(AP) — The head of Illinois' largest charter school operator is stepping down, following concerns of nepotism and conflicts of interest.
(AP) — Sears Holdings Corp. said Friday that it will spin off its Lands' End clothing business as a separate company by distributing stock to the retailer's shareholders.
(AP) — The Chicago Transit Authority is planning fixes to a portion of the agency's rail lines that could cut 10 minutes off the time to travel between O'Hare Airport and the city's downtown.
(AP) — The rate was the fastest since early 2012. But nearly half the growth came from a buildup in business stockpiles, a trend that could reverse in the current quarter and hold back further gains.
(AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn stopped accepting his own paychecks this summer when he tried to halt legislators' salaries over pension crisis inaction.
(AP) — Walgreen's revenue from established stores rose last month from a year ago, when a wave of generic drugs hurt the top line of the nation's largest drugstore chain.
(AP) — Illinois lawmakers adjourned without approving bills proposing tax incentives for Archer Daniels Midland and newly merged OfficeMax and Office Depot.
(AP) — A private survey shows U.S. businesses last month added the most jobs in a year, powered by big gains in manufacturing and construction.
(AP) — The governor called the pending action "the most important fiscal vote that will ever be taken by the General Assembly in my lifetime."
(AP) — Mondelez International Inc. is increasing its stock repurchase program by $1.7 billion. The maker of Oreo cookies can now buy back up to $7.7 billion shares of its common stock through 2016.
(AP) — More than a dozen major retailers opened on Thanksgiving and planned to stay open through today, the traditional start to the holiday shopping season. But the early start sparked some backlash.
(AP) — Shares of the agribusiness conglomerate fell Friday, a day after the Australian government rejected ADM's bid to buy the rest of grain handler GrainCorp Ltd.
(AP) — After wrestling with public pension reform for months, Illinois legislative leaders say lawmakers might only need a single day to pass their plan for dealing with the $100 billion crisis.
(AP) — Abbott Laboratories is recalling some of its FreeStyle and FreeStyle Lite blood glucose test strips because they could produce incorrect readings.
(AP) — But so far, the wintry mix was not causing the widespread gridlock that had been feared.
(AP) — The less volatile four-week average fell 7,500 to 331,750, the Labor Department said today. Both the first-time weekly jobless claims and the average have returned to pre-recession levels.
(AP) — With the Chicago Bulls superstar out for the season with another knee injury, the folks at Adidas might be wincing, too.
(AP) — A judge has denied the former Cook County commissioner's request to remain free while his lawyers appeal his tax-evasion conviction.
(AP) — The monthly index reading was dragged down by greater concerns about hiring and pay in the coming months.
(AP) — With elections ahead for vulnerable Democrats — all 118 members of the state House are up for re-election in 2014 — experts say it's unlikely there's enough support to get a state-run marketplace.
(AP) — The Obama administration says people will have another eight days this year to sign up for insurance under the new health care reform law.
(AP) — Emergency management officials dealing with the tornado relief effort in central Illinois say donation facilities are full and can't accommodate any more items.
(AP) — The jobless rate was down two-tenths of a percentage point in October after adding the most jobs in September and October than any two-month period since May 2010.
(AP) — The Federal Communications Commission is considering lifting its longtime prohibition on making cellphone calls on airplanes, saying it is time "to review our outdated and restrictive rules."
(AP) — The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 16,000 for the first time today.
(AP) — The Illinois Pollution Control Board agreed Thursday to give a Texas company extra time to install pollution controls at five Illinois coal-fired power plants, saying it would be an economic hardship for the company to do it sooner.
(Reuters) — The committee vote will be an important step toward her becoming the first woman to lead the U.S. Federal Reserve.
(AP) — The fast-food chain says it's leaving it up to local franchise groups to decide whether to offer the pork sandwich, which comes with pickles, onions and barbecue sauce.
(AP) — In front of a crowd of thousands in Chicago, Gov. Pat Quinn signed the bill allowing same-sex marriage.
(AP) — In the minutes of the Oct. 29-30 meeting, policymakers believed the U.S. economy was improving steadily enough to warrant a reduction in stimulus "in coming months."
