Millions of Americans could be surprised as their tax refunds shrink
People have taken to social media, using #GOPTaxScam, to vent their anger. Many are blaming President Donald Trump and Republicans for their shrinking refund. Some on Twitter have even said they voted for Trump but won't do so again after seeing their refund slashed.
What it's like to work inside Apple's 'black site' for contractorsContractors a few miles from the company's spaceship-like headquarters live in fear of termination -- and the long bathroom lines.
Is automatic withdrawal the way to curb student loan defaults?What if student loan payments were treated like Social Security taxes -- automatically withheld from a person's paycheck? Fewer people would fall behind and risk having their wages garnished or credit score plummet. But some may struggle to cover living expenses.
Companies are also flunking retirement planningOnly 1 in 10 large employers offers a formal phased-retirement program that lets workers cut back their hours or responsibilities before they quit work entirely. That's too bad.
Analysis: At fireside chats, the talk is all smoke and no flamesThe "fireside chat" promises the sort of woodsmoke-infused insight that can only come from stacking several important men next to flaming timber. But one thing is almost always missing -- fire.
Why more and more people don't want tech giants in their neighborhoodsTech companies bring in small armies of workers but these are rarely recruited from the neighborhoods in question and the new arrivals drive up prices for locals. While city leaders may love the new additions, residents don't.
Canada's answer to Tesla: A $15,500 electric three-wheeler called the SoloIt's all-electric like a Tesla. It's priced like a Ford Fiesta. It's one of the oddest-looking vehicles you've ever seen -- and it may just redefine the commuter car.
Bare walls, little furniture and big dreams: A year inside an esports gaming houseA kind of "Silicon Valley"-like incubator for players, gaming houses are not uncommon in the world of esports. Such configurations are immersive, with players' lives revolving heavily around their training. The benefit, to both the team and its players, is a high dose of hands-on development with coaching staffs either nearby or living on the premises.
TV magnate Shari Redstone now prefers to curl up with podcastsThe media mogul, who oversees controlling stakes in CBS Corp. and Viacom Inc. for her ailing father, Sumner, is one of a growing number of consumers who choose to listen to a podcast rather than stare at a screen.
PopSockets conquered America's phones. Next up, Asia's.Never heard of PopSockets? That's OK, because you've probably seen its products on the back of a teenager's phone.
How the free-to-play model is threatening major game makersThe wild success of "Fortnite" -- Epic Games' free-to-play battle royale game -- has rattled the gaming industry, proving how a business model that doesn't require the purchase of a big-budget title can attract a massive audience and keep players coming back.
Your cybersecurity plan is only as strong as your weakest linkAccording to the American Bankers Association, banks stopped nearly $17 billion in attempted deposit account fraud in 2016. And -- unfortunately -- small, family-owned and privately held businesses like this accounting firm are often the target of these scams.
Why do business owners need a transition plan?Why do business owners need a transition plan? There are six core reasons.
Suburban Business News
from the staffs of the Daily Herald and the Business Ledger
- ElginElgin popcorn shop Mama Lee's honored by city council
- St. CharlesSt. Charles likely to offer incentives for new sports bar
- GrayslakeGrayslake small business group growing, hosting a wine walk
- BataviaSugar Grove mom invents Fizzy Magic -- a bath bomb for kids with a toy surprise inside
- Elgin"Explore Elgin" earns state tourism award
- SchaumburgNDS relocates corporate headquarters
- Lake ForestTenneco spinoff company to be called DRiV
- Rolling MeadowsRolling Meadows increases tobacco purchase age to 21
- WheelingN-Jet celebrates 40 years of flight
- Lake VillaID Label celebrates 25 years
- Naperville14 minutes that saved a life: How paramedics' quick thinking during stroke made all the difference
- AuroraAurora shooting: 'The worst day our company has ever had'
- WinfieldHospital aims to diagnose 'broken hearts' in unborn babies
- SchaumburgKnight and day: Couples renew vows on Valentine's at Medieval Times
- NapervilleShould DuPage Children's Museum move? Naperville mayoral candidates weigh in