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  • board look forward to working with Shari as our interim CEO and know that under her leadership the Urban League is in good hands My time with the Chicago Urban League has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and I am thankful to the board staff and auxiliary groups for embracing me on this journey to empower Chicago s African American community and all who are underserved said Zopp I am proud of the work accomplished during my time at the Chicago Urban League including the Urban League being recognized as a contemporary civil rights economic development and civic engagement leader the hundreds of jobs we helped create the millions of dollars in contracts we helped businesses secure the thousands of families we helped purchase and keep their homes the hundreds of students we helped stay in school and attend college and the increased trust and support we received from our funding partners I will always be connected to the Chicago Urban League and know that the organization will remain strong for many years to come Under Zopp s leadership the Chicago Urban League s advocacy and programming grew exponentially and new collaborations were established that increased educational economic and leadership development opportunities for the more than 10 000 people the Urban League serves annually Zopp s legacy of leadership includes millions of dollars in contracts being awarded to minority owned companies during the successful CTA Red Line South Reconstruction project the creation of a construction training program that prepares women and people of color for union apprenticeships and job opportunities in five counties the Urban League serving on the steering committee for the successful statewide marriage equality campaign the Urban League being a key leader in statewide legislation and litigation to reform public school funding

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  • Program Careers Multimedia Digital Media Strategy nextTV Contact Policy Research Overview Strategies Office of Education Policy Current Studies Juvenile Justice Policy Initiatives Media Partners Community DONATE DONATE Donor Recognition Program Chicago Urban League Overview Return to Headlines 4 23 Chicago Urban League Applauds the Confirmation of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General CHICAGO IL April 23 2015 The Chicago Urban League joins our colleagues in the civil rights community and all who care about equality and justice in applauding the confirmation of Loretta E Lynch as the next U S Attorney General While we celebrate this historic moment we remain appalled that party politics nearly derailed the nomination and delayed attorney Lynch s vote for more than 140 days Our nation is at a critical point in the areas of equality social justice and community safety Each day Loretta Lynch s vote was delayed only further eroded confidence that our elected leaders will serve the best interests of our nation Now that this moment has finally arrived it is our hope that the first African American woman to serve as the U S Attorney General receives all the support and resources she needs to succeed at enforcing the laws of the

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  • 18 2015 The Chicago Urban League announced today Selim A Bassoul chairman and CEO of The Middleby Corporation will keynote the 2015 SUMMIT Luncheon The luncheon themed Transformational Change Igniting the Entrepreneurial Spirit will be held on Thursday April 30 2015 at the Hilton Chicago Bassoul is a world leader in commercial cooking equipment and beverage solutions ultra premium residential appliances and industrial processing baking and packaging equipment Known for his unbridled enthusiasm and appetite for innovation Bassoul has taken Middleby from 100 million in sales to nearly 2 billion We are excited to have Selim Bassoul a highly successful business and civic leader as our keynote speaker this year said Andrea L Zopp president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League He embodies the tenacity passion and acumen it takes to inspire the spirit of entrepreneurship This year s summit will address strategic ways to help more African American entrepreneurs get on a path to grow their business and create more jobs Strengthening our businesses will have a tremendous impact on our neighborhoods and communities Bassoul is one of the longest serving CEOs of a US publicly listed company At Middleby Bassoul took the company in a new direction by focusing on innovation Today Middleby is known for its technology and innovation in all of the platforms it serves Bassoul proudly supports and serves on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Urban League I am honored to speak at the Chicago Urban League s 2015 SUMMIT Luncheon said Bassoul When an entrepreneurial spirit and a drive for excellence combine with service and social justice there is energy and power This luncheon will bring together people who share these convictions and I m looking forward to being a part of it SUMMIT 2015 will convene local business civic elected

