Throughout my daily activities today, I have been fortunate enough to meet many of our EveryBlock neighbors in person. I met Phoebe at the CAPS meeting, and saw other familiar faces, although I didn't have the chance to say hello since my girlfriend and I were getting our couch from ...
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Worked on various independent projects in music, event planning and publishing before joining the Navy and completing the West-Pac Tour on the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70). Upon returning to Chicago, I had a variety of jobs.
Eventually settled in the Rogers Park neighborhood where I quickly got involved in the renovation of the Adelphi Theater (1917 vaudeville/movie theater).
Notably during this time my positions with Chicago Special Events Management, Kate Smith Promotions and Quest Network Services were where I adopted a more sustainable approach in supporting clientele, projects and programs. In 2009, I formed my own for-profit company, Bill Morton Promotions.
During the beginning of the company, I still had to work hourly at Cook County Department of Elections (David Orr) and by commission-based pay in advertising at Gernhardt Publications (Gay Chicago Magazine), but eventually gained professional recording artist clients who were willing to pay me what my time and expertise is worth.
In 2009 I noticed that many good businesses were closing in my neighborhood of Rogers Park. I brought business and community leaders together to form the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce. I was elected President for two terms. Since elected, the Chamber has located to it's current brick-and-mortar office on Sheridan Road and has grown to over 100 members, operating businesses and leading organizations in our community.
Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce
April 2009 – Present
Small Business Owner
Bill Morton Promotions
December 2009 – Present
Manager / Technician
Quest Network Services
January 2001 – September 2014
Gernhardt Publications Inc.
November 2010 – March 2011
Cook County Department of Elections
August 2010 – November 2010
Chicago Special Events Management
April 2007 – October 2008
Willye B. White Park Advisory Council
April 2009 – Present
Started at the Willye White Park Advisory Council as a volunteer. I was then elected as a member after 3 months. I served one term as Secretary and one term as Vice President of the Council. I was elected for one term as President in 2014.
Loyola Park Advisory Council
January 2012 - Present
Planning and assistance for annual Artists of the Wall Festival
Assistance at annual Daddy-Daughter Dance and Black History Month events every February
Raised funds during Jazz Chicago event at field house to give children Park Program Scholarships
Alden Village North Advisory Council
April 2010 – April 2012 (2 years 1 month)
Advisor on Community Relations in Rogers Park
Representing the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce, worked with heads of other organizations including Rogers Park Business Alliance, Rogers Park Community Council, Loyola University Community Relations, High Ridge YMCA, Chicago Special Olympics, Search Inc.
Lawndale Chamber of Commerce
January 2012 – February 2015 (3 years 2 months)
Advised on Writing of Mission and Vision Statements
Writing of By-laws / Filing Articles of Incorporation
Creative on Membership Services, Fundraising and Community Improvement Programs.
Leone Beach Park Advisory Council
November 2014 - Present
The Leone Beach Park Advisory Council's Mission is to facilitate programs, fundraising for programs and facility/grounds improvements, increasing public safety/security and promoting Leone Beach Park.