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October 2008 - Posts

THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO - HAVE A SPOOKTACULAR WEEKEND
This weekend in Chicago promises to be a "spooktacular" one! It seems whenever Halloween falls on a Friday, it becomes a weekend long celebration. And true to form, Chicago, along with its surrounding neighborhoods, will host a wide variety Read More...
LIL' BUDDY'S BLOG - Many Homeowners Still in Denial As To Their Home's Market Value!
THE CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE MARKET, AND OTHER THINGS CHICAGO, FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF A LITTLE WHITE DOG! Grrrrrr!!!!! Gracie Moss writing tonight. I've got my Human Dad, Team Leader Dean, by a shoestring! Well, actually, our own Lil' Buddy is Read More...
IS HOUSING MARKET BOTTOM IN SIGHT - YES, Say Some Economists!
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HOMEBUILDERS CONFERENCE LAST WEEK OFFERS GLIMMER OF HOPE! Here in Chicago , homes-for-sale inventory levels are high - with over 15 months of inventory in many Chicago Neighborhoods and Suburbs. Despite heavy price discounting Read More...
CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS - WEST LOOP, LOOP, SOUTH LOOP, JEFFERSON PARK, NILES
WEST LOOP Ralph Johnson of Perkins and Will and Ron Krueck of Krueck and Sexton Architects, are two Chicago architects who were named on a short list of seven teams bidding to design the National Eisenhower Memorial in Washington, D.C.. Another candidate Read More...
ONLINE MORTGAGE COMPANIES - Can They Save You Money?
RATES MAY BE LOWER ONLINE - BUT WILL AN ONLINE LENDER BE RESPONSIVE IF THERE IS A PROBLEM? The Federal Reserve Board , as anticipated, dropped its benchmark Fed Funds Rate today by 1/2%. Today, that key rate, tied to many ARM Resets, is now 1.0% - the Read More...
OUR FAVORITE RECIPES - CARAMEL CORN POPCORN AND MORE
Who doesn't love a fun twist on an everyday snack? Here's to a new twist on an old favorite - popcorn. Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes Servings: 4 Ingredients: 8 cups air-popped popcorn (about 1/3 cup kernels) 2 tablespoons honey 4 Read More...
CHICAGO HOME PRICE INDEX DECLINES NEARLY 10% SINCE AUGUST 2007 - Latest Case-Shiller Index!
CHICAGO METRO AREA HOME PRICE FLAT - JULY-AUGUST, 2008! While an important Home Sale Price Index posted record declines across the U.S. between August 2007 and this August 2008 , as well as an improving 1.0% drop between July and August of this year , Read More...
KATHY'S HOME & GARDEN TIPS - FALL TO-DO LIST
Take advantage of the cooler weather and weed your garden now . Use weed control on areas that are especially troublesome. Rake and blow the leaves off the lawn. Leaving the leaves on the grass is not good for the lawn. Put down a good winterizer fertilizer Read More...
DICKER, DICKER, DICKER! Do You?
TODAY, MORE SHOPPERS TRY TO NEGOTIATE DISCOUNTS ON NEARLY EVERY PURCHASE! Quick question for you - when you picked up your Dry Cleaning today, did you try to negotiate a better price? You had coffee today at the corner shop you have visited every morning Read More...
TECHNOLOGY TIPS - SO DO YOU TWEET?
There is a great, free online resource that allows you to get information online about what's happening with family and friends called Twitter. The simplicity of this program is that in 140 characters or less, you answer the question: What are you Read More...
CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE STATS PACK - October 27, 2008
Good Morning! The price of a gallon of gasoline continues to drop, here in Chicago and across the U.S. What will be the likely effect on the Housing Market? Although an encouraging sign for the economy, around the world, the tumble in gasoline prices Read More...
GAS PRICES DROP! Now, What's Ahead for the Housing Market, and Things in General?
IN ESSENCE, PRECIPITOUS DECLINE IN PRICE OF CRUDE OIL HAS PUT MONEY IN EVERYONE'S POCKET! This past summer, when a barrel of oil was over $145 , and a gallon of regular gas here in Chicago topped $4.50 in many parts of the city and suburbs, my cousin Read More...
FORMER FED CHAIRMAN ALAN GREENSPAN - Expresses "Shocked Disbelief" at Breakdown of Credit Markets!
