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The U.S. government knows some household items aren’t safe but won’t tell you. Here’s why.

Consumer advocates and Rep. Bobby Rush are pushing to change a provision that helps manufacturers keep information about dangerous products from being made public.

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Starbucks is expanding ‘community stores’ presence in underserved neighborhoods

The Seattle-based coffee giant that has cultivated a reputation for being socially responsible said it is expanding its effort to put more coffee shops — and create more jobs — in poor neighborhoods.

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CHA gave $76M deal to movie studio head’s group while he was an FBI mole

Cinespace Chicago Film Studios president Alexander Pissios and his partners — The Habitat Co. and Mount Sinai Hospital — stand to share in $4 million-plus in fees on a deal Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago Housing Authority appointees gave them.

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Would One Central project help transform the South Side? It might if details can be worked out.

The multibillion-dollar development proposed just west of Soldier Field is touted as a bold plan to turn an ugly railyard into a lakefront jewel and boost public transit.

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GI Bill college help came for one vet’s family but others still dealing with military’s broken promises

A Marine veteran’s daughter, faced with a sudden and crushing debt, chose not to go to law school — after being accepted and putting down a deposit — rather than face more debt. A proposal in Congress promises a fix.

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Chicago zoning is a mess that we need a plan to fix

We haven’t produced a comprehensive land-use plan since 1966. Without one, Chicago will not grow, City at the Crossroads columnist Ed Zotti writes.

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City’s planning chief says South Works too big for one developer

Maurice Cox says the lakefront property needs a phased approach, with industry in the mix.

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Bottled Blonde lawsuit claims Chicago noise ordinance violates Illinois constitution

In the suit, Bottled Blonde asks the court to declare the city’s Amplified Noise Ordinance unconstitutional and enter an injunction to stop city officials from revoking its liquor license.

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‘Windy City Rehab’ host says she’ll buy back home from unhappy couple that sued her, move in herself 

The owners of the $1.36 million Lincoln Square home have sued Alison Victoria and her partner, alleging the home is plagued with problems.

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Downtown office market busy with leasing, construction in 2019, report finds

Cushman & Wakefield analysis says the suburban market still lags but is showing signs of improvement.

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Lincoln Towing should keep its license, judge says

State officials revoked the infamous towing company’s license over a year ago, but a Cook County judge says it was denied due process.

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Dav Pilkey’s new ‘Dog Man,’ Art Shay’s Chicago ‘Troublemakers’ and 6 more books not to miss

Other new titles worth a look include Jess Montgomery’s ‘The Hollows,’ Meng Jin’s ‘Little Gods,’ Simon Jimenez’s ‘The Vanished Birds’ and David Susskind’s ‘A World Without Work.’

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Feds freeze assets of ‘The Income Store,’ allege $75 million ‘Ponzi-like scheme’

The SEC said money from the business was used to overpay on Kenneth D. Courtright’s mortgage and to make private school tuition payments.

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WGN America to get a nightly news broadcast this summer

Nexstar Media Group says three-hour show will be produced in Chicago.

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Marijuana workers in Joliet vote to join union

With a final tally of 58 – 37, the Cresco Labs employees opted to join United Food and Commercial Workers Local 881.

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Blommer Chocolate Co. shutting down store to expand factory

The company is making room for an expansion of its 270,000-square-foot factory.

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First P.F. Chang’s To Go to open in Chicago

The extension of the Chinese-American restaurant chain will focus solely on carryout, catering and delivery.

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State Street makeover? Downtown business group hires design firm to recommend changes

The report is not expected to endorse a return to a period when cars were banned from State Street but buses and people were OK.

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12 days, $20 million: Recreational weed sales remain high in Illinois

The total includes nearly $13 million worth of pot sold in the first week, second only to the first 7 days of legal pot sales in California.

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State warns some pot shops violated law against stockpiling weed from single source as shortages continue

Regulators informed stores that "some adult use dispensaries have inventory from a single cultivator center entity in excess of the 40% limit mandated by" state law.

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Chroniclers of Chicago’s craft beer scene explosion hang up their mugs

In a decision with hints of bitter but more sweet, after eight years of getting beer backstories, Jack Muldowney and Tom White have called it quits.

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Burger King condemned by conservative group for using ‘the d-word’ in ad campaign

One Million Moms blasted the restaurant chain for the use of "profanity" in a commercial from August.

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Tribune Publishing offers employee buyouts

The announcement comes just months after New York hedge fund Alden Global Capital became the newspaper company’s largest shareholder.

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‘Cap the Kennedy’ plan, dormant for years, still has backers

Ald. Walter Burnett says tax increment financing money could be tapped for the open-space project.

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Wine shop owners limit European imports as tariffs loom

The Trump administration’s threat to impose 100% tariffs on wine and food products is creating uncertainty for small shops.

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Lightfoot ‘has the votes’ to pass marijuana consumption ordinance, puts kibosh on 606 development freeze

"We have to have places for people to be able to legally consume marijuana," Lightfoot says.

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ComEd CEO says performance, not scandal, should define the utility

Joseph Dominguez says its work in recent years has led the industry in affordability, reliability and green energy.

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Pot shop burglars nabbed over $100K in cash in Chicago heist, cops say

The suspects, who may have used a keycard to gain access to the shop, left without taking any pot products.

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How to up your investing game in 15 minutes

Here are 5 tips to save on fees and make some money in the New Year.

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Boeing papers show employees slid 737 Max problems past FAA

Boeing said the statements "raise questions about Boeing’s interactions with the FAA" in getting the simulators qualified but said the company is confident that the machines work properly.

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Two groups interested in buying Arlington from Churchill Downs?

After turning down a long-sought casino license, Arlington’s corporate owner "should move over," according to the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association.

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Chicago shoppers head outside city limits to find pot — but more weed is coming, dispensaries say

Linda Marsicano, a spokeswoman for Green Thumb Industries, said the company has seen customers traveling from Chicago to its dispensaries located as far as 200 miles away.

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UIC hospital plans $191 million outpatient center

The six-story facility would be backed by a public-private partnership.

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City Council committee agrees to double the parking-in-one-place limit for food trucks

Food trucks have become a vital part of Chicago’s culinary scene. Now, instead of forcing the trucks to pack up and move out after two hours, the city will allow operators to remain in one legal space for four hours at a time.