WBEZ | David Greising http://www.wbez.org/tags/david-greising Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en New crop of grocers sprouting in Chicago neighborhoods http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-13/new-crop-grocers-sprouting-chicago-neighborhoods-94849 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-13/Eric Allix Rogers.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>It looked like some Chicagoans would soon have more places to get groceries: A Wal-Mart Express opened in Lakeview in late November and the city approved a <a href="http://www.marianosfreshmarket.com/" target="_blank">Mariano’s Fresh Market</a> in Greektown at Halsted and Monroe Streets; the chain could also open another spot in Ravenswood. The Ravenswood store project could go to the <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/about/council.html" target="_blank">City Council</a> for approval after two more community meetings, scheduled for later in the month. If approved, the project would get around $4 million from the Ravenswood Corridor TIF funds. To learn more about the new crop of grocery stores and what it signaled in terms of the city’s economy and development plans<span style="font-style: italic;">,</span><em> Eight Forty-Eight</em> was joined by David Greising. Gresing is a reporter for the <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/" target="_blank">Chicago News Cooperative</a>.</p><p><em>Music Button: Circuits, "Dubbing at Dawn", from the album Tim Love Lee: Fully Bearded, (Tummy Touch)</em><br> &nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 13 Dec 2011 14:33:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-13/new-crop-grocers-sprouting-chicago-neighborhoods-94849 Illinois struggles to improve unemployment figures http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-05/illinois-struggles-improve-unemployment-figures-94587 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-05/Unemployment.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>November saw a slight dip in national unemployment levels, which dropped from 9 to 8.6 percent. Analysts have been debating whether that change was significant.</p><p>However, here in Illinois, the scenario looked a little bleaker: Illinois’ unemployment rate is 10.1 percent.</p><p>Job growth seemed to be happening in fits and starts locally: Financial services added 400 jobs here but manufacturing lost 600 there. Then, last week the Illinois House rejected legislation that would provide tax relief to businesses throughout the Prairie State. That legislation was aimed at keeping big companies in Illinois, including the <a href="http://www.cmegroup.com/" target="_blank">Chicago Mercantile Exchange</a> and <a href="http://www.searsholdings.com/" target="_blank">Sears</a>. As more companies rumbled about the situation in Illinois, David Greising joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> for a look at how the state is doing and whether the business scenario is greener elsewhere. Greising is a reporter with the <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/" target="_blank"><em>Chicago News Cooperative</em></a>.</p><p><em>Music Button: Shark Quest, "Blake Carrington", from the album Battle of the Loons, (Merge)</em></p></p> Mon, 05 Dec 2011 15:03:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-05/illinois-struggles-improve-unemployment-figures-94587 Month in Review: Chicago mourns the death of Maggie Daley http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-30/month-review-chicago-mourns-death-maggie-daley-94447 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-30/RS3984_Maggie Daley2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>November was a month of trials, tribulations and tests: Mayor Emanuel and Cook County Board President Preckwinkle had their budgets approved, Gov. Quinn continued to wait for the green light for his budget, Rod Blagojevich's ally, Tony Rezko, was sentenced to more than 10 years for corruption and the owners of the South Loop E2 nightclub got a reprieve. The death of Maggie Daley on Thanksgiving cast a somber tone over the holidays but overall, the mood throughout November tended to be a little more feisty.</p><p><em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> welcomed a panel of journalists to discuss November's headlines and more for its <em>Month in Review</em>. David Greising regularly discusses business news on <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> and he is a reporter with the <em><a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/" target="_blank">Chicago News Cooperative</a></em>, Mary Ann Ahern is a political reporter for <a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/" target="_blank">NBC 5</a> and Tracy Baim is publisher and executive editor of the <a href="http://www.windycitytimes.com/index.php" target="_blank">Windy City Media Group</a>.</p><p><em>Music Button: Shawn Lee, "Meadown in the Summer", from the album Sing A Song, (Ubiquity)</em></p></p> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 15:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-30/month-review-chicago-mourns-death-maggie-daley-94447 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 Holiday season offers seasonal work for Chicago workforce http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-13/holiday-season-offers-seasonal-work-chicago-workforce-93119 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-13/halloween-shopping (AP Photo).jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Beginning in October, some of the city’s previously vacant storefronts became occupied and started to look a bit more festive. As Halloween approaches, pop-up costume shops began to fill in strip malls and retail corridors throughout the city. And once all the masks, wigs and costumes clear off the shelves, Christmas goodies will take their place. The year-end holiday goods will hit the shelves around Thanksgiving; and together with fall holidays, retailers anticipate an increase in shopping patterns. But what does it mean for the jobs market? How significant is seasonal work in Chicago’s overall economy? Are the jobs merely seasonal or can they be longer term? <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/author/david-greising/" target="_blank">David Greising</a>, deputy editor at <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/" target="_blank"><em>Chicago News Cooperative</em></a>, spoke with <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to asses the effects seasonal jobs could have on Chicago's work force.