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  • History / Our Background
    important step in the NUL s program of expansion and as a base of operations for movement into the Middle West and parts of the West The Urban League organizing meeting was held at the Wabash Avenue Y M C A on December 11 1916 and led by NUL Associate Director and later Executive Secretary Eugene Kinckle Jones and Industrial Secretary T Arnold Hill who became the Chicago organization s first executive Incorporated on June 13 1917 the Chicago Urban League s interracial group of organizers included University of Chicago Professor of Sociology Robert E Park as its first board president In March 1918 the Urban League took the important step of securing headquarters at the Frederick Douglass Center at 3032 South Wabash Avenue and during its first two years program activities focused upon research coordinated social services and industrial relations Over the years the Chicago Urban League s leadership and address changed but its mission of promoting social and economic advancement for Chicago s African American citizens remained the same In January 1956 the legendary Edwin C Bill Berry left the Portland Oregon Urban League to take the helm in Chicago Berry once described Chicago as the most important city in race relations in the world Chicago Defender November 26 1955 During Berry s tenure the Urban League purchased a building at 4500 South Michigan Avenue to become its new headquarters In 1972 James W Compton became the League s executive director and was elected president and chief executive officer six years later The Urban League built a new headquarters at 4510 South Michigan Avenue which opened in January 1984 In the fall of 2006 Cheryle R Jackson became the first woman to be elected president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League In 2007 the Urban League launched

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  • History / 95th Anniversary
    Movement the Chicago Urban League has stood the test of time through its programming collaborations research and advocacy Through challenges and triumphs the Chicago Urban League remains relevant engaged and a vital resource for Chicago s African American community and to the city of Chicago as a whole The Chicago Urban League s first organizers a group of community civic and business notables set out with one main mission in mind to create an organization to bring about social and economic justice to Chicago s African American population The Chicago Urban League continues to build on the legacy of its founders by being a leader in building strong sustainable communities and creating opportunities with the power to transform people s lives Meet the founders of the Chicago Urban League T Arnold Hill National Urban League Industrial Secretary Hosted first organizing meeting of the Chicago Urban League on December 11 1916 Later became first Executive Secretary President of the Chicago Urban League Eugene Kinckle Jones National Urban League Associate Director and later Executive Secretary Hosted first organizing meeting of the Chicago Urban League on December 11 1916 Robert Park First Board President Professor University of Chicago Dr George Cleveland Hall Board Member Pioneer in surgery and Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board at Provident Hospital Appointed Chief of Staff at Hospital in 1926 Celia Parker Wooley Board Member Unitarian Minister and Civil Rights Activist Judge Julian Mack Board Member United States Court of Appeals for the Second and Sixth Circuits Jane Addams Board Member Pioneer social worker in America as a feminist and as an internationalist Judge Albert B George Incorporator and Board Secretary First African American Elected Municipal Court Judge in Chicago Robert S Abbott Board Member Founder Chicago Defender Newspaper Mary Rozet Smith Board Member Philanthropist and Jane Addams

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  • From The President's Desk / Overview
    League has been at the forefront of providing strategic and impactful advocacy programming and outreach in education economic development and social justice Born out of a national movement to meet the needs of African Americans migrating to urban areas in search of a better life we have been fearless in our efforts to remove barriers that prevent individuals and families from opportunities that enable them to strengthen their lives and their communities At our core we are a civil rights organization that works with a diverse group of collaborative and funding partners who share our vision that a strong African American community is a better Chicago With the help of our partners we are able to reach more than 10 000 people annually through programmatic areas that include education entrepreneurship housing human capital and workforce development and our civic engagement that includes advocacy for education funding equity community safety and health and wellness As you visit our website please take a moment to learn more about our impact in the communities we serve We also invite you to become a part of the movement by volunteering at one of our events joining one of our three auxiliaries or becoming a

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  • From The President's Desk / Overview
    League has been at the forefront of providing strategic and impactful advocacy programming and outreach in education economic development and social justice Born out of a national movement to meet the needs of African Americans migrating to urban areas in search of a better life we have been fearless in our efforts to remove barriers that prevent individuals and families from opportunities that enable them to strengthen their lives and their communities At our core we are a civil rights organization that works with a diverse group of collaborative and funding partners who share our vision that a strong African American community is a better Chicago With the help of our partners we are able to reach more than 10 000 people annually through programmatic areas that include education entrepreneurship housing human capital and workforce development and our civic engagement that includes advocacy for education funding equity community safety and health and wellness As you visit our website please take a moment to learn more about our impact in the communities we serve We also invite you to become a part of the movement by volunteering at one of our events joining one of our three auxiliaries or becoming a

