WBEZ | Mother's Day http://www.wbez.org/tags/mothers-day Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Are Mommy and me meant to be...BFF? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/are-mommy-and-me-meant-bebff-99057 <p><p>A recent <em>New York </em>magazine <a href="http://nymag.com/news/features/mother-daughter-best-friends-2012-4/" target="_blank">article</a> sparked an interesting conversation about the often complicated relationship between mothers and their daughters. The piece, titled, “My Mom Is My BFF,” profiled a mother and daughter so close that mom stays in touch with her daughter’s exes. Their story, experts say, is not unique—but it left many wondering: Should mothers and daughters be best buds?</p><p>I consider my mother a dear, albeit deeply disturbed, friend. She didn’t appeal to me—friend wise—until I was through those awkward tween years. But she was very quick—too quick, really—to say, “I’m not your friend, I’m your mother.</p><p>Harsh? Sure. Cruel? I’m still working through that. But after reading the <em>New York</em> magazine article, I wondered whether our relationship had become friendlier, me being a grown-a$# woman and all.&nbsp; So I thought I’d begin a dialog with my mother that mirrored one I might have with a friend—inappropriate and via text.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Mother%20Dearest_0_0.png" style="width: 300px; height: 682px; float: left;" title="">I think we can all agree that this experiment backfired—touché Mommy Dearest, touché.</div></div></div><p>My mother, after all, is a Baby Boomer. And she was certainly more lenient, warm and friendly than her own mother. Boomers, social psychologist <a href="http://www.susannewmanphd.com/wordpress/" target="_blank">Dr. Susan Newman</a> says, rejected their parents domineering, authoritative style and vowed to give their children space—they weren’t going to be so strict and cold; they were much more permissive.</p><p>“After that,” Newman told me, “we got into what I call, ‘everyone wanting to raise star children.”</p><p>Meet the Momager. More broadly referred to as helicopter parents—young, new parents who aim to control and design every aspect of their child’s life: She’ll play the violin, and speak Mandarin between tennis matches and pageants and her androgynous name will throw off future employers—and agents of course.</p><p>Despite its current popularity in our culture—and on reality television—Newman does think this trend will ebb; and that like most relationships, the mother-daughter connection evolves throughout its lifetime. And that it’s healthy and rewarding for parents to become their child’s friend—once they are independent, mature adults. So perhaps I’ve got some room to grow on that last bit.</p><p>But enough about me—what do you think? As we prepare to celebrate mothers this weekend, <em>Afternoon Shift </em>explores our evolving roles and relationships we have with mothers—mother and daughter, mother and son, mother and husband, all of it!</p><p>MJ Tam, lead blogger for <a href="http://thechicagomoms.com/" target="_blank">thechicagomoms.com</a>, and Dr. Newman join Steve Edwards for this conversation—join them! Call <strong>312-923-9239</strong> or find us on Twitter at #AfternoonShift.</p><p>Oh, and Mom—pick up some singles at the bank: you can never have too many friends. Happy Mother’s Day to all the cool moms out there!</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/qde83d7-urM" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p></p> Fri, 11 May 2012 13:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/are-mommy-and-me-meant-bebff-99057 Music Thursdays with Tony Sarabia and Richard Steele: Mother's Day http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/music-thursdays-tony-sarabia-and-richard-steele-mothers-day-98980 <p><p><strong>Tony Sarabia:</strong></p><div class="image-insert-image "><img 1963.="" alt="" ap="" best="" class="image-original_image" foot="" in="" marty="" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP630403025.jpg" style="float: right; height: 297px; width: 300px;" title="Judy Garland hugs her 17-year-old daughter Liza Minnelli after watching Liza star in the Off-Broadway revival of the 1941 musical &quot;Best Foot Forward&quot; in 1963. (AP/Marty Lederhandler)"></div><p>Sunday is Mother’s Day, a celebration that has been around in one form or another since the days of the Roman Empire. I wonder if they had mom centric songs back then?