Robert Channick is a business reporter for the Tribune. A former broadcast consultant and radio station manager, he began freelancing for the Chicago Tribune in 2002, joining the Tribune staff as a business reporter in 2011. He has a bachelor's degree in English from Kenyon College and a master's in journalism from Northwestern University.
- More than one-third of the funds Illinois businesses and nonprofits received through the federal Paycheck Protection Program went to less than 2% of participants, according to data released by the Small Business Administration. And 36 businesses received loans of $10 million, the maximum.
- The $125,000 germ-zapping LightStrike robot kills the virus that causes COVID-19 with powerful UV blasts. Because of overwhelming demand, the robots are being made in a Waukegan factory.