• Midwest M&A Overview

    2017’s increased economic growth has contributed to a competitive buying market already fueled by low-cost acquisition financing. The Midwest market has benefited with steady deal flow in the healthcare, technology and consumer sectors. Bill Kucera, co-chair of Mayer Brown’s M&A practice in the Americas points out that technology and healthcare would remain the largest components of Midwest M&A. Technology deal making will continue to be robust, as rapid consumer adoption of new emerging technologies continues. Mark Brady, William Blair’s Head of M&A pointed out that the quick growth and turnover of Chicago based online ticket broker Vivid Seats, bought by Vista Equity Partners in early 2016 which sold 14 months…

  • CIS In School for Kids: Reunion

    At each one of CIS Chicago’s 135 partner schools, they provide a range of high-quality programs in the arts, college and career preparation, health, and mental health and wellness fields. Through their work, they have identified these programs coincide with the type of support the Chicago public schools need. Unfortunately, these programs aren’t often utilized to their fullest by schools and families due to common challenges in these school communities. CIS of Chicago attempts to place a full-time staff member at each of these schools to provide intensive support to 40-50 children that have been identified as at high risk of dropping out. This individual support can include goal-setting, life-coaching…

  • CIS of Chicago All In For Kids Fundraiser

    Earlier this month, Communities In Schools of Chicago hosted a “friend-raiser” formally known as All In For Kids. The event raises funds that help to further CIS of Chicago’s goal of decreasing the Chicago Public Schools’ dropout rate. Students from both Ruggles Elementary School and Armour Elementary School joined in hosting this event.   The All In For Kids opening remarks were delivered by CIS of Chicago’s Board Director, Mark Brady, warmly welcoming the SRO crowd.  Mark shared the importance of investing in Chicago students and the impact of CIS’s work. Mark has served as a member of the Board of Directors at CIS of Chicago since 2016.

  • Cubs Cure Their World Series Hangover With NL Central Division Championship

    After a slow start to the 2017 season, the defending World Series Champions have hit their 2016 stride, dominating the National League in the second half of the season. The Chicago Cubs hold the NL’s best record in the second half of the season. At 49-25 since the All-Star break, the Cubs were a full four games clear of their NLDS opponent, the Washington Nationals, during that stretch. With the Dodgers faltering and the inexperience of the Diamondbacks, the Cubs have to be feeling optimistic about a repeat appearance in the Fall Classic. The Cubs earned their second consecutive Division Title (for the first time since 1906-1908) in 2017, while…