FORMERLY-REVERED GREENSPAN GRILLED BY CONGRESS! How things have changed in the credit markets since Former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan stepped down in January, 2006. Greenspan, once highly respected as an "oracle" for the economy, Read More...
CTA BROWN LINE L STATIONS UPDATED - But Not Without "Short Cuts!"
$530 MILLION UPGRADE PROJECT NEARLY COMPLETE - BIGGER, NEW PLATFORMS HAVE FLAWS! Every workday, 68,000 passengers ride the Chicago Transit Authority Brown Line L , running through the North and Northwest Side of Chicago Neighborhoods of Albany Park, Lincoln Read More...
CHICAGO SPORTS BLOG - JIM HENDRY GETS A FOUR-YEAR EXTENSION WITH THE CUBS
The Chicago Cubs decided to award the accomplishments of General Manager, Jim Hendry by extending him for four more years. The Cubs have gone to the postseason three times in Hendry's six years as GM. Cub President, Crane Kenney , is confident that Read More...
FINALLY . . . SOME ENCOURAGING NEWS FOR HOUSING!
NATIONALLY, HOME PRICES FALL, AND SALES REBOUND 5.5%, SEPTEMBER VERSUS AUGUST! Data released today by the National Association of Realtors show existing home sales rose more than expected last month - the highest level of resales of existing homes since Read More...
THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO - FRIGHTFULLY SERIOUS HALLOWEEN SHOPPING
This weekend, Fall festivities will keep the serious shopper and the children busy with much fun to be had. Here are a few choices. State Street Halloween Happening Parade at State and Randolph streets. Come on out and bring the children. They will join Read More...
LIL' BUDDY'S BLOG - AP STUDY: Dogs, Humans Worried About Economy Today - But Many Expect Vast Improvements by This Time Next Year!
THE CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE MARKET, AND OTHER THINGS CHICAGO, FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF A LITTLE WHITE DOG! Hey, you dogs! Man, you walk around Chicago today and you wonder what some folks are thinking. Humans, with their heads hung down. Canines, walking Read More...
COOK COUNTY IL ASSESSOR Proposes Relief for High Real Estate Taxes Here!
COUNTY ASSESSOR JAMES HOULIHAN FLOATS "CIRCUIT BREAKER" OPTION! For many homeowners here in Cook County IL, the county that includes the City of Chicago , current property taxes have shot up substantially this year. Bills for the Second Installment Read More...
CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS - GOLD COAST, LINCOLN PARK, LOOP, NORWOOD PARK, OAK PARK
GOLD COAST Bob Patrizi and Greg Levy are expanding their chain of Halo [for Men] salons from three to six, despite the state of the economy. "Everybody's going to need a haircut, and our clientele is people who are doing well," Patrizi, Read More...
OUR FAVORITE RECIPES - ACORN SQUASH SOUP
Who doesn't love a fall soup? I thought it would be great to share a fun recipe that is so representative of fall. Enjoy. Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour Servings: 2 Ingredients: 1 medium acorn squash, halved and seeded 1 tablespoon butter Read More...
MORTGAGE DELINQUENCIES ESCALATE - Will Credit Card Delinquencies Follow?
OF ALL U.S. COUNTIES - 73% HAVE HIGHER MORTGAGE DELINQUENCY RATES VERSUS 2007. CREDIT CARD DELINQUENCIES CLOSE BEHIND - 71%! Here's some troubling economic news from The Federal Reserve Bank of New York - while Mortgage Delinquency Rates are up in Read More...
WIN OR LOSE, OBAMA CAMPAIGN PLANS ELECTION NIGHT EVENT AT GRANT PARK, DOWNTOWN CHICAGO!
HISTORIC EVENT COULD DRAW OVER 100.000 TO CHICAGO LAKEFRONT PARK! Are you a Democrat ? A Republican ? Liberal Bleeding Heart ? Venomous Right-Wing Nut-Job ? Whatever your political leaning, and despite your likely weariness with the 2008 Presidential Read More...
KATHY HOME & GARDEN TIPS - HOUSE AND GARDEN FALL JOBS
Now that it has finally cooled off it is time to tackle more pre-winter jobs around the house and garden. If you don't have siding on your house and you have peeling paint it's time to treat these areas before the cold and snow comes. Scrape the Read More...
