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This morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released September 2014 figures for the Consumer Price Index, a common measure of inflation. 

This morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released September 2014 figures for real earnings. This indicator reflects three components of consumer buying power: average hourly earnings, average weekly hours, and price inflation/deflation. 

This morning, the Illinois Association of Realtors (IAR) reported that residential sales in the city of Chicago fell 8.7 percent year-over-year with 2,187 sales in September 2014 compared to 2,395 in September 2013. 

A partnership of city and suburban leaders worked with World Business Chicago to launch Metro Chicago Exports in September. The unprecedented collaboration will help small and medium enterprises capture expanding global opportunities and strengthen the region’s network of export service providers.

Chicago’s thriving tech industry continues to attract new talent and companies to the city. Access to global markets and top talent remain key reasons for growing their operations here. Balihoo and Door to Door Organics are two companies that have recently announced growth.

Chicago Sister Cities International and World Business Chicago will host the annual Chicago Consular Corps Gala: A Tribute to Our Global Partners on Monday, December 1, 2014. The gala’s international guest list includes members of the 85 foreign consulates and honorary consulates in Chicago, and keynote speaker, the Honorable Penny Pritzker, U.S. Secretary of Commerce.

World Business Chicago tracks indicators from month to month to gauge the strength of several aspects of Chicago’s economy, including employment in major sectors, residential and office real estate data, price and purchasing indexes, freight demand, and auto and truck sales.

The three-day event will introduce 139 of the Midwest’s top technology and computer science students to the city’s fast-growing technology industry and bring them to one of the country’s most unique idea-generating conferences.

This year's gala to pay tribute to Chicago's global leaders December 1st 

Pilot Program Will Place at Least 1,000 Workers Over the Next Year in Open Manufacturing Jobs Providing Full-Benefits and Average Wages of more than $70,000 

Chicago is the hub of VC funding in IL, nearly $5B invested across 368 deals since 2009 comprising 59% of all deals and 61% of all dollars invested in IL.

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Chicago Consular Corps Gala: A Tribute to Our Global Partners December 1, 2014

Chicago Sister Cities International and World Business Chicago once again host the annual Chicago Consular Corps Gala: A Tribute to Our Global Partners. The Honorable Penny Pritzker, U.S. Secretary of Commerce, will serve as the Gala’s keynote speaker.