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City Hall's Favorite Charity

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In just a few years, Mayor Daley's wife has built one of the fastest-growing charities in Illinois.

The charity -- After School Matters -- has seen its revenues soar 243 percent from 2003 to 2006, from $5.3 million to $18.2 million, according to the latest reports it's filed with the Internal Revenue Service.

For a little perspective, consider that After School Matters -- founded and run by Maggie Daley -- raised more money in a single year than 97 percent of the 12,757 charities in Illinois filing reports with the IRS, according to an analysis done for the Chicago Sun-Times by the Urban Institute, a Washington think tank.

That put the charity -- which provides Chicago teens with year-round extracurricular programs that range from the arts to science to sports -- just behind the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and ahead of the Northern Illinois University Foundation, the Chicago Historical Society and Oprah's Angel Network.

That quick growth has come with major help from City Hall and from companies that get work from City Hall.

Read the whole story at Chicago Sun-Times