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Johnson Publishing heir, shedding last vestiges, resigns from Ebony Media board

Linda Johnson Rice wrote in her resignation letter that ‘despite my hopes, the last three years did not result in what I envisioned when the transition occurred, and because of that, I have made the decision to move on.’

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MetroSouth Hospital stops accepting new patients

One official calls the move a ‘calculated tactic’ to force the Blue Island hospital into closure.

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Northfield woman’s plea prompts assessor’s relief for floodplain homeowners

Jane Goldenberg, a writer and a former Northfield village trustee, said it just goes to show the importance of speaking up when you think your government is making a mistake. "Sometimes someone listens," she said.

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Walmart will stop selling e-cigarettes in stores, Sam’s Club

The company said it will stop selling e-cigarettes in Walmart and Sam’s Club stores after its inventory runs out.

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Dr. Kevin Campbell: Helping people get back on their feet with post-surgery text messages

The orthopedic surgeon launched StreaMD, a Chicago tech startup, to try to help make recovery easier after an operation.

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U of C Medical Center nurses strike

"We are disheartened that we had to get to this point," the hospital president said in a video message Thursday night.

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Joe Biden raises big bucks from Chicago’s deep pockets crowd — and brickbats from Bernie Sanders 

In his introduction of Biden, real estate mogul Neil Bluhm told his guests that rivals Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders "don’t represent the Democratic Party" that Bluhm supports. Sanders’ campaign fired back, "Mr Bluhm is right — the Democratic Party I represent is the party of the working class, not billionaires."

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Is Chicago’s first openly-gay mayor laying the groundwork for gay set-asides on city contracts?

In 2003, Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) broached the subject of gay set-asides, only to drop the idea after plenty of pushback from the gay community. Now, Mayor Lori Lightfoot is raising it again.

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U. of C. Medical Center preps for first-ever nursing strike Friday after talks break down

About 2,200 nurses represented by the National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United are set to strike at 7 a.m. Friday, according to a press release from the University of Chicago Medical Center.

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Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty show to be streamed on Amazon Prime

Her New York Fashion Week extravaganza for Savage X Fenty will be streamed in more than 200 countries and territories. The event’s army of models included women of all sizes in a range of ethnicities and skin tones.

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John Fornengo, Chicago trader, bon vivant who put his kids first after wife’s death, dead at 61 

He could discuss physics, the beauty of blue-and-white porcelain or the time he worked as an auctioneer at a 1985 sale of Lincoln memorabilia.

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2 office projects join Fulton Market development rush

Developers seek proximity to Google and other expanding companies.

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Federal Reserve cuts interest rate for 2nd time this year

The Fed’s move will reduce its benchmark rate by an additional quarter-point to a range of 1.75% to 2%. The Fed’s key rate influences many consumer and business loans.

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High-powered lobbyist has stake in weed dispensary — and he’s looking to open more

Ted Brunsvold, the son of the late state Rep. Joel Brunsvold, has represented 3M Corporation, Dish Network and Allstate Insurance, according to state records. His investment in the marijuana industry hasn’t previously been reported.

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Chicago cops could have access to video from thousands of new cameras — on residents’ front doors

Police are starting a pilot program with doorbell camera company Ring, which could aid in solving crime but which raises privacy fears.

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No weed shops in the Central Business District under Lightfoot’s proposed recreational marijuana zoning rules

The mayor would also prohibit the sale of legal weed in the Central Business District, within 500 feet of schools and in districts zoned ‘residential.’

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MetroSouth Hospital will stay open — for now

A state board voted to defer action after a lawsuit seeking to stop the closing was filed Monday.

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Chicago options exchange to move headquarters, open new trading floor

Cboe Global Markets, parent company of the Chicago Board Options Exchange, will move its headquarters to the Old Post Office; the trading floor is moving to the Chicago Board of Trade Building.

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Masonry company fined $250,000 by Dept. of Labor for safety violations at Chicago job sites

Polo Masonry Builders Inc. has been cited 13 times for fall protection violations since 2010.

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MetroSouth sued day before state regulators vote on its closure application

The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board is scheduled to take a vote on whether to close MetroSouth Hospital on Tuesday.

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Health Department abdicated responsibility to enforce air pollution standards, audit shows

From 2015 through 2017, 19% of facilities that should have had annual inspections were not inspected at all, according to city Inspector General Joe Ferguson.

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Hopkins gives thumbs-down to hotel conversion for Streeterville landmark

Owner says he’ll keep operating 227 E. Walton Place as rentals.

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UAW official: GM’s offer came too late to avoid strike

In the letter, UAW Vice President Terry Dittes told GM’s labor relations chief the latest offer could have made it possible to reach an agreement and avoid the strike that shut down more than 50 GM factories and parts warehouses just after midnight on Monday.

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Amazon to hire 400 in downtown Chicago

The expansion would double the size of its local tech hub.

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Chicago landlords take on risks with leases to money losers

Uber, WeWork expansions here emphasize the rise of job instability.

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No deal: Auto workers strike against GM in contract dispute

Workers shut down 33 manufacturing plants in nine states across the U.S., as well as 22 parts distribution warehouses. It wasn’t clear how long the walkout would last.

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Purdue Pharma files for bankruptcy as part of settlement

The company that made billions selling the prescription painkiller OxyContin days ago had reached a tentative settlement with many state and local governments suing it over the toll of opioids.

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UAW says members at GM plants to strike after talks break down

UAW announced its nearly 49,000 members who work at General Motors plants will go on strike Sunday night following a breakdown in contract talks.

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MoviePass shuts down; future is ‘unclear’

The parent company of MoviePass, said Friday in a release that it was interrupting service for all its subscribers because its efforts to seek financing have not been successful.

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UAW to let GM contract lapse, raising likelihood of strike

No decision on a strike will be made until after the union executive board meets and local presidents meet on Sunday morning.

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Heartburn medication Zantac contains cancer-causing chemical: FDA

For now, the Food and Drug Administration said patients can continue taking their medications.

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121 being laid off by year’s end as Nestlé closes distribution center in Glendale Heights

The workers are just some of the more than 3,000 workers across the state could lose their jobs in the coming months.