News Roundup: Unemployment claims rise unexpectedly

As the economy continues to reel, claims for unemployment benefits increased by 20,000 last week to 457,000, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Wall Street experts had predicted a smaller jump.


Also in the news…

  • CEO of Chicago Public Schools Ron Huberman confirmed that he plans to step down at the end of this month. Karen Lewis, the President of the Chicago Teachers Union, said she would like his successor to have an education background. 
  • The Chicago City Council has assembled an independent panel
    to choose three candidates for the newly created watchdog post of
    Legislative Inspector General. The five people chosen include former
    Chicago Police Supt. Terry Hillard, former Cook County federal
    hiring monitor Julia Nowicki, attorney David Cerda, retired state
    appellate Judge Warren Wolfson, and Rev. Clay Evans of Fellowship
    Missionary Baptist Church.

–Ryan Jacobs

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