</p><p>Well, we sure do.&nbsp;Here are my picks for this week’s theme:</p><p>So who says that songs about moms must always be cheery and fun loving? That’s certainly not a realistic view of parenthood or life in general. And what better genre to take on a sad song about being a mom than country music? My first pick has that beautiful twangy country sound from the late 1950s. Musicianship played an important role then, and the Carter Family’s mournful melodies still held sway for many artists, including the legendary Kitty Wells.</p><p>Kitty Wells was country music’s first female superstar. She’s often overshadowed by Patsy Klein, but Wells was the first in many areas of county music: She was the first to record an LP and the only female solo artist between 1953 and 1955 to maintain her success, especially on the charts. Her 1955 hit "Making Believe" is considered one of the greatest songs in country music history. Her voice, with its slight falsetto in a minor key, has a big influence on later vocalists, like Iris DeMint.</p><p>It’s that voice that captures the sadness behind her 1959 hit "Mommy for a Day." The tune was written by two men -- country music’s Harlan Howard and Buck Owens. It tells the story of a mother whose husband has kicked her out of their house because of rumors of infidelity. Now she can see her daughter only on Sundays. Here’s a verse:</p><p><em>"She's much too young to realize why mommy can't come home</em></p><p><em>And that her daddy wanted things this way</em></p><p><em>We kiss goodbye and my heart breaks to walk away alone</em></p><p><em>To have to be her mommy for a day"</em></p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/qlR7rqGj4GQ" frameborder="0" height="360" width="480"></iframe></p><p>This is a timeless song, as I’m sure hundreds of divorced or separated couples can relate to all the emotions involved in child visitation. As I warned: not an upbeat ode to moms or motherhood.</p><p>My own mom has taken on many roles over the course of mothering, which by the way, NEVER ends. Let’s see, there’s doctor, teacher, comedian, chef and of course, counselor and confidant.</p><p>Sometimes we need mom there just to hear us out without offering any unsolicited advice or passing judgment. So here you have Sarah Vaughn confessing to Mama about the man she’s taken up with. "Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean" was first recorded by R&amp;B legend Ruth Brown in 1953, when &nbsp;jazz and blues crossed paths and created jump blues and later R&amp;B.</p><p>Ruth had two versions: a mid-tempo rocker and the more upbeat horn driven version. In 1962, Sarah Vaughn, along with the Quincy Jones Orchestra, gave it a more jazzy twist with a hint of cha-cha. The Divine One sounds like she’s one her knees on the last chorus, pouring out her confession and mom sits and listens with utter sympathy and compassion, maybe nodding every now and again. One of the highlights of the tune is the&nbsp; chicken clucking trumpet in the beginning of the song:</p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/od7-fyGa9DQ" frameborder="0" height="360" width="480"></iframe></p><p>This next tune falls into the mom-as-solid-as-a-rock category. Here’s The Scissor Sisters with their 2004 hit "Take Your Mama," which is basically about a young gay man coming out to his mom. (Maybe I should have taken my mother out when I broke the news to her, although she did take it very well.) It’s a fun romp on a serious subject 'cause hey, sometimes humor is the best device:</p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/rz6LJt5-ruE" frameborder="0" height="360" width="480"></iframe></p><p>This next song is a beautiful number from Fugee’s vocalist Lauryn Hill, from her very personal 1998 debut solo, <em>The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill</em>. "To Zion" touches on the weighty issue of abortion and that unending debate -- career or motherhood. (As if a woman can’t have both.) Apparently, some of Hill’s friends encouraged her to have an abortion so motherhood wouldn’t interfere with her blossoming career. Here’s what Lauryn Hill once said about the song’s origin and significance:</p><p style="margin-left:.5in;"><em>Names wouldn't come when I was ready to have him. The only name that came to me was Zion. I was like, "Is Zion too much of a weight to carry?" But this little boy, man. I would say he personally delivered me from my emotional and spiritual drought. He just replenished my newness. When he was born, I felt like I was born again. I wanted it to be a revolutionary song about a spiritual movement, and also about my spiritual change, going from one place to another because of my son.