WBEZ | Chicago News Cooperative http://www.wbez.org/tags/chicago-news-cooperative Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicago News Cooperative to stop printing in The New York Times http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-news-cooperative-stop-printing-new-york-times-96528 <p><p>A web and print news organization in Chicago might be going out of business.</p><div class="inset"><div class="insetContent"><p><span style="font-size:10px;">Listen to the CNC's David Greising on <em>Afternoon Shift</em></span></p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332737025-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-february/2012-02-20/afternoonshift20120220cnc.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p></div></div><p>The Chicago News Cooperative shares a state government reporter with WBEZ. That reporter, Kristen McQueary, said employees at the Chicago News Cooperative learned Friday the organization will stop publishing stories in the Midwest edition of The New York Times after next week.</p><p>The News Co-op hopes to continue operating on its website, chicagonewsscoop.org.</p><p>The News Cooperative was launched in 2009 by several former Chicago Tribune reporters and editors.</p></p> Fri, 17 Feb 2012 23:57:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-news-cooperative-stop-printing-new-york-times-96528 Assessing the cost of a potential CME, CBOE tax break http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-27/assessing-cost-potential-cme-cboe-tax-break-93532 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-27/Traders work in the SP 500 pit at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Octo. 6, 2008. REUTERSJohn Gress.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Their place of the <a href="http://www.cmegroup.com/" target="_blank">Chicago Mercantile Exchange</a> and the <a href="http://www.cboe.com/" target="_blank">Chicago Board Options Exchange</a> as major financial players in Illinois might explain why some lawmakers wanted to give them a big tax break. A proposed bill would trim the futures exchanges' income tax rate on the bulk of their trades. This came after CME and CBOE threatened to leave the state, citing Illinois’ new corporate tax rate. However, the proposal could cost at least $60 million in potential revenue--the bill was recently put on hold. To find out more about who would benefit from the deal and whether it will pass, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> turned to reporter David Greising of the <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/" target="_blank">Chicago News Cooperative</a>.</p></p> Thu, 27 Oct 2011 14:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-27/assessing-cost-potential-cme-cboe-tax-break-93532 Forecasting the job market after a devastating day on Wall Street http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-05/forecasting-job-market-after-devastating-day-wall-street-90181 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-05/RS2626_NYSE_Getty_MarioTama.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>After a brutal day on Wall Street Thursday, surely a few traders busted out some antacids Friday morning. Compounding the tension was the wait for the latest job report. The numbers for July arrived early Friday morning--they were not bad but they were not great.</p><p>So <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> asked its regular business guru David Greising to assess what it all this meant for the economic forecast.Greising is a reporter with the <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/" target="_blank">Chicago News Cooperative</a>.<br> &nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 05 Aug 2011 16:48:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-05/forecasting-job-market-after-devastating-day-wall-street-90181 Examining Mayor Emanuel's efforts to streamline city government http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-01/examining-mayor-emanuels-efforts-streamline-city-government-89888 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-01/5172631566_7f777f5413_b.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>If Mayor Rahm Emanuel got his way, "the era of big government as we know it" would come to a close at City Hall. "Efficiency" is the new buzz word-- and the measure by which Emanuel asked residents to assess his success as mayor. Take one of his first moves in office, for example, he combined committees and reorganzed the <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/about/council.html" target="_blank">City Council</a>.</p><p>Last week, <a href="http://www.cps.edu/Pages/home.aspx" target="_blank">Chicago Public Schools</a> announced plans to cut several area offices to streamline operations. The mayor also recently tackled union work rules and opened up certain city functions to competition. But <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> wondered: How much is city government truly changing? And as the mayor cuts back, is he also consolidating his own power?