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Older workers need to brace for cutbacks

Never mind ‘quiet quitting.’ Companies are moving toward stealth personnel reductions. Make sure your skills are up to speed.

Winds of mayoral election politics blow in strange directions

Two one-term female mayors, wrestling with the same problems 40 years apart. One mayor recognized for important contributions. The other, likely to be remembered as uncompromising.

Plan Commission approves conversion of Streeterville office space to hotel rooms

100,000 square feet of vacant office space on five floors will be converted to a 101-room extended stay hotel, with a minimum two-night stay, to be operated by Sonder.

Apartment rents rise as landlords prepare for tax hikes

Squeezed by ever-higher real estate taxes and operating costs, most Chicago landlords are planning rent increases this spring.

First-time home buyers squeezed out by Fed

Prolonged interest rate tightening by the Federal Reserve is like a junkyard dog on the pant legs of prospective first-time home buyers who continue to collect apartment rent receipts.

Don’t get sucked in by influencers

Yes, you can catch a viral wave, at least for a couple of hot minutes. But the downside for your brand can be ugly, and long lasting.

Buyers beware: big changes coming to mortgage costs

The changes, starting on May 1, include a new loan fee based on credit score, affecting borrowers with lower scores and borrowers with higher scores. And a fee based on your debt-to-income ratio.

Appeals panel closes door on challenge to Chicago’s ‘Airbnb ordinance’

Two Chicago homeowners said the ordinance that curbed excessive noise was unfair. The appellate court, however, sided with a Circuit Court judge and anyone living next to a short-term rental who wants to sleep at night.

Peak times in Mammoth Lakes, California, sans snow

Off-season, after the snowmelt fed frothy waterfalls and before the aspen groves shed their glorious amber leaves, that’s when California’s Mammoth Mountain and its two neighboring national parks reveal their true colors.

Suspect in murder on State Street pleads ‘not guilty’

A man charged with killing a woman and seriously injuring her sister near Marina City last year has pleaded not guilty, though the judge that denied bail says there is ‘overwhelming evidence’ against him.