Category: Organizations

Meet Your Neighbor: Ladder Up & Get My Payment Illinois Coalition

Meet Your Neighbor: Ladder Up & Get My Payment Illinois Coalition
Despite reports of a possible second round of Economic Impact Payments, many Illinois residents have not even received their first payment. Although $266 billion has been paid out to 158 million households, many individuals who need financial help in the wake of COVID-19 have been unable to access stimulus payments. Recently, we spoke with Christine... Read more »

EVENT: Raks Inferno 6/26 Fundraiser for Lighthouse Foundation

Kamrah - Photo by Peter Serocki
(Special thanks to Dawn Xiana Moon of Raks Geek for her efforts and her contribution to this post). This past week, I posted my interview with Karlyn Meyer of Lighthouse Foundation focusing on their work with the black LGTBQ+ community in Chicago. Although I briefly mentioned an upcoming fundraiser, I wanted to provide more information.... Read more »

Meet Your Neighbor: Lighthouse Foundation

Meet Your Neighbor: Lighthouse Foundation
(Special thanks to Karlyn Meyer for her time and insights) In its first year of existence, the Lighthouse Foundation has driven several successful initiatives ranging from assertive advocacy to developing a mutual aid fund to benefit the black LGTBQ+ community. Recently, I spoke with Board President Karlyn Meyer (my old colleague from the Chicago Nerd Social Club) about... Read more »
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Raks Inferno 5/15 Fundraiser: Asian Americans Advancing Justice

Raks Inferno 5/15 Fundraiser: Asian Americans Advancing Justice
(Special thanks to Dawn Xiana Moon of Raks Geek for bringing this to our attention) In the wake of COVID-19, there has been a significant increase in racist and xenophobic attacks on Asian-Americans. In March, a Chinese-American man was attacked in Naperville, and their city council meeting highlighted further racist attitudes. In an effort to counter these... Read more »

Meet Your Neighbor: Illinois Legal Aid Online

(<Special thanks to Terri Ross and Marcin Gulik of Illinois Legal Aid Online for their time and insights) One of the consequences of COVID-19 has been an increased reliance on legal assistance around issues like unemployment, immigration, and landlord/tenant issues. Engaging the legal system can be intimidating, and language barriers can make the process even... Read more »

Why Voting In the 2020 Elections Matter

(Special thanks to Dawn Xiana Moon of Raks Geek for permission to use her Instagram post). With early voting in Illinois starting in the wake of Super Tuesday, the results of the Illinois Primary – along with the 2020 elections – appear to be a foregone conclusion. Selecting the “obvious” choice or abstaining from voting in the... Read more »
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Women in Tech: A Conversation with SPR

Women in Tech: A Conversation with SPR
Recently, philanthropist Melinda Gates pledged $50 million towards “inclusive tech hubs” though Pivotal Venture’s “Gender Equality in Tech Cities” initiative. The initiative seeks to increase the power and influence of women in tech through greater education and hiring, and the UIC College of Engineering received an initial grant towards their computer science program in an effort to... Read more »

West Monroe Partners' 2020 Plans: A Talk With Tom Hulsebosch

West Monroe Partners' 2020 Plans: A Talk With Tom Hulsebosch
(Special Thanks to Tom Hulsebosch of West Monroe Partners for his time and insights) Earlier this month, Tom Hulsebosch stepped into the role of Office Leader at West Monroe Partners, and the consulting firm has big plans for their Chicago office. Although the firm has been featured on this blog for its corporate social responsibility... Read more »

Why Supporting Chicago Neighborhood Small Business Matters

One of my 2020 blogging resolutions was to highlight Chicago neighborhood small businesses as part of the Meet Your Neighbor series. I had even chosen my first business to highlight: B-Sides Coffee and Vinyl, a really cool coffee shop at 99th and Walden Parkway across from the Metra Rock Island Line station. I had frequented... Read more »
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Meet Your Neighbor: Rentervention.com & Chicago Tenants

(Special thanks to Hanna Kaufman of the Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois for her time and insight) Navigating landlord/tenant issues can be tricky for many Chicago apartment renters and can be especially complicated for people in low-income areas. Getting landlords to make necessary repairs or negotiating the return of a security deposit can be difficult,... Read more »