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  • Glen Ellyn considering fee for shoppers who want paper, plastic bags Jan 31, 2015 7:36 AM
    Shoppers who want to use a plastic or paper bag may soon have to pay a fee at some Glen Ellyn businesses. The village’s environmental commission has drafted an ordinance calling for some retailers to charge their customers a fee of not less than 5 cents per disposable bag when they check out. The charge would be applied to both plastic and paper bags. Some materials would be exempt, such as bags used before the point of sale to wrap flowers or meat.

  • Hoffman Estates chamber hands out annual awards Jan 30, 2015 6:44 AM
    Apple Villa Famous Pancake House & Restaurant was recognized as Business of the Year Thursday night at the Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce and Industry's fourth annual Celebration of Excellence. It was one of 31 nominees in a total of six award categories recognizing businesses in the Hoffman Estates area who have made contributions to the chamber and helped spur economic development in the community.

  • Lake in the Hills to get gastropub this spring Jan 29, 2015 4:56 PM
    A gastropub will be opening this spring in the former Applebee’s building off Randall Road in Lake in the Hills. The pub will serve high-end craft beer and food, said owner Dave Abraham of Hoffman Estates. It will be named Woods Creek Tavern after one of the largest lakes in the village. “We wanted to tie in with the local community,” Abraham said.

  • Schaumburg sets medical marijuana impact fee Jan 28, 2015 5:02 PM
    Schaumburg officials Tuesday set an annual impact fee of $37,752 for any medical marijuana dispensary that may locate within the village. The impact fee reflects the presumed cost of one police call and one paramedic call per week to the dispensary, officials said.

  • Two Chicago companies on cutting edge of new products Jan 27, 2015 9:23 PM
    Two Chicago companies are on cutting edge ofnew golf products.

  • Wheaton coffee shop owners prep for Africa trip Jan 27, 2015 5:38 PM
    Coffee, connection and community. That's what River City Roasters in downtown Wheaton has been all about since it opened in late 2013. Now, the owners are hoping to make that mantra even more real with a trip to Africa next month. They'll be visiting small farms in Kenya and Uganda in hopes of setting up direct trade with the coffee growers there, many who are the widows and orphans of HIV victims.

  • Twin sisters man the chairs at East Dundee barber shop Jan 27, 2015 2:28 PM
    Identical twin sisters Liz and Kate Stadie, 25, of East Dundee took over as owners of the Barber Shop in 2010. They share a love of bantering with their customers, many of whom come to see them at the River Street shop every couple of weeks. Both women agree it's great to be in charge. “Sometimes I want to be the boss and sometimes you want to be the boss,” Liz says, joking with her sister.

  • Terlato, pro golfers make perfect pairing with new wines Jan 26, 2015 6:00 AM
    Kukec's People features William Terlato, CEO of Lake Bluff-based Terlato Wines, who is an amateur golfer who can hold is own with some of his favorite partners on the links, including pros Luke Donald, Jack Nicklaus, Ernie Els and even Mike Ditka. Those close friends also entrusted the executive with launching special lines in their names.

  • Elgin company makes art of demolition Jan 26, 2015 6:00 AM
    Internal dangers, such as asbestos, can hamper the safe removal of a building. So customizing a plan for a teardown, using the right heavy-duty equipment, and being flexible so changes can be made quickly are all necessary, said Chuck Gerage, co-owner of Elgin-based Omega Demolition Corp.

  • Hoffman Estates awards four businesses for being green-friendly Jan 26, 2015 2:08 PM
    Hoffman Estates recently awarded four of the village’s businesses through the Green Business Recognition Program established in 2011. The recipients of the award for 2014 were Balance Chiropractic and Wellness, at 2500 W. Higgins Road; Chicago Marriott Northwest, at 4800 Hoffman Blvd.; Edward Jones, at 2300 Barrington Road; and the Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce and Industry, at 2200 W. Higgins Road.

  • Decades after ‘Jumbo Janet,’ 63-year-old drops 170 pounds Jan 25, 2015 7:37 AM
    Right about now is when many people abandon that New Year's resolution to lose weight. For Jan Wilke, 63, of Grayslake, it's just another month of keeping off those 170 pounds she lost. “Being thin and healthy was a place I always dreamed of going, but I couldn’t get to it,” Wilke says. “Finally, I am in the place I always dreamed to be."

