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    Suburban Savers stores in Lake Zurich, St. Charles closing

    The Savers thrift store in Lake Zurich will close Tuesday, along with the chain’s store in St. Charles. Other Savers in the suburbs, including locations in Arlington Heights and Naperville, will remain open, and a new store is holding a grand opening this week in Glenview.

    Sep 15, 2014 4:16 PM

    A pair of suburban Savers thrift stores will close Tuesday. The stores in Lake Zurich and St. Charles are locking their doors. Others in the Northwest suburbs will remain open.

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    Envelopes in Marriott hotels invite tips for maids

    Marriott will be placing envelopes likes these in 160,000 hotel rooms in the U.S. and Canada beginning this week to encourage guests to leave a tip for the person who cleans the room. The envelopes bear the name of the room attendant. Marriott is launching the project with Maria Shriver, founder of A Woman’s Nation, an organization that works on issues empowering women. Shriver says many travelers don’t realize that it’s customary to leave a tip for the person who cleans your hotel room.

    Sep 15, 2014 2:44 PM

    Do you leave a tip in your hotel room for the maid? Marriott is launching a program with Maria Shriver to put envelopes in hotel rooms to encourage tipping. The campaign, called “The Envelope Please,” begins this week. Envelopes will be placed in 160,000 rooms in the U.S. and Canada. Some 750 to 1,000 hotels will participate from Marriott brands like Courtyard, Residence Inn, J.W. Marriott, Ritz-Carlton and Renaissance hotels.

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    Olive Garden defends breadstick policy

    Olive Garden is defending its practice of giving customers as many breadsticks as they want, saying the policy conveys “Italian generosity.”

    Sep 15, 2014 2:48 PM

    Olive Garden is defending its practice of giving customers as many breadsticks as they want, saying the policy conveys “Italian generosity.” The remark is part of a response by the chain’s parent company, Darden Restaurants Inc., to a nearly 300-page criticism released by hedge fund Starboard Value last week.

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    Stocks mixed ahead of Fed; small companies slump

    With news on the economy mixed, stocks closed mostly lower as investors waited for the Federal Reserve’s two-day policy meeting that starts on Tuesday.

    Sep 15, 2014 4:40 PM

    nvestors played it safe on Monday ahead of a potentially pivotal Federal Reserve meeting. While large company stocks ended the day little changed, smaller, riskier stocks slumped. Fed policy makers start a two-day meeting on Tuesday and many investors expect the central bank to indicate that it is moving closer to raising its key interest rate as the economy strengthens.

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    Apple: Record 4M orders of iPhones on 1st day

    The iPhone 6, at left, and iPhone 6 plus are shown next to each other during a new product release in Cupertino, Calif., last week. Apple had more than 4 million advance orders of its new iPhones in the first 24 hours, exceeding its initial supply, the company said Monday.

    Sep 15, 2014 2:50 PM

    Apple had more than 4 million advance orders of its new, larger iPhones in the first 24 hours, exceeding its initial supply, the company said Monday.

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    Downtown developer wants to press on in Buffalo Grove

    Residents filed into last week's Buffalo Grove village board meeting to hear the discussion about redeveloping the village center.

    Sep 15, 2014 5:15 AM

    The developer proposing to build a new Buffalo Grove downtown is determined to press on, despite an engineering study that found the project would have to be smaller than proposed. Smaller development can be "even better" Chuck Malk vowed this week.

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