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  • Konerko’s big day deserves a Sox sellout Sep 26, 2014 6:01 AM
    Here's hoping Paul Konerko gets the type of send-off he deserves. His big day, the Bears-Packers and the Ryder Cup make for quite the weekend.

     
  • Many changes for Season 40, but ‘SNL’ core is intact Sep 26, 2014 5:45 AM
    "SNL" returns for its 40th season this weekend with host Chris Pratt and musical guest Ariana Grande, and that anniversary means NBC’s late-night stalwart will be under a stronger microscope and a brighter spotlight.

     
  • Packers lack skill players to beat the Bears Sep 26, 2014 5:18 AM
    Even though Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers wants their fans not to worry about their 1-2 start, Mike North believes the Chicago Bears will win Sunday's game because the Packers don't have enough talent at the skill positions.

     
  • 4 things the Chicago Sky should try to get done Sep 26, 2014 8:46 PM
    The Sky is coming off its most successful season in franchise history: a trip to the WNBA Finals. Here's an offseason to-do list that might help the Sky take that next step.

     
  • A tribute to Al Carrell, a ‘super’ handyman and father Sep 26, 2014 12:01 AM
    Al Carrell, whose column has appeared in the Daily Herald’s real estate sections for many years, passed away Aug. 27. The following column by his daughter, Kelly Carrell, as a tribute to his memory. Kelly Carrell will continue to write “The Super Handyman” columns.

     
  • Buyer’s inspection contingency beats out seller’s ‘as is’ clause Sep 26, 2014 12:01 AM
    Offering a home “as is” doesn’t automatically let the seller keep a buyer’s deposit if an inspection turns up unexpected problems.

     
  • Flexible rules could extend mortgages to millions Sep 26, 2014 12:01 AM
    Are the two biggest players in the American mortgage arena — Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — needlessly preventing millions of African-Americans, Latinos and young people from qualifying for a loan because they don’t have a FICO credit score?

     
  • No one disclosed faulty furnace pilot light Sep 26, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. We bought our first home last month. It was built in 1948 and has a very old heating system. Our home inspector advised having the gas company check the furnace to make sure it was safe. The gas company said it was working fine.

     
  • Base policymaking on evidence Sep 26, 2014 5:01 AM
    Guest columnist Christopher Mooney: Why is Illinois state government so inept? While public problems are inherently difficult to solve, Illinois seems to be particularly adrift these days. One explanation for this phenomenon is the dearth of valid and reliable evidence used in public policymaking.

     
  • Slusher: Don’t believe every word, but consider them all Sep 25, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: Skeptical, not cynical. It’s a distinction we emphasize a lot around the Daily Herald newsroom. And it’s a pretty good axiom for you to keep in mind as the election campaign season descends.

     
  • Cry, you’re on hidden camera Sep 25, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Kathleen Parker: The weird genius of the speeding/parking ticket industry is that we the people enrich the bureaucracies that torment us.

     
  • You can’t custom-order your spouse’s qualities Sep 25, 2014 11:13 AM
    When you're shopping for a car, you can't pick and choose the options you want. You have to pick the option package that fits you best, even if your must-have options come with a few extras you're not crazy about. Our Ken Potts suggests that selecting a spouse is remarkably similar.

     
  • Gire: How do the ‘Boxtrolls’ guys do it? Sep 25, 2014 6:00 AM
    Dann talks to the two directors of the stop-motion fantasy "The Boxtrolls" opening this weekend. Plus, Dann & Raymond’s Movie Club presents “Universally Scary: The History of Horror Films, Part 1” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

     
  • Buffalo Grove grad Dickerson takes vocal role in Bears coverage Sep 25, 2014 3:45 PM
    Jeff Dickerson, a multi-sport athlete at Buffalo Grove in the mid-90s, is excelling as a Bears beat reporter in radio and televsion.

     
  • Overcome slow start with shrewd trades, free agents Sep 25, 2014 9:21 PM
    You're 0-3. Or 1-2. Your roster is full of under-performing stiffs like Eddie Lacy, Keenan Allen and Tom Brady, and you're already thinking, “Wait till next year.” If that's the case, as it obviously is for about half of you, don't throw in the towel yet.

     
  • Imrem: White Sox’ Konerko always the true professional Sep 25, 2014 11:03 AM
    Paul Konerko is about to join a select list of Chicago professional athletes who retired as beloved figures because of the way they conducted themselves on and off the field of play.

     
  • Constable: Cubs move me to erect video scoreboard Sep 25, 2014 5:17 AM
    To make room for the future of Wrigley Field, the Cubs push some of us out of our regular seats to make room for the new video scoreboard control room. Fans will adapt, promises a 90-year-old Cubs fan who learned to live without "Ladies' Day."

     
  • Lakes’ Balliu continues to aim high Sep 25, 2014 8:15 PM
    Lakes senior Jake Balliu isn't short on talent, or fight. The skilled wideout and sprinter is making a difference for the Eagles and isn't about to back down from a big challenge.

     
  • A life outdoors, and many memorable moments Sep 24, 2014 3:03 PM
    A lifetime of wonderful new experiences in the great outdoors needn't be obscured by the very natural inclination to catch the biggest possible fish.

     
  • Ruggles ready for long-distance repeat attempt Sep 24, 2014 8:08 PM
    All in all, it’s not just another brick on Josh Ruggles’ wall. It is odd that the winner of a high-profile basketball shooting contest is awarded the physical embodiment of poor shooting touch, but such was the spoils of Ruggles winning the Spanish League’s 2013 Three-Point Contest in Vitoria-Gasteiz last September.

     
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