</em></p><p>Now that is love for a mother’s child. Happy Mother’s Day!</p><p><strong>Richard Steele:</strong></p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/A-SL77dtzwY" frameborder="0" height="360" width="480"></iframe><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; ">&nbsp;</span></p><div>Tyrone Davis was a true representative of&nbsp;“Chicago Style”&nbsp;soul music.&nbsp;Before he passed away in 2005, he sold millions of records. He was known for bold outfits and tight leather pants as part of his on-stage persona.&nbsp;He had a huge following of female fans.&nbsp;His working group, known as The Platinum Band, was one of the best in the business, and other artists were always trying to hire them away.&nbsp;They were the ensemble backing up Tyrone on this 1991 record called <em>Mom’s&nbsp;Apple Pie</em>. Davis was referring to how sweet a particular woman was.&nbsp;The ladies loved this song. &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div>Dorothy&nbsp;Leatherwood Hawkins&nbsp;is the mother of the legendary Etta James, who died earlier this year at the age of 73.&nbsp;In an interview with the<em>&nbsp;Star Tribune&nbsp;</em>in Minneapolis, Etta said she hadn’t known that her mother was a singer. According to the interview, which quoted&nbsp;from her autobiography, <em>Rage to Survive</em>,&nbsp;they didn’t spend much time together when Etta was young.&nbsp;In her early years, Etta&nbsp;said,&nbsp;she didn’t get along well with her teenage mother.&nbsp;But by the time of the recording of the album&nbsp;<em>Blue Gardenia</em>, they were much older and things were better. Etta agreed to let her mother do a duet with her on just one track, but she said that since her mother knew the song better than&nbsp;she did, she let her mom fly solo, on the title track&nbsp;“Blue Gardenia.” &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</div><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/-xqxz8nazk0" frameborder="0" height="360" width="480"></iframe></p><div>This extraordinary mother-and-daughter combination takes superstar quality to the max. Actor and singer Judy Garland signed a movie contract with MGM when she was 13. She had already been&nbsp;performing with her sisters from the age of 2 or 3 before a leading role in <em>The Wizard of Oz</em>&nbsp;in 1939 made her a star. Unfortunately, she led a tragic life: addicted to pills, she died in 1969. Daughter Liza Minnelli also started as a young professional&nbsp;at 16.&nbsp;Just three years later, she became the youngest woman to win a Tony as lead actress&nbsp;in a musical.&nbsp;The play was&nbsp;<em>Flora The Red Menace</em>. She’s now&nbsp;67 and still performing.&nbsp;This duet with mother and daughter was taken from&nbsp;<em>The Judy Garland Show</em>,&nbsp;which aired for one season in&nbsp;the early ‘60s. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</div><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/IgRBvGutjmQ" frameborder="0" height="360" width="480"></iframe></p><div>The career of actor Mr. T had an unusual start. He was a student at Chicago’s Dunbar High School when he won several wrestling championships.&nbsp;Later he became a bodyguard and a celebrity bouncer.&nbsp;For many people who came of age in the mid&nbsp;‘80s, the name Mr. T automatically takes you back to the television series called&nbsp;<em>The A-Team</em>, in which Mr. T’s unforgettable character was B.A&nbsp; Baracus. It was&nbsp;also during this period&nbsp;that&nbsp;he made this music video called&nbsp;“Treat Your Mother Right.”&nbsp;He was at the height of his popularity, so it wasn’t a stretch for him to try being a rapper. That was hilarious.</div><div><p>We also had two guests on <em>Eight Forty Eight</em> today, rockin' music moms who each provided song picks.