Economy

Chicago Urban League Job Fair at the UIC Forum. (Credit: CBS)

More Employers, Fewer Job Seekers At Urban League Job Fair

CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports there’s one sector apparently booming again: manufacturing.

06/17/2015

Chicago skyline. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Civic Planners: Slow Chicago Population Growth Keeping Economy Stagnant

Chicago remains the third largest city in the U.S., but Census data show it’s the slowest-growing of the top 10 cities with populations of 1 million or more.

05/21/2015

Voters cast their ballots in suburban Chicago. (credit: Frank Polich/Getty Images)

Exit Poll: Economy, Crime Were Big Concerns For Chicago Voters

A majority of those voters were pessimistic about the city’s economy as they hit their polling places.

04/07/2015

Economy Generic

Some Small Businesses Optimistic About 2015

We’re not talking about record profits for these small businesses. It’s more about a confident feeling that the economy is chugging along at a pace where they can expand. CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole reports.

01/02/2015

Traders wear hats that say 'DOW 18,000' as they work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during the afternoon of December 23, 2014 in New York City. The Dow Jones Industrial Average crossed a landmark by closing above 18,000 points today. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Dow Closes At Record High, But What Does It Mean For Economy?

The stock market delivered an early Christmas present, closing above the 18,000 mark for the first time.

12/23/2014

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner declares victory during his election night gathering while incumbent Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is yet to concede on November 4, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Rauner leads by over 170,000 votes with 98 percent reporting. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)

Rauner Still Not Giving Details On Economic Plans

Governor-elect Bruce Rauner remained mum Wednesday when it came to specifics for his short-term economic plans for Illinois, ahead of a meeting with the state’s top lawmakers.

11/07/2014

President Barack Obama speaks at Northwestern University October 2, 2014 in Evanston, Illinois. Obama spoke about the economy to a group at the Kellogg business school after attending a fundraiser at another location earlier in the day. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI

Obama Touts Economic Progress In Northwestern Speech, Attends Quinn Fundraiser

President Barack Obama became the first sitting president to visit the campus of Northwestern in 60 years as he delivered a speech on the economy there Thursday afternoon.

10/02/2014

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a prime time address from the Cross Hall of the White House on September 10, 2014 in Washington, DC. Vowing to target the Islamic State with air strikes 'wherever they exist', Obama pledged to lead a broad coalition to fight IS and work with 'partner forces' on the ground in Syria and Iraq. (Photo by Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images)

President Obama To Visit Northwestern For Speech On The Economy

Northwestern University was preparing for a visit Thursday afternoon by President Barack Obama, who will be the first sitting president to visit the Evanston campus in 60 years.

10/02/2014

A job fair sponsored by the Chicago Urban League. (Credit: CBS)

Chicago Urban League Job Fair Draws Long Lines

We hear so much about the improving economy and that more people are working. In fact the national unemployment rate is 6.3 percent now, much lower than during the recession a few years ago.

06/18/2014

(Clockwise from top left) Republican candidates for governor Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard, Bruce Rauner, and Dan Rutherford. (Photo illustration by CBS)

Republican Candidates For Governor Debate Taxes, Spending

State Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard, businessman Bruce Rauner and Treasurer Dan Rutherford faced off in a debate that focused heavily on Illinois’ struggling economy and how to improve its business climate.

02/04/2014

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Same-Sex Marriage Could Be Boon To Illinois Economy

Big bucks — that’s what this week’s passage of the Illinois same-sex marriage bill may mean for the city and the state. CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov explains.

11/07/2013

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Activists At UIC Forum Want City To Do More For Job Creation

Hundreds of community activists gathered Tuesday evening at the UIC Forum to discuss ways to create jobs, provide better schools, change the state’s tax structure and redirect budget priorities.

10/15/2013

Deepak Uppal. (Credit: CBS)

Workers Changing Jobs At Faster Rate

It used to be people hung on to their jobs as long as possible, spending decades with the same company. Today, more workers are leaving jobs rapidly. Believe it or not, it’s a sign the economy is getting better.

10/02/2013

Tony Mazzacano, a carpenter, is keeping busy these days. (CBS)

Housing Starts Are Up, But Availability Of Trade Builders Down

It’s one of the growing pains of an improved economy. CBS 2’s Ed Curran reports.

09/27/2013

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Need For Special-Ed Teachers Provides Opportunities For Millennials

Young people right out of college call it a crisis as the unemployment rate among the millennials is high. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports there is a profession with lots of job openings, but the work is very demanding.

07/17/2013

Food Bank

Number Of Food Insecure People Continues To Swell In Chicago Area

We’ve seen signs the economy is improving, but a new report today reveals many people here in the Chicago area are still struggling and the number is growing.

06/10/2013

Holly Lipshultz, worked hard in school, earning a master's degree, but she cannot get the job she wants. (Credit: CBS)

Millennials Being Hit By ‘Quarter-Life Crisis’

No doubt, you’ve heard of the mid-life crisis. It affects people in their 40s and 50s. But did you know there’s a quarter-life crisis, too? It’s hitting the youngest adults.

05/14/2013

U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky

Schakowsky Applauds Latest Job Numbers

Skokie Democrat Jan Schakowsky says the lower unemployment figures are welcome as far as they go, which isn’t quite far enough.

05/04/2013

Capitol Hill

U Of C Economist Says Sequestration Fears Overblown

A University of Chicago economist says sequestration might help a bit, certainly will not hurt nearly as badly as the administration is warning, reports WBBM’s John Cody.

02/25/2013

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