Gov. Pat Quinn and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle cheered equal pay for women.
Uptown's Voice of the People was among those to be recognized in the 20th annual ceremony.
Hyde Parkers welcomed a 450k-square-foot complex that could become a "catalyst" for South Side growth.
Demonstrators protested State's Attorney Anita Alvarez's decision not to prosecute Gildardo Sierra.
ANALYSIS: 89 shooting victims this year would have been in jail under harsher penalties pushed by cops.
The cacti once thrived on the lakefront, but there are less than 100 remaining within the city limits.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will honor a success story Thursday.
Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle said, "Vigorous enforcement encourages compliance."
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle called police torture "a disgrace and a blemish."
Melinda Kelly, executive director of the Chatham Business Association, will moderate conference panel.
Toni Preckwinkle marches as Lady Liberty and Barbara Flynn Currie dresses as Uncle Sam.
The facility was created especially to help treat mental illness and substance abuse.
Five years after workers famously protested a plant shutdown, they opened their own factory.
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