Chicago Community Catalyst Fund Still Waiting to Make First Investments

Chicago City Treasurer Kurt Summers speaks with Christina Hachikian of the Rustandy Center at the Gleacher Center. Jan. 17, 2018. (Brian Baker/MEDILL)

By Brian Baker Medill Reports More than a year after it was first announced, the Chicago Community Catalyst Fund has not yet hired investment managers who will be charged with finding investment opportunities–mainly loans to existing small businesses–in underserved Chicago neighborhoods. Even then the rollout will be slow. The fund will deploy its first capital […]

Organizers prepare, but won’t predict turnout for Women’s March Chicago

By Cade Shultice After last year’s unprecedented turnout, organizers for Women’s March Chicago will not put an estimate on the number of attendees expected at this year’s march on Saturday. The 2017 march, held a day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, exceeded expectations when an estimated 250,000 people showed up, compared to the expected 50,000. […]

Oak Park Democrats host Women’s March prep party

By Hannah Wiley Medill Reports The Democratic Party of Oak Park hosted a sign-making party on Wednesday in preparation for Women’s March Chicago. Photo at top: Diana Lauber, Myrna Lovejoy, Doreen Sterba-Dezur and Peggy McGrath wear hats knitted by Sterba-Dezur (Hannah Wiley/MEDILL)