<a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/author/dan-mihalopoulos/" target="_blank"> Dan Mihalopoulous </a>covers City Hall for the <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/" target="_blank">Chicago News Cooperative</a>; he joined<em> Eight Forty-Eight</em> to discuss Emanuel's recent moves.</p><p><em>Music Button: Cassettes Won't Listen, "Friendly Float", from the CD Evanspacey, (self released)</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 01 Aug 2011 13:40:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-01/examining-mayor-emanuels-efforts-streamline-city-government-89888 Joffery Ballet dances toward a last-minute deal in labor negotiations http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-15/joffery-ballet-dances-toward-last-minute-deal-labor-negotiations-89199 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-July/2011-07-15/Joffery Ballet.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>To prevent layoffs, Mayor Rahm Emanuel gave unionized city workers two weeks to come up with a cost-saving solution to the city’s budget problems. The deadline is Friday and the mayor is scheduled to hold a press conference today — WBEZ will be there to see if any pink slips are issued.</p><p>Last night the <a href="http://www.joffrey.org/" target="_blank">Joffrey Ballet</a> company did strike an eleventh-hour deal. Late Thursday, dancers and administration reached a tentative deal in the ongoing labor stand-off.<a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/author/meribah-knight/"> Meribah Knight</a> is covering the story for the <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/">Chicago News Cooperative</a> and joined Eight Forty-Eight with the latest details.</p></p> Fri, 15 Jul 2011 14:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-15/joffery-ballet-dances-toward-last-minute-deal-labor-negotiations-89199 Exploring the people and strategies behind Mayor-elect Emanuel's new financial team http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-25/exploring-people-and-strategies-behind-mayor-elect-emanuels-new-financia <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-April/2011-04-25/Rahm Getty Timothy Hiatt.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel faces a huge challenge when he assumes office in May. He’ll need to deal with what he says is a threat to Chicago’s economic future — the city’s budget deficit.<br> <br> Emanuel estimates the deficit ranges from $500-700 million. On Wednesday, Emanuel made a number of financial appointments including deputy mayor, chief financial officer, budget director and comptroller. To get the city’s fiscal house in order, he’s turned to the private sector.<br> <br> To find out more about the people and strategies behind Emanuel’s new financial team, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> turned to <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/staff-2/david-greising/" target="_blank">David Greising</a>. He wrote an <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/greising-rahms-team-a-mirror-of-the-man/" target="_blank">article</a> on Emanuel's financial team for the Chicago News Cooperative.</p><p><em>Music Button: Orgone, "Counting On You", from the CD Killion Vaults, (Ubiquity) </em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 25 Apr 2011 13:37:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-25/exploring-people-and-strategies-behind-mayor-elect-emanuels-new-financia Tyler Hansbrough is not a good looking dude (and other random observations from Bulls/Pacers) http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-19/tyler-hansbrough-not-good-looking-dude-and-other-random-observations <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-April/2011-04-19/AP110418052509.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-19/AP110418052509.jpg" style="width: 494px; height: 427px;" title=""></p><p>The <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/4907050-417/derrick-roses-36-points-send-bulls-to-2-0-series-lead-over-pacers.html">Chicago Bulls held court with a big win yesterday at the United Center to send the playoff series back to Indiana with a 2-0 lead</a>. You can go to <a href="http://espnchicago.com">espnchicago.com</a> for comprehensive coverage. You can stay here for my quick, random observations:</p><ul><li>The players seemed cold. Not in their play, but in their temperature. There was a bit of the blowing into the hand/fist and full warm-up gear when players hit the bench. Does it hurt the Bulls that the Hawks are playing at the same time (they played night before)?</li><li>Going to a break, TNT showed a shot of Navy Pier and the Ferris wheel. I think the mics were supposed to go off, but you heard Dick Stockton (play by play) say "So that is the Navy Pier, I'm gonna guess..." Yeah Dick, that's the Navy Pier.