Business http://northernpublicradio.org en Group To Reveal Vision For Rockford Tonight http://northernpublicradio.org/post/group-reveal-vision-rockford-tonight <p>It has taken hundreds of people pulling together at dozens of community meetings to get to this point: tonight, the group “Transform Rockford” will reveal its draft of a vision for the city at <a href="http://transformrockford.org/visionrally14/">a rally at the Coronado Theater</a>, starting at 6:30.</p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 11:15:19 +0000 Susan Stephens 50341 at http://northernpublicradio.org Group To Reveal Vision For Rockford Tonight Lessons For Rockford In Federal Reserve's 'Industrial Cities Initiative' http://northernpublicradio.org/post/lessons-rockford-federal-reserves-industrial-cities-initiative <p>Ten industrial cities in the Midwest share lessons in economic recovery in a new report from the Chicago Federal Reserve.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:59:05 +0000 Susan Stephens 49564 at http://northernpublicradio.org Lessons For Rockford In Federal Reserve's 'Industrial Cities Initiative' Rockford Fastpitch "'Shark Tank' Without The Bite" http://northernpublicradio.org/post/rockford-fastpitch-shark-tank-without-bite <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Rockford’s <a href="http://www.eigerlab.org/">EIGERlab </a>hosts its 8<sup>th</sup> annual <a href="http://www.eigerlab.org/fastpitch-competition/">Fastpitch Competition </a>Wednesday, June 18, at the <a href="http://rockford.medicine.uic.edu/">University of Illinois-Chicago College of Medicine at Rockford</a>.</p><p>EIGERlab Marketing Coodinator Sherry Pritz compares Fastpitch to the television show “Shark Tank,” where entrants pitch their ideas for a new product or process to a panel of investors.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:32:28 +0000 Guy Stephens 49038 at http://northernpublicradio.org Rockford Fastpitch "'Shark Tank' Without The Bite" Another Proposed Health Care Merger In Rockford; Will This One Move Forward? http://northernpublicradio.org/post/another-proposed-health-care-merger-rockford-will-one-move-forward <p></p><p>Rockford's Swedish American Health System and University of Wisconsin Health, based in Madison, Wis., have committed to merge later this year pending regulatory approval, officials of both entities announced Tuesday.</p><p></p><p>The boards of both organizations have approved a letter of intent to make&nbsp; Swedish American a partner in the community healthcare delivery model of UW Health, a major regional healthcare network.<br /><br />Swedish American and UW Health have had a formal affiliation since 2010.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 10:00:02 +0000 WNIJ 46747 at http://northernpublicradio.org Another Proposed Health Care Merger In Rockford; Will This One Move Forward? All Aboard? Rockford To Chicago Train On Track For Next Year http://northernpublicradio.org/post/all-aboard-rockford-chicago-train-track-next-year <p>Rockford residents can look forward to taking a train into Chicago next year, after three decades without passenger rail service.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:51:52 +0000 Susan Stephens 45852 at http://northernpublicradio.org All Aboard? Rockford To Chicago Train On Track For Next Year Series Reveals The Secret Life Of A Food Stamp http://northernpublicradio.org/post/series-reveals-secret-life-food-stamp <p>Marketplace and Slate continue their series <em>The Secret Life of a Food Stamp</em> by asking: What if Wal-Mart paid its employees more?</p><p>Slate's Andrew Bouve produced a <a href="http://www.marketplace.org/topics/wealth-poverty/secret-life-food-stamp/video-what-if-wal-mart-paid-its-employees-more" target="_blank">video</a> which estimates how much more Wal-Mart might have to charge for some products, if it raised wages high enough so that a typical worker would no longer qualify for food stamps.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 19:57:41 +0000 Dan Klefstad 45412 at http://northernpublicradio.org Series Reveals The Secret Life Of A Food Stamp Tenn. VW Workers Reject Move To Join Union http://northernpublicradio.org/post/tenn-vw-workers-reject-move-join-union <p></p><p>Some 1,500 workers at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee have voted not to join the United Auto Workers union. The tally of the three-day vote follows days of political prodding from both sides of the issue.</p><p>The 712-626 vote was a devastating blow to the UAW, which had tacit support from VW. The union had hoped to make inroads in auto plants in the South, where organizers have been striving for decades to represent factory workers.</p><p>VW had even allowed organizers into the plant to make their sales pitches.</p> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 15:35:10 +0000 Bill Chappell 43211 at http://northernpublicradio.org Tenn. VW Workers Reject Move To Join Union Cut The Corporate Income Tax? Illinois House's Top Democrat Says Yes http://northernpublicradio.org/post/cut-corporate-income-tax-illinois-houses-top-democrat-says-yes <div>The Illinois House Speaker is calling for a cut in the state’s corporate income tax rate.&nbsp;</div><p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 19:20:20 +0000 Tony Arnold & Hannah Meisel & WNIJ 42463 at http://northernpublicradio.org Cut The Corporate Income Tax? Illinois House's Top Democrat Says Yes New Morgan Street Bridge Reconnects Rockford's South Side http://northernpublicradio.org/post/new-morgan-street-bridge-reconnects-rockfords-south-side <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new bridge spanning the Rock River is being viewed as something more than a way to get across Rockford’s south side. It’s part of the revitalization of a long-neglected area of the city.</span></p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 07:22:40 +0000 Susan Stephens 40590 at http://northernpublicradio.org New Morgan Street Bridge Reconnects Rockford's South Side Community-Wide Response Is Key To "Transform Rockford" http://northernpublicradio.org/post/community-wide-response-key-transform-rockford <p>A growing group of Rockford residents is trying to combat their hometown’s reputation as a “miserable place”…while tackling some of the city’s biggest problems. About a thousand people showed up in the Coronado Theater last night for “<a href="http://transformrockford.org/">Transform Rockford</a>’s” first public meeting.</p><p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 12:11:52 +0000 Susan Stephens 39100 at http://northernpublicradio.org Community-Wide Response Is Key To "Transform Rockford"