chicago en Obama Administration to announce Detroit manufacturing institute <p>CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago and the Detroit area stand to reap millions of dollars in federal grants and private sector investment as part of White House initiative to boost innovation in manufacturing and create jobs.<br /><br />The White House says President Barack Obama will announce Tuesday the creation of two manufacturing institutes. The Detroit-area institute will focus on lightweight metals, while the Chicago hub will push innovation in digital manufacturing and design.<br /> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 12:36:37 +0000 The Associated Press 16563 at Obama Administration to announce Detroit manufacturing institute Michigan's Amtrak subsidy is about to triple <p>Beginning Tuesday, the subsidy that Amtrak gets from the state of Michigan is about to triple, from $8 million to nearly $25 million a year.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>The reason for the increase is a 2008 federal law that requires greater cost sharing between the federal government and the states where Amtrak operates.</p> Sun, 29 Sep 2013 17:41:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 14619 at Michigan's Amtrak subsidy is about to triple 'Ditch Chicago - Come back to live in Michigan' <p>That’s the message of a new advertising campaign running through the holiday season.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A group of West Michigan employers is behind the effort. More than forty business members make up the group called “Hello West Michigan.”</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Its goal is to attract professionals to Grand Rapids, Holland, Muskegon, Battle Creek, and Kalamazoo.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The group’s executive director Cindy Brown says they know there are a lot of people outside of the area that want to come home.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“They just don’t really know how,” she said. "</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We have a lot of great things that are happening. We’re very humble, pretty quiet."</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Brown says the ad campaign in Chicago will show people how and why they should consider moving back to Michigan.</span></p><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Billboards will brag about better beaches, better beer, shorter commutes to work, even rent without ramen noodles.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“What they found from just talking to people that were relocating back to the area; everyone has a reason,” Brown said.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The $50,000 ad campaign will run through the holiday season.</span></p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 17:32:29 +0000 Lindsey Smith 14213 at 'Ditch Chicago - Come back to live in Michigan' Federal judge dismisses asian carp suit, leaves room for further court action <p>A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit brought by five Great Lakes states that would force the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to erect physical barriers to prevent Asian Carp from entering Lake Michigan.</p><p>The suit claims that the Corps unwillingness to separate Chicago-area rivers and canals from the lake constitutes a public nuisance.</p><p><a href="">The AP</a> has more:</p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 18:53:40 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10200 at Federal judge dismisses asian carp suit, leaves room for further court action Chefs try to get Americans to eat Asian carp <p>Two species of Asian carp, bighead and silver carp, have been swimming their way north toward the Great Lakes for decades. A lot of people are trying to keep the carp out of the Lakes.</p><p>Yesterday, attorneys general from around the country announced they&rsquo;re putting more pressure on Congress to speed up action on Asian carp.</p><p>Some people think one solution is to create a market for the fish.</p><p>There are a couple of companies working to sell Asian carp to China... where the fish are considered a delicacy.</p><p>But winning over the American palate is much harder. Carp have a bit of an image problem... and they are full of bones.</p><p><em>&ldquo;We are spoiled here, we like convenience. Everybody expects to have fish without bones, right? And that&rsquo;s the issue.&rdquo;</em></p><p>This is Chef Phillipe Parola. He&rsquo;s from Baton Rouge and he wants you to learn to love Asian carp.</p><p>Parola is one of the chefs who <a href="">tried to get Americans to eat nutria</a>. Nutria look like oversized rats. So that didn&rsquo;t go over so well.</p><p>Two years ago, Chef Parola found his new calling. He was out fishing in Louisiana, where the Asian carp are thick.</p><p><em>&ldquo;With ten minutes, this fish started jumping everywhere. I&rsquo;m like, what in the heck! Two of them, one after the other, landed right at my feet.&rdquo;</em></p><p>He kept the giant carp, put them on ice, and took them home.</p><p><em>&ldquo;To my surprise, when I saw the meat, as a professional chef, I knew right on that there&rsquo;s no way that this fish could be bad, literally. When I went and cooked it, I&#39;m going to tell you, it tasted between scallops and crab meat, there is no doubt.&rdquo;</em></p><p> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 14:02:03 +0000 Rebecca Williams 4322 at Chefs try to get Americans to eat Asian carp Changing Chicago, $1,000 at a time <p></p><p>The word &ldquo;foundation&rdquo; often makes people think of big money. But there&rsquo;s a new group of philanthropists in Chicago who have smaller funds, but big hopes for changing communities.</p> Wed, 03 Aug 2011 15:36:52 +0000 Niala Boodhoo 3594 at Changing Chicago, $1,000 at a time Fast train to somewhere <p></p><p>We&rsquo;ve had so much bad news for so long it&rsquo;s sometimes hard to absorb when something goes right. But it did this week, when the federal government awarded Michigan $200 million dollars to improve railroad service between Detroit and Chicago.</p> Wed, 11 May 2011 17:00:56 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 2443 at Fast train to somewhere Personal finance: What it takes to become 'mortgage-free' <p>In 1950, more than half of Americans owned their homes free and clear. No surprise that number has shrunk over the years.