St. John’s wort gets mixed reviews for treating depression

By Lucy Vernasco What if there was a flower that could make you happy – not just as a thing of beauty but an object of healing? Some claim one such bloom actually exists. Stocked with the supplements and gummy vitamins is St. John’s wort, capsulized from the blooms of a yellow-flowered shrub used to […]

10th ward candidates debate jobs, safety for the Southeast Side

By Lizz Giordano and Sarah Kramer Candidates for Chicago’s 10th Ward aldermanic seat called for more jobs and more police presence for the economically depressed Southeast Side at an open forum in Hegewisch. Five of the seven candidates running in the upcoming citywide elections on February 24 appeared Thursday night before an audience of activists, residents […]

Anti-Valentine’s cookies push the heart-shaped envelope

By Karin Vandraiss Whether you’re a lover scorned or just looking for a laugh, Alliance Bakery in Wicker Park has the antidote to excessive amounts of Hallmark-induced Love Potion No. 9. Eight years ago owner Peter Rios and his decorators were tired of making the traditional Valentine’s Day cookies. “We were just sick of the […]

CBOE announces fourth quarter earnings

By Bonnie Du CBOE Holdings Inc., the holding company for Chicago Board Options Exchange, the CBOE Futures Exchange and other subsidiaries, today reported an 8 percent increase in net income in the fourth quarter 2014, driven by an increase of transaction fees and regulatory fees. However, the stock closed at $62.46, down 4.12 percent with […]

Stericycle sustains revenue growth; but stock falls

by Jin Wu Stericycle Inc. (NASDAQ: SRCL), the Illinois-based world’s largest provider of regulated medical waste management, reported higher profits in both the fourth quarter and the year 2014 due to its successful acquisition strategy. For the quarter ended December 31, Stericycle earned $82.5 million, or 96 cents per diluted share, compared with $78.2 million, […]