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ICYMI: Midwest Democratic Leaders Emphasize Party Strength and Unity Ahead of 2024 Democratic National Convention

As more than 400 Democratic leaders from across the country visited Chicago this week to preview the Democratic National Convention, Convention Chair Minyon Moore and state party chairs from Midwest battleground states highlighted the role of Midwest Democrats in bringing the story of the party and President Biden to the American people at this year’s DNC.

West Side Young Men Travel to the State Capitol to Advocate for a new Department for Early Childhood and the Austin People’s Action Center’s Freedom School

When Javon Hill, a lanky 22-year-old African American male from Chicago’s Austin neighborhood was called from the audience to speak before the Illinois Senate in Springfield last Wednesday afternoon, he drew stares.

Comcast Launches NOW – a New Brand and Product Portfolio that Redefines Low-Cost Internet, Mobile, and TV

Today Comcast introduced NOW, a new brand of quality, low-cost Internet, mobile, and streaming TV products that consumers can purchase month-to-month, whenever they want. NOW Internet is a prepaid service that provides more reliability than fixed wireless options for a better price. NOW Mobile is a new prepaid service that includes unlimited 5G data combined with access to more than 23 million WiFi hotspots, unlike any other provider in the prepaid category.

Black Girls Code and GoldieBlox Launch Free Coding Academy for 7-10 year-olds: "Code Along Jr." Hosted By Kalani Jewel

Black Girls Code and GoldieBlox are partnering to inspire and educate the next generation of Black women leaders in technology through the free, video-based coding academy, Code Along. This latest iteration of Code Along—Code Along Jr—is hosted by child actress Kalani Jewel and was designed for the organization's youngest participants.

$122.5 Million Healthcare Transformation Grant Launches Center for Better Aging

A one-of-a-kind healthcare collaborative, the Center for Better Aging (CBA) located at St. Bernard Hospital, opens in July with a health equity mandate to serve the growing 50+ population on Chicago's Greater South Side.

Dr. Bill Winston Welcomed Thousands of Attendees and Awarded Nearly $20,000 to Entrepreneurs at 2024 Business & Leadership Conference

Dr. Bill Winston, a globally renowned pastor, entrepreneur, and business leader, presented the 2024 Business & Leadership Conference (BLC) from March 22-23, where thousands of entrepreneurs and leaders gathered in-person and online, to equip themselves with business strategies and tools to create their own economies and dominate their industries. The free, two-day hybrid conference welcomed entrepreneurs, business, and faith leaders from around the world who were empowered to take the lead in areas of influence – business, government, religion, education, media, arts, entertainment, etc. – by receiving professional insights and the tools needed to bring their businesses to fruition.

Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation expands commitment to Chicago’s small arts organizations

The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation (the Foundation) — which supports land conservation, artistic vitality, and regional collections for the people of the Chicago metro area and the Lowcountry region of South Carolina—is proud to announce it has expanded its commitment to Chicago’s small arts organizations by offering Cash Reserve Challenge Grants of $10,000-$25,000 to eligible arts grantees across the city, increasing the sector’s financial stability and sustainability.


Inspired by the Museum’s ongoing mission to provide “Play for All” the Chicago Children’s Museum Associates Board is proud to present the return of “Camp Hide N Seek”, a one-night only, 21+ special fundraising event inviting guests to eat, drink and play in the Museum after hours from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Chicago Children’s Museum, 700 E. Grand Ave. General admission tickets are available now online for $125 along with a variety of event sponsorship packages. As the largest cultural institution in the City of Chicago devoted solely to serving children and the important adults in their lives, funds raised during the event will support the museum’s community inclusion initiatives programs including Museums for All, Play for All, arts programming and STEM hands-on programming.


Mayor Brandon Johnson announced four new appointees to the City Colleges of Chicago Board of Trustees. The appointments are Rev. Dr. Marshall Elijah Hatch, Sr., Darlene Hightower, Oscar Sanchez, and Katya Nuques, who will be named the new Board chair.

Gov. Pritzker Announces New Illinois Grocery Initiative Grant Opportunity

Governor JB Pritzker and Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton joined food justice advocates and local stakeholders to announce a new grant program from the Illinois Grocery Initiative. The New Stores in Food Deserts Program will offer competitive grants to encourage the establishment of new grocery stores in USDA-defined food deserts. Paired with the Equipment Upgrades Program, the initiatives are a $20 million effort to address food deserts and prevent grocery store closures in Illinois.

State Treasurer Michael Frerichs Pushes to Reunite Residents with Unclaimed Property, Missing Money

Hundreds of thousands of people have billions of dollars in cash and property they have not claimed under the Illinois State Treasurer’s I-Cash program, which safeguards unclaimed property including unpaid life insurance benefits, forgotten bank accounts and unused rebate cards.

Chicago Public Schools Announces 2024-25 Preschool Application Launch

The School Year 2024-25 application are open for Chicago Public School’s (CPS) free full-day preschool program for four-year-olds and half-day preschool program for three-year-olds. Families can apply via the Chicago Early Learning website and application portal. The aim is to provide better educational and social outcomes for all children, especially those with the greatest needs.

Praize Productions’ Production Shows That ‘Black Love Reigns Supreme’

Praize Productions is gearing up for its latest production, Black Love Reigns Supreme. The performance will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday-Saturday, May 3rd through the 4th, at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St

Closing the Black Maternal Health Gap Is At The Center Of Organization’s Work

April is National Minority Health Month. One week is set aside as Black Maternal Health Week, April 11th through 17th. The theme of this year’s theme was “Our Bodies Still Belong to Us: Reproductive Justice Now,” and April 11th is recognized as International Day for Maternal Health and Rights.

BOSS Impact Funds Gives Black Women Entrepreneurs Access To Capital

The BOSS Network and Sage partnered to offer twenty-five Black women entrepreneurs $10,000 grants, out of the twenty-five there are five Chicago area women who received the Invest in Progress Grant.