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ADMINISTRATA: Our Blog's Public Relations Policy

ADMINISTRATA: Our Blog's Public Relations Policy
We’ve worked with many organizations over the years, and we’re proud to highlight them. In fact, we frequently receive requests for coverage on this Chicago Now blog. In that spirit, this blog now has a formal public relations policy for those looking for coverage.  

Raks Geek: December 13 Fundraiser for RIP Medical Debt

Raks Geek: December 13 Fundraiser for RIP Medical Debt
Although we’ve spoken twice with Dawn Xiana Moon of Raks Geek about immigration reform, she and the troupe are taking on another cause at their upcoming December 13th performance at the Newport Theater in Lakeview. Some of the proceeds from Raks Geek’s December 13 performance will be used to forgive medical debt through RIP Medical Debt,... Read more »

Belmont Cragin: One Chicago Neighborhood's Renaissance

Belmont Cragin: One Chicago Neighborhood's Renaissance
Belmont Cragin is one of Chicago’s best-kept secrets: it’s a neighborhood that has been experiencing a renaissance. This renaissance was driven by a collaboration between the Northwest Side Housing Center and LISC Chicago which engaged community residents around community and neighborhood develop in developing a Quality of Life Plan (QLP). As Jose Quilles (the blue-shirted man... Read more »
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November 2nd: Gun Violence Globally & Locally Film Festival

November 2nd: Gun Violence Globally & Locally Film Festival
(Special thanks to Linda Stettler of Netsquared Chicago for bringing this to my attention)  In current conversations around gun violence, from concerns about films to the usual decrying of “thoughts and prayers”, one critical conversation is often left out: the long-term impact of gun violence on its victims. Although the media may focus on incidents of gun... Read more »

4EVR: A Chicago Startup Driven by Community

(Special thanks to Josh S and Indhi of 4EVR for their time and insights) Many Chicago tech startups begin with a simple goal of addressing a client or customer need. In many cases, those startups see the audience simply as a client making a purchase or paying a subscription. However, a new Chicago startup named... Read more »

Meet Your Neighbor: Dawn Xiana Moon and Raks Geek

Meet Your Neighbor: Dawn Xiana Moon and Raks Geek
(Special thanks again to Dawn Xiana Moon of Raks Geek for taking the time to talk to us!) Last year we talked to Dawn Xiana Moon about Raks Geeks’ then-fundraiser for the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights. Recently, however, we had a follow-up conversation with Dawn about various other topics, including Raks Geek’s upcoming Seventh Anniversary... Read more »
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LISC Chicago Hoops in the Hood Tournament - August 17th

Photo by LISC Chicago
For many south and west side Chicago youth, finding safe places to engage in summer activities can be especially challenging. For many Chicago neighborhoods and community, LISC Chicago provides many opportunities for youth through their Hoops in the Hood program. Working with other organizations, LISC Chicago kicked off their 13th season of Hoops in the... Read more »

Cannabis & Economic Development: Seke Ballard & Good Tree Capital

Cannabis & Economic Development: Seke Ballard & Good Tree Capital
In June 2019, Governor JB Pritzker signed a bill legalizing cannabis in Illinois starting in 2020. As the eleventh state to legalize cannabis, Illinois is hoping to drive economic development. Many local startups seek to take advantage of this legislation, and there are ample opportunities for both economic and community revitalization. On Friday, August 9th,... Read more »

Corporate Social Responsibility at West Monroe Partners - Part Two

Corporate Social Responsibility at West Monroe Partners - Part Two
(Earlier this week, we spoke with Doug Armstrong about West Monroe Partners’ efforts in corporate social responsibility. Although implementing such programs, we thought it might be beneficial to highlight employee experiences in corporate social responsibility. So today’s entry focuses on how one West Monroe Partners staff member found personal – and professional – success through... Read more »
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Corporate Social Responsibility at West Monroe Partners - Part One

Corporate Social Responsibility at West Monroe Partners - Part One
(In an effort to drive social change and social impact, many companies are adopting Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs. These programs not only result in direct community impact but can also drive many benefits including increased job performance. West Monroe Partners, a business consulting firm in Chicago, serves as a great example of how companies... Read more »