Ice Cold Warehouse to Tech Hot Spot: Google’s New Chicago Home

By Katie Murar Jim Lecinski, head of Google in Chicago, predicted the company’s new West Loop location will help create a tech hub in the Windy City. “If you were to draw a triangle from 1871 at Merchandise Mart out west to Fulton Market District, north to Goose Island, and then back down on the […]

Size matters at the Chicago auto show

By Xiumei Dong With the drop in oil and gasoline prices, the auto industry is increasingly betting on larger size cars including SUVs, crossovers, and pickup trucks. At the Chicago Auto Show Thursday, Ford, Nissan, and Hyundai all introduced new lines of SUVs or crossovers. “The trend is undeniable. Since 2010, small SUV sales have been up […]

TreeHouse Foods profit tops forecasts

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By Sony Kassam Despite increased competition and an unfavorable pricing environment, TreeHouse Foods Inc. released fourth quarter results that outperformed Wall Street’s expectations Thursday. The Oak Brook, Illinois-based provider of private label foods and beverages said net income rose 9.8 percent to $37.3 million, or 85 cents per diluted share, from $33.9 million, or 78 […]

First American shares soar on earnings news

By Harvard Zhang First American Financial Corp. shares jumped Thursday after the title insurance company reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter profits. In the latest quarter the Santa Ana, Calif.-based company reported net income of $81.6 million, or 74 cents per diluted share, up a modest 1.3 percent from $80.5 million, or 74 cents in the year-ago period. […]

Preventing Zika virus in Pregnant Women Top Priority for Illinois Health Department

By Stephanie Golden Protection of pregnant women against the Zika virus, which has been linked to a major birth defect, is the No. 1  priority for the Illinois Department of Public Health, a state spokeswoman said. “The Illinois Department of Public Health is supporting guidance from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and is […]

Fighting for a better life, boxer talks about overcoming addiction

By Caley Chelios Dave Englund, 48,  was a boxer and an ultimate fighter, but his biggest battle was not in the ring, it was his struggle with drug addiction and alcoholism. Englund was 22 when he hit rock bottom. Since then he’s fought his way back and transformed his life. He’s married and has two […]

VIDEO: Chicago Hack Night gets involved in Illinois’ use of technology

Hardik Bhatt, Chief Information Officer for the State of Illinois, delivers a speech at the Chicago Hack Night, on 8th floor Merchandise Mart, on Tuesday evening.

By Lucia Maffei Hardik Bhatt needs help. The Chief Information Officer for the State thinks that Illinois should complete “a 45-year journey in four years” to reach a level comparable to its peers in using technology to make everyday tasks easier for residents. To accomplish this goal, Bhatt asked for the help of the participants in […]

Jobless claims decline as holiday shakeout ends

By Ashesha Mehrotra The number of Americans who filed for unemployment benefits last week dropped to a seven-week low last week, a better-than-expected performance that suggests the labor market is stabilizing after a period of post-holiday layoffs. In the week ended Feb. 6, the U.S. Department of Labor reported Thursday, initial jobless claims declined by […]

Secondhand smoke puts hookah bar employees at risk, new study shows.

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By Chencheng Zhao Employees in hookah bars face health risks from secondhand smoke from the water pipes, New York University researchers are reporting. Environmental medicine researcher Terry Gordon and his colleagues investigated indoor air quality in some popular hookah bars in New York and the health effects of secondhand hookah smoke on the bar workers.

Christ the King kicks off playoffs

By Jasmine Cannon After winning their third straight Chicago Prep conference tournament title, Christ the King began regional play Tuesday in the IHSA playoffs. The Gladiators continued their winning ways beating Guerin 42-17. Despite injury issues, Christ the King still has the same motto, “one goal, state.”