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 goes into effect August 1, 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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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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Meetings and Managers: Why the Office Isn’t Always Great for Work

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July 20, 2015 - Basecamp Founder Shares Work Wisdom

Author and Basecamp founder Jason Fried joins Chicago Tonight for a conversation about changing the way we work – and why showing up to an office every day doesn't mean we're actually being productive.

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Possible Hike in Chicago Property Taxes

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July 8, 2015 - Possible Tax Hikes in Chicago Property Taxes

According to a Crain's Chicago Business analysis, Chicago police and fire pensions could drive up property taxes by more than 30 percent. Crain’s senior reporter Thomas A. Corfman joins us to explain the analysis.

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Famed Chicago Trading Pits Close

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July 6, 2015 - Famed Chicago Trading Pits Close

The famed frenzy of open outcry trading that filled the Chicago Board of Trade’s pits for more than 80 years will cease Monday. The closure of most of the futures pits comes as most futures are traded electronically these days. Eddie Arruza visited the CBOT and has the latest.  

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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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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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Crain's Roundup: Haute Furniture, Healthy Food, and Home Brewing at the Office

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July 15, 2015-Crain's Roundup: Haute Furniture, Healthy Food

We talk with Crain's Chicago Business Deputy Managing Editor Ann Dwyer about some of the biggest business stories this week, from Crate and Barrel's performance in some key categories to Seattle Sutton's battle in the prepared meals market. Also, find out how coworkers are embracing the spirit of home brewing -- at the office.

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Chicago Housing Market Heats Up, Condos Consider Smoking Bans

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July 7, 2015 - Housing Market Heats Up, Condo Smoking Bans

Can Chicago condo buildings ban smoking in owners’ units? Some buildings are making the change. We talk with Crain’s Chicago Business real estate reporter Dennis Rodkin about that, the new disclosure rules coming, and the latest trends in the housing market.

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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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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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