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Chicago Tribune Business News
May 22, 2019

Owners of Frank Lloyd Wright home in Glencoe file for demolition permit
The new owners of a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed cottage in north suburban Glencoe have formally requested permission to tear down the 106-year-old home, a village official confirmed Wednesday.

Wright, widely considered America's greatest architect, designed the Sherman Booth Cottage, a flat-roofed,...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 22, 2019

Once the Boeing 737 Max is cleared to fly again, United CEO Oscar Munoz vows to be on his airline's first Max flight
United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz, in an effort to assure passengers, vowed to be aboard the airline's first flight on a Boeing 737 Max once regulators agree to let the aircraft begin flying again.

Regulators around the world grounded the 737 Max in March after the plane was involved in deadly crashes...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 22, 2019

United CEO Oscar Munoz vows to be on his airline's first 737 Max flight, once regulators clear the aircraft
United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz, in an effort to assure passengers, vowed to be aboard the airline's first flight on a Boeing 737 Max once regulators agree to let the aircraft begin flying again.

Regulators around the world grounded the 737 Max in March after the plane was involved in deadly crashes...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 22, 2019

United CEO Oscar Munoz vows to be on his airline's first Boeing 737 Max flight, once regulators clear jet to fly again
United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz, in an effort to assure passengers, vowed to be aboard the airline's first flight on a Boeing 737 Max once regulators agree to let the aircraft begin flying again.

Regulators around the world grounded the 737 Max in March after the plane was involved in deadly crashes...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 22, 2019

Red Nose Day: Why is Walgreens selling red noses? It's not just for comic relief.
The fifth annual Red Nose Day takes place Thursday, part of a fundraising effort to help end child poverty.

Here's what to know:

Who came up with the idea? Red Nose Day started in the U.K. in 1988. In 2015, the public charity Comic Relief USA launched the campaign in the U.S. To date, the campaign...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 22, 2019

Hey grads: Chicago's tech job market is sizzling. Here's how 3 workers landed spots in cybersecurity, software developing and IT.
With graduations fast approaching, a new crop of technology job candidates is preparing to enter the market. Their prospects look good.

Tech-related employment grew in the Chicago area by almost 6,000 jobs last year.

And if employment postings are any indication, there is also optimism around future...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 21, 2019

Fight for $15 has been pressuring McDonald's on sexual harassment. Now the burger giant is rolling out new training and a hotline.


McDonald's has responded to mounting complaints about sexual harassment with employee training programs and a new anonymous reporting hotline.



The Chicago-based fast-food chain sent a letter Monday to Illinois Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth detailing its efforts, in response to a letter Duckworth...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 21, 2019

McDonald's rolls out training, hotline as sexual harassment complaints mount


McDonald's has responded to mounting complaints about sexual harassment with employee training programs and a new anonymous reporting hotline.



The Chicago-based fast food chain sent a letter Monday to Illinois Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth detailing its efforts, in response to a letter Duckworth...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 21, 2019

McDonald's touts its new sexual harassment training and hotline. 'Nothing has changed,' says alleged victim.


McDonald's has responded to mounting complaints about sexual harassment with employee training programs and a new anonymous reporting hotline.



The Chicago-based fast-food chain sent a letter Monday to Illinois Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth detailing its efforts, in response to a letter Duckworth...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 21, 2019

40 years ago, America's deadliest plane crash killed 273 people at O'Hare and changed air travel forever
'Hippie' island off Seattle sees shift in low vaccine rate  Honolulu Star-AdvertiserVASHON ISLAND, Wash. Sarah Day is a school nurse with "street cred" when it comes to the polarizing issue of vaccines on an idyllic island in Washington ...

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Chicago Tribune Business News
May 21, 2019

The Hoxton, a London-based hotel brand, is drawing a crowd in Fulton Market. Now it's looking for co-working members.
The Hoxton has quickly established itself as a place to see and be seen in Chicago's Fulton Market district.

Now the London-based boutique hotel brand also wants to be known as a place to work.

Parent company Ennismore said it plans to open a co-working space within the 182-room hotel in October....



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 20, 2019

Do marijuana dispensaries drive up home values? At least one study says so.
Illinois residents could see their home values increase if the state legalizes recreational marijuana, and the bump could come as soon as a law is passed.

A recent study from Clever Real Estate, a St. Louis-based platform that matches homebuyers with agents, found the prospect of new cannabis industry...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 20, 2019

Do marijuana dispensaries drive up home values? At least one study says yes.
Illinois residents could see their home values increase if the state legalizes recreational marijuana, and the bump could come as soon as a law is passed.

