After COVID-19 delay, Rivian plans hiring surge for June launch of electric truck. But legal battle with Tesla looms
Set back nearly a year by the pandemic, electric truck startup Rivian is busy building out its plant in Normal, with a belated production launch now planned for next summer.But the plan to bring thousands of jobs to the rural college town about 130 miles south of Chicago has hit some bumps in the road, including a lawsuit from Tesla alleging Rivian is poaching employees and stealing trade secrets.The Rivian plant has more robots (500) than employees (400), but the human ranks are expected to swell to about 1,000 with a “big round of staffing” early next year, Rivian spokeswoman Amy Mast said W...
Balancing Act: Chicago-area police officer launches group to support Black-owned startups: 'I have a duty to do more for my ancestors'
CHICAGO — At 42, Tosha Wilson has her retirement plans mapped out.An Evanston police officer for the past two decades, Wilson figures she has about five more years on the force. Her cousin Jacqui White is a Highland Park police officer on roughly the same time table.For the past year and a half, Wilson and White have been researching and planning to open a laundromat and cafe in Evanston’s historically Black 5th Ward, not far from where they both grew up. They’ll spend their retirements side by side, joining and leading their community in conversations and camaraderie over shared meals and cle...