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  • A reverse mortgage shouldn’t be used to pay for long-term care policy Oct 10, 2014 12:01 AM
    Many homeowners should reject offers to take a reverse mortgage against their home in order to pay for long-term-care insurance.

  • Caught up in refi quicksand Oct 10, 2014 12:01 AM
    Ed Fine’s recent rejection for a refinancing of his home loan wasn’t exactly like former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s. But there are enough similarities to raise questions about current tight mortgage market standards.

  • Top 10 tips for a toasty winter home Oct 10, 2014 12:01 AM
    As the weather starts to turn cooler, you should start thinking about preparing your home for another winter. Here are our top 10 tips for a toasty winter home.

  • Cook County considers new building standards Oct 9, 2014 12:48 PM
    Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Commissioner Peter Silvestri have introduced an ordinance to bring the county’s building code in line with international standards. The proposed new code would apply to building, electrical, plumbing and mechanical permits issued for projects in unincorporated areas.

  • Residents start moving into One Arlington on Arlington Downs site Oct 9, 2014 8:22 AM
    After years of planning and construction, renters have started moving into One Arlington, the luxury apartment tower that was formerly the Sheraton Hotel along Euclid Avenue in Arlington Heights. The tower was granted partial occupancy on Oct. 2.

  • Elk Grove Food 4 Less grocer plans final checkout next month Oct 9, 2014 6:23 PM
    The Food 4 Less grocery store in Elk Grove Village is scheduled to close next month due to declining sales, officials said. Located in the Mallard Crossing Shopping Center at Meacham and Nerge roads, the store “has been underperforming for quite some time,” a spokeswoman said.

  • Dist. 220 to buy 33 acres near Barrington High Oct 8, 2014 9:27 PM
    The Barrington Area Unit School District 220 board entered into a contract this week to acquire more than 33 acres across Hart Road from Barrington High School. District officials say they have no immediate plans for the site, which is costing $2.35 million. “Such (real estate) needs did not appear in the budget approved last month, and that budget was characterized as challenging and tight,” one opponent said.

  • Des Plaines TIF restructured in hopes of spurring redevelopment Oct 8, 2014 12:48 PM
    Des Plaines’ city council has formally approved ordinances restructuring a tax increment financing district, now operating in the red, in hopes of spurring redevelopment.

  • Dunkin’ Donuts planned for new Mount Prospect shopping center Oct 8, 2014 7:47 PM
    As demolition proceeds on the former Tri-State Electronics building along Northwest Highway in Mount Prospect, a developer is moving ahead with plans to replace it with a new shopping center that will include several tenants, including a Dunkin' Donuts.

  • Des Plaines tries to increase visibility of Metropolitan Square Oct 7, 2014 1:14 PM
    Can you find Metropolitan Square in Des Plaines? City leaders say not enough people can, and that’s why they’re paying a design firm $33,000 to find ways to spruce up the public space and draw more visitors. “God knows that whole development needs help,” said Alderman Mark Walsten, chairman of the city council’s community development committee.

  • Chicago Mustangs to play at Sears Centre Oct 7, 2014 4:24 PM
    Hoffman Estates trustees Monday approved a one-season contract for the Chicago Mustangs soccer team to play its 10 home games from Nov. 8 through the late winter at the the village-owned Sears Centre Arena. The team previously played its home games at the much smaller Grand Sports facility in Hoffman Estates, where it drew about 1,100 fans per game.

  • Buyers today want a home that matches their lifestyle Oct 6, 2014 10:54 AM
    When purchasing a new home, people today have diverse ideas of where and how they want to live, and it may not be the home and neighborhood of their grandparents. For example, a buyer’s top priority may be finding a low-maintenance townhouse or condominium in a downtown setting, or an active-adult community for seniors.

  • Changing a tween’s bedroom is likely to be a balancing act Oct 6, 2014 10:51 AM
    Decorating a baby’s room is all about what mom and dad want. But decorating a bedroom for a “tween-age” child is more complicated.

  • Client, designer dynamics influence makeover’s success Oct 6, 2014 6:01 AM
    Like any relationship, problems sometimes arise between clients and designers. Clients expect designers to work magic, but conditions sometimes prevent a less than ideal situation.

  • After mulling sale, Silver Stallion restaurant owner to stay put in Des Plaines Oct 6, 2014 8:34 PM
    The Silver Stallion restaurant in Des Plaines is keeping its doors open, even though its owner toyed with the idea of selling to a seafood restaurant. “I got so many calls every day, ‘Why you leaving? Why you sell?’” said owner Gus Kalantzis. “The best place is in Des Plaines. Right now we’re doing nothing. We’re staying here for a while.”

  • For a happy bedtime story, think cool, dark and quiet Oct 6, 2014 10:46 AM
    Q. I am a terrible sleeper, three, sometimes four hours a night. I checked about sleep apnea (negative) but the doctors suggest one problem might be my bedroom, that I should look into things like the mattress and pillows. Exactly what would I be looking for? They seem comfortable enough to me.

  • An electric fireplace may be a cheaper, greener alternative Oct 6, 2014 10:53 AM
    When a typical homeowner pictures a fireplace, they will usually imagine a wood-burning or natural gas-burning fireplace. However, there is a third option: an electronic fireplace.

  • Clean and inspect your fireplace periodically Oct 5, 2014 8:29 AM
    Q. I plan to use my fireplace more to lower my utility bills. I see some deteriorated spots on the outside of the chimney and it has not been cleaned recently. What type of maintenance items can I do myself?

  • Even in a small abode, you can bathe in Style Oct 5, 2014 8:26 AM
    A divine, long soak is right up there next to glorious sunsets on the list of life’s simple joys. When you live in a smaller home, the challenge can be how to arrange your place to include the experiences that bring daily pleasure.

  • Six design blogs to make you happy Oct 4, 2014 12:01 AM
    Are you missing your regular dose of DIY adventures while the Petersiks of the Young House Love blog take a break? Here are some suggestions readers sent me after a Twitter call-out.

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