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  • Family, Marines wish World War II veteran a happy 90th birthday Dec 13, 2014 3:46 PM
    More than 100 members of a large Lake County family and representatives from the U.S. Marine Corps came together on Saturday to celebrate the 90th birthday of World War II veteran Raymond Rosing. “I was very surprised,” Rosing said.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • National Association of REALTORS® Selects Nancy Nagy of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group to Serve on Board of Directors Dec 15, 2014 3:42 PM
    CHICAGO, IL – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group’s Chief Executive Officer Nancy Nagy has been selected to serve on the National Association of Realtors® Board of Directors in 2015. Nagy was chosen to serve as one of the 75 large real estate firm representatives. “We are very pleased that Nancy has been selected to serve on NAR’s Board of Directors. This is an important time for real estate, and we are glad that Nancy will have the opportunity to actively participate in shaping our industry as a leader within the NAR organization,” said Ron Peltier, chairman and CEO of HomeServices of America, Inc. “It is such an honor to have been selected as one of the Board of Directors for the National Association of REALTORS®. I feel very grateful for this opportunity. As our business is changing, it is crucial that we are part of shaping that future,” said Nancy Nagy. The National Association of REALTORS® is America’s largest trade association and has 1 million members that include institutes, societies and councils that are involved with commercial and residential real estate. About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group, a full-service real estate company, has nearly 1,500 real estate professionals and staff serving customers throughout the Chicago metropolitan area and surrounding communities. Formed from the merger between two legendary Chicago real estate brokerages – Prudential Rubloff Properties and Koenig & Strey – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group inherits a solid reputation built from decades of helping people throughout the greater Chicago area buy and sell real estate. Visit KoenigRubloff.com.

     
  • Student-run medical clinic incubator for new ideas in healthcare delivery Dec 15, 2014 3:42 PM
    A free medical clinic that provides an array of primary and specialty care, including routine mental health screenings, under one roof, often in one visit, is extending the boundaries of healthcare delivery. Founded in 2013 by four medical students at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago, the Interprofessional Community Clinic provides health care to underserved men, women and children while offering early clinical skills training to medical and health science students who work in teams, under faculty supervision, to diagnose and treat patients. Volunteer student clinicians come from a broad range of RFUMS programs including medicine, pharmacy, podiatric medicine, clinical psychology and physical therapy. They work side by side, learning respect for each other’s professions and collaborating and leading in areas that also include administration, community outreach, clinic management, fundraising and research. “We, the students, literally run the show at ICC every Thursday night,” said Hannah Lee, ICC co-founder and former president. “There is no other medical environment where, in the absence of a hierarchy, best practices are nonetheless upheld.” Lee praised RFUMS for its support of the founders’ “idealistic” plan for the ICC. The university provides space, financial support and a team of advisors. “It has taken an extraordinary place and an extraordinary group of inspired people to build this clinic,” Lee said. The ICC, which was recently named the 2014 recipient of the President’s Interprofessional Healthcare Leadership Award at RFUMS, is operated as part of the Rosalind Franklin University Health System. It provided care to 243 patients in its first year. In its second year, clinic services expanded to include women’s health, ophthalmology, diabetes education and social and multilingual services. Nearly 140 students work in the clinic—200 more are on a wait list—and 30 faculty members have volunteered to supervise. ICC volunteers have also held dozens of outreach events, offering health screenings, patient education and referrals. RFUMS embraced interprofessional education and practice more than a decade ago. Dr. K. Michael Welch, president and CEO, said the clinic embodies the university’s mission of interprofessional learning, teaching, and service through leadership. “The ICC underscores our commitment to improving the health of our community, our nation, and transforming the delivery of care,” Welch said. “The clinic and its student clinicians are influencing the future of health care with every patient they see.” Interprofessional, team-based care continues to gain traction as a means to better coordinate care, hold down costs and improve patient outcomes. The American College of Physicians, in a 2013 position paper “Principles Supporting Dynamic Clinical Care Teams,” promotes a team-based model in which clinicians in different disciplines assume “principal responsibility for a specific element of a patient’s care as the patient’s needs dictate,” while the team works as a whole to coordinate the elements of care. Clinic co-founders, all members of the Chicago Medical School Class of 2016, also include Miao Hua, who worked to integrate competing visions for the clinic. “We wanted the clinic to be flexible and reflexive, always open to new ways of improving care,” Hua said. Svetlana Kozlovich said her role in founding the clinic was “an incredible privilege.” “I’m humbled by the hard work and volunteer efforts of so many RFUMS students, faculty and staff who have made ICC what it is—a truly interprofessional clinic and medical home for so many under- and uninsured patients,” Kozlovich said. Co-founder Sarah Hershman called the clinic an “incubator for new ideas” in the delivery of care. “None of us really knows what kind of environment we’ll be practicing in 10, 20, 30 years from now,” Hershman said. “But the future is going to come out of collaborations like the ICC.” The clinic, at 3471 Green Bay Road, North Chicago, is open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Thursday. For an appointment, call 847-578-8501.

