Despite Setbacks Caused by the Pandemic, City’s Popular Dining Spot Thrives The groundbreaking of a new J’s Breakfast Club at 2601 Broadway in Gary provided great reason for Gary and Northwest Indiana residents to celebrate on Friday, May 22. As the world grapples with a global pandemic, owner Joslyn Kelly...
Unprecedented collaboration includes community and ethnic media from across the city Facing drops in revenue as high as 85 percent, 43 independent Chicago media outlets joined forces to raise funds in a month-long campaign in May. The for-profit and non-profit organizations represent a wide cross-section of authentic community media in...
194 nonprofits receive funds from the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund In response to COVID-19’s continuous impact on Chicago residents and the local economy, the Chicago Community COVID-19 Respond Fund announced an additional $9.5 million in grants. Funds will support 194 nonprofit organizations in Chicago and the surrounding collar counties,...
By Dr. Vanessa Allen-McCloud, President & Chief Executive Officer Urban League of Northwest Indiana, Inc. REVIEW, REVISE, AND RENEW are just a few of the words many of us are using in our current vocabulary as we begin to re-evaluate ways to reopen our businesses. Mid-March of 2020, the COVID-19 global pandemic...
Peoples Gas reminds customers financial assistance is available through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Share the Warmth program. Customers who need help paying their heating bills are encouraged to apply now. The Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County (CEDA), which administers Share the Warmth and...
By Isi Frank Ativie The Black community has shown resiliency through epic socioeconomic catastrophes in this nation for over four centuries. But in the last two months, local businesses in Black America have been impacted more than ever before with the emergence of the COVID-19 virus. The restaurant industry has...
By Patrick Forrest As the nation faces near record unemployment numbers, with recent April releases showing the national unemployment rate at 16.7 percent for African Americans nationwide, Illinois has taken steps to address the high volume of unemployment claims reported as a result of COVID-19 and to increase availability of...
Illinois State Board of Investments closes loophole that allowed state money to be invested in funds failing to pay prevailing wage in Illinois.   Illinois State Comptroller Susana Mendoza helped ensure Thursday that the state will no longer invest in funds which own properties flouting Illinois’ Prevailing Wage Act. The act...
Commitment to support immediate, reparative and transformative needs First Merchants Corporation, Indiana’s second largest financial services holding company, today announced a $1 million commitment to local nonprofit organizations supporting communities negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. “The negative economic impact caused by this pandemic cannot be overstated, and First Merchants is...
By Derek Major, Black Enterprise Former Los Angeles Lakers guard and team president Earvin “Magic” Johnson announced his life insurance company will provide $100 million for women- and minority-owned small businesses as part of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Johnson, the owner of EquiTrust, the nation’s largest minority-owned insurance company, will...