10 Chicago Business People to Watch in 2020

Watch how these 10 executives shape Chicago’s business scene in 2020 through legal weed, electric cars and South and West side neighborhood redevelopment

A New Program Prepares Execs for Nonprofit Boards

Philanthropic business leaders can get a crash course on the basics of serving on nonprofit boards through a new program from the United Way of Metro Chicago and the Northwestern University Kellogg School Center for Nonprofit Management.

Crain’s 40 Under 40 – Sean Garrett

Meet the 2019 class. The one thing they have in common? None has yet celebrated their 40th birthday. Inspiring? You bet. Read on for more on Crain’s 2019 40 Under 40 class.

Lightfoot to shift $750 million to South and West sides

Mayor Lori Lightfoot gave her first hints at what her economic development plans look like, announcing that the city would rechannel $750 million in existing funds to priority areas on the city’s South and West sides. (Crain’s)

Mayor Lori Lightfoot announces neighborhood investment plan with $10 million from BMO Harris Bank

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Monday announced an initiative meant to spur development in 10 neighborhoods on the city’s South and West sides, helped by a $10 million contribution from BMO Harris Bank. (Chicago Tribune)

BMO Harris Bank gives record gift to United Way of Metro Chicago

BMO Harris Bank on Tuesday made the largest philanthropic contribution in the bank’s long history in the United States. The fortunate recipient was the United Way of Metro Chicago — an organization that the bank has a long history of supporting. (Chicago Business Journal)

Austin Group Wins Millions To Bring Community-Driven Projects To Life

Under a new program, the city will be directing $750 million to develop the South and West sides over the next three years, Mayor Lori Lightfoot recently announced. And now corporations are backing the plan, too. (Block Club Chicago)

Chicago’s United Way tackles health in Austin

United Way of Metro Chicago is working with a local health tech startup to connect residents in the Austin neighborhood with community resources that address chronic health and social conditions like food insecurity. (Crain’s)

United Way Taps IIT Exec to Lead Fundraising

Betsy Hughes, who starts May 15 as senior vice president and chief development officer, aims to boost funding for the organization’s Neighborhood Network program. (Crain’s)

Southland food pantries get big boost from April Food Day

It seemed that as fast as Lisa Bradshaw could sort through and organize cans of food such as tuna on a large table, another load arrived in front of her. The same thing was happening at other tables inside the Tinley Park Convention Center, where volunteers sorted through, literally, tons, of non-perishable food destined for 10 food pantries in the south and southwest suburbs as part of the seventh annual April Food Day. (Chicago Tribune)