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  • What could McDonald's do to pull its business from slump?

    NEW YORK – When it comes to McDonald's, everyone seems to have an opinion about what the company needs to do differently.
    April 24, 2015 - 7:47 pm
  • U.S. new-home sales collapse in March

    WASHINGTON – Sales of new U.S. homes plummeted in March, as the spring buying season opened with sharp declines in the Northeast and South.
    April 23, 2015 - 9:23 am
  • U.S. jobless aid applications stay low, a sign of few layoffs

    WASHINGTON – The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits was little changed last week, evidence that employers are cutting few jobs.
    April 23, 2015 - 8:27 am
  • DeKalb County home sales increase 15 percent in March

    DeKALB – Home sales in DeKalb County increased 15 percent in March, but it took the houses longer to sell and they fetched lower prices.
    April 22, 2015 - 11:43 pm
  • U.S. home sales roared back to life in March

    WASHINGTON – U.S. homebuyers flooded back into the real estate market in March, pushing up sales and prices at the start of the spring buying season.
    April 22, 2015 - 9:15 am
  • Money Smart Week kicks off

    The Sycamore Chamber Ambassadors held a ribbon cutting to help Kishwaukee United Way kick off their largest financial literacy programming effort – Mo ...
    April 21, 2015 - 9:57 am
  • Hy-Vee donates to Sycamore Sports Boosters

    Hy-Vee in Sycamore recently donated $500 to the Sycamore Sports Boosters annual fundraiser "For the Love of the Game," which is scheduled this weekend ...
    April 21, 2015 - 9:52 am
  • Why McDonald's is still a powerhouse, despite troubles

    NEW YORK – McDonald's sales have been sputtering for more than two years and the company seems trapped in a cycle of bad headlines that likely won't e ...
    April 21, 2015 - 9:59 pm
  • Phone repair shop opens in DeKalb

    DeKALB – Raul Rodriguez opened his first Certified Phone Repair in Rockford last August but as business quickly picked up, he picked DeKalb as his sec ...
    April 20, 2015 - 11:09 pm
  • Survey: U.S. businesses expect sales to rebound, more hiring

    WASHINGTON – U.S. businesses expect their sales will rebound in the next three months after a sluggish first quarter, and they also plan to boost hiri ...
    April 20, 2015 - 10:24 am
  • Higher U.S. gas prices spark modest inflation in March

    WASHINGTON – Rising gas prices in March led to a slight increase in inflation, a sign that some of the broader economic impact from cheaper oil is fad ...
    April 17, 2015 - 8:30 am
  • U.S. home construction off to weak March start

    WASHINGTON – U.S. homebuilders opened the spring buying season in March at a slower pace than last year, a warning that recent hiring gains have faile ...
    April 16, 2015 - 8:16 am
  • More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week

    WASHINGTON – The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid rose for the second straight week yet remained at a low level that is consistent with mo ...
    April 16, 2015 - 8:16 am
  • Consumers buying more organic products, despite high prices

    WASHINGTON – The higher price of organic foods and other products doesn't seem to be deterring consumers: Sales jumped 11 percent last year, an indust ...
    April 15, 2015 - 1:29 pm
  • 4 ways a surging dollar rattles world economies, markets

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. dollar hasn't been on a roll like this since Ronald Reagan sat in the White House and "Raiders of the Lost Ark" ruled the box of ...
    April 15, 2015 - 10:54 am
  • Reader Poll

    Do you ever put clothes on your pet?
    Yes, for a laugh
    Yes, to keep them warm
    No, that's silly