Measles numbers on the rise from Disneyland exposure

By Shanley Chien

The measles outbreak originating from people exposed to the virus at Disneyland over the holiday season is still spreading,  though there are no confirmed cases in Illinois associated with the theme park exposure.

The recent measles outbreak linked to the Disneyland exposure over the holiday season came on the heels of the country’s worst year of reported cases since the measles was declared eradicated in 2000. Continue reading

UnitedHealth tops both Q4 and 2014 estimates, predicts strong gains

by Jin Wu

UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH), one of the nation’s biggest health issuers, reported higher profits in both the fourth quarter and the full year that topped analysts’ estimates as revenues increased in Optum, its healthcare management technology and consulting division, and its public and senior sector. Its stock climbed 3.5 percent.

The company earned $1.51 billion, or $1.55 per diluted share attributable to common shareholders, in the quarter ended December 31, up 5.8 percent from $1.43 billion, or $1.41 per diluted share attributable to common shareholders, in the year-earlier quarter. The diluted EPS beat the $1.50 analysts’ estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Continue reading

Rahm’s free college offer gets closer look

By Phoebe Tollefson

With an average City Colleges of Chicago graduation rate of just 13 percent and student complaints of expensive enrollment mistakes that delay graduation, Mayor Rahm Emanuel still touts his plan to make community college education free for qualifying applicants.

Lesley-Anne Camilotes is a good example of what can go wrong. Under her adviser’s guidance, the radiology student at Truman College completed the coursework and paid approximately $475 for a higher level math class she did not need to graduate, simply because she tested into it. She is now paying for and completing the required course, a semester behind schedule.

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Delta’s stock surged after 4th Quarter earnings released

Delta Air Lines Inc.‘s stock shot up 7.26 percent after the release of its fourth-quarter report on Tuesday morning, despite its net income’s swinging down to a loss of $712 million dollars in the December quarter, or 86 cents loss per diluted share, from the year-ago earnings of $9.89 per diluted share.

The adjusted non-GAAP net income, however, was $649 million, or 78 cents per diluted share, beating the consensus forecast of 75 cents, according to Zacks Investment Research.

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Garcia to voters: My ‘priorities very different’ from Emanuel’s

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.

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Seven deadly sins take center stage in Logan Square

By Elizabeth Elving

On Tuesday, at the 8 p.m. close of regular business hours, the owners of Logan Square’s Cafe Mustache dimmed the lights and placed tea candles on each of the mismatched tables. Patrons shut their laptops and switched from coffee to beer. The music faded out, and the talk turned to sin.

The Seven Deadly Sins storytelling series has been a regular event at the coffee shop for two years. At each session, seven performers tell a story related to one of the seven deadly sins. The stories can be funny, filthy, or heartbreaking, personal or fictional, so long as they fit the premise. Continue reading