Lunchtime walkers through the Minneapolis skyway at the former Dayton’s department store may see few signs of progress nearly two years since the building went dark for its highly touted rehab. Coiled wires snake down from the ceiling, and temporary walls block all but a narrow pathway. But out of sight, behind those walls, work has been progressing. In another week, contractors are scheduled to begin to cut the openings in the store’s lower floors to create a large atrium that will be a signature design element of Dayton’s latest evolution. “We have been hanging on pins and needles to get going on stuff that people will see, but in a project like this 80 percent of the project is that back-of-the-house stuff that you never see,” said Brian Whiting, president of the Chicago-based Telos Group, a partner in the Dayton’s development that has helped lead the planning and execution. “The project has moved forward.” Still, the renovation has … [Read more...] about Development team juggles Dayton’s store renovation, Chicago Old Main Post Office project
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CHICAGO -- The race to succeed Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has attracted a diverse group of candidates, including businesspeople, a former federal prosecutor, an ex-police superintendent, veteran politicians and community activists. The election will take place Feb. 26. If no candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters will face off April 2. Here are snapshots of the candidates: GERY CHICOA lawyer who has held the top position at several Chicago government agencies, including the Chicago Public Schools, City Colleges of Chicago and the Chicago Park District. He ran against Emanuel in 2011 and was a candidate for U.S. Senate in 2004.WILLIAM DALEYSon of the legendary Mayor Richard J. Daley and the brother of former Mayor Richard M. Daley. He was Secretary of Commerce under President Bill Clinton and chief of Staff for President Barack Obama.AMARA ENYIAThe director of a neighborhood chamber of commerce has a law degree and a doctorate in education policy. … [Read more...] about 14 candidates vie to become Chicago’s next mayor
Happy 200th birthday, Illinois. Read about the state’s creators with the Sun-Times “Made in Illinois” feature. Fact Check: It’s common practice for office seekers to complain with a broad brush about tax burdens. But does Lori Lightfoot’s sweeping statement oversimplify the issue? “Running for Jesus” is Grandma Clark’s campaign motto, which brings us to how she decided, against all odds, to become a mayoral candidate. Susana Mendoza is now wearing the pin Jane Byrne wore the day she was elected mayor of Chicago back in 1979. Byrne’s daughter loaned it to her. Chance the Rapper, dressed as reporter “Champ Bennett,” gave Chicago a civics lesson in a new video. George Herbert Walker Bush, 94, the 41st president of the United States, died Friday night at his home in Houston. The ban man: A look at decades of Ald. Burke’s proposed bans. Ald. Ed Burke’s insatiable fundraising: $12 million stockpiled, wants more … [Read more...] about Political daybook in Illinois and Chicago on Dec.3
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT-A female coach is a rarity at the Little League World Series but there is one this year at the 2018 event. Melissa Champine not only is a coach for the Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores all-stars but she is president of the league in Michigan. She has been involved with Little League for a dozen years and with the current group of players that include her son Ryan Henderson since they were 8. Players ask "when can we start calling you mom," she said. "That's because we are a family of 16." (A manager, two coaches and 13 players.) "I treat them as my own," she said about the players who call her Miss Hendo. Champine stays in the dorm with the players. It is possible because there are two separate rooms each with a toilet and shower for the manager and coaches. Her primary job as coach during a game is to keep the scorebook but she said she tries to keeps the players loose. She is involved in planning strategy for a game because she said it is done by committee with manager … [Read more...] about Meet Melissa Champine, the only female coach at the 2018 Little League World Series
Pssst! Ready! Set! Go? Sneed has learned Cook County Board Commissioner Bridget Gainer just cleaned out her desk at Aon Corporation, where she’s worked in a variety of roles, including global public affairs, for years. Gainer’s departure from the insurance giant marks a major move by a woman who is expected to toss her hat into the mayoral ring in an effort to unseat Mayor Rahm Emanuel. It follows a foxy move that could be construed as a way to throw Gainer off her political game. One of her top fundraisers, Katelynd Duncan, recently was hired by Progress Chicago, an advocacy group backed by Emanuel’s right-hand man Michael Sacks — a development tipped by Crain’s Chicago Business columnist Greg Hinz. Though Progress Chicago says on its website it “will not participate in any political activity on behalf of or against any candidate for office,” its mission is to “spotlight and champion the policies and people … [Read more...] about Bridget Gainer cleans out Aon desk. Is mayoral run against Rahm Emanuel next?