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Sister Cities Mayors and Leaders Visit Chicago

Mayors and government leaders from Chicago’s sister cities are currently in Chicago as part of the Chicago Forum on Global Cities, including Leader of Birmingham City Council John Clancy (Birmingham, United Kingdom); Mayor Frank Fahy (Galway, Ireland); State Minister for Urban Development and Housing Dr. Dorothee Stapelfeldt (Hamburg, Germany); Mayor Vitaly Klitschko (Kyiv, Ukraine); and Mayor Hanna…

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Chicago City Council Passes Resolutions to Mark Anniversaries of Four of Chicago’s Sister City Relationships

Today, Chicago City Council passed resolutions to mark the anniversaries of four of Chicago’s sister city relationships: 25 years with Kyiv, Ukraine; Mexico City, Mexico; and Toronto, Canada; and 20 years with Paris, France. The resolutions were presented to the Honorable Larysa Gerasko, Consul General of Ukraine; the Honorable Carlos Martín Jiménez Macías, Consul General…

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Ukrainian Delegates Visit Chicago as Part of Open World Program

Five Ukrainian leaders participated in the Open World program from October 23-31,2015, in Chicago examining public health issues, specifically HIV and AIDS. Chicago Sister Cities International hosted the delegation. Managed by the Open World Leadership Center, a support agency of the United States Congress, the Open World program is designed to enhance understanding and capabilities…

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Chicago KICS Cup

This year, a number of youth soccer teams from around the world participated in the Second Annual Chicago KICS Cup International Youth Soccer Tournament from July 21-26, 2015 in Chicago, including several teams from Chicago’s sister cities and surrounding regions. The Lahore Committee supported a team from Pakistan comprised of children who had been dwelling…

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Kyiv Committee Raises Funds for Ukraine

The Kyiv Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International raised $16,485 for the Ukrainian Federation of America at their Concert for Ukraine on March 28 at Second Presbyterian Church. All proceeds raised will go to provide relief in the form of food, water, clothing and medical supplies to those in Ukraine affected by conflict. The check was presented…

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Concert for Ukraine to Raise Funds for Victims of Conflict in Eastern Ukraine

 Renowned Violinist Maria Storm Headlines Concert CHICAGO, March 11, 2015 – The turmoil in Ukraine has created an under-reported humanitarian crisis. Over one million people have been displaced by fighting in Eastern Ukraine, including children orphaned by the war, critically wounded soldiers and families forced to leave their homes for safety. Resources to assist these…

Kyiv Committee Member Natalie Jaresko Appointed Ukraine’s Finance Minister

Natale Jaresko, a member of the Kyiv Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International who has lived in Ukraine for over 20 years, has been appointed as Ukraine’s new Finance Minister by Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko. More on Ms. Jaresko’s background from the BBC… “Natalie Jaresko has more than two decades of experience in investment, finance and…

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Celebrating Ukraine’s Independence Day

Blog Post by Vera Eliashevsky Chair of the Kyiv Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International Independence Day and National Day celebrations around the world are important celebrations for those countries, just as the 4th of July is a major holiday in the United States when we celebrate our independence. Below, Kyiv Committee Chair Vera Eliashevsky…

Mayor Emanuel Congratulates Ukraine President and Kyiv Mayor on Elections

On June 7, 2014, Mayor Rahm Emanuel extended his congratulations on behalf of the City of Chicago to newly elected President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and newly elected Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko. Mayor Emanuel has been steadfast in his support of Ukraine and Chicago’s Ukrainian community, particularly during the challenges the country has faced since…

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Kyiv Committee Presentations on Maidan Events

The Kyiv Committee of CSCI co-presented two May events at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (UIMA) in Chicago on the impact of recent events in Ukraine, specifically on the protests at the Maidan in Kyiv. On May 10, a public meeting was held with Ukrainian-born American George Sajewych, former journalist and producer of Voice…

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Kyiv Committee Organizes Ukraine Presentation at DePaul Law School

On March 13, the Kyiv Committee of CSCI and the DePaul Journal for Social Justice organized a presentation on the current situation in Ukraine at the DePaul Law School. The Kyiv Committee worked to plan the discussion and arrange the panelists who participated in discussing the current situation in Ukraine. Speakers included attorney Danylo Terleckyj…

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Kyiv Committee Participates in Ukraine Discussion at University of Chicago

On February 20, from 6–9 p.m., the Kyiv Committee of CSCI participated in the University of Chicago Booth School of Business Alumni International Roundtable’s sold-out discussion Ukraine: A Country on the Brink. The Kyiv Committee worked to plan the discussion and arrange the panelists who participated in discussing the current situation in Ukraine. Speakers included…

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Mayor Emanuel Statement on Ukraine

Today, Mayor Rahm Emanuel released the following statement about the recent violence in Ukraine: “I stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine who are peacefully pursuing freedom and democracy. With our significant Ukrainian population and sister city of Kyiv, Chicago has strong and important ties to Ukraine. The Ukrainian community has made vital contributions…

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Chicago Children Attend Summer Camp in Kyiv

On Sunday, September 15, 2013, the Kyiv Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International hosted a ceremony for the 10 Chicago-area children that participated in the summer camp “School of Success” in Kyiv, Ukraine, sponsored by the Klitschko Brothers Foundation. The Kyiv Committee facilitated the trip to Ukraine at the summer camp for these ten children….

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Chicago and Kyiv—Sister or Brother Cities?

Yuriy Figel Member of the Kyiv Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International— Kyiv, previously spelled Kiev, is an ancient city in the heart of Europe. Once the largest economic and cultural center of medieval Europe, this city dates back to the 5th century A.D. Kyiv now serves as the capital of Ukraine, a country with…