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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 »

Wednesday, Nov 20, 2013 at 10:01 AM
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YouTube Co-Founder Pledges $1M to Aurora School

YouTube Co-Founder Pledges $1M to Aurora School

One of the founders of YouTube has pledged $1 million to his suburban Chicago math and science high school. Read »

Friday, Oct 18, 2013 at 1:07 PM
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By Associated Press

Illinois High Court Invalidates 'Amazon Tax' For Sales

Illinois High Court Invalidates 'Amazon Tax' For Sales

The Illinois Supreme Court is invalidating a two-year-old Illinois law charging taxes on certain Internet sales. Read »

Monday, Sep 23, 2013 at 2:22 PM
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By Haley BeMiller

Moo & Oink Brand To Expand In Midwest

Moo & Oink Brand To Expand In Midwest

After more than a year under new ownership, Moo and Oink is bringing its products to stores in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Read »

Friday, Jun 7, 2013 at 10:43 AM
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By Megan Purazrang

Kickstarter Turns Chicago Grads' Project Into Profit

Kickstarter Turns Chicago Grads' Project Into Profit

Derek Tarnow and Zahra Tashakorina, students of Chicago's Illinois Institute of Technology Institute of Design, created an iPhone project for a class, which raised over $200,000 and the attention of a Technology... Read »

Thursday, Jan 10, 2013 at 1:50 PM
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By Associated Press

Jewel-Osco Sold in $3.3 Billion Deal

Jewel-Osco Sold in $3.3 Billion Deal

Supervalu Inc. says it reached a deal to sell five of its biggest grocery chains — Albertson's, Acme, Jewel-Osco, Shaw's and Star Market — for $100 million in cash and more than $3 billion in debt. Read »

Thursday, Oct 4, 2012 at 12:15 PM
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By Associated Press

More Motorola Job Cuts Planned By Google

More Motorola Job Cuts Planned By Google

Google is broadening job cuts from its Motorola Mobility unit outside the U.S. and will take $390 million in severance costs and other charges related to the layoffs. Read »

Monday, Aug 13, 2012 at 11:48 AM
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By Associated Press

Sears Spinning Off Some Stores Into Separate Company

Sears Spinning Off Some Stores Into Separate Company

Sears is preparing to spin off its Hometown and Outlet stores as well as some hardware stores into a separate publicly traded company. The news sent the company's stock up $2.58, or 5 percent, to $54 in... Read »

Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 11:34 AM
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By David Wolinsky

Fox Lake Mineola Hotel For Sale on eBay

Fox Lake Mineola Hotel For Sale on eBay

Thinking of selling your business? Have you considered eBay? That's exactly what Pete Jakstas, the owner of the Mineola Hotel in Fox Lake is doing exactly that, and, imagine that, there's no shipping cost.... Read »

Monday, Feb 27, 2012 at 9:51 PM
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By Lisa Balde
      

Local Eateries Look to NATO/G8 for Exposure

50-plus restaurants plan to offer special menu items during a month-long promotion. Read »

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