Tag: Chicago

Chicago’s Clearcover, which uses AI to market auto insurance, raises $43 million

Clearcover, a Chicago-based auto insurance startup that uses artificial intelligence to more effectively market auto insurance, announced today that it has raised a $43 million round of funding led by Cox Enterprises. Other participating investors include American Family Ventures, IA Capital Group, Lightbank, and Hyde Park Angels. Former American Family […]

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Chicago Man Becomes the 19th to Have His Murder Conviction Overturned After Accusing Detective of Framing Him

Screenshot: CBS Chicago After spending nearly two decades in jail for a murder he didn’t commit, Geraldo Iglesias finally had his conviction overturned by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office on Wednesday. Iglesias was among 50 defendants who say they were framed for murder by retired Chicago detective Reynaldo Guevara. […]

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Concerned by Allegations in Surviving R. Kelly, Judge Grants Emergency Motion to Inspect R&B Singer’s Studio

Performer R. Kelly performs his version of the national anthem before the Bernard Hopkins and Jermain Taylor undisputed world middleweight championship fight on December 3, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: Jed Jacobsohn (Getty Images) Looks like someone by the self-given name of the Pied Piper is stepping in the […]

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Sky’s the Limit: Foot Locker Invests $3 Million in Kid’s Sneaker Brand Super Heroic

The Land Of Motherhood We’ve been caping for Super Heroic since we first heard about the innovative, kids-focused sneakers last Spring. What’s not to love? The black-helmed brand includes matching capes with each purchase of their ergonomically-correct, high-quality, unisex kicks, meant to encourage children in active, imaginative play. (And like […]

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10 startups outside of Silicon Valley to watch in 2019

Silicon Valley remains the undisputed leader of the U.S. startup scene. But 2018 also left some investors green with envy at the exits taking place in other parts of the country — with Cisco acquiring Michigan’s Duo Security for $2.35 billion, and SAP acquiring Qualtrics for $8 billion. This year […]

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WATCH: Volunteer Shot While Campaigning for Chicago City Council Candidate

A volunteer for Chicago City Council candidate Joseph Williams was shot while videoing himself interacting with potential voters. The Chicago Tribune reports that 32-year-old Maxwell Omowale Justice was canvassing the West Englewood neighborhood Sunday afternoon and recording himself on Facebook Live when the shots rang out. Chicago Police say the shooting occurred around 1:45 pm and […]

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5 startup trends that shaped the Midwest in 2018

2018 is quickly drawing to its close, but the Midwest’s venture capital activity is still buzzing. Just this week, celebrity shoutout marketplace startup Cameo announced that it closed a $12.5 million round of funding led by Lightspeed Venture Partners. Cameo’s round is one of several marketplace startups to gain strength […]

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Black America’s Forever President Barack Obama Volunteers at Chicago Food Bank

Photo: Joe Raedle (Getty Images) While the punk-ass president continues to desecrate the highest office in the land, black America’s forever president and current president of Wakanda, Barack Obama, continues to make us miss him after he made a surprise visit to volunteer at the Greater Chicago Food Depository. According […]

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Police: Chicago Hospital Gunman Identified as 32-Year-Old Juan Lopez

The gunman who allegedly killed three at Chicago’s Mercy Hospital is identified as 32-year-old Juan Lopez. Lopez died during a shootout with police, and it is not yet known whether he was killed by an officer’s bullet or a self-inflicted gunshot. ABC 7 reports the incident unfolded outside the hospital when Lopez and Dr. Tamara E. […]

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Police: Shots Fired Near Chicago’s Mercy Hospital

Update: Chicago Police say two people are dead following a shooting near Mercy Hospital in Chicago, including the suspected gunman, according to ABC 7. Shots were fired Monday near Chicago’s Mercy Hospital in what could be an active shooter situation, according to emerging reports. Chicago Chief Communications Officer Anthony Guglielmi announced the incident on social media and advised residents […]

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Chance the Movie Producer? The Award-Winning Rapper Is Set to Develop an MGM Musical

Chance The Rapper performs onstage during Chance The Rapper to Headline Spotify’s RapCaviar Live In Brooklyn in Partnership with Live Nation Urban and Verizon on September 29, 2018 in Brooklyn, New York.Photo: Nicholas Hunt (Getty Images for Spotify) He’s best known for hit songs, industry independence, entrepreneurship and philanthropy, but […]

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Police Allegedly Shoot, Kill Security Guard Who Stopped Bar Shooting

Police in the Chicago suburb of Midlothian allegedly shot and killed a security guard who had stopped a bar shooting and was holding a suspect at gunpoint. WGN reports that a group of men was asked to leave Manny’s Blue Room Bar in Robbins, IL, at about 4 a.m. Sunday. One of the men who had […]

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My life on the road: A lost passport, no ID, and bullshit paperwork trying to get back to Canada

Seamus Bellamy 16 October, 2018My wife drops me at the airport in Calgary. I’m traveling to Chicago. A fancy audio hardware company called Shure invited me to the city to check out some of the new tech that they’ll be releasing in the coming months. I pass through security with no issues. As I lace […]

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Kanye West: The Left Tries to Control Black People with ‘Concept of Racism’

Hip-hop superstar Kanye West criticized the left at the White House on Thursday for trying to control black people with accusations of racism. “A liberal will try to control a black person through the concept of racism because they know that we are very proud emotional people,” West said. “You think racism can control me? […]

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Google is opening pop-up shops in NYC and Chicago through the end of the year

According to a recent blog post by the Google Retail Team, two new pop-up retail shops will be opened in New York City and Chicago, starting October 18th. The shops will last through December 31st, giving you a bit over two months minimum to check out Google’s hardware in a “fully Google-made experiential space.” Remember […]

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Tomorrow: come to our University of Chicago seminar on Renaissance censorship and internet censorship

Ada Palmer is a University of Chicago Renaissance historian (and so much more: librettist, science fiction novelist, and all-round polymath); she has convened a series of seminars at the University in collaboration with science and piracy historian Adrian Johns, and me! We’re exploring the parallels between the censorship systems that sprang up at […]

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Upcoming: Jonas Wood – “Tennis Court Drawings” @ Shane Campbell Gallery

For an exhibition opening in Chicago on September 26th, Jonas Wood will be focusing in on subject matter he has worked on the past that draws from his experience as a sports fan. Entitled Tennis Court Drawings, the new body of work to be displayed at Shane Campbell Gallery will consist entirely of 24 renderings of famous tennis courts. Using […]

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Rahm Bows Out

Photo: Photo by Joshua Lott (Getty Images) Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced in a press conference Tuesday morning that he will not seek re-election for a third term. Emanuel, who previously served as Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff during his tenure at the White House, has had a spotty record […]

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Activists Plan to Shut Down O’Hare Airport on Labor Day to Protest Chicago Violence

A group of activists led by a Chicago minister plan to shut down the primary highway leading to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on Labor Day. Rev. Gregory Livingston, the organizer of the march who serves as a pastor at New Hope Baptist Church, told USA Today he plans to lead activists along the Kennedy Expressway […]

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Report: Google to open its first flagship retail store in Chicago

Google’s most frequent corporate comparison is Apple, but one significant difference between the two tech titans is their differing retail presence. Although Google has occasionally had pop-up stores and some limited existence inside other retailers like Best Buy and Curry’s, it’s never had its own dedicated retail stores—though it was previously rumored to be working […]

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