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William Towns: An Open Letter to Chicago – Elections Bring Change. Opportunity Zones Offer Promise

We are on the heels of an unprecedented mayoral election in Chicago, signaling an immediate opportunity to outline the best path forward for this city. We are also anticipating the U.S. Department of Treasury’s second round of proposed guidelines for Qualified Opportunity Funds which are eagerly anticipated in the coming weeks. These guidelines advise on the best ways to put Opportunity Zones to use and represent a glaring opportunity for Chicago.


Happy 4th of July from the Daily Whale

The Daily Whale would like to wish our readers and their families a safe and happy Fourth of July.  During the holiday week from July 2nd to July 6th, we will not be publishing our afternoon newsletter.

Q & A with Jacob Allen, Founder & CEO at pilotED Schools

Since coming to Chicago in 2013, Jacob Allen has focused on developing and implementing innovative and holistic approaches to educating low- and moderate-income minority middle school students in urban neighborhoods.

Drawing on his passion for finding sustainable educational solutions, Allen founded the Chicago-based nonprofit pilotED Schools and serves as the organization’s CEO.

Op-ed: ‘Right-to-Vote’ amendment would strengthen Illinois’ role as ballot-access pioneer

When it comes to the most vital and fundamental aspect of our democracy, the right to vote, Illinois has compiled an impressive record that ranks us among national leaders. In the past two years alone, we’ve enacted several laws that will expand ballot access for the Nov. 4 election.