</li><li>Tyler Hansbrough (Pacers) is a really awkward looking, ugly fellow, eh? I'm sorry, but that haircut does not suit him. And then you also throw in the demeanor of a thug looking for a fight in the K-Mart parking lot? Wow. Congrats Indy. Do women like this dude?</li><li>During the TNT halftime show, they cut back to the halftime performance at the UC and it was the Cirque Du Soleil bit where two bare-chested dudes lift each other in sensual, erotic, aerobic dance. Weird call, Bulls.</li><li>I switched to Comcast for the second half to get a local perspective. First thing I saw? The sideline reporter caught Bulls Assistant Coach Adrian Griffin for an interview. Now that's hyper-local.</li></ul><p>Okay, I'm done. Wait, here's a picture of Hansbrough:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="500" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-19/Pacers-hansbrough.jpg" title="What's up ladies. I'm Tyler. You come to the KMart parking lot a lot? You want to see my car? " width="500"></p><p><strong>B story</strong>: The <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/uncategorized/a-note-from-the-editor/">Chicago News Cooperative launched their website today</a>. I can't wait to read their stuff in the New York Times. When does this new news organization start? What? It's been out for almost two years??? This is what we call a soft, slow, meandering launch. But it's out there now. And it does look good!</p><p><strong>C story</strong>: Rahm is having a press conference to announce something at the Brown line stop at the Merchandise Mart. <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chibrknews-derailment-delaying-red-brown-purple-trains-20110419,0,7371327.story">Too bad the press can't get there because all the trains are delayed due to derailment</a>. So if you are reading this while trapped on a platform at Fullerton, please know I have a solution. When the train comes, stay on it to Merchandise Mart and you can ask the Mayor-elect about his plans to pay you back for your misery this morning. 10:30am. Don't say I never did anything for you, readers.</p><p><strong>D story</strong>: I love that the prosecution in the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/news/criminal-justice/unwanted-publicity-emanuels-blagojevich-trial-headache-85357">Blagojevich trial are trying to curb the former governor's press spree</a>. Come on government. This is classic TV (again). It's fun to watch him tell the same "play the tapes" speech over and over. Don't take that away from us (and the producers of morning TV). I say the prosecution asks the judge to not curb, but to force the morning news shows to be creative in their segments. Blago in a dunk tank. Blago doing novelty boxing with Judy Baar. Things like that.</p><p><strong>Weather</strong>: It's cold, still. If it hits May and it's still like this outside, I'm calling a weather doctor. Something's definitely wrong.</p><p><strong>Sports</strong>: The <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/cbsports-bears-london-game-hinges-on-labor-resolution-by-aug-1-20110418,0,4510875.story">Bears 2011-12 schedule is supposed to come out tonight</a>. And the rumors are swirling that the NFL kickoff game will be the Bears versus the Packers. That's the game on Thursday that features a random rapper and some random country singer in the pre-game, I think. Anyway, I don't know if I'm ready for that. The loss of the NFC Championship and Cutler's knee antics are still hanging around like a couple late-night cocktails. To know that we might have to relive that on the first game of the NFL season? In primetime? Watching Cutler suck or get hurt or get pasted by the Packers? That's a must-win. I'm calling it out now. Bears have to win that game. I mean, if there's a season.</p><p><strong>Kicker</strong>: Hey, <a href="http://www.headlineclub.org">Blogs.vocalo.org (our old blog network) was nominated for a Lisagor award yesterday</a>. This nomination is for our work in 2010. That work includes Robert Feder and the gigantic media story about the management at the Chicago Tribune. It also includes Jim DeRogatis' work about Lollapalooza and privatizing of the downtown music festivals. It also included Lee Bey (architecture), Steve Dolinsky (food), John Conroy (Burge), Amy Krouse Rosenthal (Mission AMY KR), Achy Obejas (CityLife), Anne Elizabeth Moore (Whittier sit-in) and online WBEZ blog posts, multimedia and video by Andrew Gill, Steve Edwards and the City Room crew.</p><p>That is a lot of talented people to be listed under "staff." Can all of that give Roger Ebert, the defending champ, a run for his money? We'll see...</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 19 Apr 2011 13:51:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-19/tyler-hansbrough-not-good-looking-dude-and-other-random-observations Chicago Public Schools considering an $80 million property tax increase to plug deficit http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-15/chicago-public-schools-considering-80-million-property-tax-increase-plug <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-April/2011-04-15/Classroom Flickr Supafly.