African-Americans are leaving Chicago for a better quality of life in neighboring Indiana

Jan 29, 2018
Issues with schools, a stagnant job market and affordability have driven 12,000 blacks from Cook County in the last year.
William Godwin in his office in the Miller Beach section of Gary, Indiana.
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What happens when sexual harassment becomes ingrained in work culture?

Dec 20, 2017
While some industries may be going through a watershed moment of zero tolerance for sexual harassment, other workplaces may be much slower to change. A recent investigation by the New York Times into two Chicago-based Ford Motor Co. factories shows an entrenched culture of harassment and sexual assault. Senior correspondent Susan Chira, along with her colleague […]

Chicago's decaying water system is delivering disparate rates

Nov 9, 2017
Minority and lower-income residents are struggling to pay skyrocketing bills for a basic resource, says Patrick O'Connell of the Chicago Tribune.
“How far you are away from Lake Michigan doesn't always correspond with how much you pay for water,” says journalist Patrick O'Connell.
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Chicago’s short-lived soda tax faced relentless opposition

Oct 11, 2017
Cook County, Illinois, home to Chicago, passed a penny-per-ounce tax on soda late last year. The driving force was raising revenue in a state with deep budget woes. But legal challenges delayed the tax going into effect, and a strong campaign from the beverage industry has soured public opinion on the measure. It was repealed […]
Chicago's skyline looking north is visible from a window of the Sears Skydeck. 
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A shouting human can sometimes be more effective than a computer

Jul 13, 2017
The Box Options Exchange wants to bring back the open-outcry floor.
 A trader in the crude oil options pit yells out during trading at the New York Mercantile Exchange.
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Chicago students will need proof of a post-high school plan to graduate

Jul 5, 2017
Across the country, public school leaders are always brainstorming, trying to come up with big — and sometimes flashy — ideas to help push more kids to the finish line. The latest one comes from Chicago Public Schools. It said that starting in 2020, high school seniors have to show proof that they’ve got a […]

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In the world of ketchup, Heinz is the most iconic

Jul 4, 2017
Heinz brand manager helps us understand how Heinz got where it is — and settles once and for all whether hot dogs are sandwiches.
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This robot's coworkers think he is kinda cute

May 29, 2017
Can robots overcome the fear of automation by being cute?
Meet Relay, a hospitality robot designed by Savioke. 
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Food startup Tovala finds a home in Chicago

May 17, 2017
The Windy City is becoming one of the top tech destinations in the U.S.
Working in Tovala's test kitchen, chef Alexander Plotkin plates one of the company's meals.
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