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  • Desirae Gooch, left, fills out an application for a nurse’s assistant job, alongside other job seekers filling out applications at the Cleveland Career Fair in Independence, Ohio. U.S. employers advertised more jobs in May than in any month in the past seven years, a sign that this year’s strong hiring trend is likely to continue.

    U.S. companies post most jobs in 7 years in MayJul 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    U.S. employers advertised more jobs in May than in any month in the past seven years, a sign that this year’s strong hiring trend is likely to continue. More Americans also quit their jobs, a good sign because it usually occurs when workers find new and higher-paying jobs. It also opens up more positions for those out of work.

     
  • First Midwest acquires Great Lakes BankJul 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    First Midwest Bancorp, the parent company of First Midwest Bank, said it would acquire Great Lakes Financial Resources, the holding company for Great Lakes Bank, in a stock and cash transaction valued at around $58 million.

     
  • A model wears a FingerReader ring at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab in Cambridge, Mass. Researchers designed and developed the instrument, which enables people with visual disabilities to read text printed on paper or electronic devices.

    MIT finger device reads to the blind in real timeJul 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing an audio reading device to be worn on the index finger of people whose vision is impaired, giving them affordable and immediate access to printed words. The so-called FingerReader, a prototype produced by a 3-D printer, fits like a ring on the user’s finger, equipped with a small camera that scans text. A synthesized voice reads words aloud, quickly translating books, restaurant menus and other needed materials for daily living, especially away from home or office.

     
  • Krystal Klacsan prepares artwork to be hung behind a case displaying glass bongs at the recreational marijuana store Cannabis City in Seattle. When legal sales begin Tuesday.

    5 places that might ease marijuana laws in the near futureJul 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Advocates seeking more lenient marijuana laws have no intention of stopping with Colorado and Washington. Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have allowed marijuana for medicinal purposes, and more could follow. Here’s a look at five places that may be welcoming more permissive marijuana laws in the near future.

     
  • Hoffman Estate Sears and Kmart are introducing an online/in-store collaboration to allow pick up of sears.com or kmart.com orders at any of each other’s stores - more than 2,000 locations nationwide - ready in five minutes or less.

    Sears, Kmart team to expand free store pickup to more than 2,000 locationsJul 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Hoffman Estate Sears and Kmart are introducing an online/in-store collaboration to allow pick up of sears.com or kmart.com orders at any of each other’s stores - more than 2,000 locations nationwide - ready in five minutes or less.

     
  • North Chicago-based AbbVie Inc. made a fourth offer to buy Shire Plc, raising the price to about $51.5 billion in an effort to force negotiations. Shire said its board would meet to discuss the bid.

    AbbVie raises its bid for Shire by about 11 pctJul 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    U.S. drugmaker AbbVie has boosted its offer for Shire by 11 percent to about $51.3 billion, hoping it will be enough to pique the interest of its British counterpart. Shire, known for its rare-disease drugs, has rejected three AbbVie offers to date.

     
  • Pope to replace vatican bank managers as profit drops 97%Jul 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Pope Francis plans to replace the board and executives at the Vatican Bank after a year of reorganization at the scandal-plagued institution in which more than 2,000 accounts were blocked and profit dropped 97 percent.“With the support of the Holy Father and the Council of Cardinals, we are creating simpler, more efficient structures for those serving the mission of the Catholic Church,” Cardinal-Prefect George Pell said today in an e-mailed statement.

     
  • More American households are ditching their old telephones: 4 out of 10 only use cellphones, a government survey shows. That’s twice the rate from just five years ago, although the pace of dumping landlines seems to have slowed down in recent years.

    4 in 10 US homes are cellphone only, skip landlineJul 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    More American households are ditching their old telephones: 4 out of 10 only use cellphones, a government survey shows.That’s twice the rate from just five years ago, although the pace of dumping landlines seems to have slowed down in recent years.

     
  • Acacia Organics opens at Barrington’s Ice House MallJul 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Acacia Organics, a local business offering spa treatments and organic products since 2009, will hold a grand opening next month at a new location at the Ice House Mall in Barrington. The new location will feature more spa treatment space, a larger retail store and expanded services, according to a news release.

     
  • Panel says Chicago minimum wage should be $13Jul 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    A task force formed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel has recommended Chicago raise its minimum wage to $13 an hour. The panel says higher rates should be phased in over four years and will increase earnings for about 410,000 people.

     
  • Lake County stormwater presentation:Jul 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    The League of Women Voters-Illinois, the League of Women Voters-Lake County, and Faith in Place are co-sponsoring two presentations of “Stormwater From the Ground Up” on July 9 and July 31.

     
  • The former Metropolis Bar & Grill at the southeast corner of Higgins and Barrington roads in Hoffman Estates — with the former Lone Star in the background — will soon be replaced by new Moretti’s and Whiskey River restaurants, respectively.

    Hoffman Estates approves Moretti’s, Whiskey RiverJul 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Moretti’s and Whiskey River restaurants are on track to open in Hoffman Estates this November, bringing the number of eateries at the southeast corner of Higgins and Barrington roads back to five. Village trustees Monday approved site plans for the two restaurants of Schaumburg-based Ala Carte Entertainment to fill the long-vacant buildings that originally housed a Max & Erma’s and Lone Star respectively.

