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Higher gas prices spur Chicago-area employers to lean on technology

About half of Chicago-area employers say they are cutting back on travel and relying more on the Internet and telecommunication technologies due to high gas prices, according to a recent survey conducted by Downers Grove-based Management Association of Illinois. More than 25 percent of the 277 employers surveyed reported that employees had inquired about telecommuting, […]

Workers’ comp bill to slash $500 million-plus

A workers’ compensation bill that passed the Illinois House Tuesday, after falling short of the necessary votes on Sunday, is expected to cut $500 million to $700 million in costs for employers by eliminating unnecessary treatment and reducing medical fees by 30 percent, according to Crain’s Chicago Business. In addition, the bill sets new term […]

Esquire picks Chicago’s Drawing Room as best in America

 Esquire magazine has selected The Drawing Room, 937 N. Rush St., as one of the best bars in America. The magazine describes the establishment as “functional, not fancy,” with comfortable chairs and low tables in a modern basement setting. It highlights the bar’s Old Man, the Monk and the Sea cocktail. To read more, see the magazine’s […]

Future Founders contest fuels innovation in high school students

Chicago high school senior Anthony Driver was named the champion of the 2011 Future Founders Citywide Business Plan Competition and also won the technology category at the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center’s “American Idol”-style contest held May 4 at the Hard Rock Café in Chicago. Driver, who is a student at Chicago International Charter School’s Ralph Ellison […]

Local green water company welcomes competition from PepsiCo

While some entrepreneurs fear competition, Glencoe entrepreneur Brad Schulman prefers to look at the big picture. Schulman, who founded Green Planet Bottling in 2008 to make bottled water in a plant-based bioplastic bottle that’s free of petroleum, regards the announcement this week that PepsiCo has devised a similar bottle as good news for the industry […]