Despite risks, flu shot not required for staff at many nursing facilities

By Ilana Marcus Medill Reports Staff at many skilled-nursing and rehabilitation facilities in Chicago are not required to receive the vaccination against influenza, despite working with some of the most vulnerable members of the population. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not issue any vaccination requirements for health care workers, and while some […]

Westell swings to profit despite revenue drop


By Charlene Zhang Medill Reports Westell Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: WSTL), a wireless infrastructure solutions provider, earned $799,000, or 5 cents per diluted share, in its third quarter ended Dec. 31, compared with a loss of $1.8 million, or 12 cents per share, slightly beating the lone analyst’s estimate of a profit of 3 cents per […]

Cognizant earnings beat expectations, revenues in line

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By Ang Gao Medill Reports Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp., based in New Jersey, is a leading provider of information technology, consulting and business process services.  Cognizant reported a loss of $18 million, or 3 cents per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2017, compared with net income of $416 million, or 68 cents per […]

Kellogg earnings exceed estimate, stock rises

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By Jinman Li Medill Reports Kellogg Co.’s (NYSE: K) fourth-quarter earnings topped Wall Street’s estimate, thanks to the acquisitions of protein bar maker RXBAR and Brazilian food seller Parati, as well as to favorable currency translation. The Battle Creek, Mich.-based cereal company swung to a profit of $428 million, or $1.23 per diluted share, in […]

Tyson tops estimates with first quarter earnings

By Sarah Foster Medill Reports Ready-to-eat meals and a major tax overhaul helped Tyson Foods Inc. beef up its bottom line, soaring past analyst expectations, for the first quarter ended Dec. 30. Profits for the U.S. meat giant, known for its Ball Park hot dogs and Jimmy Dean sausages, soared nearly three times to $1.63 […]

Shares of Hanesbrands Fall After Outlook Disappoints Investors

By Brian Baker Medill Reports Shares of Hanesbrands Inc. fell nearly 11 percent Thursday after the company reported disappointing fourth quarter operating results and its 2018 guidance fell short of analyst estimates. The Winston-Salem, N.C.-based company reported a $384.6 million loss for the quarter ended Dec. 30 or $1.06 per diluted share, compared with net […]

Cyclists call for more funding in the city’s budget

By Xinyi (Ethel) Jiang Medill Reports On the last Friday in January, morning bike commuters gathered at Daley Plaza to petition for more cycling funding in the city’s budget. Elizabeth M. Adamczyk, a daily bike commuter and advocate for bicycling in Chicago, wants to see a separate bike network spreading through the city. The non-profit […]

Exotic pet owners may not know what they’re getting themselves into

By Tiffany Chen Medill Reports In the Oscar-nominated movie “I, Tonya,” Allison Janney, who plays Tonya Harding’s mother in the film, has a pet parrot that perches on her shoulder. Sometimes Hollywood movies that feature exotic animals like these can start a trend in people wanting to have one of their own. And new owners […]

February programs help pet owners reduce overpopulation of animals

By Eunice Wang Medill Reports The last day of February is World Spay Day, a campaign created by the Humane Society International. To highlight the importance of spaying and neutering pets, The Anti-Cruelty Society, an animal rescue service in downtown Chicago, has been providing a low-cost clinic to the public. Spay and neuter surgeries for […]