WBEZ | New Yorker http://www.wbez.org/tags/new-yorker Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Illinois lags in craft beer renaissance http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/illinois-lags-craft-beer-renaissance-107592 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.newyorker.com/sandbox/business/beer.html" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/beermap.jpg" style="height: 450px; width: 620px;" title="(via NewYorker.com)" /></a></div><p>On Tuesday <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/craft-brewers-win-small-victory-springfield-real-winners-are-distributors-107514" target="_blank">I wrote about Illinois&rsquo; legal restrictions on craft brewers</a>. In short, for brewers to be treated at all differently than industry giants in Illinois they must agree to brew no more than 30,000 barrels of beer each year.</p><p>A new story <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2013/06/idea-of-the-week-mapping-the-rise-of-craft-beer.html" target="_blank">from the New Yorker</a> puts that limit into context. Using data from the Brewers Association they created <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/sandbox/business/beer.html" target="_blank">an interactive map</a> that charts the speed of growth in the craft beer industry across the country. Given that, recent developments in Illinois appear less impressive.</p><p>With just 67 businesses that fit the Brewers Association&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.brewersassociation.org/pages/business-tools/craft-brewing-statistics/craft-brewer-defined" target="_blank">definition of craft breweries</a>, Illinois ranks 11th out of 50. We were also 11th in growth from 2011 to 2012 with a 37.32 percent increase. It gets worse from there. Our total production of craft beer in 2012 was 87,993 barrels- good enough for 26th place. Worst is the ratio of craft breweries to citizens- 2.6 per 500,000 people, or 34th place.</p><p>None of the 50 largest craft breweries are located in Illinois and only Half Acre cracks the top 50 fastest-growing breweries list (at 45).</p><p>While the new crop of breweries that opened in Illinois last year is fairly robust, one can&rsquo;t help but wonder if the limits of our licenses will slow their development. The New Yorker article points out that one of the only states that produced less craft beer is North Dakota. Their analysis of the decline sounds vaguely familiar:</p><blockquote><p><em>The former, where production fell by nearly ten per cent despite an ongoing oil-fuelled economic boom, may serve as a cautionary tale: onerous licensing and distribution policies, as well as production maximums, have historically made the state what one beer entrepreneur, in<a href="http://bismarcktribune.com/business/local/beer-plans-a-brewin-in-bismarck-mandan/article_d717450e-0c67-11df-96a9-001cc4c002e0.html" target="_blank"> a 2010 article in the Bismarck Tribune</a>, called &ldquo;a dead zone for craft brewing.&rdquo;</em></p></blockquote><p>At least Illinois now has a clear-cut way for brewers to get started with the craft brewer&rsquo;s license, but it is telling that the biggest craft beer operations in Illinois are a California brewer&rsquo;s expansion (Lagunitas, number six on the 50 largest breweries list, is opening a Chicago facility later this year) and an operation owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev (Goose Island&rsquo;s being owned by Anheuser-Busch disqualifies them from being considered a craft brewer by the Brewers Association&rsquo;s standards).</p><p>That leaves this beer enthusiast wondering why Illinois can&rsquo;t find a way to define craft beer in a way that more closely resembles the rest of the industry. &nbsp;</p><p>Here&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.brewersassociation.org/pages/business-tools/craft-brewing-statistics/craft-brewer-defined" target="_blank">the Brewers Association&rsquo;s definition</a>:</p><blockquote><p><em>An American craft brewer is small, independent and traditional.</em></p><p><em>Small: Annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less. Beer production is attributed to a brewer according to the rules of alternating proprietorships. Flavored malt beverages are not considered beer for purposes of this definition.</em></p><p><em>Independent: Less than 25% of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by an alcoholic beverage industry member who is not themselves a craft brewer.</em></p><p><em>Traditional: A brewer who has either an all malt flagship (the beer which represents the greatest volume among that brewers brands) or has at least 50% of its volume in either all malt beers or in beers which use adjuncts to enhance rather than lighten flavor.</em></p></blockquote><p>That&rsquo;s a difference of 5.97 million barrels a year from Illinois&rsquo; craft brewer license. While there is a value to the license for beginning brewers, it could soon prove a damper to growth in the industry. <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/craft-brewers-win-small-victory-springfield-real-winners-are-distributors-107514#comment-918715631">One commenter on my Tuesday story</a> suggested that Illinois needs to add different levels of licenses. Perhaps the 2014 General Assembly will get to work on that. Right after they vote on pension reforms and same-sex marriage.</p><p><em>Andrew Gill is a web producer for WBEZ. Follow him on <a href="http://www.twitter.com/andrewgill">Twitter</a> or <a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/108371235914028306960/?rel=author">Google</a>+.</em></p></p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 13:52:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/illinois-lags-craft-beer-renaissance-107592 Journalist dissects legacy of Mayor Richard M. Daley http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-10/journalist-dissects-legacy-mayor-richard-m-daley-86311 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-May/2011-05-10/M Daley Getty John Gress.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>On Monday, <a href="http://mayor.cityofchicago.org/mayor/en/about_the_mayor.html" target="_blank">Mayor Richard M. Daley</a> hosted an open house at city hall. It was one last time for residents to praise or grumble about the Mayor’s tenure. After all, citizens have taken issue with items ranging from parking to education to violence.