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Updated at 10:57 a.m. on 4/15/11</em></p><p>There are many annual rituals associated with Chicago Public Schools – like the first-day bell-ringing that welcomes students back. But a bigger event might be the district’s yearly estimate of a budget shortfall.<br> <br> A <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/school-district-considers-property-tax-increase-and-layoffs-if-it-is-rejected/" target="_blank">Chicago News Cooperative report</a> finds that the deficit for next school year is $100 million more than previously estimated by CPS. To plug that hole, the district is reportedly considering an $80 million dollar property-tax increase. At stake are&nbsp; 2,000 teachers’ jobs and bigger class sizes.<br> <br> Chicago News Cooperative reporter Hunter Clauss joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to talk about the news and what it means for CPS and Chicago's new Mayor-elect, Rahm Emanuel.</p><p><strong>In response to this story, CPS spokeswoman Monique Bond issued the following written statement:</strong><br> We are at the early steps of our budget process and are projecting a $724 million budget deficit with outstanding payments owed to CPS from the state of up to $290M.<br> Given the magnitude of this deficit, we are examining every option.&nbsp; At this time, no recommendations have been formally discussed to increase property taxes.&nbsp;</p><p>To completely close this gap we are currently examining how best to make these cuts that will protect core instruction – cuts that will be made farthest from the classroom.<br> &nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 15 Apr 2011 13:24:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-15/chicago-public-schools-considering-80-million-property-tax-increase-plug China's influence on Chicago http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/%5Bfield_program_ref-title-raw%5D/chinas-influence-chicago <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Daley Hu Jintao AP Chris Wallker.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>For American companies in search of new opportunities and greater profits all roads seem to lead to China. Recently, one of the largest solar panel producers in the United States announced it will shift its manufacturing operations to China and lay off hundreds of workers in the United States. That&rsquo;s a tough move when American unemployment remains above nine percent.<br /><br />So why then did both President Obama and Mayor Richard Daley roll out the red carpet for Chinese President Hu Jintao last week?</p><p><em>Eight Forty-Eight's</em> business contributor David Greising kept a close eye on those events and he joined host Alison Cuddy to talk more about our relations with China. Greising is also a reporter for the <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/" target="_blank">Chicago News Cooperative</a>.</p><p><em>Music Button: Bei Bei and Shawn Lee, &quot;The Ambush&quot;, from the CD Into the Wind, (Ubiquity) </em></p></p> Wed, 26 Jan 2011 15:58:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/%5Bfield_program_ref-title-raw%5D/chinas-influence-chicago Mayoral education questionnaires http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-mayoral-election/mayoral-education-questionnaires <p><p><img width="600" height="44" title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/Partner-Logos-email.jpg" /></p><p>WBEZ&nbsp;teamed up with <audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1328070153-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-january/2011-01-17/20110117-c.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p>&nbsp;</p><table cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="0" align="left" style="width: 600px; height: 1269px;"><tbody><tr><td width="285" bordercolor="#ffffff"><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/page/education-questionnaire-gery-chico"><img width="200" height="200" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/GERYCHICOedit.jpg" alt="" title="" /></a></p></td><td width="302"><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/page/education-questionnaire-gery-chico"><strong>Gery Chico</strong></a></p><p><em>This isn&rsquo;t about politics, it&rsquo;s about doing the best job we can for our kids.&nbsp; </em></p></td></tr><tr><td width="285" bordercolor="#ffffff"><a href="http://www.wbez.org/page/education-questionnaire-miguel-del-valle"><img width="200" height="200" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/MIGUELDELVALLEedit.jpg" alt="" title="" /></a></td><td width="302"><a href="http://www.wbez.org/page/education-questionnaire-miguel-del-valle"><strong>Miguel Del Valle</strong></a><p><em>We need to invest public resources in a way that ensures that every neighborhood school is a quality school.