By Juliette Rocheleau Medill Reports A new program allows Chicago residents to register for a city-issued ID card. The completely optional card is aimed at “unlocking” the city by breaking down barriers to attaining government-issued photo ID, regardless of housing or citizenship status. The card also allows residents to choose male, female or nonbinary gender […]
By Juliette Rocheleau Medill Reports Rory Beckett is 4 feet 11 inches tall, but as she thrashes her whole body to headbang, the shadows from her whipping hair tower over the stage. When Beckett arrived for her performance at the Playground Theater, she had no plan for what she would do; only that she would […]
By Juliette Rocheleau Medill Reports When Hercules faced the Hydra of Lerna, he learned the hard way that cutting off one of its many heads would only result in two more growing in its place. As the U.S. attempts to battle its own Hydra in the form of the opioid abuse crisis, victory remains similarly […]
By Juliette Rocheleau Medill Reports Small business owners are feeling large and in charge as their outlook reaches a 25-year high, according to the National Federation of Independent Business. The NFIB index of small business optimism rose .7 to 107.6 in February, up from 106.9 in January and exceeding a predicted 107.1. “After years of […]
By Juliette Rocheleau Medill Reports Despite an 11.9 percent profit decline from the year-earlier quarter, adjusted earnings of Centene Corp. (NYSE: CNC), the St. Louis-based health insurer, beat Wall Street’s estimate and shares rose 4.3 percent. The company reported net earnings of $230 million, or diluted earnings of $1.30 per share, helped by an income […]
By Juliette Rocheleau Medill Reports Shares of Ingredion Inc. (NYSE: INGR), the food and industrial ingredient supply company based in Westchester, Ill., dropped 4.3 percent after the company reported earnings below analysts’ expectations for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, 2017. Profit in the quarter rose 5.1 percent to $99 million, or $1.35 per diluted […]
By Juliette Rocheleau Medill Reports Shares of Abbott Laboratories (NYSE: ABT), an Illinois-based broad range healthcare company, rose 3 percent after the company reported adjusted earnings that slightly exceeded analysts’ expectations in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31. On a GAAP basis, Abbott reported a net loss of $828 million, or 48 cents per share, […]
By Juliette Rocheleau Medill Reports The U.S. initial jobless claims for the week ended January 13 plunged to 220,000, its lowest number in almost 45 years, the U.S. Department of Labor reported Thursday, pointing to a robust labor market.