47.8% INCREASE IN COOK COUNTY IL FORECLOSURES Taking Big Toll on All Involved!
2008 FORECLOSURES CAN TOP 42,000 IN COUNTY THAT INCLUDES CITY OF CHICAGO! Skyrocketing foreclosures here in Cook County and Chicago IL take their psychological toll on everyone. Of course, homeowners that lose their family home, their dignity, and a piece Read More...
TECHNOLOGY TIPS - FREE DOWNLOADS AND APPLICATIONS PART III
You know saving the best for last has been a good motto. Today I've got some really good information for you about several free Internet online tools and applications that will help enhance your experience. Filezilla Filezilla is a fast and compact Read More...
CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE STATS PACK - October 20, 2008
Good Morning! For the third consecutive month, New Home Sales, as well as New Building Permits, have continued to slide nationally. Since September, 2007 , Housing Starts have tumbled 31% - their lowest annualized rate in 18 years! Some economists think Read More...
SEPTEMBER, 2008 ANOTHER BAD MONTH FOR NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION!
LAST MONTH'S 6.3% NEW CONSTRUCTION DIP TO SEASONALLY-ADJUSTED 817,000 ANNUAL RATE LOWEST SINCE 1991! For the third consecutive month, New Home Building tumbled last month. Since last September, Housing Starts across the U.S. have tumbled 31%. Will Read More...
AS GAS PRICES TUMBLE - Has Consumer Sentiment Buoyed?
CHICAGO GAS PRICES FALL BELOW $3.40/GALLON, FROM OVER $4.50/GALLON SUMMER HIGH! NATIONWIDE, CONSUMERS SILL WARY, HOWEVER! In Chicago , and across the U.S., the average price for a gallon of gasoline has fallen - below $3.00 in many parts of the country, Read More...
IN LIGHT OF MELTDOWN, Most Lenders Losing Money on Average Transaction, Shedding Staff - But Many Still Barely Profitable!
OVER 100,000 MORTGAGE JOBS LOST LAST YEAR, BUT AVERAGE LENDER HAS POSITIVE NET INCOME - MORTGAGE BANKERS ASSOCIATION SURVEY! One might assume, with inventories of homes for sale still at historically-high levels here in Chicago and elsewhere across the Read More...
JEFF'S SPORTS BLOG - HOW WILL OUR CHICAGO BEARS FAIR AGAINST THE VIKINGS?
The Chicago Bears will battle Central Division rival, the Minnesota Vikings in a big game at Soldier Field tomorrow. The Vikings bring an excellent running game with star running back, Adrian Peterson . The Bears were torched by Peterson in the first Read More...
STATE OF IL TO COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS - "No New Mortgage Loans in Illinois!" Countrywide Says - "We're Still Open!"
COUNTRYWIDE, BANK OF AMERICA PARENT SAY FEDERAL CHARTER STATUS OF COUNTRYWIDE BANK FSB WILL ALLOW IT TO OPERATE HERE DESPITE STATE ACTION! To settle a court fight brought on by the Attorneys General here in Illinois and in a dozen other states, Countrywide Read More...
THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO - HAPPY HAUNTINGS!
Well, Halloween is just two weeks away and Chicago, along with its surrounding neighborhoods, is gearing up this weekend for some "frightful" events that lead up to Halloween itself. Now, I don't know about you, but I absolutely love Halloween Read More...
LIL' BUDDY'S BLOG - Finally, a Taker for Broken-Hearted Chicago Cub Fan's Loyalty: The Boston Red Sox!
THE CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE MARKET, AND OTHER THINGS CHICAGO, FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF A LITTLE WHITE DOG! Hey, you dogs! You know, I'm not what you would call a very political dog - this was the first year I have actually registered to vote! What's Read More...
COOK COUNTY IL SHERIFF TOM DART TO RESUME FORECLOSURE EVICTIONS!
CONCERN OVER EVICTION OF TENANTS NOT NOTIFIED OF FORECLOSURE ON PROPERTY PROMPTED EARLIER SUSPENSION! One week ago, on October 9th, Cook County IL Sheriff Tom Dart instructed his officers to suspend evictions from properties which had been foreclosed Read More...
FDIC CHIEF - More Aggressive Approach to Homeowners Facing Foreclosure Needed!