     
  • Naperville accountant sentenced in RV financing scheme Dec 10, 2014 8:00 PM
    Two suburban men, including an accountant from Naperville, were sentenced to prison for their parts in a recreational vehicle financing scheme that cost lenders nearly $60 million. Brian McMahon, 55, of Naperville, received a 30-month prison sentence acting as the accountant who facilitated false tax returns, according to prosecutors. Russell S. Ott, 51, of Oswego, who pleaded guilty to bank fraud and tax evasion was sentenced to 13 and a half years in prison.

     
  • Community sentiment outweighs support for video gambling in Libertyville Dec 10, 2014 3:41 PM
    Libertyville trustees have decided not to lift a ban on video gambling, saying the impact on the community overall would outweigh the benefit to some businesses. "There's no compelling reason at this point to have it in Libertyville," said Trustee Donna Johnson.

     
  • Hospital scare deserved more attention Dec 10, 2014 1:01 AM
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: And article in the Saturday, Nov. 29, edition of the Daily Herald was very alarming. Someone recently returned from Africa shows up at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights with flu-like symptoms.

     
  • Free medical clinic offers team-based care in North Chicago Dec 18, 2014 9:19 AM
    A free medical clinic that provides an array of primary and specialty care, including routine mental health screenings, under one roof, often in one visit, is extending the boundaries of healthcare delivery.

     
  • Trinity announces new scholarship initiative Dec 19, 2014 11:59 AM
    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.

     
  • Local Mom Develops Spiritual Website For Her & Kids Dec 15, 2014 3:21 PM
    The struggle of a small group of suburban Chicago mothers looking to find a spiritual outlet for themselves and their children has led to the introduction of Spiritual Playdate, an interfaith website that provides age-appropriate tools to foster dialogue and exploration of spiritual concepts and beliefs.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Libertyville realty group gives Thanksgiving meals to families in need Dec 15, 2014 1:49 PM
    For more than 20 years, the agents and staff of the Koenig & Strey Libertyville office, now Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group, have collected donations and prepared complete Thanksgiving meals for less-fortunate Lake County families.

     
  • Improv Playhouse Radio presents ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ Dec 8, 2014 9:31 AM
    Improv Playhouse Radio Theatre presents An Evening of Radio Drama from Yesteryear...for Today: The Frank Capra Holiday Film Classic... "It's A Wonderful Life!"

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Armed woman robs Libertyville bank Dec 8, 2014 4:20 PM
    Authorities are investigating a reported armed robbery Monday morning at the Harris Bank in downtown Libertyville. Police said a woman displayed a small silver handgun and demanded money. No one was injured.

     
  • ERA would do more harm than good Dec 8, 2014 5:01 AM
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: The proposed Equal Rights Amendment is another phrase, like pro-choice, that is designed to mislead. On the surface, it appears benign, but is an issue that requires a closer look.

     
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