A recent study from Clever Real Estate, a St. Louis-based platform that matches homebuyers with agents, found the prospect of new cannabis industry...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 20, 2019

Who is Robert F. Smith? Before he was wiping out Morehouse College student debt, he was patenting coffee brewing at Kraft.
The billionaire technology investor who promised to pay off hundreds of Morehouse College graduates' student loans has ties to Chicago — including patenting a coffee brewing method for the company formerly known as Kraft General Foods.

Robert F. Smith is the founder, chairman and CEO of Vista Equity...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 20, 2019

'There's a huge shortage of lab space in Chicago': Sterling Bay to back life sciences startups, with eye on Lincoln Yards
Chicago real estate developer Sterling Bay aims to make Lincoln Park a center for life sciences research, an industry that the firm hopes will fill a lot of space in its $6 billion Lincoln Yards megadevelopment.

Sterling Bay last week announced the creation of a new investment arm, called Prysm...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 18, 2019

Loop's luster may be lagging: Chicago's city center faces huge office vacancies, ownership changes and new competitors
Corporate moves from the suburbs, record tourism and booming real estate development are fueling downtown Chicago's economy, but the good times have produced one big unexpected challenge.

Loop office owners are staring down a wave of upcoming large vacancies that could alter how the city's core...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 17, 2019

Central Loop's luster may be lagging: Chicago's city center faces huge office vacancies, ownership changes and new competitors
Corporate moves from the suburbs, record tourism and booming real estate development are fueling downtown Chicago's economy, but the good times have produced one big unexpected challenge.

Loop office owners are staring down a wave of upcoming large vacancies that could alter how the city's core...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 17, 2019

Dining out on food stamps: Bill to let some recipients spend SNAP benefits at restaurants heads to Pritzker's desk
Illinois food stamp recipients who are elderly, disabled or homeless could soon use their benefits to eat at restaurants.

The Restaurant Meals Program bill, which heads to Gov. J.B. Pritzker's desk for consideration after winning state Senate approval Friday, , aims to add Illinois to a short list...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 17, 2019

Bill to allow the homeless, elderly and disabled to use food stamp benefits to eat at Illinois restaurants heads to Pritzker's desk
Illinois food stamp recipients who are elderly, disabled or homeless could soon use their benefits to eat at restaurants.

The Restaurant Meals Program bill, which heads to Gov. J.B. Pritzker's desk for consideration after winning state Senate approval Friday, , aims to add Illinois to a short list...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 17, 2019

Former MillerCoors exec who pleaded guilty to defrauding brewer sentenced to prison
A former MillerCoors marketing executive was sentenced Thursday to 42 months in federal prison for masterminding a scheme that used fake promotional events to defraud the Chicago-based beer giant out of nearly $8.7 million over more than a decade.

David Colletti, 60, of Chicago, pleaded guilty...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 16, 2019

Boeing has finished software update for grounded 737 Max jet, but regulators have questions
Boeing says it has finished with its updates to the flight-control software implicated in two deadly crashes involving its 737 Max, moving a step closer to getting the plane back in the sky.

Aviation regulators still have more questions about how pilots interact with the plane's controls under...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 16, 2019

New stretch of Chicago Riverwalk starts to repair design divide between east and west sections of the path
When spring weather finally arrived in Chicago this week, it brought lots of people out to the redesigned, newly opened stretch of the Chicago Riverwalk east of Michigan Avenue. They were strolling, jogging, biking, walking their dogs and pushing baby strollers.

The very fact that they were there,...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 16, 2019

New stretch of Chicago Riverwalk starts to repair the design divide between east and west sections of the path
When spring weather finally arrived in Chicago this week, it brought lots of people out to the redesigned, newly opened stretch of the Chicago Riverwalk east of Michigan Avenue. They were strolling, jogging, biking, walking their dogs and pushing baby strollers.

The very fact that they were there,...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 16, 2019

Commercial drone market expected to triple in size by 2023. 'There's jobs all over,' says Romeoville program leader.
As rivers swelled and flood watches loomed throughout the Chicago area earlier this month, two ComEd drones took flight to make sure rising waters hadn't reached the utility's substations.

"The best way to find out if they (flood prevention efforts) are working is to just get up in the air and...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 16, 2019

Drones are big business, and Chicago firms are diving in. 'Some things you just couldn't do at all if you didn't have a drone.'
As rivers swelled and flood watches loomed throughout the Chicago area earlier this month, two ComEd drones took flight to make sure rising waters hadn't reached the utility's substations.

