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  • Not all buyers benefit from lower FHA interest rates Jan 16, 2015 12:01 AM
    If you saw the White House announcement of lower insurance payments on Federal Housing Administration home mortgages last week, you might have wondered: Does this matter to me as a potential homebuyer or refinancer? Who specifically will benefit from the decrease in fees?

  • Rozner: New Bears coach, GM have much work to do Jan 16, 2015 2:36 PM
    It’s going to take some time to rebuild the Bears, but at least Ryan Pace now has an experienced NFL guy in John Fox to lean on, hopefully listening less to those above him than to the man he now sees as a partner.

  • Colleges must be wary of promised funding for free tuition Jan 16, 2015 1:01 AM
    Guest columnist Robert Breuder: As a community college president for nearly 35 years, I support increased access to higher education. However, it is difficult to hear even the beginnings of President Obama's free-tuition proposal without focusing on the cost.

  • Gaspari excited about new challenge at Aurora University Jan 15, 2015 6:26 PM
    It could have gone on forever, Mike Gaspari and his relationship with Batavia High School football. Inevitably, though, Gaspari felt a little selfish

  • It’s shootout season again Jan 15, 2015 5:28 PM
    Every season needs a bridge, something to carry the fanbase over the dog days on their way to the playoffs. There are plenty of bridges in prep basketball: key conference showdowns, holiday tournaments and shootouts. Lots and lots of shootouts.

  • Wintrust ATMs get new software, works with your smartphone Jan 15, 2015 1:37 PM
    Rosemont-based Wintrust is adding new software to its fleet of 190 ATMs so that they can communicate with your smartphone. About 29 ATMs so far have the new software that will allow your smartphone to do the so-called cardless cash transaction.

  • Lakes’ Solbrig happily says ‘Aloha’ to basketball Jan 15, 2015 7:59 PM
    Lakes forward Dalton Solbrig might have the most enviable college opportunity in all of Lake County. He'll hang up his hightops at the end of the winter and turn in his winter coat for good as he'll be off to play volleyball for the University of Hawaii.

  • IBCA Hall of Fame a just reward for Elgin’s Turek Jan 15, 2015 8:15 PM
    Sports writers loved Lee Turek. Officials may not have liked him all the time. And the girls who played basketball for him at Elgin High may not have liked him all the time. But sports writers loved him. One thing Turek always had going for him, win or lose, was his candor. Most times, that candor was more on display after a loss than a win. Many of the things Turek had to say after a basketball game never saw print, and never will. Another thing Turek always had going for him, and still does, was his passion for the game of basketball, for the athletes he coached and for Elgin High School. And on Saturday, May 2 Turek will receive a just reward for his career when he is inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

  • Slusher: Will Sanguinetti really talk to media ‘very soon’? Jan 15, 2015 5:01 AM
    At an inauguration event at the Old State Capitol Monday, Sanguinetti said she is not yet answering reporters’ questions but will “very soon.” Her reticence suggests a quality of the new administration that many of us in the news business find worrisome.

  • Gire: My ad-'Vice' — skip this film Jan 15, 2015 6:00 AM
    Dann Gire was so appalled by the movie's art-challenged brutality, general dumbness, juvenile writing and terrible acting that he feels compelled to warn an unsuspecting public who might mistake “Vice” for a bad “Die Hard” sequel, another “Westworld” movie, or worse, a cheap remake of Ridley Scott's “Blade Runner.”

  • Oscar buzzed: Academy pulls ‘Lego,’ doesn’t support ‘Life’ Jan 15, 2015 6:34 PM
    "The Lego Movie” was snubbed for an Oscar nomination, along with David Oyelowo in “Selma” and its director Ava DuVernay. But Oscar’s unkindest cut of all was saved for “Life Itself,” Steve James’ personal and empathetic documentary on Chicago film critic Roger Ebert. For Academy voters to fail to at least acknowledge “Life Itself” with a nomination? As the late Vizzini would say, inconceivable!

  • Constable: Money gone, but new heart arrives Jan 15, 2015 6:53 AM
    Months of agonizing about whether their baby boy would get his new heart transplant in time became even more stressful for Tyler and Rachel Knickerbocker when donations collected by a relative never made it to the Huntley family.

  • Teen not on court, but definitely part of the action Jan 15, 2015 12:38 AM
    What's a boy to do if he loves sports but can't quite physically play them? Become a school sports announcer, and a really good one at that. Fifteen-year-old Zain Bando, who was born with cerebral palsy, announces games at Downers Grove North High School and hosts his own online sports talk radio show. “Since I'm unable to play any of the sports ... I wanted to be able to express my feelings about it,” he said.

  • Hyping Obama’s Paris fail Jan 14, 2015 1:01 AM
    Columnist Kathleen Parker: If we can be serious for a moment: The president made an error in judgment by not sending someone with a higher profile than our ambassador to join world leaders Sunday at a solidarity rally in Paris. The White House has admitted the error. This more or less sums up the news of the past two days, but you wouldn’t guess it from the coverage and commentary.

  • Washington’s psychological polarization Jan 14, 2015 1:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: As the 114th Congress begins in earnest, there are a number of things -- such as tax and immigration reform and trade agreements -- that political adults would like to get done for the good of the country.

  • Intelligence, passion, athleticism show why ‘Maya’s amazing’ Jan 14, 2015 10:03 PM
    Always moving, Maya Neal. In one big regard she has remained constant.

  • Imrem: It’d be nice if new Bears coach roars like Rex Jan 14, 2015 9:09 PM
    John Fox might be a better coach for the Bears but Rex Ryan would be more fun.

  • Reasons (and places) to love snow, ice and cold Jan 14, 2015 2:26 PM
    Local TV news anchors are aghast, reporting on the recent cold snap as if it were a wild freak of nature that’s descended upon us without warning. Pardon me, but … isn’t this typical January weather? It’s a time of snow, ice and cold that is best greeted with skis, sleds, snowshoes and skates. If it’s going to be cold, that’s how you make the best of it.

  • How fishing marketers try to lure us to buy Jan 14, 2015 3:55 PM
    Keeping track of the marketing and branding of various so-called fishing innovations is almost as entertaining as simply going fishing.

  • Good wine: Give Carignano a chance. Chances are, you already have Jan 14, 2015 6:00 AM
    Carignano’s image is, at best, murky. It's both a grape and a region? Carignano is an Italian province, but the Carignano grape doesn’t grow there. The name originates from Spain’s Carinena, home of ancient and modern vineyards. Mary Ross tells us more about this grape that you have probably had without realzing it.

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