WBEZ | public http://www.wbez.org/tags/public Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Groupon makes plans to to go public, again http://www.wbez.org/story/groupon-makes-plans-go-public-again-92046 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-15/groupon site.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago-based company Groupon, Inc. is back on the path to going public. <a href="http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2011/09/14/groupon-back-on-track-for-its-i-p-o/?ref=business"><em>The New York Times</em> reports</a> the company will file for an I.P.O. by the end of October or early November.</p><p>Rick Summer, an analyst with Morningstar who follows the daily deals website,&nbsp;called Groupon a company that is "trying to make their own rules" through an unorthodox approach.</p><p>"There are so many risks, still, around just the daily deals space in general, but also in particular around Groupon," said Summer. "What does the business model look like? How do you end up pricing it? Is this even a viable business long-term? Those are questions that really haven't been answered in advance of the offering."</p><p>Summer said he's not surprised by Groupon's decision to postpone going public; the volatile market has made it difficult for other companies to do the same.</p><p>"Facebook could have easily gone public this year...and by all accounts it seems they're a profitable business, but they continue to delay until they reach different levels of maturity and different milestones" explained Summer. "So it's a very interesting contrast with what Groupon is doing, which is an unproven business that is rushing as quickly as they can to go public, versus Facebook, which is attempting to really mature the business, and really have a clear view of what the business is before they actually go public."</p><p>A representative from the company did not return calls for comment.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 15 Sep 2011 19:37:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/groupon-makes-plans-go-public-again-92046 Quinn wants public input on death penalty http://www.wbez.org/story/death-penalty/quinn-wants-public-input-death-penalty <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Pat Quinn_getty.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Gov. Pat Quinn says he'd like to hear from the citizens of Illinois before he decides whether to sign legislation that would abolish the death penalty in the state.</p><p>During an event at the University of Illinois on Wednesday, Quinn said he's already weighing input from prosecutors, clergy and others on the bill passed this month by the General Assembly.</p><p>The governor wouldn't say when he'll make a decision. He says he's going through a period of what he called &quot;reflection and review.&quot;</p><p>Quinn has said he supports the death penalty. But he also has kept a moratorium on capital punishment put in place in 2000 by Gov. George Ryan after courts overturned the death sentences of 13 men after finding them innocent.<br /><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 19 Jan 2011 19:38:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/death-penalty/quinn-wants-public-input-death-penalty Maintaining privacy in a more public world http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/maintaining-privacy-more-public-world <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/zuckerberg.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2010, and it's easy to see why. Facebook and our constant need to update others on where we are and what we're doing is all part of the persistent breakdown between our private and public lives. Our boundaries and definitions of what we consider public information seem to constantly fluctuate.&nbsp;<br /><br />Earlier this year, Alison Cuddy hosted a panel of people who think about how privacy plays out day to day. The panel included <a href="http://communication.depaul.edu/Faculty%20and%20Staff/Full%20Time%20Faculty/Kessler.asp" target="_blank">Kelly Kessler</a>, assistant professor of cinema and media studies at DePaul University, <a href="http://www.iit.edu/csl/socs/faculty/nippert_christena.shtml" target="_blank">Christena Nippert-Eng</a>, associate professor of sociology at Illinois Institute of Technology and author of &quot;Islands of Privacy&quot;, and <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/topic/arts-culture/mass-media/news-media/wailin-wong-PECLB004535.topic" target="_blank">Wailin Wong</a>, a Chicago Tribune business reporter who writes about consumer technology. <br />&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 22 Dec 2010 15:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/maintaining-privacy-more-public-world