Crain's Roundup: Wall Street's Wild Ride, Sprint's Chicago Expansion

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September 2, 2015 - Crain's Roundup: Wall Street's Wild Ride

Crain’s Chicago Business deputy managing editor Ann Dwyer takes a closer look at the wild ride on Wall Street, Sprint adding 1,050 jobs in Chicago, Chrysler’s considering producing Jeep Cherokees here and Illinois becoming the “Land of Delivery.”

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Low Gas Prices to Fuel Congested Labor Day Roadways: AAA Report

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August 31, 2015 - Low Gas Prices to Fuel Congested Labor Day

The lowest gas prices in a decade combined with an improved economy are fueling traffic. So says a new AAA report predicting we'll see the worst Labor Day holiday traffic in seven years. In another traffic study, Chicago is reported to have five of the nation's most congested roadways. What's driving the traffic and what are the solutions?

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Shoreline Facelift Unfolds to Ease Fullerton Beach Traffic

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August 27, 2015 - Shoreline Facelift at Fullerton Beach

One of the most sizable redesigns of the Chicago lakefront is underway at Fullerton Avenue beach, and the change is predicted to be eye-popping. By next summer, everyone passing through the area will have a lot more breathing, sunning, and picnicking room. Chicago Tonight's Eddie Arruza has the story.

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Performance Review: Amazon's Peculiar Tactics Under the Microscope

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August 25, 2015 - Performance Review: Amazon's Tactics

Let’s be honest: At the end of the day, who doesn’t like complaining about work? That’s probably one reason a recent New York Times story on the intense workplace culture at online retailer Amazon is so fascinating. Tonight, we’ll discuss Amazon’s performance review methods with Howard Tullman, CEO of tech incubator 1871; and John Challenger, CEO of outplacement and career transitioning firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas.

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Wall Street Sell-Off Sparked by Plunge in Chinese Stocks

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August 24, 2015 - Wall Street Sell-Off Sparked by Plunge in

The Dow Jones took a nosedive this morning, dropping more than 1,000 points when trading opened. The markets recovered some of their losses, but investors still appear rattled by disappointing economic news from China. We'll hear what to expect in the days to come and how it might affect your day-to-day life from three economic experts.

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Devaluation in China Leads to Jitters in US, Global Economy

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August 13, 2015 - Devaluation in China Leads to Jitters in

For the third day in a row, China devalued its currency. That devaluation led to jitters in financial markets around the globe. Since Monday, the Dow Jones alone has fallen 500 points. Join us for a panel discussion on the economy with Michael Miller, associate professor at the Driehaus College of Buisiness at DePaul University; and Edward Stuart, professor emeritus of economics at Northeastern Illinois University.

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One of Chicago's Worst Intersections Gets Major Makeover

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August 12, 2015 - One of Chicago's Worst Intersections

Construction is well underway at one of Chicago's most notoriously congested and dangerous intersections: the confluence of Elston, Fullerton and Damen avenues. But the final fix is still well over a year away and the realignment required one iconic Chicago business to get out of the way. Eddie Arruza reports on Chicago Tonight.

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Rising Rents Put the Squeeze on Many in Chicago

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July 29, 2015 - Rising Rents Put the Squeeze on Many in

Some bad news for anyone searching for a Chicago apartment: Rents are going up, and in some places, dramatically. We talk about the factors behind the rent hikes with our panel.

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Consumers to Pay Higher Gas, Electric Bills

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July 28, 2015 - Consumers to Pay Higher Gas, Electric Bills

Crain’s Chicago Business senior reporter Steve Daniels takes a closer look at the soaring cost of Peoples Gas' massive gas main replacement program and higher charges coming to Commonwealth Edison customers.

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Rising Rent in Lincoln Square Drives Out Fine Wine Brokers

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Fine Wine Brokers co-owner Louise Rohr (Rebecca Palmore / Chicago Tonight)

Lincoln Square's Fine Wine Brokers, a 20-year neighborhood staple, will close Aug. 31, according to the shop’s co-owner Louise Rohr, who cited rising rent as the deciding factor in the store’s closure.

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Dealing With a Disgruntled Employee

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August 26, 2015 - Dealing With a Disgruntled Employee

A horrifying incident unfolded on live television this morning when a reporter and her cameraman were shot and killed by a man reported to be a former colleague. On Chicago Tonight, we'll look at what businesses can and should do to look for and address the potential dangers of a disgruntled employee.

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Another Slam Dunk for Michael Jordan Brand?

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August 25, 2015 - Another Slam Dunk for Michael Jordan Brand

A jury last week thought Michael Jordan's lawsuit against the now defunct Dominick's grocery chain was a slam dunk. But did his multimillion-dollar brand score points with the public? We’ll discuss the situation with Chicago Tribune columnist Eric Zorn, and attorney Eldon Ham, who’s represented numerous athletes in endorsement contracts.

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Crain's Roundup: Corporate Job Losses, McDonald's Wall Street Bounce

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August 19, 2015 - Crain's Roundup: Corporate Job Losses

Crain’s Chicago Business deputy managing editor Ann Dwyer takes a closer look at McDonald’s Wall Street bounce, recently announced job cuts at Walgreens, the mass exodus of corporate jobs from Chicago, and Amazon’s Chicago expansion. 

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Crain's Roundup: Kraft Heinz Cuts Workforce, NFL Draft Returns, More

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August 12, 2015 - Crain's Roundup: Kraft Heinz, NFL Draft

Kraft Heinz cuts more than a third of its workforce, the NFL Draft will return to Chicago, and tech giant, Apple, will move its Michigan Avenue store further south along the Mag Mile. Crain's Chicago Business deputy managing editor Ann Dwyer talks with Chicago Tonight about some of the biggest business stories this week.

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What You Need to Know About the Plastic Bag Ban

Alderman Looks to Close Loopholes on Ban Starting Aug. 1

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July 30, 2015 - What You Need to Know About the Plastic Bag

The city of Chicago's partial ban on plastic bags is now in place, but the ordinance as it's currently written will still allow stores to give out plastic bags, provided they meet certain standards. We discuss the new rules, and proposed changes to them, with our panel on Chicago Tonight

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Changing Electric Bills Shouldn't Induce Sticker Shock

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July 29, 2015 - Changing Electric Bills Shouldn't Induce

The watchdog group Citizens Utility Board on Wednesday alerted Chicago customers to upcoming changes to their power bills and offered tips for avoiding bad deals.

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Crain’s Roundup: Aon Center Sold, Cat Prowling Cuba and Breakfast All Day at McDonald’s

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July 22, 2015 - Crain’s Roundup: Aon Center Sold, Cat Prowl

We talk with Crain's Chicago Business Deputy Managing Editor Ann Dwyer about some of the biggest business stories this week, from Aon Center being sold to Caterpillar looking to Cuba to boost sluggish sales. Also, find out when McDonald’s will begin serving breakfast all day. 

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