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Bipartisanship on the Strip

Rob Taub | Posted 04.20.2016 | Business
Rob Taub

Richard Branson &Anthony Scaramucci Intolerance and divisive behavior have permeated our culture to such a degree that finding the Loch Ness monster ...

Election Board to Review Bogus Newspapers Tied to Rauner

William J. Kelly | Posted 03.15.2016 | Chicago
William J. Kelly

The State Board of Elections is set to review complaints against Chicago-based Liberty Principles PAC about whether it has been coordinating independe...

Meet the Grave Dancer: Sam Zell, Real Estate Billionaire

Jack Cahn | Posted 01.13.2015 | College
Jack Cahn

I walked into Huntsman Hall at The Wharton School expecting to hear another Wall Street junkie spew rhetoric that half the audience wouldn't understand. Instead, I was startled when an older man in jeans and a T-shirt bolted into the room unexpectedly.

The Hissing of the Fat Cats

Mike Lux | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

The powerful, super-wealthy people at the top of the economic food chain have noticed all this populist stirring. Boy, have they noticed. In spite of all their power and wealth, they are offended that anyone is suggesting that the system should be tinkered with. They're speaking out -- in truly silly ways -- and putting their money where their mouths are.

Corporate Power Run Amok

Mike Lux | Posted 04.27.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

Besides arrogance and a complete lack of shame or moral standing, what do the Too Big To Fail banks, Boeing, and Comcast all have in common? They are too big for our own good.

Money Can't Buy Votes

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Right-wing billionaires threw a hissy fit in recent weeks. The 99 percent are persecuting them, the wealthy ones whined. That whole Occupy Wall Street thing hurt their feelings, conservative 1 percenters pouted.

The Rich Aren't Rich Because They Work Harder. They Work Harder Because They're Rich!

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

The path to financial stability is harder to navigate than it has been in almost a century. And yet, the 99 percent forge ahead unappreciated by the fortunate few who reap the profits and call themselves deserving.

Plutocrats Despising the Poor: An American Tradition

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

It's amazing how these people can whine in public about how they're being mistreated by people who change the sheets at the luxury hotels they stay in. But if you spend your life surrounded with sycophants who constantly tell you how brilliant you are it's possible to exist inside a bubble inside a bubble inside a bubble.

Hard Work

Robert Slayton | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
Robert Slayton

Do the rich "work hard"? Quite often, yes, they work very hard. But if that's the basis for apportioning wealth, what about the tens of millions of Americans who perform arduous labors every working day, yet earn middle class wages or worse?

Billionaire Defends Fellow Billionaire: 'The 1 Percent Work Harder'

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 02.06.2014 | Business

When the going gets tough, the rich dudes stick together. Or at least rich dude Sam Zell did in an interview with Bloomberg TV Wednesday. The bill...

Sam Zell: How an Entrepreneur Sees the World

Betty Liu | Posted 03.15.2014 | Business
Betty Liu

If you're an entrepreneur, you know what he's talking about. If you work for a major corporation, you likely also know what he's talking about.

5 Ways to Energize Your Brand and Fuel Innovation

Scott MacFarland | Posted 03.03.2014 | Business
Scott MacFarland

Advice for the employee; leave the negative attitude at home. Come to work and bring inspiration with you. Cultivate fresh new ideas and share them with your co-workers.

IL Forbes 400 Members a Force in State Elections

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.17.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Forbes magazine recently released its annual list of the 400 wealthiest people in America. We took a look at the members of this list from Illinois to...

16 Of The World's Richest People Live Right Here In Illinois

Posted 03.04.2013 | Chicago

In Forbes' recently-released list of the world's billionaires, there were some expected results (Mexican media mogul Carlos Slim and Microsoft's Bill ...

The Fiscal Cliff: Fact or Fiction?

D. Sidney Potter | Posted 07.02.2012 | Business
D. Sidney Potter

Here we go again. For a president who has been dubbed "no drama Obama," it looks like the American public might be in for some "rope a dope" this sum...

Paul Blumenthal

Millions More For Mitt Romney's Super PAC | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The super PAC providing vital support to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign continues to pull in millions of dollars as it begins an al...

"Liberal Media?" Conservative Super PACs Got Over $350,000 From Media Execs, Companies in 2011

Corbin Hiar | Posted 04.04.2012 | Media
Corbin Hiar

Conservative complaints about a liberal bias in the media do not hold up, at least not when it comes to the free-spending groups known as "super PACs."

Sam Zell, Tribune Co. Chief, Sues Shareholders

The Hollywood Reporter | Posted 02.20.2012 | Media

His suit argues that the chairman of the media company should be paid along with other creditors should a court rule that his buyout of the firm was a...

Debating Press Freedom in Egypt, and Everywhere Else

Maurice Chammah | Posted 01.16.2012 | Media
Maurice Chammah

Freedom is not condensible. It's a complex mixture of history and the personal experiences of journalists themselves, who in countries both "free" and "not free" exercise varying degrees of self-censorship for varying reasons.

Confessions of a Dead Tribune

Mark Heisler | Posted 01.11.2012 | Media
Mark Heisler

It's not that the end of my newspaper career was devastating, even if it was definitely surprising, since I thought it was going great... 44 years, the last 32 at the Los Angeles Times, 2006 winner of the basketball Hall of Fame's Curt Gowdy Award... to the day I was laid off.

More Lewd Memos At Tribune Tower

Robert Feder/ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Just another day at the naughty, bawdy frat house known as Tribune Tower. Tuesday's antics were sparked by a typically idiotic company-wide memo wr...

FRAT HOUSE: How Tribune Became Sexual Harassment Den | DAVID CARR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Mr. Michaels, a former radio executive and disc jockey, had been handpicked by Sam Zell, a billionaire who was the new controlling shareholder, to run...

Zell's Tribune and the Hidden Costs of Bad Management

Bradley W. Bloch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bradley W. Bloch

It's easy to regard Sam Zell's Tribune management troubles as just another case of corporate buffoonery in an age of excess.

Green Energy Boys Not So Different Than the Good Ole Oil Boys

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Vivian Norris

The Green Boys actually pretend to be about equality and sustainability and democracy, but they are just as obsessed as the oil and Wall Street guys with accumulating more money and power.

Can Our Business Be Saved? Should I Take the Job?

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Wolff

I can confirm the press reports: I'm in talks to take over the Chicago Tribune. It's me, I understand, or Michael Eisner, who once was in the media business.