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Monthly News From Auburn Gresham's Free Tax Site Partner

Check out the October news and events from Center for Economic Progress (CEP), Auburn Greshma's "Free Tax Site" partner!

ComEd Offers Ways for Customers to Fall into Savings During National Energy Awareness Month

ComEd residential customers to receive about a $14 credit during October thanks to the Future Energy Jobs Act

Is it possible to break up with diabetes?

If diabetes or pre-diabetes looms over your head like a bad relationship, you’ll be happy to know there may be a way out.

ComEd Solar Spotlight

ComEd debuted Solar Powered Fashion designed by Latino Students with the help of fashion designer Ronald Rodriguez at Latino Fashion week’s runway.                                                      

The ComEd Solar Spotlight program connected ComEd engineers and students throughout Chicagoland area in a two-day immersion through live, hands-on solar demonstrations.                                                           

The Solar Powered Fashion will be on display at the Mexican Museum of National Art and at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture.  These pieces along with the Bronzeville Solar Powered Pyramid conclude this year's Solar Spotlight program.                                                              

Auburn Gresham Quality of Life Plan 2017 Download A Copy Here!

The Auburn Gresham Quality of Life Plan 2017 has been published! Electronic copies of  can be downloaded now...

ComEd Taps Latino Students to Design Solar-Powered Fashion in Honor of Hispanic Heritage Month

CHICAGO (Sept. 20, 2017) – ComEd is shining the Solar Spotlight on Hispanic Heritage Month and engaging more than 50 local Latino high schools students to help design solar-powered fashion.

 ComEd’s Solar Spotlight Program will bring together Latino students from a variety of Illinois high schools and non-profit organizations for a two-day immersion session focused on  Science, Technology, Engineering Arts, and Math (STEAM).

 The Program will take students through live, hands-on solar demonstrations where they will learn about solar energy and solar panels. They also will learn about notable Hispanics in STEAM-related careers, and have the opportunity to construct their own solar-powered cells. ComEd engineers will serve as volunteer mentors to help students and Claudette Soto, founder of VAMOS, will talk to students about her STEM journey and creative ways to improve public spaces using technology.

 “Exposure to STEAM experiences is critical as high school students are figuring out options to pursue after high school,” said Fidel Marquez, Senior Vice President, Governmental and External Affairs, ComEd.  “The demand for renewable energy is on the rise and solar power is becoming an important part of the clean energy economy. ComEd is offering the Solar Spotlight Program because we want to help diverse students learn about this important energy source and make them aware of great career opportunities they can consider as they plan for their future. And, we also hope that one day they will come work for ComEd.”

 This year, ComEd has added the “A” for Art in STEM, making it STEAM and is exposing students to an art component in the program. The students will help Chicago fashion designer Ronald Rodriguez by placing their own created designs on a solar-powered dress and jacket. The two pieces will include solar-powered LED lights and also will also light up the runway at Latino Fashion Week on Saturday, Sept. 30. Later they will be on display at the Mexican Museum of National Art and the Puerto Museum of Art.

 “Today’s students are technologically savvy, so if you’re going to engage them in a program you have to make it interesting. That’s why we brought in fashion technology into our Solar Spotlight program. We want to go beyond peaking their interest, we want to create an experience they will remember, one that makes a positive impact on their future,” said Marquez. 

 ComEd invites the general public to visit www.ComEd.com/SolarSpotlight to learn more about the students’ “Solar Spotlight” journey.

 ComEd proudly celebrates diversity year-round through programming that provides broad public exposure to diversity in the communities that the company serves. To learn more about ComEd’s community support, visit ComEd.com/community.

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 Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with approximately 10 million customers. ComEd provides service to approximately 3.9 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population. For more information visit ComEd.com, and connect with the company on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

 

Financial Services Pipeline Initiative Appoints Two New CEO Leadership Council Co-chairs

The Financial Services Pipeline (FSP) Initiative is ushering in two new co-chairs to help steer the direction of the program, carry out the organization’s mission and oversee overall strategy implementation. John W. Rogers, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Ariel Investments, and Matt Feldman, President and CEO of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago will serve as the co-chairs and ambassadors for the CEO Leadership Council. They will join current co-chair Terry Mazany of The Chicago Community Trust, one of the founding member institutions of the FSP.

