Daily Archive : Monday May 15, 2017





    Grain higher, livestock lower

    CHICAGO (AP) - Grain futures were higher Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for July delivery was .40 cent higher at $4.2360 a bushel; July corn was down .60 cent at $3.67 a bushel; July oats was up 1.60 cents at $2.32 a bushel while July soybeans gained 3.60 cents to $9.69 a bushel. Beef lower and pork were lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. June live cattle was .85 cent lower at $1.2160 a pound; May feeder cattle was down 1.95 cents at $1.4058 pound; June lean hogs lost .18 cent to $.7708 a pound.

    In this Thursday, May 11, 2017, photo, Funky Monkey Toys store owner Tom Jones plays with a fidget spinner in Oxford, Mich. The mania for fidget spinners, the 3-inch twirling gadgets taking over classrooms and cubicles, is unlike many other toy crazes. They're not made by a major company, timed for the holiday season, or promoted in TV commercials. They're more easily found at gas stations or 7-Eleven than a big toy chain. And unlike past fads, there isn't one inventor or producer getting rich off them. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Fidget spinners, the hit toy that spun out of nowhere

    Fidget spinners, the hit toy that spun out of nowhere, take over classrooms and cubicles

    Pan American Bank and Trust plans to open in September in the former Smith Street Cocktails and Conversation in downtown Palatine. Pan American will move from its Northwest Highway location in Palatine.

    Bank to occupy former bar in downtown Palatine

    An unconventional proposal for a drive-through bank in downtown Palatine was considered by village council members Monday night.

    Hoffman Estates-based Sears Holdings Chairman Edward Lampert said another vendor is trying to break its contract with their stores.

    Sears sues Craftsman manufacturer to uphold their contract

    Hoffman Estates-based Sears Holding Corp. filed a lawsuit Monday accusing the manufacturer of its Craftsmen tools of attempting to break their supply agreement.


    Vista Health System names interim CEO

    Vista Health System on Monday named Norman F. Stephens interim chief executive officer to temporarily fill the vacancy created by the sudden departure of Barbara Martin last week.


    Buffett's firm buys more airline stock in first quarter

    Warren Buffett's company added to two of its sizeable new investments in major airlines during the first quarter, and eliminated a stake in Twenty-First Century Fox

    Itasca-based Jewel-Osco said it has agreed to acquire Strack & Van Til stores from Joliet-based Central Grocers, which filed bankruptcy.

    Jewel agrees to purchase 19 Strack & Van Til stores

    Itasca-based Jewel Foods Stores said Monday it has agreed to buy 19 Strack & Van Til stores from bankrupt parent Central Grocers.

    A customer walks by the notice about "ransomware" at CGV theater in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, May 15, 2017. The letters read "Due to ransomware affection, we are unable to screen advertisement. The movie is going to start 10 minutes after the ticket time." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    The blame game, ransomware edition: Who's at fault?

    From governments to individuals, there's plenty of finger-pointing about who's to blame for the latest global cyberattack

    Attorney Miriam Cooper stands in front of her art work at her office in Rolling Meadows.

    Rolling Meadows attorney comes full circle

    Miriam E. Cooper, a Rolling Meadows attorney,


    Sears in spat with maker of Craftsman power tools

    Sears is fighting back against vendors that it says are taking advantage of the department store

    Mark Hoffmann is vice president of Ala Carte Entertainment in Schaumburg.

    Ala Carte Entertainment grows new restaurant concepts in an old-school company

    Ala Carte Entertainment, also known as ACE, has been introducing unique concepts in restaurants and nightclubs, operating them for years, and then when the time comes, reinventing them again. The company operates Moretti's Ristorante, Finn McCool's, Chandler's, Famous Freddie's and others. And it all started with The Snuggery in the 1970s.


    United changing cockpit-door codes after inadvertent leak

    United Airlines is changing the keypad codes on cockpit doors after the old codes were accidentally posted on a public website

    Kelly Galvan of Crystal Lake gets her makeup done by Jeanette Garcia at Taylor Stevens Salon in Algonquin Commons. Galvan was one of four winners of the Algonquin Commons March Makeover Madness contest. Winners had their hair and makeup done and also received $500 in mall gift cards.

    Algonquin Commons’ makeover winners get a new look

    Four winners of a makeover contest at Algonquin Commons got a new look last Friday, complete with hairstyling, makeup and clothing.


    Inland acquires multifamily property in Vernon Hills
    Inland Real Estate Acquisitions has purchased The Commons at Town Center, an 85-unit multifamily property located in Vernon Hills.

    Sherry Anaya

    Combined Insurance hires Anaya as VP of Claims
    Combined Insurance, a Chubb Company, has hired Sherry Anaya as vice president of claims.


    Sparton joint venture gets $77.6 million contract from U.S. Navy

    A joint venture between Sparton Corp. and Ultra Electronics has been awarded subcontracts valued at $77.6 million for the manufacture of sonobuoys for the U.S. Navy.


    CDK Global to buy back $350 million in stock

    CDK Global, said it has agreed to an accelerated share repurchase with Bank of America Merrill Lynch to purchase $350 million of CDK’s common stock.


    Boncura hires Breton to lead sales, client services
    Boncura Health Solutions in Downers Grove has hired Angela Breton as Vice President of Sales and Client Services.

    FILE - This April 27, 2016, file photo, shows the Maven logo on a General Motors car-sharing service automobile, in Ann Arbor, Mich. General Motors Co. launched its Maven car-sharing service in New York on Monday, May 15, 2017. The service lets members rent a variety of GM vehicles for whatever they need, from a 30-minute errand to a 28-day road trip. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

    GM's Maven car-sharing launches in New York

    Want to rent an Escalade? GM's Maven car-sharing launches in New York


    How Cathy Leman is pivoting her business

    When the doctor gives you a diagnosis you really didn’t want to get, chances are the potential impact on your business won’t be the first item on your OMG list.

    An office design proposal for a conference room at Ahlbeck & Company in Des Plaines.

    What local experts would do to improve the meeting space
    Larger, open office meeting areas can be considered collaboration areas, said Mike Warren, workplace culture consultant for Rieke Office interiors of Elgin. At Ahlbeck & Company, an accounting firm in Des Plaines, he suggests utilizing standing tables. Perhaps a table with color would help brighten up the area.He added that using less standing type stools instead of everyone assigned task chairs around a table would allow people to stand at meetings which would ultimately increase blood flow and creativity. In addition, lighting would also have to be addressed as well as paint colors.“These open meeting areas allow for abundant natural light,” Warren added. Using unique shapes and materials to make the space inviting and inspirational would also be addressed at Ahlbeck. Warren agrees that the meeting space or conference room often leaves a lasting first impression on potential clients. The furniture at Ahlbeck would also have to be replaced. A larger table is essential. And presentation technology to promote communication, both within the office and with customers, would be essential to making the room more useful.

    Ahlbeck & Company recently moved into a space that once housed a beauty school.

    Ahlbeck & Company’s conference room needs attention, upgrade
    Ahlbeck & Company recently moved its accounting firm to 1665 Elk Blvd. in Des Plaines, which has posed some problems.

    Technology plays an important role in atrracting top talent.

    Technology plays role in tapping top talent

    Millennials are digital natives. They’ve gone through school with tablets, smartphones, social media and video, so they naturally latch on to new technologies. When they arrive in the workplace, they expect similar capabilities.

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