| Nov 3, 2013
Will Jones wasn't always Will Jones.
The Aurora resident was born in Turner, Ark., to a 15-year-old single mom, Gloria Janet Parks.
At the time of his birth, his father was unknown, so Parks, his mother's maiden name, was put on his birth certificate....
| Nov 1, 2013
| 1:05 AM
Q I want my Social Security retirement to start for January. When should I complete my application?
A Now is a good time. Use the SSA Retirement Planner tools at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/retire2/ and then complete the online application or call the...
| Oct 30, 2013
I am a retired teacher who loved teaching and still do. I retired early because some of my administrators made my life difficult the last few years so that I would retire and then they could hire a new person at a lower salary.
Even the state did what...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 2:30 AM
Once you retire, certain expenses will diminish or disappear. But one expense that won't go away is taxes. You may have $1 million in retirement savings, but the amount available for retirement income is much less because a portion will go to pay...
| Sep 23, 2013
| 2:00 AM
Before the recession, Madie Green's home daycare was normally full. As parents lost their jobs and pulled kids out, the 55-year-old District Heights woman spent through her savings to keep up on her mortgage and auto payments.
Her business still hasn'...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 3:07 PM
It happens every time: Republicans and Democrats get into a standoff over the federal budget, and their best plan for wriggling out of it is to nickel-and-dime people on Social Security and Medicare.
The worst zombie in this package, a terrible idea...
| Sep 22, 2013
| 4:14 PM
Illinois' crushing public pension crisis has been literally decades in the making, but the present stalemate in Springfield over how to resolve it can be traced in great measure to a single point in time: July 21, 1970.
Richard Nixon was president,...
| Sep 22, 2013
| 5:00 AM
As someone who has neither a defined pension plan nor a government provided plan, I am totally fed up with the budget and debt ceiling battles in Washington ("Opening round in funding fight," Sept. 20). Like millions of Americans, my previous employers...
| Sep 21, 2013
| 12:10 PM
The twists and turns involved with some public employees' pensions are seldom illustrated better than by the case of Marilyn Cruz-Aponte — a longtime Democratic activist in New Britain who retired years ago from that city's work force and now serves...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 10:51 AM
The average millennial graduating from college today will not retire until age 73 because heavy student-loan debt will prevent them from saving enough money for an earlier retirement, according to a new study.
The typical graduate has a “seemingly...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 6:30 PM
Losing a spouse is one of the most difficult events a person may face. The transition that follows is difficult, but it can be helped immensely if key records and documents, along with clear instructions about necessary financial, legal and other...