HIGHLIGHTS FROM CRAIN'S CHICAGO BUSINESS APRIL 30

Apr 28, 2001, 01:00 ET from Crain's Chicago Business

    CHICAGO, April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- HIGHER PUMP PRICES COULD HURT LOCAL
 ECONOMY -- Gas prices, perhaps, as high as $3 a gallon this summer could
 siphon $1.2 billion from the area's slowing economy, according to an exclusive
 Crain's Chicago Business analysis.
     Also 18,000 jobs that rely on discretionary spending in sectors such as
 retail and restaurant could be pink-slipped.
     When gas prices hike so do the number of customers who drive away without
 paying, Crain's reports.
 
                      WILL McDONALD'S RECOVER ITS SIZZLE?
 
     Only 23% of recent McDonald's customers prefer its hamburgers to other
 chains, an exclusive Crain's survey finds.
     To beef up sales in its 12,800 U.S. restaurants, it cooked up a new
 rotating menu and ad campaign in an overbuilt market.
 
                     WHITE HOUSE TO LOOK AT ILLINOIS NEEDS
 
     The White House will consider more funding for Illinois special education
 and Medicaid programs, reports Crain's.  The Medicaid hike would net Illinois
 about $1 billion more annually.
 
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    CHICAGO, April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- HIGHER PUMP PRICES COULD HURT LOCAL
 ECONOMY -- Gas prices, perhaps, as high as $3 a gallon this summer could
 siphon $1.2 billion from the area's slowing economy, according to an exclusive
 Crain's Chicago Business analysis.
     Also 18,000 jobs that rely on discretionary spending in sectors such as
 retail and restaurant could be pink-slipped.
     When gas prices hike so do the number of customers who drive away without
 paying, Crain's reports.
 
                      WILL McDONALD'S RECOVER ITS SIZZLE?
 
     Only 23% of recent McDonald's customers prefer its hamburgers to other
 chains, an exclusive Crain's survey finds.
     To beef up sales in its 12,800 U.S. restaurants, it cooked up a new
 rotating menu and ad campaign in an overbuilt market.
 
                     WHITE HOUSE TO LOOK AT ILLINOIS NEEDS
 
     The White House will consider more funding for Illinois special education
 and Medicaid programs, reports Crain's.  The Medicaid hike would net Illinois
 about $1 billion more annually.
 
                   SEE CRAIN'S WEBSITE:  CHICAGOBUSINESS.COM
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X68294569
 
 SOURCE  Crain's Chicago Business