Massive Heart Attack Moves Basketball Players to Community Action

A survivor, a first responder and a cardiologist invite the public to play basketball, learn CPR on September 30

Sound the Alarm - Save Lives! Has Been Cancelled

We are looking for volunteers!!

COMED COLLABORATES WITH IIT TO CREATE ONE OF THE FIRST MICROGRID CLUSTERS IN THE WORLD

ComEd is working with the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) on two grants it was awarded from the Department of Energy to develop and test microgrid technology that would support critical public infrastructure.  A microgrid is a small power grid that can disconnect from the main grid to ensure that even during extreme weather or a cyber or physical attack, power will keep flowing to critical infrastructure, customers and businesses.

This summer, ComEd submitted a proposal to the Illinois Commerce Commission to construct a microgrid in Bronzeville and connect it to an existing microgrid on the IIT campus. This project would create one of the first microgrid clusters in the world and provide information and assistance to emergency personnel and create a better understanding of how microgrids can be leveraged in emergency situations.

IIT Alumnus Carol Bartucci, ComEd’s vice president of Information Technology, visited the Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation at ITT to see the full scale model of the school’s microgrid.

Carol played a key role in establishing IIT’s Center for Smart Grid Application, Research, and Technology, also known as C-SMART, a living laboratory where ComEd is testing a variety of smart grid and smart meter-enabled innovations designed to enhance everyday living for customers.

Watch the video to learn more about how ComEd collaborates and innovates to keep the power flowing.

A SOLAR-POWERED PYRAMID RISES IN BRONZEVILLE

Pyramids have been built by civilizations in many parts of the world and now a collaboration between ComEd, a local artist, an art gallery and high school students has brought one to Bronzeville. ComEd’s Solar Spotlight Pyramid, a newly completed piece, is the first permanent artwork to be included in Gallery Guichard’s Great Migration Sculpture Garden in Bronzeville.

At a recent celebration, ComEd executives were joined by the Solar Spotlight students and several other community members to commemorate the completion of the solar-powered artwork and its installation at the Bronzeville gallery.

The towering artwork was created by artist Shala. with the help of local high school students who participated in ComEd’s Solar Spotlight Education Program earlier this year. This year’s program taught students about STEM Via the Arts, which is also known as STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math).

Students worked with ComEd mentors to use design elements from modern-day logos and ancient hieroglyphics to decorate the solar-powered panels with artwork that represented their individual personalities.

Traja, 17, choose to incorporate a basketball into her panel design.

“At 3 years old, I fell in love with basketball,” she says. “When I play basketball, it always makes me feel better. I drew a basketball with a horizontal line representing a heartbeat going through the basketball.”

The pyramid’s black solar-powered panels will gather energy from the sun during the day to glow at night.

“I was excited to learn about renewable energy because it’s our future,” says Charles, 15. He said he found it interesting to learn how nature, specifically the sun and wind, can be used to generate power.

Shala. says his Solar Art encompasses a revolutionary technique to add artwork to solar panels without disrupting their ability to draw energy from the sun. Believing that technology is a powerful new platform for creative expression, he developed this new medium to accelerate the adoption of solar energy and create a new art movement.

“Creating the pyramid was challenging, but it was fun and will be a monumental piece for the Bronzeville community,” he says. “ComEd is energizing the birth of a new international era in sustainable energy and art.”

Gallery Guichard, 436 E. 47th St., partnered with Shala. and ComEd to construct the revolutionary pyramid, which sits in the garden adjacent to the gallery.

“The historical significance of an art piece in the shape of a pyramid will give visitors a sense of pride,” says Andre Guichard, who co-owns the gallery with his wife, Frances. “It adds a sense of style to the garden and is a symbol of ComEd’s role in the revitalization of an amazingly rich community.”

