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Tell us the best places in the city for work events, be they casual or formal. Crain’s will run the list of top nominees in February. Startup founders looking for more business expertise but don’t want to pay the high cost of a two-year MBA degree have another option thanks to a partnership between 1871 and The Fullbridge Program. Chicago’s tech hub announced Wednesday… A group of residents from southern Illinois is suing the governor and the director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources in an attempt to block the publication of rules governing horizontal hydraulic fracturing.

A computer outage hit all 138 motor vehicle facilities in Illinois. Some facilities were coming back online slowly, but a spokesman recommends people postpone visits if they can.

The former employee is suing the company, alleging she was fired for raising concerns that it was illegally promoting a new drug. Baxtyer denies her allegations and says her performance was “unacceptable.”

A group of Illinois landowners has sued the Department of Natural Resources to stop the state’s new rules for high-volume oil and gas drilling from taking effect.