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CHICAGO—May 11, 2024—Illinois Institute of Technology (Illinois Tech) will award Jenny Just, a renowned entrepreneur and one of the few self-made female billionaires in the United States, an Honorary Doctor of Business, honoris causa. After cutting her teeth on the trading floor in Chicago, Just launched her own investment firm and transformed it into a fintech empire, including more than 15 companies that she has started or helped turn around.

A veteran Chicago police officer, Catherine Sanchez (M.P.A. ’17) used her master’s capstone project at Stuart to research and develop a new crisis intervention model aimed at changing the way the city...