Midwest Memo: Monday, May 16, 2011

Rahm Emanuel's inauguration as Chicago's newest mayor is today. Photo by Micki Maynard.

It’s inauguration day for Chicago’s newest mayor, Rahm Emanuel. His predecessor, Richard M. Daley took his last walk out of City Hall on Friday. WBEZ Chicago took a look this morning at Emanuel’s campaign fundraising technique, his personal side and his political side. It also looked back at the best and worst moments in Chicago’s mayoral inaugurations,  and wondered how long Emanuel’s honeymoon period will last.

One group of industrial Chicagoans is hoping to put the cities vacant industrial buildings to good use through aquaponic farms — or indoor fish farms. But current zoning law prevents these fish farms from really taking off. http://www.wbez.org/story/venture-fish-tank-your-garden-86533

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Midwest Memo: Wednesday, May 11, 2011

GM workers can breath a sigh of relief as the U.S. automaker plans to expand its work force. Photo courtesy of Tracy Samilton / Michigan Radio.

General Motors announced it plans to invest $2 billion in 17 of its U.S. auto plants. That means the company will hire back 1,375 workers it had previously laid off, and possibly hire more employees. Ford and Chrysler are also building back up their workforce. Ford plans to hire another 7,000 employees over the next two years. Chrysler plans to hire 1,000 more, and already hired 4,300 last year.

Japanese automaker Toyota is getting off to a tougher start this year than its American counterparts. Its fourth quarter net income fell by more than 75 percent, partly due to the tsunami and earthquake that shook Japan two months ago, and it is expected to post a loss for its first quarter. Toyota is the world’s biggest automaker, but production losses due to the earthquake could cost it that spot.

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