First Midwest Bancorp shares sink as fourth-quarter performance fails expectations

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By Jinman Li Medill Reports Shares plummeted by 4.1 percent after First Midwest Bancorp Inc. (Nasdaq: FMBI), the holding company of First Midwest Bank, released fourth-quarter earnings that fell short of Wall Street expectations. The Itasca, Ill.-based company reported net income of $2.3 million, or 2 cents per diluted share, for the quarter ended Dec. […]

McDonald’s reports strong adjusted earnings

By Sarah Foster Medill Reports McDonald’s Corp. supersized its adjusted profits and sales, exceeding expectations, for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, as cheap meals and promotional deals successfully lured more customers into stores. Adjusted profits for the world’s largest fast-food chain, before a big tax charge, soared 9 percent to $1.89 billion, or $1.71 […]

UIC claims fourth straight road win with dominant performance at Milwaukee

By Robbie Weinstein Medill Reports In the final moments of UIC’s 74-56 win over Milwaukee, a group of Flames fans celebrated with a chant that filled a mostly empty UWM-Panther arena. This is our court! This is our court! An incredulous student stood up, pointing to the Milwaukee logo at midcourt and offering his glasses […]

Artists track 100 years of Chicago police violence to fight against it


Xiaozhang(Shaw) Wan Medill Reports Artworks about 100 years of Chicago police violence are on exhibition “to help people better understand what led to present circumstances,” according to the exhibition brochure. The exhibition, “Do Not Resist: 100 Years of Chicago Police Violence,” is open through varying February dates, with different works on display at the Hairpin Arts Center, […]

80 floors, 1,634 steps, and more than $629,000 for kids


By Yunyi(Jessie) Liu Medill Reports More than 2,500 people climbed the 80 flights to the top of the Aon Center, the city’s third tallest skyscraper, to help children battling illness and families at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. The annual “Step Up for Kids” event  on Sunday earned $629,772.52 up […]

10-year-old social entrepreneur’s ‘Blessing Bags’ raise awareness about homelessness

By Eunice Wang Medill Reports Ten-year-old Jahkil Jackson is a young social entrepreneur who founded Project I Am — an organization to help the homeless — two years ago. He brings street comfort to homeless people with what he calls “blessing bags.” Teaming up with volunteers from different local organizations, Jahkil passed out 5,000 blessing […]

One year after inauguration, self care becomes indispensable for some

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By Yunyi(Jessie) Liu Medill Reports Chicago Public School teacher Erika Woaniak, who works in Oriole Park Elementary School in West Town, said she has relieved her guilt regarding many of President Donald Trump’s positions through stepped-up self care. ”I used to think I should have been out knocking on doors for a candidate who is an […]