February Chicago Street Journal April 2017
On March 30 Colony 5 launched its Civic Tech
Initiative with a breakfast at Chicago’s Microsoft
Technology Center located in the AON facility
on Randolph with more than 150 people in
attendance. The speakers included Corliss King
one of the Co-founders of Colony 5, Danielle
DuMerer, Chief Technology Officer, City of
Chicago and Adam Hecktman, Director of Technology
& Civic Innovation at Microsoft.
The theme for Colony 5’s 2017 campaign is
“Giving Distressed Communities a Seat at the
High Tech Table.”
According to Steven C.
Philpott, CEO XtraMedium
and Colony 5 Cofounder,
benefits when we reach
into distressed communities, develop the talent
found there and bring them to the table able to
compete in the marketplace on their own terms.”
During the event, under the direction of Cofounder
Philip Fairweather, attendees were
asked “How can high-tech initiatives best connect
and work with distressed communities?”
Their responses were filmed in preparation for
an upcoming documentary to be produced by
Colony 5 has created a Civic Tech Entrepreneurship
strategy capable of building and supporting
a robust pipeline of tech-enabled businesses led
by residents of Chicago’s distressed communities.
The event was sponsored by Reyes Technologies,
Comcast NBC Universal and Microsoft.
They’ve recently launched their website at:
www.ColonyFive.com. Subscribe for information
on their upcoming CivicTech Challenge and
the Colony 5 Incubator Initiative.
Top Salaries 2016: City of Chicago
Here's a look at top individual salaries for
the city of Chicago from 2016. You can dig
deeper into various agencies on the BGA's
Payroll Database, a free portal that includes
salary information on public-sector employees
$300,000: Aviation commissioner
$260,000: Police superintendent
$197,724: First deputy superintendent
$185,364: Police chiefs
$170,112: Deputy chief
$202,728: Fire commissioner
$197,736: Deputy fire commissioner
$250,000: CPS Chief executive officer
$225,000: CPS Senior vice president
$195,000: CPS Chief administrative
$195,000: Chief education officer —
$183,859: Chief financial officer
$178,607: Executive vice chancellor —
$202,728: Fire commissioner
$197,736: FIRST Deputy fire commissioner
$187,680: Deputy FIRE commissionerS
$185,352: Assistant deputy fire commissioners
Comments at City Council Meetings
Circuit Court Judge Diane J. Larsen ruled in December
that you, yes, YOU Chicago, will have
the “Right to Speak” at full City Council meetings.
The lawsuit was filed last July by Andy Thayer
and Rick Garcia citing the city’s violation of the
Open Meetings Act.
The Mayor and Aldermen, who were elected to
serve the citizens of this city, will now be required
to listen to the public’s input on decisions
that affect their well-being and futures.
Stay tuned. We predict that things are about to
get very interesting at those City Council meetings.
Will you be there?
Remember being a high school senior and how it was then the most
exciting time of your life? Well, it’s the same for high school seniors today
across the city of Chicago. And Chicago Street Journal (CSJ) is excited to
announce that it will dedicate and entire issue to the city’s most important
citizens. Our youth!
In that last CSJ publication for July 2017, we will feature the original,
unpublished art and essays of high school students from the Chicagoland
Theme: “How I see myself and my city in 10 years.” After all, they are the
future leaders of this city. So why not let them have some input on the
future of the city.
The rules for submission:
Call for entries May 1, 2017 to June 15, 2017.
Submissions must be made by a public or private school teacher.
(This includes those who are home-schooled. No student submissions
will be accepted.)
Students of any age are welcomed to submit their work.
Essays are limited to 800 words and must be submitted in Microsoft
Word form, ready for publication. (Student’s image should be
included.) Art pieces may be of any media or style. (Cameraready
Only one submission will be accepted.
Follow CSJ on Twitter @ChicagoStreetJo and watch for details.
We’re looking forward to the participation of our most gifted writers and
artists. Please spread the word.
For the 2019 Mayor election word is the
west side will be driving a Ford down
Madison Street to City Hall or the south
side will be Dunkin toward the loop,
and even having summer in the winter
election with City Treasurer Kurt
Summers. However, there is a petition
being circulated that states William
Calloway For Mayor! The 26 year-old film student at
the Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago, who had been organizing, heard
about the Laquan McDonald video, and was determined
to uncover the account executed by CPD. Calloway lives
in the South Shore neighborhood. If not
for the efforts of Calloway and journalist
Brandon Smith, video of Chicago Police
Officer Jason Van Dyke firing 16 fatal
shots at Laquan might still be in the hands
of investigators and attorneys, and not
F or those who remember Beauty Turner of the
Ghetto Tours, will Jeff Baker soon be picking up the
torch of the legendary “Hey Love” and “I am a writer
and a fighter” Turner spirit with Black Beauty Tours?
Word is that he is targeting the tourism industry.
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Chicago Street Journal’s predecessor, the South Street
Journal, were donated to provide material for URW
students to collaboratively research themes such as
gentrification, racism, political affairs, and youth
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