U.S. Import Prices Decline By the Largest Amount in 6 Years

By Lucy Ren U.S. import prices in January declined by the greatest amount since December 2008, driven by plunging fuel prices and the strengthening of the U.S. dollar. Import prices fell 2.8 percent from December, missing the economists’ forecast average of a 3.1 percent drop compiled by Bloomberg.

Still time to apply for Top Chef Season 13

By Karin Vandraiss Bravo’s hit series, “Top Chef,” wastes no time lining up new talent. On Wednesday LA chef Mei Lin won the title honors for Season 12, but the show has already started its annual, nation-wide scouting trip to cast the  upcoming season. Chicago’s live casting call was earlier this week, but even if […]

10 things to know about the latest U.S. GDP report


By Yasufumi Saito The December quarter GDP, gross domestic product, released by the Commerce Department recently shows that the U.S. economy slackened a bit, but continued a healthy recovery step by step. It’s worth dissecting. A mixed layer of economic activities such as imports, government spending and most importantly, personal consumption resulted in the outcome. […]

Evanston coach reflects on half a century in gymnastics

By Tim Penman Four months before his retirement, Chester Jones casually leans over a balance beam and watches his gymnasts take runs at vault inside Evanston High School’s practice area. Jones is relaxed, calling out words of encouragement to each girl in his slight Southern accent after they take turns springing off the board and […]

Bronzeville Residents Protest Construction of Mariano’s

By Melissa Schenkman A group of Bronzeville residents braved below-zero temperatures on Thursday, February 5, 2015, to make their voices heard.  Led by J. Brian Malone, the executive director of Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, the group protested Alderman Will Burns’ and the City’s plans to build a Mariano’s Supermarket on a site originally planned for […]