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  • Mortgage borrowers should know how amortization works Feb 28, 2015 12:00 AM
    Recently, I have been getting a lot of mail from mortgage borrowers asking about amortization. Most are considering whether to pay down their loan balance more rapidly, and have suddenly realized that they don’t know how best to do that.

  • How to choose a real estate agent Feb 28, 2015 12:00 AM
    Q. I’ve read your column for years — now it’s my turn to ask for guidance. I will be putting my house on the market in the near future (I hope). What I’m looking for might best be summarized as “seller’s do’s and don’ts” — things like how to pick a Realtor and any other insights that would help reduce the stress of this event.

  • Energy efficiency impacts the high-end market Feb 28, 2015 12:00 AM
    Harris Custom Builders is synonymous with Old World architecture in the Greater Barrington area. The company constantly work to keep up on the latest advances in luxury homes, founder Evan Harris said. Harris says his homes, for instance, are very energy efficient.

  • Lawyer not needed to defend small claims lawsuit Feb 28, 2015 12:00 AM
    Q. A contractor the board hired to do paving work for the association has filed suit against the association. The contractor claims the association has failed to pay about $8,000 under the contract. Can the association defend itself in this case?

  • Dress that 'greatly resembles' stolen Nyong'o gown recovered Feb 28, 2015 9:33 AM
    Deputies recover dress that 'greatly resembles' Oscar dress stolen from Lupita Nyong'o

  • Believe Project: $100 for man in danger of losing home Feb 28, 2015 8:00 AM
    The Daily winner of $100 through the Believe Project is Cathy Jackson of Buffalo Grove, who works at a food pantry and would like to help out a man in danger of losing his home.

  • Redmayne lends voice to ‘Thomas & Friends’ Feb 28, 2015 6:00 AM
    The No. 1 blue engine is getting a new friend in Eddie Redmayne. Fresh off an Oscar win for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything,” the British actor will be heard in the next installment in the “Thomas & Friends” series, “Sodor’s Legend of the Lost Treasure.”

  • Weekend picks: Donnie McClurkin headlines Genesee's Salute to Gospel Feb 28, 2015 6:00 AM
    Grammy Award-winner Donnie McClurkin and nominee Anita Wilson are the featured soloists for the College of Lake County 31st Annual Salute to Gospel at the Genesee Theatre. Comedian Whitney Cummings, a co-creator of sitcoms “2 Broke Girls” and “Whitney,” performs her standup routine at the Improv Comedy Showcase at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg.

  • Tea Leoni takes control as ‘Madame Secretary’ Feb 28, 2015 6:30 AM
    So inspired Tea Leoni's portrayal as a shrewd Secretary of State in CBS' "Madame Secretary"? Actually, the star says, it was her attorney dad, who urged his daughter to follow her heart. "‘Don’t do something because you’re good at it," he advised. "Do it because you’re passionate about it, and you’ll GET good at it.”

  • Fox’s ‘Empire’ making unprecedented rise in ratings Feb 28, 2015 5:30 AM
    For an unbelievable seventh week in a row, Fox's "Empire" — a prime-time soap about a family dynasty divided by the fight to control a hip-hop empire — surged in the ratings. Just to give context, this never happens. Like, actually never.

  • Reaching out to the mentally ill Feb 28, 2015 7:00 AM
    “No one should ever be defined by an illness,” says Angela Adkins, executive director for DuPage NAMI, an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. So, NAMI has been operating as a good Samaritan to the mentally ill and their families for 30 years. “We provide support, education and advocacy for individuals and their families who are living with mental illness,” Adkins explained.

  • DVD previews: ‘Foxcatcher,’ ‘Mockingjay’ out next week Feb 28, 2015 6:45 AM
    The Oscar-nominated drama "Foxcatcher" comes to DVD March 3, while the latest installment in the "Hunger Games" film franchise -- "Mockingjay, Part I" -- is available March 6.

  • Tinder tested by Millennials who won’t pay for dating apps Feb 28, 2015 7:41 AM
    Paul Eggler has three free dating apps on his smartphone and hasn’t found a partner yet. Even so, the 28-year-old, who is pursuing a master’s degree in computer science at Washington University in St. Louis, isn’t willing to pay for more features or a premium matchmaking service that might give him a better chance.“Why spend 20 bucks a month when the free ones are pretty good?” Eggler said.

  • Doctors say fitness trackers, health apps can boost care Feb 28, 2015 7:31 AM
    That phone app keeping track of your exercise and meals might keep you out of the hospital one day. Why give your doctors permission to incorporate data from fitness trackers and health apps into electronic patient records? Well, they might spot signs of an ailment sooner and suggest behavioral changes or medication before you land in the emergency room. They also might be able to monitor how you’re healing from surgery or whether you’re following a treatment regimen.

  • Love a man in uniform? Online dating scammers hope so Feb 28, 2015 7:32 AM
    Despite being happily married for 13 years, Ray Chandler is one of the world’s most eligible bachelors. Single women can find him on the dating site, where he confesses to being “Very new to this dating thing and am looking to see where this takes me.” He is on Google+, LinkedIn and Facebook. Literally hundreds of dating profiles and social media accounts are illustrated with photographs of the same handsome salt-and-pepper-haired military man.

  • Midwest travel: Art abounds at Radisson Blu Aqua Feb 28, 2015 5:00 AM
    One of the big trends in hotel amenities over the last few years has been on-site art and art galleries that often exhibit local and well-known artists. Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago kicks it up more than a notch with its first hotel art tour mobile app: The Art of Blu. Guests can experience the hotel’s excellent art gallery space with a curated, self-guided tour — something previously offered only by museums.

  • A good night’s sleep is crucial to your health Feb 28, 2015 7:00 AM
    Lifestyle choices are critically important for long-term good health. We often hear about diet, exercise and stress reduction as being the key to health. However, there is one lifestyle choice that most Americans ignore and yet is indispensable. It is sleep.

  • Herbicides play role in shrinking monarch population Feb 28, 2015 2:32 PM
    President Barack Obama issued a directive last year to federal agencies to create a strategy to promote the health of honey bees and other pollinators, and as part of the effort, the federal government pledged $3.2 million in February to restore habitat from California to the Corn Belt. And there has been some good news as drought conditions eased, with monarchs experiencing a 69 percent spike in the size of their overwinter habitat in Mexico, although that population remained the second smallest since the World Wildlife Fund in Mexico began record-keeping in 1993.

  • Taking care of your leather furniture Feb 27, 2015 12:01 AM
    Leather upholstery is a thing of beauty, and it’s supposed to be pretty durable, too. But even leather may need a little help every now and then. Here are some things you can do to keep your leather in good shape.

  • Aftermath of an “as-is” home purchase Feb 27, 2015 12:01 AM
    Q: We just purchased a home “as is.” The previous owner signed a mold disclosure statement that says there is no known mold. After moving in, we found that one entire bathroom wall is rotted with mold, and the roof has mold as well. Isn’t the seller liable for withholding this information?

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