Inflation, gas prices, retail — we take a look at the top business stories of the year and look into our crystal ball for 2023.
Stories by Blair Paddock
Nov 9, 2022 | Blair Paddock
Gov. J.B. Pritzker has a big night as Illinois Republicans scramble to rebuild. Our politics team weighs in on that story and more.
Nov 7, 2022 | Blair Paddock
The so-called “Workers’ Rights Amendment” aims to codify in the state constitution the right to form a union and collectively bargain over a host of issues. It would effectively prohibit any future anti-union legislation, like right-to-work laws.
Chicago Police Decision Highlights Growing National Concern About Law Enforcement Ties to Extremist Groups
Nov 1, 2022 | Blair Paddock
Earlier this fall, the Anti-Defamation League released a report identifying over 370 people it believes currently work in law enforcement nationwide that were included on a leaked far-right Oath Keepers membership list.
Oct 28, 2022 | Blair Paddock
Chicago Teachers Union candidate Brandon Johnson enters race for mayor. Candidates for statewide offices tussle in debates as election nears. Mayor Lori Lightfoot gets rebuke in City Council. And the suddenly hot Bears head to Dallas.
Oct 26, 2022 | Blair Paddock
In a rare move, City Council members rejected the mayor's attempt to name an ally as a committee chair. Our politics team weighs in on that story and more.
Oct 25, 2022 | Blair Paddock
While a large part of the job for Illinois’ attorney general involves consumer protections, the election comes at a time when there are pivotal legal issues are playing out within the state and nationwide.
Reuben Jonathan Miller, Who Studies Long-Term Impacts of Incarceration, Awarded MacArthur Fellowship
Oct 18, 2022 | Blair Paddock
Reuben Jonathan Miller, a sociologist, criminologist and social worker, whose work studies the long-term impacts of incarceration on individuals and their families, was awarded a MacArthur fellowship.
Oct 14, 2022 | Blair Paddock
Michael Madigan indicted again. Pritzker racks up endorsements as polls show Democrats pulling away in Illinois. The House January 6 Committee wraps up testimony. And bumbling Bears lose third in a row in Thursday night snoozefest.
Oct 12, 2022 | Blair Paddock
Mayor Lori Lightfoot uses her 2023 budget to show off progressive policies, despite being at odds with Chicago’s progressive political community. Our politics team weighs in on that story and more.
Oct 11, 2022 | Blair Paddock
The museum has been in the making for some 15 years and will be the only cultural institution devoted to telling the story of public housing in the United States, according to museum organizers.
Oct 6, 2022 | Blair Paddock
HIV diagnoses in Chicago during 2020 were the lowest reported since 1987, according to the Chicago Department of Public Health’s latest HIV/STI data report.
Permanent Punishment Conversation: Companies Find Value in Employing Individuals Re-Entering Workforce After Prison
Oct 5, 2022 | Blair Paddock
There are more than 500 employment laws, policies and sanctions that prevent people with criminal records from accessing employment in Illinois. While those barriers exist in many industries, some employers focus specifically on hiring people who are re-entering society after prison.
After Supreme Court Ruling, Telemedicine Abortion Exists in Legally Confusing Territory in Some States
Oct 4, 2022 | Blair Paddock
After the Dobbs Supreme Court decision, the legality of telemedicine abortion in some states isn’t clear for providers and patients.
Oct 3, 2022 | Blair Paddock
A record can include everything from an arrest— not necessarily even a conviction — to years spent in prison. But even once that criminal case has run its course in the legal system, oftentimes the punishment continues.
Sep 27, 2022 | Blair Paddock
One in 20 tap water samples taken from thousands of Chicagoans found lead levels at or above federal limits, according to a recent analysis by the Guardian. It also found that nine of the top 10 ZIP codes with the largest percentages of high test results were in neighborhoods with majority Black and Latino residents.
Sep 22, 2022 | Blair Paddock
The latest damage comes after the park has been used for three massive Chicago festivals this summer: Summer Smash in June, Heatwave in July and Riot Fest this past weekend. Riot Fest alone brings some 40,000 attendees to the park each day.
Sep 20, 2022 | Blair Paddock
A recent study from the CDC finds that in a sample of nearly 2,000 people who had monkeypox, 38% also had HIV infection and 41% had an STI in the preceding year. Those rates are much higher than the rates of HIV and STIs in the general population.
Aug 29, 2022 | Blair Paddock
The change is a nearly 40% decrease that will put twice as many voters in each precinct. The Chicago Board of Elections has created 1,290 precincts with an average of 1,165 voters per precinct. Previously, the city had 2,069 voter precincts with an average of 550 to 750 voters per precinct.
Aug 23, 2022 | Blair Paddock
Illinois will soon be part of a cluster of states in an extreme heat belt. That’s according to a recent study that finds a quarter of land in the U.S. is at risk of the most extreme levels of heat exposure, that's temperatures exceeding a 125°F heat index.
Aug 14, 2022 | Blair Paddock
Census data says volunteering has declined in Chicago, while new research says previously collected data doesn’t include the wide range of community organizing in the city, oftentimes leaving out the work of Black, Latino and working-class people.
Aug 10, 2022 | Blair Paddock
Some counties in south central Illinois have seen some of their highest July and August rain totals on record. Recently, Effingham recorded between 10 to 11 inches of rain in a single day.
Aug 3, 2022 | Blair Paddock
Chicago police officers are arresting thousands more Black drivers after traffic stops than they report, according to a recent analysis of police data from Block Club Chicago and Injustice Watch.
Aug 2, 2022 | Blair Paddock
There are now 533 confirmed monkeypox cases in Illinois. And one of those cases was confirmed last week in Cook County Jail. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart’s office said the individual is believed to have contracted the virus in the community prior to being ordered into custody.
Jul 23, 2022 | Blair Paddock
As Highland Park and surrounding communities continue to grieve over the mass shooting on July 4th, some Latino residents are being targeted for scam calls. Residents say that scammers are calling them pretending to be from the Mexican consulate or offering legal assistance.
Jul 19, 2022 | Blair Paddock
Chicago is releasing its first citywide plan in more than 50 years. The draft plan, called We Will Chicago, will lay out a 10-year vision for how the city can address systemic inequities by first acknowledging the policies that created them, then creating goals for the city’s future.