&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/5Jr3uKOzNaw" frameborder="0" height="360" width="480"></iframe></p><p>Kori Gardner is one-half of the couple team Mates of State. For years, she wrote a music blog called "Band on the (Diaper) Run." Her kids are now diaper free, but they still travel on tour with Kori and her husband. One song that Gardner said reminds her of her relationship both with her kids and her own mother is Tom Petty's "Wildflowers." A sweet sentiment for any child from their mother, Petty sings, "You belong among the wildflowers."</p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ZntMHa9RBnA" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Gardner also played an original composition, a song called "Nature and the Wreck," a song which Gardner said she wrote for her daughters.&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/4BBBR1QfNSY" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Jessica Hopper also joined us in studio for Music Thursday. She is a Chicago music critic and author of the book <em>The Girl's Guide to Rocking</em>. With two kids under two, Hopper certainly has her hands full, and says "Song for the Baby" by Kelis is the "mommy jam" that gets her through it.&nbsp;</p><p>Hopper also selected a song that she likes to listen to with her kids. Elizabeth Mitchell, formerly of the band Ida, covered the Bill Withers classic "Lovely Day." A little while back Mitchell actually performed the song live at WBEZ's studios; it'll be part of our Live Music Thursday series, to be posted later today.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/41946824?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=cc0422" webkitallowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" width="600"></iframe></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 10 May 2012 09:23:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/music-thursdays-tony-sarabia-and-richard-steele-mothers-day-98980 Eight Forty-Eight for 05.10.12 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/eight-forty-eight-051012-99001 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/MaureenShaughnessy.jpg" title="(Flickr/MaureenShaughnessy)" /></p><p>On this edition of Music Thursday, we get a head start on celebrating Mother&#39;s Day. Tony Sarabia and WBEZ&rsquo;s Richard Steele line up some of their favorite tunes, sung by Moms, to Moms and for Moms. We&#39;re joined by Kori Gardner from the band Mates of State, a rockin&#39; mom who wrote the blog&nbsp;<em>Band on the Diaper Run&nbsp;</em>while she toured the country with her husband/bandmate and their children. Also, Jessica Hopper, grrl power enthusiast, music writer for the<em> Chicago&nbsp;Reader</em> and author of&nbsp;<em>The Girl&#39;s Guide to Rocking,</em>&nbsp;explains how she juggles being a rock critic and parent.</p><p>At the top of the hour, we were joined by Tracy Baim of <em>Windy City Times</em> as we invited listeners to weigh in with their thoughts on President Obama&rsquo;s historic announcement yesterday regarding gay marriage.&nbsp; Baim is also the author of the 2010 book, <em>Obama and the Gays: A Political Marriage</em>.&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 10 May 2012 07:41:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/eight-forty-eight-051012-99001 Chicago's first Mother's Day http://www.wbez.org/blogs/john-r-schmidt/2012-05/chicagos-first-mothers-day-98731 <p><p>This Sunday is Mother’s Day. Chicago first celebrated the holiday 103 years ago Wednesday–May 9, 1909.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/05-09--Anna%20Jarvis.jpg" style="height: 268px; width: 200px; float: left;" title="Anna Marie Jarvis (Library of Congress)"></div><p>The American version of Mother’s Day was started by Anna Marie Jarvis, after the death of her own mother in 1905. To honor all mothers, Jarvis asked people to wear white carnations on the second Sunday in May. The first observances were held in Grafton, West Virginia, where her late mother had lived.</p><p>By 1908 Mother’s Day was being celebrated in Philadelphia, San Francisco and a few other places. Meanwhile, Jarvis worked to spread the holiday. She sent pamphlets to women’s clubs in various cities, asking for help.</p><p>In Chicago, the Mother’s Day cause was taken up by Sarah Warrell. On May 4, 1909, the <em>Tribune</em> ran a short interview in which she described the holiday.