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  • Hoffman Estates officials counting on Sears staying Sep 16, 2014 4:41 PM
    Hoffman Estates government and business leaders said they’re confident about Sears Holdings Corp.’s continued presence in the community, despite news the company needed a $400 million loan from its CEO. “There would be a multiplier effect if we lost Sears,” said Keith Evans, chairman of the Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce & Industry. “Would it be a blow to the community? Definitely.”

  • Emmanuel House helps refugees find a true home in Aurora Sep 16, 2014 3:58 PM
    Imaad Hasan was grateful he and his family were safe in Aurora, far from the turmoil of war in Iraq. But he yearned for the stability of owning a house. "Emmanuel House gave me the dream," he said, in the house he purchased in 2010 through the program. Emmanuel House organizers say homeownership is one of the ways to break the cycle of working-class poverty, and helps people accumulate the money and financial education to do so.

  • Boy Scouts offices moving from Mount Prospect to Arlington Heights Sep 16, 2014 5:30 AM
    The Northwest Suburban Council of the Boy Scouts of America will close its Mount Prospect location and open new offices and a shop in Arlington Heights starting in early November.

  • Tax incentives for new Gurnee business on agenda Sep 16, 2014 1:42 PM
    Nearly all of Gurnee’s taxing agencies are scheduled to meet today regarding possible financial incentives for a proposed research and manufacturing facility. Members of the Gurnee village board, Woodland Elementary District 50, Warren Township High School District 121, the Gurnee Park District and Warren Township government are the agencies on the special meeting agenda.

  • He’s not accusing BG board of secrecy Sep 15, 2014 5:01 AM
    Letter to the editor: Leon Gopon of Buffalo Grove clarifies some remarks he made at the Buffalo grove Village Board meeting on Sept. 8

  • Naperville condo owners want sidewalk to leave subdivision, lead to traffic signal Sep 15, 2014 4:04 PM
    For Linda Saville of Naperville, “Where the Sidewalk Ends” isn’t a book of children’s poems by Shel Silverstein. It’s a reality at both edges of her subdivision. Saville didn’t realize the sidewalks went nowhere when she moved into her condo in the Haverton neighborhood in south Naperville more than a year ago, so now she's asking for an extension to be built. “We’re 51 units and we’re shut off from the world,” Saville said.

  • Downtown developer wants to press on in Buffalo Grove Sep 15, 2014 5:15 AM
    The developer proposing to build a new Buffalo Grove downtown is determined to press on, despite an engineering study that found the project would have to be smaller than proposed. Smaller development can be "even better" Chuck Malk vowed this week.

  • Savers thrift stores in Lake Zurich and St. Charles closing Tuesday Sep 15, 2014 4:16 PM
    A pair of suburban Savers thrift stores will close Tuesday. The stores in Lake Zurich and St. Charles are locking their doors. Others in the Northwest suburbs will remain open.

  • Attack rust spots on metal with sanding, primer and paint Sep 14, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. We have a white metal garage door that’s about 20 years old. There are some rust spots showing on it and we’ve tried everything to remove it without success.

  • Mayor: More development, changes coming to Rosemont Sep 14, 2014 7:35 AM
    Cranes are in the air and shovels are in the ground in Rosemont. The tiny northwest suburb, home to only 4,200 residents, has become a business and entertainment hub. But there’s more new infrastructure to come, as noted last week by Mayor Brad Stephens in his annual state of the village address.

  • Delay only heightens contest winner's enjoyment of new backyard Sep 15, 2014 12:28 PM
    It wasn't quick or easy but Jenny Kendall of Palatine, the winner of our 2013 backyard makeover contest, finally has her new patio, a package worth $10,000.

  • Tiny powder room can make a big impression Sep 14, 2014 6:45 AM
    Very often, the powder room bath is the tiniest room in your house. Yet this traditionally minimal space can become one of your most alluring attributes, no matter how small.

  • Three-day visit is long enough to find house Sep 13, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. We are moving out of state for new jobs and we’re ready to buy our first house. The problem is we need to stay at our jobs till the last minute and don’t have much time for house hunting. If you have any advice about buying a house out of town that would be appreciated.

  • Condo board should act on abandoned unit Sep 13, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. One of our owners abandoned his unit three years ago. The board felt it would just be a matter of time before the owner’s mortgage company would foreclose, but so far nothing has happened, and the real estate taxes are being paid by the mortgage company. The association is losing assessments and the property is slowly becoming an eyesore in our community.

  • Rising prices fuel higher expectations Sep 13, 2014 12:01 AM
    Media reports about rising home prices, strangely enough, are starting to have a dampening effect on the local housing market, said Royal Hartwig, a member of the Royal Family team at Keller-Williams Realty’s Palatine office.

  • The easy way and the hard way to get a mortgage: the hard way is better Sep 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    Most homebuyers who need a mortgage place themselves in the hands of a loan officer or mortgage broker referred to them by their real estate agent, or by a friend, relative or business associate. This is the easy way, and I understand its appeal. But there's a better way.

  • Naperville’s Water Street District plans changing again Sep 13, 2014 10:05 AM
    Plans are changing for the Water Street District in downtown Naperville. Updated plans are expected to go before the city’s planning and zoning commission this month as developers again seek approval to build a hotel, shops, restaurants and offices on a 2.4-acre area south of the DuPage River between Main and Webster streets. "We are optimistic that we will be able to break ground before the end of the year," said Deborah Newman, a spokeswoman for Water Street developer Marquette Companies of Naperville.

  • Decorating 'rules' have gone out the window Sep 13, 2014 6:30 AM
    Q. We have a lot of space in our new loft. A lot! What are the rules about arranging furniture? And what about colors? Everything we have is slick, modern, beige-ish (and boring).

  • Is your interior design depressing you? Sep 13, 2014 6:00 AM
    From time to time, at a cocktail party or when visiting a friend, someone will corner me and confess to me that they are depressed. As if I were a member of the clergy, they whisper in sotto voce that they believe their decorating is making them sick.

  • Interesting ways to use textured walls Sep 12, 2014 12:01 AM
    Textured walls can add a lot of interest to a plain room. They can be accomplished in lots of different ways. Here are some standard ways, as well as some more interesting ideas you might want to try.

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