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  WASHINGTON — U.S. stock index futures are rising after a week of massive gains and losses on Wall Street. Shares have been swinging by hudreds of points each day as traders react with hair triggers to news about the economy, Federal Reserve...

U.S. stock futures rise after week of wild swings

Updated: 8/12/2011 06:05 AM

  The wildest week in Wall Street history ended with a second day of gains. The Dow Jones industrial average finished Friday with a gain of 125 points. By this week's standards, it was a sleeper. "It was a sharp and violent week in the stock market,...

Dow finishes wild week; is the madness over?

Updated: 8/12/2011 05:45 PM

  ROME — Premier Silvio Berlusconi's government is facing fierce resistance to emergency spending cuts from local government officials, who are urging the government to start from scratch.

Italian local governments resist emergency cuts

Updated: 8/12/2011 08:23 AM

  CoveSweeping health care reform and the stagnant economy continue to provide sleepless nights for human resources professionals, a panel of experts told suburban business executives Thursday at the Daily Herald Business Ledger Newsmakers Forum on...

Experts: Reform, economy vexing HR pros

Updated: 8/12/2011 07:59 AM

  Retail sales in the U.S. climbed in July by the most in four months, showing consumers are holding up even as employment slows.

U.S. retail sales' climb in July most in 4 months

Updated: 8/12/2011 05:51 PM

  President Barack Obama will visit Illinois and two other Midwest states as he continues to solicit ideas on the economy with small-business owners and workers.

Illinois among states Obama to visit for business ideas

Updated: 8/12/2011 06:52 AM

  BEIJING — China's infatuation with high-speed rail soured at bullet train velocity.

China's enthusiasm for high-speed rail stalls

Updated: 8/12/2011 06:01 AM

  Palatine Township Elementary District 15 has unveiled its new website. While the web address, ccsd15.net, didn't change, plenty of other offerings did.

Palatine District 15 launches new website

Updated: 8/12/2011 09:08 AM

  There are no decisions yet on whether to go with fare hikes, service cuts or both, but Metra directors did agree Friday it's time to crack down on conductors who don't collect fares.

Metra will crack down on conductors

Updated: 8/12/2011 07:50 PM

  Lake Zurich High School students who test positive for drugs would be suspended from sports and activities and lose parking privileges, under a draft of the plan discussed this week. Those penalties would range from half the extracurricular season...

Lake Zurich district unveils drug test consequences

Updated: 8/12/2011 04:07 PM

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