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  • Honor Flight a high point for female WWII veteran Dec 12, 2014 9:42 AM
    By 1945, at the end of WWII, less than three percent of American military personnel were women. Barbara “Bobbie” Merritt was one of them. A resident of Sedgebrook, a senior living community in Lincolnshire, Bobbie achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer inthe Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service), serving in Arlington, Virginia.

     
  • Veterinary specialty center hosts holiday pet food drive Dec 11, 2014 11:27 AM
    For the third straight year, Veterinary Specialty Center in Buffalo Grove will be conducting a pet food and supply drive for Nina’s Pet Food Pantry, a program of Young at Heart Pet Rescue, during the holidays.

     
  • Holiday light recycling in SWANCC communities Dec 11, 2014 11:40 AM
    The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County and its member communities are offering a Holiday Light Recycling Program at no cost to its residents.

     
  • Buffalo Grove man gets life sentence in kidnap-torture plot Dec 11, 2014 7:15 PM
    A Buffalo Grove man will spend the rest of his life in prison for plotting to kidnap and kill a suburban businessman using a torture chamber he and an accomplice set up for the purpose. The crimes committed by Steven Mandell, a former Chicago policeman and onetime death row inmate, "were evil and show a complete disregard for human life,” U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve said.

     
  • Buffalo Grove adds new restrictions on pawn, resale shops Dec 12, 2014 9:01 AM
    Opening a pawn or resale shop in Buffalo Grove now requires village approval, thanks to a change to the town’s zoning ordinance approved recently by village trustees. The measure also bars such businesses from being located within 1,000 feet of one another, preventing them from becoming concentrated in one part of town.

     
  • Fine-tune your swing at Royal Melbourne Golf Academy Dec 10, 2014 6:49 PM
    Opened in 2013, the Royal Melbourne Golf Academy has given the opportunity for golfers to improve their swing, even in winter.

     
  • The Season of Giving? Dec 15, 2014 3:45 PM
    Just like the holidays, it’s never too early to begin planning for the 2014 income tax filing season. The following are several tax savings strategies aimed at helping taxpayers minimize their income tax bills. As always, please remember to speak with a qualified tax professional about your specific tax situation. Defer your income The basic idea is to shift income out of this year and into next year, thereby allowing you to postpone paying tax on the income for the time being. Here are several common examples of the application of this strategy: • Ask your boss to hold off on paying your bonus until January 2015. • Put more money into your tax-deferred 401(k) retirement plan before year end. • Make tax-deductible contributions to your IRA for the 2014 tax year by April 15, 2015. • Hold off on selling certain “appreciated” assets that will generate a capital gain until after the new year. • If you’re self-employed, delay sending customer invoices for year-end projects until after the new year. Accelerate tax deductible home expenses Owning your home provides two key tax deductions which you can use by year-end to reduce your current year’s tax bill. Make your January mortgage payment by Dec. 31 and deduct the mortgage interest on the extra payment on your 2014 tax return. The same is true for early property tax payments. Be sure to consider the impact, if any, of the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) on the accelerated property tax payment strategy as property taxes are not deductible under the AMT rules. Use a “bunching” strategy for certain types of deductible expenses Medical and dental expenses, to the extent they exceed 10 percent of your adjusted gross income (AGI) and miscellaneous expenses, to the extent they exceed two percent of AGI are deductible. The most common miscellaneous expenses are unreimbursed employee business expenses and investment management fees. To get over this deduction “hurdle,” consider combining eligible expenses. This strategy, known as bunching deductions, will push them into one tax year where you can make maximum tax use of them. Accelerate other deductible expenses into 2014 Unlike medical, dental and miscellaneous expenses, charitable donations are fully deductible without any AGI limitations. Consider making large charitable donations (either cash or non-cash) before year end to obtain the benefit of the deduction on this year’s return. Make sure that you maintain copies of all receipts for your charitable donations in the event of a tax audit. A donor advised fund is an excellent tool for coordinating your charitable giving program.