"The best way to find out if they (flood prevention efforts) are working is to just get up in the air and...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 15, 2019

Uber in talks for massive office in Chicago's Old Post Office redevelopment
Uber is negotiating a massive office lease at The Old Post Office, where the technology company would have room to add thousands of employees in one of Chicago's largest buildings.

California-based Uber Technologies is in advanced talks to take about 450,000 square feet in the 2.8 million-square-foot...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 15, 2019

Uber in talks to bring thousands of employees to Chicago's Old Post Office redevelopment
Uber is negotiating a massive office lease at The Old Post Office, where the technology company would have room to add thousands of employees in one of Chicago's largest buildings.

California-based Uber Technologies is in advanced talks to take about 450,000 square feet in the 2.8 million-square-foot...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 15, 2019

Bill would allow the homeless, elderly and disabled to use food stamp benefits to eat at Illinois restaurants
Illinois food stamp recipients who are elderly, disabled or homeless could soon use their benefits to eat at restaurants.

The Restaurant Meals Program bill, which is awaiting a state Senate vote after approval by the House in late March, aims to add Illinois to a short list of states that have...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 15, 2019

Hospital rankings can be a life-or-death matter, but ratings vary. Here's how 4 groups grade patients' options in Chicago.
Hospital grades, rankings and ratings are supposed to make it easier to choose where to get care.

But when more than half a dozen organizations regularly chime in, it can get a bit confusing for patients.

The nonprofit Leapfrog Group just released its latest patient safety grades Wednesday, dinging...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 15, 2019

Feds set to crack down on robocalls, let carriers block spammers by default
New measures by U.S. regulators could help thwart some of the billions of robocalls received in the U.S.

The Federal Communications Commission said Wednesday that it will vote in June on whether to let carriers block spam calls by default, which should mean that more spam calls are blocked. Right...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 15, 2019

McDonald's slims down all-day breakfast menu to speed up service at restaurants
It may soon be hit-or-miss for customers craving a late-night Sausage McGriddle or hotcakes at McDonald's.

In an effort to simply its menu and speed up service, McDonald's is letting individual U.S. franchisees choose which menu items to offer after regular breakfast hours end at 10:30 a.m.

"Giving...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 15, 2019

Need for speed: McDonald's trims all-day breakfast menu for faster service
It may soon be hit-or-miss for customers craving a late-night Sausage McGriddle or hotcakes at McDonald's.

In an effort to simplify its menu and speed up service, McDonald's is letting individual U.S. franchisees choose which menu items to offer after regular breakfast hours end at 10:30 a.m.

"Giving...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 15, 2019

With robocalls on the rise, federal regulators planning new counterattack
New measures by U.S. regulators could help thwart some of the billions of robocalls received in the U.S.

The rising volume of calls in the last few years has created pressure on Congress, regulators and phone companies to act.

The Federal Communications Commission said Wednesday that it will vote...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 15, 2019

Documents reveal Trump Organization woes — though it blames Chicago hotel's decline on 'perceived threat of gun violence'
Late last year, in a Miami conference room, a consultant for President Donald Trump's company said business at his prized 643-room Doral resort in Florida was in sharp decline.

At Doral, which Trump has listed in federal disclosures as his biggest moneymaker hotel, room rates, banquets, golf and...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 15, 2019

Five Chicago hospitals earn D grades for patient safety in new report, Northwestern slips to a B
Five Chicago hospitals earned D grades for patient safety, though Illinois ranks 14th in the nation when it comes to hospitals protecting patients, according to a new report.

No Illinois hospital earned an F grade this year — an improvement over last fall when two Illinois hospitals received Fs...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 15, 2019

5 Chicago hospitals earn D grades for patient safety in new report, Northwestern slips to a B
Five Chicago hospitals earned D grades for patient safety, though Illinois ranks 14th in the nation when it comes to hospitals protecting patients, according to a new report.

No Illinois hospital earned an F grade this year — an improvement over last fall when two Illinois hospitals received Fs...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 14, 2019

U.S. targets $300 billion worth of Chinese goods, including laptops, tuna and garlic, for new tariff hikes
U.S. officials listed $300 billion more of Chinese goods for possible tariff hikes while Beijing vowed Tuesday to "fight to the finish" in an escalating trade battle that is fueling fears about damage to global economic growth.

The U.S. Trade Representative's Office issued its target list after...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 14, 2019

The Protective Parking 'Pirates'? Lincoln Towing adds corporate name to new sign as it awaits ruling on its fate.
Lincoln Towing Service has splashed its once-obscure corporate name, Protective Parking Service, in bold lettering atop a new sign at its Chicago headquarters, but its infamous street name is not necessarily going away.

