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04/15/21: Real estate recap with Amy Guth and Dennis Rodkin
Finding a home for sale is so tough right now that buyers are tapping neighbors, strangers and deeply entrenched real estate agents in search of houses not yet on the market. Reporter Dennis Rodkin joins podcast host Amy Guth to discuss in a recap of this week’s top stories in residential real estate.
Plus: Michigan's COVID surge worries Illinois health officials, Attorney General Raoul says office computer network 'compromised,’ Art Institute makes historic choice for board chair, Kimberly-Clark bringing 250-job office to Fulton Market and KKR to acquire suburban tech-services company Ensono for $1.7 billion.
04/14/21: The business of egg freezing is booming in Chicago
Several Chicago-area clinics have seen demand for egg freezing soar during the pandemic. Reporter Stephanie Goldberg joins host Amy Guth to discuss how the growth comes as more employers face pressure to include fertility preservation in benefits packages to better attract and retain workers.
Plus: The city and state stop giving Johnson & Johnson vaccine after FDA recommends pause, Blackstone Hotel is for sale, Auto-insurance startup Clearcover raises $200 million and Allstate's pay-per-mile policies are booming in the work-from-home era.
04/13/21: What great employee benefits look like during a pandemic
Crain’s ranked the top 100 Chicago-area companies with the best benefits and workplace culture. Writer Danielle Braff joins host Amy Guth to discuss this year’s Best Places to Work list, and how the pandemic changed the way many firms are thinking about employee perks.
Plus: Walgreens-backed VillageMD plans IPO, Lou Malnati's backers reportedly exploring sale, a look at how the pandemic impacted local wages, and President Biden’s ag chief consults with food company CEOs on racial equity—and several Chicago execs were at the table.
04/12/21: Is the future of real estate in the suburbs?
In both the commercial and residential real estate industries, the suburbs are looking hot. But does that actually mean people and companies are fleeing downtown? Reporters Danny Ecker and Dennis Rodkin join podcast host Amy Guth for a reporters’ roundtable to discuss.
Plus: Why the demand for restaurant workers is so high right now, Boeing grounds dozens of 737 Max jets months after return, Modelo maker Constellation sees beer outpacing wine and spirits and Cubs see the second-largest financial lost in the MLB due to the pandemic.
04/08/21: Real Estate Recap with Amy Guth and Dennis Rodkin
A record number of homes went under contract to buyers in March, and experts believe that soaring demand and tight supply will continue to push prices even higher over the next couple of months. Reporter Dennis Rodkin joins podcast host Amy Guth to discuss in a recap of this week’s top stories in residential real estate.
Plus: Mayor Lightfoot says Chicago will meet Biden's April 19 deadline to expand vaccine eligibility; Hotel Essex rebrands under Marriott flag; 1871 scoops up Naperville tech incubator Hub88; and a flying-taxi fight ensnares Boeing, Google's Larry Page, United Airlines and billionaire Ken Moelis.
04/07/21: Why Walgreens is changing its vaccine scheduler for some second doses
Walgreens will fix its vaccine scheduling tool after it scheduled Pfizer shots four weeks apart instead of the CDC-recommended three. Reporter Ally Marotti joins host Amy Guth to discuss the latest hiccup for the Deerfield-based pharmacy chain, which is also seeing a boost in sales from the vaccine rollout.
Plus: President Biden wants all adults vaccine-eligible by April 19, Governor Pritzker deals another blow to Mayor Lightfoot with signing of firefighter pension bill, Weed-software startup scores $30 million and United Airlines plans to train 5,000 pilots by 2030, aiming for half to be women and or people of color.
A.D. a reporter?
She shows her bias reporting on Pritzker tax increase
I wish the speakers would get a microphone. It is so muffled that it is often hard to really hear them.
Concise and informative
Aside from the Chicago Comes Back segments which are positively disorientating the podcast is quite useful. The host in particular and most of the guests have just the right amount of personality without being especially biased. The pace is just right and the topics are generally pertinent and compelling.