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Local Efforts Underway to Help Earthquake Victims in Puerto Rico

A big rock sits amid the rubble of the low wall it destroyed when it rolled down from a nearby cliff during a magnitude 5.9 earthquake in Guanica, Puerto Rico, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. (AP Photo / Carlos Giusti)

For the past several weeks, Puerto Rico has seen more than two dozen high-magnitude earthquakes. One Chicago-based group has teamed up with people on the island to provide funding for resources, doctors and mental health aid.

Crain’s Headlines: Cook County OKs 3% Tax on Pot Sales

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Come summer, people buying cannabis in Chicago will pay 6% in local pot taxes, in addition to the state tax on pot, which ranges from 10% to 25%, depending on the potency of the product being purchased.

January 16, 2020 - Full Show

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Crain’s Headlines: Advocate Closing 7 Suburban Immediate Care Clinics

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Advocate Medical Group is closing immediate care clinics at seven Chicago-area Walgreens stores next month.

January 15, 2020 - Full Show

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Newest National Park Quarter Inspires Collectors with Fruit Bats

The first national park quarter to be released for circulation in 2020 will feature the National Park of American Samoa, home to giant fruit bats. (Credit: United States Mint)

In just a few weeks, there’s a very good chance you’ll have fruit bats in your pocket. The United State Mint will release a quarter on Feb. 3 featuring the National Park of American Samoa, which is home to giant bats.

Crain’s Headlines: Pot Sales Slump in Week 2 of Legalization

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Sales statewide slid from more than $2 million in the opening days to about $1.2 million as dispensaries struggled to keep shelves full.

January 14, 2020 - Full Show

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Crain’s Headlines: Albertsons Again Weighs IPO

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Jewel-Osco’s corporate parent is expected to announce in a few weeks whether it will proceed with an initial public offering of stock, which could be valued at around $19 billion. 

January 13, 2020 - Full Show

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Crain’s Headlines: Texas Developer Makes Bet on Fulton Market

Chicago’s Fulton Market District in 2015. (Seth Anderson / Flickr)

A Texas developer is set to make a bold bet in the Fulton Market District and hoping to help jumpstart Chicago’s life-sciences industry in the process.

January 9, 2020 - Full Show

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Spotlight Politics: More Madigan #MeToo Fallout

The fallout from an explosive story involving a top ally of House Speaker Michael Madigan. Our politics team digs into that story and more in our weekly roundtable.

Crain’s Headlines: Grubhub Shares Rise 15% Amid Talk of a Sale

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Grubhub’s stock rose Wednesday following unconfirmed reports that the Chicago-based restaurant delivery company is considering a sale.

January 8, 2020 - Full Show

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High School Course Offers New Approach to Financial Literacy

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Illinois is one of 22 states that does not require high school students to take a financial literacy course, but a new high school curriculum is now being used in Illinois and nine other states. We learn about finEDge.

Crain’s Headlines: Chicago Among Best-Paying Cities in US

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Chicago is among the top 10 best-paying metro areas in the nation. That’s according to new research just published by U.S. News & World Report.

January 7, 2020 - Full Show

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Crain’s Headlines: Pot Sales Slow After New Law’s Debut

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After selling like gangbusters on day one, legal marijuana transactions dropped off a bit, as expected, on day two. 

January 6, 2020 - Full Show

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Crain’s Headlines: Drugmakers Raise Prices in New Year

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The public outcry over the high price of medicines did little to stop drugmakers from raising prices again for 2020. Drug prices in the new year have reportedly increased an average of 5.3% industrywide. 

January 2, 2020 - Full Show

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2019 Words of the Year Reflect Changing Attitudes, Awareness

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University of Chicago linguist Jason Riggle discusses some of the top words of 2019, including “they,” “existential” and “climate emergency.”

December 30, 2019 - Full Show

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‘Entertaining Chicago’ Revisits City’s Classic Nightspots

London House, considered one of the foremost jazz clubs in the country, was open from 1946 through the early ‘70s. (Courtesy Neal Samors)

Chicago has a thriving live music scene today, but many of the city’s legendary venues are long gone. A new book from Neal Samors and Bob Dauber remembers many of those 20th century nightspots.