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The new face of franchising
Apr. 7, 2014
Some janitors say they're being treated like franchisees for one reason — so commercial cleaning companies don't have to pay them the minimum wage.
Selling bikes, watches and civic pride
Apr. 3, 2014
A Detroit company is betting on local manufacturing to bring its city back, and counting on a Chicago factory to get there.
Renters locked out of Quinn’s tax refund plan
Mar. 28, 2014
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn wants to give $500 tax refunds to all Illinois homeowners. But experts and advocates say the plan leaves renters out in the cold.
Feds give Illinois money to demolish blighted homes
Mar. 27, 2014
The state will use $30 million to demolish homes in hardest hit areas.
Cabbies: we're 'employees' not 'contractors'
Mar. 26, 2014
Five Chicago cab drivers are suing taxi companies in federal court, claiming the companies misclassified them as “independent contractors” to get out of paying them minimum wage and benefits.
BP assesses refinery oil spill in Lake Michigan
Mar. 25, 2014
EPA says spill "should not affect the quality of Lake Michigan’s drinking water."
Shadowy lobbyists influence Chicago rideshare debate
Feb. 25, 2014
The debate in Chicago over how the city should regulate ridesharing technologies has gained heat with the aid of lobbyists and public relations firms. But they don’t always identify up-front who their clients are.
Metal shredder clears zoning hurdle
Feb. 23, 2014
The Chicago Board of Zoning Appeals approves a plan that has sparked months of controversy in the city’s Pilsen neighborhood.
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