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Consumer Confidence

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  • Frozen February pushes U.S. retail sales down 3rd month

    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...
  • ECC boosts tuition rate, but not for foreign students

    ECC boosts tuition rate, but not for foreign students
    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...
  • Four vying for three seats on Lyons Township High School Board

    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...
  • In a sputtering economy, business is humming at this auto repair shop

    In a sputtering economy, business is humming at this auto repair shop
    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...
  • The Harbor Report: More about the moorings (and money)

    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....
  • Seven vie for three seats on Hinsdale High School District 86 Board

    Seven vie for three seats on Hinsdale High School District 86 Board
    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."...
  • 840,000 packages of yarn recalled as possible hazard to children

    840,000 packages of yarn recalled as possible hazard to children
    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...
  • Food prices predicted to remain stable through 2015, with a couple of big ifs

    Food prices predicted to remain stable through 2015, with a couple of big ifs
    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...
  • US gains strong 257K jobs, pay jumps; jobless rate 5.7 pct.

    US gains strong 257K jobs, pay jumps; jobless rate 5.7 pct.
    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...
  • Best wage growth in six years boosts another strong jobs report

    Best wage growth in six years boosts another strong jobs report
    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...
  • Wall Street's reaction to Anthem data breach: ho-hum

    Wall Street's reaction to Anthem data breach: ho-hum
    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...