10-5-11: Manufacturing, cronyism and sunshine

October 5, 2011

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Hosted by Alex Keefe and edited by Elliott Ramos

In today's episode: Where the manufacturing jobs are; hints of cronyism at Maggie Daley's charity; perfect weather.

The City of Chicago may have given preferential treatment to After School Matters, the non-profit founded by Mayor Richard Daley's wife, according to a new report from Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson.

The city is girding for a labor fight with the blame game over why the CTA is broke. The head of the union representing Chicago Transit Authority rail workers says he doesn't believe union members are completely to blame for CTA budget problems.

In jobs news, UAW and Ford reach tentative deal. The United Auto Workers union has reached a tentative agreement with Ford Motor Co., announced Tuesday, that calls for $6,000 in signing bonuses and the creation of 5,750 new jobs at plants in the United States. 

Also in today's podcast (-4:43 in the ole audio player), Changing Gears examine staffing agencies that are matching temps with manufacturers.

In sports, we're in a Chicago sports lull now. Not to worry, in Northern Illiniois Youth Water Foul hunting season kicks off Saturday.

Today's going to be a sunny day, with highs around 78 and lows reaching 52.

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