It looked like some Chicagoans would soon have more places to get groceries: A Wal-Mart Express opened in Lakeview in late November and the city approved a Mariano’s Fresh Market in Greektown at Halsted and Monroe Streets; the chain could also open another spot in Ravenswood.
Their place of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board Options Exchange as major financial players in Illinois might explain why some lawmakers wanted to give them a big tax break. A proposed bill would trim the futures exchanges' income tax rate on the bulk of their trades.
Beginning in October, some of the city’s previously vacant storefronts became occupied and started to look a bit more festive. As Halloween approaches, pop-up costume shops began to fill in strip malls and retail corridors throughout the city.
A correction has been made to this story.The Onion recently announced they want to move the editorial staff from New York to their corporate headquarters in Chicago. Perhaps the goal was to create one, big, happy satirical family--OK, maybe not the happy part!
Last week, President Obama last week pitched his plan to put the country back to work. But not everyone should expect a break from the unemployment lines: Bank of America was said to be considering a cut of about 40,000 jobs.