Daily Archive : Monday September 25, 2017





    Attorney Nick Beis returns to Wilson & Wilson
    Attorney Nick Beis rejoined the staff at suburban law firm Wilson & Wilson Estate Planning & Elder Law LLC.


    Grains lower, Livestock lower

    CHICAGO (AP) - Grain futures were lower Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec. delivery was up 2.20 cents at $4.5620 a bushel; Dec corn lost .60 cent 3.53 a bushel; December oats lost 2.60 cents at $2.48 a bushel while Nov. soybeans declined 7.20 cents to $9.64 a bushel. Beef mostly lower and pork was lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. October live cattle lost .38 cent at $1.0885 a pound; September feeder cattle was up .23 cent at $1.5070 a pound; October lean hogs was off .25 cent at $.5608 a pound.


    Sen. Collins Announces Opposition To GOP Bill To Replace Obamacare

    Even a partial report from the Congressional Budget Office was enough to apparently tip the scales against the latest Republican effort to overhaul the Affordable Care Act and prompted a crucial senator to announce she cannot support the bill, seemingly sinking its chances. The CBO said Monday that the bill offered by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) would meet the requirements for fast-track consideration in the Senate, but that “millions of additional people would be uninsured,” if the bill became law. Within minutes of the report’s release, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) tweeted her opposition to the bill, becoming the third Republican to do so. Republicans can afford to lose only two votes to pass the bill. In a statement, Collins said the CBO’s analysis, “incomplete though it is due to time constraints, confirms that this bill will have a substantially negative impact on the number of people covered by insurance.” Unlike earlier GOP proposals, the CBO did not have enough time to fully evaluate the impact of the proposal unveiled earlier this month. “In the short time available, CBO and [the Joint Committee on Taxation] could not complete a full analysis on the effects of this legislation on the federal budget,” the report said. There’s another complication - the version of the proposed legislation analyzed by the CBO is not even the latest version. Sponsors made changes over the weekend to try to win votes from fence-sitting moderates and conservatives, including Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Collins. Asked at a Senate Finance Committee hearing Monday if the version on his website was the one the Senate might vote on, Cassidy replied, “I hope so.” The CBO said that fewer people would be covered because subsidies that help people pay premiums and other financial aid would be eliminated, and individuals would no longer be required to have insurance or pay a fine. It also said the bill would dramatically change the Medicaid program. “All told, federal spending on Medicaid would be reduced by about $1 trillion over the 2017-2026 period under this legislation, and the program would cover millions less,” the report said. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said if someone brings him a health proposal that can gain the 50 votes needed to pass under the budget reconciliation process, he will resume consideration of the bill that he pulled from consideration in July. The Senate’s ability to use the fast-track process, however, expires at the end of the fiscal year, which is Saturday. Collins’ announcement makes it almost impossible for senators to reach that threshold, unless they can persuade either Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) or Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to change their minds. They pledged to vote no last week. Kaiser Health News (KHN) is a national health policy news service. It is an editorially independent program of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

    The Chicagoland Safety, Health and Environmental Conference drew nearly 400 speakers, vendors and attendees from 16 states and 85 Illinois communities.

    Safety conference draws international interest

    The Chicagoland Safety, Health and Environmental Conference recently held its 29th annual 4-day conference at the Naperville campus of Northern Illinois University.

    Juan Salgado, chancellor of City Colleges, says TV viewers may see 'a combination of WYCC and WTTW brands and programming' after Nov. 24.

    Feder: WYCC gets reprieve to Nov. 24

    WYCC-Channel 20 will cease broadcast operations Nov. 24 — one month later than announced; Peter Bowen is out as vice president and market manager of Cumulus Media Chicago; and Steve Dahl signs for three more years at WLS 890 FM.

    The Grayslake village board was slated to take final action today on a plan to build a Circle K gas station at the intersection of Route 83 and Lake Street, but on Monday the developers requested a delay.

