Chase Won't Take Change Anymore

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July 1, 2015 - Chase Won't Take Change Anymore

Chase bank will no longer take more than a little loose change from customers -- a move they say is in the name of customer service. But some customers are outraged, including Robert Reed, who wrote a column for Crain's Chicago Business. He joins us to lament the decline of banking services for retail customers. 

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Gap to Close 175 Stores

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June 17, 2015 - Gap to Close 175 Stores

Once the world's largest specialty apparel chain, Gap Inc. will now be closing 175 locations nationwide. Why will it shut down a quarter of its fleet? We talk with Crain's Chicago Business reporter Brigid Sweeney.

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Method Factory

Colorful Factory Brings Green Tech to Pullman

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May 20, 2015 - Method Factory

For the first time in 30 years, a brand-new factory has opened in the historic Pullman neighborhood. We take an inside look at how the Method soap is made and find out why it’s so important to the neighborhood.

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Moody’s Issues a Warning Against Illinois

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Moody’s Investors Service has issued a “credit negative” warning against the state in light of last Friday’s State Supreme Court ruling rejecting changes to public pensions. It’s a somewhat tepid response to the ruling, relative to the double ratings drop Moody’s applied to city of Chicago’s credit, resulting in junk bond status. In today’s report, Moody’s says the reforms could have reduced the unfunded pension liability by about $21 billion. 

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Chicago's Credit Rating Downgraded to Junk Status

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Moody’s downgraded the city of Chicago’s credit rating to junk status, leading Mayor Rahm Emanuel to call the credit rating agency “out of step” and its decision “irresponsible.”

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Minimum Wage Workers Protest for Better Pay

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Demonstrators in Chicago and around the United States are protesting Wednesday for a $15-an-hour minimum wage. Organizers said workers in other countries would also rally, claiming it’s the largest-ever international demonstration by workers.

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McDonald's Boosts Wages, Buffett Buys Kraft

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April 2, 2015 - McDonald's Boosts Wages, Buffett Buys Kraft

Oak Brook-based McDonald's on Wednesday announced its plans to raise starting pay at 1,500 company-owned stores to $1 above the local minimum wage and offer paid time off after a year of work -- but some labor advocates say the company isn't doing enough. Northfield-based Kraft has been bought out by billionaire investor Warren Buffett and the Brazilian group 3G Capital, who plan to merge the company with Heinz. We'll talk about those stories with Crain's Chicago Business reporter Peter Frost.

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McDonald’s Menu Changes

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March 5, 2015 - McDonald’s Menu Changes

McDonald's is making some sizable changes to its menu hoping to lure more health-conscious consumers. We hear the latest from Crain’s Chicago Business reporter Peter Frost.

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A Fiscal Roadmap for Illinois

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February 16, 2015 - A Fiscal Roadmap for Illinois

With just two days until Gov. Bruce Rauner delivers his first budget address, analysts are debating how best to tackle Illinois’ massive budget deficit. The Institute for Illinois' Fiscal Sustainability at the Civic Federation has released a five-year state budget roadmap that it says will stabilize Illinois while protecting important government services.

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Method Factory

Colorful Factory Brings Green Tech to Pullman

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June 16, 2015 - Method Factory

For the first time in 30 years, a brand-new factory has opened in the historic Pullman neighborhood. We took an inside look at how the Method soap is made and find out why it’s so important to the neighborhood. 

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Moody’s Official on City’s Credit Downgrade

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May 19, 2015-Moody’s Official on City’s Credit Downgrade

Just why did the city's bond rating get downgraded to junk status by one ratings agency? A Moody's official speaks out. Paris Schutz has the details.

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Moody's Downgrades Chicago Schools and Parks

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Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded the credit ratings of both Chicago’s schools and parks, one day after its downgrade of the city’s debt to junk status.

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Getting What You're Owed From Social Security

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April 21, 2015 - What You're Owed From Social Security

Every year Americans leave almost $15 billion on the table by failing to claim Social Security benefits they are entitled to. The co-author of a new book and surprise best-seller, Get What's Yours: The Secrets to Maxing Out Your Social Security, is in the studio with tips on how to make sure you get everything you are owed.

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Walgreens to Close 200 Stores

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April 9, 2015 - Walgreens to Close 200 Stores

Walgreens is closing 200 stores in the U.S. -- the most the company has done at once. The cost-cutting move comes as a result of the merger with Boots Alliance. Crain's Chicago Business retail reporter Brigid Sweeney has the latest details.

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Construction Nearly Complete on The 606

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March 25, 2015 - Construction Nearly Complete on The 606

Construction on the long-awaited “606” elevated bike trail is nearing the finish line. We get a sneak preview.

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Finding Finkl's Future

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February 23, 2015 - Finding Finkl's Future

The nearly 40-acre site of the former Finkl Steel Company is prime real estate in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood. After the company's move to the south side of Chicago last year, there are  many questions over how to reuse and revitalize the parcel of land Finkl left behind.

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Civic Federation Offers "Painful, but Necessary" Solutions to Illinois Budget Crisis

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The Institute for Illinois' Fiscal Sustainability at the Civic Federation has released a five-year state budget roadmap that it says will stabilize Illinois while protecting important government services. The group says its plan will eliminate the state's unpaid bills by Fiscal Year 2020 and make sure state budgets are balanced.

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