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July 31, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

What Are the Top 10 Consumer Complaints?

Ellen Davis, senior vice president of the National Retail Federation, the industry's trade group, said many retailers are working hard to attract highly skilled technology experts who might not realize there is a place for them in retail, while also ...


July 31, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

The Future Of Retail Work: Many See Low Pay, Little Flexibility

Ellen Davis, senior vice president of the National Retail Federation, the industry's trade group, said many retailers are working hard to attract highly skilled technology experts who might not realize there is a place for them in retail, while also ...


July 31, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Federal Reserve Eases Off More on Monetary Policy, No Rate Hike

Wall Street expected the Federal Reserve to continue reducing the pace of its monthly bond purchases by $10 billion, which would take quantitative easing down to $25 billion. The Open Market Committee .... Susan Lambert, an associate professor at the ...


July 31, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Emanuel announces minimum wage proposal for Chicago, state considers ...

Kim Maisch is the state director for the Illinois chapter of the National Federation of Independent Businesses, and said raising the minimum wage is a bad idea for Chicago. “Employers only have so much money to spend on labor,” Maisch said. “When the ...


July 31, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

What Dollar Tree's purchase of Family Dollar says about the US economy

Amid a slow recovery for poor Americans who are also facing cuts to federal programs like food stamps and unemployment benefits, the creation of a mega-dollar store might be interpreted as a grim sign of diminished consumer expectations. ... Examining ...


July 31, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

dispensaries could light up Chicago's trendy areas

“Consequently, the city now in this instance is relying on its home rule authority to adopt zoning laws that will permit local residents to have a say in where these dispensaries and cultivation sites can be located in these neighborhoods,” Ald. Ed ...


July 31, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

City Council more than doubles telephone tax

In light of all of the pressures we have, it is a wise move,” said Ald. Ed Burke (14th). Emanuel has emphatically denied that the phone tax was part of a political “shell game” to get past the Nov. 4 gubernatorial election and the Feb. 24 city election ...


July 31, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Campaign to honor 'trailblazer' Jane Byrne started here

“The Chicago Water Tower is a survivor, and my mother is a survivor,” Kathy Byrne said Tuesday, during her testimony before the Council Committee on Finance. Ironically, Ald. Ed Burke (14th), who led the Council charge to honor Byrne's memory, is the ...


July 31, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Campaign to honor 'trailblazer” Jane Byrne started here

Ironically, Ald. Ed Burke (14th), who led the Council charge to honor Byrne's memory, is the only remaining alderman who served during Byrne's tenure in office. “Last night I spent some time researching and was shocked to realize that in this city with ...


July 31, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Medical marijuana dispensaries could light up Chicago's trendy areas

“Consequently, the city now in this instance is relying on its home rule authority to adopt zoning laws that will permit local residents to have a say in where these dispensaries and cultivation sites can be located in these neighborhoods,” Ald. Ed ...


July 31, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

City Council approves medical marijuana rules

Bemoaning the fact that their hands were tied by the Illinois General Assembly, the City Council on Wednesday imposed what rules and restrictions it can on the sale and growth of medical marijuana in Chicago. "Whether or not it's a good ordinance, it's ...


July 31, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Mayor Introduces Minimum Wage Increase To City Council

CHICAGO (CBS) – Mayor Rahm Emanuel has introduced a plan to the City Council to gradually increase the minimum wage in Chicago to $13 an hour. The mayor's proposal would hike hourly pay for minimum wage workers by 45 percent from the current ...


July 31, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Aldermen Vote, Reduce Campaign Finance Oversight

If you're a Chicago resident, get ready to see the tax on your phone bill go up by more than 50 percent, starting this fall. A bill to raise the city phone tax passed overwhelmingly in city council; aldermen and the mayor say it's needed to help fund ...


July 31, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Chicago aldermen approve 911 fee hike

The fee hike will hit nearly all Chicago residents in September and October just months before the February city elections. The idea is that the 911 fee hike will help the city stave off, at least for a year, what elected officials view as the ...


July 31, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Aldermen want red light camera hearing at City Council

Nineteen Chicago aldermen supported a resolution today calling for a City Council hearing into the city's troubled red-light camera program following a Chicago Tribune investigation that found thousands of drivers were ticketed for $100 fines they did ...


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