    Circle K asks Grayslake to postpone vote

    The developers behind a proposed gas station and convenience mart at Route 83 and Lake Street in Grayslake have asked officials to postpone a decision on the project just ahead of a village board vote scheduled for Tuesday.

    Oktoberfest Chicago will celebrate its 17th year in Chicago’s West Lakeview neighborhood.

    Autumn festivals pair fine craft brews with fun

    Gardeners plan recipes around their harvest. Beer lovers plan their autumn according to the bounty of brew fests that churn throughout the season like yeast and hops. Gather the gang to sample sudsy elixirs in a gleeful atmosphere steeling you from the chill in the coming months.

    In this Sept. 19, 2017 photo, Cabela's branded merchandise is seen at a store in La Vista, Neb. Bass Pro Shops' roughly $4 billion acquisition of rival outdoor retailer Cabela's is complete, but the small western Nebraska town that has been home to Cabela's is still wondering about its future. The closing announcement made Monday, Sept. 25, didn't address how many of the roughly 2,000 Cabela's jobs will remain in Sidney, Neb. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

    Bass Pro completes $4 billion acquisition of Cabela's

    Bass Pro Shops' roughly $4 billion acquisition of rival outdoor retailer Cabela's is complete, but the small western Nebraska town that has been home to Cabela's is still wondering about its future


    North Dakota's bill rises for oil pipeline protest costs

    North Dakota's policing bill increases for protests at the Dakota Access pipeline

    Target Corp. is raising its minimum hourly wage for its workers to $11 starting in October 2017 and then to $15 by the end of 2020 in a move it says will help it better recruit and retain staff and provide a better shopping experience for its customers.

    Target raising minimum wage to $11 in October, $15 by 2020

    Target Corp. said Monday it is set to raise its minimum hourly wage to $11 in October and then to $15 by the end of 2020.

    Medline employees and their families participated in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk.

    Medline hosts American Heart walk

    For the fourth year, Medline employees and their families participated in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk.

    InvenTrust Properties Corp. acquired Kyle Marketplace, a 226,000-square-foot center in the south Austin suburb of Kyle, Texas. H-E-B Plus grocery is one of the larger tenants.

    InvenTrust in Downers Grove acquires Texas center

    InvenTrust Properties Corp. announced Monday that that it acquired Kyle Marketplace, a 226,000-square-foot center located in the south Austin suburb of Kyle, Texas, for approximately $59 million.

    Mark Black/mblack@dailyherald.com The Aldi food corporate offices in Batavia on Kirk Road. July 2, 2009.

    Aldi to celebrate reopening of Elgin store

    Aldi is reopening its renovated Elgin store at 799 Summit St. and will hold a grand opening on Wednesday, Sept. 27.


    Exxon says it will reduce methane leaks from gas drilling

    Exxon Mobil vows to reduce methane emissions from natural gas operations but gives no figures

    Todd Davis, front, owner of Nothing Bundt Cakes in Geneva Commons and some of his staff.

    Nothing Bundt Cakes opening in Geneva and Algonquin

    Nothing Bundt Cakes opened last week on the west side of Randall Road in Geneva, and another shop is planned to open in Algonquin.


    Microsoft AI in use at Macy's, handling service requests

    Microsoft, using its research into artificial intelligence, has created a virtual assistant that can be used by companies can use to respond to customer service requests

    The 2017 Quality Show will take place Oct. 24-26 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

    Manufacturing show planned for Rosemont

    The 2017 Quality Show will take place Oct. 24-26 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. It will feature the latest in manufacturing technology, products and education.


