WBEZ | Challenger http://www.wbez.org/tags/challenger Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Fewer job cuts announced in Illinois http://www.wbez.org/story/fewer-job-cuts-announced-illinois-93695 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-November/2011-11-02/5997470855_2cd4fcc90b.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Companies and government agencies announced a lot fewer job cuts in Illinois last month compared with September. The latest job cuts data come from Challenger, Gray and Christmas, a Chicago company that helps employers manage the process of laying off workers.<br> <br> In October, Challenger, Gray says, about 2,300 job cuts were announced in Illinois, down by more than a third from September. Nationally the number dropped even more – by almost two-thirds - as government agencies and financial companies announced many fewer layoffs.<br> &nbsp;<br> But CEO John Challenger says nationally, as a special congressional committee works to reduce the deficit, more job cuts are likely.<br> <br> "For example, the post office has been talking about a job cut that may be one of the biggest of all time – numbers like 200,000 have been mentioned," Challenger said.<br> <br> In Illinois, the biggest announced job cuts in October came from the cell phone company Motorola Mobility, the city of Chicago, the Jewel supermarket chain and the Chicago Transit Authority, according to Challenger, Gray.</p></p> Wed, 02 Nov 2011 16:56:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/fewer-job-cuts-announced-illinois-93695 Space explorers look to infinity and beyond after final space shuttle mission http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-22/space-explorers-look-infinity-and-beyond-after-final-space-shuttle-missi <p><p>The tallest building will never reach the skies quite like the space shuttles did. For 30 years the U.S. space shuttle program launched Americans into orbit. When Atlantis touched down Thursday, it punctuated a great chapter of space exploration.The shuttles kept many looking up at the sky but now, it's time to look to the future – or so says the <a href="http://www.adlerplanetarium.org/" target="_blank">Adler Planetarium</a>’s Michelle Nichols-Yehling.</p><p><em>Live Music Button: DJ Matt Warren spins Kid Cudi's "Enter Galactic" with live violin accompaniment by Katarina Visnevska</em></p><br> <p><br> &nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 22 Jul 2011 14:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-22/space-explorers-look-infinity-and-beyond-after-final-space-shuttle-missi WBEZ archives: Jim Nayder interview with Christa McAuliffe (1985) http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/wbez-archives-jim-nayder-interview-christa-mcauliffe-1985 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Christa_McAuliffe.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 484px; height: 362px;" alt="" title="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-January/2011-01-28/Christa_McAuliffe.jpg" /></p><p>Today is the <audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1328075020-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/Christa M._Nayder Interview.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 28 Jan 2011 19:25:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/wbez-archives-jim-nayder-interview-christa-mcauliffe-1985