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The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust Chairman’s Reception and Wright Plus Weekend

May 31, 2012–The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust held its annual Chairman’s Reception benefit at The Rookery, with its spectacular Frank Lloyd Wright-designed light court and home to the Preservation Trust’s downtown offices. Patricia and T. Kendall Hunt, CEO, VASCO Data Security International Inc., co-chaired the reception, which attracted more than 200 guests. This festive celebration launched the 38th Annual Wright Plus on Saturday, June 2, a weekend-long event featuring the world-renowned architecture of Wright and his contemporaries in Oak Park, Illinois.

Alzheimer’s Association Chicago Rita Hayworth Gala

May 12, 2012–The 25th annual Alzheimer’s Association Chicago Rita Hayworth Gala raised more than $1 million for Alzheimer’s Association care, support, and research programs on May 12 at the Hilton Chicago. More than 600 guests attended the Mother’s Day weekend tradition and paid homage to the style and glamour of the silver-screen legend.

The Geography of Economic Hardship in Chicago

A look at the economic geography of Chicago, following the most recent census—from the extremely depressed community areas of Fuller Park and Riverdale to the Near North, which has by far the highest incomes in the city, over ten times that of Fuller Park.

Illinois Pension Reform: You Were Expecting Consensus?

Unloved and unwanted pension-reform negotiations slip between the deadline. It was probably inevitable, given the general assembly’s problems keeping its own pension fund in order—the worst in the state. On the other hand, it’s probably for the best to keep the bill in the air for awhile.

The NATO Summit: Was It Worth It?

NATO wanted to have the summit here for geopolitical messaging. The city wanted it as an “open for business” sign to the international community. Does that make up for the as-yet-unknown tab?