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  • New restaurant opening in Palatine under old name Nov 18, 2014 6:33 PM
    The Palatine village council granted a special use permit allowing an Italian restaurant and bakery to open in the Woodcraft Plaza shopping center along Dundee Road. Rossini de Lucca will serve pizza, hamburgers, sandwiches and salad. “This will be a family restaurant for all ages and for all types of people,” owner Jaroslav Prus said.

  • Holiday decorating is their business Nov 17, 2014 11:12 AM
    Bob Jones Sr. and his daughter, Sandra, are connoisseurs of artificial Christmas trees. Jones has been making an annual buying pilgrimage to China for 28 years and Sandra has been accompanying him for the past 15 years. Along with Sandra’s brother, Bob Jones Jr., the three family members own nine American Sale stores.

  • Brainerd Building demolition begins today in Libertyville Nov 17, 2014 9:27 AM
    After 97 years, the end is near for Libertyville's Brainerd Building. The original home of the Libertyville High School Wildcats, the two-story facility on Route 176 at Brainerd Avenue is facing its final curtain and a date with a wrecking ball. “It's going to be a little different, to not have the Brainerd Building there,” said Libertyville Mayor Terry Weppler, who grew up in town. “It think everybody's going to miss it.”

  • Decision coming on controversial Lake Barrington gas station plan? Nov 17, 2014 5:25 AM
    A gas station plan fueling debate and protest among Lake Barrington residents since the summer could win approval from village officials this week. The Lake Barrington village board will discuss the proposal to build a Speedway gas station at the intersection of Northwest Highway and Kelsey Road at a special meeting Wednesday.

  • Don’t settle for ‘rental white’ in an apartment Nov 16, 2014 12:01 AM
    Annie Elliott, chief executive and principal designer at Bossy Color, joined Post staff writer Jura Koncius recently on the newspaper’s Home Front online chat. Here is an edited excerpt.

  • New furniture arrangements can accommodate guests Nov 16, 2014 12:01 AM
    Even the tiniest living room can possess personality and panache. Make peace with the size of your room and know that you can realistically only entertain six people at a time. Once you have conquered this fact, you are free to create the most charming living room possible.

  • Wet or moldy carpet pad could be the source of bad odor Nov 16, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. I need help concerning a bad odor in the basement. We had a water line leak from the ceiling above about a year ago. A dehumidifier has been used for a year since the leak. We feel that the area is completely dried out. It didn’t smell much over the summer, but now with the heat on it smells bad again.

  • As young professionals move in, poor are pushed out in Chicago Nov 16, 2014 6:19 AM
    Young professionals are moving in to occupy the very same — and very small — spaces recently home to people living on less than $1,000 a month. In their remodeled homes, sometimes as small as 250 square feet, what was once deteriorating becomes “vintage.” Chicago is trying to save what amounts to 6,000 remaining SRO units, a small fraction of what once existed in the city as a housing stock of last resort for the poor.

  • Study: Homeownership is overrated Nov 16, 2014 6:17 AM
    U.S. home prices crashed 43 percent between 2005 and 2012, yet polls find that the vast majority of Americans still consider homeownership to be a good idea and the best way for average people to build wealth. But is it? For more than 40 million households — or half of the nation’s current homeowners — the answer is no, according to a new study by HelloWallet, a firm that works with employers to provide online financial planning services to workers.

  • Tough little LEDs are brilliantly illuminating more home appliances Nov 16, 2014 7:00 AM
    Open that refrigerator door in the showroom. The odds are high that LED lights will brighten its interior. And LED lights aren’t illuminating only refrigerators. Outdoor barbecue grills, oven ranges and even toilet seats.

  • Why the standard mortgage is obsolete Nov 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    One of the things I have learned from many years of answering questions from readers is that often they try to manage their mortgage in one way or another, but without much success. The existing instrument was not designed to be managed.

  • Claiming a tiny but tasteful dining nook Nov 15, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. I grew up in a house with a breakfast nook and would kill to have one in our new house. The problem is space.

  • Real estate professionals know ‘buyers determine value’ Nov 15, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. Our solitary elderly recently widowed sister can’t sell her house, which is adjacent to a neat golf course. Hers and other houses are just not selling even though the area is well-maintained.

  • Condominium property must be safe from neighbor’s trees Nov 15, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. A neighboring land owner’s trees are planted so close to the property line of our condominium association that the branches bang into the windows and siding of our building. One branch actually broke a window of a unit. What can the association do about this?

  • Designer Erin Gates on how to find your style Nov 15, 2014 12:01 AM
    Designer and writer Erin Gates, 35, lives in a white clapboard Colonial in Newton, Massachusetts, with her husband, two dogs and a leopard-print stair runner. Gates pens the popular blog Elements of Style.

  • Lake Zurich working to extend tax zone for downtown redevelopment Nov 15, 2014 7:24 AM
    Lake Zurich village board, trying to extend the life of their downtown tax increment financial district by 12 years, may have reached a deal to get District 95's support. “The TIF extension is critical to the village for our overall financial sustainability and, in particular, our ability to successfully manage the outstanding debt obligations associated with the TIF district,” Village Manager Jason Slowinski said.

  • Hoffman Estates to consider 81 new homes Monday Nov 15, 2014 1:56 PM
    Hoffman Estates village board members Monday will consider approval of an 81-home subdivision on 37 acres at the northwest corner of Algonquin and Ela roads. The former farm property was long owned by the Bergman family, who only recently began marketing it for development, Hoffman Estates Assistant Village Manager for Development Services Mark Koplin said.

  • Popular TV shows can mislead homeowners about remodeling costs Nov 14, 2014 12:01 AM
    Cable TV shows about remodeling have soared in popularity, but the cost of an identical project launched by other homeowners can be much higher if the cameras aren’t rolling.

  • Simple ways to update your decor Nov 14, 2014 12:01 AM
    Although sreplacing a floor can give your room a new look, you don’t have to spend a lot of money or be an experienced DIY’er to give your home an upgrade or two. Here are some simple things you can do to your home or apartment that don’t involve lots of tools and/or money.

  • Pinhole leaks common in copper water pipes Nov 14, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. In the past year I’ve had three pinhole leaks in my copper water pipes. My insurance company has refused to pay any more claims for damage caused by leaks, and the cost to repipe my house is more than I can afford. When I asked my plumber why these leaks keep happening, he didn’t have a definite answer. I thought copper piping was supposed to be good quality. Why do these leaks keep happening?

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