McDonald’s partners with Biden on ‘We Can Do This’

McDonald’s is partnering with the Biden Administration in the national We Can Do This campaign to make access to information on vaccines even easier for the millions of customers who enjoy McDonald’s each day in the U.S. The initiative will begin later this month with the debut of COVID-19 vaccine information from trusted third parties on … Continue reading “McDonald’s partners with Biden on ‘We Can Do This’”

Joe Biden wins! “It’s time for America to unite”

History was made this morning and it’s fitting that the city where liberty was born sealed the deal. CNN, the New York Times, NBC, The Washington Post have projected Democratic nominee Joe Biden, Jr. as the 46th President of the United States. Biden, 77, will be the oldest president to occupy the White House. He will turn … Continue reading “Joe Biden wins! “It’s time for America to unite””

Lester Holt to moderate Town Hall with Joe Biden

NBC News’ Lester Holt will anchor a live town hall discussion with Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden from Miami on Monday, Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on NBC. The one-hour primetime event will also air across MSNBC, CNBC, NBC News NOW and will be available in Spanish on … Continue reading “Lester Holt to moderate Town Hall with Joe Biden”

Onion repeats headline on 21 stories of mass shootings

Chicago-based satirical website The Onion made a bold social commentary on Wednesday, headlining its homepage with its both heartbreaking and parodical article titled, ’No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens. The article is notable in that it gets repeated 21 times on the front page, for every major mass shooting that occurred in … Continue reading “Onion repeats headline on 21 stories of mass shootings”

Political reporter Tina Sfondeles joins Mac Strategies Group

Mac Strategies Group, one of the state’s premier strategic communications and government relations firms, announced today that former Politico White House reporter and Chicago Sun-Times political reporter Tina Sfondeles has joined the firm as Vice President of Public and Media Relations.   In this role, Sfondeles will develop effective communication strategies for issue-oriented public relations and public affairs campaigns, using … Continue reading “Political reporter Tina Sfondeles joins Mac Strategies Group”

Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce calls on businesses to vaccinate

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce is calling on businesses to review and implement policies that require employees to be vaccinated before returning to the worksite, unless a valid health or religious reason is presented, or have stringent masking and testing protocols in place. “Vaccines have been essential in the fight against COVID-19 and it’s time … Continue reading “Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce calls on businesses to vaccinate”

Explore welcomes director Jane Chow to roster

Commercial and digital content production company Explore announces the addition of Jane Chow to their roster for representation, directing commercials and digital content across all mediums. Born in Hong Kong, Jane first learned English by absorbing herself in streaming and internet culture. She used her self-taught editing & color grading creativity to gain over 500,000 … Continue reading “Explore welcomes director Jane Chow to roster”

Grubhub & Restaurant Strong help restaurants reopen

Today, Grubhub, a leading food-ordering and delivery marketplace, and The Greg Hill Foundation’s Restaurant Strong Fund announced the latest phase in their commitment to supporting restaurants: the Restaurant Stronger program, a new initiative to provide $5,000 grants to eligible independent restaurants. As the industry faces new challenges post-pandemic, the Restaurant Stronger grants will help restaurants fully reopen their doors, including … Continue reading “Grubhub & Restaurant Strong help restaurants reopen”

Blue Chip’s new Merrell campaign says “Take a Hike”

Merrell is blazing a new trail with Dick’s Sporting Goods (DSG), in a new campaign that broadens the notion of hiking to attract younger, more urban consumers who shop at DSG. Video and graphic ads on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube support three new models available at DSG – MOAB Flight, Nova and Antora 2 – … Continue reading “Blue Chip’s new Merrell campaign says “Take a Hike””

Chan C. Smith brings her storytelling skills to Tessa Films

Chan C. Smith, a Chicago native who’s taken her skill as a storyteller to such genres as publishing, media and documentary film, is set to make her mark on the advertising scene by signing with Tessa Films. This is the director’s first representation agreement for advertising and branded content. Her signing was announced by Tessa … Continue reading “Chan C. Smith brings her storytelling skills to Tessa Films”

Chicago’s United Center becomes Federal Vaccination Site

The United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls and the Chicago Blackhawks will be used as a mass vaccination site that prioritizes access for seniors and equity for the hardest hit populations. The Biden Administration is opening pilot Community Vaccination Centers across the country. The United Center site will open on March 10 with the capacity to administer … Continue reading “Chicago’s United Center becomes Federal Vaccination Site”