</p><p>Warrell called on ministers, teachers, and charitable institutions to get out the word. Wearing the white carnation was the first step. Then people should use the holiday for positive action, to help the aged, the sick, and the needy. “If everyone in the city would volunteer to do what he could to observe the spirit of Mother’s Day, much happiness would result,” Warrell said.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/05-09--lange%20ad.jpg" style="float: right; height: 158px; width: 200px;" title="1912 newspaper ad (Chicago Daily News)"></div></div><p>May 9th came. Men, women and children were seen sporting the white carnation. Some groups, like the YMCA and the Grand Army of the Republic, had enlisted their entire membership. Pastors mentioned Mother’s Day in sermons, and in Oak Park, the First Presbyterian Church was filled with the symbolic flower. Carnations were also distributed at various hospitals and orphanages.</p><p>With less than a week’s publicity, the first Chicago Mother’s Day was a great success. During the next few years, the local movement grew. In 1910 Governor Deneen declared Mother’s Day a state holiday. Not to be outdone by a Republican, Chicago’s Mayor Harrison issued his own proclamation in 1911.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/05-09--future%20blogger.jpg" style="float: left; height: 332px; width: 300px;" title="(Author's collection)"></div><p>The holiday was a likely time to remind Chicagoans of the problems faced by unmarried mothers–”illegal mothers,” as they were then called. On Mother’s Day 1911, the St. Margaret Relief Society held a special meeting at the La Salle Hotel. Single moms told their stories to an audience of 200 local club women, asking for help to maintain the “maternity home for dependent women.”</p><p>Chicago’s 1912 Mother’s Day was the biggest one yet. The holiday had become so popular that local florists ran out of carnations. The <em>Tribune </em>published a special section in which prominent Chicagoans wrote about their mothers. There was some talk about changing this first Sunday in May to a Parents’ Day–or maybe even having a separate Father’s Day.</p><p>Finally, in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother’s Day a national holiday. We’ve been celebrating it ever since.</p></p> Tue, 08 May 2012 11:27:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/john-r-schmidt/2012-05/chicagos-first-mothers-day-98731 Muhammad Ali and Nikki Giovanni’s Parenting 101 http://www.wbez.org/story/muhammad-ali-and-nikki-giovanni%E2%80%99s-parenting-101-86161 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-May/2011-05-06/5348915155_2cca609662_b.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>You might not think a feminist poet and a boastful boxer would have much in common. But when the poet is Nikki Giovanni and the boxer is Muhammad Ali, you would be wrong. And what I mean by that is that I was wrong when I made the same assumption, and I when I was surprised that the two had been close friends.</p><p>But then, it all made perfect sense. They share a kinship through radical politics, black pride, and a fractured moment in U.S. history. When Giovanni spoke at Chicago Public Library last weekend, she alluded to their shared politics by describing how disgusted she was when Ali was stripped of his title and banned from boxing after refusing to serve in Vietnam. “How could you be mad at a man who refused to go to war to kill someone?” she opined. “What kind of sense does that make?”</p><p>During her talk Giovanni also shared another story about violence, this time on a smaller scale. It was a strange and funny moment of parenting that seemed worthy of sharing as Mother’s Day approaches.</p><p>In the audio excerpt above, Giovanni describes how she let her young son work some things out for himself after a personal challenge from “The Greatest.”</p><p><em><a href="series/dynamic-range">Dynamic Range</a> showcases hidden gems unearthed from ChicagoAmplified’s vast archive of public events and appears on weekends. Nikki Giovanni spoke at <a href="http://www.chipublib.org/">Chicago Public Library</a> in April. Click <a href="story/nikki-giovanni-85974">here</a> to hear the event in its entirety, and click <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/wbez/id364380278" target="_blank">here</a> to subscribe to the DynamicRange podcast.