More oil than ever is rolling on U.S. rails

By Ezra Kaplan A 21 percent jump in the number of tank cars of crude oil traveling by U.S. rail in 2014 over 2013 represents a new record total of nearly half of a million cars of crude, according to the Association of American Railroads. A total of 493,126 crude oil tank cars moved through […]

Dutch royals focus on business, healthcare in Chicago visit

By Meghan Morris THE HAGUE, the Netherlands — The king and queen of the Netherlands will visit Chicago June 2-3 to meet with leaders in business, healthcare and community organizations. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima are visiting the country for three days in their first trip to America since the king succeeded his mother to […]

Community bank shares its recipe for success on its 40th anniversary

By Yimian Wu How does a small, privately-owned community bank compete against the dominant banking giants? Cultivating long-term personal relationships, developing niche products and embracing innovation such as a total interior redesign is how 40-year-old Countryside Bank survived a painful Recession-bred crisis and resumed profitable growth. “Once when we were in Paris,” recalled Chicago customer Karen […]

VIDEO: Rauner budget cuts threaten many with homelessness

by Adriana Cargill Governor Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget cuts for supportive housing and other homelessness prevention services will impact more than 12,500 of Illinois’s most vulnerable households, according to Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and Housing Action Illinois. Supportive services, like those offered by Mercy Housing in Chicago, provide safety nets like mental and substance […]