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$103M verdict against Chicago’s Baker & McKenzie

A $103 million verdict was handed down Friday in Jones County, Miss., against Chicago-based Baker & McKenzie and one of its attorneys.

Joel Held, a Baker & McKenzie attorney based in Dallas, represented both sides of business relationship that turned sour for one client while the other benefited, according to court documents.
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Walgreens to sell vegetables, fruit in ‘food desert’

Walgreen Co. plans to unveil its fresh food format Wednesday at one of its South Side stores, the culmination of a year-long effort  to bring groceries to the city’s food deserts.

The store, at 67th Street and Stony Island Avenue, is one of 10 Walgreen stores in the city redesigned to carry groceries. The stores will offer more than 750 new food items such as fresh fruits and vegetables, frozen meat and fish, pasta, rice, beans, eggs and whole-grain cereals. Get the full story »

South Side Wal-Mart wins unanimous OK

The City Council unanimously voted today to let Wal-Mart build a second store in Chicago, ending six years of political gridlock that prevented the giant retailer to expand inside city limits.

The vote allows construction to begin on the 270-acre Pullman Park development on the South Side that will be anchored by a Super Wal-Mart. It is a project long championed by Ald. Anthony Beale, 9th, who said the new store will bring badly needed jobs in a hard-hit area suffering from a dearth of grocery stores.

Vacation rentals to get B&B treatment in Chicago

Houses and condominiums leased as “vacation rentals” in Chicago will be treated like bed-and-breakfast establishments after aldermen  unanimously voted Wednesday for a plan aimed at getting a handle on such leases in residential areas.

Rust Belt big losers; Chicago still Third City

Hurt by the still-sluggish economy, Rust Belt cities and other U.S. manufacturing regions are suffering the biggest population losses as people search elsewhere for jobs.

New census estimates for 2009 highlight the continuing effects of the recession on the nation’s cities.

Still the numbers show New York remained the nation’s most populous city, with 8.4 million residents. It was followed by Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston. Others in the top 10 included San Antonio; San Diego, Calif.; Dallas; and San Jose, Calif.
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Disney to close Chicago’s ESPN Zone sports bar

By Dawn C. Chmielewski | The Walt Disney Co. is shutting down most of its ESPN Zone stores, a chain of sports-themed restaurants located in seven cities, including Chicago, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The only outlets to remain open are those tied to a Disney property, such as the Downtown Disney shopping district in Anaheim.

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Chicago 2016 releases final fundraising figures

By Kathy Bergen | Chicago’s unsuccessful bid for the 2016 Olympics raised $75.9 million,
and spent $59.4 million of the total on its 42-month campaign, bid
leader Patrick Ryan disclosed Monday. World Sport Chicago, a non-profit created as an affiliate of the bid,
received the other $16.5 million, including $6 million that will support
future sports programs. 

“Although unsuccessful in our attempt to bring the 2016 Games to
Chicago, we believe the bid showcased the greatness of our city and its
citizens to the world, and inspired tens of thousands of Chicago youth
to become engaged in sport,” Ryan said in a prepared statement.

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