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  • Chuy Garcia William Dock Walls and Willie Wilson and will focus on key issues that impact the African American community and the city as a whole including job creation business growth education and public safety The 60 minute debate which will air on CBS 2 during the regularly scheduled 6pm newscast and preempt Entertainment Tonight will be moderated by CBS 2 Chicago anchor and reporter Jim Williams The panelists will include veteran television news anchor Robin Robinson Chicago Sun Times reporter and assistant editor Maudlyne Ihejirika and CBS 2 Chicago chief correspondent Jay Levine CBS 2 evening anchor Rob Johnson will host the live event from the DuSable Museum WVON will also broadcast the debate live Despite some progress African Americans in Chicago continue to struggle in the areas of educational achievement economic success and community stability said Andrea L Zopp president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League This debate gives the mayoral candidates an opportunity to address the challenges we face and share their vision for the city of Chicago This debate is designed to engage and empower the community This mayoral debate provides a platform for the candidates to inform everyone about their specific plans to address the challenges that uniquely affect the Black community and impact the City of Chicago said Frank M Clark chairman of the board and president of the Business Leadership Council Issues including economic empowerment and business diversity deserve thoughtful and timely action from City Hall We look forward to the candidates presenting their solutions on February 10th at the DuSable Museum CBS 2 is pleased to again partner with the Chicago Urban League the Business Leadership Council and WVON to broadcast this very important debate said Marty M Wilke general manager and president of CBS 2 Chicago We look forward to presenting the mayoral candidates to our viewers in this important conversation on issues that are important to the African American community and everyone who is concerned about the future of Chicago This election comes at a critical time for our city said Melody Spann Cooper chairman of Midway Broadcasting Corporation and president of WVON 1690 AM Through this broadcast we want to ensure that all Chicagoans are engaged in the campaign and vote on Election Day The mayoral debate will take place before a live invitation only audience at the DuSable Museum of African American History In addition to watching the debate live the Chicago Urban League and the Business Leadership Council encourage citizens to submit questions to the candidates for consideration A community question will be selected and asked on air during the debate Community questions for the candidates can be submitted via email to debate2015 thechicagourbanleague org In addition to broadcasting the mayoral debate live CBS 2 Chicago will stream the event online at CBSchicago com WVON 1690 AM will also stream the debate online at wvon com Members of the working press are invited to cover the forum and view it live from the DuSable Museum s

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  • and triumphs of families and youth right here in our Chicago neighborhoods said Andrea L Zopp President and CEO Chicago Urban League As the Chicago Urban League approaches 100 years of being in the forefront of providing vital programs for the community we invite everyone to witness these powerful stories participate in meaningful dialogue and engage in thoughtful action to propel the movement forward The Chicago Urban League s Black History Month Film Festival was established in 2012 to provide an accessible forum to showcase cinema that celebrates historic African American achievement and examines current community challenges The films include comments from celebrities in music sports and drama as well as chronicle the extraordinary lives of everyday people The panel discussions allow the community to explore strategic solutions towards empowerment and provide an opportunity for audiences to come face to face with African American filmmakers The film screenings and discussions are free and open to the public Registration is desired Please RSVP to RSVP thechicagourbanleague org with the film title in the subject line Films confirmed for the 2015 Black History Month Film Festival include Tuesday February 3 2015 6 00 PM The N Word Divided We Stand explores the etymology of the word nigger while looking at African American culture from a non colorblind lens Celebrities including Quincy Jones Russell Simmons George Carlin Damon Dash and Bryant Gumbel give their takes on one of the most inflammatory words in the English language In its long and complex history the word nigger has gone from a cutting racial slur to a term of endearment among African American youth Despite this the word still enrages when taken out of this context In 86 minutes filmmaker Todd Williams breaks the taboo of language to reveal a society constantly trying to make sense

