WBEZ | Northbrook http://www.wbez.org/tags/northbrook Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Allstate to trim retirement benefits http://www.wbez.org/news/allstate-trim-retirement-benefits-108085 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Allstate_130717_AYC.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Less than a month after it laid off more than 300 workers, Allstate Corp. announced on Monday plans to trim employee retirement benefits.</p><p>The Northbrook-based company said the move will boost its book value from $1.70 to $2 per share.</p><p>Jim Ryan, a senior analyst at Morningstar Inc., said the move will be difficult for employees but that it&rsquo;s what the market dictates.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;That&rsquo;s certainly something common among a lot of companies,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;To the extent that if a lot of companies do it and others don&rsquo;t, those [who] don&rsquo;t are disadvantaged on a cost basis.&rdquo;</p><p>Ryan also said he believed that Allstate would have a strong future because of plans to broaden its e-surance and online customer base.&nbsp;</p><p>Beginning this summer, the company will no longer offer life insurance to its retirees and introduce a new formula for employee pensions, reducing its contribution obligation.&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid--6673237-ed63-921a-926c-01b586830a17"><em>Aimee Chen is a WBEZ business reporting intern. Follow her at <a href="https://twitter.com/AimeeYuyiChen">@AimeeYuyiChen</a>.</em></p></p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 11:06:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/allstate-trim-retirement-benefits-108085 Owning chickens scratches up controversy http://www.wbez.org/story/owning-chickens-scratches-controversy-95624 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//archives/images/cityroom/cityroom_20071212_sallee_In D_large.png" alt="" /><p><p>Nationwide, the issue of raising chickens for eggs in residential areas keeps coming up - and same goes for Chicago's suburbs. West-suburban Naperville may start limiting the number of chickens its residents can raise.</p><p>Some towns have banned chickens altogether, while others like Northbrook and Naperville are still considering it. Naperville councilman Robert Fieseler said the few chicken coops in town have neighbors concerned.</p><p>"The unsightliness of a fairly crude chicken coop - it looks almost like a trash dumpster. And then the odor, and attracting predators - especially coyotes," Fieseler said.</p><p>At a Tuesday council meeting, the once-tabled issue came up again, and the council is now drafting an ordinance to cap ownership at eight chickens, require a registration fee and for coops to be a certain distance away from neighboring property. Naperville may vote on the ordinance as soon as next month.</p><p>Since December 2010, Evanston has allowed a max of <a href="http://www.cityofevanston.org/business/permits-licenses/hen-coop/">six hens per household</a>. Carl Caneva is the environmental health division manager for Evanston. He said seven households are currently registered and raising chickens, and so far there have been no officially reported complaints.</p><p>Brad Powers with Chicago's department of Animal Care and Control said Chicago does not currently have an explicit ordinance capping chicken ownership. He said other ordinances though do work to control potentially related violations. For instance, a rooster owner could get cited if the animal was too noisy, and his department would intervene if a person had too many animals to properly care for or was treating them inhumanely.</p></p> Wed, 18 Jan 2012 18:48:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/owning-chickens-scratches-controversy-95624 Top 5 places to eat near shopping centers http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/top-5-places-eat-near-shopping-centers <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//bandera 2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img title="macho salad from Bandera" alt="" style="width: 399px; height: 277px;" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-23/bandera 2.jpg" /><br /><em>photo of Bandera's Macho Salad by Joseph Storch</em></p><p>If it weren't for the promise of a satisfying lunch, many of us wouldn't even bother with holiday shopping. Seriously, if you don't fuel up, you're going to get cranky, and that's going to affect how much you spend on Uncle Random, right? &nbsp;Herewith, five tasty recommendations for notable noshing near our most splendid shopping centers.</p><p>1. Michigan Avenue: <a href="http://www.hillstone.com/#/restaurants/bandera/">Bandera<br /></a>Yes, it's a chain, but there are only five in the country, and this is the only one in the state. &nbsp;I could go on and on about their Macho Salad, jammed with rotisserie chicken, goat cheese and incomparable cornbread croutons (thanks, Meme) but really, you have to try it for yourself.</p><p>2. Northbrook Court: <a href="http://www.charliebeinlichs.com/">Charlie Beinlich's</a><br />Ok, so it's not exactly IN the Mall, but it's only a five-minute drive, and the burgers, shrimp and crabmeat cocktails and tuna salad are well worth the wait.</p><p>3. Old Orchard: <a href="http://rubyofsiam.com/">Ruby of Siam&nbsp;</a><br />I may have overlooked this last week, as an honorable mention for my top Thai, but this unassuming little joint in the Fashion Square Mall just a few blocks South of Old Orchard has remarkable home-cooked dishes. &nbsp;Be sure to order the One-Bite Noodle!</p><p>4. Ford City Mall: <a href="http://zacatacos.net/">Zacatacos</a><br />I'm referring to the 71st Street location, just a few minutes' drive from the Mall, but well worth it, compared to the crap actually within the Mall. &nbsp;There is extremely high turnover here, so you know everything is incredibly fresh.</p><p>5. Oak Brook/Yorktown Mall: <a href="http://www.labriolabaking.com/home.htm">Labriola Bakery &amp; Cafe</a><br />Again, this is actually closer to Yorktown Mall - and you'll have to get in your car to get there - but the pizza and burger alone are worth it. &nbsp;Surprising fact: the homemade gelato here is just about as good as Freddie's in Cicero. &nbsp;No joke.</p><p>Also: can't ignore Woodfield Mall, and would recommend the Shaw's/Big Bowl combo at the Streets of Woodfield.&nbsp; Someone on Twitter also reminded me of the Frontera Fresco at Old Orchard (inside Macy's) which is also great (if there isn't a Hot Doug's-esque line).</p></p> Wed, 24 Nov 2010 12:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/top-5-places-eat-near-shopping-centers Polls will stay open late in seven suburban Cook County precincts http://www.wbez.org/story/cook-county/polls-will-stay-open-late-seven-suburban-cook-county-precincts <p><p>In a written release, Cook County Clerk David Orr said a judge has ordered seven precincts in suburban Cook County to stay open for voting until 8 p.m. tonight due to opening late.&nbsp;Voters registered in these precincts are permitted to vote&nbsp;up to one hour after the statewide poll-closing time of 7 p.m. All voters in line by the 8 p.m. deadline will be allowed to cast a ballot in the following precincts.</p><p><strong>Niles</strong><strong> 29</strong><br /> LINCOLNWOOD PLACE<br /> 7000 McCormick<br /> Lincolnwood, IL 60045</p> <div><strong>Northfield</strong><strong> 25</strong><br /> ST CATHERINE LA BOURE SCHOOL<br /> 3425 Thornwood Lane<br /> Glenview IL 60025</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><strong>Northfield</strong><strong> 66</strong><br /> COLE PARK<br /> 1031 Kenilworth<br /> Glenview, IL 60025</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><strong>Northfield</strong><strong> 67</strong><br /> COVENANT VILLAGE<br /> 2625 Techny Road<br /> Northbrook, IL 60062</div><div style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><strong>Proviso 46</strong><br /> MC CLURE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL<br /> 4225 Wolf Road<br /> Western Springs, IL 60558&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><strong>Proviso 53</strong><br /> WASHINGTON SCHOOL<br /> 1111 Washington Blvd<br /> Maywood, IL 60153</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;">&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Proviso 95</strong><br /> VICTORY CENTRE<br /> 1800 Riverwoods Drive<br /> Melrose Park, IL 60160</div></p> Tue, 02 Nov 2010 22:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/cook-county/polls-will-stay-open-late-seven-suburban-cook-county-precincts