City officials keep quiet about status of park permits for NFL draft

By Taylor Hall Chicago Park District officials are staying mum on the NFL’s permit status after announcing the league had not yet obtained necessary permits to create a public site for the upcoming three-day draft in Grant Park. After announcing April 8 that the NFL had not secured the appropriate permits for its outdoor fan […]

First Midwest profit jumps after acquisitions

By Yimian Wu Helped by recent acquisitions, First Midwest Bancorp Inc. posted solid first quarter earnings with improved expense control and net interest margin. Shares went up 3 cents to $17.44. In the first quarter ended March 31, the Itasca-based bank holding company earned $19.9 million, or 26 cents per diluted share, a 12 percent […]

Oil price rebound continues despite boost in oil supply

By Lucy Ren Oil prices rose slightly on Wednesday despite a government report showing a spike in oil supply in the U.S. in the most recent week. U.S. crude inventory rose by 5.3 million barrels to 489 million in the week ended April 17, marking the highest level of supply in at least the last 80 […]

3 Million Iowa Hens Face Extermination in Avian Flu Outbreak

By Traci Badalucco and Christina Bucciere Millions of avian flu-infected hens are expected to be euthanized on a major egg-producing farm in northwest Iowa with the help of the state. Nearly 3 million hens will be euthanized with carbon dioxide on Sunrise Farms’ facility, said Dustin VandeHoef, communications director at the Iowa Department of Agriculture.

Drop it like it’s hot? Chipotle shares sink on disappointing sales

By Taylor Hall Chipotle shares sank more than 7 percent Wednesday, despite reporting earnings that topped expectations. The company reported its smallest sales growth among year-old restaurants in the first quarter since 2013. So-called comparable restaurant sales among stores open at least 13 calendar months rose just 10.4 percent, falling below consensus expectations of 11.5 […]