The towing company, known to many as the "Lincoln Park Pirates," is still planning...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 14, 2019

Is Lincoln Towing changing its name? Infamous towing firm adds corporate name, Protective Parking, on new sign.
Lincoln Towing Service has splashed its once-obscure corporate name, Protective Parking Service, in bold lettering atop a new sign at its Chicago headquarters, but its infamous street name is not necessarily going away.

The towing company, known to many as the "Lincoln Park Pirates," is still planning...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 14, 2019

Coming soon to a flight near you: Spider-Man and United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz star in campy safety video
The decadelong move to turn the once mundane in-flight safety video into campy entertainment is about to reach new heights, or lows, depending on your perspective.

Coming to a flight near you on June 1, Chicago-based United Airlines will use a slickly produced Spider-Man vignette to inform passengers...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 14, 2019

Spider-Man flying on United Airlines: In-flight safety video to feature summer movie tie-in
The decadelong move to turn the once mundane in-flight safety video into campy entertainment is about to reach new heights, or lows, depending on your perspective.

Coming to a flight near you on June 1, Chicago-based United Airlines will use a slickly produced Spider-Man vignette to inform passengers...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 14, 2019

Safety belts, oxygen masks and Spider-Man? United Airlines' in-flight safety video features an unabashed promotional tie-in.
Th decadelong move to turn the once mundane in-flight safety video into campy entertainment is about to reach new heights, or lows, depending on your perspective.

Coming to a flight near you on June 1, Chicago-based United Airlines will use a slickly produced Spider-Man vignette to inform passengers...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 14, 2019

United Airlines enlists Spider-Man for new in-flight safety video. Is it too soon for fun after 737 Max grounding?
Th decadelong move to turn the once mundane in-flight safety video into campy entertainment is about to reach new heights, or lows, depending on your perspective.

Coming to a flight near you on June 1, Chicago-based United Airlines will use a slickly produced Spider-Man vignette to inform passengers...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 13, 2019

Trader Joe's to open store in Hyde Park, first on Chicago's South Side
Trader Joe's plans to open a store in the city's Hyde Park neighborhood this fall, taking space formerly occupied by the now-defunct Treasure Island Foods.

It will be Trader Joe's first location on Chicago's South Side. The nearest store is in the South Loop neighborhood, on the Near South Side.

...

Chicago Tribune Business News
May 13, 2019

Trade war fallout: Illinois firms say you'll pay more for furniture, scooters and a lot more
With China and the United States embroiled in an all-out trade war, Illinois companies are scrambling to find new overseas suppliers, even as they prepare to pass on the higher costs to their customers.

Everything from the mundane to the practical to the exotic — washing machine parts, dining room...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 13, 2019

Here's how China trade war tariffs work: Illinois firms say you'll pay extra for furniture, scooters ... and a lot more
With China and the United States embroiled in an all-out trade war, Illinois companies are scrambling to find new overseas suppliers, even as they prepare to pass on the higher costs to their customers.

Everything from the mundane to the practical to the exotic — washing machine parts, dining room...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 13, 2019

Here's how tariffs work: Illinois firms say you'll pay extra for furniture, scooters ... and a lot more
With China and the United States embroiled in an all-out trade war, Illinois companies are scrambling to find new overseas suppliers, even as they prepare to pass on the higher costs to their customers.

Everything from the mundane to the practical to the exotic — washing machine parts, dining room...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 13, 2019

Fallout from China trade war: Illinois firms say you'll pay extra for furniture, scooters ... and a lot more
With China and the United States embroiled in an all-out trade war, Illinois companies are scrambling to find new overseas suppliers, even as they prepare to pass on the higher costs to their customers.

Everything from the mundane to the practical to the exotic — washing machine parts, dining room...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 13, 2019

Fallout from the trade war: Illinois firms say you'll pay more for furniture, scooters and a lot more
With China and the United States embroiled in an all-out trade war, Illinois companies are scrambling to find new overseas suppliers, even as they prepare to pass on the higher costs to their customers.

Everything from the mundane to the practical to the exotic — washing machine parts, dining room...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 13, 2019

Prepare for trade war fallout: Illinois firms say you'll pay extra for furniture, scooters ... and a lot more
With China and the United States embroiled in an all-out trade war, Illinois companies are scrambling to find new overseas suppliers, even as they prepare to pass on the higher costs to their customers.

