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29 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
06/14/21: Real estate’s moment of reckoning
Chicago is facing calls to reduce downtown buildings’ carbon footprint and landmark the homes of the city’s Black historical figures. Reporters Danny Ecker and Dennis Rodkin join host Amy Guth to discuss how the movements highlight the real estate industry’s role in climate change and systemic racism. Plus: Another lawsuit has been filed over Illinois' remap, COVID restrictions are lifting but some restaurants aren't ready, ethanol production outlook rises to the highest level since February 2020, and the park district's indoor pools will remain closed throughout the summer—but not because of COVID.
27 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
06/10/21: The housing market is having a Goldilocks moment
he Chicago-area real estate market is in a relative sweet spot. But how long can it last? Reporter Dennis Rodkin joins host Amy Guth to discuss and recap this week’s housing news. Plus: Worldwide travel loosens up, Illinois forms a high-speed rail commission, a Wacker Drive skyscraper hits the market, and new weed licenses could be issued by the end of the summer.
18 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
06/09/21: What’s the future for hotels post-pandemic?
A Gold Coast hotel for sale stands to provide clues about what investors think hotels are worth as the pandemic wanes. Commercial real estate reporter Danny Ecker discusses with host Amy Guth. Plus: Airline leaders plead to restart trans-Atlantic flights, Cook County changes its vaccination strategy to address hesitancy, insurance startup Kin raises $69 million with an investment from a PGA pro and 10 community leaders get $50K grants from the Field and Macarthur Foundations to make a difference in underserved areas.
18 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
06/08/21: Hedge fund’s move to cut costs at Tribune may backfire
Tribune Publishing’s new owner will likely try to turn a profit by slashing newsroom staff. Reporter Ally Marotti joins host Amy Guth to discuss how further cost-cutting will make it difficult for the Chicago Tribune and other newspapers to hold on to readers. Plus: A new report shows your property's share of local government debt, private-equity firms to buy Medline in $30 billion deal, Chicago Fire plans facility on Northwest Side and a ghost kitchen company owned by the co-founder of Uber is embroiled in a North Side NIMBY fight.
35 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
06/07/21: How businesses are preparing for a full reopening
Restaurants are getting ready for the removal of coronavirus restrictions June 11, as downtown landlords see a boost with life slowly returning to Chicago’s central business district. Reporters Alby Gallun and Ally Marotti discuss in a roundtable with host Amy Guth. Plus: Pritzker criticizes new ethics rules for state lawmakers; Staples offers $1 billion for Office Depot's consumer unit in new bid; Boeing plans to test ‘curtain of air’ to fight COVID in jet cabins and warns China that a trade impasse threatens its global sway.
37 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
06/03/21: Here’s why your home isn’t selling
Even in Chicago’s hot market, not all homes are selling fast. Reporter Dennis Rodkin joins host Amy Guth to take reader questions and recap the latest news in real estate. Plus: Travel restrictions loosen as Chicago's latest COVID measures show the lowest test positivity rate since the pandemic began, Illinois senators approve a plan for a fully elected Chicago school board, ComEd bribery defendants ask a judge to toss some charges and Radio Flyer takes e-bikes and scooters for a spin.
21 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
06/02/21: What to know about Illinois’ new $42B state budget
Lawmakers approved a state budget that doesn’t contain tax increases. Political columnist Greg Hinz joins host Amy Guth to explain. Plus: The great supply chain crisis of 2021 is now starting to impact the construction business, First Midwest in $6.5 billion deal with Indiana bank, Ulta's new CEO confronts a beauty business altered by COVID-19 and Chicago clears the way for Mercy Hospital’s new owner.
33 minutes | May 28, 2021
06/01/21: How Chicago businesses are addressing calls for racial justice
A health care coalition is launching a new report card that aims to help hospitals and clinics reduce systemic racism and health disparities. Meanwhile, a real estate developer is putting money behind the mayor’s alternative plan to renaming Lake Shore Drive after Black explorer Jean Baptiste Point du Sable. Stephanie Goldberg and A.D. Quig discuss in a reporters’ roundtable with host Amy Guth. Plus: Amtrak details its big expansion plan, Rivian pushes back launch of its battery-powered truck by a month, Boeing to pay $17 million to settle FAA enforcement cases and a big film studio campus is planned for the South Side.
26 minutes | May 26, 2021
05/27/21: Homes are going for well over the asking price
The average home in Chicago is now selling for over 100 percent of the asking price, but home values overall are still rising slower than in other major cities. Reporter Dennis Rodkin joins host Amy Guth to explain why that’s not necessarily a bad thing in a recap of this week’s real estate news. Plus: Mayor Lightfoot unveils plan to help hard-hit businesses, Illinois House passes long-awaited weed license bill, Illinois and Discovery Partners Institute team up to monitor COVID in wastewater and the travel rebound gains steam.
17 minutes | May 25, 2021
05/26/21: Why marijuana edibles are creating buzz
THC-infused snacks and candies are increasingly making up a huge share of total weed sales. Reporter John Pletz joins host Amy Guth to explain why Chicago’s deep roots in the food business may give local pot entrepreneurs an edge over the competition. Plus: Lightfoot administration faces more turnover, Chicago more than doubles rent relief funding, Fulton Market development sites hit the market and United Airlines launches its own vaccine lottery.
