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    For airlines not named United, it was a great 1Q

    United Airlines is the one U.S. carrier that can’t seem to get its act together, losing $609 million during the first three months of this year.

    Apr 24, 2014 2:38 PM

    Even with the turbulence of severe winter storms and stubbornly high fuel prices, many of the major airlines are cruising and their stock prices are soaring. Mergers have reduced competition and made it easier for the airlines to limit the supply of seats and raise average fares. Extra fees bring in billions more each year.

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    Deerfield’s Computer Explorers offer games for learning

    Students at the Glenview Park District learn some lessons using Minecraft.

    Apr 24, 2014 2:01 PM

    Some parents may argue that spending too much time on computer games is bad for kids. Lori Gross, director of Computer Explorers of Northeastern Chicagoland in Deerfield, disagrees. She has owned and operated the educational franchise since 2009 and since then has seen about 5,000 young people learn lessons about life, discipline, planning, languages and even physics.

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    Ronald McDonald takes to Twitter, gets makeover

    Ronald McDonald with updated clothing.

    Apr 24, 2014 7:16 AM

    Ronald McDonald has a new look, and he’s ready for a selfie. Oak Brook-based McDonald’s said Wednesday its famous spokesclown will take an active role on social media for the first time, using the hashtag #ronaldmcdonald. The move marks a turnaround from recent years, when the red-haired mascot faded to the background as McDonald’s came under criticism for using him to market to children.

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    New taxes in West Dundee to offset Target departure

    West Dundee officials are imposing two new taxes to cope with a $400,000 budget deficit they said is primarily the result of Target’s pending closure. Target, one of the village’s largest sales tax generators, is scheduled to close May 3.

    Apr 24, 2014 2:12 PM

    West Dundee officials will impose new taxes on those who buy gasoline as well as food and beverages in the village, their way of plugging a $400,000 deficit mostly to blame on Target’s looming closure. "As the sales tax base has dropped, other fees or taxes have been needed in order to cover those deficits and continue to provide the same levels of service to the community," Village Manager Joe Cavallaro said.

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    New coffee shop coming to Des Plaines train station

    The refurbished Des Plaines Metra station building will soon be home to a new coffee shop, The Local Coffee Tea & Sweets. The shop and city leaders reached a five-year agreement this month.

    Apr 24, 2014 2:19 PM

    Commuters at the Des Plaines Metra station will soon be able to get a cup of coffee or pastry before heading to their train or bus. The city council has approved a five-year exclusive license and concession agreement this week with The Local Coffee Tea & Sweets, LLC to operate a 360-square-foot counter service cafe inside the city-owned train station.

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    Stocks close mostly higher on earnings; Apple up

    Stocks rose Thursday, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index trading near a record, as technology companies rallied after Apple results topped estimates to offset a slump in phone shares.

    Apr 24, 2014 4:29 PM

    The stock market closed mostly higher Thursday, helped by positive earnings out of several large U.S. companies including Apple and construction equipment maker Caterpillar. The markets gains were modest, however, as investors turned their eyes back to Russia and Ukraine, where geopolitical tensions were heating up once again. Some earnings reports, such as 3M and Facebook, also failed to impress investors.

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