Lee England Jr. starts conversation for America

Lee England, Jr.’s We The People opens with a serene orchestral vibe that kind of sounds like the beginning of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. From there, it goes into a mélange of wind, trees and surf before moving into a deep cello melody that introduces the first line of verse: “They’re killing us in the streets.” … Continue reading “Lee England Jr. starts conversation for America”

2020 in Review: Reel Chicago’s Biggest Stories

What a year, huh? 2020, which felt like a decade, will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the worst years ever. And who will argue? Certainly not the staff at Reel Chicago. This year, COVID forced productions to shut down. Then start back up. Then shut back down. Then start back up. It … Continue reading “2020 in Review: Reel Chicago’s Biggest Stories”

“We did it Joe!” Chicago reacts to the news

In celebration across the country, the overwhelming reaction to the news that Joe Biden won the presidential election was met with cheers, honking horns and dancing in the streets. In an unprecedented response, people yelled from balconies, banged pots and pans, and gathered in the streets in celebration. The morning began with a phone call … Continue reading ““We did it Joe!” Chicago reacts to the news”

Illinois and rest of country wake to nail-biter election

Even securing Illinois’ 20 electoral college votes was not enough to allow the state’s Democrats to go to sleep without downing Xanax. Last night, as polls closed and votes were still being tabulated in several key states, both Democrats and Republicans went (or at least tried) to sleep with extremely close election results being reported. … Continue reading “Illinois and rest of country wake to nail-biter election”

Lightning strikes Trump Tower before debate

Apparently, Mother Nature may have an opinion on the Trump Biden debate. Before Thursday’s presidential debate, Trump Tower was struck by what appears to be three simultaneous bolts of lightning, though one Twitter user pointed out that it could just be one lightning strike followed by what are called “stepped leaders,” or a series of … Continue reading “Lightning strikes Trump Tower before debate”

Kanye West pushes Presidency run with Yeezus merch

With two and a half weeks left until the election, Chicago native, Kanye West released a new ad curving the vote, asking Americans to write him in as their choice for President 2020. The 43-year-old rapper and fashion mogul, who announced his presidential campaign in July, tweeted an ad to his more than 30 million … Continue reading “Kanye West pushes Presidency run with Yeezus merch”

Chicago teen has winning campaign for “settling”

While his bid for the White House is nowhere near as polarizing as when Hilary Clinton ran against President Donald J. Trump in 2016, there are those (looking at you Bernie and Warren supporters) who are still lukewarm on former Vice-President Joe Biden. With just about three weeks to go until election, many (and rightfully) … Continue reading “Chicago teen has winning campaign for “settling””

WGN’s Joe Donlon lands Trump interview on NewsNation

Chicago-based NewsNation anchor Joe Donlon will conduct the first comprehensive prime-time sit-down interview with President Trump since the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  The exclusive one-on-one interview will be conducted at the White House by NewsNation anchor Joe Donlon, and will air on Tuesday night’s NewsNation broadcast beginning at 8 p.m. ET on … Continue reading “WGN’s Joe Donlon lands Trump interview on NewsNation”

Lightfoot tells Trump what she won’t tolerate

President Trump stated that Chicago is next on the list for his “law and order” campaign. Mayor Lori Lightfoot says “there has been a lot of saber-rattling from this administration.” Local Chicago Government officials, including Mayor Lori Lightfoot, were initially outspoken against the insertion of federal agents into cities with the intention to quell civil … Continue reading “Lightfoot tells Trump what she won’t tolerate”

Director Wolfe back at Optimus after White House gig

One at Optimus director Duncan Wolfe is packing up his Washington, D.C. apartment after a 14-month gig at the Obama White House and will head for Los Angeles as his base for the next phase of his filmmaking/social media career.

“And I’m looking forward to the positive effect of sunshine,” adds the St. Louis native about his move to LA.

Ewww! A line around the block to see Paris Hilton

FORGET IMPORTANT SPEAKERS and breakthrough cable technology at The Cable Show Wednesday at McCormick Place.  The exhibition floor, filled with about 500 booths, was jammed with a line around the block to meet Paris Hilton, who needs no introduction to tabloid readers.  How interesting it would’ve been to hear what she had to say about working in cable — on that one show long ago gratefully long forgotten.