</p><p><em>Music Button: Wilco, "Not For The Season Alt. Version", from the bootleg album YHF Demos, (unreleased)</em></p></p> Thu, 13 Oct 2011 14:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-13/holiday-season-offers-seasonal-work-chicago-workforce-93119 Should they stay or go: Illinois offers advantages to business that the coasts don’t http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-26/should-they-stay-or-go-illinois-offers-advantages-business-coasts-don%E2%80%99t- <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-26/2750890919_b751a58f86_b.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>A correction has been made to this story.</em></p><p><a href="http://www.theonion.com/" target="_blank"><em>The Onion</em></a> recently announced they want to move the editorial staff from New York to their corporate headquarters in Chicago. Perhaps the goal was to create one, big, happy satirical family--OK, maybe not the happy part! Some employees reportedly felt "<a href="http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/311837" target="_blank">blindsided</a>" by the potential Midwest migration. Meanwhile other business chickens headed to Chicago to roost; but some may still flee the coop. That was not surprising: Illinois was recently ranked among the worst business climates in the country—third worst to be exact. So – <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em>'s go-business guru, <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/author/david-greising/" target="_blank">David Greising</a>, helped businesses assess the question question of the moment: Should they stay or should they go?</p><p><em>Music Button: Gotan Project, "Panamericana", from the album Tango 3.0, (XL Recording)</em></p><p><em>Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated that </em>The Onion <em>is making plans to move to editorial staff from New York to Chicago. They have said it's an option they want but have not announced plans for a move.</em></p></p> Mon, 26 Sep 2011 13:46:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-26/should-they-stay-or-go-illinois-offers-advantages-business-coasts-don%E2%80%99t- Surveying the market amidst potential Bank of America cuts http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-12/surveying-market-amidst-potential-bank-america-cuts-91852 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-12/5712963104_6d80037254_b.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>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. The company also looked a little peaked in the market – which of late, proved an unkind place for many firms. Particularly to companies that toyed with going public – the IPO stream turned to a trickle. <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/author/david-greising/" target="_blank">David Greising</a>, an editor with the <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/" target="_blank">Chicago News Cooperative</a>, joined<em> Eight Forty-Eight</em> to talk about banks and other business news.</p><p><em>Music Button: Memory Tapes, "Today Is Our Life," from the release Player Piano (Carpark Records)</em></p></p> Mon, 12 Sep 2011 14:42:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-12/surveying-market-amidst-potential-bank-america-cuts-91852 Searching for local signs of stability in a volatile marketplace http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-22/searching-local-signs-stability-volatile-marketplace-90877 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-22/Trading Floor.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Relief for the U.S. economy appeared as a scarce commodity in recent weeks: U.S. debt was downgraded, the latest jobless report was not good and the stock markets were volatile during the last couple of weeks.</p><p>Locally, however, the air of gloom cleared briefly after news of <a href="http://www.google.com">Google’s</a> planned <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/google-acquires-suburban-based-motorola-mobility-90588" target="_blank">$12.5 billion purchase</a> of Chicago-based <a href="http://www.motorola.com/Consumers/US-EN/Home" target="_blank">Motorola Mobility</a>. To analyze the events of late and look toward what might lay ahead, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> was joined by the <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/" target="_blank">Chicago News Cooperative’s</a> David Greising who regularly reports on business news for the show.</p><p><em>Music Button: Thievery Corporation, Tower Seven, from the CD Culture of Fear, (ESL)</em></p></p> Mon, 22 Aug 2011 15:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-22/searching-local-signs-stability-volatile-marketplace-90877 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 Mayor Emanuel squares off with the unions in budget battle http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-18/mayor-emanuel-squares-unions-budget-battle-89298 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-July/2011-07-18/Rahm Budget.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A coalition of union leaders is expected to meet with officials from the City of Chicago on Monday. The meeting comes after last week’s <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-07-16/news/ct-met-mayor-rahm-emanuel0716-20110716_1_mayor-rahm-emanuel-union-workers-union-work-rules" target="_blank">announcement</a> by Mayor Emanuel that some 625 unionized employees may lose their jobs. The mayor asked union leaders for their ideas to offset the city’s budget gap—but the unions said they are still reviewing the situation.</p><p>What does Emanuel’s move mean for the city’s financial future?&nbsp; And how will it affect the city’s relationship with unions? <em>Eight Forty-Eight </em>spoke to the<span style="font-style: italic;"> </span><a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org">Chicago News Cooperative</a>'s <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/author/david-greising/" target="_blank">David Greising</a> to assess the mayor’s decision and some of his other workforce-related moves.</p></p> Mon, 18 Jul 2011 15:11:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-18/mayor-emanuel-squares-unions-budget-battle-89298