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New Laws Take Effect in New Year: Fasten Your Seat Belts

By Patty Wetli

While the rest of us ring in the New Year with champagne, fireworks and Dick Clark, leave it to the Illinois State Legislature to celebrate with a slew of laws that take effect Jan. 1, 2012. A complete list is available online, but we’ve compiled a few highlights: It’s now illegal for any passenger, sitting Read the Rest…

Sunny Future for HarvesTime Foods

By Patty Wetli

Grocery stores, with all their coolers and freezers and air conditioners, consume massive amounts of energy. They’re like the Hummer of retailers. Chris Dallas, one of four brothers who co-owns HarvesTime Foods at 2632 W. Lawrence Ave., is aiming to transform his business into a Prius. He started with small changes, like swapping out traditional Read the Rest…

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