</em></p></p> Fri, 06 May 2011 15:51:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/muhammad-ali-and-nikki-giovanni%E2%80%99s-parenting-101-86161 Writer Rita Coburn Whack reflects on wisdom of her mother http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-06/writer-rita-coburn-whack-reflects-wisdom-her-mother-86154 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-May/2011-05-06/Mom in 60&#039;s.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Many folks will be celebrating Mother's Day on Sunday. But the mother-child bond can be a complicated relationship, one that waxes and wanes over time. In anticipation of this Mother’s Day, writer Rita Coburn Whack reflected on her mother’s wisdom and the many stages of their relationship.&nbsp;</p><p>Rita Coburn Whack is a writer in Chicago.</p><p><em>Adulture's Music Button: Scott K &amp; Cole Medina vs. James Brown, "I'm Satisfied," I'm Satisfied 12" (Phonica Records)</em></p></p> Fri, 06 May 2011 14:07:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-06/writer-rita-coburn-whack-reflects-wisdom-her-mother-86154 Venture: Nursing grads face surprisingly tough job market http://www.wbez.org/story/venture-nursing-grads-face-surprisingly-tough-job-market-85905 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-May/2011-05-01/17368_855067475793_3204887_47503393_7999648_n.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Perhaps the biggest economic news this week will be the monthly report on unemployment, due out Friday.<br> &nbsp;<br> Unemployment has been edging down – and that's sure to be something of a relief to worried college seniors.<br> &nbsp;<br> But one group among those stressed-out graduates may surprise you.<br> &nbsp;<br> PHIL ZACK: We're going to start in a few minutes, if you guys want to get your pizza and get settled.<br> <br> Three recent graduates - in a field I will divulge in a minute - are about to tell their job-hunt stories to a room full of seniors at the University of Illinois Chicago.<br> <br> QUENTIN CARDENAS: Two interviews out of over 100 applications.<br> SALLY BERKO: Talk to people that you know, because if you think you're just going to go online and apply for a couple of jobs and wait and see, you may be waiting for a long time.<br> RHYS GIBSON: I mean I thought I was the cat's meow and everything, because I'm an African-American guy coming out of here – I was waiting for the red carpet, I had the grades, had the experience, to an extent but not the practical experience as a nurse working on the floor.<br> &nbsp;<br> Yeah, you heard him right. Nursing.<br> &nbsp;<br> Wait--Haven't people been talking about a nursing shortage for years?<br> &nbsp;<br> Haven't all those English majors been kind of kicking themselves, thinking, ah I should have gone to nursing school?<br> &nbsp;<br> Well, turns out the picture is a little more complicated.<br> &nbsp;<br> Rhys Gibson is the last UIC nursing grad you heard - the one who thought he was the cat's meow.<br> &nbsp;<br> He discovered the stable career he thought he’d chosen wasn't immune from the recession.<br> &nbsp;<br> GIBSON: There isn't a whole lot of money, even on my unit, I was lucky enough to make it in when I did because there hasn't been another RN1 since and that was December '09 when I got that job offer.<br> &nbsp;<br> He says he applied for hundreds of jobs and finally landed his current position as a nurse on a geriatric psychiatry ward at Rush University Medical Center.<br> &nbsp;<br> Gibson is just one of thousands of people who entered nursing schools in Illinois in recent years, many in response to a drumbeat of news about a looming nurse shortage.<br> &nbsp;<br> Cathy Grossi is with the Illinois Hospital Association.<br> &nbsp;<br> GROSSI: There's been a concerted effort led by the Illinois Center for Nursing to expand the capacity of the educational programming across Illinois to accommodate student interest for nursing education. So we've increased capacity around the state about 25 percent. &nbsp;<br> <br> That's since 2006. But then the recession hit in 2007.<br> &nbsp;<br> And while it's officially been over since 2009, the effects have been deep and longlasting, even in health care - one of the brighter growth areas of the economy.