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Illinois’s Tax Increase Has Business Fuming, Neighbors Courting

Facing one of the biggest budget shortfalls of any state, Illinois took the risky step of jacking up income and corporate taxes even as its economy struggles to shake off the recession. WITH NO CUTS IN GOVERNMENT SPENDING In a deal hammered out by the state’s Democratic leadership, the lame-duck …

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Chicago’s No. 1 — in high gas prices

Here’s more bad news for your wallet: Chicago has the nation’s highest gas prices. The twice-monthly Lundberg Survey says the highest gas price in the country was recorded in Chicago at $3.35 a gallon. The low, $2.73, was in Salt Lake City, Utah. via Chicago’s No. 1 — in high …

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Heads Up, NYC, SF, Chicago: Something Wi-Fi This Way Comes

For denizens of the Big Apple, San Francisco and the other windy city, Chicago, the coolest technology announcement so far this week did not come out of CES, but instead from a small Rhode Island company called Towerstream. Up until now Towerstream has focused on providing broadband to corporations via …

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Thousands of fish dead along Chicago lakefront

Thousands of gizzard shad are going belly up along Chicago’s lakefront in a large die-off that’s left many of the fish frozen in the ice along the city’s harbors. Lake Michigan Program biologist Dan Makauskas tells the Chicago Sun-Times that gizzard shad aren’t a very tough variety of fish. They’re …

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John Kass: The Chicago, and Daley, Way

Early history? You mean like Thursday, when the federal grand jury indicted the former business partner of the mayor’s son over that city sewer contract deal? The Daley boys are adept and skillful and ruthless in the pursuit of power and treasure. The family has controlled Chicago and Cook County …

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State EPA targeting Markham businessman in effort to curb illegal dumping

By Joel Hood, Tribune reporter January 9, 2011 Promising to crack down on those who illegally dump garbage in poor, urban pockets of southern Cook County, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is targeting a prominent Markham businessman who in 2009 scored a $6 million waste removal contract with the city …

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Chicago’s billionaire Smith family anoints its next generation

By: Steven R. Strahler January 10, 2011 Inherited wealth has riven many families, such as Chicago’s Pritzkers. But another billionaire clan has just anointed its fifth-generation scion without so much as a public ripple. The Smith family, whose more-than-$5-billion stock portfolio is rooted in Northern Trust Corp. and Illinois Tool …

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Just Not Rahm

Become a Rahm stopper! Join conservative crusader William J. Kelly and fellow Rahm stoppers as we try to prevent Rahm Emanuel from his take-over of the City of Chicago. Just Not Rahm.

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Downers Grove update: Village gives water report

The village of Downers Grove purchases Lake Michigan water that is supplied by the city of Chicago via the DuPage Water Commission. Recently, some questions have been raised regarding the quality of Chicago water. Specifically, testing of Chicago tap water by an independent agency indicated the presence of chromium 6, …

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Jewel asks employees to take time off without pay

By Emily Bryson York Posted today at 1:17 p.m. Jewel-Osco is offering all corporate employees unpaid time off between now and Feb. 26, representatives for the store’s parent, SuperValu, said. The offer extends to all SuperValu chains, including Save-a-Lot, Acme, Cub and Albertson’s. The money-saving program is voluntary, SuperValu added, …

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Braun refuses to release income tax returns before election

Consensus black mayoral candidate Carol Moseley Braun said Monday she will not release her income tax returns until after the election, passing on the chance to exploit a potential weakness of two of her major rivals. “I don’t want to,” she said. Rahm Emanuel, Gery Chico and Miguel del Valle …

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