| Jan 20, 2014
| 9:08 AM
With calls for a day of service to the poor and a renewed commitment to nonviolence, Americans on Monday commemorated Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the federal holiday that honors the slain civil rights leader.
President Obama and his wife, Michelle, will...
| Jan 20, 2014
| 2:56 PM
A fire and structural collapse at an animal feed processing plant killed some people and injured at least 10 workers, four critically, the Omaha fire chief said Monday.
Officials had said earlier that the fire at the International Nutrition plant may...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 6:30 AM
HOUSTON — A Mexican national facing execution in Texas this week has drawn support from Mexican officials, a former Texas governor and U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, who appealed to Gov. Rick Perry and state courts for a reprieve —...
| Jan 19, 2014
| 5:34 PM
An off-and-on customer of OfficeMax, Mike Seay has gotten the office supply company's junk mail for years. But the mail that the grieving Lindenhurst, Ill., father said he got from OfficeMax last week was different.
It was addressed to "Mike Seay,...
| Jan 5, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Here's a business practice likely to keep booming in 2014: corporate extortion.
We don't mean extortion of corporations, as is practiced by Somali pirates or entrepreneurial Russians. We mean extortion by corporations.
In this field the victims are...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 5:11 PM
The Naperville area was focused on new ideas in 2013 starting with the spring election where candidates made their pitches for how to improve the city and schools. Developers throughout the year pitched plans to open new shops, restaurants and a...
| Dec 19, 2013
Any out-of-towner can fall in love with Chicago when it's warm. Commit in December to making it your home and, beyond affection, it's likely you've simply decided this is somewhere you need to be.
Three days ahead of the official arrival of winter,...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 6:29 AM
Office Depot, which recently merged with OfficeMax, announced key executive appointments on Wednesday -- many of whom are familiar names from the original Office Depot.
Steve Schmidt is president of international operations, his current position. But...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 4:41 AM
Wednesday is Free Shipping Day 2013 with more than 930 retailers signed up to offer guaranteed Christmas Eve delivery on online purchases with no minimum order.
Particpating reatielrs include Bloomingdales, Lord & Taylor, Bass Pro Shops, Radio Shack,...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 2:45 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn is backing a review of tax breaks he and lawmakers have granted to nearly a dozen businesses the last several years, saying the state needs to take a comprehensive look at the incentives and must consider changing how much corporations...
| Nov 17, 2013
As a corporate executive, Roland Smith is a fixer, repairing beleaguered companies. In his leisure time, he also embraces risk, climbing mountains and riding motorcycles. In the Army, he was a test pilot.
Analysts and merger experts say Smith, 59, may...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 1:55 AM
Office Depot will continue taking care of business in South Florida.
The company announced Tuesday it has chosen Boca Raton as its corporate headquarters after its merger last month with suburban Chicago-based OfficeMax.
State and local economic...