     
  • Trinity announces new scholarship initiative Dec 15, 2014 3:45 PM
    Deerfield, Ill. — Trinity College will host the inaugural Kenneth Kantzer Honor Scholarships Competition Feb. 6-7 to give invited students opportunities to receive one cost-of-attendance award, two full-tuition scholarships and a limited number of $20,000 and $15,000 awards. The invited students will have met specific scholarship requirements, received acceptance to Trinity for fall 2015 and gained acceptance to the honors program. They also must submit a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (commonly referred to as a FAFSA form) by Feb. 1. Invitations to the competition will go out in January and must be accepted no later than Feb. 1. The decisions of the judges will be released no later than Feb. 15. The competition is named in honor of Kenneth Kantzer, who was a professor of biblical and systematic theology and academic dean of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School from 1960-1978. Kantzer earned a doctorate at Harvard and provided leadership that enhanced Trinity’s academic reputation. “Trinity College has through the years attracted outstanding students from all across the country,” President David S. Dockery said. “As a part of our institutional commitment to the themes of heritage and hope, we want to ensure that the heritage of attracting top notch students continues, while also providing a sense of hopefulness for these and other students to consider preparing for the future under the guidance of the capable teaching faculty at Trinity. The new academic scholarship initiative is certainly a major step forward in this regard.” After several social events on Feb. 6, the competition on Feb. 7 will include time for personal interviews, group discussion and community building. An option to participate on Skype will be offered to students who cannot visit the campus. Tours of campus can be arranged for interested visitors. For information about participating in the competition, contact Jordan Bryant at 847-317-7076.

     
  • Buffalo Grove police rank well in community survey Dec 9, 2014 4:58 PM
    A Buffalo Grove police survey of attitudes about the community found that 96.5 percent of respondents strongly agree or agree that they feel safe in their home or business, and 93.9 percent strongly agree or agree that they feel safe walking in their neighborhood. Of the surveys returned, 85.3 percent strongly agree or agree that the overall performance of the police department meets their expectations and 8.8 percent were neutral in their response.

     
  • Stevenson varsity poms team dance has inspirational message Dec 10, 2014 9:53 PM
    The Stevenson varsity poms competition season starts this winter. It will end, if they qualify for the state competition, on Jan. 30, 2015.

     
  • Dr. Yaroslav Yarmolyuk from Orthodontic Experts of Arlington Heights Has Achieved Invisalign Premier Provider Status Dec 15, 2014 3:21 PM
    Orthodontic Experts of Arlington Heights is proud to announce that Dr. Yaroslav Yarmolyuk is now a Premier Invisalign and Invisalign Teen Provider.

     
  • Join Santa and Mrs. Claus at Lake Zurich Holiday Inn Express and Suites Dec 15, 2014 3:21 PM
    The Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Lake Zurich has some very special holiday guests arriving this coming Friday for the Family Holiday Extravaganza! Santa and Mrs. Claus will be staying at the hotel, located at 197 S. Rand Road in Lake Zurich, from Saturday, December 13-Sunday, December 14.

     
  • Northwestern Mutual Honors Spengel with Forum Membership Dec 15, 2014 3:23 PM
    Northwestern Mutual is honoring Skokie financial representative Keith P. Spengel, CLU®, CLTC, CFP® with membership in its 2014 Forum Group, which recognizes individuals for an outstanding year of helping clients achieve financial security.

     
  • Controversial Buffalo Grove downtown plan dies Dec 9, 2014 8:57 PM
    A controversial plan to build a sprawling downtown project on Buffalo Grove’s municipal campus and golf course has come to an abrupt end. CRM Properties Group President Charles Malk has withdrawn the proposal, citing higher-than-anticipated costs and a lack of public funding, the village said. Village President Jeff Braiman said CRM’s concept “does not make financial sense for Buffalo Grove.”

     
  • Sedgebrook woodworker brings new life to old finds Dec 8, 2014 1:18 PM
    Don Hollenbeck is disturbed by “move-in-ready” home makeover TV shows. “I can’t understand how people can just come into a place with things that someone else has picked out and set up for them,” said the woodworker and resident of Sedgebrook, a senior living community in Lincolnshire.

