Here in Chicago, the local economy gets a boost next weekend, when tens of thousands of runners lace up for the 34th annual Chicago Marathon. Bank of America, the marathon sponsor, says the race means about $171 million for the local economy.
Many essential public services result from partnerships, not government work alone. The city of Chicago, like the state and federal government, partners with non-profits to deliver a variety of programs – from affordable housing to emergency health care.
In the most recent installment of Clever Apes, I got a taste of what it’s like to work at the highly secure Howard T. Ricketts Laboratory, dealing with extremely unsavory bugs like plague and anthrax (listen here).
Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently announced a memorandum of understanding between the city and the University of Chicago. The university will undertake more than a billion dollars in capital development over five years.
The University of Chicago and the city have entered into an agreement that calls on the school to be a better South Side neighbor.The University, located in Hyde Park, has sometimes had a fraught relationship with surrounding neighborhoods.