  • NFL players find second careers as entrepreneurs Jan 25, 2015 6:55 AM
    Many pro football players would like to start their own businesses after they leave the field, and now they can seek help from programs specifically designed to help retired athletes navigate the obstacles of entrepreneurship. The minimum NFL salary this year is $420,000, but many players don’t make the big money for very long.

  • Customer loyalty already building for Favio’s in Geneva Jan 25, 2015 9:18 AM
    Dave Heun talks to Giacomo Favia, co-owner of Favio's Pizzeria in Geneva, who says business is going great since opening four months ago.

  • Barrington-area chamber sends good vibrations at gala Jan 23, 2015 6:09 AM
    Business leaders and community members gathered Thursday night for the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce's second annual gala and silent auction. The theme of the evening was “good vibrations." “One of the most powerful thing the chamber does is it connect people,” Corr said. “Every event is about providing members with the opportunity to make positive business relationships.”

  • David Simon, CPA, Named Member at Weltman Bernfield LLC Jan 26, 2015 7:18 AM
    Buffalo Grove, IL (January 23, 2015) -– Weltman Bernfield LLC is pleased to announce that David Simon, CPA, was named member at Weltman Bernfield effective January 1, 2015. Simon joined the firm in January 2009 as director of tax services. “David is the total tax professional,” says Glenn Mikell, managing member, Weltman Bernfield. “His expertise in tax planning and compliance has allowed us to increase our services, especially in the areas of international tax and multi-state taxation. He works extensively with international law firms to assist their clients in cross-border taxation issues. He is a great addition to our partner group.” “David is one of the most creative tax professionals I’ve ever met,” says Jeff Kray, CPA, member, Weltman Bernfield. “His ability to relate and express tax advice to clients is second to none.” Simon has more than 25 years of experience providing tax compliance and consulting services to privately owned and operated companies in the middle market. He is a trusted business and tax advisor to his clients, identifying, evaluating and implementing proactive tax strategies. He also has extensive experience resolving federal and state tax controversy. __________________________________________________ About Weltman Bernfield LLC Weltman Bernfield LLC, 485 E. Half Day Rd., Suite 250, Buffalo Grove, IL, is a certified public accounting and consulting firm serving businesses and individuals. Clients receive the expertise of a large CPA firm with the benefit of personalized service. The professionals at Weltman Bernfield possess a combination of education, experience, and ongoing training that consistently provides clients with efficient service and value. For more information, visit # # #

  • Illinois jobless rate falls to 6.2 percent Jan 23, 2015 4:03 PM
    The last time Illinois’ jobless rate was as low as 6.2 percent was May 2008, when it stood at 5.9 percent. As the recession worsened in the following months, it started to rise and was above 9 percent as recently as mid-2013.

  • Arlington Hts. chamber inducts new leader, celebrates 2014 Jan 23, 2015 12:47 PM
    Arlington Heights had a positive year for business in 2014, according to the chamber of commerce, but officials are expecting and even better year in 2015. More than 200 members of the Arlington Heights chamber celebrated the past year’s accomplishments and inducted the next board president at the annual installation dinner at the Doubletree by Hilton Chicago-Arlington Heights on Thursday night.

  • Bauer’s Brauhaus in Palatine reborn under new name Jan 22, 2015 5:54 PM
    A pair of Palatine businessmen received approval from the village this week to resurrect Bauer’s Brauhaus and rename the downtown eatery after themselves. The establishment, which closed in December after three years of operation, will still have the German food and trappings that its clientele was used to, but will now be named Schnell’s Brauhaus after new owners Joel and Brian Schnell.

  • Naperville sticks with two downtown food carts Jan 21, 2015 5:26 AM
    The same two food carts that sold hot dogs and ribs on warm summer days and nights last year in downtown Naperville will be back again this year — without any new company. The city council denied a request to issue three mobile food vendor permits instead of the maximum of two the council set in December 2013. "I think it’s a good idea in this case to keep it with the two we had," council member Joseph McElroy said.

  • ‘Food Court Wars’ eatery closing in West Dundee Jan 20, 2015 5:40 PM
    Winning a Food Network show wasn’t enough to save Taco in a Bag at Spring Hill Mall in West Dundee from closing, but its owners say they are working on opening a new spot in Chicago. “When people go to a mall, people want something that they are used to — a big slice of pizza, a pretzel. Something new, or a light twist on gourmet doesn’t have a place there,” co-owner Tim Brown said.

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