| Mar 12, 2015
| 7:46 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales fell in February, as auto purchases dropped by the most in more than a year and Americans spent less at restaurants and home improvement stores.
Retail sales fell 0.6 percent last month after a 0.8 percent...
| Mar 11, 2015
| 3:47 PM
Elgin Community College board members voted Tuesday to raise tuition by $5 an hour, to $119, for students who live or work inside Community College District 509. But afraid of scaring off the dozens of students ECC has been attracting from foreign...
| Mar 23, 2015
| 2:14 PM
Candidates for Lyons Township High School District 204 Board agree possible changes to state funding are the greatest challenges facing the district.
Possible changes include a shift of funding to lower income districts and asking school districts to...
| 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...
| Mar 10, 2015
| 7:00 AM
There’s good news for shoppers in the latest Consumer Price Index update from the Department of Agriculture, released last week. Food prices in general should show little to no increase over last year. But there are a couple of exceptions and a...
| Feb 6, 2015
| 8:04 AM
WASHINGTON — U.S. employers added a vigorous 257,000 jobs in January, and wages jumped by the most in six years — evidence that the job market is accelerating closer to full health.
The surprisingly robust report the government issued Friday...
| Feb 6, 2015
| 8:55 AM
The economy had another robust month of job growth in January, adding 257,000 net new positions and producing the best wage gains in more than six years, the Labor Department reported Friday.
The unemployment rate ticked up to 5.7%, but that was because...
| Feb 5, 2015
| 6:35 PM
The parent of Anthem Blue Cross disclosed late Wednesday that hackers stole the personal information of as many as 80 million customers and employees in the worst security breach of a U.S. healthcare company.
On Thursday, Anthem Inc. shares fell just 42...