Everything from the mundane to the practical to the exotic — washing machine parts, dining room...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 13, 2019

Jewel-Osco employees alleging age discrimination can pursue lawsuit as a group, judge rules
Seven current and former Jewel-Osco employees who have sued the Itasca-based grocery chain for age discrimination will be able to pursue their claims as a group, a federal judge has ruled.

Judge Manish Shah of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois denied Jewel-Osco's motion...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 13, 2019

China tariff hikes hit Illinois companies and ultimately, consumers
More than a year in, the Trump administration's escalating trade war with China is hitting home in Illinois, with companies bracing for higher tariffs, scrambling to find new overseas suppliers and consumers ultimately footing the bill for higher costs.

Everything from the mundane to the practical...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 13, 2019

China trade war: Tariff hikes hit Illinois companies — and ultimately, consumers
With China and the United States embroiled in an all-out trade war, Illinois companies are scrambling to find new overseas suppliers, even as they prepare to pass on the higher costs to their customers.

Everything from the mundane to the practical to the exotic — washing machine parts, dining room...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 13, 2019

Higher electric vehicle fees: 'I suspect that behind a lot of these state efforts, there is a bit of an oil-industry push'
The rest of the world is handing out subsidies and incentives to speed up adoption of electric cars. But in nearly half of U.S. states, driving a battery-powered car requires paying additional fees.

To date, 24 states have imposed special fees on electric vehicles, according to a national association...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 13, 2019

Higher EV fees nationwide: 'I suspect that behind a lot of these state efforts, there is a bit of an oil-industry push'
The rest of the world is handing out subsidies and incentives to speed up adoption of electric cars. But in nearly half of U.S. states, driving a battery-powered car requires paying additional fees.

To date, 24 states have imposed special fees on electric vehicles, according to a national association...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 12, 2019

Beat Kitchen, Luxury Cakes, Batter and Berries among new Riverwalk vendors
Visitors to the Chicago Riverwalk this summer will find nine new concessionaires hawking pies, chais and more in a previously unused area of the promenade.

The city, which marks the start of Riverwalk season Monday, focused on recruiting women- and minority-owned small businesses from Chicago's...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 12, 2019

Chicago Riverwalk adding Michigan Avenue marketplace, 9 new vendors serving pie, chai, soul food and more
Visitors to the Chicago Riverwalk this summer will find nine new concessionaires hawking pies, chais and more in a previously unused area of the promenade.

The city, which marks the start of riverwalk season Monday, focused on recruiting women- and minority-owned small businesses from Chicago's...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 10, 2019

'Who has this much kombucha?' Pete's Fresh Market charts ambitious suburban expansion.
Stephanie Dremonas was about a year out of college when her dad, Pete's Fresh Market co-founder James "Jimmy" Dremonas, called with a proposition.

"He said, ‘Are you done pushing paper?'" said Dremonas, who at the time was working at Mid-America Real Estate Group after graduating from Marquette...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 10, 2019

Illinois might start charging $1,000 per year to own an electric vehicle: 'It's outrageous'
A proposed hike in Illinois' annual registration fee for electric vehicles, from $17.50 to $1,000, is being called unfair by current EV owners, and a sales disincentive by manufacturers — just as the new technology is beginning to gain broader traction.

"It's outrageous," said Nicoletta Skarlatos,...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 10, 2019

Proposed $1,000 Illinois electric vehicle registration fee called unfair by EV owners and manufacturers
A proposed hike in Illinois' annual registration fee for electric vehicles, from $17.50 to $1,000, is being called unfair by current EV owners, and a sales disincentive by manufacturers — just as the new technology is beginning to gain broader traction.

"It's outrageous," said Nicoletta Skarlatos,...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 09, 2019

Not too long ago, a marijuana supplier was a drug dealer. Now it's a 'creditworthy tenant,' as Chicago weed companies grow.
Medical marijuana company Verano Holdings was out of room at its River North headquarters. It was just that simple.

Earlier this year, the company found a new home. At 9,500 square feet, the new office is almost four times larger than the previous space. It's decorated for a cannabis company, with...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 09, 2019

Where to hang the bosses' 'Please keep off the grass' sign? Marijuana companies expanding Chicago offices.
Medical marijuana company Verano Holdings was out of room at its River North headquarters. It was just that simple.

Earlier this year, the company found a new home. At 9,500 square feet, the new office is almost four times larger than the previous space. It's decorated for a cannabis company, with...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 09, 2019

Some of Chicago's biggest companies have no black or Latino directors. A bill aims to change that.
Some of Illinois' largest companies would have to take a critical look at who's calling the shots in their boardrooms if a bill making its way through Springfield becomes reality.

