Daily Archive : Friday January 5, 2018

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    Matt Winter

    Allstate president retires in executive restructiring

    Allstate Corp. President Matt Winter will retire at the end of February, the company announced Wednesday,

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    FILE - This Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, file photo, shows the Illinois Department of Employment Security office in Springfield, Ill. On Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, the Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits the week before. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

    African-American unemployment hit record low in December

    African-American unemployment hits record low in December as more benefit from growth

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    A project to build a gas station on a vacant site in Glen Ellyn has been delayed by a lawsuit filed by neighbors. Developers now want to recoup the $630,000 they paid the village for the land in the event neighbors prevail in the legal fight.

    Developers want $630,000 from Glen Ellyn if neighbors win fight to block gas station

    Developers behind an embattled project to build a gas station in Glen Ellyn are asking the village to agree to refund their Ohio-based company more than half a million dollars in the event a judge rules in favor of neighbors who have filed a lawsuit to block construction.

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    FILE - This Aug. 31, 2017 file photo, shows a Barnes and Noble Booksellers store in Pittsburgh. Shares of Barnes & Noble Inc. tumbled Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, a day after the bookseller announced that sales at established stores and online sales fell during the key holiday period. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

    A sad holiday tale from Barnes & Noble

    Shares of Barnes & Noble tumble after weak holiday season

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    Christine DiBartolo

    FTI Consulting promotes DiBartolo to senior managing director
    FTI Consulting, Inc. announced Christine DiBartolo of Glenview has been promoted to senior managing director of the firm’s strategic communications segment.

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    Wintrust Financial Corp. said that its subsidiary, Barrington Bank & Trust Company, through its division Wintrust Mortgage, closed on its previously disclosed agreement, acquiring certain assets and assuming certain liabilities of iFreedom Direct Corporation DBA Veterans First Mortgage, a Utah Corp.

    Wintrust closes deal with Veterans First Mortgage

    Wintrust Financial Corp. said that its subsidiary, Barrington Bank & Trust Company, through its division Wintrust Mortgage, closed on its previously disclosed agreement, acquiring certain assets and assuming certain liabilities of iFreedom Direct Corporation DBA Veterans First Mortgage, a Utah Corp.

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    Apple said all Mac computers and iOS devices, like iPhones and iPads, are affected by chip security flaws unearthed this week, but the company stressed there are no known exploits impacting users.

    Apple: All Macs, iPhones, iPads exposed to chip flaw

    Apple said all Mac computers and iOS devices, like iPhones and iPads, are affected by chip security flaws unearthed this week, but the company stressed there are no known exploits impacting users.

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    ComEd said it is filing a petition to cut residential electrical bills by between $2 and $3 as a result of the federal tax reduction.

    Why your ComEd bill might be going down

    ComEd is filing with the Illinois Commerce Commission seeking approval to pass along approximately $200 million in tax savings to its customers in 2018. If approved by the ICC, the average ComEd residential customer can expect to see an estimated $2-$3 decrease on their monthly bill related to the tax reduction.

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    Emily Ory

    Naperville Chamber names new chairman

    The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce has named Emily Ory chairman of its board of directors.

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    VHT Studios, a Rosemont-based provider of professional photography, virtual staging and visual marketing services for real estate and businesses, said today that it acquired the photography business of Circlepix.

    Rosemont’s VHT Studios buys Utah company

    VHT Studios, a Rosemont-based provider of professional photography, virtual staging and visual marketing services for real estate and businesses, said today that it acquired the photography business of Circlepix.

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    Jack Schacht

    My College Planning expands to Chicago

    My College Planning Team with locations in Naperville and Downers Grove is expanding into Chicago.

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    Grains mixed, livestock lower

    CHICAGO (AP) - Grain futures were mixed Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for March delivery was off 3.60 cents at $4.3020 a bushel; March corn fell .20 cent 3.5060 a bushel; March oats rose .20 cent at $2.46 a bushel while January soybeans gained 1.60 cents at $9.61 a bushel. Beef lower and pork was lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. February live cattle was down .50 cent at $1.2175 a pound; January feeder cattle was down .80 cent at $1.4823 a pound; February lean hogs was down .30 cent at $.7135 a pound.

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    Autocar Trucks lays off 70 workers at eastern Indiana plant

    An eastern Indiana company that makes terminal tractors and yard trucks used primarily in the freight industry has laid off nearly six dozen workers

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    This site along Stearns Road in Bartlett is one of two being proposed for new outlot buildings in the parking lot of the Bartlett Commons Shopping Center at the northwest corner of Stearns and Route 59.

    Bartlett concerned about traffic, parking for shopping center outlots

    Bartlett village board members Thursday expressed a mixture of congestion concerns and hope for a solution over a proposal for two new outlot buildings in the parking lot of the Bartlett Commons Shopping Center at the northwest corner of Route 59 and Stearns Road.

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    Country Inn & Suites By Carlson has reopened in Hoffman Estates.

    Renovated hotel opens in Hoffman Estates

    Country Inn & Suites By Carlson has re-opened in Hoffman Estates.

Life & Entertainment

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    FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2017 file photo, John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions, participates in the executive panel during the FX Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. Landgraf says an investigation into sexual misconduct by Louis C.K. found nothing involving his work for the company over the past eight years. The investigation followed a published report of misbehavior, Landgraf told TV critics Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. The network cut ties in November with C.K. after he admitted wrongdoing. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

    The Latest: Producer OK being schooled in transgender life

    Producer Ryan Murphy said he's OK being schooled during the making of his new series "Pose."

