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Assessor’s Office Refunds $15 Million To Cook County Neighborhoods

In figures released recently, Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi announced the collection of more than $15 million dollars over the past three years from people receiving tax exemptions for which they were not eligible.

Biden-Harris Administration Takes Actions to Support Students’ Basic Needs and Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19 at Colleges and Universities

The U.S. Department of Education (Department) announced today, more resources for students and institutions to help reduce barriers to success in higher education, particularly those created and exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic—including the Omicron variant.

Scripps Promotes Content Strategist Marcus Riley

Marcus Riley has been promoted to senior director of content strategy and inclusive journalism for the Local Media division of The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP), a new role that will help all Scripps television stations better connect with their audiences.

Mayweather Boxing + Fitness Goes Global

Mayweather Boxing + Fitness, the best-in-class group boxing and fitness concept developed by undefeated boxing legend Floyd Mayweather, is proud to announce the opening of its first international locations in St. Petersburg and Moscow. These are the first of at least 50 new studio locations planned throughout Russia in the next five years

OSF Ventures launches third and largest venture capital fund

PEORIA, Ill., PRNewswire -- OSF Ventures has launched its third capital investment fund, the largest since it initiated this program in 2016. The $100 million fund will be used to continue a strategy that links investments to key priorities of improved patient care, outcomes and greater operational efficiency. The third fund brings total assets under management in the venture program to $250 million.

Urban Autism Solutions receives $20,000 grant from the Albert Pick, Jr. Fund

Urban Autism Solutions has received a $20,000 grant from the Albert Pick, Jr. Fund to support STEM-focused learning opportunities at Growing Solutions Farm. The grant will help the farm maintain its busy production schedule while providing high-quality instruction to young adults with autism and related challenges who learn about urban agriculture and acquire transferrable job skills at the farm.

FAITH LEADERS HOLD HUNGER STRIKE TO BRING AWARENESS TO VOTING RIGHTS LAWS

The hunger strike includes 25 faith leaders from across the country. The goal was to urge Congress to pass the voting rights legislation on Monday, Jan. 17th, which is the observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas changes 2022 Scavenger Sale to benefit bidders and communities

Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas’ 2022 Scavenger Sale will look different as the Treasurer’s Office takes steps to help small developers, homeowners and investors rebuild neighborhoods and create generational wealth.

BREWMASTER TO GAIN INSIGHTS ON BEERMAKING WITH SCHOLARSHIP

Jay Westbrook’s journey is one that has taken him from working in the corporate world to bartender to brewmaster. Now, Westbrook will be honing his skills as one of three recipients of the Illinois Brewers Guild’s first Diversity in Brewing Scholarship.

THE DIVERSITY ORG ORGANIZATION LEVERAGES SUPPORT TO EXPOSE STUDENTS TO CAREERS

The Diversity Org partners with schools around the country and hosts workshops with the goal of combating racial and social issues and get students to be more aware, inclusive, and inspired to create equality. Since 2014, The Diversity Org has engaged with more than 40,000 students.

YOUNG PROFESSIONAL BLACK BULL RIDER COMPETES AT TOP LEVEL

Ezekiel Mitchell wanted to be a bull rider. He was always fascinated by the rodeo and the sport of bull riding. His father was a ‘Horse Dentist’, and he would go to shows with him. When the opportunity presented itself at the age of 15 for him to compete as a bull rider, he took it.

ESCAPING THE ODDS PODCAST HIGHLIGHTS FORMERLY INCARCERATED

Aaron Smith grew up on the city’s South side in a home that valued education. Smith always knew he would go to college. When he fell into the drug and street culture it changed the trajectory of his life. He was going to college and even graduated, with a business degree, but he also was selling drugs. This led him to get arrested, indicted and sent to federal prison for 12 years.

Property Tax Assessments Released for Hyde Park Township

The 2021 reassessment cycle is almost complete as property owners in Hyde Park Township received their reassessment notices last month. Hyde Park is the last township to be reassessed in the City of Chicago, completing the triennial reassessment cycle under the leadership of Assessor Kaegi.

LAKESIDE ALLIANCE ANNOUNCES BID PACKAGE RELEASE FOR HISTORIC OBAMA PRESIDENTIAL CENTER PROJECT

Today, Lakeside Alliance, builders of the Obama Presidential Center, announced the release of bid packages for work on the Obama Presidential Center project. The scopes of work include roofing, resilient flooring & carpet, wood flooring, and asphalt paving. The dates for when work will begin on site for these packages range from the third quarter of 2023 to the first quarter of 2025. This will be the second-to-last bid package release for the project, with one additional release happening in February 2022.

HAWKS TO HONOR LIFE AND LEGACY OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. AT THE MLK DAY GAME PRESENTED BY CHASE ON MONDAY, JAN. 17

The Atlanta Hawks recently announced their plans for the team’s annual MLK Day Game presented by Chase, which will take place at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 17 against Milwaukee. As part of the team’s annual celebration of Dr. King’s life and legacy, the club will unveil the team’s new ‘MLK Wall’, which will provide an educational experience on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., located by Atlanta Social on the Terrace level at State Farm Arena.