</em></p></td></tr><tr><td width="285" bordercolor="#ffffff"><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/page/education-questionnaire-rahm-emanuel"><img width="200" height="200" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/RAHMARRIVES2edit.jpg" alt="" title="" /></a></p></td><td width="302"><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/page/education-questionnaire-rahm-emanuel"><strong>R</strong><strong>ahm Emanuel</strong></a></p><p><em>I approach every education decision with one question: how do we better educate our children. </em></p></td></tr><tr><td width="285">&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/page/education-questionnaire-carol-moseley-braun"><img width="200" height="200" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/Braun2_by_Chip_Mitchelledit.jpg" alt="" title="" /></a></td><td width="302"><p><em>&nbsp;</em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/page/education-questionnaire-carol-moseley-braun"><strong>Carol Moseley Braun</strong></a></p><p><em>I support having somebody with a proven track record in education to lead the school system.<br /></em></p></td></tr><tr><td width="285">&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/page/education-questionnaire-patricia-van-pelt-watkins"><img width="200" height="200" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/Watkins1_by_Chip_Mitchelledit.jpg" alt="" title="" /></a></td><td width="302"><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/page/education-questionnaire-patricia-van-pelt-watkins"><strong>Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins</strong></a></p><p><em>I believe in creating as many opportunities as possible for our students to have access to a quality public education.&nbsp; </em></p></td></tr><tr><td width="285">&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/page/education-questionnaire-william-doc-walls-iii"><img width="200" height="200" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/WILLIAMWALLSedit.jpg" alt="" title="" /></a></td><td width="302"><p>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/page/education-questionnaire-william-doc-walls-iii"><strong>William &quot;Doc&quot; Walls, III</strong></a></p><p><em>Our objective is provide a superior public school education for each and every individual child. </em></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>The Questions:</strong><br /><br /><a href="http://www.wbez.org/page/education-question-1">Do you want control of the Chicago Public Schools? If so, how should Board of Education members be selected? Should some of them be elected?</a><br /><br /><a href="http://www.wbez.org/page/education-question-2">Do you believe the chief executive officer of the Chicago Public Schools should be an educator? Why or why not? What are the main qualities you would look for?</a><br /><br /><a href="http://www.wbez.org/page/education-question-3">Should the School Board conduct a national search for a new schools chief?</a><br /><br /><a href="http://www.wbez.org/page/education-question-4">Chicago has the shortest school day among large, urban districts. What would you do about that?</a><br /><br /><a href="http://www.wbez.org/page/education-question-5">CPS is looking at another enormous deficit for the 2011-2012 school year &ndash; under the teachers&rsquo; union contract, salaries are scheduled to rise another 4 percent, and federal stimulus money will be gone. How do you get out of that mess?</a> <br /><br /><a href="http://www.wbez.org/page/education-question-6">Would you support the closing of low-performing and under-enrolled schools? Why or why not?</a><br /><br /><a href="http://www.wbez.org/page/education-question-7">Would you support the continued expansion of charter schools in Chicago? Why or why not?</a> <br /><br /><a href="http://www.wbez.org/page/education-question-8">Do think it is it too hard to fire bad teachers who have tenure? If so, what do you think should be done about that?</a> <br /><br /><a href="http://www.wbez.org/page/education-question-9">Should seniority govern teacher layoffs? If not, how would you recommend that future layoffs be handled?</a><br /><br /><a href="http://www.wbez.org/page/education-question-10">In New York and Los Angeles, controversy has erupted over whether teacher evaluations should be made public or shared with parents. Is that a good idea? Would you push to share evaluations with parents in Chicago?</a><br /><br /><a href="http://www.wbez.org/page/education-question-11">Do schools have a role in stopping youth violence?&nbsp; If so, what should schools do, and how would you support their efforts?</a><br /><br /><a href="http://www.wbez.org/page/education-question-12">What would success with your education agenda look like at the end of your first term?</a></p></p> Mon, 17 Jan 2011 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-mayoral-election/mayoral-education-questionnaires