Lower jet-fuel costs mean higher profits for Southwest Air, United

By Xiumei Dong United Continental Holdings, Inc. and Southwest Airlines Co. both reported big fourth quarter earnings jumps Thursday, as the two carriers continue to benefit from falling oil prices. In the latest quarter, Southwest’s net income climbed to $536 million, or 82 cents per diluted share, from the $190 million, or 28 cents per […]

Governor agrees, but Cullerton responds: “Not my plan”

By Harvard Zhang An unusual state bipartisan move took a turn Thursday as Illinois Democratic Senate President John Cullerton said a pension proposal Republican Governor Bruce Rauner attributed to him and endorsed was not what they talked about and didn’t have his support. Sen. Cullerton declared that he and the governor still have “fundamental disagreement” over the role […]

State budget deadlock jeopardizes manufacturing industry

By Lawrence Rigby Springfield’s inability to pass a budget for fiscal 2016 threatens to make life harder for the already hard-pressed Illinois manufacturing industry. The deadlock could cause manufacturers to lose a Research and Development tax credit that encourages the innovation of new R&D projects. The possible loss of the 6.5 percent tax credit, due […]

Bowie’s influence captivates millennials

By Josef Siebert David Bowie’s theatrical version of rock ‘n’ roll pioneered glam and immediately impacted artists like the New York Dolls, Elton John and Queen. Bowie’s influence trickled down through the decades and is apparent in the music of the Killers, the attitude of Lorde, and the fashion of Lady Gaga. Bowie, born David […]

Christ the King claims conference title

Christ the King Chicago Basketball

By Jasmine Cannon Tears and cheers. In only a matter of minutes, Christ the King girls basketball team went from watching senior point guard Mia Farris sobbing on the bench, to celebrating its fourth consecutive Chicago Prep regular season conference title with a 63-53 victory Tuesday night over Chicago Hope. It was not the only […]

Verizon Exceeds Q4 Expectations

Verizon Wireless at La Salle Chicago

 By Ashesha Mehrotra Verizon Communications Inc. reported higher-than-expected fourth quarter earnings Thursday, bolstered by an addition of 1.5 million wireless retail postpaid users and hefty tax benefits. The company swung to a profit of $5.51 billion, or $1.32 per diluted common share, from a loss of $2.14 billion, or 54 cents per share, the year-ago quarter. Shares […]

London theater streams to Chicago

Jane Eyre

By Tim Rosenberger The lights dim, the curtains part and the eerie, gothic romance pairing the hard life of a young 19th century governess and her mysterious employer comes streaming in from the London stage to a legendary Chicago movie theater. Since 2009, National Theatre Live has broadcasted live and sometimes prerecorded plays from the […]

Students protest CPS teacher cuts, lack of school funding

CPS student protest

By Morgan Gilbard Cynthia Sandoval dreams of being the kind of teacher she had in elementary school, the kind of teacher who helped her learn English when she began second grade. Sandoval, now a sophomore at Benito Juarez Community Academy, is concerned about her teachers facing possible lay-offs as Chicago Public Schools tries to solve […]

Syrian family finds rare path to call Chicago home

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By Kat Lonsdorf Sitting in a modest apartment in Chicago’s northern Rogers Park neighborhood, Firas Jawish, 35, thought back on the 10 months he spent detained underground by the Assad regime in Syria. “We had no idea if it was day or night,” he recalled.  “But usually the torture was in the mornings–so then we […]