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  • University of Chicago professors, students upset by layoffs and school finances

    University of Chicago professors, students upset by layoffs and school finances

    Faculty members and student groups are pushing back against University of Chicago leadership and its ongoing effort to lay off administrative personnel across campus. Leaders of multiple academic divisions were directed to cut budgets by 8 percent, following a university mandate to reduce spending...

  • Workplace harassment is alive and well

    Workplace harassment is alive and well

    You would think by now, with seemingly endless training sessions and awareness-raising programs and strongly worded policies in employee handbooks, that American workplaces would be largely devoid of harassment. Unfortunately, you would be wrong. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...

  • Chicago unemployment rate falls in May

    Chicago unemployment rate falls in May

    The Chicago metro area's unemployment rate fell in May compared with a year earlier, though most other parts of the state saw unemployment rates rise. The 5.5 percent unemployment rate for the Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights metropolitan area was down from 5.9 percent in May 2015, according...

  • A way to interrupt our workplace biases

    A way to interrupt our workplace biases

    People don't like to talk about their biases. In fact, the very suggestion that a person has a bias can prompt considerable harrumphing and assertions of pure impartiality. But let's not kid ourselves. We carry biases with us every day, and those can easily manifest themselves in decisions made...

  • Facts suggest a whiter shade of profiling

    Facts suggest a whiter shade of profiling

    After a Muslim-American claiming allegiance to the Islamic State killed 49 people in an Orlando, Fla., nightclub using a legally purchased assault-style rifle, many dismissed the issue of gun control and said concern should focus on the "fact" that America is under direct attack by Muslim extremists....

  • Union asks ECC board to reconsider planned layoffs

    Union asks ECC board to reconsider planned layoffs

    The Elgin Community College Board has been able to reduce its deficit and approve a balanced budget, but only by planning for layoffs to support staff, the board said this week. A special meeting between the Elgin Community College Board and leaders of the school's union representatives Tuesday...

  • Senate disgracefully fails us on gun control — again

    On Monday, eight days after 49 people were gunned down in an Orlando nightclub by a terrorist claiming allegiance to the Islamic State, the U.S. Senate voted down four different gun control proposals, two from each party. Democrats saw the Republican proposals as too weak. Republicans saw the Democratic...

  • Temp agency to fill 125 Lake County manufacturing jobs

    Temp agency to fill 125 Lake County manufacturing jobs

    The Manpower temporary job placement agency will host job placement events beginning Wednesday to fill more than 125 manufacturing job openings in Lake County. The agency said the events have been scheduled because of high local job growth in warehouse, distribution, assembly and forklift operations....

  • Why America's men aren't working

    Why America's men aren't working

    The national unemployment rate has fallen by more than half since the nation emerged from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. It peaked at 10 percent in 2010 and stood at just 4.7 percent last month. That's mostly good news: Private employers have added more than 14 million jobs....

  • A GOPers guide to endorsing Trump

    A GOPers guide to endorsing Trump

    Republican lawmakers, when asked if they support presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, are sounding more and more like a fictional politician from the play "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas." Confronted with a scandal involving an infamous brothel and its madam, Mona Stangley, the...

  • Course correction: 10 ways to get your job search back on track

    After he was laid off from Motorola in 1996, programmer Robert O'Connor says he was motivated every day to find a better job. The next time he faced a layoff at Kraft Foods several years later, he says the motivation was a little harder to conjure up. "You put a lot of energy into finding a new...

  • Headline10,000 steps at a time: Could fitness trackers prompt new careers in health care?

    During a recent call with investors, Fitbit CEO James Park acknowledged that the fitness-tracking device could play a key role in health care in the future. The implications for patients and health care providers are potentially huge, but what does it mean for health care employees? "This won't...

  • JJC adopts budget, avoids layoffs

    JJC adopts budget, avoids layoffs

    Despite uncertainty about state funding, Joliet Junior College trustees adopted a budget that avoids layoffs and allows for the completion of the City Center Campus in Downtown Joliet. The $88.94 million budget takes into account the likelihood that state funding will come in significantly less...

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