Obama confronts hecklers on immigration in Chicago

By Rachel White and Zachary Vasile

Photos by Janel Forte

"To those who think what happened in Ferguson [Monday night] is an excuse for violence, I don't sympathize with you," President Obama told an audience at the Copernicus Community Center in Chicago Tuesday.  Janel Forte/Medill
“To those who think what happened in Ferguson [Monday night] is an excuse for violence, I don’t sympathize with you,” President Obama told an audience at the Copernicus Community Center in Chicago Tuesday.
President Barack Obama was likely expecting a friendly crowd Tuesday when he flew into Chicago to tout his recent executive order that would make as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. eligible for temporary legal status and work permits. But the president didn’t have much time to bask in his accomplishment before Chicago immigration activists repeatedly interrupted him and criticized him for not going far enough.

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Chicagoans stage peaceful sit-in following Ferguson announcement

By Megan K. Rauch

Demonstrators camped outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office Tuesday to protest urban violence and racial discrimination.
Demonstrators camped outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office Tuesday to protest urban violence and racial discrimination.

More than 100 people gathered outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s fifth-floor office at City Hall Tuesday for a sit-in to address urban violence, police brutality and the lack of economic opportunity for blacks in Chicago.

The protest follows the announcement Monday that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson will not face criminal indictment for fatally shooting Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old.

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Get prepared and make a killer impression with Charlie

by Lei Xuan

Two years ago, when Aaron Frazin, then-Indiana University Bloomington MBA graduate, was looking for a job, he spent a lot of time doing research before interviews to try to make a big impression. After spending hours researching companies, Frazin wondered if there was a service that could do it for him.

There wasn’t. So he turned down a job offer and created Charlie, a web-based service, with his partner, Rob Volk, the company’s chief technology executive.

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Stocks close mixed after signs of growing economy

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By Joe Musso

Stocks saw little change but remained near record levels on Tuesday as investors digested conflicting economic reports in a holiday-shortened week.

The Standard and Poor’s 500-stock index fell 2.38 points, or 0.12 percent to close at 2,067.03. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 2.96 points, or 0.02 percent to close at 17,814.94. The NASDAQ Composite Index gained 3.36 points, or 0.07 percent to close at 4,758.25. Continue reading “Stocks close mixed after signs of growing economy”

Sears: “Worth more dead than alive?”

Shares at Sears have fallen into a perpetual slump in recent years. Data: Yahoo Finance; Chart by Yinmeng Liu/Medill News Service
Shares at Sears have fallen into a prolonged slump in recent years. Data: Yahoo Finance; Chart by Yinmeng Liu/Medill News Service

By Yinmeng Liu

The long-depressed shares of Sears Holdings Corp. briefly revitalized earlier this month, after the struggling retailer announced it is considering a plan to generate cash by selling a few hundred of its stores to a real estate investment trust it will create.

But the upswing was fleeting: after the early enthusiasm, shares of the company that was once an American icon soon gave back some of the gain. That’s the way it’s been going for the company in recent years, as its controlling shareholder tries one idea after another to revive the company’s flagging fortunes.

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What’s eating McDonald’s these days?

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By Brittany Magee

Everyone seems to be making money on Wall Street except McDonald’s.

Over the past 12 months, McDonald’s shares have have gone nowhere, remaining unchanged, a disappointing performance in comparison to the Standard & Poor’s 500 index, which climbed 14.4 percent.

But why has McDonald’s stock stumbled?

After the past few quarters have left customers and Wall Street unsatisfied, the fast-food giant is flipping its strategy for the future, with hopes to be more appealing.

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Chicago protests of Wilson verdict mostly peaceful

By Elizabeth Atkinson

All eyes were on Ferguson, Mo., after the grand jury decision Monday not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old. A smaller but still noisy protest took place in Chicago as about a hundred people walked up Lake Shore Drive to the Loop accompanied by more than 100 police officers.

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Obama’s announcement expected to have heavy impact in Illinois

Data: The Migration Policy Institute
Data: The Migration Policy Institute

By Rachel White

If Raul Montes Jr. had his way, President Obama would have already used his executive powers to enact comprehensive immigration reform. He was anticipating, however, that the president would do that Thursday night, and would thereby help an estimated 5.2 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States.

Montes is a Chicago community activist and candidate for alderman in the 22nd Ward. He was born and raised in the community he hopes to represent after the February election.

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