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7:00pm Tuesday, January 25, 2022

#477 It's All Good - Why Block Club Chicago Chose Positivity For Their First Podcast

Jon Hansen is an Emmy-Winning TV and Radio Host, and joined Block Club Chicago in 2021 to launch their first podcast. The award-winning hyperlocal website covers all facets of Chicago's neighborhood and citywide news, so why focus on just good news for the podcast? Jon will explain the rationale behind It's All Good and how he develops the podcast each week.

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7:00pm Tuesday, January 18, 2022

#476 NOW REMOTE: Former Inspector General Joe Ferguson

Joe Ferguson served as the Inspector General for the City of Chicago for 12 years, where he led a 100-person independent municipal oversight agency spanning the administrations of three mayors in the third largest city in the United States. Joe will talk about the role of holding the City of Chicago government accountable with a focus on police accountability.


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Tuesday, February 1, 2022 7:00pm Brittany Bennett, Sunrise Movement
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In-person Chi Hack Night returns on Nov 16, 2021

In-person Chi Hack Night returns on Nov 16, 2021

Nov 9, 2021 by Derek Eder

On November 16, 2021 at 6pm, in-person Chi Hack Night will return! After 20 months and 75 remote hack nights, we’re excited to bring Chi Hack Night back to the physical world. With COVID cases decreasing in Chicagoland and adult vaccination rates up to 75%, we feel that it is safe again to gather for a masked evening of socializing, learning, and civic hacking. Oh, how we’ve missed you!

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Chi Hack Night now offering $100 presenter honorariums

Chi Hack Night now offering $100 presenter honorariums

Jul 1, 2021 by Derek Eder

To increase the diversity of speakers at Chi Hack Night and to provide opportunities to potential presenters who may not have the privilege or ability to give their time away for free or in service of their company or organization, Chi Hack Night is now offering a standard presenter honorarium of $100 for all speakers to compensate them for their time and expertise.

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