Daily Archive : Tuesday November 14, 2017

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    How Obamacare changed the love lives of young adults

    (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Joelle Abramowitz, University of Michigan (THE CONVERSATION) It seems that each week, a new development about the Affordable Care Act calls into question the future of health care in the U.S. Such policy changes may also have much more far-reaching effects on Americans’ major life decisions. I am an economist who studies the relationship between health insurance and major life choices. In a study published on Nov. 9, I looked at the 2010 enactment of the young adult provision of the ACA, which allowed young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26. According to my research, this provision has led young adults to delay decisions to start a family. Health insurance eligibility seemed to significantly influence choices women made about contraception, leading to a decrease in abortions as well as birth rates. Family planning To get a clear picture of how this provision affected women’s choices about family planning, I compared women from across the U.S. at ages affected by the provision before and after it was implemented, generally between the years 2006 and 2013, to a control group of slightly younger and slightly older women, who did not gain new eligibility. My study drew on data from the American Community Survey, abortion surveillance data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Survey of Family Growth. While otherstudies have found decreases in births associated with the provision, they did not examine why. After the young adult provision was enacted, the rate of babies born to women aged 20 to 25 fell by 10 percent, as compared to a control group of slightly older women. But the drop in the birth rate does not appear to be due to an increase in abortions. When women between ages 20 and 24 were able to stay on their parents’ insurance, their rate of abortions fell by between 9 and 14 percent, compared to women not gaining such eligibility. Something else drives the decline in both births and abortions. One important factor could affect the birth rate and number of abortions: contraceptive use. Women’s use of long-term hormonal birth control – like Depo-Provera shots and Nexplanon implants – increased by 68 percent, as compared to a control group of slightly younger and slightly older women, after the provision went into effect. (The jump appears large because previous use of this type of birth control was low.) This suggests women switched from less effective but less expensive contraceptive methods, like condoms, to more effective but more expensive ones. Other major life decisions Previous studies show that family planning isn’t the only major life decision affected by greater eligibility for insurance provided by the ACA. In earlier work, I considered whether people marry in order to obtain health insurance coverage. Becoming a dependent on a spouse’s plan is one of the main channels to private health insurance coverage. By allowing young adults to stay on their parents’ plans, the provision facilitated an alternative source of health insurance coverage outside of marriage. I looked at whether each of the 1.4 million men and women aged 23 to 25 and 28 to 30 who were surveyed over 2008 to 2013 in the American Community Survey had married or divorced in the prior 12 months or was cohabiting with a partner.

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    Beginning today, Portillo’s will begin delivery services.

    Portillo’s starting delivery throughout suburbs today

    Beginning today, Portillo’s restaurants will begin delivering its hot dogs, shakes, chopped salad and other menu items.

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    Andy’s Frozen Custard opened a Naperville shop in September at 450 E. Ogden Ave. The chain is now planning to open a new shop in Glen Ellyn.

    Andy’s Frozen Custard intends to open Glen Ellyn shop

    The latest scoop? Andy’s Frozen Custard plans to open a Glen Ellyn shop around Memorial Day.

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    Head of alcohol commission 'bothered' by lobbyist booze deal

    A commission reviewing Indiana's antiquated booze laws is backing a repeal of a prohibition on retail Sunday alcohol sales

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    Kam Buckner, executive director of World Sport Chicago, addresses the Schaumburg Business Association on how sports can be used to expand opportunities for youth in under-resourced communities.

    Schaumburg business leaders hear about empowerment of sports

    Kam Buckner, executive director of World Sport Chicago, addressed the Schaumburg Business Association Tuesday on how his organization seeks to expand opportunities for youth in Chicago’s most under-resourced communities through sports.

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    In this photo taken Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, a resident walks past a row of tiny houses at a homeless encampment in Seattle where full size homes stand behind. Tiny homes could be the solution to all kinds of housing needs, offering warmth and security for the homeless, an affordable option for expensive big cities and simplicity for people who want to declutter their lives. However, that seemingly broad support fails to translate into acceptance when tiny home developers try to build next door. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Tiny houses are trendy _ unless they go up next door

    Tiny homes are all the rage, except when someone tries to build them next door

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    Lawsuit filed by Dakota Access protesters to proceed

    An appeals court has ruled that a federal judge in North Dakota was correct in not barring police from using harsh methods against Dakota Access pipeline protesters

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    Nielsen's top programs for Nov. 6-12

    A list of the top 20 prime-time programs in the Nielsen ratings for Nov. 6-12

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    Lucas VanDeWoestyne

    Partner added at Apex CPA & Consultants

    Lucas VanDeWoestyne, director and chief operating officer of Apex CPAs & Consultants, has been named a partner in the firm.

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    Subprime auto delinquency near crisis levels at non-bank lenders

    There’s a growing rift in car debt: Delinquent subprime loans are nearing crisis levels at auto finance companies, while loan performance at banks and credit unions continues to improve, data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York show.

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    Kristina Phillips

    Phillips named executive director at CRC
    Kristina Phillips was recently appointed executive director of Career Resource Center in Lake Forest.

