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Chicago violence reduction plan ‘Our City, Our Safety’ announced by city to target crime over 3-year period

CHICAGO (WLS) — The city of Chicago announced a violence reduction plan Tuesday that it said will work to provide public safety and economic investment over the next three years.

“Our City, Our Safety” is Chicago’s “first-ever comprehensive violence reduction plan,” the city said in a press release. It will focus on areas of the city where crime is most prevalent to empower and heal people.

But this is not about throwing more police officers at the problem.

“This effort starts by tackling the issues at the root of violence, such as systemic racism, disinvestment and poverty,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said in a statement.

“The focus is on safety,” said Norman Kerr, City of Chicago’s Office of Violence Reduction. “Increasing safety, and that’s something that sure, police, their role is to do that, but it takes more than police. It takes community-based organization, street outreach, everybody has to play a

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Chicago Mayor Pitches First Comprehensive Violence Reduction Plan

CHICAGO — Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Tuesday unveiled a first-of-its kind violence reduction plan that aims to treat shootings and murders as a public health crisis.

The so-called “Our City, Our Safety” initiative aims to reduce violence over the next three years with a comprehensive effort to improve policing strategies and target systemic woes that contribute to the violent crime crisis in Chicago that has led to 3,000 shooting deaths and 12,000 people shot and wounded since 2016.

The plan focuses on five “guiding pillars”:

  • Empower and Heal People: Ensuring residents can thrive without fear of violence by expanding access to jobs, housing and social services to people impacted by violence.

  • Protect and Secure Places: Reducing the so-called “safety gap” between safer communities and revitalizing neighborhood economies with city-led initiatives including INVEST South/West, which aims to redevelop struggling business districts in poor, minority neighborhoods long neglected by City Hall.

  • Improve

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The University of Chicago Booth School of Business Executive Education Launches New Suite of Live-Online Programs for Executives

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The University of Chicago Booth School of Business Executive Education recently launched a new suite of live-online distance learning programs in response to the disruption of business continuity resulting from COVID-19. These programs are designed to help leaders upskill and meet today’s business challenges and remote learning challenges. Chicago Booth also transitioned many high-demand in-person open enrollment programs to a live-online format this fall.

Chicago Booth’s live-online executive education programs provide multiple benefits, which include …

  • Delivered in a synchronous format where you’ll learn from faculty, industry leaders, and peers in an interactive, high-impact virtual environment
  • Often blend of live virtual and offline activities and readings to deepen one’s understanding of course content
  • Virtual networking opportunities to grow professional networks, as well as the ability to join Chicago Booth Executive Education private LinkedIn group upon program completion

The suite of new programs includes High-Stakes Decisions: Manage Risk

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Chicago Announces Eased Coronavirus Business Restrictions

CHICAGO — Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Monday announced eased coronavirus restrictions on city businesses including boosting indoor occupancy levels for restaurants and health clubs.

“Over the past six months, we have asked so much of our business community. But each time, our businesses have stepped up to the plate,” Lightfoot said. “Thanks to this cooperation, we have met this challenging moment with grace, commitment and resilience, and the sacrifices made by our businesses, workers and residents have saved countless lives. This next step in our reopening is good news for business owners as well as the communities they serve and the thousands of residents that work for them.”

The changes come as city public health officials say more than 28 days of slow decreases in coronavirus cases and the COVID-19 test positivity rate. As of Monday, Chicago public officials say the city is averaging about 300 new coronavirus cases per

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Surge for Water and SBB Research Group to Speak at Chicago Water Week

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Over two billion people—more than a quarter of the global population—do not have access to safe water. As part of Chicago Water Week, nonprofit Surge for Water and investment firm SBB Research Group will discuss their long-term partnership to provide safe water to thousands of people in Kaberamaido, Uganda.

Shilpa Alva, executive director of Surge for Water, founded her organization in 2008 to address the global water crisis. She will be joined at Chicago Water Week by SBB Research Group’s Jordan Robinson, who has spearheaded the firm’s collaboration with Surge for Water since 2015. Their projects together have repaired wells, distributed hundreds of water filters, and provided vital educational resources, which has resulted in 1,953 people now having access to safe water in their community.

