Tag: Chicago

Southwest is expanding at United’s Houston and Chicago hubs

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-7H4 takes off from Hollywood Burbank Airport on September 16, 2020 in Burbank, California.

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Southwest Airlines is pushing into United Airlines’ territory.

Dallas-based Southwest on Monday said it plans to add service at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Chicago O’Hare next year, two United hubs and the cities’ larger airports. It marks a strategy shift for the low-cost carrier that has relied mainly on secondary airports in some of the largest U.S. cities. Its operations in those cities are still centered on Houston’s Hobby Airport and Chicago’s Midway International Airport.

The shift comes as airlines rethink their networks after the coronavirus pandemic devastated demand. Business travel has largely been absent, forcing carriers to focus on vacationers with beach and other outdoor destinations.

Southwest isn’t the only carrier to sense opportunity amid the lull in traffic to once-congested airports. Chicago-based

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Parts Town Ranks 20th in Crain’s Chicago Business “Fast 50”

Company recognized among fastest-growing Chicago businesses for the 8th time

Parts Town, the market-leading distributor of foodservice equipment parts, has been named as a 2020 Fast 50 honoree by Crain’s Chicago Business. Parts Town earned the 20th spot on the list, cracking the top 20 for the second year in a row.

The Fast 50 feature recognizes the fastest-growing companies in the Chicago area, based on five-year growth percentage. Parts Town received its rank by reporting more than $719 million in revenue in 2019, a 496% increase from 2014.

“Making the Fast 50 list for the eighth time is an incredible honor. Our sustained growth is driven by an amazing team that is committed to serving our customers and manufacturers with excellence every single day,” said Steve Snower, Chief Enthusiasm Officer, aka CEO, of Parts Town. “Right now, we are focused on the health and safety of our team members

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Young photographers captured vanishing Cajun culture during a trip from Chicago in the ’70s- | Entertainment/Life

Eager to escape Chicago’s bitter winter, two young photographers jumped into a car and headed south in 1973. Douglas Baz and Charles Traub didn’t care where they were going as long as it was relatively warm.

Along the way, they attracted attention whenever they stopped to take pictures — hardly surprising, since one of their cameras was a boxy old-fashioned model, featuring a hood and sitting atop on a tripod, that looked like a holdover from the 19th century.

“Someone said, ‘Well, it sounds like you’re interested in landscapes and food. You ought to go across I-10 into Cajun country and check it out,’” Baz said.

So they went, following the Great Mississippi River Road and having no idea of what they might encounter when they arrived.


Authors Douglas Baz and Charles Traub today.

Baz and Traub both had master’s degrees in photography from the Illinois

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot touts programs by PepsiCo, JPMorgan Chase to increase lending and job training

JP Morgan Chase plans to expand home lending for Black and Latino families while PepsiCo will give more money for job training, officials announced.

Representatives from JP Morgan Chase and PepsiCo made the pledges during a news conference with Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the Chicago Community Trust, a leading philanthropic organization.

JPMorgan Chase promised to increase homeownership among 3,000 Black and Latino families “in the Chicago region through an additional $600 million in home lending to these families over the next five years,” officials said.

The bank also will expand low down payment programs and grants for home buying, including closing cost assistance.

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Officials also said PepsiCo will be giving $500,000 for job training and development, though it wasn’t clear when or where. The soft drink giant also is giving $1 million

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Chicago violence reduction plan ‘Our City, Our Safety’ announced by city to target crime over 3-year period

CHICAGO (WLS) — The city of Chicago announced a violence reduction plan Tuesday that it said will work to provide public safety and economic investment over the next three years.

“Our City, Our Safety” is Chicago’s “first-ever comprehensive violence reduction plan,” the city said in a press release. It will focus on areas of the city where crime is most prevalent to empower and heal people.

But this is not about throwing more police officers at the problem.

“This effort starts by tackling the issues at the root of violence, such as systemic racism, disinvestment and poverty,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said in a statement.

