| Nov 2, 2011
| 2:35 PM
As lawmakers contemplate a tax incentive package to appease Chicago’s financial exchanges who have threatened to leave Illinois, Gov. Pat Quinn says any deal must also include breaks for working families.
The requirement comes as Quinn prepares...
| Nov 3, 2011
| 3:32 PM
Senate President John Cullerton said Thursday that progress is being made toward a broad deal to pair tax breaks for the city’s financial exchanges with relief for smaller businesses and individual taxpayers.
Legislative leaders, who meet privately...
| Nov 15, 2011
| 2:46 PM
Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn was in New York on Tuesday to ring the opening bell at a stock exchange and get some face time on a national cable morning chatfest.
The cost to taxpayers? An estimated $1,200 on airfare and hotel for the governor and a press...
| Nov 17, 2011
| 8:23 PM
Demonstrators from Occupy Chicago and other organizations blocked the LaSalle Street bridge over the Chicago River downtown for less than half an hour Thursday evening before marching through the Loop, clogging traffic while trying to show that the...
| Sep 21, 2012
| 7:40 AM
Michael Pena wanted to sit closer to the floor-to-ceiling windows at NoMI during a recent lunch — and who wouldn't? The trendy restaurant on the seventh floor of the Park Hyatt hotel offers customers a scenic view of Michigan Avenue and the Water...
| Jul 11, 2012
| 9:13 AM
Massive swaths of Midwest farmland are suffering through one of the most widespread droughts in history, causing corn prices to soar as the USDA scales back its predictions for a record crop.
Corn farmers are expected to yield an average of 146 bushels...
| Jun 21, 2011
You gotta give Gov. Rick Scott credit: he thinks big. Last week, Terrence Duffy, the president of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, was quoted in The Wall St. Journal complaining that “we don't want to leave Chicago” but “we have to do...
| Aug 9, 2011
The Dow Jones industrial average surged Tuesday, ending a volatile session up nearly 430 points after the Federal Reserve pledged to keep short-term interest rates near zero for at least two more years. The blue-chip index gyrated throughout the session.....
| May 1, 2009
| 1:09 PM
Steve Ruxton joined the WGN news department in June 2003.
Before joining WGN, Steve spent over 11 years as a financial news reporter/anchor for Chicago's WCIU-Television and the on-line financial web-site, WebFN. He has been a registered investment...
| Jan 3, 2010
Like many athletes, Jim Bennitt was looking for a vigorous style of yoga. He didn't want to stretch. He didn't want to relax. He wanted a workout.
For three years the Frankfort native jumped around from one studio to the next. Nothing inspired him. But...
| Jun 28, 2009
| 7:45 AM
Illinois is getting some attention from a member of President Barack Obama's Cabinet.
(WGN-AM)-Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will be in Chicago today and Monday.
His visit includes taking part in the Obama administration's public service...