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Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 11:24 AM
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By Associated Press

IKEA Buying Illinois Wind-Energy Project

IKEA Buying Illinois Wind-Energy Project

IKEA's U.S. subsidiary is buying a long-planned wind-energy project in eastern Illinois as part of the company's initiative to offset its power use with renewable energy generation. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014 at 3:58 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Squeezable Skyline Makes Huggable Willis Tower

Squeezable Skyline Makes Huggable Willis Tower

Cute and cuddly may not have been words used to describe the Willis Tower before, but they might be now thanks to a Chicago startup’s new huggable high-rises. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014 at 11:44 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Malort Documentary Set to Debut This Summer

Chicago’s Jeppson’s Malort is apparently getting its shot at the big screen. Read »

Friday, Apr 4, 2014 at 4:46 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Sears to Close State Street Store Sunday

Sears to Close State Street Store Sunday

Sears Holdings Corp. is closing its State Street store Sunday. Read »

Friday, Apr 4, 2014 at 4:04 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Groupon Releases First U.S. Ad Since Super Bowl Flop

Groupon Releases First U.S. Ad Since Super Bowl Flop

Groupon came out of advertisement hiding in the U.S. for the first time since the company’s Super Bowl ad soured fans in 2011. Read »

Friday, Apr 4, 2014 at 2:04 PM
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By Carrie Antlfinger

Milwaukee Group Wants to Buy Pabst Blue Ribbon

Milwaukee Group Wants to Buy Pabst Blue Ribbon

Long before it was known for fine cheddar cheese or the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin was famous for beer, especially the national brands brewed in Milwaukee: Schlitz, Blatz and Pabst Blue Ribbon. Read »

Friday, Apr 4, 2014 at 9:39 AM
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By Joseph Pisani

Food Ordering Company GrubHub Soars in Debut

Food Ordering Company GrubHub Soars in Debut

Wall Street appears to be in the mood for takeout. Read »

Friday, Apr 4, 2014 at 6:39 AM
CEO Spotlight: Ifbyphone's Irv Shapiro

CEO Spotlight: Ifbyphone's Irv Shapiro

Ifbyphone founder discusses how his voice-based autmation company helps marketing and sales professionals take complete control of the voice engagement with their customers. Watch »

Thursday, Apr 3, 2014 at 5:32 PM
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By associated press

GrubHub IPO Raises $192.5 Million

GrubHub IPO Raises $192.5 Million

Investors seem ready to eat up GrubHub. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014 at 4:07 PM
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By Chris Campbell

How to Leverage Online Reviews to Drive Performance

How to Leverage Online Reviews to Drive Performance

Don’t be afraid of online reviews. Here are some ways of leveraging online reviews to drive performance. Read »

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