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  • Should Naperville bookshop pay for Bush visit security? Dec 4, 2014 9:14 AM
    Naperville played host to former president George W. Bush on Monday at a bookstore downtown, and now there are questions about who should foot the bill for police presence required to keep the event safe. With seven uniformed Naperville police officers at the event, a street and a parking lot closed, City council member Doug Krause said “maybe the bookstore should be responsible for the additional cost."

     
  • Lake Barrington approves revenue sharing plan with Speedway Dec 4, 2014 9:14 AM
    The Lake Barrington board of trustees approved a plan Tuesday to incentivize the construction of a Speedway gas station in the village by sharing some of the new sales tax revenue the station will generate over the next 15 years with Speedway. “What I can't stress enough is the need for us to stay competitive and make sure our tools to stay competitive are current,” Lake Barrington Village President Kevin Richardson said after the meeting.

     
  • Study recommends special taxing district for downtown Bartlett Dec 3, 2014 11:34 AM
    A village-hired consultant has endorsed a special taxing district in downtown Bartlett, about four years after the last one expired. The findings helped convince Bartlett trustees on Tuesday night to direct economic development commissioners to weigh in on whether the village should create a TIF district.

     
  • Aurelio's Pizza coming to Arlington Heights Dec 3, 2014 8:28 AM
    Aurelio's Pizza, a South and West suburban staple, will open its first Northwest suburban location in Arlington Heights early next year. A plan to build the restaurant at 2944 W. Euclid Ave. received approval from the Arlington Heights village board on Monday, and owner George Vassos said he hopes to open in mid-March 2015.

     
  • New bakery planned for downtown Lombard Dec 2, 2014 3:32 PM
    Lombardians looking for some freshly baked pastries or a place to grab a lunchtime sandwich may soon have a new place to turn. Next week, the village board is expected to approve plans for Balkan Bakery and Coffee, which is hoping to open this winter at 14 W. St. Charles Road. Community Development Director Bill Heniff said the property has sat vacant since a custom cabinet store moved about a year ago.

     
  • Palatine police and fire lead Toys for Tots drive Dec 1, 2014 5:09 PM
    The Palatine Police and Fire Benevolent Association has set up 24 sites around the Palatine and Inverness area for people to drop off new, unwrapped toys as part of the Toys for Tots collection drive until Dec. 11. Collection sites include most Palatine Township School District 15 schools

     
  • Owner misses buyer’s stress, company sale falls through Dec 1, 2014 5:36 AM
    Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall looks at the idea of selling a business.

     
  • Holidays start in August for some small businesses Nov 30, 2014 7:32 AM
    Chris Mann learned it’s better to hire help for the November and December holidays while people in many parts of the U.S. are still wearing shorts and tank tops. “It’s nearly impossible to train in the busiest time of the year,” says Mann, whose spas offer services like massages, facials, manicures and pedicures.

     
  • Christmas Craft & Home Show returns to Marmion Nov 29, 2014 6:37 PM
    The annual Marmion Christmas Craft & Home Show returned for the 24th year at Marmion Academy in Aurora on Saturday. The academy’s director of special events, Maria Thornton, said shopper turnout was strong. “We had a line out the door and wrapped around (the building) at exactly nine this morning.”

     
  • Free 2015 ABC calendar supports retraining returning vets Nov 28, 2014 11:00 AM
    ABC Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electric in Buffalo Grove is supporting a retraining program for returning veterans in a unique way - with a Men of ABC 2015 calendar.

     
  • Growers grateful for higher Christmas tree prices Nov 28, 2014 6:42 PM
    Heavy snow last week slowed the shipment of trees from Michigan, which ranks third in production and supplies much of the Midwest and parts of the South. In some loading yards, stacks of trees awaiting shipment were covered with up to 2 feet of snow.

     
  • Suburban businesses counter Black Friday with Small Business Saturday Nov 28, 2014 5:21 AM
    As the holiday shopping season kicks into high gear this weekend, locally owned businesses are urging suburban shoppers to think small. Saturday is "Small Business Saturday," which encourages shoppers to patronize Main Street stores and restaurants when buying gifts.

     
  • Daily Herald among nominees for Hoffman Estates business of the year Nov 27, 2014 4:39 PM
    The Daily Herald is among the nominees for the Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s Business of the Year award. The chamber will give the awards at its annual Celebration of Excellence awards dinner Jan. 29.

     
  • The new Black Friday: Shopping kickoff has evolved, expanded Nov 27, 2014 6:34 AM
    Black Friday sales have been going on for weeks, and more suburban stores than ever will be open today, on Thanksgiving Day. So is Black Friday even a big deal anymore? It definitely is, both for those seeking great deals and those who just enjoy the romance of the holiday-shopping kickoff.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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."

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
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