    Swiss ABB to buy unit from General Electric for $2.6 billion

    Switzerland's ABB says the robotics and industrial machinery giant is buying the electrification services unit of U.S. conglomerate General Electric in a deal valued at $2.6 billion, boosting its presence in its crucial North American market

    FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2015 file photo, Sarah Jessica Parker attends the Broadway opening night of "Hamilton" in New York. Parker of "Sex and the City" fame will be taking four guests shoe-shopping at Bloomingdale’s, then sending them to the New York City Ballet as part of an Airbnb launch of local tours and other experiences in New York. Parker’s listing goes live Tuesday, with four spots at $400 each, first come first served. The money will benefit the New York City Ballet, where Parker is a board member. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

    Airbnb launches local tours in NYC with Sarah Jessica Parker

    Airbnb is kicking off its launch of local tours and other experiences in New York City with Sarah Jessica Parker hosting a "shoe-shopping experience" at Bloomingdale's

    In this 2008 photo, a Convoy Security Element with Company A, 10th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, aligns a re-supply convoy headed out of Forward Operating Base, Warrior, Kirkuk, Iraq. American military contractors operating in Iraq have accused Baghdad of using strong-arm tactics to force them to pay exorbitant taxes, a practice they’ve warned is undermining the mission to defeat the Islamic State extremists. To compel payment of the taxes, which can run into the millions of dollars, they say Iraqi authorities have held up the delivery of critical supplies, including food, fuel and water, bound for U.S.-led coalition forces combating the insurgents.(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jason Jordan via AP)

    Contractors accuse Iraq of shake downs to force tax payments

    U.S. contractors operating in Iraq have accused Baghdad of strong-arm tactics to force them to pay tax bills, a practice they've warned the Trump administration is undermining the mission to defeat the Islamic State extremists

Life & Entertainment


    Javeed Akhter

    We must find our moral outrage on Myanmar refugee crisis

    Guest columnist Javeed Akhter: I asked a Rohingya refugee I met in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad, India, how I should pronounce the word Rohingya. His response was “call us Burmese not Rohingya.”


    It’s cost of coffee that gets me heated up
    A Prospect Heights letter to the editor: As much as I think the “pop tax” is nothing but a way of digging deeper into the public’s pockets and has nothing to do with health concerns, at least I can beat it since I live close enough to Lake County to avoid the tax.


    Stop all the counties
    A Morton Grove letter to the editor: Recently, the Cook County Board passed a new beverage tax that would add a “penny-per-ounce” to many beverages you may purchase when grocery shopping, including ready-to-drink sweetened coffees and teas, sodas and diet sodas, sports and energy drinks among other beverages.


    Founders had vision
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: I think the fact that Illinois is “not in play” is irrelevant.


    We want vote to count
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: There are historians who document that the Electoral College was in a major way created to prevent the most populated states from controlling elections.


    An interesting change
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: Last Sunday’s Opinion page’s editorial was on the issue of eliminating the Electoral College.


    Lombard parks right to hold ground on Lilacia
    In 1977, both the Lombard library board and the park district board wisely identified the open space above the library building as space that should be protected by air rights in an agreed-upon effort to maintain the character and ambience of Lilacia Park. Had library building planners done their homework to understand the historical and existing conditions prior to their 2016 referendum, they would have learned that any proposed change to Lilacia Park is as unthinkable to most Lombardians as a proposed change to Central Park would be to a New Yorker. I want to make two points about the many claims that what’s holding up progress in building a new library is lack of cooperation from park district. One: Since the literal definition of the word “cooperate” means to work together for the benefit of all, in no way might a taller building in Lilacia Park benefit the park district, nor will it benefit the people who are not library patrons or our thousands of Lilac Time visitors. Two: Given park district commissioners’ sworn duty to protect and preserve every aspect of that which is under their stewardship, how can their refusal to concede air rights, allow potential damage to the coach house, sacrifice plants or allow reconfiguration of the terrain be considered uncooperative?Lombard Park District commissioners are to be commended for upholding their sworn duty to preserve the character and ambience of the park that makes us so uniquely known as “The Lilac Village.” The oath taken by these elected officials should not be subject to negotiation nor should it be forsaken to resolve problems created by another taxing body.Marymae MeyerLombard


    Pathetic case for eliminating College
    A Cary letter to the editor: On Sept. 17, I read one of your most bias and quite frankly pathetic arguments for eliminating the electoral college.


    High time to change Electoral College
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: The South was fighting the Union long before the Civil War, like in 1787 during the Constitutional Convention.


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