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  • Don’t overlook details when moving to a new home Jul 18, 2014 12:01 AM
    This is the most popular time of the year to move. We’ve talked about some super tips for packing, but here are some of our favorite tips to help make moving into the new home a little easier.

     
  • More landlords, tenants take video as a precaution Jul 18, 2014 12:01 AM
    Some might find it “creepy,” but there’s a good reason why a growing number of owners and renters alike take a video recorder or similar device with them while visiting a property a few days before the scheduled move-in date.

     
  • Red flags bankers see when rejecting mortgages Jul 18, 2014 12:01 AM
    For large numbers of potential homebuyers, qualifying for a mortgage not only is a tough challenge, but one that ends unhappily — they get rejected.

     
  • How to best insulate walls of an old house Jul 18, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. We have an 80-year-old home with lathe and plaster on the inside walls. The house is hard to heat in the winter and becomes very hot in the summer, so we want to add insulation. What do you recommend?

     
  • Rolling Meadows bowling alley site could become townhouses Jul 18, 2014 10:54 PM
    The former AMF bowling alley at 3245 Kirchoff Road in downtown Rolling Meadows would be razed and 54 townhouses built in its place, under a plan that got favorable reaction from the city council this week. “If Kirchoff Road can handle a bowling alley, it can certainly handle traffic like this (the townhouses),” Mayor Tom Rooney said.

     
  • Officials: Mariano's looking to build in Des Plaines Jul 18, 2014 5:13 AM
    The ever-growing Mariano's grocery store chain is looking to open a new location on the northeast corner of Golf and Mount Prospect roads in Des Plaines, officials confirmed Thursday. "We're trying to get some of the fine print ironed out,” said Alderman Mark Walsten, chairman of the city council's community development committee. "I'm not going to say they're going to be breaking ground tomorrow."

     
  • Downtown Mt. Prospect fire not labeled arson so far, chief says Jul 18, 2014 4:50 PM
    Though an Illinois State Fire Marshal’s report classifies a February fire that destroyed a prominent building in downtown Mount Prospect as “incendiary in nature,” Mount Prospect Fire Chief John Malcolm said neither the terms “arson” nor “suspicious” have yet been applied to the ongoing investigation of the blaze.

     
  • Company offers $23 million for Maryville hospital in Des Plaines Jul 18, 2014 6:25 PM
    A New York-based for-profit behavioral health care firm is offering $23 million to purchase the Maryville Behavioral Health Hospital in Des Plaines. “Maryville (hospital) is kind of an interesting place in that it seems to have a lot of potential,” said Richard Kresch, who runs 2014 Health LLC. He's planning to find more clients for the money-losing hospital to make it profitable.

     
  • Neighborhood spotline shines on Oakview Jul 18, 2014 12:01 AM
    Oakview, known as the first subdivision in Lisle, was completed in 1956, the same year the village was officially incorporated. In 1958, Barbara Roake and her husband moved to Oakview where they raised their three children.

     
  • Gallagher could get $30 million for Rolling Meadows move Jul 18, 2014 7:56 AM
    Insurance broker Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. will get up to $30 million from a tax increment financing district that lasts 15 years rather than the standard 23, but other details of the company's planned move back to Rolling Meadows remain under negotiation.

     
  • Development efforts continue at Rosemont intersection Jul 17, 2014 5:29 AM
    Some economic development efforts are underway while others have stalled near a key intersection in Rosemont. Here's an update on what's happening at three key locations within a newly established tax increment financing district.

     
  • Palatine OKs controversial parking lot expansion Jul 16, 2014 6:15 PM
    The Palatine village council this week gave the owners of a strip mall on Palatine Road permission to turn land intended to serve as a buffer between the stores and the adjacent neighborhood into a parking lot, despite the protests of some residents. Representatives from Inverness Cleaners Plaza strip mall, which includes Inverness Cleaners and Tailors and four other stores in the 700 block of West Palatine Road, told the council they need the additional parking to satisfy customer demand.

     
  • Bartlett considers 30 single-family homes on Kane side Jul 16, 2014 5:30 AM
    Bartlett trustees on Tuesday gave an informal nod to a proposal for 30 single-family homes on vacant land once intended for town homes. The project would also bring new residents to the village's Kane County side for the first time in years, officials say.

     
  • Mount Prospect OKs shopping center expansion Jul 17, 2014 5:01 AM
    Mount Prospect trustees this week gave the new owners of village’s second largest shopping center approval to get even bigger, but some of the center’s neighbors are not thrilled at the prospect of an expansion. The decision will allow Farmington Hills, Michigan-based Ramco-Gershenson Properties to build two new outlots at Mount Prospect Plaza, adding almost 12,000 square feet of retail space to the shopping center near Central and Rand roads.

     
  • Make your room pop with the right area rug Jul 15, 2014 5:30 AM
    There is hardly a room that doesn’t need an area rug. It is that item that puts a finishing touch on any room. Rugs can turn a room that seems not quite finished into a space that has that WOW factor.

     
  • Geneva council hears pitch for apartments at Cetron site Jul 15, 2014 5:18 AM
    The crumbing Cetron factory in downtown Geneva could be replaced by 200 apartments, plus shops and restaurants, under a proposal presented to the Geneva City Council. Marquette Cos. of Naperville wants to tear down the factory to build a five-story building at Seventh and State streets. “Really the main point is creating that pedestrian environment and engaging the street (State),” said Jeff Prosapio, of Marquette Cos.

     
  • Palatine council votes to move forward with old Menards sale Jul 15, 2014 11:19 AM
    The Palatine village council voted Monday to task a developer with selling the old Menards store at 1775 N. Rand Road, a property which has been owned by the village since 2009. First Rockford Group Inc. would have one year to find a buyer interested in the large property. If they were successful in locating a buyer, First Rockford would purchase the property from the village.

     
  • Arlington Hts. TIF is a death sentence Jul 14, 2014 5:01 AM
    Letter to the editor: Writer Karen Linn says the Hickory-Kensington TIF approved by the Arlington Heights village board last week shows the board isn't interested in preserving small businesses here.

     
  • ‘Human props’ stay in luxury homes to help sales Jul 14, 2014 7:39 AM
    When the Mueller family sits for dinner, the leftover broccoli and crepes are already wrapped in plastic, the kitchen is beyond spotless, and the rest of the home is so tucked-away tidy it looks like they just moved in. In a way, they have: Every inch of furnishing, every little trinket and votive candle, sits precisely as designers placed it five months ago. That would make them the most perfect suburban ideal, except for one catch.

     
  • Streamwood backs property tax breaks for local manufacturers Jul 14, 2014 10:41 AM
    Three Streamwood manufacturers are urging Cook County to extend their property tax breaks for another 12 years. The breaks, backed by Streamwood village officials, would cut the businesses' property taxes in half over the next decade, then offer smaller breaks the following two years.

     
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