Presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois

Jul 25 2014 - 5:30pm

Chris Christie VIP reception

Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner and his running mate, Evelyn Sanguinetti, will appear with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, VIP reception and photo, 5 to 5:30 p.m., general reception, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave. Register at joinbruce.com/donate/Christie.

Jul 25 2014 - 2:30pm

Joakim Noah news conference on combatting gun violence

NBA All-Star Joakim Noah holds a news conference on combatting gun violence through his foundation. 2:30 p.m. Major Adams Community Center, 125 N. Hoyne Ave., Bryce Colquitt, bcolquitt@asgk.com. 312-664-0153.

Jul 21 2014 - 7:00pm

Town hall meeting held by Sen. Ira Silverstein

Sen. Ira Silverstein, a Chicago Democrat, will have a town hall meeting, 7 to 9 p.m., North Park Village Apartments, 5801-H N. Pulaski Road. Contact Kevin Hahn, (217) 782-0977, khahn@senatedem.ilga.gov.

Jul 21 2014 - 1:30pm

RTA Transit Access Advisory Committee meeting

RTA Transit Access Advisory Committee meeting, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., RTA Board Room, 16th Floor, 175 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 1650. Contact: Annah Mitchell, (312) 913-3121, mitchella@rtachchicago.org.

Jul 19 2014 - 10:00am

Services for former U.S. Rep. Ken Gray

BENTON — Services for former U.S. Rep. Ken Gray, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. visitation; 4 p.m. funeral, Benton Civic Center. Contact: Parker-Reedy Funeral Home, (618) 932-6500.

Jul 18 2014 - 8:30am

Contracting opportunity fair hosted by U.S. Rep Bobby Rush

CHICAGO — U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush will host a minor contracting opportunity fair. 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Illinois Institute of Technology, Hermann Hall, 3241 S. Federal St. Contact: Debra Johnson, 202-679-0381.

Jul 17 2014 - 8:30am

Access to Capital Workshop for small business owners

CHICAGO — Access to Capital Workshop for small business owners, sponsored by the Little Village Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Small Business Administration, 8:30 a.m., Second Federal Savings, 3960 W. 26th Street. Contact: Jaime DiPaulo, (773) 521-5387, jaime@littlevillagechamber.org.

Jul 17 2014 - 8:00am

College Changes Everything conference

TINLEY PARK — The Illinois Student Assistance Commission will sponsor a conference called College Changes Everything on the state's goal to increase the percentage of adults with degrees to 60 percent by 2015. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tinley Park Convention Center, 8451 Convention Center Dr. Contact: Lynne Baker, 847.831.8024.

Jul 16 2014 - 11:30am

Toni Preckwinkle talks small business

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will deliver an address about efforts to improve the environment for small businesses. 11:30 a.m. Tortugas Cantina, 3224 W. Lawrence Ave. Contact: Carla Agostinelli, 773-478-020.

Jul 15 2014 - 2:00pm

Joint Criminal Justice Reform Committee meeting

The General Assembly's new Joint Criminal Justice Reform Committee will meet publicly for the first time. 2 p.m. Bilandic Building, 160 N. LaSalle St. Contact: Ryan Keith,