<br> &nbsp;<br> GROSSI: We are now experiencing an increase in the number of graduates coupled with the time temporarily where there's probably not as much opportunity as there was in the past. &nbsp;<br> &nbsp;<br> Grossi says vacancies in nurse jobs at Illinois hospitals fell by more than half from 2008 to 2010. &nbsp;<br> &nbsp;<br> One reason is that as the recession hit and people lost their jobs and health benefits, they stopped going to hospitals as much so not as many nurses are needed.<br> &nbsp;<br> Another reason is that older nurses who were about to retire have kept working instead.<br> &nbsp;<br> Patricia Lewis is an associate dean at the UIC College of Nursing.<br> &nbsp;<br> LEWIS: We've also seen a lot of nurses with experience who might have been working part-time or who might have actually not been participating in the labor force because they had young children come back to work at a point in time when they might not ordinarily have done that because spouses lost positions.<br> &nbsp;<br> But Lewis and most everyone else say the shortage is real - just wait a few years.<br> &nbsp;<br> Nationally, one leading researcher projects a shortfall of a quarter million nurses by 2025 as a lot of older nurses retire and baby boomers need more health care.<br> &nbsp;<br> But that's not too much comfort to students about to graduate now.<br> &nbsp;<br> ANNA LENDABARKER: I do feel a little let down at this point when searching for these jobs and you look and you see, you need 6 years of experience, it's like, this is getting kind of ridiculous.<br> &nbsp;<br> Anna Lendabarker will get her diploma from UIC this coming Thursday.<br> &nbsp;<br> She really wants to work as a nurse on a neonatal intensive-care unit.<br> &nbsp;<br> But reality is intervening.<br> &nbsp;<br> She's been working at a small community hospital as a nurse assistant.<br> &nbsp;<br> A year ago, she hadn't planned to try to get a permanent job there.<br> &nbsp;<br> But now she says she plans to explore it.<br> &nbsp;<br> LENDABARKER: Hopefully I could work there but they're slow too. They're having a dip in patients now. So it's kind of difficult to approach anyone in management saying, do you need another nurse when they're canceling nurses left and right for shifts.<br> &nbsp;<br> UIC's Patricia Lewis says there are jobs out there – in clinics and long-term care facilities, and outside Chicago.<br> &nbsp;<br> So she's confident students will find work if they adjust their expectations – but many still feel discouraged.<br> <br> LEWIS: I think there's disappointment and there's anxiety. I think that we've been able to assure them that really the prospects for their future careers are very good and I do think that they believe it. They just wish it would come faster.<br> &nbsp;<br> So if you're an eight-year-old out there considering a job in nursing, you may hit the sweet spot of that big shortage in 2025.<br> &nbsp;<br> Today's grads just hope things pick up a lot sooner.<br> &nbsp;<br> Now for our Windy Indicator – where we ask anyone and everyone – how's business?<br> <br> Today – the Mother's Day brunch economy.<br> <br> CHAD BERTELSMAN: We generally see in the last two or three weeks before Mother's Day, it just increases exponentially.<br> <br> Those would be brunch reservations at Spiaggia, the Italian restaurant on the Magnificent Mile.<br> <br> Chad Bertelsman is the manager.<br> <br> He says Mother's Day is the one time a year they open during the day, and they usually sell out – and he expects the same this year.<br> <br> In fact, Bertelsman says they've been adding more expensive items lately, including a $140 Wagyu steak from Australia, that he says they can't order enough of.<br> <br> BERTELSMAN: We also have this amazing dish with burratta, it's this creamy white cheese that's served with lumps of caviar on top of each and that's $58 and people buy that sitting at the bar as a snack.<br> <br> Of course, it can't hurt that President Barack Obama has reportedly called Spiaggia's Tony Mantuano his favorite chef.<br> <br> BERTELSMAN: We actually even started loosely tracking how many people mentioned the Obamas when they would make reservations and it was considerable – more than 30 percent would at least mention it.<br> <br> So the caviar and Wagyu steak economy? Doing just fine, especially with a presidential endorsement.<br> <br> Next week, our windy indicator checks in on the business of boxes.</p></p> Mon, 02 May 2011 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/venture-nursing-grads-face-surprisingly-tough-job-market-85905