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
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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?
By ALLY MAROTTI and BLAIR KAMINChicago Tribune May 20. 2018 10:28PM The Sky Summit would lift a glass cab with room for 22 people over the edge of the Aon Center, hold the cab here for up to 40 seconds with Millennium Park more than 1,100 feet below and then bring everybody back to Aon's rooftop. (The Hettema Group) Aon Center's proposed observatory will include interactive screens, a lounge and outdoor space, and a capsule that lifts passengers beyond the edge of the skyscraper. (Solomon Cordwell Buenz) CHICAGO — The owners of the Aon Center, Chicago's third-tallest skyscraper, on Monday unveiled plans for an observatory atop the building, potentially setting up a heated competition for tourist dollars with established observatories at Willis Tower and 875 N. Michigan Ave., the former John Hancock Center.The stakes are as high as the buildings. A thriving observatory can be like a gold mine for a building's owners, producing far more revenue per square foot … [Read more...] about Aon Center’s planned observation deck could create competition for tourists
The owners of the Aon Center, Chicago’s third-tallest skyscraper, on Monday unveiled plans for an observatory atop the building, potentially setting up a heated competition for tourist dollars with established observatories at Willis Tower and 875 N. Michigan Ave., the former John Hancock Center.The stakes are as high as the buildings. A thriving observatory can be like a gold mine for a building’s owners, producing far more revenue per square foot than ordinary office space. But there are only so many tourists like Kiara Culmer, who on Monday was visiting the 360 Chicago observatory atop 875 N. Michigan, to go around.The view of Lake Michigan and distant skyscrapers, including the Aon Center, was amazing, but her family, visiting from the Bahamas, had other things to spend their time and money on, she said.“As a tourist, I would definitely not be going to all three (observatories),” said Culmer, as her husband Neil and their 2-year-old son Karter peered out the … [Read more...] about Aon Center’s planned observation deck, Chicago’s third, could create competition for tourist dollars
Insurer Kemper Corp. will leave its namesake Wacker Drive office tower later this year and move its headquarters to the Aon Center.The nearly 65,000-square-foot deal will relocate Kemper’s offices into one of Chicago’s tallest and most recognizable buildings. But unlike in Kemper’s current building, the Aon Center lease does not include signage or naming rights.Although Kemper is moving into a similar amount of space as it has now, a shift to more open and collaborative environment will create room to add to a Chicago staff of about 180 employees, said Kemper spokeswoman Barbara Ciesemier.“A lot has changed in the way we work today, and our new space at the Aon Center will be designed specifically to meet our needs today and well into the future,” she said in an email.The move will end a long run at 1 E. Wacker Drive by Kemper and affiliated insurance companies. The 41-story tower was developed in the early 1960s by United Insurance Company of America, … [Read more...] about Kemper moving HQ from namesake office tower to Aon Center