STORY OF THE WEEK

2014-01-12T00:00:00Z STORY OF THE WEEK nwitimes.com
January 12, 2014 12:00 am

South Shore ridership drops in 2013

South Shore ridership dropped 1.7 percent in 2013 as compared to 2012, due mainly to the slow economic recovery and fewer riders going to festivals and other entertainment in Chicago. The smallest decline was on weekdays during rush hours, while the largest decline in ridership came during the weekday outside those times.

Cars made here, but with a lot of foreign parts

Region residents might see the people who make Ford Explorers and Tauruses in the next pew at church, a few barstools over, or out shoveling their driveways. Workers put together five different Ford and Lincoln vehicles at the sprawling Chicago Assembly Plant on the bank of the Calumet River in the far South Side Hegewisch neighborhood. They press and weld metal frames 15 minutes south at the Chicago Stamping Plant on Lincoln Highway in Chicago Heights.

South Shore: there's an app for that

iSouthShore app is now used by thousands of South Shore riders to generate customized schedules, identify station stops and get service alerts on train status. "I wanted to do something local that would help people," the 31-year-old app developer said. "I said to myself, 'It would be nice if they had something on their phones they could use.' "

Cline Ave. potholes swallowing cars, cash

Ken Shields makes his way from Schererville to an East Chicago steel mill every day, and the last five miles are the toughest. "It's a minefield up there," he says echoing many region drivers when it comes to Cline Avenue north of the Borman Expressway. "It's really pretty sad."

IUN students eye fresh marketing strategy for optometrist

A Munster business received help with its social media marketing thanks to students of Indiana University Northwest. IU Northwest students who were enrolled in a new online social media marketing course in the fall have reviewed and analyzed the social media marketing strategy of Benavente Eye Care in Munster.

Local financial experts: Fed to affect 2014 investments

Local financial experts foresee an upward trend in the stock market, particularly among global equities, even though the Standard & Poor's 500 Index began 2014 with a 0.9 percent decline, its worst start to a year's trading since Jan. 2, 2008, when the index slumped 1.4 percent.

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