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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 »

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 »

Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 4:45 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Sears Announces Plans to Close State Street Store

Sears Announces Plans to Close State Street Store

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

Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013 at 6:35 AM
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By Associated Press

Sears Holdings Announces CEO Is Stepping Down

Sears Holdings Announces CEO Is Stepping Down

Sears Holdings Corp. announced late Monday that CEO Louis J. D'Ambrosio is stepping next month due to health issues involving his family. 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, Feb 23, 2012 at 1:22 PM
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By David Wolinsky

Sears Spins Off 11 Retail Stores to Raise Cash

Sears Spins Off 11 Retail Stores to Raise Cash

Sears' free fall is continuing to sink further, as the Tribune is reporting that the long suffering retailer will "spin off its small-format hometown dealer stores and outlets and sell 11 stores to raise cash."... Read »

Thursday, Jan 5, 2012 at 6:31 PM
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By David Wolinsky

Sears Dives Further Into Junk-Bond Territory

Sears Dives Further Into Junk-Bond Territory

More bad news for Sears, whose softer side is presumably getting rather raw now. Marketwatch is reporting that Moody's Investors Service has downgraded Sears' ratings two notches, under the assumption that... Read »

Friday, Nov 11, 2011 at 4:51 PM
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By David Wolinsky

Sears Could Leave Chicago

Sears Could Leave Chicago

First Marshall Fields in the Loop, and now this? Thursday was the deadline for lawmakers to offer Sears Holdings Corp. enough tax breaks to make it worth the retail giant's while to stick around in scenic... Read »

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