The legislation, which narrowly passed the House last month, would require any publicly traded company with an Illinois...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 09, 2019

A new bill aims to force Illinois' largely white, male corporate boards to diversify. Some say it's unconstitutional.
Some of Illinois' largest companies would have to take a critical look at who's calling the shots in their boardrooms if a bill making its way through Springfield becomes reality.

The legislation, which narrowly passed the House last month, would require any publicly traded company with an Illinois...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 09, 2019

A new bill would require more diverse corporate boards. Many of the state's largest companies currently fail its quotas.
Some of Illinois' largest companies would have to take a critical look at who's calling the shots in their boardrooms if a bill making its way through Springfield becomes reality.

The legislation, which narrowly passed the House last month, would require any publicly traded company with an Illinois...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 08, 2019

The death of Michael Kasper, whose vision pushed DuPage Medical Group toward a national presence, leaves it at crossroads
In recent years, small independent doctors' groups — where owners actually treat patients — have been disappearing, increasingly consigned to a sepia-toned era of care alongside Marcus Welby.

Faced with mounting costs, shifting regulations and burdensome billing requirements, physicians have been...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 08, 2019

Stroopwafel McFlurry, anyone? McDonald's will sell some global menu items in the U.S. this summer.
McFlurry, make room for Stroopwafel.

McDonald's confirmed Wednesday that, for the first time, it is bringing items from its international menus to U.S. restaurants nationwide.

Starting June 5, customers won't have to hop on a plane to find the Netherlands' Stroopwafel McFlurry, which mixes chopped...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 08, 2019

McDonald's to sell some of its global menu items in the U.S. this summer. Stroopwafel McFlurry, anyone?
McFlurry, make room for Stroopwafel.

McDonald's confirmed Wednesday that, for the first time, it is bringing items from its international menus to U.S. restaurants nationwide.

Starting June 5, customers won't have to hop on a plane to find the Netherlands' Stroopwafel McFlurry, which mixes chopped...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 08, 2019

Uber and Lyft rides might be harder to come by in Chicago today. Here's why.
Thousands of Uber and Lyft drivers are planning to turn off their apps and strike Wednesday, the same day ride-share giant Uber is set to go public.

Chicago-area participants will join ride-share drivers in several states and dozens of cities around the country and world asking Uber and Lyft for...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 07, 2019

'I thought that the stove had exploded': Lawsuits allege some Pam cooking spray cans caused fires, severe burns
Six lawsuits filed Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court allege some of Conagra Brands' cooking sprays, including leading brand Pam, have severely burned people due to a faulty can design.

The suits accuse Chicago-based Conagra of selling dangerous and defective products that catch fire during common...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 07, 2019

Boeing's working to get the 737 Max back in the air — but 1 in 5 travelers say they would never fly on it
In the wake of two deadly crashes, Boeing has said it's making progress on efforts to get its grounded 737 Max aircraft approved to fly again. The next challenge: convincing passengers to get back on board.

A new survey by the Barclays investment bank suggests that they have some work to do.

While...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 07, 2019

Once Boeing 737 Max returns to the air, will you fly it? 1 in 5 travelers say never, survey reveals.
In the wake of two deadly crashes, Boeing has said it's making progress on efforts to get its grounded 737 Max aircraft approved to fly again. The next challenge: convincing passengers to get back on board.

A new survey by the Barclays investment bank suggests that they have some work to do.

While...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 07, 2019

Once Boeing 737 Max returns to the air, will you fly it? 1 in 5 travelers say never, survey says.
In the wake of two deadly crashes, Boeing has said it's making progress on efforts to get its grounded 737 Max aircraft approved to fly again. The next challenge: convincing passengers to get back on board.

A new survey by the Barclays investment bank suggests that they have some work to do.

While...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 07, 2019

Once Boeing 737 Max returns to the air, will you fly on it? 1 in 5 travelers say never, survey reveals.
In the wake of two deadly crashes, Boeing has said it's making progress on efforts to get its grounded 737 Max aircraft approved to fly again. The next challenge: convincing passengers to get back on board.

A new survey by the Barclays investment bank suggests that they have some work to do.

While...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 07, 2019

Survey: 1 in 5 passengers say they'll never feel comfortable flying on a Boeing 737 Max
In the wake of two deadly crashes, Boeing has said it's making progress on efforts to get its grounded 737 Max aircraft approved to fly again. The next challenge: convincing passengers to get back on board.

A new survey by the Barclays investment bank suggests that they have some work to do.

