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  • Report: Tolls on the Eisenhower Expressway in the future?

    CHICAGO — The state of Illinois may be considering toll lanes on the Eisenhower Expressway, according to a report from “Crain’s Chicago Business.” The report says that the Illinois transportation secretary floated the idea of tolls on the Ike at a city club speech, similar to the recent plans that would add toll lanes on the Stevenson Expressway. So far, those Stevenson plans have been held up in Springfield. However, they say the idea is still in its beginning stages […]

  • Nike store completely trashed by shoppers on Black Friday

    TULALIP, Wash. —A shopper in Washington captured video of a Nike outlet store totally trashed by Black Friday shoppers. In a video shot by Larry Downer on Facebook, the store has boxes and merchandise scattered all over the floors. At one point, a woman practically wades through a pile of shoes and shoeboxes to make her way down an aisle. Downer said the store looked “like an earthquake leveled the place.” At the time he shot the video, the store […]

  • Ricketts on Team, Wrigley, and Rooftops

    Cubs owner Tom Ricketts wants to make amends with Steve Bartman

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs may have won the World Series two weeks ago, but there is still one question fans are asking: Where is Steve Bartman? In an interview with USA Today, Tom Ricketts says he plans to reach out to Bartman “at the right time.” He says they plan to figure something out that provides closure for everybody, and hopefully they can make it work. Since the Cubs won, fans have called on the team to reach out […]

  • Millikin University football player stands alone for national anthem

    DECATUR, Ill. — Only one player from Millikin University’s football team remained on the field during the national anthem at a recent game. The rest of the football team stayed in the locker room to honor “liberty and justice for all.” The decision came after several football players kneeled during the national anthem at a football game a few weeks ago, causing a discussion within the school and the football team. University officials are declining to comment, and say the university […]

  • Mariano’s in Bronzeville opens today

    CHICAGO — Chicago’s newest Mariano’s opened its doors today at 6 a.m. Located in Bronzeville,  the 74,800-square-foot store marks the second recent upscale grocery store opening in a mostly low-income, African-American neighborhood on the South Side. Last month, a Whole Foods Market opened in Englewood. The Mariano’s store is built on the site of the former Ida B. Wells public housing site. Bob Mariano said he wanted to commit to a full and complete store, with familiar store offerings such […]

  • New early voting site opens in Chicago’s Loop

    CHICAGO — If you already know who you’ll be voting for, you can vote early starting today. The Chicago Election Board is opening a satellite office in the Loop for early voting. The office will be called the “Loop super site,” and will allow more than 4,000 people to vote early each day with 150 voting machines. The office is at 15 W. Washington  Street, the site of a former Walgreens store. It’s opens from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. […]

  • Hundreds of Chase ATMs leaving Chicago-area Walgreens stores

    CHICAGO — It may be tougher to find a chase ATM in the Chicago-area next year. Chase is selling most of its off-site ATMs, including 422 in local Walgreens stores. A Chase spokeswoman says they’re simplifying their business and found customers were using ATMs less frequently. More than a decade ago, Chase had 7,000 ATMs. Now, the bank has more than 18,000. In the Chicago area, Chase has 1,913 ATMs and will have 1,471 after they exit the drugstore chain. […]

  • CTA testing plastic seats on buses, ‘L’ cars

    CHICAGO — The CTA is testing out new seats on buses and ‘L’ cars that could impact your ride. Since May, 50 new buses and 14 rail cars with hard, plastic seats have been put in use under a pilot program. The CTA has used fabric-covered seats since the 1990’s, but they say the new plastic seats are more resistant to stains and germs, and will be easier to clean. The pilot program is the standard way for the CTA […]

  • Wall Street made over $110 million from Chicago schools, report says

    The Wall Street Journal reports Wall Street made millions from Chicago’s struggling schools. The report says J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and Chicago-based Nuveen Asset Management have made and realized paper profits exceeding $110 million on purchases this year of $763 million in Chicago Public School bonds. The school system has said it needed the money to replenish its dwindling coffers before the new school year and to build and repair facilities. The terms of the bond sales highlight the […]

  • Stolen Van Gogh paintings found 14 years later

    Two famous Van Gogh paintings have been recovered by police in Italy after almost 14 years. The paintings were stolen in 2002 from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam by thieves who broke into the building using a ladder to access the roof. Anti-mafia police found them in a farmhouse in Naples during a “massive” raid. They said the artworks were hidden with other property worth “tens of millions of euros.” The artworks — Seascape at Scheveningen and Congregation leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen  — date […]

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