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  • Frequently Asked Questions Support the Lawsuit Links Programs Center for Student Development Human Capital Entrepreneurship Housing Workforce Development IMPACT Leadership Development Program Careers Multimedia Digital Media Strategy nextTV Contact Policy Research Overview Strategies Office of Education Policy Current Studies Juvenile Justice Policy Initiatives Media Partners Community DONATE DONATE Donor Recognition Program Chicago Urban League Overview Return to Headlines 12 10 The Chicago Urban League Remembers Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka The Chicago Urban League Remembers Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka CHICAGO IL December 10 2014 We were saddened to learn of the passing of Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka This trailblazing public servant was truly a woman for all seasons As a legislator State Treasurer and as Comptroller Topinka was an elected official who genuinely cared about the constituents she served Topinka was and will remain an inspiration to all women who aspire to lead and will be remembered for her humor wit and her support of equality and fairness for all communities In an era where polarizing partisanship often rules the day Judy Baar Topinka s indomitable spirit and down to earth approach empowered to cross party lines and have a significant impact of the lives of the people of Illinois

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  • Current Studies Juvenile Justice Policy Initiatives Media Partners Community DONATE DONATE Donor Recognition Program Chicago Urban League Overview Return to Headlines 11 24 Chicago Urban League Statement on Ferguson Grand Jury Decision CHICAGO November 24 2014 Today s grand jury decision to not file charges against Ferguson Missouri police officer Darren Wilson in the August 9th shooting death of Michael Brown is extremely disappointing It is disappointing because the external evidence from witnesses on the scene that fateful day indicate that Michael Brown was unarmed and moving away from the officer with his hands up Equally disappointing is the length of the grand jury investigation which undercuts the credibility of its determination It is disheartening that after three months of convening the grand jury found no reason to charge Darren Wilson with the murder of Michael Brown As a result Wilson will not be held accountable for the shooting death of an unarmed teenager That said all of us who value life and seek justice have an obligation to honor Michael Brown s memory with peaceful protests and recognize that anything else would undercut his memory in a way even harsher than today s unjust decision We must continue to

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  • develop top talent by facilitating opportunities within the 1871 community for underrepresented entrepreneurs and technology professionals as part of a concerted effort to create opportunities and jobs for all of the neighborhoods in the city The Chicago Urban League is thrilled to partner with 1871 to empower emerging and existing African American entrepreneurs with this innovative opportunity that can help launch grow and sustain their businesses said Andrea L Zopp president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League The Chicago Urban League will work with 1871 to identify promising African American technology business owners designers and developers who will be eligible for partially sponsored 1871 memberships funded by corporate partners and other donations These opportunities will allow underserved individuals to simultaneously benefit from 1871 the Chicago Urban League and their corporate partners through a combination of funding mentorship and other resources Diversity has been a key ingredient for business success at Lenovo said Yolanda Conyers Vice President Global HR Operations and Chief Diversity Officer Lenovo We are committed to building on our already strong culture of inclusion and are proud to work with 1871 and the Chicago Urban League by providing financial support for underrepresented individuals to make a noticeable impact in the Chicago technology community As a company with a proud history in Chicago we re delighted to be able to support this initiative said Denise Doyle Senior Vice President at HERE a Nokia company We value the diversity we have in our own workforce in this city and around the world and we ve seen first hand how diversity can drive innovation We applaud 1871 and the Chicago Urban League for their efforts and wish them every success 1871 will also work to create a next generation tech toolkit to be distributed to neighborhood schools which will help students understand the basics of entrepreneurship and technology development Using platform technologies and free applications such as MagicTags the kit will enable students to work with their peers to develop sample products and services build apps that are immediately employable in their communities and access a direct pipeline to careers in high tech entrepreneurship As Chicago s technology economy continues to grow and evolve it is important that opportunities are made available to all Chicago residents and that the technology community reflects the diversity of the City said Mayor Emanuel This partnership between 1871 and the Chicago Urban League will help to bring more diversity to this expanding area and push forward innovative new technologies that will help drive Chicago s economy into the future In addition to sponsoring 1871 memberships and developing the technology toolkit 1871 s partnership agreement with the Chicago Urban League will foster diversity in the technology community in the following ways 1871 and the Chicago Urban League will continue to identify and recruit underserved individuals to apply for scholarships to attend coding classes 1871 will utilize its in house recruiter to foster employment opportunities for the African American community by connecting potential employees identified by

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