“Surge for Water has a tremendous impact on so many lives,” said Robinson. “We are proud to partner with them and look

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Chicago needs remapping at every level of government

If we’re ever going to get the city we want, if we’re ever going to fix the system, we must repair the foundation.

That means making sure we take the time to count the Black and Brown people who historically are ignored on the South and West sides. That means making sure we take the time to create districts that make sense for the people who live in marginalized and underserved neighborhoods.

After the census comes redistricting. Not just congressional—state Senate and state House redistricting. Next year, every county and municipal government in the state also will need to redraw their districts to reflect the census and shifts in population that will last another 10 years. Political maps are the foundation for our representation and our elections. And when they’re drawn without the input of the people, everyone suffers.

Chicago wards have been drawn to practically guarantee re-election for most

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Sources: Chicago Cubs planning for reduced capacity at Wrigley Field to start 2021 MLB season

The Chicago Cubs laid off about 25% of their business staff on Thursday because of a loss in revenue and in anticipation of an uncertain 2021, sources familiar with the situation told ESPN.

The move follows a significant round of cuts on the baseball side in August.

Based on advice from medical experts, as well as restrictions because of local ordinances, the Cubs are not expecting full capacity inside Wrigley Field at the beginning of next season.

It’s possible only season-ticket holders will be allowed to attend games. They’ll get first priority as they make up about 50% of overall ticket holders, which is about the same capacity the team is expecting to allow inside the stadium.

The Cubs expect to miss out on about 75% of their revenue in 2020,

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LinkUpConferenceShow Adds Chicago Humor to Business Networking

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NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / September 21, 2020 / LinkUpConferenceShow (LUCS), the new digital networking conference for executives, entrepreneurs, and business leaders, has announced their partnership with One Group Mind (OGM) – a guild of professional improvisers and comedians founded in Chicago, 2001.

On December 8, 2020, a new date set forward by LUCS due to previous Covid-19 concerns, LUCS will hold an inter-executive networking event, hosting several global visionaries from the Telecom and FinTech industries.

During the event’s five networking sessions, participants will communicate in groups determined by LUCS’ proprietary algorithm, based on professional expertise and interest. Attendants will LinkUp with 100 new industry executives in just one day.

LinkUpConferenceShow has partnered with OneGroupMind to implement group facilitators, LinkUp Managers – with extensive public speaking and group bonding experience,

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Custom Software Development Firm Geneca Named The Best Chicago Small Business Work Place

Geneca, a Chicago-based custom software development company with more than 20 years of experience, has been selected by Crain’s Chicago Business as the best small business to work for

OAK BROOK, IL / ACCESSWIRE / September 21, 2020 / According to announcements released by Geneca and Dora Phillips, the custom software development firm has been chosen as one of the best and brightest employers in Chicago for 2020 by Best and Brightest. Geneca made the cut on account of it being an influential trendsetter in its niche. For more than two decades, Geneca has helped businesses big and small, across different niches, achieve operational excellence and healthier bottom lines through custom software. The company has worked for clients in diverse retail, healthcare, finance, and insurance sectors.

Geneca has been ranked first by Crain’s Chicago Business in its lists for the best small businesses to work for and the best overall

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University of Chicago’s Polsky Center, Argonne, and Fermilab Discuss Leadership in Water Innovation at First-Ever Chicago Water Week

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago, in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, is hosting a webinar as part of Current’s inaugural Chicago Water Week. The event will highlight Chicago’s innovative, cross-sector water leaders from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2, 2020.

On Monday, Sept. 28 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. CT, the Polsky Center, Argonne, and Fermilab will present a webinar titled, “Partners in Innovation: How to Collaborate with Universities and National Labs.” The discussion will demystify the “tech transfer” process and explain how easy it is to collaborate with universities and national labs on the development of new technologies.

Panelists include:

  • Bill Payne, executive director, science and technology, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Phil Smith, business development executive, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Mauricio Suarez, deputy head of technology development and industry engagement, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

Register for

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