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17th Ward "Alderman on the Block"

Come out and meet your 17th Ward Alderman, Saturday, August 26th, corner of 76th Parnell, 9am - 10am.

Brainerd Park Apartments Ground Breaking Ceremony

Brainerd Park Apartments will be 36 brand new apartment units opening in late summer 2018. Join us for the ground breaking ceremony, August 25, 2017, 8920 S. Loomis, 10am - 11:00 am.

“Stay Woke” When Preparing Your Kids To Go Back To School

It’s that time again—back-to-school. And although parents are busying themselves purchasing school clothes and supplies—or lining up for one of the giveaways– it’s also time for parents to “stay woke” when preparing their kids to go back to school.

Here's how to have a healthier work day

Focusing on fitness while you’re on the clock and off could help you earn healthy benefits

Here's How To Get A Free Backpack From The Majostee Allstars

The backpacks will be available during several events leading up to Sept. 5.

Save it for Some Rainy Play

Multi-generational physical activity event connects neighbors to their local school, in Auburn Gresham's PlayStreets activations.

Deadline for City Colleges of Chicago Fall Term 2017 Nears - Register by August 21

The registration deadline for the 16-week Fall Term for City Colleges of Chicago's seven campuses - Harold Washington College, Harry S Truman College, Kennedy-King College, Malcolm X College, Olive-Harvey College and Wilbur Wright College - is Monday, August 21, 2017.

Wait, did you say you just WAIVED all the taxes?

Ever notice a nice-looking house or building which has been vacant for years and no one seems to know why? Read this post on the Cook County Land Bank Authority!

Mayor Emanuel’s Neighborhood Opportunity Fund Is Open For Applications!

The Neighborhood Opportunity Fund is a new grant to help strengthen our commercial corridors on Chicago's South, Southwest and West Sides. The NOF grant cycle is now open. 

Take Your Job Search to the Next Level

Are you currently unemployed or underemployed? Do you find yourself overwhelmed by job searching? Are you struggling to find a way to get your resume noticed? Let Skills for Chicagoland’s Future get you back to work.

Ride a Trolley, Sip a Cocktail, Change a Neighborhood

In a double decker bus on a gorgeous day, the only place to ride is in the top.

Don't make these hosting mistakes at your next BBQ

4 simple tips will make your next barbecue a big hit with all your guests.

What You Should Know About Back to School Health Screenings

What You Should Know About Back to School Health Screenings. Listen in to WVON 1690AM, 1:00-2:00PM. Call in to ask any questions about health screenings for your children's back to school needs!

Is working overtime sabotaging your health goals?

A physician offers 3 creative solutions for staying healthy at work

$30 Million Funding to Help Train Workforce for Future Energy Jobs

CHICAGO (July 31, 2017) – A combination of six business associations and social have been named as recipients of funding for the development and administration of future energy jobs training as a part of the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA). 

ComEd’s Energy Efficiency Program - Share With Your Community

The ComEd Energy Efficiency program is offering up to $100 in rebates on select Smart Thermostats.

The Changing Face of Auburn Gresham: How Façade Enhancements Energize Neighborhoods.

Artful changes inspire local hope and pride.


The Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA), legislation passed by the Illinois Legislature in 2016 and effective June 1, 2017, allocates $10 million every four years in 2017, 2021, and 2025 — a total of $30 million —for solar pipeline training programs, craft apprenticeships and multicultural training for individuals from diverse and/or underserved backgrounds.  

ComEd recently filed the FEJA Jobs Training plan with the Illinois Commerce Commission. Six business associations and social organizations have been named as recipients of funding for the development and administration of future energy jobs training.

The FEJA is expected to pivot Illinois to a new clean energy economy, creating thousands of clean energy jobs while creating important environmental and consumer benefits.  

Watch this video to learn more about the clean jobs ahead in Illinois thanks to the FEJA: 

CPS high schoolers get a head start on careers in medicine

Future health care professionals complete internships at Advocate Trinity Hospital

Miya Clay talks ComEd’s Icebox Derby and why STEM is important for girls

The Icebox Derby is a program sponsored by ComEd that brings together young girls from diverse backgrounds to learn about STEM by building race cars out of old refrigerators. We spoke with one of the competitors, Miya Clay, about her experience:

Constructing Communities: The SARFS Program at the GAGDC

What's good for our seniors is good for all of us. 

Charting the Course for a New Way to Employ Youth

A Special Report on an Important Partner Program...

Over 100 Interns Participated at the Fourth Annual Financial Services Pipeline Intern Career Conference

In an effort to increase the representation of African Americans and Latinos within the financial services sector, the Financial Services Pipeline (FSP) Initiative brought together more than 100 interns at the fourth annual FSP Intern Career Conference on Thursday, July 13 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Interns learned about the diverse careers and roles available in financial services during panel discussions and networking events. 

Construct Lights Way to Solar Careers

Watch this informative ComEd video about Construct’s new solar curriculum. As a part of ComEd’s commitment to creating a cleaner energy future, this year’s Construct participants studied new curriculum and received hands-on training specific to the expanding field of solar.

More solar jobs require more solar training, and the law provides for new job training by many community organizations in the months ahead. This year’s Construct participants got a head start.

“Once the [solar] market explodes, we will have to be ready to go,” says Chris Williams, an instructor in the Construct program and owner of Millennium Solar Electric, which is based in Park Forest, Ill. “This is where the market is actually going, so it’s important for them to understand and be a part of it.”

Job Training Program Has Grads Excited About Their Future

Brandon Taylor isn’t looking for a job; he’s looking for a career.

“I’m looking for a career to better myself,” he says. “I’m ready to take care of business.”

Brandon is one of 95 recent graduates of the Construct program’s spring class, the largest since the program started in 2013. He and his classmates completed nine weeks of job training designed to prepare students to compete for entry-level jobs in construction and energy-related fields.

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