17 minutes | May 24, 2021
05/25/21: Home sales soar even as prices go sky-high
The Chicago-area saw home sales and prices explode in April. Residential real estate reporter Dennis Rodkin joins host Amy Guth to explain why the market is hotter than it’s been in years. Plus: McDonald's reopening plan is running into opposition from franchisees, Gallagher set to fill Chicago’s Aon vacuum, Illinois Rep. Bobby Rush aims to restart biomedical research disrupted by pandemic and employers are left to take the lead when it comes to wearing masks at work.
35 minutes | May 21, 2021
05/24/21: The city is calling out businesses for a lack of diversity
Chicago’s political leaders are taking bold steps to bring attention to the lack of diversity in some of the city’s most powerful industries, from financial services to journalism. Crain’s Wendell Hutson and Ally Marotti join host Amy Guth for a reporters’ roundtable. Plus: McDonald's hit with $10 billion discrimination suit from Byron Allen, Tribune Publishing shareholders vote to sell company to hedge fund, CNA Financial paid $40 million in ransom after March cyberattack and Illinois will repay the $2 billion it borrowed from the Federal Reserve without using COVID relief funds.
36 minutes | May 19, 2021
05/20/21: As prices explode, should you buy a home?
Low mortgage rates and a shortage of properties for sale has caused home prices to skyrocket. Do new homebuyers stand to lose money in the long run by buying in a sellers’ market? Dennis Rodkin joins host Amy Guth to recap this week’s real estate news and take listener questions. Plus: Agents group sues Allstate for multiple breaches of contract, WeWork chairman says demand for shared office space exceeds pre-pandemic levels, market research firm Ipsos reduces its downtown footprint, and Bank of America will raise minimum wage to $25 an hour.
17 minutes | May 18, 2021
05/19/21: With eviction ban set to end, will $1.5B in renter aid be enough?
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announces $1.5 billion in rent relief as the state says it will lift its freeze on evictions in August. Crain's commercial real estate reporter Alby Gallun talks with host Amy Guth about what it means for renters and landlords. Plus: Lightfoot says Chicagoans should keep wearing masks, General Iron owner hits city with $100 million lawsuit, Fulton Market developer plans massive apartment and office project, Peapod founders have a new grocery-tech venture that helps consumers who have special diets find the right foods.
16 minutes | May 17, 2021
05/18/21: Would waiving vaccine patents help end the pandemic?
The Biden administration unexpectedly came out in favor of suspending patent protections for COVID-19 vaccines in a move meant to boost supply in countries hard-hit by the pandemic. Health care reporter Stephanie Goldberg joins host Amy Guth to talk about the debate over intellectual property rights isn’t as simple as it seems. Plus: A new congressional map surfaces in Springfield, Delta to require vaccines for new employees, Stellantis cuts shift at Illinois Jeep plant amid chip shortage and a WHO report says working long hours increases risk of death from heart disease and stroke.
33 minutes | May 14, 2021
05/17/21: Will businesses need to police who's vaccinated?
Vaccinated individuals no longer have to wear masks indoors and they won’t count toward capacity limits under the city’s reopening plan. But how will businesses be able to tell who got the shot? Reporters Danny Ecker and Stephanie Goldberg join a reporters roundtable with host Amy Guth to talk about what could be a logistical nightmare. Plus: Lollapalooza will be back this summer, Civic Federation hits Pritzker's plan to close corporate loophole, Mariano's parent, Kroger gave its CEO $22 million after ending hazard pay for workers, Cubs legend Ryne Sandberg will be a spokesman for Chicago weed giant PharmaCann.
34 minutes | May 12, 2021
05/13/21: These are Chicago’s hottest housing markets
Homes are selling fast across the region, but where are they selling the fastest? Reporter Dennis Rodkin joins host Amy Guth to discuss and recap this week's real estate news. Plus: White House enlists McDonald's to promote vaccines, Joffrey Ballet expanding to South Loop, city’s marketing chief made permanent head of World Business Chicago and a 29-story Loop office building goes back on the market.
16 minutes | May 11, 2021
05/12/21: Why dealers are paying top-dollar for used cars
Used car values are soaring as dealers struggle to find pre-owned vehicles. Contributor Judy Crown joins host Amy Guth to discuss. Plus: The Navy Pier Flyover is finally finished, an Oprah-backed startup wants to help grocers peer into their produce, The owner of Barnes & Noble is buying Paper Source and Biden is set to nominate Rahm Emanuel as ambassador to Japan.
18 minutes | May 10, 2021
05/11/21: What business leaders think of Chicago’s economic future
The most recent Executive Pulse Survey from Crain’s-Harris Poll finds the majority of business leaders are hopeful the economy will pick up in the next six months. Harris Poll CEO William Johnson joins host Amy Guth to discuss what’s top of mind for business owners and C-suite executives as the city opens back up. Plus: City to fund $60M in Michael Reese site infrastructure, Helmut Jahn leaves architectural legacy in Chicago and around the world, Gallagher reportedly in talks to buy Aon and Willis assets and Rush and BMO launch $10 million health equity institute.
33 minutes | May 7, 2021
05/10/21: How COVID spurred a shortage of everything from chicken to new cars
Missteps at the beginning of the pandemic are now leading to serious shortages in just about everything, sending prices soaring. Reporters Ally Marotti and John Pletz join host Amy Guth to discuss how tight supply could threaten to slow the nation’s economic recovery. Plus: Illinois could fully reopen as soon as June 11, a large electric vehicle plant is coming to Joliet, big names preparing bids for Medline, grocery prices are going up, and a proposed weed bill calls for three lotteries to increase the number of pot stores in the state.
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