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  • Oct 1- Electric and natural gas utility Integrys Energy Group Inc will buy privately held Fox Energy Co LLC for $440 million to add a 593 megawatt power generating plant in Kaukauna, Wisconsin.

  • U.S. small-business borrowing rises in August Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 5:00 AM ET

    CHICAGO, Oct 1- Lending to small U.S. businesses rose in August for a second straight month, a report showed on Monday, a sign the economy may have been regaining its footing even before the U.S. central bank's latest round of stimulus.

  • LONDON, Sept 30- The darkest hour is just before dawn, the old saying goes.

  • Chicago locks in 2 major trade shows at McCormick Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 12:51 AM ET

    CHICAGO-- Two major trade shows have extended their commitments to Chicago's mammoth McCormick Place.

  • Striking Chicago teachers and their supporters attend a rally at Union Park September 15, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. An estimated 25,000 people gathered in the park in a show of solidarity as negotiations on a labor contract continue.

    One of the most vexing problems for Chicago and its teachers went virtually unmentioned during the strike: The pension fund is about to hit a wall. Chicago is one of many cities in such a bind.

  • Strike Ends, Chicago's Schools Back in Session     Wednesday, 19 Sep 2012 | 8:16 AM ET

    "Nothing in the Chicago School System is going to change after this," explains Jack Welch, Jack Welch Management Institute founder, weighing in on the likely outcome of the teachers' walkout.

  • Chicago Teachers Suspend Strike     Tuesday, 18 Sep 2012 | 7:00 PM ET

    NBC's Rehema Ellis reports Chicago's teachers agreed to return to the classroom after more than a week protesting.

  • Chicago Strike Captures National Attention     Wednesday, 12 Sep 2012 | 7:31 AM ET

    Kevin Tibbles, NBC News reports the latest details between Chicago's public school officials and the city's striking teachers.

  • Most Expensive College Football Tickets 2012 Tuesday, 11 Sep 2012 | 4:55 PM ET
    This list of the top 10 college games of the fall 2012 season uses the average price of tickets on the resale market. “Resale market” means tickets for sale on major websites like StubHub, Ticket Network and eBay. The list is determined using numbers from , an event ticket price aggregator that draws its data from those secondary sellers. What makes each of these games so expensive? Each game has its own blend of reasons, such as team rivalries, the team’s recent performance, game location, team

    What makes tickets to some college football games so expensive? Chris Matcovich, director of data communications at TiqIQ, provides his insight into what the magic combination of factors might be.

  • "Sometime you have to take a strike, and it can be a nasty strike, but the only way you get it settled is to have a strike," explains Donald Trump, Trump Organization chairman & president, sharing his thoughts on the standoff between Chicago's teachers and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

  • No Sign of Deal in Teachers' Strike     Tuesday, 11 Sep 2012 | 6:43 AM ET

    Kevin Tibbles, NBC News, reports negotiations are expected to continue in Chicago today as the strike heads into it second day.

  • Chicago's Teachers Strike     Monday, 10 Sep 2012 | 7:53 PM ET

    Chicago's teachers hit the picket lines today, and classes are shut down after the city and its teachers union failed to reach a new contract agreement, with NBC's Jay Gray. Are government unions going to bankrupt America, with Phil Kerpen, American Commitment president, and Dan Montgomery, Illinois Federation of Teachers president.

  • NBC's Kevin Tibbles reports the latest details on a decision by Chicago teachers to strike after a confrontation between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and organized labor.

  • What the Wealthy Are Driving Friday, 10 Aug 2012 | 4:02 PM ET
    Some wealthy people flaunt their status with shows of conspicuous consumption, while others prefer to stay low-key. These preferences extend to their major purchases, from the type of houses they buy, the type of clothes that they wear and type of cars that they drive. an automotive information website headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif., conducted a study of the most popular vehicles in the  as determined by the I.R.S. These included some of the usual places that one might expect, such as Low

    TrueCar.com, an automotive information website, conducted a study of the most popular vehicles in the most affluent zip codes. Check out what they found.

  • US Midwest Hit by Perfect Storm on Gas Prices Tuesday, 7 Aug 2012 | 4:00 PM ET
    Gas Pump

    Retail gasoline prices in the U.S. Midwest were as much as 50 cents higher than in the rest of the country this week, and a number of contributing factors are to blame.

  • Where the Wall Street Companies Are Moving Friday, 3 Aug 2012 | 11:48 AM ET
    On July 1,  published an  called “Financial Giants Are Moving Jobs Off Wall Street.” It detailed an emerging trend in which major Wall Street companies are taking swaths of on-site mid-level jobs and relocating them to less expensive locations in the U.S. This phenomenon is known as “near-shoring.”It’s easy to understand the rationale. The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the financial crisis of 2008 and the Dodd–Frank Act of 2010 had a cumulative effect on many of these companies’ bottom li

    Which locations have Wall Street companies chosen for their mid-level operations? Read ahead to find out.

  • Discussing deal-making in Chicago and the politics of Wall Street, with Steven Koch, co-chairman of Global M&A, Credit Suisse First Boston.

  • More Megaprojects Kicked to Private Investors Sunday, 8 Jul 2012 | 11:24 AM ET
    Chicago skyline dusk

    "We absolutely have to look at other ways" to pay for infrastructure, one former state official said. "There's only so much bonding you can do."

  • City by City: America’s Most Expensive Homes Wednesday, 27 Jun 2012 | 4:11 PM ET
    Price: $29.5 million           Bedrooms: 5Bathrooms: 11Square Footage: 10,511The neoclassical Georgian  Mount Vernon overlooking White Rock Lake was built in 1930 and first occupied by the oil magnate H.L. Hunt and his family. Luxury features of this 10-acre estate include a two-story guesthouse, a pool house, a four-lane bowling center, a 16-car collector’s garage, lighted tennis courts, swimming pool (one of Dallas’ first residential pools), putting greens and a gazebo. The house has nine marb

    Ranked in order from the least expensive to the most expensive mansion, here are the priciest homes in the 10 biggest cities in the U.S.

  • Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D), shares perspective on the state of the U.S. economy, Chicago's "diverse economy" and President Obama¿s policies.

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