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Bradley University’s “Intern of the Year” has been helped along by CHA/S2S Scholarship

De’Jah Donahue has taken advantage of the Chicago Housing Authority’s full range of resources during her time as a high school and college student. She interned in the Resident Services department and worked in the Youth Opportunities division. She also used the CHA/Springboard to Success (S2S) Scholarship to help pay tuition at Bradley University, where last year she was named the College of Liberal Arts “Intern of the Year.”

Sheriff Dart Warns Public of Phone Scam

Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart is warning of a telephone scam where a caller identifying as a Sheriff’s Office employee tells victims they must pay a large fine for missing court or they will go to jail.


Yellow Banana, LLC has inked an agreement to reopen the Englewood grocery site previously operated by Whole Foods Market. The new store, which will be operated as a Save A Lot, will ensure access to healthy and affordable options through an assortment of fresh and organic produce, meat cut daily in store, and a curated selection of local, national and private label products.

Gale V. King Named Chair of The Executive Leadership Council

Gale V. King, Independent Board Director and Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer (retired) at Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, has been elected Chair of The Executive Leadership Council (ELC). The ELC is the preeminent global membership organization for Black CEOs, C-Suite and senior executives, board members, top-tier entrepreneurs, and global thought leaders.

Founders First CDC Non-Profit To Award $100,000 In Grants For Third Year To Support Illinois Businesses

Founders First CDC announced the third wave of its Chicago Job Creators Quest Grant to support minority and underrepresented business owners throughout the state of Illinois.

Michelle A. Albert, MD, MPH, Featured in TIME Magazine Special Issue on ‘The Future of Medicine’

Michelle A. Albert, MD, MPH, past president of the ABC and current president of the American Heart Association, is featured in several articles in TIME Magazine’s recent end of year special issue, “The Future of Medicine.”

Xavier University of Louisiana and Ochsner Health Partner to Create College of Medicine

Xavier University of Louisiana (Xavier) and Ochsner Health (Ochsner) announced an agreement to establish a joint College of Medicine. The two institutions will create a strong physician pipeline that addresses longstanding inequities within the nation's health care system and builds the health care workforce of the future. By anchoring their partnership with a College of Medicine, Xavier and Ochsner affirm their legacy of advancing health care excellence and education for the next generation, bringing new opportunities to marginalized populations in Louisiana and the United States

‘A Wonderful World’ Coming to Chicago

Broadway In Chicago, along with producers Thomas E. Rodgers Jr., Renee Rodgers, Andrew Delaplaine, and Martian Entertainment (Carl D. White and Gregory Rae), are thrilled to announce A Wonderful World, A New Musical about the Life and Loves of Louis Armstrong will play a pre-Broadway engagement in Chicago this fall with Tony Award® winner James Monroe Iglehart (Aladdin) starring as Armstrong. Mirroring Armstrong’s own musical path from New Orleans to Chicago, A Wonderful World will premiere at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, LA from October 1-8, before coming to Chicago for a strictly limited engagement from October 11-29, at Broadway In Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre.

Illinois Poison Center: Keep Cannabis Edibles Out of Reach of Children

Children ages 5 and younger are accidentally ingesting cannabis edibles at an alarming rate, according to a new study recently published in Pediatrics. Researchers for the study entitled, “Pediatric Edible Cannabis Exposures and Acute Toxicity: 2017–2021,” analyzed National Poison Data System data for pediatric exposures to edible cannabis products in children ages 5 and younger from 2017-2021. Researchers found of the 7,043 exposures over the period analyzed, the number of cases rose from 207 cases in 2017 to 3,054 cases in 2021, an increase of 1375.0%.

Almost 2 Million Dollars in Scholarships Awarded to South Suburban Students at HBCU Band Auditions

Band students from Rich Township 227, Hillcrest High School and Southland College Prep Charter High School were offered almost 2 million dollars in four-year band scholarships last month at the annual HBCU band auditions event held at Southland College Prep.


While grocery chains are abandoning communities of color and closing their doors, a new Black-owned grocery store has opened in the inner city that is being welcomed by area residents. The new neighbor is Bamenda Fresh, a grocery store that recently opened its doors at 9557 S. Jeffery in Chicago. The new grocer is located in the seventh ward in South Deering Manor on the border of South Shore and Jeffrey Manor. With South Deering being the largest of the 77 official community areas of Chicago, Bamenda Fresh is poised to satisfy a real need in the community. That’s because the store brings products – and value. Its shelves are filled with a full line of grocery items and customers are ecstatic.


Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot was joined by representatives of the Chicago Housing Authority, the City of Chicago Department of Housing, and Related Midwest for the ceremonial groundbreaking of Roosevelt Square Phase 3B, part of the innovative, master-planned, 160-acre development on Chicago’s Near West Side. Formerly the site of the ABLA public housing project, Roosevelt Square is a multiphase, mixed-income development that will ultimately bring more than 2,000 new housing units to Chicago’s Near West Side.

Now All 7 of City Colleges of Chicago Take Part in the Caring Campus Program

All seven of City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) now take part in the Caring Campus program designed to enhance the student experience. Malcolm X College reaches milestone as the 100th community college to join Caring Campus, the student success program of the Institute for Evidence-Based Change (IEBC).

Ada S. McKinley Community Services Hiring More Mental Health Professions to Support Agency Role in Ill. Pathways to Success

An aggressive hiring effort is underway at Ada S. McKinley Community Services to bring more mental health professionals to historically under-resourced South Side Chicago communities. Ada S. McKinley is seeking to fill a variety of mental health positions to support its new leadership role in the Pathways to Success Program, launched earlier this year by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (DHS). Under this new role, Ada S. McKinley, one of the largest social enterprises on Chicago’s South Side, will strengthen its efforts to provide comprehensive care to youth in mental health crises.

Nicor Gas commits $250,000 to support National Energy Education Development Project’s “Energizing Student Potential” initiative

Expanding on its commitment to enable economic opportunity through educational programming and early interest in the energy industry, Nicor Gas is committing $250,000 over five years to support the National Energy Education Development Project’s (NEED) “Energizing Student Potential” (ESP) initiative in Illinois, bringing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects to local classrooms.