Native Advertising

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August 14, 2014 -  Native Ads

Native advertising has been popping up all over news sites and social media. It allows brands to promote products sometimes within what appears to be a news article, but it’s actually paid content. Are consumers being duped into reading ads that they don't know are ads? We discuss with our panel. 

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Tribune Publishing Company’s Rough Start

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August 5, 2014 - Tribune Publishing Company's Rough Start
After being spun off from the broadcast arm, Tribune Publishing Co. debuts on the New York Stock Exchange but its first day of performance is not great.

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Bitcoin Banking Rises

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July 29, 2014 - Bitcoin Banking Rises

With the debut of the city's first Bitcoin ATM, and a Bitcoin demo taking place on Capitol Hill today, many are wondering if virtual currency is making its way to becoming mainstream, and does it have the potential to replace paper currency? We'll discuss this and more with our panel of experts.     

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Chicago Housing Market's Road to Recovery

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July 23, 2014-Chicago Housing Market's Road to Recovery

Home sales are up in Chicago, but the market is still a long way from recovering to pre-crash levels.

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No More Microbeads

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July 21, 2014 - No More Microbeads

Illinois is the first state to ban microbeads in personal care products.

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Navy Pier Gets $20 Million Donation

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July 17, 2014 - Navy Pier Gets $20 Million Donation

The family of local charitable organization, Polk Bros. Foundation earned naming rights to Navy Pier's gateway entrance park following a $20 million grant.

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Governor Receives Ride-Sharing Bill

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July 14, 2014 - Governor Receives Ride-Sharing Bill

As a bill to regulate the commercial ride-share industry lands on Gov. Pat Quinn's desk, we talk to representatives of the traditional taxi industry and rideshare company Uber about the regulation. 

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Crain's Corner

Navy Pier Wants to Add a Hotel

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July 9, 2014 - Crain's Corner

Navy Pier attracts between 8-9 million visitors each year, but traffic drops as temperatures do in the winter. The non-profit that runs Navy Pier wants to add a hotel to attract visitors year-round. 

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Navy Pier's Secretive Spending

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June 23, 2014 - Navy Pier's Secretive Spending

How is the 98-year-old Navy Pier spending $115 million in government funds for a face-lift of the top tourist attraction? Now that Navy Pier is run by a not-for-profit agency, it is not subject to public disclosure laws and won't reveal how the public funds are being used.

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Future of Tribune Media Company

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August 4, 2014 - Future of Tribune Media Company

As the Tribune Company spins off its newspaper assets, we talk to Lynne Marek of Crain's Chicago Business about the prospects for Tribune Publishing and its stable of newspapers going forward.

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Blair Kamin on Maggie Daley Park, Lucas Museum

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July 29, 2014 - Blair Kamin on Maggie Daley Park & More

Chicago Tribune Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Blair Kamin has the latest on the work at Maggie Daley Park and the architectural team picked to build the Lucas Museum.

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AbbVie Acquires Shire, Tax Breaks

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July 21, 2014-AbbVie Acquires Shire, Tax Breaks

AbbVie, the research arm of Abbott Laboratories, bought the Dublin-based Shire pharmaceutical company last Friday for nearly $55 billion. We break down the economic impact this move will have on Chicago.

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The Business of Beer

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July 21, 2014 - The Business of Beer

The new Lagunitas brewery and tap room in Douglas Park is up and running but founder and Chicago native Tony Magee is always looking to expand. We chat with Magee about his company, business philosophy and plans for the future.  

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City Sticker Deadline Approaches

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July 15, 2014 - City Sticker Deadline Approaches

City Clerk Susana Mendoza talks changes to the city's vehicle sticker program.

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Wrigley Field's Fate Decided

Commission Approves $575 Million Proposal

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July 10, 2014 - Wrigley Field's Fate to be Decided

The Chicago Landmarks Commission voted unanimously to allow Wrigley Field to undergo a $575 million dollar renovation and expansion that has caused considerable controversy between the Cubs owners and rooftop.

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CTA Completes Switch to Ventra

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July 2, 2014 - CTA Completes Switch to Ventra

July 1 was V-Day in Chicago. Ventra is the only pre-paid fare system for all CTA buses and trains. We'll tell you what riders think of Ventra more than six months after its botched rollout.

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Crain's Corner

Parent Company of Peoples Gas Sells for $9.1 Billion

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June 23, 2014 - Crain's Corner

Wisconsin Energy Corp. will acquire Integrys Energy Inc., parent company of Peoples Gas, in a $9.1 billion deal. We look at what the acquisition means for Chicago energy consumers.

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