| Jan 9, 2014
| 6:54 PM
U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker unveiled a new initiative aimed at increasing business with trade partners in Latin America, only days after the 20th anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement's implementation.
The Look South...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 7:10 PM
WASHINGTON — The crabbers are getting, well, crabby.
With the offices of the National Marine Fisheries Service closed because of the federal government shutdown, fishermen have been unable to get permits for the Alaska king crab season, which...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 8:36 PM
WASHINGTON — Yosemite National Park's visitor centers were open. The barricades at the World War II memorial were down. And the Giant Panda Cam was back on.
Thousands of federal workers returned to their jobs Thursday after Congress passed and...
| May 2, 2013
| 3:00 AM
WASHINGTON – Making official what many Democrats have expected for weeks, President Obama plans to nominate Chicago business executive Penny Pritzker, a longtime political supporter and heavyweight fundraiser, as his new Commerce secretary on...
| May 14, 2013
| 8:44 AM
WASHINGTON -- Cameron Kerry will serve as acting Commerce secretary starting June 1, joining his brother, Secretary of State John Kerry, in President Obama's Cabinet.
Cameron Kerry, who has been general counsel at the Commerce Department since 2009,...
| Jun 25, 2013
| 12:42 PM
WASHINGTON — Chicago billionaire Penny Pritzker was confirmed Tuesday as President Obama’s secretary of Commerce in a 97-1 Senate vote.
Pritzker, a Democratic mega-donor whose family founded the Hyatt Hotel chain, was the president’s...
| May 3, 2013
When business leaders complain that President Barack Obama has been at best neglectful and at worst hostile toward the nation's job creators, they cite a long list of grievances.
On the list — not high, but on the list — is that when Obama...
| May 19, 2013
| 7:00 AM
How do the wealthy stay wealthy? The mandatory financial disclosure released last week by commerce secretary nominee Penny Pritzker provides a rare look at an American billionaire's entire investment portfolio. Pritzker inherited much of her wealth,...
| Apr 24, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Illinois donors to President Barack Obama’s second inauguration included aviation giant Boeing Co., which contributed $1 million, and billionaire Penny Pritzker, who gave $250,000, according to newly filed records.
Pritzker, who is being vetted by...
| Sep 7, 2013
| 6:22 AM
Six weeks after taking over the U.S. Department of Labor, Marylander Thomas E. Perez is receiving praise from unions, concern from business leaders and hope from others that he will expand the agency's mission.
Perez, a former Maryland labor secretary,...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 3:57 AM
WASHINGTON -- President Obama canceled part of his trip to Asia next week to deal with the government shutdown but for now is still planning to attend the two world summits on his schedule, the White House said Wednesday morning.