VIDEO: How the “puppy mill” ban could affect Chicago animal lovers

By Julie Woon Last year, Chicago aldermen passed a bill voting 49-1 in favor of banning pet mills throughout the city. Starting in March, the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits by pet stores and large scale breeders becomes illegal. That means Chicago residents will have to adopt or purchase animals online or from small-scale breeders.

VIDEO: “Ash and dash” hits Chicago

By Abigail Hodgson One Chicago parish is taking Ash Wednesday outside church walls and onto the streets of Chicago. For people too busy to attend an Ash Wednesday service, Urban Village Church volunteers positioned around the city – from CTA stations to popular lunch stops – spreading ashes on foreheads in a visible cross accompanied by the words […]

VIDEO: Chicago ordinance against puppy mills may hurt small pet shops

By Adam Banicki Story updated on Feb. 19 with details about federal lawsuit. The Chicago City Council voted 49-1 to ban the resale of certain animals in an attempt to rid the city of puppy mills.  The ordinance goes into effect next month. Owners of small neighborhood pet shops, such as Jim Sparks who owns […]

President to dedicate Pullman Park as Chicago’s first national monument

Pullman Historic District

By Matt Yurus President Barack Obama heads home Thursday to designate America’s next national monument: Chicago’s historic Pullman Park, a site that was home to unprecedented advances in industrialization and impacted African-American and labor history. In 1879, George Pullman, the man who gave America the luxurious Pullman railcar, built his factory and America’s first “company […]

VIDEO: Immigration plan on hold because of federal court ruling

By Mathias Meier U.S. Rep. Luis Gutiérrez says a federal judge’s decision to temporarily block President Obama’s executive action on immigration may delay but won’t prevent efforts at reform. This story followed Gutiérrez on the road while he spoke to immigrants planning to apply to the program and has his reaction when he heard about […]

U.S. Producer Price Index Dropped January due to Cheap Oil Prices

by Jin Wu U.S. Producer Price Index (PPI), which measures changes in prices received by domestic producers, posted a decline in January mainly due to plunging energy costs and a strengthening of the U.S. dollar, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Wednesday. The Producer Price Index (PPI) for final demand decreased a seasonally […]

Experts: Rauner reform panel should include formerly incarcerated


By Dean DeChiaro Academics and policy wonks said this week they were encouraged by the creation of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform, but called on the governor to bolster its credibility and efficiency by including formerly incarcerated people among its appointees. The commission, which Rauner created by executive order last […]

Momentum growing to legalize sports gambling

By Kulwant Saluja The notion that American sports fans could legally gamble on sporting events would have been deemed absurd even a year ago. But once a taboo subject, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s shocking pro-gambling comments in a Nov. 13 op-ed piece in the New York Times, has stimulated discussion on the subject, prompting other […]

Potbelly Corp. stock rises after profitable quarter

By Alysha Khan Potbelly Corp. stock jumped 12.85 percent to $16 – the highest since June – after the company swung to a profit for the fourth quarter, beating analyst expectations. Sharon Zackfia, equity research analyst at William Blair, maintained an outperform rating for the stock, stating in a research note that the company “still […]