Auto writer leaves lasting influence
Jim Mateja, one of the nation's most trusted auto writers, and a fixture at the Chicago Tribune for four decades, had that tough-as-nails Chicago persona. Mateja, 71, who died last week at age 71 after a battle with cancer, turned a deaf ear to the musings of automaker marketing departments and PR spin-meisters. The only spin he was interested in was where the tire met the road.
What happens if Mexican plants close?
Over the course of my career, I have witnessed firsthand both the good and the horrible results of what is known as "free" trade. But in this brave new world we now find ourselves in, those demanding a "return of manufacturing" to the U.S. may not get exactly what they expect.