     
  • Flexible M.B.A. students discover that profitability, sustainability can co-exist Dec 8, 2014 4:54 PM
    To meet rapidly growing demands for food, fresh water, timber, fiber and fuel, humans have changed ecosystems more rapidly and extensively during the last 50 years than in any comparable time in history, according to a study commissioned by the United Nations. These changes have contributed to gains in human well-being and economic development, but at a cost to future generations in the form of potential disease, abrupt alterations in water quality, the creation of “dead zones” in coastal waters, the collapse of fisheries, shifts in regional climate, and the degradation of tropical forests, coral reefs and dryland ecosystems. The social and environmental challenges humans face in the next 50 years is daunting. But amidst the growing crisis, companies have discovered an opportunity to do business in a way that has a positive social, environmental and financial impact. Companies that have the foresight to become sustainable leaders of tomorrow will be rewarded by record business opportunities and profitability. The Sustainable Business and Leadership concentration in the Flexible Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program at Benedictine University is training tomorrow’s sustainable leaders today. It is one of only two such concentrations available through the nearly two dozen Chicago-area colleges and universities that offer an M.B.A. degree. The concentration focuses on the need for sustainability and profitability. “Too often the need for profit in business is excluded during discussion of sustainability,” said Mark Kozak, M.B.A., business consultant and adjunct professor in the M.B.A. program at Benedictine. “The Sustainable Business and Leadership concentration at Benedictine emphasizes the balance between the needs of business to make a profit while demonstrating concern for the environment. “Those are the three P’s of sustainability … people, planet and profit,” he added. The Sustainable Business and Leadership concentration provides students with an understanding of the broad impact of sustainability, strategic opportunities to make sustainability profitable, and integrate sustainability principles, thinking and action throughout their organizations. Among the courses from which students may choose are “Essentials of Sustainable Leadership,” “Developing Sustainable Leaders,” “Leading Sustainable Organizations,” “Understanding the New Revolution in Sustainability” and “Sustainability as a Driver for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Market Growth.” The Sustainable Business and Leadership concentration at Benedictine differs from programs elsewhere because it is business-centric. “The program is business-focused, as opposed to strictly talking about environmental or people issues,” Kozak said. “Those aspects are important and integral to the whole concept of sustainability, but we lead with a business focus.” The program is most beneficial to professionals who work in the environmental, health and safety areas of business, as well as those in related regulatory and technical fields. “The concentration is a benefit to anyone looking to gain greater perspective on working with others,” Kozak said. “Through a discussion of sustainability, those who strongly support capitalism, environmentalism and social concerns can work together to understand each other’s needs and chart a path that achieves all three.” Benedictine also offers Sustainable Business and Leadership certificate program for students who are unable to complete the M.B.A. program but want to expand their knowledge in the subject area and add a meaningful credential to their resume. “The flexible M.B.A. program at Benedictine offers numerous opportunities for students to expand their skills in an array of interests, one of which is in the area of sustainability,” said Ricky Holman, J.D., assistant professor and chair, Graduate Business Administration. To learn more about the Sustainable Business and Leadership concentration in the M.B.A. program or the Sustainable Business and Leadership certificate program at Benedictine University, contact the Office of Admissions at (630) 829-6300 or admissions@ben.edu.

     
  • Both sides must build strong relationships Dec 8, 2014 5:01 AM
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: A thief who assaulted a business owner and subsequently assaulted and refused to follow a policeman’s instructions was killed when confronting that policeman. Does this sound familiar?

     
  • Don’t treat mentally ill as violent thugs Dec 8, 2014 5:01 AM
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: The 45-year sentences should be given to murderers, not nonviolent offenders who only send emails and voice messages from a distance. The Open Society Foundations has given a grant of $50 million to the American Civil Liberties Union in support of its nationwide campaign to cut the U.S. prison population in half by 2020, the most ambitious effort to end mass incarceration in American history. We support and applaud this effort.

     
  • Sussman the only one who is listening Dec 8, 2014 5:01 AM
    Letter to the editor: Frank Sears writes that on the Buffalo Grove Village Board, only Beverly Sussman is listening to how strongly residents are opposed to the proposed downtown redvelopment project.

     
  • Sedgebrook residents honor veterans with ceremony Dec 8, 2014 9:31 AM
    In a solemn and inspiring ceremony, Sedgebrook residents honored veterans today: those now living beside them at the Lincolnshire retirement community, those lost in the four wars during their lifetime and all those who served in our military and their families.

     
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