&nbsp; But those who count themselves mortgage-free are still out there. The 2010 U.S. Census shows <a href="">1 out of every 3 homeowners</a> owns their home free and clear. In a story produced for <a href="">Marketplace Money</a>, we look at what it takes to become mortgage-free.</p><p><strong>Meet the Murphys</strong></p><p>Mike and Kate Murphy live in a working-class neighborhood of Chicago, with two of their kids, Becky and Tommy, and their pet fish. They bought their charming, 3-bedroom brick house in 1996 for $156,000.</p><p>They originally started with a $110,000 <a href="">mortgage</a>. Mike Murphy says it was &quot; obviously the largest mortgage we had ever taken out.&quot;</p><p>At the time, Kate brought in $30,000 a year, designing theater costumes part time. Mike was making $50,000 as a public school teacher:</p><p>At first they paid $1,100 a month on the mortgage. Refinancing dropped the payment to just under a $1,000. But they decided to pay a little more each month -- first $100, then $150 more.</p><p>Fast forward 13 years and they owned their house free and clear. Mon, 18 Apr 2011 10:42:37 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 2069 at Personal finance: What it takes to become 'mortgage-free' Power and Performance: A Changing Gears Special Program <p>The Changing Gears special program &quot;Power and Performance&quot; examines the roles of leadership and the economic fortunes of three Midwestern cities: Cleveland, Chicago and Detroit.</p><p>Can a strong mayor change a city by sheer will? Is quiet determination a better course of action? What difference has the quality of leadership made across the Great Lakes?</p><p>The show, hosted by Mike McIntyre, takes a look at how these cities are adapting to face new issues and also examine what problems they have that resist easy solutions.</p><p> Fri, 18 Feb 2011 20:11:15 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 1346 at Power and Performance: A Changing Gears Special Program Leadership Series: Mayor Daley and Chicago's economic transformation (Part 3) <p>Throughout the Midwest, Chicago is known as the city everyone wants to come to &ndash; but that&rsquo;s a huge change from 22 years ago, when Mayor Richard M. Daley took office.</p><p>The city&rsquo;s even changed dramatically from when I lived here before, in the late 1990s.</p><p>This is the last of our <a href="">three-part series </a>on leadership, where I look at the region&rsquo;s &ndash; and arguably, the country&rsquo;s &ndash; most famous Mayor: Richard M. Daley.</p> Thu, 17 Feb 2011 23:54:46 +0000 Niala Boodhoo 1333 at Leadership Series: Mayor Daley and Chicago's economic transformation (Part 3) Chicago Auto Show organizers like Detroit's trend <p>For the second year in a row, attendance at the <a href="">North American International Auto Show</a> increased.</p><p>It&#39;s not just good news for Detroit. It could also be good news for Chicago.</p><p>The <a href="">2011 Chicago Auto Show</a> kicks off in two weeks.</p><p>Its organizers say they&rsquo;re encouraged by the figures out of Detroit where 735,000 people attended this year&rsquo;s show.</p><p>That&rsquo;s about 20,000 more than last year.</p><p>It&#39;s not a huge increase, but it is a change from years of steady decline.<br /> Paul Brian works with the Chicago Auto Show, which attracts a lot more people than the Detroit Auto Show. Brian says regional rivalries aside</p><blockquote><p>&quot;It&#39;s kind of like whether you&rsquo;re Army, Navy, Air Force or Marines - everybody&rsquo;s playing on the same team. If it&rsquo;s good for the Detroit show, it&rsquo;s good for Chicago, and New York, and LA, and it&rsquo;s good for the industry.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>After all, buzz is buzz. Tue, 25 Jan 2011 18:37:24 +0000 Kate Davidson 996 at Chicago Auto Show organizers like Detroit's trend Fish die-off along Chicago lakeshore <p>The <a href="">Chicago Sun-Times</a> is reporting "a bizarre scene evolving along the Chicago lakefront."</p><p>Geese and mallard ducks are apparently gulping down thousands of dead fish that are in the ice or floating in the open water around the ice.</p><p>The paper quotes Lake Michigan Program biologist Dan Makauskas who says:</p><blockquote><p>"Gizzard shad are pretty sensitive. On the toughness scale, [they] are pretty soft."</p></blockquote><p>Some biologists attribute the die-off to lower oxygen levels because of ice cover around the lakefront.</p><p>Former <a href="">Muskegon Chronicle</a> reporter Jeff Alexander wrote about a gizzard shad die-off on Mona Lake in Muskegon County back in 2008.</p><p>That die-off was attributed to a hard winter as well. From Alexander's report:</p><blockquote><p>Gizzard shad die-offs are common in several area lakes. The fish often die during winter as ice cover decreases oxygen levels in the water; the fish also die from thermal shock when the lake warms up rapidly in the spring, said Rich O'Neal, a fisheries biologist for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.</p></blockquote><p>Gizzard shad are members of the herring family and are native to the Great Lakes.</p><p> Tue, 11 Jan 2011 20:58:09 +0000 Mark Brush 835 at Fish die-off along Chicago lakeshore Michigan loses legal round in Asian Carp battle <p>The state of Michigan has suffered another legal setback in its effort to keep Asian Carp from reaching the Great Lakes.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>A federal judge in Chicago has denied a request by Michigan and several other states to order the closure of canals which link Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River basin. Asian Carp are a voracious invasive species.&nbsp; The carp have devastated Mississippi River fish populations.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>“The court agreed that Asian Carp are indeed a threat," says Joy Yearout,&nbsp; a spokeswoman for Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox, '"But the judge also ruled the actions the federal government has taken over the last several months prove they are addressing the threat enough to make it not immediate enough to require a court order."</p></blockquote><p>Federal agencies have stepped up construction of electric barriers to keep Asian Carp from passing into Lake Michigan.&nbsp; Other methods are also being studied.&nbsp;</p><p>The states may continue their legal fight.&nbsp; They are also asking President Obama to order the canals closed. Thu, 02 Dec 2010 23:05:26 +0000 446 at Michigan loses legal round in Asian Carp battle