plan to picket outside of hospital system facilities on June 5 amid ongoing contract disputes. Representatives of the National Nurses Organizing Committee union, which represents nurses at CCHHS facilities, announced plans for the protest during Friday’s CCHHS Board of Directors meeting.

Duckworth says workplace equality for women necessary for healthy economy

Second-term U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), who is gearing up for her 2016 U.S. Senate campaign, advocated for policy changes that would create more equal workplaces for women while speaking at a Thursday City Club of Chicago event.