“The focus is on safety,” said Norman Kerr, City of Chicago’s Office of Violence Reduction. “Increasing safety, and that’s something that sure, police, their role is to do that, but it takes more than police. It takes community-based organization, street outreach, everybody has to play a

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Chicago Mayor Pitches First Comprehensive Violence Reduction Plan

CHICAGO — Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Tuesday unveiled a first-of-its kind violence reduction plan that aims to treat shootings and murders as a public health crisis.

The so-called “Our City, Our Safety” initiative aims to reduce violence over the next three years with a comprehensive effort to improve policing strategies and target systemic woes that contribute to the violent crime crisis in Chicago that has led to 3,000 shooting deaths and 12,000 people shot and wounded since 2016.

The plan focuses on five “guiding pillars”:

  • Empower and Heal People: Ensuring residents can thrive without fear of violence by expanding access to jobs, housing and social services to people impacted by violence.

  • Protect and Secure Places: Reducing the so-called “safety gap” between safer communities and revitalizing neighborhood economies with city-led initiatives including INVEST South/West, which aims to redevelop struggling business districts in poor, minority neighborhoods long neglected by City Hall.

  • Improve

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The University of Chicago Booth School of Business Executive Education Launches New Suite of Live-Online Programs for Executives

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The University of Chicago Booth School of Business Executive Education recently launched a new suite of live-online distance learning programs in response to the disruption of business continuity resulting from COVID-19. These programs are designed to help leaders upskill and meet today’s business challenges and remote learning challenges. Chicago Booth also transitioned many high-demand in-person open enrollment programs to a live-online format this fall.

Chicago Booth’s live-online executive education programs provide multiple benefits, which include …

  • Delivered in a synchronous format where you’ll learn from faculty, industry leaders, and peers in an interactive, high-impact virtual environment
  • Often blend of live virtual and offline activities and readings to deepen one’s understanding of course content
  • Virtual networking opportunities to grow professional networks, as well as the ability to join Chicago Booth Executive Education private LinkedIn group upon program completion

The suite of new programs includes High-Stakes Decisions: Manage Risk

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Chicago Announces Eased Coronavirus Business Restrictions

CHICAGO — Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Monday announced eased coronavirus restrictions on city businesses including boosting indoor occupancy levels for restaurants and health clubs.

“Over the past six months, we have asked so much of our business community. But each time, our businesses have stepped up to the plate,” Lightfoot said. “Thanks to this cooperation, we have met this challenging moment with grace, commitment and resilience, and the sacrifices made by our businesses, workers and residents have saved countless lives. This next step in our reopening is good news for business owners as well as the communities they serve and the thousands of residents that work for them.”

The changes come as city public health officials say more than 28 days of slow decreases in coronavirus cases and the COVID-19 test positivity rate. As of Monday, Chicago public officials say the city is averaging about 300 new coronavirus cases per

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Surge for Water and SBB Research Group to Speak at Chicago Water Week

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Over two billion people—more than a quarter of the global population—do not have access to safe water. As part of Chicago Water Week, nonprofit Surge for Water and investment firm SBB Research Group will discuss their long-term partnership to provide safe water to thousands of people in Kaberamaido, Uganda.

Shilpa Alva, executive director of Surge for Water, founded her organization in 2008 to address the global water crisis. She will be joined at Chicago Water Week by SBB Research Group’s Jordan Robinson, who has spearheaded the firm’s collaboration with Surge for Water since 2015. Their projects together have repaired wells, distributed hundreds of water filters, and provided vital educational resources, which has resulted in 1,953 people now having access to safe water in their community.

“Surge for Water has a tremendous impact on so many lives,” said Robinson. “We are proud to partner with them and look

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Chicago needs remapping at every level of government

If we’re ever going to get the city we want, if we’re ever going to fix the system, we must repair the foundation.

That means making sure we take the time to count the Black and Brown people who historically are ignored on the South and West sides. That means making sure we take the time to create districts that make sense for the people who live in marginalized and underserved neighborhoods.

After the census comes redistricting. Not just congressional—state Senate and state House redistricting. Next year, every county and municipal government in the state also will need to redraw their districts to reflect the census and shifts in population that will last another 10 years. Political maps are the foundation for our representation and our elections. And when they’re drawn without the input of the people, everyone suffers.

Chicago wards have been drawn to practically guarantee re-election for most

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