When the United States was a largely agrarian economy, the Great Lakes provided irrigation and transportation and helped the region to become a central food source. In the industrial age, the lakes provided the large amounts of water needed for manufacturing. But what about now?
After School Matters is practically a household name in Chicago. It's the city's premier afterschool program, founded 20 years ago by former first lady Maggie Daley. It offers needy high school students apprenticeships—20,000 of them this year alone.
This winter, President Obama took the unusual step of naming Ron Bloom his assistant for manufacturing. But Bloom stepped down in August to return to his family in Pittsburgh. He hasn’t been replaced. This comes as manufacturers in our region are clamoring for attention.
Navistar builds all kinds of trucks across North America: at non-union factories in the South and Mexico, as well as union shops in the Midwest. But the United Auto Workers at its Springfield, Ohio plant said a year of changes has made them competitive with those non-union plants.
President Obama delivered his jobs bill to Congress Monday. He also gave legislators a nudge to put politics aside to put Americans to work. But how easy is that? A recent study showed some companies cannot find enough skilled workers despite a high number of Americans looking for work.
Members of Congress are spending their day waiting for President Barack Obama's newly announced jobs bill to reach their desks.The president said he wants lawmakers to pass the bill immediately. But Illinois U.S. Rep.
Last week, President Obama last week pitched his plan to put the country back to work. But not everyone should expect a break from the unemployment lines: Bank of America was said to be considering a cut of about 40,000 jobs.