Chicago Articles

Frank Calabrese Dies, Infamous Mob Hitman Was 75
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Frank Calabrese Sr., a name that should be familiar to anybody who has lived in Chicago, died on Christmas day at the Butner Federal Medical Center. The mob hitman was 75. Calabrese Sr. was a well-known hitman for the mob …

Jennifer Hudson: Man Who Murdered Her Family Receives Three Life Sentences
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Jennifer Hudson experienced a loss I hope none of us ever have to face during our lifetimes. In October of 2008, Hudson’s mother, brother, and nephew were murdered by William Balfour, her sister’s estranged ex-husband. Balfour, who spent seven years …

Cab Vomit Fee: Blowing Chunks Could Cost You Big Bucks
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A cab vomit fee doesn’t seem all that far-fetched to me. Given the amount of folks who probably spew copious amounts of puke all over the inside of taxis on a regular basis, I’m surprise more cities aren’t adopting some …

Groupon Is Taking 2,000 “Campers” to Chicago Groupon Is Taking 2,000 “Campers” to Chicago

Groupon wants to

Google Might Move Motorola Mobility to Chicago Google Might Move Motorola Mobility to Chicago

Motorola Mobility, who recently reported a Q1 operating loss, might soon find a new headquarters in Chicago, as it bides its time while waiting to be acquired by Google, a deal expected to be completed by sometime toward the end …

Groupons & SmartDigital Unite In Chicago Groupons & SmartDigital Unite In Chicago

Groupons and a small tech firm called SmartDigital have partnered up to offer on-sight deals to consumers in the Chicago area. The deals will be location-based so the offers you see will be unique to your surroundings. The initiative will …

Foursquare, Mayor Emanuel Promote Chicago Check-Ins with Windy City Badge Foursquare, Mayor Emanuel Promote Chicago Check-Ins with Windy City Badge

In Chicago, 250,000 different users have checked-in to 80,000 different venues 10,000,000 times using Foursquare. With those stats, it’s one of the most Foursquare-loving cities in the world. That’s why Foursquare teamed up with the Mayor’s office to launch a …

Amazon Local Heads to Groupon’s Home Turf Amazon Local Heads to Groupon’s Home Turf

Two months ago, Amazon launched its Daily Deals offering Amazon Local in Boise, Idaho. Since then, it has expanded to include a handful of regions in California, Florida and Washington. The offering is attracting some attention in the press now …

Rod Blagojevich Guilty, Twitter Reacts Rod Blagojevich Guilty, Twitter Reacts
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It looks like a jury was able to agree, this time, on whether or not Rod Blagojevich attempted to sell Barack Obama’s vacated Illinois Senate seat. The verdict, just rolling in, is guilty. This is the second crack that prosecutors …

Chicago Resident Sued Over Moldy Tweet
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UPDATE: Horizon Realty, the company suing their former tenant over a tweet, is now a trending topic on Twitter. Some Twitterers feel the company has effectively killed their reputation. What do you think?

ESPN Taking Their News To The Local Market

As a sports fan I don’t get to write much about sports and Internet marketing. Now that I think about it, I’m not sure why that is but I’ll work on that later. What we have covered extensively here at Marketing Pilgrim is the decline and fall of the Printed Empire; the newspaper. Today, in fact stands to be a rough day again as the Boston Globe workers agrees to more cuts to keep the paper in print.

Word Of Mouth Marketing Seminar

One of the highlights of The Aloha Summit a few months ago in Hawaii was having Andy Sernovitz beam in electronically and join us for an hour of discussion and insight. Andy should be a familiar name, he’s the author of Word of Mouth Marketing.

Chicago unamused, wants amusement tax from StubHub

eBay’s $310 million acquisition of ticket reselling site StubHub presents the potential of additional expenses, as the City of Chicago demanded payment of amusement taxes on tickets sold for Chicago events.

Chicago Sues eBay, StubHub Over Ticket Taxes
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The city of Chicago is suing eBay and subsidiary StubHub for failing to collect an 8 percent amusement tax on tickets sold online.

The city charges in the lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court that the two companies are "reseller’s agents" and are required under Chicago’s law to pay an amusement tax. The suit asks for a court order that will allow the city to audit the companies and hand out fines for not collecting and paying the tax.

Grand Theft Auto Maker Sues Chicago Transit Authority
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The publisher of the popular video game Grand Theft Auto IV, Take-Two has sued the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) for removing ads promoting the game.

Take-Two sued the transit authority in Manhattan federal court, saying the CTA violated its right to free speech and contractual rights by removing ads for the game from the transit system.

Google Transit Adds Chicago’s Info

Thanks to the cooperation of the Chicago Transit Authority, Google Transit’s coverage now includes the Windy City.  Chicagoans seem to be pretty pleased about the development.

Craigslist Successfully Defends Against Chicago Lawsuit
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A 2006 lawsuit by the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights against Craigslist over real estate postings containing discriminatory language failed to establish the classifieds site’s liability.

Price Or Convenience? Maybe Both

Last month Nielsen Online released the results of survey suggesting that online shoppers prefer the convenience of online shopping as their main reason for participating.

This month, another survey says that price is the most important factor.

SES Round-up
Jolina and Mike had a great time at the Search Engine Strategies conference in Chicago. Not only is it the windy city, but a festive, cold and snowy one too by the sounds of it.

SES Chicago: Finding Balance In SEO
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Crafting a site involves people with different focuses and skill sets. Allowing them to run free instead of working together is a recipe for disaster.

SES Chicago: The I-word, Discussed

If you want to build up investment interest in your SEO/SEM firm, you have to make your company compelling enough to separate capital from capitalists.

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