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  • More than 100 Chicago tech execs sign letter urging immigration reform

    More than 100 Chicago tech execs sign letter urging immigration reform
    More than 100 tech execs cite need for software engineers and immigrants' positive economic impact in a letter to Illinois' GOP congressional delegation.
  • Strategists size up Obamacare ripple effect

     Strategists size up Obamacare ripple effect
    David Axelrod vs. Steve Schmidt. Democratic strategist and former senior adviser to President Barack Obama versus Republican strategist and senior adviser to Sen. John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign. That was the setup last week at a University...

    Chicago designer aims to soup up hovercraft with a 'sports car' feel

    Chicago designer aims to soup up hovercraft with a 'sports car' feel
    Chicago engineer and product designer Michael Mercier has his sights set on manufacturing the Bugatti of hovercraft, a vehicle that can traverse land, water and ice, with a base price tag of $75,000. It looks like the Batmobile floating on a black inner...

    Costly switch? Farm bill moves catfish inspections from FDA to USDA

    Costly switch? Farm bill moves catfish inspections from FDA to USDA
    Everyone knows the story of the fish that got away. Sean O'Scannlain is hoping to avoid such a fate for his pangasius, also known as swai, tra, basa or, erroneously, imported catfish. It might be in your fish and chips or fish tacos. His opponent isn't...

    Billionaire Chicagoan Ken Griffin donates $150 million to Harvard

    Billionaire Chicagoan and hedge fund manager Ken Griffin is giving $150 million to Harvard University, all but $10 million of which will be dedicated to financial aid for undergraduate students, the university announced late Wednesday. The gift is the...