Injured junior hockey player gets rare medical procedure

By Lena Blietz The parents of Matt Olson, a junior hockey player from Minnesota, gave an update on their son’s condition after he suffered a fall that left him paralyzed in February. And his doctor said Olson has undergone a first-in-America treatment. Olson is a defenseman and co-captain for the Chicago Cougars, a Tier 3 […]

On International Women’s Day, workers rally for better treatment

By Kierra Gray Women workers rallied Tuesday outside the so-called “Rock N Roll” McDonald’s in River North to fight for a 15-dollar minimum wage and an end to workplace discrimination. In honor of International Women’s Day, workers from fast food restaurants presented a petition to the manager at the McDonald’s. The protesters said gender, race and age […]

Scan, cook and serve: Smart oven turns up the heat on home meals

The Tovala oven cooks salmon to perfection. (Courtesy of Tovala)

By Claire Donnelly Your microwave is about to get very jealous. Chicago startup company Tovala has designed a new smart oven that cooks meals to perfection by simply reading a barcode. The company launched a 30-day Kickstarter campaign with a $100,000 goal Tuesday to help fund  production costs and raised $90,957 by 6:42 p.m. The […]

Chicago tech startup takes dog-walking digital

By H. Will Racke Sometimes, inspiration for extraordinary ideas strikes at ordinary moments. In the case of Lina Pakrosnyte, founder and CEO of Urban Leash, that moment occurred in the summer of 2013 when her mother was visiting and lamented that she had to run home to let the dog out. As the Uber arrived, […]

Navistar shares slump on first-quarter loss

By Siri Bulusu Navistar International Corp. shares tumbled after the company, citing “softer industry conditions” and lower export sales, reported a substantial first-quarter loss. The commercial and military truck manufacturer disclosed a net loss of $33 million, or 40 cents per diluted share, a narrower deficit than the year-ago quarter’s $42 million, or 52 cents […]

Child killer charged: ‘He’s gone forever. He was just a 9-year-old boy.’

By Thomas Vogel The man charged Monday for the grisly killing of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee in November made incriminating statements while in police custody, boasting about the murder and describing plans to write a rap song about it, city and county officials revealed Tuesday. During a press conference at Chicago police headquarters, however, authorities declined to […]

Battle for the board: United shareholders plan proxy fight


By Poroma Pant Holders of a 7.1 percent stake in United Continental Holdings Inc. – unhappy with the company’s share price – plan to launch a proxy fight to claim six seats on the airline’s board. On Tuesday, United disclosed hedge funds PAR Capital Management Inc. and Altimeter Capital Management L.P. had advised the carrier […]

“Wall” trumps policy in Republican race

By Aryn Braun and Meggie Morris Despite frequent jokes about Donald Trump’s proposed wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, immigration lawyers and experts warn political rhetoric has perilously consumed the national debate surrounding border control, immigration and national security. “The border, in my mind, has turned into a political campaign commercial,” said Edward Alden, a senior […]

Mild winter chills Dick’s Sporting Goods earnings

Dick's Sporting Goods store

By Steven Porter After a mild winter that bogged down fourth-quarter sales for Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc., the retailer turned in earnings Tuesday that were just shy of expectations. Net income was $129.0 million, or $1.13 per diluted share, for fourth-quarter ended Jan. 30, down 17 percent from $155.5 million, or $1.30 per share, the […]