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    CCU names four to new management positions
    Consumers Credit Union, based in Waukegan recently appointed Cheryl Kubas, John Russo, Ivona Guziorek and Jessica Regalado to new management positions

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    Husband-wife team Sara McKinnon and Humberto Martinez, Jr. are opening a Timothy O’Toole’s Pub in Lake Villa.

    Timothy O’Toole’s Pub coming to Lake Villa

    Timothy O’Toole’s Pub is expanding and plans to open in Lake Villa.

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    Davenport Family Funeral Homes and Crematory is holding a grand opening Friday.

    Lake Zurich funeral home to hold grand opening
    Davenport Family Funeral Homes and Crematory will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception at its new Lake Zurich location.

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    In this file photo taken on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle arrives at the federal courthouse in Indianapolis. A federal judge in Indianapolis has rejected an appeal that Fogle filed himself in an attempt to overturn his child pornography and sex abuse convictions. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

    Judge rejects self-filed appeal from ex-Subway pitchman

    A federal judge in Indianapolis has rejected an appeal that former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle filed himself in an attempt to overturn his child pornography and sex abuse convictions

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    In this photo taken Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, a t-shirt referencing the recent wildfires is shown for sale in the tasting room at Roche Winery and Vineyards in Sonoma, Calif. The impact the wildfires had on the wine industry was minimal overall, but many face challenges making up for losses sustained during closures at the busiest time of year and now convincing people to revisit. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    California wineries assess wildfires' long-term effects

    California's recent wildfires had only a minimal overall effect on wineries in Napa and Sonoma counties, but many operators are now grappling with other effects of the fires, including making up for losses from being closed at the busiest time of year

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    While some companies might not fire employees for failing to appear during a disaster, many workers have to worry about their paychecks. Employers don’t have to pay salaried employees after more than a week of closures.

    Add this to your list of job demands: Paid vacation for extreme weather

    As climate change creates more intense storms, companies have started preparing for work disruptions due to extreme weather.

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    A plane of Al Fursan, or the Knights, a UAE Air Force aerobatic display team, performs during the Dubai Air Show, United Arab Emirates, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

    Boeing inks $1.3B Ethiopian Airlines deal for 777 freighters

    Boeing inks deal to sell four 777 freighters to Ethiopian Airlines, purchase valued at $1.3 billion

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    FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, file photo, Cristian Rodriguez fuels his vehicle in Sacramento, Calif. The price of oil has risen by about one-third since the summer, but many experts think the surge won’t last. They point to growing U.S. production. Still, higher prices for energy could translate into higher prices for airline tickets and consumer goods. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

    US oil and gas 'resurgence' expected as global demand grows

    A global energy watchdog says it expects the U.S. to become the undisputed world leader in oil and gas production after a resurgence in its industry to meet growing demand over the next two decades

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    FILE - This Thursday, June 1, 2017, file photo, shows a Walmart sign at a store in Hialeah Gardens, Fla. Walmart announced Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, that it will devote a section on its website to upscale Lord & Taylor, the latest strategic partnership as retailers make alliances. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

    Amazon or Walmart? Some retailers are choosing alliances

    Store chains are making strategic alliances _ and that can mean picking Amazon or Walmart

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    Superintendent Floyd Williams may be on his way out of Des Plaines Elementary School District 62.

    Editorial: If school chief leaves early, public deserves to know why

    A Daily Herald editorial calls upon the Des Plaines school district to be open about why it may be ending its relationship with Superintendent Floyd Williams.

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    Property tax freeze is politics, not a solution

    Guest columnist Steven Strack: This year, the state of Illinois managed to pass a bill that provides a new method of funding our schools. Now your state legislators seek to undermine the progress made in order to score political points in advance of their reelection bids.

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    Bruce Rauner

    Bruce Rauner: We have to keep fighting for our home

    Guest columnist Bruce Rauner: I couldn’t sit by while our state sank further into debt and despair. That’s why I ran for governor four years ago. Because home is worth fighting for.

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    A gift to remember
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: I had the honor of listening to Medal of Honor recipient Sammy L. Davis as he addressed the Saint Viator High School Veterans Day Assembly last week.

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    SALT in our wounds
    A Wauconda letter to the editor: The Senate Republication tax plan will hit middle- and upper middle-income Illinois residents particularly hard by eliminating deductions for state and local taxes.

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    Tax bill cynical, dishonest and harmful
    A Carpentersville letter to the editor: As Chairman of the Way & Means Tax Policy Committee, 6th District Congressman Peter Roskam should be sensitive to tax issues that might harm Illinois.

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    Republicans care only for the rich?
    A Naperville letter to the editor: Why don’t the Republicans like people? Especially those of us who are not wealthy?

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    Santa Claus arrives by fire truck during the Miracle on Main Street event at Rotary Park in downtown Lake Zurich.

    Suburban tree-lighting events kick off holiday season
    Check out this list of suburban tree-lighting events and kick off the holiday season.

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