Ebola screenings begin at O’Hare International Airport

Hazmat suits are necessary for anyone who comes in contact with an Ebola patient. Courtesy of California National Guard

Hazmat suits are necessary for anyone who comes in contact with an Ebola patient. Courtesy of the California National Guard.

By Courtney Dillard

Chicago is hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst as the threat of Ebola looms. Starting Thursday, all travelers from the three “hotspots” in Africa –Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone—will receive screenings at O’Hare International Airport.

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More Illinois candidates fund their own campaigns

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By Eric Cortellessa

Like a growing number of candidates, Republican Bruce Rauner isn’t letting money hold him back.

As Nov. 4 nears and the polls tighten, Bruce Rauner, the former private equity fund manager, is capitalizing on his personal wealth. He has contributed $12.6 million to his own campaign, which makes him the third highest political self-funder in Illinois history.

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U. of C. opens new innovation hub for entrepreneurs and start-ups

Mayor Rahm Emanuel joins University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer for the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of the Chicago Innovation Exchange.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel joins University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer for the grand opening of the Chicago Innovation Exchange on 53rd Street in Hyde Park.

By J’nelle Agee

Chicago has long wanted to be known as a hub for digital startups and high-tech companies. That dream has started to materialize in recent years with the success of homegrown companies such as Groupon and GrubHub. But most of the tech activity in the Windy City has remained north of the Loop.

The South Side struck back Thursday as the University of Chicago christened a business incubator known as the Chicago Innovation Exchange.

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Wintrust sees higher third quarter profit from rising loans, deposits

Despite an increase in net income for the third quarter, share prices for Wintrust Financial fell on Friday.

Despite an increase in net income for the third quarter, share prices for Wintrust Financial fell on Friday.

By Megan Hart

Wintrust Financial Corp. said third quarter profit rose 13 percent on growth in loans and deposits and higher revenue from mortgage banking.

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Sugar highs: Modified product labels may help reduce intake

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By Sara Freund

It’s hard to resist the smell of hot gooey cinnamon rolls and syrupy holiday coffee. It hits your taste buds and releases dopamine, lighting up the brain’s reward system.

“Food labels now don’t distinguish between added sugar and natural sugar. Milk might have 12 grams of sugar but that is different from the added sugar in a candy bar,” said Isabel Maples, a registered dietician and spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Including the amount of added sugars on nutrition facts labels is one change the FDA is assessing. The FDA is still reviewing whether they will make changes proposed in February, according to FDA representative Theresa Eisenman.

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Chicago Made campaign aims to lure music innovators to Chicago

By Lyndsey McKenna

Chicago band Paper Thick Walls performed Wednesday at Thalia Hall as part of the first Chicago Made fall showcase.

Chicago band Paper Thick Walls performed Wednesday at Thalia Hall as part of the first Chicago Made fall showcase. Lyndsey McKenna/Medill

When Millennials think of places to pursue a career in music, cities such as Nashville, Seattle and Austin immediately come to mind. But a new campaign is seeking to put the Second City first in the minds of musicians and other artists.

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Chicago murders are down, but it doesn’t feel that way

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A sample of the artwork collected by Student Voices Against Handgun Violence.

By Mary Cirincione

Murder in Chicago is down—following an astounding 17.5 percent decrease from 2012 to 2013. And with two-and-a-half months to go until the end of 2014, the city is on target for an additional 3 percent drop in its murder count. The trend Chicago is experiencing is national. Violent crime is down across the country.

Yet many Chicago residents are painfully aware that the city’s struggle with violent crime continues. And youth advocates say the crisis does not feel any different, or any less prevalent than it did in 2012. It does not feel as though violent crime has fallen, they say, because the violence is concentrated in a handful of neighborhoods.

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PrivateBancorp has solid quarter as portfolio strengthens

Private Bancorp Inc.'s third quarter earnings exceeded expectations.

PrivateBancorp’s third quarter earnings exceeded expectations.

By Megan Hart

PrivateBancorp Inc.’s third-quarter earnings grew 23 percent to top expectations Thursday, as the Chicago-based bank benefited from a dramatic drop in loan loss set asides.

In the latest quarter, net income climbed to $40.5 million, or 51 cents per diluted share, from $33.1 million, or 42 cents per share, in the year-ago period.

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Positive readings on factories and jobs buoy economic spirits

By Nick Kariuki

US Department of Labor/Nick Kariuki/Medill Initial claims have remained below 300,000 for five consecutive weeks.

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Initial claims have remained below 300,000 for five consecutive weeks.

Better-than-expected readings on weekly unemployment claims and manufacturing temporarily allayed investor fears of an economic slowdown Thursday.

Initial claims for unemployment insurance, seasonally adjusted, dropped to their lowest level in 14 years, the Department of Labor reported.

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