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People who have been out of work for more than six months have a harder time getting hired again. Brandis Friedman has the story of a Chicago-based nonprofit ahead of the curve in helping those workers get back to work, and the support it’s getting from the White House. Read an article.

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Read an interview with Darryl Lane, Senior Talent Acquisition Lead at Skills for Chicagoland’s Future, about employment tips, and view a graph of Chicago’s unemployment rate compared with state and national levels.

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Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the Fed may start  raising rates around six months after quantitative easing—ahead of what experts were expecting. We take a closer look at how the markets react to her comments at her first live press conference, and how her first policy meeting may affect the economy. Read an article, watch Yellen’s full press conference, and read a transcript of her remarks.

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The craft brew industry in Chicago has exploded in the last few years and shows no signs of stopping. Is there a saturation point for Chicago’s market? We talk with leaders on the craft brew scene and explore the growing trend. Read an article, view a slideshow, and take a craft brew QUIZ.

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From Washington to Wall Street to Main Street, the U.S. has a spending problem. The nonprofit MoneyThink is working to change that spending culture by teaching fiscal literacy to youth in urban areas. We chat with 24-year-old entrepreneur and MoneyThink co-founder Ted Gonder about the organization’s mission, his work in Chicago, and his new White House advisory council position. Watch a video.

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The Lakeview neighborhood has a unique new place for people who are homeless, and suffer mental illness or disabilities, to call home. Brandis Friedman takes a look inside. Read an article and watch a web extra video.

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Demand for locally produced, organic foods has never been stronger. We talk with a Chicagoan who is seen as a leader of the so-called Good Food Movement: Jim Slama, the founder and president of FamilyFarmed.org. Read an interview with The Organic Gardener founder, Jeanne Nolan, and take a QUIZ to test your knowledge on USDA organic regulations.

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In one of the biggest acquisitions in American history, Comcast has agreed to buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion in stock. The deal would give Comcast approximately a third of the national cable market. So what would it mean for customers when the United States' number one cable operator buys the number two company? And will both the Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department approve the massive deal?

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A community is divided by a plan to redevelop the site of the former Children's Memorial Hospital.  We'll hear why opponents of the proposal may no longer have a voice in the matter.
 

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The United Way of Metropolitan Chicago is making a $500,000 investment in the Brighton Park neighborhood. We tell you how it’s helping neighbors there.

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Former Ald. Martin Oberman joins us to talk about his new position as the Metra Board chairman.

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Should ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft be regulated like taxis? Mayor Rahm Emanuel has proposed the nation’s first law to license ride-sharing companies. But cab drivers say it doesn’t go far enough, and are now suing the city of Chicago to force equal regulations.

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With tax season upon us, local tax expert David Henderson joins us to guide you through the process and alert you of any new deductions you may be eligible for.

Lathrop Homes Redevelopment

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Plans to renovate Chicago Public Housing project Lathrop Homes on the north side have been in the works for years. We have some of your thoughts in tonight's Viewer Feedback.

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We talk with Ford Motor Company's Executive Vice President, Joseph Hinrichs, about the future of Ford and Chicago's role in its global growth. View a graph of Ford Motor Company sales.

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Plans to renovate Chicago Public Housing project Lathrop Homes on the north side have been in the works for years. We take a look at the redevelopment’s progress and find out why the community is fighting some changes. Read an article and view a slideshow.