| Mar 18, 2015
| 7:40 AM
Schools in Palm Beach County could hang advertising banners on school grounds for the foreseeable future, and firefighters in West Palm Beach may find pension payments a little easier to handle after two local bills passed through a legislative...
| Mar 16, 2015
| 8:53 AM
Retirees who file their taxes quarterly may feel like every season is tax season, but preparing for the April tax deadline is a good time to seek out new deductions and plan some strategies for the year ahead.
You might be hitting a tax sweet spot, a...
| Mar 10, 2015
| 3:55 PM
Wednesday, the Illinois Supreme Court will hear arguments in Heaton v. Quinn, the suit that challenges the 2013 law that overhauled the state's pension system. To mark the occasion, the Common Sense Caucus — Tribune columnist Eric Zorn and Editorial...
| Mar 16, 2015
| 5:20 AM
Last year I reached a milestone age: 59 1/2, old enough to withdraw money from my individual retirement accounts with no penalty. While this felt bittersweet, it did remind me of the importance of timing when it comes to taking money out of retirement...
| Mar 9, 2015
Q. It was with great interest that I read your recent article on free retirement-planning dinners. I'm a retired Miami-Dade policeman, and have turned down three dinner invitations from financial planning services recently because I was suspicious they...
| Mar 14, 2015
| 8:00 PM
English Brent Taylor is just a few years from retirement, but before he can take it easy, he needs to tackle a burden more seniors are carrying: debt.
At 67, Taylor is working to pay off close to $90,000 in debt before he leaves his full-time job with...
| Mar 15, 2015
| 5:00 AM
Dear Liz: I went to renew my IRA certificate of deposit and the bank officer suggested that I renew at the greater rate being offered for a five-year term (about 1.5% APR) rather than the lower rate for a one-year term (about 1% APR). She explained that...
| Mar 14, 2015
| 4:01 AM
In the telling of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, his four years in office have been a clinic in bold and decisive response to financial crisis while election rival Jesus "Chuy" Garcia is a man without a plan who would dig the hole deeper for city taxpayers.
| Mar 13, 2015
| 6:40 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday said that if he doesn't get major financial relief from state lawmakers, he'll have to raise property taxes significantly next year.
The acknowledgment came as a re-election seeking Emanuel released his ideas on how to...
| Mar 11, 2015
| 4:51 PM
The Illinois Supreme Court on Wednesday spent 53 minutes hearing oral arguments in a case that can gravely undermine the future of Illinois.
No, that's not overly dramatic. We have our opinion about what occurred Wednesday. First, though, the towering...
| Mar 12, 2015
| 12:30 PM
What is the income limit to claim the retirement savers' credit? My daughter's income is less than $30,000, but I thought I read that adjusted gross income had to be less than $18,000 to claim the credit.
This is a good time to ask about the retirement...