BAILOUT PLAN WILL HELP STABILIZE FINANCIAL MARKETS, BUT DO LITTLE TO HELP DISTRESSED HOMEOWNERS, SHE CONTENDS! Not everyone in the Bush Administration is completely on board with the recently-passed,$700 Billion Federal Bailout to aid Financial Institutions Read More...
WHEN HOUSING MARKET REBOUNDS (And It WILL!) . . . Which Buyers Will Lead the Charge Back?
RESEARCH GROUP PREDICTS MINORITIES, THOSE UNDER 30 WILL MAKE LEAD NEXT HOUSING SURGE! Here in Chicago , and across the U.S., average housing prices are falling. Inventories remain high. And home loans, especially within the last few weeks, are tough to Read More...
CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS - LAKEVIEW, LOOP, GOLD COAST, EDISON PARK, EVANSTON
LAKEVIEW In tough economic times, celebrating the Jewish fall harvest holiday within a pre-manufactured sukkah just didn't seem right, according to Art Freidman. Instead, Freidman spent hours on his knees, hammering nails into wood to build the temporary Read More...
OUR FAVORITE RECIPES - ITALIAN TOASTER SANDWICH
This weather always makes me want to nibble on something warm. Today we have a yummy hot sandwich for your dining pleasure. Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Servings: 2 Ingredients: Onion rolls Ham Pastrami Salami 1 slice provolone and 1 slice Read More...
CHICAGO MAYOR RICHARD DALEY to Shut Down Some City Services for Six Days Over Next Two Years!
MANDATORY, UNPAID "DAYS OFF" WOULD APPLY TO NON-ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL ONLY! Except for Police, Fire, and other essential city services , Chicago Mayor Richard Daley plans to shut down the city for six extra unpaid "holidays" over the Read More...
NO, IT'S NOT YOUR IMAGINATION! Chicago Roads More Congested Than Ever!
DESPITE NEARLY 5% DECLINE IN MILES DRIVEN IN CHICAGO AREA, ROAD CONGESTION HAS ACTUALLY INCREASED SINCE 2007! In Chicago , we used to have a "Rush Hour." Now, to regular commuters, it seems as if there is only one hour WITHOUT A RUSH! You're Read More...
KATHY'S HOME & GARDEN TIPS - FIRE SAFETY CHECKLIST
Fire Safety is something you should be checking on at least once a year. The following checklist is designed to assist you to make sure you are keeping things safe at home. 1. Is there at least one smoke detector near every bedroom and on every level? Read More...
EARLY VOTING BEGINS TODAY IN CHICAGO, ACROSS IL!
51 CHICAGO LOCATIONS ALLOW EARLY VOTING NOW THROUGH OCTOBER 30TH! It is truly possible that Early Voting Programs , here in Chicago , across Illinois , and in several other states, can revolutionize the process of selecting public officials. You never Read More...
TECHNOLOGY TIPS - FREE DOWNLOADS AND APPLICATIONS PART II
This week it's all about your server, backing up your data and keeping your hard drive clean and running smoothly. Some of these software downloads may sound familiar but you'll find all of them useful and best of all these are free. nLite nLite Read More...
CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE STATS PACK - October 13, 2008
Good Morning! After a tumultuous week on Wall Street, more discouraging news on the Housing Market, nationwide. According to a study by Moodys.com , 16% of all homeowners - about 1 in 6 - are "under water" on their home mortgages - they owe Read More...
LIVING IN CHICAGO - It's Likely to Cost You More in 2009!
NEW CITY TAXES, INCREASED TRANSIT FARES LIKELY NEXT YEAR! Here's some more bad news for Chicago Residents already pummeled by news of falling stock values and frozen credit: it appears likely that higher Chicago Taxes , and Higher CTA Fares , are Read More...
CHICAGO MARATHON - Mid-Marathon, and All Seems Well!
NEARLY 33,000 RUNNING IN 26.2 MILE EVENT STARTING THIS MORNING, 8 AM, CDT (7:50 AM FOR WHEELCHAIR-BOUND COMPETITORS)! This year's Chicago Marathon was being watched with concerned eyes when running began early this morning. Most remember the 2007 Read More...
JEFF'S SPORTS BLOG - THE CHICAGO BEARS VISIT THE ATLANTA FALCONS
It's early in the season but the Chicago Bears will play the Atlanta Falcons in a key NFC game tomorrow at NOON, CST. The Bears and Falcons have surprised many NFL experts by posting a 3-2 record so far. The Bears have brought the usual tough defense Read More...
THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO - COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL & CHICAGO MARATHON
Go out to Soldier Field on this fantastic balmy autumn weekend and celebrate Chicago's Country Music Festival. 2008 marks a big change for the event. The Chicago Country Music Festival will be moving to a new location and a new date! Mayor Daley is Read More...
LIL' BUDDY'S BLOG - I'm Talking TRASH! Really, I Am!
TH E CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE MARKET, AND OTHER THINGS CHICAGO, FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF A LITTLE WHITE DOG! Both me and my Pup Reporter, GRACIE MOSS, had to work on this post today. This is a dirty story, and she is helping me with the dirty work. It's Read More...
ACROSS U.S., NEARLY 1 IN 6 HOMEOWNERS "UPSIDE DOWN" IN THEIR MORTGAGE!
AN ESTIMATED 16 MILLION OF 75.5 MILLION HOMEOWNERS NOW OWE MORE THAN THEIR HOUSE IS WORTH! The latest statistics, compiled by Moodys.com , are very scary. Nationally, 16% of U.S. Homeowners owe more to their mortgage lender than their home is currently Read More...
CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS - LINCOLN PARK, UPTOWN, LOGAN SQUARE, WEST RIDGE/ROGERS PARK, OAK PARK
LINCOLN PARK, UPTOWN, LOGAN SQUARE If you're most people, you practically live in your car. You eat, drink, groom yourself, and use it for storage. Keeping your second home clean is getting very costly. Here are a few suggestions for cutting corners. Read More...
AN UNPLEASANT SURPRISE! Many Cook County IL Tax Bills Up, Despite Declining Real Estate Market!
FOR MANY, 2ND INSTALLMENT OF RE TAXES, DUE NOVEMBER 3RD, SHOWS HEFTY INCREASE! "The Market is Soft! The Market is Soft!" That's what the Internet and the newspapers have been saying about housing values here in Chicago and its Cook County Read More...
COOK COUNTY IL SHERIFF TO SUSPEND FORECLOSURE EVICTIONS!
SHERIFF TOM DART COULD RISK FINDING OF CONTEMPT OF COURT IF HE DEFIES COURT ORDERS TO EVICT! Each month, since the beginning of 2008, roughly 2,000 people get served with an eviction notice here in Cook County I L - the county that includes the City of Read More...
A LITTLE GOOD NEWS - Index of Homes Pending Sale Jumps 7.4% in August!
FALLING PRICES MAY BE PUSHING SALES IN HARDEST HIT AREAS, ACCORDING TO NAR! An index compiled by the National Association of Realtors shows pending sales up in August - over 7%. That's the biggest jump in pending sales, or those homes whose owners Read More...
OUR FAVORITE RECIPES - BLACK BEAN SOUP
I've asked one of my favorite chefs, Chef Jill, owner of Centered Chef Chicago to give us a recipe that's sure to please. Chef Jill says, "It's quick and easy, as well as seasonal. You make it in the slow cooker so your house smells great Read More...
FED HINTS AT LOWER INTEREST RATES, Buying Commercial Paper from Corporations - But Stocks Continue To Tumble!
DOW DOWN 508 POINTS, OR 5.11%, AT CLOSE. NASDAQ DOWN 5.80%; S & P BROADER MARKET INDEX - DOWN 5.74%! Is the U.S. Stock Market finding a bottom? And what effect will the market's fall, combined with the potential for lower Fed Interest Rates , Read More...
LOGAN SQUARE, CHICAGO! ROOMY 3BR TOP-FLOOR LOFT - QUIET STREET, 2 BLOCKS TO EL!
Logan Square, Chicago - INCLUDES HEATED GARAGE PARKING - Two Blocks to Blue Line L! Roomy, bright layout features Open Floor Plan Living Room with Gas Fireplace, Custom Mantle – Diagonal Hardwood Floors! I ncredible view of Downtown Chicago Skyline Read More...
KATHY'S HOME & GARDEN TIPS - FALL TREE PLANTING
Fall is a great time to plant trees. The tree will have time to establish roots before the ground freezes and will have a good start when spring arrives. Many garden centers will discount trees in the fall to prevent carrying stock over the winter. First Read More...
