Crain's Corner

Will Walgreens & Cosi Move from Illinois?

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April 17, 2014 - Crain's Corner

We take a closer look at whether Deerfield-based Walgreens will move to Switzerland due to pressure from a block of investors. And could Cosi, the struggling restaurant chain also based in Deerfield, be moving out of state? Brigid Sweeney from Crain’s Chicago Business gives us the details. View a timeline of Walgreens' history.

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Empty Lots for Sale in Chicago

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April 17, 2014 - Empty Lots for Sale in Chicago

Vacant plots of land are selling for $1 in Englewood. Brandis Friedman explains why. Read an article and view a map.

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Next Door

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April 10, 2014 - Next Door

Next Door is the place people frequent when they can’t get any work done at home, when they are looking for extra space to hold a meeting, and where they want to network and collaborate with like creative minds. It’s also the place where they receive financial coaching and discover their inner awesome. Read an article and view a slideshow.

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Paid Sunday Parking May Return

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April 9, 2014 - Paid Sunday Parking May Return

At the request of five aldermen, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is calling to restore paid Sunday parking on the north and northwest sides of the city. Merchants in these areas claim that parking can be difficult for customers when there is no time limit enforced. We discuss the measure with Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd). Read an article and view a map of streets with free Sunday parking that could be affected by this legislation.

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El Centro Campus Update

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The construction of Northeastern Illinois University’s El Centro satellite campus is gaining momentum and attention for its design. The color-changing building will be along the Kennedy Expressway between Addison and Belmont. We talk with Crain’s Chicago Business residential real estate reporter Dennis Rodkin about the “marker” building structure and its significance in the modern architectural world. View a slideshow of campus building renderings.

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Millennials and Money

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April 2, 2014 - Millennials and Money

We talk with Charisse Conanan Johnson of Smarteys and Martin Dasko of Studenomics to find out the financial woes that are facing today’s young people. View a graphic of data on credit card debt, student loans and unemployment for millennials in Illinois.

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Aspire of Illinois

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April 1, 2014 - Aspire of Illinois

An innovative training program in suburban Chicago helps individuals with developmental disabilities enter the workforce. We visit Aspire of Illinois to get a firsthand look at its Career Link program. Read an interview with an Aspire candidate's mother about how the program has changed her son's life.

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Long-Term Unemployment

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March 25, 2014 - Long-Term Unemployment

People who have been out of work for more than six months have a harder time getting hired again. Brandis Friedman has the story of a Chicago-based nonprofit ahead of the curve in helping those workers get back to work, and the support it’s getting from the White House. Read an article.

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Reaction to Federal Reserve Chair's Remarks on Economy

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March 20, 2014 - Reaction to Federal Reserve Chair's Remarks

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the Fed may start  raising rates around six months after quantitative easing—ahead of what experts were expecting. We take a closer look at how the markets react to her comments at her first live press conference, and how her first policy meeting may affect the economy. Read an article, watch Yellen’s full press conference, and read a transcript of her remarks.

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Chicago Crafted

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April 15, 2014 - Chicago Crafted

The craft brew industry in Chicago has exploded in the last few years and shows no signs of stopping. Is there a saturation point for Chicago’s market? We revisit a conversation with leaders on the craft brew scene and explore the growing trend. Read an article, view a slideshow, and take a craft brew QUIZ.

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Building Credit from Scratch

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April 10, 2014 - Building Credit from Scratch

In a post-recession economy, many people are fearful of credit and credit card debt. But one program is helping people with poor or no credit get credit cards. Brandis Friedman explains why this program is actually helpful. Read an article and watch a web extra video.

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Tax Return Preparation Tips

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April 8, 2014 - Tax Return Preparation Tips

An organization that helps low-income Chicago area residents with free tax return preparation offers some important tips. View a map of tax prep centers.

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Energy Tech Startups

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April 7, 2014 - Energy Tech Startups

We sit down with Jason Blumberg, CEO of the Energy Foundry, a venture capital fund established as part of the $3.2 billion smart grid law that aims to invest in technology companies that will transform the energy landscape. Read an interview with Samir Mayekar, Co-Founder and CEO of SiNode Systems.

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Howard Brown CEO

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April 1, 2014 - Howard Brown CEO

Howard Brown President and CEO David Ernesto Munar joins us. Read his bio.

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Sandwich Me In

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March 27, 2014 - Sandwich Me In

A Lakeview restaurant has the recipe for being green. Find out how Justin Vrany’s restaurant, Sandwich Me In, produced less than eight gallons of trash during two years of being in business. Brandis Friedman has the story of this eco-friendly eatery. Read an article, check out one of Vrany's recipes, and view a slideshow.

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Web Extra: Tips for Unemployed Workers

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Read an interview with Darryl Lane, Senior Talent Acquisition Lead at Skills for Chicagoland’s Future, about employment tips, and view a graph of Chicago’s unemployment rate compared with state and national levels.

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Chicago Crafted

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March 19, 2014 - Chicago Crafted

The craft brew industry in Chicago has exploded in the last few years and shows no signs of stopping. Is there a saturation point for Chicago’s market? We talk with leaders on the craft brew scene and explore the growing trend. Read an article, view a slideshow, and take a craft brew QUIZ.

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