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    FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2017 file photo, John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions, participates in the executive panel during the FX Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. Landgraf says an investigation into sexual misconduct by Louis C.K. found nothing involving his work for the company over the past eight years. The investigation followed a published report of misbehavior, Landgraf told TV critics Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. The network cut ties in November with C.K. after he admitted wrongdoing. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

    FX chief: Even peak TV can be a 'sideshow' to internet

    FX Networks CEO John Landgraf says television keeps churning out record numbers of original series but is being overshadowed by the internet's dubious distractions

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    The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

    This week's top selling songs and albums on Apple iTunes.

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    FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2017 file photo, John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions, participates in the executive panel during the FX Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. Landgraf says an investigation into sexual misconduct by Louis C.K. found nothing involving his work for the company over the past eight years. The investigation followed a published report of misbehavior, Landgraf told TV critics Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. The network cut ties in November with C.K. after he admitted wrongdoing. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

    FX CEO says no sex misconduct by Louis C.K. while at company

    FX Networks CEO John Landgraf says an investigation into sexual misconduct by Louis C.K. found nothing involving his work for the company over the past eight years

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    Comedian Eliot Chang will perform this weekend at Zanies in St. Charles.

    5 things to do this weekend in the suburbs

    Need a laugh? With comedians in St. Charles and Schaumburg and a comedy show in Arlington Heights, that won’t be a problem this weekend in the suburbs.

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    Kids confused by ‘Nana’ dispute

    Carolyn Hax says that parents need to back off on what to call grandma. As long as there is love and good intentions, let both grandmothers be called Nana.

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    FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, file photo, David Letterman speaks during the unveiling of a Peyton Manning statue outside of Lucas Oil Stadium, in Indianapolis. Letterman has lined up former president Barack Obama to be his first guest when he returns to a TV talk show later this month. Obama will join Letterman on Jan. 12, 2018 for the launch of the new “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman” on Netflix. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

    Barack Obama to be David Letterman's first Netflix guest

    David Letterman will welcome Barack Obama as his first guest on a new series for Netflix starting Jan. 12

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    Brighten up interior spaces with a new coat of paint — a perfect project when cooped up indoors.

    Beat cabin fever with winter renovations

    Homeowners may find that they have some extra time on their hands when weather and early evening darkness reduces how much time they can spend outdoors. The following projects can help homeowners make the most of their time indoors.

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    Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin return for a fourth season of “Grace and Frankie” later this month.

    Four TV shows to look forward to in 2018

    Sean Stangland starts counting down to four dates worth marking on your TV calendar this season.

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    Making an electrical problem understandable

    Q. I’ve got a problem that’s so technical I hope I can explain it clearly. According to the home inspector who checked my house, my electric service panel is used as a “raceway,” whatever that means.

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    Bella Hristova is a guest soloist with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra in performances in Schaumburg and Elgin.

    Weekend picks: Elgin Symphony Orchestra presents ‘Hungarian Rhapsody’

    Violinist Bella Hristova joins the Elgin Symphony Orchestra’s “Hungarian Rhapsody” concerts at the Prairie Center for the Arts and The Hemmens. More on this, the Lake Home & Cabin Show in Schaumburg, Ember Oceans at Durty Nellie’s and other fun events.

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    Kevin Webb, left, plays Edgar Allan Poe and Ryan Lanning plays The Raven in Black Button Eyes Productions' Chicago area premiere of the musical “Nevermore — The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe.”

    Theater events: Edgar Allan Poe musical, 'Cal in Camo'

    Black Button Eyes examines Poe's life in “Nevermore,” Rivendell Theatre presents the family drama “Cal in Camo,” Metropolis Performing Arts Centre celebrates Baby Boomers and Babes With Blades stages “The Good Fight” this week in Chicago area theater.

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    One way to evaluate a DIY project is to know whether you can do the work yourself or whether it will require two or three people.

    Seven questions you should ask yourself before the DIY is cast

    Think you’re ready to tackle a home-improvement project yourself? Deciding whether you’re up to the challenge or whether you should hire a professional can be tricky.

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    Snow on a roof may look idyllic, but too much weight can cause structural damage.

    Safeguard roofs against snow damage

    The sight of falling snow also may inspire some homeowners to think about the roofs of their homes. The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety warns that it is important to understand the risk of roof collapse due to the weight of snow on the roof.

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    Virtual staging can make houses look too good to be true

    You’re probably familiar with physical “staging,” where experts come in and declutter a house and replace or rearrange furnishings to make it more readily salable. That’s fine. Virtual staging, by contrast, requires no physical furnishings, just software and imagination.

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    Getaway markets its tiny homes in the woods as a way to “rediscover the pleasure of boredom, solitude and unstructured time.”

    Modern life too much for you? Maybe a tiny box in the woods is the cure

    The savvy emphasis on escape and disconnectedness and repose has resonated among the millennials Getaway aims to reach. In each of its markets, Getaway’s houses are booked solid on weekends, and in early 2017, the company, founded by two Harvard graduates, raised $15 million in venture capital funding, which suggests that a tiny house campground may soon be coming to a forest near you.

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