While...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 07, 2019

7 Chicago office towers, including part of Illinois Center, just went up for sale. They could fetch more than $1 billion.
Seven downtown office towers are packaged together for sale in a deal expected to fetch much more than $1 billion, which would be the largest such deal in Chicago in more than a decade.

The seller is AmTrust Realty Corp., the real estate arm of New York-based insurer AmTrust Financial Services,...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 07, 2019

Uber and Lyft rides might be harder to come by in Chicago Wednesday. Here's why.
Thousands of Uber and Lyft drivers are planning to turn off their apps and strike Wednesday, the same day ride-share giant Uber is set to go public.

Chicago-area participants will join ride-share drivers in several states and dozens of cities around the country and world asking Uber and Lyft for...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 07, 2019

Lawsuits allege that design faults in cans of Pam cooking spray caused fires, severe burns
Six lawsuits filed Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court allege some of Conagra Brands' cooking sprays, including leading brand Pam, have severely burned people due to a faulty can design.

The suits accuse Chicago-based Conagra of selling dangerous and defective products that catch fire during common...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 06, 2019

DuPage Medical Group 'shocked and saddened' by death of 46-year-old CEO
Michael Kasper, the CEO of DuPage Medical Group — the largest independent doctors' groups in Illinois — died Saturday at the age of 46, the group confirmed on Monday.

DuPage Medical Group President Dr. Paul Merrick said Kasper died at home but declined Monday to reveal the cause of Kasper's death,...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 06, 2019

DuPage Medical Group CEO dies at 46
Michael Kasper, the CEO of DuPage Medical Group — one of the largest independent doctors' groups in Illinois — died Saturday at the age of 46, the group confirmed on Monday.

Representatives of DuPage Medical Group did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the cause of death.

Kasper...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 06, 2019

Kraft Heinz is correcting $181 million in financial misstatements. Here's what that means.
Kraft Heinz plans restate its financial statements for 2016, 2017 and the first nine months of 2018 after discovering employee misconduct in its procurement practices, the food giant said Monday in a regulatory filing.

Kraft Heinz, based in Chicago and Pittsburgh, identified $181 million in financial...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 06, 2019

Boeing didn't tell airlines that 737 Max sensor safety alert wasn't working
Boeing said Sunday that it discovered after airlines had been flying its 737 Max plane for several months that a safety alert in the cockpit was not working as intended, yet it didn't disclose that fact to airlines or federal regulators until after one of the planes crashed.

The feature was designed...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 06, 2019

Kraft Heinz is restating more than 2 years of financial results. Here's what that means.
Kraft Heinz is restating its financial results for the years 2016, 2017, and for the first nine months of 2018.

The company said in February that it was being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission over its procurement operations. Kraft Heinz Co. said in a regulatory filing on Monday...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 06, 2019

Lands' End severing its links with Sears: 'We're not in their long-term plans, and they're not in ours'
Lands' End is back at Oakbrook Center mall — this time, outside the shadow of Sears.

The Dodgeville, Wis.-based casual clothing retailer had a shop inside the Sears, its former parent company, on the mall's northwest side before the Sears temporarily shut down for remodeling and downsizing in 2017....



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 06, 2019

Kids who need mental health treatment can face long waits. Pritzkers give $15 million to help.
The girl had always been a worrier.

But as she progressed through middle school, the 12 year old's anxiety ramped up, beginning to interfere with her life. Her family knew she needed professional help.

But instead of waiting potentially months to see a psychiatrist — practitioners who are in short...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 06, 2019

About 1 in 5 kids will have mental health problems, but child psychiatrists are scarce. Pritzkers give $15M to help.
The girl had always been a worrier.

But as she progressed through middle school, the 12-year-old's anxiety ramped up and began to interfere with her life. Her family knew she needed professional help.

But instead of waiting potentially months to see a psychiatrist — practitioners who are in short...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 06, 2019

20 percent of kids will have mental health problems, but child psychiatrists are scarce. Pritzkers give $15M to help.
The girl had always been a worrier.

But as she progressed through middle school, the 12-year-old's anxiety ramped up and began to interfere with her life. Her family knew she needed professional help.

But instead of waiting potentially months to see a psychiatrist — practitioners who are in short...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 06, 2019

20 percent of kids will have mental health problems, but child psychiatrists are scarce. Prizkers give $15M to help.
The girl had always been a worrier.

But as she progressed through middle school, the 12-year-old's anxiety ramped up and began to interfere with her life. Her family knew she needed professional help.

