Working from home reveals another fault line in America's racial and educational divide
While many people across the country are hunkered down at home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, armed with laptops and WiFi connections, millions more are required to show up at factories, hospitals and grocery stores to do their jobs.
Our weekly iPhone Screen Time reports are through the roof, and people are 'horrified'In the midst of the coronavirus, when many people are stuck at home, these reports have become a badge of shame -- or honor, depending on your point of view.
Analysis: Working at home should finally bury emailWe abandoned the fax machine (mostly) and no longer print out emails to read them (I hope). We can all adopt modern office-collaboration technology, too, if senior managers would get on board with technologies they've avoided using for years.
Social distancing is a good excuse to try banking onlineBut if you're concerned about how to do your everyday financial tasks from home, consider starting to bank online -- especially if your bank has temporarily closed its locations. Handling your finances remotely can be convenient even after you feel safe returning to a branch.
Almost overnight, the $100 billion fitness industry went virtualMore than 350,000 fitness instructors and trainers in the U.S. have seen in-person studio classes and personal training sessions dramatically shift in the last few weeks. To keep their businesses afloat, they've turned to streaming options, whether Zoom, Instagram Live, FaceTime, or YouTube. Many of these classes are being offered for free -- for now.
State seeks use of Schaumburg Marriott as health care command centerThe state of Illinois is awaiting a decision as to whether the Chicago Marriott Schaumburg on Martingale Road in Schaumburg can be used as a command center housing health care workers during the COVID-19 outbreak.
More than 114,000 Illinoisans file new unemployment claims in one weekMore than 114,000 workers in Illinois filed first-time unemployment claims in the week ending March 21 as the United States saw its biggest one-week spike in recorded history. 3.2 million workers filing for benefits.
Abbott Labs' new rapid coronavirus test cleared for use by FDAThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared a new rapid test from Abbott Laboratories, which the company says can detect the coronavirus in about 5 minutes.
Blue Martini Lounge sites planned for Schaumburg, Oak Brook, RosemontThe investor behind a proposed Blue Martini Lounge in Schaumburg has released not only renderings of the expected $1.2 million upgrade of the former Ram Restaurant & Brewery building, but also news of future expansion into Oak Brook and Rosemont.
Retired health workers cautiously stepping up to help with COVID-19 responseSkilled and eager to serve, some recently retired doctors and nurses are ready to heed the governor's call to help local medical practices or hospitals with the COVID-19 response, but from a safe distance.
Suburban distilleries continuing to produce sanitizerWhile 28 Mile Vodka & Distillery in Highwood is ramping up production of sanitizer -- both to donate to first responders and to sell to consumers -- the smaller Copper Fiddle Distillery in Lake Zurich will stick to donating the sanitizer produced there.
Business Ledger | What the stimulus package would mean to local businessThe U.S Chamber of Commerce, in a message sent to its members Thursday, summarized the contents of the Senate's $2 trillion economic rescue package. Here is a synopsis of the chamber's message, as it pertains to local businesses.
Protect your health (and your data): 6 tips for remote working as COVID-19 spreadsAs the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to increase, organizations across the world have implemented measures to combat the spread of the virus to their employees and customers. One of the most common precautionary measures taken has been instituting or expanding remote working policies.
Suburban Business News
from the staffs of the Daily Herald and the Business Ledger
- SchaumburgState seeks use of Schaumburg Marriott as health care command center
- Oak BrookBlue Martini Lounge sites planned for Schaumburg, Oak Brook, Rosemont
- Mount ProspectRetired health workers cautiously stepping up to help with COVID-19 response
- Lake ZurichSuburban distilleries continuing to produce sanitizer
- Lake ZurichBBQ'd Productions restaurants, customers have donated 1,500 meals to those fighting coronavirus
- West ChicagoJel Sert shuts down manufacturing after workers test positive for COVID-19
- BensenvilleBensenville business owners spread joy with balloon messages
- Downers GroveFTD appoints new CEO
- AlgonquinSuburban breweries tap into takeout and delivery during COVID-19 outbreak
- GrayslakeCLC donates protective equipment to local hospitals
- BataviaBatavia school board opposes TIF extension for One Washington Place
- West ChicagoThird worker at West Chicago factory tests positive for COVID-19
- Glen EllynLisle Chinese culture school donates masks, protective gear to hospital, doctors
- East Dundee'We will get through this': Dundee community launches food program to support restaurants, families in need
- Deer ParkEton acquires marketing rights to pediatric drug
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