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Marcos Muñoz, a top United Farm Workers organizer with Cesar Chavez, dead at 80

He never learned to read more than a few words but ended up speaking at Harvard. ‘The greatest poverty in your life is not the lack of money,’ he said. ‘It’s the lack of knowing what you are capable of.’

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Facing foreclosure, Patrick Daley Thompson turned to clout’s piggy bank

He got $89,000 from Washington Federal Bank for Savings after another Bridgeport bank demanded he repay a loan that was nearly three years past due.

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City advances plan for Englewood housing

The 56 units, most at subsidized rents, would go up next to another city-approved project for a commercial kitchen and event space.

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Restaurant workers hit mobile clinic to get COVID-19 shots before the expected surge in customers

About 200 people registered to get vaccinated but walk-ins were welcome, organizers said.

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Changed by pandemic, many workers won’t return to old jobs

Layoffs and lockdowns, combined with enhanced unemployment benefits and stimulus checks, gave many Americans the time and the financial cushion to rethink their careers.

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General Iron’s owner sues city over permit holdup, seeks more than $100 million

Southside Recycling, formerly known as General Iron in Lincoln Park, wants a federal judge to order the city to issue a final permit that will allow the opening of a new facility at East 116th Street and the Calumet River.

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1,600 layoffs coming at Belvidere Jeep factory

The U.S. arm of Stellantis is cutting one of the two work shifts at its Belvidere Assembly Plant as of July 26.

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‘So I raped you.’ Facebook message renews fight for justice

The messages rocketed Shannon Keeler back to the life-shattering night in December 2013 when an upperclassman at Gettysburg College stalked her at a party, snuck into her dorm and barged into her room while she pleaded with him and texted friends for help.

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AT&T, Discovery join media brands as cord-cutters encroach

With the agreement Monday, AT&T is pulling back from a yearslong campaign to break into the streaming and entertainment sector, where big players are slugging it out with increasingly large war chests dedicated to premium and original content.

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As board vote nears, local buyer eludes the Chicago Tribune

The lack of uptake shows times have changed in media and Chicago’s business circles.

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A Chicago startup wants you to let go of your Eggo

Evergreen wants to heat up the frozen waffle business with what it says is a healthier toaster treat.

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Trader Joe’s drops mask requirement for fully vaccinated customers

The specialty supermarket is believed to be the first major national retailer to make the change after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new masking guidelines Thursday.

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States, business sort out what new CDC mask guidance means

The guidelines essentially leave it up to people to do the right thing.

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Gas crunch from cyberattack intensifies in nation’s capital

The tracking service GasBuddy.com on Friday showed that 88% of gas stations were out of fuel in the nation’s capital, 45% were out in Virginia and 39% of Maryland stations were dry. About 65% of stations were without gas in North Carolina, and nearly half were tapped out in Georgia and South Carolina.

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Retail sales were flat in April as stimulus spending waned

The report Friday from the U.S. Commerce Department was worse than the 0.8% rise Wall Street analysts had expected. But it wasn’t all bad: March’s number was revised upwards to 10.7%.

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Company that got nearly $300M in city contracts banned for lying that workers lived in Chicago

Joel Kennedy admits payroll records were falsified, blames a former partner and threatens to sue if City Hall doesn’t drop the ban, which he says would put him out of business.

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Downtown firms welcome workers back — carefully

With offices designed for more space and infection control, employers are looking at flexible schedules in the weeks ahead.

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Opening up world of Bays English Muffins

The hardest part about toasting an English muffin was getting them out of the package. Until now.

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Pritzker urges Illinoisans to visit … Illinois! Tourism campaign targets locals, residents of nearby states to get behind the wheel

The campaign highlights the "fun and beauty" of the state’s diverse communities, as well as its natural assets and man-made ones, through a $6 million media campaign soundtracked by a play on Champaign, IL band REO Speedwagon’s "Time for Me to Fly."

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Bob Koester, who ran Chicago’s Jazz Record Mart, Delmark Records for decades, has died at 88

WXRT DJ Terri Hemmert called him ‘a force of nature,’ the mart ‘one of the coolest record stores in the world’ and said she’d buy a record just because it was on his label.

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Federal guidelines may prevent Lightfoot from using relief money to pay down city debt

Interim rules list several things the federal aid can’t be used for — a list that includes "funding debt services." That could derail a plan to use just over half of the $1.9 billion Chicago will receive to retire $465 million in scoop-and-toss borrowing and cancel plans to borrow $500 million more.

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American Medical Association issues an anti-racism plan for itself, the field of medicine

The Chicago-headquartered lobby group for the nation’s doctors says it’s aiming to dismantle structural racism in its own ranks and across the U.S. medical establishment.

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$1-a-year chief marketing officer handed permanent job to run World Business Chicago

Michael Fassnacht was taking a token salary and holding down the fort at World Business Chicago after Andrea Zopp departed. It was not immediately clear what his salary will be now that he has officially been named to replace her.

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Consumer prices shot up 0.8% in April as worries escalate

Wednesday’s report from the Labor Department showed sharply higher prices for everything from food and clothes to housing.

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Christkindlmarket founder Raimund F. ‘Ray’ Lotter dead at 83

He organized the first of the now-annual German Christmas markets in 1996, at Pioneer Court. It moved in 1997 to Daley Plaza, becoming a traditional stop for many.

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Medicare will start requiring nursing homes to report COVID vaccinations

Until now, nursing homes have been now required to report coronavirus cases and deaths — but not vaccinations. Only a few have provided the data voluntarily.

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Stocks pull back on Wall Street as inflation concerns grow

The S&P 500 index fell 0.9% as of 3:08 p.m. Eastern. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 490 points, or 1.4%, to 34,252 and the Nasdaq was down 0.2%.

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In Senegal, fishing is a way of life for these women, hoping to bounce back after COVID: VIDEO

The first true fishing season since the pandemic devastated the industry has brought renewed hope for a fish-processing industry that employs hundreds of thousands.

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AP’s Sally Buzbee named exec editor of The Washington Post

As AP’s top editor since 2017, Buzbee has directed AP’s journalism through the COVID-19 pandemic, Donald Trump’s presidency, the #MeToo movement, Brexit, protests over racial injustice and the 2020 U.S. election.

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Architect Helmut Jahn’s death reignites debate over sale of his renowned — and reviled — Thompson Center

Advocates for preserving and reusing the James R. Thompson Center plan to renew their push for landmarking it in light of the pending sale and the architect’s death. But Gov. J.B. Pritzker said it "was a building that never lived up to his creative genius."

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City selling Michael Reese land to developers for $96.9 million

The Community Development Commission is expected to vote on the agreement covering the 48 acres, but taxpayers remain on the hook for public improvements and an environmental cleanup.

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Corn prices are soaring, so Americans should expect to pay more this summer for tortillas, other corn products

‘Americans should definitely expect an eventual rise in prices later in the year,’ says Ed Moya, senior market analyst at OANDA, a trading, currency data and analytics firm.

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States push jobless from virus recession to return to work

Fourteen months after COVID-19 put hundreds of thousands of people out of work, the U.S. economy is rebounding and employers are desperate for workers.

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Attorney generals urge Facebook to drop ‘Instagram for kids’ proposal

The attorneys general said they are concerned about social media’s effects on the physical and emotional well-being of children, the potential for increased cyberbullying, possible vulnerability to online predators, and what they called Facebook’s "checkered record" in protecting children on its platforms.