But instead of waiting potentially months to see a psychiatrist — practitioners who are in short...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 06, 2019

Even as Sears closes at Oakbrook Center, Lands' End returns with a store of its own
Lands' End is back at Oakbrook Center mall — this time, outside the shadow of Sears.

The Dodgeville, Wis.-based casual clothing retailer had a shop inside the Sears, its former parent company, on the mall's northwest side before the Sears temporarily shut down for remodeling and downsizing in 2017....



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 03, 2019

Architecture critic's take on proposed One Central complex near Soldier Field: A mix of audacious and dubious
It is, perhaps, too soon for an architecture critic to assess Chicago's latest megadevelopment plan, which calls for building a massive row of skyscrapers on a platform over the train tracks near Soldier Field.

The renderings are obviously preliminary. The developer's pitch is more fiscal than...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 02, 2019

Chicago Ridge doctor operated on wrong eye, patient's lawsuit alleges
A Chicago Ridge ophthalmologist operated on the wrong eye of a patient and then tried to fix the mistake by operating on the correct eye without proper anesthesia, the patient alleges in lawsuit filed this week in Cook County Circuit Court.

Sutton Dryfhout filed her lawsuit Monday, alleging that...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 02, 2019

'I'm 57. How employable am I going to be?' Nearly 1,400 auto workers are about to lose their jobs in Belvidere.
When the final whistle blows this weekend for workers on the third shift at the Belvidere Assembly Plant near Rockford, the nearly 1,400 members of "C Crew" will punch out for the last time, downsized out of a job because of slowing demand for plant's only product - the Jeep Cherokee.

It is a straightforward...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 02, 2019

'I'm 57. How employable am I going to be?' Nearly 1,400 autoworkers are about to lose their jobs in Belvidere.
When the final whistle blows this weekend for workers on the third shift at the Belvidere Assembly Plant near Rockford, the nearly 1,400 members of "C Crew" will punch out for the last time, downsized out of a job because of slowing demand for the plant's only product — the Jeep Cherokee.

It is...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 02, 2019

Farmer's Fridge expands into new South Side factory with room to make 'tens of millions' of salads
Fast-growing Farmer's Fridge has outgrown its startup digs and moved into a 50,000-square-foot production facility on Chicago's South Side.

The company, which sells salads and other fresh foods through refrigerated vending machines, left its 8,000-square-foot kitchen in the West Loop in early April....



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 02, 2019

After White House meeting, Foxconn chief says Wisconsin factory moving forward, will host Trump visit next year
Foxconn Technology Group is moving forward with its plan to build a manufacturing facility in Wisconsin and President Donald Trump has promised to visit when production starts next year, the Taiwanese company's leader told reporters after a meeting at the White House.

Foxconn CEO Terry Gou met...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 01, 2019

Proposed One Central megadevelopment by Soldier Field seeks state funds for $3.8 billion transit center
The developer proposing a row of skyscrapers on a platform over train tracks near Soldier Field wants Illinois taxpayers to help pay for, and eventually own, a $3.8 billion transit center that would anchor the proposed megadevelopment.

But winning approval in the state legislature won't be so easy,...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 01, 2019

Boeing would rather face 737 Max lawsuits in Indonesia than in Chicago federal court
Faced with lawsuits over a plane crash half a world away, Boeing is arguing it shouldn't have to defend itself in a courtroom a short walk from its corporate headquarters.

The world's largest planemaker has indicated in court filings that it's likely to request that cases on behalf of victims in...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 01, 2019

5G is here. Is it a technological leap forward — or a health concern?
5G, the fifth generation of wireless, promises lightning-fast download speeds and could lay the foundation for high-tech advancements like self-driving cars. But like many new technologies, it's sparking concern about potential health issues.

The first generation of wireless ushered in mobile phones...



Chicago Tribune Business News
May 01, 2019

Ken Griffin, Illinois' richest man, sticking with Chicago despite 'corruption, cronyism and crime'
Citadel CEO Ken Griffin bought a $238 million penthouse condo in New York City earlier this year and is expanding his Park Avenue offices, but Illinois' richest man says he's staying put in Chicago.

Earlier this week during the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, Calif., the hedge...



Chicago Tribune Business News
Apr 30, 2019

McVeggie burger? McDonald's weighs whether to jump on the plant-based burger bandwagon
McDonald's is weighing whether to jump on the plant-based bandwagon, as Burger King prepares to roll out meatless Whoppers nationwide.

"Our menu teams are clearly paying close attention to it," McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook said Tuesday. "The key for us is to identify sustaining consumer trends."

...

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