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Becky Yerak
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Attended Ohio State University, Willoughby South High School, Immaculate Conception School
Lives in Chicago, IL
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Latest example of an investment firm deciding to inhale in a burgeoning pot industry
Lincoln Park Capital of Chicago will invest up to $27 million in a Maryland company that plans to use some of the money for medical marijuana research, the Chicago Tribune reported recently.Jars co...
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Who wants to wear Google Glass, and even if you do, would you like to access credit-card information from the wearables? Discover Financial, the Riverwoods, IL-based credit card company, believes that its cardholders might want to check out their balances wearing the things.
Discover, the Riverwoods, IL-based credit card company, plans to introduce an app enabling customers to access basic account information on their wearable Google Glasses, the Chicago Tribune report...
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Watch out, Mayhem & Flo: Will driverless cars mean the end of auto insurance?
 A recent Page 1 story in the Chicago Tribune examines what the eventual coming of driver-less cars will mean for the auto insurance industry. This Mercedes-Benz S500 Intelligent Drive was tested d...
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I hope so! Especially for Mayhem. 
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Heading to the post office last week to mail a birthday package, I was worried that the line might be long and slow. Now, the U.S. Postal Service is considering offering financial products, the Chicago Tribune reports. What do you think?
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Becky...no offense ....I am just a grandmother who has invested for a while for my kids and now granddaughter for her college...she is 8....don't know how to contact you but if you are going to write about stocks...study up..do your DD..Nuvilex is not foremost a mmj company...they are a bio company that will rival Eli Lilly and Celgene on their technology....they will be the standard for Pancreatic Cancer...I am sorry for your readers...but I get tired of this...you guys writing about companies who try to save lives and you know nothing about it...
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Do you think the billionaire creator of Beanie Babies should be sentenced to prison, even after paying civil penalties and back taxes and interest? My first Chicago Tribune story in 2014:
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Thanks Tim. I appreciate the feedback
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Two funeral-products companies, including a family-owned business in Joliet, IL, are now owned by the same private equity firm, the Chicago Tribune reported recently:
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Many car insurers have programs that give discounts to drivers in return for monitoring their braking and mileage, but Progressive is the first big player to add driver location to the mix, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Many insurance companies have programs in which they monitor policyholders' driving in return for potential discounts, but Progressive is the first major one to test tracking of location as well, t...
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Thanks for the offer, Vince. I haven't owned a car since 2003, but if that changes, I'll keep you in mind :)
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Would you use financial services offered by your local post office?
Bill Moller and I discuss:
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Beanie Babies founder Ty Warner last week said he deserved probation for his "terrible mistake" of tax evasion. Federal prosecutors disagree:
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Oh wow! I am very suprised.
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Update on Boots, the cat saved by Fifth Third Bank, with a link to the original Chicago Tribune story:

http://chifinance.wordpress.com/2013/12/31/cat-saved-by-fifth-third-bank-doing-great/
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Happy New Year to you as well Becky!
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136 people
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Banking, insurance and private equity reporter for the Chicago Tribune. On Twitter as @beckyyerak
Employment
  • Chicago Tribune
    Financial services reporter, 2003 - present
  • Detroit News
    Casino, sports business reporter, 1998 - 2003
  • Plain Dealer
    General business reporter, 1989 - 1998
  • Palm Beach Post
    General business reporter, 1985 - 1989
  • Orlando Business Journal
    General business reporter, 1984 - 1985
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Chicago, IL
Previously
Detroit, Mich. - Cleveland, OH - West Palm Beach, FL - Orlando, FL - Columbus, OH
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Chicago Tribune, 435 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
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1-312-222-4283
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1-312-823-7514
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1-312-222-1172
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Becky Yerak is the banking, insurance and private equity reporter for the Chicago Tribune.
Introduction

Becky Yerak is a Chicago Tribune reporter who writes about banking, insurance and private equity, as well as movers and shakers in those industries. She’s also interested in trends related to borrowing, earning and spending.

The Cleveland-area native previously worked for the Detroit News, the (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, the Palm Beach Post and Orlando Business Journal.  She has a bachelor’s in journalism from Ohio State University.
 
Yerak’s many hobbies include going to the movies. She’s a member of the Southport Cine-Club, a monthly film discussion group.
 
Yerak is active at Blind Services Association of Chicago, where she records books and reads to the blind, and is a lector and acolyte at St. Peter’s in the Loop. That includes wearing a long white robe, helping to serve communion during Mass, and doing the two readings before the priest declares the gospel.
 
She likes getting pampered in the spa at Nordstrom, where she’s also on a first-name basis with many members of the sales force in the accessories department.

She also likes to travel, explore Chicago and take Illinois road trips; eat premium ice cream and Italian food; and get eight hours of sleep a night.

She’s still fond of sending snail mail, and her pleasure-reading choices are often dictated by what books and magazines are discarded in the laundry room of her apartment building. She regularly takes classes at the Newberry Library.

Yerak also likes watching TV. Her default stations are Cspan, AMC, Animal Planet, Discovery, History Channel and Fearnet. Her favorite shows are the "Walking Dead" and "Dancing with the Stars."

 
Bragging rights
During the financial crisis, appeared two straight nights on nationally televised, primetime "On the Record" on Fox News with Greta Van Susteren. Hasn't had an error in a story since 2008. Perfect work attendance since 1999. Top M&Ms seller two consecutive years on high school student council without any parental help. Alec Baldwin and Michelle Malkin have both retweeted her. Ran 1996 Columbus, Ohio, marathon in 3:40; was homerun leader in pigtail softball league; won a foul-shooting contest at a basketball camp in Willoughby, OH, for teen girls (8/10)
Education
  • Ohio State University, Willoughby South High School, Immaculate Conception School
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