<br> <br> But for many outsiders, Daley was the quintessential mayor, a model for leaders around the world.<br> <br> Evan Osnos brought both perspectives in a 2010 profile in <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/03/08/100308fa_fact_osnos" target="_blank"><em>The New Yorker</em></a>. <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> spoke to him in 2010 about how he was able to land an interview with the sometimes inaccessible Mayor.</p><p>Then <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> headed out into the street, to ask residents what they'll remember about the mayor.</p></p> Tue, 10 May 2011 14:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-10/journalist-dissects-legacy-mayor-richard-m-daley-86311 'Death of the Tiger' chronicles the end of Sri Lanka's bloody civil war http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-28/death-tiger-chronicles-end-sri-lankas-bloody-civil-war-83095 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Sri lanka pic.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The civil war in Sri Lanka ended in 2009 after 26 years of conflict. Both sides &ndash; the majority Sinhalese and the minority Tamils &ndash; committed countless acts of terror and violence. The ruthless final push by the Sinhalese army went largely unseen by independent observers. Not only did it wipe out most Tamil guerrillas, known as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, it also killed thousands of innocent civilians.</p><p>The effort has been heralded by military tacticians worldwide as the only successful counterinsurgency campaign. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/bios/jon_lee_anderson/search?contributorName=jon%20lee%20anderson">Jon Lee Anderson</a>, a staff writer for the <em>New Yorker </em>magazine, tells us about his January 17 article, &ldquo;Death of the Tiger,&rdquo; which offers a definitive account of what transpired.</p></p> Mon, 28 Feb 2011 17:53:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-28/death-tiger-chronicles-end-sri-lankas-bloody-civil-war-83095 Wages Up Or Down? http://www.wbez.org/ahill/2009/02/wages-up-or-down/7255 <p>Yesterday I <a href="http://wbezhardworking.wordpress.com/2009/02/25/wages-riseas-jobs-are-cut/">posted</a> a story from the New Yorker about rising wages during economic recessions--there have been a couple of really thoughtful comments I wanted to point out. <em>Are those of you with jobs making more or less than you were a year ago?</em> <strong>steve February 25, 2009 at 2:17 pm</strong> One thing to point out is that while average wages may be increasing, that doesn't necessarily mean that any one individual's salary is going up. If a company cuts 1000 of its entry level workers, the average wage will probably go up, because it will be dominated more by the higher paid, more senior workers that are left. When GM lays off all of it's manufacturing workers, and only has the CEO and executives left, you can bet that GM's average wage will be higher. It's certainly possible for layoffs to have the opposite effect as well: a company trying to cut costs by getting rid of highly paid, senior managers. I don't know which one would be more common. All I'm saying is, if I hear that the average wage is going up right now, I'm still not going to conclude that anyone is getting a raise, at least based on what I've seen. <strong>reidmccamish February 25, 2009 at 3:17 pm</strong> I'm with Steve on this one, I think a lot of what we're seeing is that the lower wage jobs are the ones being cut the most. Even if high and low wage jobs were being cut proportionally (say, 10% of low wage jobs lost, and 10% of high wage jobs lost as a simple example), there are a lot more low wage jobs to begin with, thus average wage would go up in this scenario. To really see what's going on, you'd need year-to-year data for the surviving jobs, which would be harder to obtain. My intuition is that you'd see slower wage growth within surviving jobs during a recession, despite the average wage stats going up for the above reason. <strong>Stephanie February 25, 2009 at 8:16 pm</strong> My company recently laid off a number of people to contain costs, and at the same time cut the wages of the remaining employees by 2%. If and when the time comes to hire people to replace those laid off, they will probably hire younger, cheaper laborers. The New Yorker article talks about rising productivity. But productivity has been rising for decades, with no comparable rise in worker wages for the the same period of time. If the minimum wage over the past 30 years had kept up with company profits, GDP and the other economic measures, the minimum wage would be about $19/hour.</p> Thu, 26 Feb 2009 17:39:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/ahill/2009/02/wages-up-or-down/7255 Wages Rise...As Jobs Are Cut http://www.wbez.org/ahill/2009/02/wages-riseas-jobs-are-cut/7253 <p>James Surowiecki at the New Yorker has an <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/talk/financial/2009/03/02/090302ta_talk_surowiecki?printable=true">article </a>‚ that explains why average wages are rising...even as people are losing work.‚  "This is the Age of the Incredible Shrinking Everything. Home prices, the stock market, G.D.P., corporate profits, employment: they're all a fraction of what they once were. Yet amid this carnage there is one thing that, surprisingly, has continued to grow: the paycheck of the average worker. Companies are slashing payrolls: 3.6 million people have lost their jobs since the recession started, with half of those getting laid off in just the past three months. Yet average hourly wages jumped almost four per cent in the past year. It's harder and harder to find and keep a job, but if you've got one you may well be making more than you did twelve months ago. This combination of rising unemployment and higher wages seems improbable. But, as it turns out, it's what history would lead us to expect. Even during the early years of the Great Depression, manufacturing workers actually saw their real wages rise, and wage cuts have been scarce in every recession since. Oil and wheat prices may rise and fall instantaneously to reflect supply and demand, but wages are "sticky": even when the economy goes bad, it takes a lot to make them fall."</p> Wed, 25 Feb 2009 13:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/ahill/2009/02/wages-riseas-jobs-are-cut/7253