ComEd offers the Solar Spotlight Program in February as part of its annual celebration of Black History Month. The program engages 60 African-American high school students from across Chicagoland and encourages them to explore STEM. The program includes workshops where the students learn about solar energy and African-American trailblazers.

“This is the first time that our Solar Spotlight students have had the opportunity to create an art piece as they learned about STEM,” says Melissa Washington, vice president of External Affairs and Large Customer Service. “ComEd is proud to partner with the communities we serve to nurture diversity and empower the workforce of the future.”

A SOLAR-POWERED PYRAMID RISES IN BRONZEVILLE

Pyramids have been built by civilizations in many parts of the world and now a collaboration between ComEd, a local artist, an art gallery and high school students has brought one to Bronzeville. ComEd’s Solar Spotlight Pyramid, a newly completed piece, is the first permanent artwork to be included in Gallery Guichard’s Great Migration Sculpture Garden in Bronzeville.

At a recent celebration, ComEd executives were joined by the Solar Spotlight students and several other community members to commemorate the completion of the solar-powered artwork and its installation at the Bronzeville gallery.

The towering artwork was created by artist Shala. with the help of local high school students who participated in ComEd’s Solar Spotlight Education Program earlier this year. This year’s program taught students about STEM Via the Arts, which is also known as STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math).

Students worked with ComEd mentors to use design elements from modern-day logos and ancient hieroglyphics to decorate the solar-powered panels with artwork that represented their individual personalities.

Traja, 17, choose to incorporate a basketball into her panel design.

“At 3 years old, I fell in love with basketball,” she says. “When I play basketball, it always makes me feel better. I drew a basketball with a horizontal line representing a heartbeat going through the basketball.”

The pyramid’s black solar-powered panels will gather energy from the sun during the day to glow at night.

“I was excited to learn about renewable energy because it’s our future,” says Charles, 15. He said he found it interesting to learn how nature, specifically the sun and wind, can be used to generate power.

Shala. says his Solar Art encompasses a revolutionary technique to add artwork to solar panels without disrupting their ability to draw energy from the sun. Believing that technology is a powerful new platform for creative expression, he developed this new medium to accelerate the adoption of solar energy and create a new art movement.

“Creating the pyramid was challenging, but it was fun and will be a monumental piece for the Bronzeville community,” he says. “ComEd is energizing the birth of a new international era in sustainable energy and art.”

Gallery Guichard, 436 E. 47th St., partnered with Shala. and ComEd to construct the revolutionary pyramid, which sits in the garden adjacent to the gallery.

“The historical significance of an art piece in the shape of a pyramid will give visitors a sense of pride,” says Andre Guichard, who co-owns the gallery with his wife, Frances. “It adds a sense of style to the garden and is a symbol of ComEd’s role in the revitalization of an amazingly rich community.”

ComEd offers the Solar Spotlight Program in February as part of its annual celebration of Black History Month. The program engages 60 African-American high school students from across Chicagoland and encourages them to explore STEM. The program includes workshops where the students learn about solar energy and African-American trailblazers.

“This is the first time that our Solar Spotlight students have had the opportunity to create an art piece as they learned about STEM,” says Melissa Washington, vice president of External Affairs and Large Customer Service. “ComEd is proud to partner with the communities we serve to nurture diversity and empower the workforce of the future.”

12 years of safe family fun at the 79th Street Renaissance Festival

The residents of Auburn Gresham celebrate twelve years of safe family fun at the 12th Annual 79th Street Renaissance Festival this Saturday, September 9 and Sunday September 10.

Green Means Go (Toward a Cleaner Community)

Learn more about the Team that's cleaning our streets and improving our neighborhood.

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.

The magical mystical Cook County Land Bank lures homebuyers

 This Urban Landlady blog post tells how homebuyers and investors can use the Cook County Land Bank to build our community and get great deals on vacant properties.

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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.

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