Author: The Associated Press

National Association of Black Journalists Hosts IL Attorney General Candidates Forum

NABJ-Chicago will host a forum for Illinois Attorney General Candidates on Monday, February 26, 2018, at CBS 2 Chicago, at 22 West Washington, Chicago. The media organization has invited all 10 candidates to meet with its membership and share their platforms for the office of the state’s chief lawyer. The forum will start at 6:15 pm, preceded by a reception at 5:30 pm.

Check out the Chicago Black Restaurant Week Guide: Feb.11 thru Feb.18

The CBRW 2018 Restaurant Line-up can be found below. For more information about CBRW 2018 visit http://chiblackrestaurantweek.com/.  

  1. Nadia’s Gourmet Grapes, 841 W. 103rd St. (Chicago) | Specials for CBRW: 10% off all Grab N Go’s 

The Chicago Defender 2018 Women of Excellence Nomination Form

The Chicago Defender Presents 2018 Women of Excellence in partnership with The Black Women’s Expo

NOMINATION INFORMATION

This year, The Black Women’s Expo will continue its tradition of celebrating Phenomenal Women by partnering with the Chicago Defender in hosting the Women of Excellence awards. This highly anticipated event will take place on April 5th, 2018 and will recognize Chicago’s most accomplished and influential African-American women.

The Chicago Defender 2018 Women of Excellence Nomination Form

The Chicago Defender Presents 2018 Women of Excellence in partnership with The Black Women’s Expo

NOMINATION INFORMATION

This year, The Black Women’s Expo will continue its tradition of celebrating Phenomenal Women by partnering with the Chicago Defender in hosting the Women of Excellence awards. This highly anticipated event will take place on April 5th, 2018 and will recognize Chicago’s most accomplished and influential African-American women.

Obama Foundations Announces Lakeside Alliance as Construction Manager for the Obama Presidential Center

Today, the Obama Foundation announced that it has selected Lakeside Alliance to serve as the construction manager for the Obama Presidential Center. Lakeside Alliance is a newly created joint venture consisting of Turner Construction Company, and the Presidential Partners consortium of Powers & Sons Construction, UJAMAA Construction, Brown & Momen, and Safeway Construction. Powers & Sons, UJAMAA, Brown & Momen and Safeway represent some of the most established and well-respected African-American owned construction firms in Chicago.

CPS Expand After-School Programming at 88 Schools

Chicago Public Schools today announced $1 million in new funding to expand after-school programming at 88 elementary schools across Chicago, a 35% expansion that will serve nearly 8,000 additional students. The grant will support after-school programs focused on arts, health and wellness, academic enhancement and college and career exploration.

Children and Parents from Bronzeville Have Dinner With Santa

On Thursday, December 21, 120 children and their parents from the Bronzeville community,  including families from the Center For New Horizons Day Care, attended a Dinner With Santa at Provident Hospital of Cook County located at 500 E. 51st Street.  Dinner was sponsored by the Black McDonald’s Operators of Chicago and Northwest Indiana which included a chicken nugget happy meal, juice box and toy for everyone.  In addition, more than 250 toys and coats were donated by Provident employees and SocialWorks, Chance the Rapper’s Youth Empowerment Charity.

Nearly 9 Million People Enrolled in Health Insurance For Working Families

On Thursday, government officials announced that the number of people signing up for health insurance this open enrollment period on HealthCare.gov hit nearly 9 million. Consumers set a new record for weekly enrollment when, from December 10 to December 15, 4,143,968 people selected health insurance plans on HealthCare.gov. The previous high-water mark was 4,078,562 signing up during the week of December 13 to December 19, 2015.

Chicago Great-Grandmother Wins Fully Rehabbed Home During the Holidays

On Friday, the Cook County Land Bank Authority (CCLBA) announced the winner of its first-ever home giveaway, a holiday initiative in which the Land Bank donated one fully rehabbed, single-family home to raise awareness about its Homebuyer Direct Program. The program breaks down barriers to homeownership and helps transform communities by offering fixer-upper homes across Cook County at below-market prices.

Mural by Kerry James Marshall Honors Women in the Arts

Mural by Kerry James Marshall Honors Women in the Arts

Photo Courtesy: City of Chicago

A gift to the city, Kerry James Marshall’s largest artwork to-date honors 20 iconic Chicago women. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), alongside internationally renowned artist and MacArthur Fellow Kerry James Marshall, recently unveiled his epic, large-scale mural on the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.).

Anthony Anderson Named Host of 49th NAACP Image Awards; Voting Opens for Entertainer of Year

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and TV One recently announced that NAACP Image Awards winner, Emmy-award nominated actor and star of “black-ish,” Anthony Anderson will return as host for the 49th NAACP Image Awards.

Chicago Will Host the 2018 NBA Draft Lottery For the First Time

The best news Chicago basketball fans can have is next to the anticipation to someday hosting the NBA Allstar Weekend is hosting the NBA Draft. It was announced by Mayor Rahm Emanuel next year, the league will host its highly attended 2018 NBA Draft weekend in Chicago.