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  • Prime tickets for Bush visit sold out in Naperville Nov 26, 2014 5:27 PM
    Former President George W. Bush apparently knows how to sell books. The announcement Tuesday that the 43rd president will appear Dec. 1 at Anderson’s Bookshop in downtown Naperville sparked a run on his new work, “41: A Portrait of My Father,” Anderson’s spokeswoman Candace Purdom said. All tickets that guarantee a chance to meet the former president were sold out in a single day, she said, and the store remained busy Wednesday selling copies of “41” for customers to join a waiting list to meet the author if time allows.

  • Harper student-run boutique reopens bigger, more visible site Nov 25, 2014 2:43 PM
    Studio V, the professional, student-run boutique at Harper College opened this month in a newly renovated – and far more visible – space on the east side of campus, across from the Building J Theatre. To celebrate, Studio V will hold a grand reopening event with refreshments and entertainment from 5-8 p.m. Dec. 4.

  • George W. Bush coming to Naperville for book signing Nov 26, 2014 5:26 AM
    Former President George W. Bush is scheduled to make two appearances next week in DuPage County, including one in Naperville to promote his new book, “41: A Portrait of My Father.” Bush’s Naperville appearance will begin at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, at the downtown Anderson’s Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave. Also on Monday, Bush is expected to attend a private charity event hosted by Daniel L. Goodwin, chairman and CEO for the Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, according to sources close to Goodwin.

  • St. Charles committee approves massage parlor rules Nov 25, 2014 11:24 AM
    St. Charles aldermen, voting as a committee Monday, unanimously approved regulations created by city police officers in response to three prostitution arrests at local massage businesses in the spring. “There will be a vetting process,” Police Chief James Keegan said. “We will look at their criminal history. We want to make sure they are the type of massage therapists that we’ve all grown to respect over the years."

  • Second Schaumburg Chick-fil-A arrives Dec. 4 Nov 24, 2014 5:13 PM
    Chick-fil-A will open its second restaurant in Schaumburg on Thursday, Dec. 4 at 90 Barrington Road. The first 100 adults in line by 6 a.m. that day will receive a digital offer card for 52 free Chick-fil-A meals.

  • Nominees for Palatine Chamber awards announced Nov 24, 2014 6:19 PM
    The Palatine Area Chamber of Commerse has finalized its nominees for this year's Key to Success Awards, which will be given at the awards dinner on Dec. 3. Tickets are still available.

  • At 85, UOP chemist honored by President Obama Nov 26, 2014 1:59 PM
    Kukec's People features Edith M. Flanigen, 85, a consultant and retired award-winning chemist with UOP LLC in Des Plaines. She received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation Award from President Barack Obama and was one of eight recipients. She has invented more than 200 different synthetic materials, wrote for for numerous publications and earned 109 patents.

  • At 85, UOP chemist honored by President Obama Nov 26, 2014 2:01 PM
    Kukec's People features Edith M. Flanigen, 85, a consultant and retired award-winning chemist with UOP LLC in Des Plaines. She received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation Award from President Barack Obama and was one of eight recipients. She has invented more than 200 different synthetic materials, wrote for for numerous publications and earned 109 patents.

  • Entrepreneurship lessons for peace and profit Nov 23, 2014 7:03 AM
    The Business Council for Peace is pairing U.S. businesses with entrepreneurs from countries torn by war or violent crime. The program, which receives State Department funding, has helped owners in Afghanistan and Rwanda.

  • Naperville renovating 2 library branches for $1 million Nov 21, 2014 4:17 PM
    Renovations to bring more power plugs, better lighting and new furniture to Naper Boulevard Library in Naperville will cost $1.1 million under bids the library board approved this week. The contracts also include some work at Nichols Library downtown to create space for a business incubator called NaperLaunch. “We’re very excited about it,” Executive Director Julie Rothenfluh said.

  • Rolling Meadows hopes for better economic news in 2015 Nov 20, 2014 5:30 AM
    An economic development consultant gave Rolling Meadows city council members an update on the business climate in town on Tuesday night with mostly bad news. The vacancy rate in the city is above 13 percent, higher than the 9 percent average around the Chicago area. Also there's still no concrete movement on the former Dominick's property along Kirchoff Road.

  • Suburban business leaders express optimism about 2015 Nov 20, 2014 6:18 PM
    The Route 53 extension, investing in our workforce, bank lending and what a new governor will mean to Lake County were key topics addressed Thursday at a business outlook forum.

  • New license allows online wine sales in Wheaton Nov 19, 2014 5:30 AM
    A new liquor license classification has been added in Wheaton to allow a business to engage in mail order and online wine sales. The city council unanimously approved an amendment to the liquor code Monday to create a Class T liquor license. City staff said the idea for the new license classification came from the owners of Today’s Wine, a Carol Stream online wine business.

  • Rolling Meadows considers ads on vehicles, trash cans Nov 19, 2014 8:52 AM
    Rolling Meadows officials are considering selling advertising on city trucks and garbage cans to bring in additional revenue. Alderman Mike Cannon proposed the idea of allowing Crime Stoppers to put signs on the back of public works vehicles and community development trucks to promote the police department and solicit tips.Cannon said the signs would cost the city nothing and would be paid for by Crime Stoppers or other sponsors.

  • Mt. Prospect sign maker White Way files bankruptcy Nov 19, 2014 5:41 PM
    Mount Prospect-based White Way Sign, which has made iconic signs for Wrigley Field, Kohl's and Hollywood Casino, has filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization.

  • Des Plaines may impose fee on medical pot dispensaries Nov 18, 2014 7:10 PM
    Des Plaines may soon join Schaumburg and Elk Grove Village in imposing an annual impact fee on any business that wants to operate a medical marijuana dispensary in town.

  • New Wheaton brewery a place for people to gather Nov 18, 2014 6:52 PM
    Exposed brick walls, metal accents, a wooden ceiling and plans for local musicians to regularly play live music give Dry City Brew Works the feel of an urban coffeehouse. In reality, the new business in downtown Wheaton is a tiny brewery where people can work on their laptops, catch up with a friend or meet new people while enjoying a beer. The brewery — owned by Wheaton native Ben Sampson, his wife Jessica and her parents, Dave and Lori Carr — opened earlier this month at 120B N. Main Street.

  • Restaurant.com hopes to avoid penalties as appellate court weighs rulings Nov 18, 2014 1:01 AM
    There is “simply no good reason” to apply court decisions against Restaurant.com in a way that exposes it to penalties, argue attorneys for the Arlington Heights company. Both sides have now submitted briefs in the latest round of an on-again, off-again federal lawsuit over expiration dates on certificates.

  • St. Charles tavern to be penalized for 4th violation in 4 months Nov 18, 2014 2:00 PM
    The St. Charles Liquor Commission may hand down its toughest penalty to date to a downtown tavern involved in a fourth violation caught by police in as many months. “I take this very seriously,” the owner of The Filling Station said. “The employee had been working for me for 3½ years. She’s always been a good employee, and she came from a good family, but she made an error in judgment. She messed up.”

  • Pasquale’s to open Dec. 1 in East Dundee Nov 18, 2014 5:44 PM
    The Italian eatery Pasquale’s, which will serve pizza, sandwiches and salads, is slated to open Dec. 1 in the space formerly occupied by In The Neighborhood Meet Market on North River Street in East Dundee. Pasquale’s owners, Robert “Buzz” Doyle and Patrick Maggi, also own Blues BBQ and Grill, which opened in mid-October, and Sweet Pop Fizz Candy Bar, which opened in May, all in East Dundee.

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