| Jan 16, 2015
| 7:29 AM
Plunging energy prices last month led to the biggest decline in the cost of living in six years, keeping inflation well below the Federal Reserve's target and possibly complicating plans for the central bank to start raising interest rates.
| Jan 30, 2015
| 8:30 AM
The recovery has been slow but steady — and isn't over.
In 2014 the industry sold 16.5 million vehicles, up from 15.6 million in 2013. The forecast for 2015 is even better, with sales expected to rise again to 16.9 million, though General Motors...
| Jan 25, 2015
| 6:58 PM
For years, President Obama had a singular problem: convincing Americans who were not feeling the economic recovery that it was real and a cause for optimism, not to mention for electing fellow Democrats.
Now Republicans seeking to capture the White...
| Nov 26, 2014
| 10:31 AM
At 1 p.m. on Nov. 28, 1914, at the invitation of the Highland Park Business Men's Association, 115 motor vehicles drove single file north on Sheridan Road from the Congress Hotel to Forest Avenue in Highland Park. (The procession took several minor...
| Jan 30, 2015
| 11:27 AM
Consumer sentiment among Floridians climbed to a post-recession high in January as gas prices fell further, the University of Florida reported Friday.
UF's monthly consumer confidence survey shot up almost six points from December's reading to 93.3, the...
| Jan 12, 2015
| 3:58 PM
After a two-year analysis of its finances, Winnetka District 36 decided it was taking in more taxes than necessary, leading to a recent decision to reduce the 2014 tax levy by about 8 percent over the previous year.
The board in December approved a levy...
| Jan 29, 2015
| 3:48 PM
Filling up at the gas station has been a much more pleasant experience for Americans since last fall. Regular gas is now less than $2 a gallon in many states, down from around $3.30 just a year ago.
But how long will that last? It’s just one of...
| Jan 20, 2015
| 4:38 PM
Orlando adopted an $8.50-an-hour "living-wage" policy in 2003 but hasn't changed it in the 11 years since.
Orlando's "living-wage" policy for city workers and contractors, the only one in Central Florida, was hailed as a way to lift the working poor...
| Jan 21, 2015
| 1:15 PM
The Lehigh Valley and U.S. economies are on the mend.
Wells Fargo global economist Jay H. Bryson told the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce at its annual Economic Outlook meeting Tuesday that the bank forecasts improved economic growth in the...
| Jan 19, 2015
First-time homebuyers and would-be buyers with scuffed credit histories may find more doors opening to them in the real estate market in the coming year, according to a leading mortgage-industry analyst.
Keith Gumbinger is vice president of HSH...
| Jan 20, 2015
| 8:16 AM
U.S. home builders grew slightly less optimistic in January, although they're still confident in the market for newly built single-family homes.
The National Assn. of Home Builders confidence index, released Tuesday, fell a point from December, to a...