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  • Agriculture, food groups plan "Davos" of industry in 2018 in Chicago

     Agriculture, food groups plan "Davos" of industry in 2018 in Chicago
    Business and civic leaders are hoping to launch an annual agriculture and food business conference in 2018 that would draw industry leaders to Chicago, envisioning a gathering that offers the intellectual heft of the World Economic Forum's event in Davos, Switzerland, according to a report by the Food and Agriculture RoadMap Illinois released this week.
  • Illinois' economic development could get boost from CEOs, private nonprofit

    Illinois' economic development could get boost from CEOs, private nonprofit
    The Illinois General Assembly needs to pass a strengthened version of a pending bill that would privatize some of the state's economic development functions. By creating a private nonprofit to promote job creation statewide, Illinois hopefully will gain...

    Angry readers: More taxes after work, more spaces after sentences

    Angry readers: More taxes after work, more spaces after sentences
    My inbox has been deluged with reader comments. That's expected when one proposes that the state tax retirement income. But who knew people were so attached to putting two spaces after a period? For the first time, I turn this column over to my readers....

    Obama still hasn't picked Chicago

    Obama still hasn't picked Chicago
    The competition for Barack Obama's legacy is not over until he announces whether his primary residence will be here or in New York. The ability to shape public opinion does not reside in a library, which will be built on Chicago's South Side. It resides...

    Mandate paid sick leave, Chicago

    Mandate paid sick leave, Chicago
    Let's think of all the people who get paid when they don't work. Congressmen who don't show up to vote. Athletes who sit on the bench. Many departing top executives, thanks to noncompete agreements. Yet an estimated 461,000 workers in Chicago...