(AP) — Chairman John Gates Jr. ordered the audit today into what he called the fare card system's "systemic failure."
(AP) — A minority shareholder of Strategic Hotels & Resorts Inc. said today that it plans to nominate four independent directors for the real estate investment trust's board.
(AP) — Consumers shrugged off the 16-day partial government shutdown and spent more on autos, clothing and furniture in October, boosting U.S. retail sales by the most in four months.
(AP) — Discover Financial Services and HSBC Finance Corp. agreed to pay West Virginia $1.95 million each to settle a lawsuit alleging they used deceptive tactics to sell credit card protection programs.
(AP) — The agenda includes a look at the Illinois health insurance marketplace, Medicaid expansion and efforts to prevent fraud.
(AP) — The Deerfield-based company said it expects the acquisition to significantly increase its revenue and speed its push to profitability.
(AP) — The Justice Department and JPMorgan Chase & Co. have settled all issues and could sign a $13 billion agreement as early as today that would be the largest settlement ever reached between the government and a corporation, a person familiar with the negotiations said.
(AP) — Meteorologists say the twister that struck the town of Washington had a preliminary rating of an EF-4, the second most powerful on a five-point scale.
(AP) — Shares in the jet maker show gains on the first trading day after it booked $100 billion in orders at the opening of the Dubai Airshow.
(AP) — Both the Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor's 500 are on track for their best year in a decade, soaring more than 140 percent since hitting a Great Recession low more than five years ago.
(AP) — With President Barack Obama shifting course Thursday to allow insurers to renew health plans they planned to cancel, Illinois regulators and the state's largest health insurance company found the ball in their court.
(AP) — Bowing to pressure, President Obama is giving insurance companies the option to keep offering consumers plans that would otherwise be canceled.
(AP) — Here's what Janet Yellen had to say to the Senate committee considering her nomination to be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve.
(AP) — The Connecticut Supreme Court overturned the ruling of a judge who found Paul Vallas didn't meet state requirements to be Bridgeport superintendent of schools.
(AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. cut its annual outlook for the second time in three months as the world's largest retailer finds its low-income shoppers continue to feel squeezed around the globe.
(AP) — Federal officials say 1,370 Illinois residents submitted an application and selected a health plan as the troubled HealthCare.gov website limped its way through its first month.
(AP) — After tracking down a small alligator skulking in a baggage claim area at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, authorities are now hunting for its traveling companion.
(AP) — Airlines are doing a better job of staying on schedule, though United had a few exceptions, one of which cost the carrier big bucks.
(AP) — Prosecutors are challenging the notion that the behavior that landed former Gov. Rod Blagojevich behind bars for corruption was run-of-the-mill political horse-trading.
(AP) — The Justice Department says it has reached an agreement to allow the merger of US Airways and American Airlines.
(AP) — President Barack Obama is nominating a top Treasury Department official to run the independent agency that regulates the futures and options market.
(AP) — A who's who of the culinary world joined hundreds of people gathered at a downtown church for a memorial to celebrity chef Charlie Trotter.
(AP) — This year's corn crop is the largest the nation has ever seen, and exceeds earlier government projections.
(AP) — Rising from the ashes of 9/11, the new World Trade Center tower has punched above the New York skyline to reach its powerfully symbolic height of 1,776 feet and become the tallest building in the country. Or has it?
(Reuters) — McDonald's Corp. reported lower-than-expected comparable-restaurant sales for October as sales fell in Japan and remained weak in the United States.
(AP) — The economy saw an unexpected burst of hiring during a month in which the federal government was partially shut down for 16 days.
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(AP) — The Lake Forest drugmaker said its net income held steady in the third quarter, but excluding special items its results were stronger than expected.
(AP) — Oreo cookie maker Mondelez reported a jump in quarterly profit and raised its earnings outlook for the year, citing plans to improve productivity.
(AP) — An Illinois state Senate committee has approved tax credits worth $24 million for Archer Daniels Midland Company and $53 million for the newly merged OfficeMax and Office Depot.