| Apr 6, 2014
| 5:12 PM
Matthew Vella certainly doesn't look like a troll.
Vella is the regular-guy chief executive of Acacia Research Corp., which calls itself a patent outsource licensing company. The Newport Beach firm links up with inventors who fear that others are...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 10:48 AM
Donna keeps her money with Bank of America. She also receives a lot of solicitations from lenders and other financial companies.
Donna wants to know if BofA is sharing her personal information with others and, if so, what she can do to stop it.
| Jan 9, 2014
| 1:30 PM
Days after the 20th anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement's implementation, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker unveiled a new initiative aimed at increasing business with trade partners in Latin America.
The “Look South&...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 2:30 AM
The average cost of a private room in a nursing home is now about $248 per day (or about $90,000 per year), and 12 hours a day of home care costs even more, according to the MetLife Mature Market Institute. But for many baby-boomers, it takes more than...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
As employers search for ways to lower their health care costs, they're encouraging employees to sign up for a high-deductible health insurance policy paired with a health savings account.
An HSA gives you a triple tax break: Your contributions are...
| Oct 22, 2013
Mayor Rahm Emanuel was on hand when an organization of female business executives paid tribute last year to his financial guru, Lois Scott, for her pioneering role in helping cash-strapped governments solve their problems.
Many in the room shared an...
| Oct 6, 2013
Illinois regulators considered Nicky Nichols' associations too questionable for the state's latest foray into gambling, so they rejected his companies' bids to run slot machines in bars.
And Vince Dublino testified in a mob trial to running illegal...
| Oct 18, 2013
After three trips to Asia as secretary of State, I am more convinced than ever that, as a Pacific power, the United States must continue to forge a Pacific future. But building that future means confronting challenges that require cooperation with our...
| Feb 19, 2014
Home warranties, maintenance plans and service contracts have two things in common. One: You pay upfront to cover home repairs and services even if you never need them. Two: Many plans will pay for only part of the fix. Sound like a bad deal?
| Dec 22, 2013
| 7:00 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is in China to promote Chicago business opportunities on a trip paid for by the city's economic development agency.
During the two-day trip that wraps up Monday, Emanuel is expected to sign an economic partnership agreement with eight...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 2:30 AM
By Ilyce Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin
Q: We purchased a home in California that was advertised as being on 2.30 acres. All the real estate postings stated the amount of land as being 2.30 acres.
After signing and purchasing this home this past spring, the...