     
  • Des Plaines resident Joanne Freer says noise is coming from the Black Ram restaurant just beyond her backyard fence. The “thumping noise of bass” permeates her home’s walls at night, she said.

    Des Plaines residents oppose Black Ram restaurant patio requestJul 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Residents near the Black Ram restaurant in Des Plaines are upset with noise coming from the business late at night, and say the business’ plans for an outdoor patio would make matters worse. But the restaurant’s attorney says his client has taken steps to resolve noise issues, while promising that the new patio won’t have DJs or live music as they do inside — just “typical dining noise.”

     
  • Two commercial airplanes, United Flight 718 and TWA Flight 2 crashed on June 30, 1956, over the Grand Canyon, killing all 128 people aboard in one of the deadliest aviation disasters in the U.S. On Tuesday, July 8, 2014, the Grand Canyon National Park will mark the designation of the crash site as a National Historic Landmark in a ceremony overlooking the gorge where the wreckage was scattered over 1.5 square miles.

    1956 Grand Canyon crash a game-changer in air travelJul 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    In the mid-1950s, air travel was a shadow of the highly advanced operation of checks and rules seen today. The skies were largely uncontrolled, and pilots outside major U.S. cities relied on sight to avoid catastrophes. Then, two commercial airplanes crashed over the Grand Canyon in June 1956, killing all 128 people aboard in the deadliest aviation disaster of the time and helping spur an overhaul to flight safety.

     
  • Man dies at South Dakota hot dog eating contestJul 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Fourth of July hot dog eating contest in western South Dakota turned tragic when a contestant choked to death. Walter Eagle Tail, 47, of Custer, died at a hospital Thursday after attempts to save him at the scene failed.

     
  • An ATM sits next to a case displaying glass bongs, Monday, July 7, 2014 at the recreational marijuana store Cannabis City in Seattle. When legal sales begin on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, the store will be the first and only store in Seattle to initially sell recreational marijuana.

    Legal marijuana goes on sale in WashingtonJul 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Washington became the second state Tuesday to allow people to buy marijuana legally in the U.S. without a doctor’s note as customers eager to be the first to buy pot lined up outside stores. People began purchasing marijuana at 8 a.m. at Bellingham’s Top Shelf Cannabis, one of two stores in the city north of Seattle that started selling pot as soon as it was allowed under state regulations. Several dozen people waited outside before the store opened.

     
  • Immigrant families and children’s advocates rally in response to President Barack Obama’s statement on the crisis of unaccompanied children and families illegally entering the United States, outside the Los Angeles Federal building Monday.

    Obama urgently asks $3.7 billion for border crisisJul 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    President Barack Obama appealed to Congress on Tuesday for $3.7 billion in emergency spending to deal with the immigration crisis on the nation’s southern border, where unaccompanied children have been showing up by the thousands in a human drama that’s causing a political storm in Washington and beyond.

     
  • Batavia officials, worried that too much store space along Randall Road could be used for businesses that don’t generate sales tax, voted Monday night to limit such uses to 25 percent of the square footage of strip malls such as this one on Fabyan Parkway. The Circuit City closed in 2008. It is next door to an Office Depot store the city fears may close, due to the merger with Office Max, which also has a store in Batavia. Mayor Jeff Schielke said a health club was interested in the Circuit City space.

    Batavia council: Keep Randall Road 75% shopping, diningJul 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Randall Road is for sales tax-producing retail, the Batavia City Council decided Monday, as it voted to limit how much space in shopping centers could be used for medical offices, health clubs and the like -- just 25 percent. “That’s our tax-producing engine out there,” Mayor Jeff Schielke said.

     
  • John “Chief A.J.” Huffer, 76, demonstrates firing an arrow with his slingshot in Tuscola, Ill.

    Hunter wants to sell big-game slingshot, sues DNRJul 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    John "Chief A.J." Huffer sells a device he calls a sling bow. And he’d like to see it in the hands of hunters on the trail of deer and other big animals. But while the Illinois Department of Natural Resources says the sling bow is OK for smaller animals, it isn’t approved for deer.

     
  • Shooters take aim during competition at the Grand American Trapshooting Championship at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta. The new state budget signed by Gov. Pat Quinn last week includes millions of dollars for pet projects statewide. The more than 100,000-acre Department of Natural Resources facility in the Southern Illinois community is getting more than $1.5 million from the capital budget.

    Tight Illinois budget still contains pet projectsJul 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    The new state budget signed by Gov. Pat Quinn last week left lawmakers from both parties unhappy — but it didn’t leave them empty-handed. Among expenses in the $35.7 billion spending plan, tucked into a document thousands of pages long, are millions of dollars for pet projects statewide. They range from a new school in House Speaker Michael Madigan’s Chicago district to money to promote a racetrack near St. Louis and funds to begin planning Illinois’ 200th birthday celebration — scheduled for 2018.

     
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