Cubs, Blackhawks fans beware of counterfeit tickets

CHICAGO (AP) — The Better Business Bureau has a warning for sports fans who suspect the prices for tickets to the Chicago Cubs home opener at Wrigley Field or to see the Chicago Blackhawks in the playoffs are too good to be true: They might be right. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the bureau says […]

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Metra launches 2017 construction program

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s commuter rail agency is planning $216 million in construction projects this year. The plan by Metra targets 29 stations, 21 bridges and 29 road crossings. Metra and its railroad partners announced it Monday. Construction is expected to begin next week and continue through fall. The program’s major endeavors include replacing aging […]

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Wisconsin town raises sales tax after power plant shutdown

KEWAUNEE, Wis. (AP) — A county in eastern Wisconsin is implementing an extra half percent sales tax after the closure of a nuclear power plant. Kewaunee County is the latest in a long string of Wisconsin counties to impose the optional tax, the Wisconsin Public Radio reported. County Board Supervisor Lee Luft said that the […]

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Wisconsin residents will have access to Irish butter

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin residents who love Irish butter will soon be able to buy it in their dairy-obsessed home state, thanks to a creamery’s workaround to a decades-old state law. Old World Creamery of Sheboygan announced Thursday that it will import Irishgold butter from Ireland, process and package it — then have the […]

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Mars Inc. suing Wisconsin woman over her brand of chocolates

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Candy maker Mars Inc. is suing a Wisconsin woman over chocolates she is selling under a name that the company argues is “confusingly similar” to its cocoa extract supplements called CocoaVia. The McLean, Virginia-based company said in a federal lawsuit filed March 24 that the chocolates sold in Madison by Syovata Edari […]

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US-Canada trade dispute threatens livelihood of dairy farms

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Dairy farms in Wisconsin and other states could be forced out of business as early as May because of a trade dispute that’s halted the export of their milk to Canada. At issue is a U.S-Canada dispute over what’s called “ultra-filtered milk,” a protein liquid concentrate used to make cheese. Until recently, […]

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Rockford sues pharmaceutical company over price of drug

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Officials in Rockford in northern Illinois are suing in federal court a pharmaceutical company they say forced the city to pay $500,000 for a specialty drug by cornering the market and then dramatically increasing its cost. The (Rockford) Register Star reports that Rockford seeks to recover what it calls “inflated drug […]

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Illinois adds solar jobs despite Washington climate

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois’ solar industry is seeing increased growth despite President Donald Trump’s executive order to reverse rules combating climate change. The nonprofit Solar Foundation released a report this past week that found the number of solar jobs in the state increased to over 3,700 workers in 2016, a 6.7 increase from the previous […]

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Lawmakers seek tighter regulation of large hog confinements

CHICAGO (AP) — Four new measures proposed in the Illinois Legislature would tighten the state’s environmental protections on hog confinements and give local citizens more input in the permitting process as well as standing to challenge the massive facilities in court. Critics say pork producers sometimes exploit weak laws to build and expand large hog […]

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Madison officials consider legalizing ‘sandwich board’ signs

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Madison City Council leaders have proposed to legalize and regulate portable, sandwich board-style signs for businesses to display on public sidewalks and terraces. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that council President Mike Verveer and President Pro Tem Marsha Rummel proposed an ordinance to create a permit system for sandwich boards in […]

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