BANK OF AMERICA COURT SETTLEMENT Might Forestall Nearly 21,000 Foreclosures in Illinois!
COURT SETTLEMENT IN IL, 7 OTHER STATES TO FORCE COUNTRYWIDE HOME MORTGAGE TO RE-FI MILLIONS IN RISKY LOANS! Here in Chicago , and across Illinois , during the housing boom of a couple of years ago, Countrywide Home Loans was one of the most active companies Read More...
TECHNOLOGY TIPS - FREE DOWNLOADS AND APPLICATIONS PART I
The following titles are designed to help you day-to-day office tasks. This includes tools for graphics, multimedia and desktop publishing as well as word processing and project management. MWSnap MWSnap is a simple Windows application for capturing images Read More...
CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE STATS PACK - October 6, 2008
Good Morning! The $700 Billion Rescue Bill is Law! Will it impact the Economy? Mortgage Rates? The Housing Market in general? Likely . . . not right away! Review some of the thoughts and comments of experts via our post yesterday at BlogChicagoHomes.com Read More...
U.S. RESCUE BECOMES LAW! Now, Where Go Mortgage Interest Rates?
SHOULD STOCK MARKET FIND A BOTTOM, RATES MAY CREEP UP, SAYS ONE CHICAGO LENDING PROFESSIONAL! The Bailout! The Rescue! Whatever you call the $700 Billion Plan passed this week and signed into law, its effect on mortgage interest rates, especially in the Read More...
U.S. BAILOUT APPROVED! For Home Buyers and Sellers - Will it Work? How Quickly?
LENDER CONFIDENCE IN MAKING LOANS MAY TAKE WEEKS TO RETURN! If you watched any of the Cable News Channels yesterday, you didn't see much celebrating, back slapping, or Champagne cork popping after Congress passed and President Bush signed the $700 Read More...
JEFF'S CHICAGO SPORTS BLOG - THE CUBS AND SOX ARE NOT HEADED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
Well, we have had one terrific regular season for both Chicago baseball teams, but unfortunately, the postseason has been very disappointing. Yes, there is the conventional argument that a series isn't over until it's over, however, neither the Read More...
THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO - AN “ART FULL” WEEKEND
Calling all Arts and Culture enthusiasts -- this is your weekend! In conjunction with Chicago Artists' Month , there are a variety of art performances and events taking place in a variety of locations throughout Chicago. These events will feature Read More...
LIL' BUDDY'S BLOG: Our Post-Season Chicago Cubs are Making Me Blue!
THE CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE MARKET, AND OTHER THINGS CHICAGO, FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF A LITTLE WHITE DOG! Hey, you dogs! You know, my short little life has been baseball packed! I've seen two Chicago Cubs Post Season runs. Last year, October Baseball Read More...
U.S. FIRST-TIME BUYER CREDIT Just One of Many Buyer Incentives in Chicago, Across IL!
CHICAGO "TAX SMART," ILLINOIS MORTGAGE CERTIFICATE CREDIT PROGRAM ALLOWS FIRST-TIME BUYERS TO DEDUCT UP TO $2,000 FROM FEDERAL INCOME TAX OWED! Last Summer, one of the key provisions of the U.S. Housing Relief Bill , a maximum $7,500 direct Read More...
RIDE THE EL, BUS IN CHICAGO? In 2009, CTA Rides Likely to Cost More!
DESPITE HIGHER RIDERSHIP THIS YEAR, HIGHER OPERATING COSTS LIKELY TO TRIGGER FARE INCREASE! Politicians, and many riders (except, perhaps, for those waiting and waiting for a CTA Bus or El Train on a cold winter day) feel that public transit in Chicago Read More...
CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS - LINCOLN SQUARE, LOOP, ROGERS PARK, EDGEBROOK, NAPERVILLE
LINCOLN SQUARE On Sunday, beginning at 12:45 p.m., over 25 Lincoln Square restaurants will offer food, wines for sampling, and a raffle along with live and silent auctions. This ninth annual indoor-outdoor event will be hosted by St. Matthias Parish, Read More...
OUR FAVORITE RECIPES - MOROCCAN LENTIL SOUP
It's starting to get chilly out there and soups are great for keeping warm. Below is a great vegetarian friendly recipe that you're sure to enjoy. Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour 45 minutes Servings: 6 INGREDIENTS: 2 onions, chopped 2 Read More...