In The News 2012

Pull preschool back from cliff

If Congress fails to pass legislation to avoid the looming “fiscal cliff,” many families will lose access to the important early childhood education programs that prepare children for success in school and life. Nearly 4,000 vulnerable children in Illinois who participate in federally funded early childhood programs, and roughly 100,000 … [Read more...]

A new tech hub for startups at Merchandise Mart

More than 140 people from 65 local startups moved into new digs Wednesday at 1871, a 50,000-square-foot work space for digital entrepreneurs at the Merchandise Mart. The space on the 12th floor can accommodate up to 500 people, or more than 100 startups, who are seeking flexible terms and a collaborative environment. Venture capitalist J.B. … [Read more...]

Illinois Holocaust Museum honors civic leaders at awards dinner

Robert M. Gates joined nearly 2,000 of Chicago’s foremost civic, business and charitable leaders, community members, local Holocaust survivors and museum patrons at the Hyatt Regency Chicago Tuesday, March 6, to celebrate the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center and to honor four individuals at its 2012 Humanitarian Awards … [Read more...]

Heavyweights including Pritzker, Mansueto launch tech investment fund

A group of 44 Chicago CEOs and venture capitalists, including New World Ventures LLC Founder J.B. Pritzker, Morningstar Inc. CEO Joe Mansueto and Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center CEO Kevin Willer, have formed a $5.7 million fund to invest in new technology businesses, mainly in the Chicago area. The Firestarter Fund raised $100,000 and … [Read more...]