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  • The 1980s are back again: Dhurries are in Dec 14, 2014 7:00 AM
    In the 1980s, dhurrie rugs from India, with their bright colors, geometric designs and sturdy flat weaves, were all the rage. Dhurries sort of disappeared in the 1990s, but they’re back.

  • Lease survives the sale of a rental unit Dec 13, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. In 1999, I signed a lease and put down an $800 security deposit. I continued to renew it and in 2011 I signed a six-year lease, which clearly states “the tenant has deposited the sum of $800 prepaid with the landlord for the security deposit.”

  • Board must give owners common account information Dec 13, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. I have lived in my condominium for the past 23 years. The board of managers refuses to produce an audited financial statement. What can I do get this?

  • Pantone’s color of the year: Marsala Dec 13, 2014 12:01 AM
    Take a look inside that bottle of Marsala wine sitting in your bar you once bought for that Italian chicken recipe. That earthy, reddish-amber color is what Pantone has named its 2015 Color of the Year.

  • Supportive living senior project back to square one in Lake Zurich Dec 12, 2014 2:12 PM
    A senior complex proposed for Lake Zurich’s north side is headed back to the starting line. Des Plaines-based Pathway Senior Living wants to build the three-story, 120-unit facility on part of six acres at the northwest corner of Rand Road and Samantha Lane, north of Route 22.

  • Royal Oaks in Wood Dale focus of neighborhood profile Dec 12, 2014 12:01 AM
    Built as high-end housing around 1970, Royal Oaks was considered an elite subdivision at that time. Although several new residential developments have sprouted up in the vicinity since then, Royal Oaks remains one of the most prestigious areas in Wood Dale.

  • The cold facts about winter listings Dec 12, 2014 12:01 AM
    So you’ve begun thinking about selling your house and you figure: Let’s wait until the spring or early summer before listing. The yard will look its best and potential buyers will be out in force. And everybody knows that winter is dead time for real estate.

  • Stay warm - and safe - during the winter months Dec 12, 2014 12:01 AM
    This time of the year is the high-risk season for house fires. But there certainly are things you can do to make your home safer. Think about some of these areas in your home and make adjustments to ensure a safe winter this year.

  • Guidelines for housing-related tipping and holiday purchases Dec 12, 2014 12:01 AM
    Several folks who provide housing-related services expect homeowners and renters to show a little extra gratitude this time of year.

  • Understanding GFCI outlets Dec 12, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. We just bought an old house, built in the 1950s, so the electrical outlets are not grounded. We’d like to add GFCI outlets near the bathroom and kitchen sinks for shock protection, but our home inspector told us that GFCI outlets will only work if there are ground wires. According to the inspector, GFCIs are useless without a ground. Is this true?

  • Ye Olde Town Inn, Billy Goat latest restaurants to close in suburbs Dec 11, 2014 6:53 PM
    Ye Olde Town Inn and the Billy Goat Tavern in Mount Prospect recently joined the list of restaurants closing down in the suburbs. They are not alone. Here is a look at the restuarnts that have closed, and opened, in the suburbs this year.

  • St. Charles man almost done with 39-year house project Dec 11, 2014 7:06 PM
    After years of litigation, the Cliff McIlvaine home saga in St. Charles may be coming to an end. An attorney for the city says McIlvaine is about 98 percent done with his work, and has agreed to buy a few tarps to screen construction items still on his land. The two sides will hash out the issue of fines, which could exceed $100.000, at a later date.

  • Rosemont buys office building, but may not own it for long Dec 10, 2014 5:35 PM
    The village of Rosemont is buying a 7-story office building, but it may not own it for long. The village board on Wednesday approved the purchase of the former headquarters of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons at 6300 N. River Road for $4,675,000.

  • Batavia Walgreens construction to get second extension Dec 10, 2014 5:30 AM
    The start of construction of a new Walgreens in Batavia, first proposed more than three years ago, is getting another extension, as the firm building it is still working on a lease with Walgreens and investigating the geology and potential environmental problems with the site.

  • Gene & Georgetti picks Rosemont for first expansion Dec 10, 2014 10:01 PM
    The oldest family-owned steakhouse in Chicago is opening a second location — the first time the owners have done so in 75 years — in Rosemont. “We want to bring everything people love about Gene & Georgetti in, while also giving that location its own spirit and feel, ” said Michelle Durpetti, a third-generation manager.

  • Developer seeks tax rebates for Hoffman Estates homes Dec 9, 2014 5:30 AM
    A development partnership is asking Hoffman Estates officials to reimburse some property taxes to cover costs it says would enable a largely residential development with some businesses on 161 acres at the northwest corner of routes 59 and 72.

  • 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.”

  • Lombard approves funding for downtown organization Dec 8, 2014 4:57 PM
    The Lombard Town Centre organization is receiving significant praise — and $55,000 in tax increment financing — from the village board. Trustee Laura Fitzpatrick said the group, which promotes the village’s downtown businesses, had “a banner year” and succeeded possibly in saving the “two most important buildings” in the downtown — the bank at 1 S. Park Ave. and the hotel at 101 W. St. Charles Road.

  • Parking spaces still an issue for Schaumburg apartment plan Dec 8, 2014 12:52 PM
    Schaumburg could get its first new apartment complex in about 30 years, if its developer can find a way to fit in the 50 more parking spaces demanded by the village’s zoning board. Chicago-based UrbanStreet Group LLC wants to build 192 apartments in six buildings on 6.5 acres at 680 E. Algonquin Road, near the Motorola Solutions campus.

  • Floor pillows are back! Dec 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    It seems that every generation discovers the simple pleasure of the lowly floor pillow. Not only is it fun to flop on the floor, but also large floor pillows often take the place of more bulky pieces of furniture.

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