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  • Unemployment benefits: U.S. jobless aid applications decline to 289,000

    WASHINGTON – Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, a sign of solid job security and growing confidence among employers.
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 9:29 am
  • Spent grains from brewing process given to farmers

    At Scorched Earth Brewing in Algonquin, grain is warmed and broken up during the brewing process, and it is coarsely ground. This allows the brewers t ...
    Dec. 15, 2014 - 11:43 pm
  • Weekly U.S. unemployment aid applications fall to 294,000

    WASHINGTON – Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, as the continued low levels of applicants reflect growing job security.
    Dec. 11, 2014 - 8:43 am
  • McDonald's sales weaken in U.S., Asia

    OAK BROOK – McDonald's says a global sales figure fell 2.2 percent in November, as U.S. sales continued to fall and it fought to recover from a food-s ...
    Dec. 8, 2014 - 8:43 am
  • For U.S. unemployed, job market hits a turning point

    WASHINGTON – Look past the booming November job gain of 321,000 reported Friday – the best figure in three years in the strongest year for U.S. hiring ...
    Dec. 6, 2014 - 11:17 pm
  • Job gains put U.S. on pace for best growth since '99

    WASHINGTON – A resurgence in U.S. hiring accelerated in November and put 2014 on track to be the healthiest year for job growth since 1999.
    Dec. 5, 2014 - 11:31 pm
  • U.S. consumer debt rises $13.2 billion in October

    WASHINGTON – U.S. consumers increased their borrowing in October but at a slightly slower pace than in the previous month as credit card use slowed.
    Dec. 5, 2014 - 2:19 pm
  • How holiday shoppers are getting smarter

    NEW YORK – Shoppers are getting smarter.The start of the holiday shopping season shows a simple disc ...
    Dec. 5, 2014 - 10:13 am
  • Sears 3Q loss widens as retailer reshapes itself

    HOFFMAN ESTATES – Sears Holdings Corp. tried to reassure investors Thursday that financial maneuvers — closing stores, selling assets and slashing inv ...
    Dec. 4, 2014 - 9:29 am
  • U.S. unemployment aid applications fall to 297,000

    WASHINGTON – The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits slipped below 300,000 last week, after having spiked above that level in the prio ...
    Dec. 4, 2014 - 8:24 am
  • U.S. construction spending climbs 1.1 pct in October

    WASHINGTON – Newly built homes and schools boosted U.S. construction spending in October to the highest level since May.
    Dec. 2, 2014 - 9:12 am
  • Chrysler, GM post sales gains in November

    DETROIT – Chrysler and General Motors each posted U.S. sales gains last month, strong signs that Black Friday promotions and falling gas prices drove ...
    Dec. 2, 2014 - 8:42 am
  • New DeKalb shop hopes it's never too cold for ice cream

    DeKALB – Northern Illinois University student and DeKalb native Lizy Garcia was a customer at DeKalb’s newest ice cream shop three of the first four d ...
    Dec. 2, 2014 - 12:19 am
  • U.S. factory growth slips in Nov. but still healthy

    WASHINGTON – U.S. factories were slightly less busy in November, as production and hiring slowed, though the level of activity remained strong.
    Dec. 1, 2014 - 9:47 am
  • 2 credit houses take no major action on Illinois

    SPRINGFIELD – Two major credit houses aren’t overly worried about an Illinois judge tossing out a pension overhaul designed to close a $100 billion de ...
    Nov. 25, 2014 - 9:25 pm
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