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  • Board of Directors / Board of Directors
    Maria C Green Senior Vice President General Counsel Secretary Illinois Tool Works Inc VICE CHAIRS Joseph A Gregoire Regional President Illinois Banking Retired PNC Financial Services Group Inc Lester H McKeever Jr Managing Principal Washington Pittman McKeever LLC Adrienne Banks Pitts Partner Baker McKenzie James Reynolds Chairman and CEO Loop Capital Markets John W Rogers Jr Chairman and CEO Ariel Investments LLC Stacy Sharpe Senior Vice President Allstate Insurance Company Steven J Sherman Managing Director Loop Capital Financial Consulting Services Byron O Spruell Vice Chairman Central Region and Chicago Managing Principal Deloitte LLP SECRETARY Michelle L Collins President Cambium LLC TREASURER Reginald C Reed Partner KPMG LLP LIFE DIRECTORS Andrew C Barrett Managing Director The Barrett Group Frank L Bixby Retired Counsel Sidley Austin Barbara Bowles President Landers Bowles Family Foundation Melvin C Hopson President M C Hopson and Associates George E Johnson Retired President and CEO Johnson Products James J O Connor Sr Retired Chairman and CEO Commonwealth Edison Company William A Osborn Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Northern Trust Thomas M Patrick Retired Chairman and CEO People s Energy DIRECTORS Anthony K Anderson Business Consultant Selim A Bassoul Chairman and CEO The Middleby Corporation Stan Deans President US Domestic Operations UPS Alexandra Dousmanis Curtis Head U S P C Retail Banking BMO Harris Bank Brian W Duwe Partner Skadden Arps Sleager Flom LLP Esther Franklin EVP Head of SMG Americas Experience Strategy Starcom MediaVest Group Brett J Hart Executive Vice President General Counsel and Secretary United Andre P Hughes Founder Servant Powered By Action James P Kokar Managing Partner Greater Chicago Market PwC Paul V LaSchiazza President AT T Illinois Timothy P Maloney Illinois President Bank of America Anthony R McCain Vice President Operations Nicor Gas David Nichols Principal Advisory Services Ernst Young LLP Anne Pramaggiore President

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  • Board of Directors / Board of Directors
    Maria C Green Senior Vice President General Counsel Secretary Illinois Tool Works Inc VICE CHAIRS Joseph A Gregoire Regional President Illinois Banking Retired PNC Financial Services Group Inc Lester H McKeever Jr Managing Principal Washington Pittman McKeever LLC Adrienne Banks Pitts Partner Baker McKenzie James Reynolds Chairman and CEO Loop Capital Markets John W Rogers Jr Chairman and CEO Ariel Investments LLC Stacy Sharpe Senior Vice President Allstate Insurance Company Steven J Sherman Managing Director Loop Capital Financial Consulting Services Byron O Spruell Vice Chairman Central Region and Chicago Managing Principal Deloitte LLP SECRETARY Michelle L Collins President Cambium LLC TREASURER Reginald C Reed Partner KPMG LLP LIFE DIRECTORS Andrew C Barrett Managing Director The Barrett Group Frank L Bixby Retired Counsel Sidley Austin Barbara Bowles President Landers Bowles Family Foundation Melvin C Hopson President M C Hopson and Associates George E Johnson Retired President and CEO Johnson Products James J O Connor Sr Retired Chairman and CEO Commonwealth Edison Company William A Osborn Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Northern Trust Thomas M Patrick Retired Chairman and CEO People s Energy DIRECTORS Anthony K Anderson Business Consultant Selim A Bassoul Chairman and CEO The Middleby Corporation Stan Deans President US Domestic Operations UPS Alexandra Dousmanis Curtis Head U S P C Retail Banking BMO Harris Bank Brian W Duwe Partner Skadden Arps Sleager Flom LLP Esther Franklin EVP Head of SMG Americas Experience Strategy Starcom MediaVest Group Brett J Hart Executive Vice President General Counsel and Secretary United Andre P Hughes Founder Servant Powered By Action James P Kokar Managing Partner Greater Chicago Market PwC Paul V LaSchiazza President AT T Illinois Timothy P Maloney Illinois President Bank of America Anthony R McCain Vice President Operations Nicor Gas David Nichols Principal Advisory Services Ernst Young LLP Anne Pramaggiore President

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  • 2014 Annual Report / 2014 Annual Report
    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 About Us 2014 Annual Report 2014 Annual Report Chicago Urban League 2014 Annual Report We invite you to read our 2014 Annual Report to see the many ways in which

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  • 2014 Annual Report / 2014 Annual Report
    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 About Us 2014 Annual Report 2014 Annual Report Chicago Urban League 2014 Annual Report We invite you to read our 2014 Annual Report to see the many ways in which

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