By Lucy Ren
Initial jobless claims for the week ended Jan. 17 declined 10,000 from the previous week’s level, but the four-week moving average increased by 2.2 percent, and continuing claims for the week ended Jan.10 also increased.
The four-week moving average rose by 6,500 to 306,500 for the week ended on Jan.17. Continuing claims increased by 0.6 percent to 2.44 million. Continue reading
By Laura Furr
Chicago’s premiere social entrepreneurship program, Impact Engine, on Wednesday unveiled its new crop of startups aimed at resolving issues from student safety to the demand for recycled electricity.
For the third time since 2012, the 16-week accelerator program, partnered with the city’s tech-incubator, 1871, mentored entrepreneurs driven to create social change and a profit at the same time.
Jessica Droste Yagan, the program’s new CEO, said since Impact Engine’s start it has graduated 15 companies, which have earned $2.5 million in revenue.
“Impact investing is a real thing. It has a presence in Chicago,” Yagan told 275 community members and investors who had gathered. “We have really built a sizeable and energizable community.”
Community members and investors at Wednesday’s demo day said they felt this energy.
By Taylor Mullaney
Two groups that explore public education in Chicago will join forces Thursday night at the University of Chicago Logan Center to discuss what happened to children displaced by the closings of 50 CPS schools in 2013.
The School Project plans to screen “Chicago Public Schools: Closed” as the second segment of its six-part documentary Web series. After the screening, the UChicago Consortium on Chicago School Research is scheduled to present its recent findings on where children affected by the closings are today. A panel discussion will follow. Continue reading
By Ellen Kobe
Two Chicago-area newsstands are preparing to sell the “survivor issue” of Charlie Hebdo, the satirical French publication that gained worldwide attention after two masked gunmen killed 12 people, including 10 journalists and two police officers at its Paris headquarters two weeks ago.
Eric Ismond, manager of the Chicago-Main Newsstand in Evanston, verified that limited copies of Charlie Hebdo will be for sale at 7 a.m. Friday. The weekly newspaper will also be sold at City Newsstand in Portage Park starting at 7 a.m. Ismond said that the two stores will most likely not implement a raffle drawing process for customers to obtain copies because he is expecting the magazine distributor LMPI to deliver a larger quantity to both locations next week.
By Andersen Xia & Thomas Yau
A day before the slain civil rights leader’s birthday, parishioners accuse the “establishment” of giving the public a watered-down version of the non-violence movement, claiming vestiges of racism continue to pervade American society. Continue reading
By Matt Yurus
Speaking before Karen Lewis and other city leaders at City Club of Chicago Tuesday, mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia reminded voters that his “priorities are very different from those of Mayor Rahm Emanuel.”
Garcia argued that his plans for education, policing and financial reforms would bring steady improvements to Chicago. His tone was cautiously optimistic, acknowledging that these reforms would take time.
By Meg Rauch
Ninety percent of a child’s brain development has already taken place by the age of five. That’s why preschool is so important for a child’s intellectual, social and emotional growth. A new grant aims to expand early childhood education in Chicago. Continue reading
By Mallory Hughes
It’s only two weeks into the New Year and Chicagoans are already fighting frigid wind chills. For almost a week, the lows were below zero when the average temperature this time of year is 31 degrees Fahrenheit.
Some people allow their sense of style to shine through all of those layers, but others strive to simply stay warm in the Windy City. Here’s how people on the streets of Chicago’s Loop managed to stay warm, look good or both.
By Laura Furr
Gionni Crawford, 20, is looking for a job.
A recent graduate from Specs Howard School of Media Arts in Southfield, Michigan, Crawford will be relocated from his job as a cellphone vendor at his hometown Target in Detroit when it closes at the end of the month.
A self-described “hustler,” Crawford said he is trying to land a full-time sales position by using all possible platforms including nspHire—a new Chicago-based mobile job-matching app that uses Tinder’s “swipe right” feature to encourage communication between job seekers and hirers. Continue reading