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Despite more than 5,000 public comments opposing the permit, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources this week approved an application for the controversial oil-drilling practice.

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The economy is adding jobs and unemployment is low, yet nearly 15 million Americans are on the hunt for full-time work. We discuss the job market with a Chicago Booth Review editor.

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The Illinois Commerce Commission has until mid-September to rule on a downstate utility provider’s energy efficiency plan, which consumer advocates say would cost residents nearly 30 percent in savings on utility bills and jeopardize 7,000 jobs.

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Residents in central and southern Illinois will pay nearly 30 percent more on utility bills than projected if Ameren is allowed to lower its energy savings target, environmental and consumer advocates said Wednesday.

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“I think three or four years into something it’s important to let new ideas come in. It’s important to turn over the leadership,” 1871 CEO Howard Tullman said. “I want to give other people the opportunity to move up.”

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Preliminary concept design (Courtesy Barcelona Housing System)

The massive former site of U.S. Steel South Works has a new buyer—and new possibilities.  

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Another record-setting day on Wall Street. What’s propelling the stock surge—and can it last?

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The Cook County penny-per-ounce sugary beverage tax is back, pending an appeal. Friday, Cook County Judge Daniel Kubasiak granted a motion to dismiss the case, arguing that the law did not violate the Illinois Constitution. 

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For decades, it’s been the one place in Chicago where you can get a giant serving of corned beef or pastrami, with some juicy political gossip on the side. 

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A Cook County judge will rule on the controversial penny-per-ounce sugar-sweetened beverage tax next week.

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Learn more about the new CEO and the unlikely group that just purchased the beleaguered Chicago Sun-Times.

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(Daniel X. O'Neil / Flickr)

Efficiency plans filed by Ameren Illinois fail to comply with the state’s new energy law and could prevent the creation of additional jobs, according to a new report. 

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The Sun-Times publisher and editor-in-chief talks about the newspaper’s new owner and what’s ahead for the 69-year-old paper.

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A group of investors led by former Chicago Ald. Edwin Eisendrath has completed its purchase of the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Reader.

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How to reduce shootings in Chicago? One possible answer: jobs. But how much would that cost? WBEZ reporter Chip Mitchell crunched the numbers.

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Baround Mahamat Awatif of Bet-Mama in Chad displays her handmade skincare cosmetics at the 2015 showcase. (Courtesy of Peggy Parfenoff)

Thirty businesswomen from 27 African countries are traveling to Chicago this week to hone their entrepreneurial skills and make connections with their American counterparts.