| Feb 4, 2015
| 6:55 AM
At the East of the River Chambers of Commerce Association's annual Economic Forecast Breakfast, Dr. Nicholas Perna –Economic Advisor to Webster Bank, former economics professor and frequent consultant for economic matters for local and national...
| Feb 18, 2015
| 4:09 PM
Naperville School District 203 school officials say they are in a good position to make hard budgetary decisions without compromising the quality of education in the district if outside funding levels drop.
The School Board on Monday night got a glimpse...
| Feb 3, 2015
| 6:07 PM
Automakers saw a big jump in sales in January as lower gas prices and low interest rates pumped up consumers' confidence and their spending on new vehicles.
General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, Honda and Nissan all reported double-digit gains....
| Mar 7, 2015
| 11:00 AM
Hanging out at an auto repair shop might not be the most scientific way to study the economy, but it's far more interesting than reading the latest poll on consumer confidence or government report on job creation.
I got the idea after watching a man...
| Mar 20, 2015
| 2:17 PM
The talk around the harbor over the last month has been all about the moorings. I can picture city staff members saying to themselves, "Just when I thought we were out, they pulled us back in," which is a little different from the "Godfather" movie quote....
| Mar 9, 2015
| 2:05 PM
With three seats up for election April 7 on the Hinsdale High School District 86 Board, six candidates have divided themselves into two slates.
"Experience matters" is the slogan of one slate. The other promotes itself as "the conservative slate."...
| Mar 19, 2015
| 12:42 PM
A Canadian company has recalled 840,000 packages of yarn, saying it can unravel or snag and form loops in finished products, endangering young children.
The recall of Spinrite Yarn's Bernat Tizzy yarn was announced online Thursday by the Consumer...
| Feb 10, 2015
| 3:31 AM
Almost a million more people will take cruises this year compared with 2014, a trade group forecasts.
Some 23 million consumers around the world will cruise in 2015 — with the majority sailing from North American ports, the Cruise Lines...
| Mar 16, 2015
| 9:55 AM
Libertyville trustees have extended a 6 percent telecommunications tax as a first-step, preemptive remedy for Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed budget cuts.
Rauner's plan calls for the state to permanently keep half of the income tax municipalities receive,...
| Feb 18, 2015
| 4:09 AM
In recent months, the stage seemed set for American consumers to do what they've traditionally done best: Spend money — and drive the economy.
The lowest gas prices in five years had given people more spending money. Employers added over 1...
| Mar 13, 2015
| 11:14 AM
More South Floridians say they're likely to buy a home in the next year, according to two new surveys.
In a survey by TD Bank, more than a quarter of those polled in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties who bought a house in the last 10 years...