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  • Work Advice: Making the best of a good first job Dec 28, 2014 7:08 AM
    When is the right time to start looking for a new job? This is my first real job, and I am hesitant to stay less than one year, but really can’t see myself staying that long.

  • ‘Sacrificial’ wood may be needed to combat woodpecker Dec 28, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. Last week, a beautiful woodpecker had his (or her) fun on the corner boards of my 25-year-old cedar home. One of the two-story boards has 23 holes in it. Two others have deep gouges.

  • Attorney’s fees should be factored into neighbor dispute Dec 28, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. I have lived in my home for about 28 years. There is a berm that runs along the side of my property. I have always thought the berm was on my property.

  • Cruise control acceleration should not differ Dec 28, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. On occasion I would be driving along and try to accelerate by pressing the cruise control button. My engine would rev up but the car did not go faster.

  • What to do about sister’s dueling engagement? Dec 28, 2014 1:01 AM
    Her sister is getting married after a brief engagement. In addition to being worried about her sister rushing into a relationship, she is concerned about how it will affect her upcoming wedding. What to do?

  • Soupalooza: Black-eyed peas soup boosts heath, good luck in New Year Dec 28, 2014 6:01 AM
    M. Eileen Brown stumbled onto a recipe or story about the Southern tradition of eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day for good luck and became intrigued. After all, who doesn’t want a little extra good luck — especially when it involves eating something so obviously good for you? Black-eyed peas (which really aren’t peas at all, but rather beans) are low in fat and sodium and contain no cholesterol. They are high in iron and fiber and a ½ cup serving of cooked black-eyed peas counts as one ounce of lean meat.

  • It’s not as bad as you think, America Dec 28, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Lee Hamilton: We are one glum country. Trust in the federal government is at historic lows, according to Gallup. More than half of the respondents to an October Rasmussen poll think our best days are behind us. And just a few weeks ago, an NBC/Wall St. Journal poll found that the one thing Americans agree upon whatever their race or circumstances is that the system is stacked against people like them.

  • Next election, Jeb and Hill need each other Dec 28, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnists Stephen and Cokie Roberts: Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton badly need each other. They cancel out each others’ greatest weaknesses and deprive their foes of some of their strongest arguments.

  • New year, old jury scam, Kane court officials warn Dec 28, 2014 5:34 PM
    Kane County officials warn of a "missed jury duty" money scam; 14 Aurora businesses score perfect on an alcohol compliance check; McHenry authorities seize cactuses that they say were used to make the peyote, a hallucinogenic drug.

  • Constable: Hoffman Estates photographer beautifies patients' windows Dec 28, 2014 7:48 AM
    When her husband's hospital room windows looked out on a drab rooftop, Shelly Lawler decided to create a change of scenery. Now she transforms windows into art for others. “If you are confined in your bed, you want to see something interesting,” says Laurie Miller, director of the Pediatrics and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. “We were looking for something to spice up the rooms.”

  • Imrem: A lost Bears season in so many ways Dec 28, 2014 6:25 PM
    The Bears accomplished a rare double: Becoming as unlikeable as they were unsuccessful. Not even the 1-13 team in 1969 could do that.

  • Rozner: Perfect ending to miserable Bears season Dec 28, 2014 6:26 PM
    The final Bears game of 2014 was a microcosm of everything that’s wrong with the Bears, from the woeful offense to the miscommunication and penalties. All that’s left now is the blood-letting.

  • A better way to select a mortgage loan originator Dec 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    One important reason the home loan market works so poorly is that borrowers have no reliable way to select the loan originator (LO) — the individual who takes the borrower through the loan process. The problem is that LOs have a financial incentive to use the large knowledge gap between themselves and borrowers for their own benefit.

  • Real estate investment turns sour Dec 27, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. In 2010, two friends and I bought five housing units, signed a mortgage and created a sub chapter S corporation as the borrower. Because our corporation had no assets, the bank requested and we signed personal guarantees.

  • Municipality does not have to accept private streets Dec 27, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. The streets in our association are privately owned, and are quite expensive to maintain and plow of snow. Can an association dedicate its private streets to the local municipality?

  • On the road: Happy 80th birthday, Elvis! Dec 27, 2014 5:15 AM
    Celebrate what would have been Elvis Presley’s 80th birthday with more tribute artists than you can shake a pound of bacon at. What’s the main thing you have to do on New Year’s Day in addition to sleeping in and forgiving yourself for the night before? Laughing about it all at the fifth annual New Year’s Hangover Stand-Up Marathon at ComedySportz Theatre.

  • Heun: Recapping 2014’s highs and lows in the Tri Cities Dec 27, 2014 8:48 PM
    Dave Heun looks back at some of his most talked-about Tri-Cities items of 2014.

  • Can maintenance help you keep your investment on the road? Dec 26, 2014 12:01 AM
    Most of us own a car — some of us own more than one — and all of them usually are fairly expensive and are required on a daily basis, so it makes a lot of sense to take good care of yours. While we are not mechanics, we do have some simple maintenance tips that you can use to keep your investment on the road.

  • Home shopping in winter can yield the best bargains Dec 26, 2014 12:01 AM
    Home prices and sales almost always drop this time of year. It’s a great time to shop for a house or condo, before other buyers emerge in the spring to reignite the nation’s housing market.

  • Congress extends tax forgiveness on short sales in 2014 Dec 26, 2014 12:01 AM
    For David Foster of Chicago, it was a stunning and welcome early Christmas present for him, his wife and three young children. The Senate’s 11th-hour extension of the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act through Dec. 31 will save Foster, who works for a nonprofit ministry group, from having to pay the IRS about $28,000 next year.

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