VIDEO: Going green can help save the green in your wallet

by Grace Eleyae

Making a home more energy efficient can benefit both your conscience and your check book, according to recent data released by the Illinois Association of Energy Raters. Smaller changes like replacing shower heads with their low-flow counterparts can significantly reduce monthly operating costs, and larger investments like adding solar panels can increase the value of your home up to 10 percent. Continue reading

VIDEO: New United Center office building means new jobs on the Near West Side

By Courtney Dillard

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the construction of a new office building for United Center employees last week. Construction of the new building will bring 300 jobs to the Near West Side. United Center officials say they are excited that they can create a better experience for fans, but they also hope to bring economic opportunity to the neighborhood.

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VIDEO: Illinois PIRG campaigns to get McDonald’s to purchase antibiotic-free meat

By Tanni Deb

Many factory-farmed animals receive antibiotics for growth production and to avoid the spread of illnesses. While this may seem to be a good idea, it can actually be dangerous for humans who eat meat raised with this drug. Illinois PIRG, a public interest research group, has started a campaign to get McDonald’s, a global leader of hamburgers, to stop the overuse of antibiotics.

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Chicagoans react to unlikely federal charges against Ferguson cop

By Dawnn Anderson

In reaction to reports that authorities lack a strong case against Darren Wilson, many Chicagoans say they wouldn’t be surprised if the former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer escaped civil rights charges in last summer’s shooting death of Michael Brown Jr.

Despite an ongoing investigation into Brown’s death, sources say it is unlikely that Wilson will be charged with the federal crime of depriving the unarmed 18-year-old man of his civil rights. In Chicago, a sample survey revealed Tuesday that many weren’t expecting to hear anything differently. Continue reading

Meredith acquires ‘Shape,’ reports second-quarter growth

By Meredith Wilson

Meredith Corp. reported a 30 percent rise in profit for the second quarter compared with last-year’s quarter, due to rising advertising revenues, high-performing acquisitions and disciplined expense control, but fell short of analyst expectations. Continue reading

Chicago Men Stay on Trend

By Mallory Hughes

Hot on the heels of the Men’s Fashion Weeks in Milan and London, Paris Fashion Week, which closed on Friday, offered one last look at luxury menswear for the upcoming Fall-Winter 2015 season.

When the latest designs hit the European runway, Chicago can seem like a world away. But local men’s boutiques, department stores and couture storefronts are already making decisions about next years merchandise, sending buyers to the shows and placing orders. Continue reading

Illinois Saw the Largest Unemployment Rate Decline in U.S.

By Lucy Ren

Thirty states had statistically significant unemployment rate declines over the year of 2014, the largest of which occurred in Illinois, while the only significant rate increase occurred in Louisiana, according to a release by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Continue reading

McDonald’s Corp. announces new CEO

By Alysha Khan

After a disappointing fourth quarter and year, McDonald’s Corp. announced that CEO Don Thompson will retire as of March 1. The stock jumped 3 percent after hours.

“It’s tough to say goodbye to the McFamily, but there is a time and season for everything,” Thompson said in a press release.

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Video: Police Torture Reparations Gain Momentum in City Council

By Kate Morrissey

Alderman Howard Brookins Jr. (21st) asked City Council Wednesday for a hearing on the ordinance that would give reparations to those tortured by police under the command of Jon Burge. Members of Chicago Torture Justice Memorials, Project NIA and Amnesty International showed their support through demonstrations during the council meeting.
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VIDEO: A ride-hailing service with a personality

By Ezra Kaplan

Ride-hailing services like Lyft and Uber have exploded into major metropolitan areas. The services allow non-professional drivers to connect with paying riders through a mobile app. From the convenience of a mobile phone, a passenger can request a driver pickup. Once in the car, the user experience is just like that of riding in a taxi, except, at the end of the ride, the payment is completed electronically with no money changing hands. Kyle Lovett is one of the many Lyft drivers getting Chicagoans to their destinations. Continue reading