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  • Low gas prices help push consumer optimism to decade high, survey finds

    Low gas prices help push consumer optimism to decade high, survey finds
    Americans haven’t been this optimistic in a decade. Consumer sentiment in the first quarter reached its highest level since the third quarter of 2004, in large part because of low gas prices, according to the University of Michigan's consumer...
  • Floridians' confidence about finances at 10-year high

    Floridians' confidence about finances at 10-year high
    Floridians haven't been this optimistic about their personal finances for more than 10 years, according to a University of Florida survey released Friday. Their belief that their financial situation will improve in a year rose 2.4 points to 103.6, the...
  • Americans traveled by air in record numbers in 2014

    Airlines flew a record number of passengers in the U.S. last year, and Los Angeles International Airport again was the second-busiest airport in the nation. The number of passengers in the U.S. soared 2.5% to a record high of 848.1 million in 2014,...
  • Economist: More Lehigh Valley jobs are becoming full-time

    Economist: More Lehigh Valley jobs are becoming full-time
    A banker suggested to local economist Kamran Afshar that more part-time jobs have been created since the end of the Great Recession than full-time jobs. Is it true? In researching the data, Afshar discovered that — contrary to what many...
  • Rising gas prices push up inflation for first time in four months

    Rising gas prices push up inflation for first time in four months
    Consumer prices rose in February for the first time in four months as gasoline prices rebounded from a steep fall that had helped to drive down inflation since the middle of last year. The consumer price index increased 0.2% after a 0.7% drop in January...
  • Rising food, clothing costs offset lower gas prices

    Rising food, clothing costs offset lower gas prices
    You're paying a lot less for gasoline, but the costs of everything else are rising, according to data released Tuesday. South Floridians paid more for food, housing, clothes and medical care than they did a year ago — more than offsetting a 32.7...
  • Deflation fears rise as prices fall

    Deflation fears rise as prices fall
    One of the spooky words kicked around by stock market watchers during the last few months has been deflation. It conjures up the idea of people standing in bread lines during the Great Depression, or people in rags warming themselves around rusted...
  • Libertyville readies for Rauner cuts, extends phone tax

    Libertyville readies for Rauner cuts, extends phone tax
    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,...
  • More South Floridians ready to buy homes

    More South Floridians ready to buy homes
    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...
  • Spending in the spotlight at Kaneland School Board candidate event

    Kaneland School Board candidates differed on the issue of balancing a quality education with stewardship of taxpayer funds Thursday night. Eight hopefuls vying for four open seats in the April 7 election answered questions during a Meet the Candidates...
  • 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...