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  • City seeks to put a dent in false property filings

    City seeks to put a dent in false property filings
    Concerns that homeowners are unwittingly being taken advantage of by unscrupulous individuals remain top of mind for authorities, despite improvements to the housing market. In the past few weeks, a Chicago City Council committee urged the Cook County...
  • Yorktown Navy Exchange recognized for store performance

    Yorktown Navy Exchange recognized for store performance
    The Navy Exchange at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown received the Bingham Award by the Navy Exchange Service Command in the $3-$7 million sales category for superior performance in 2013. The Bingham Award program was established in 1979 to recognize...
  • Transparent Airfares Act needs more transparency

    Last week, the House of Representatives passed the Transparent Airfares Act of 2014. Great news, right? Who doesn't want more clarity when it comes to ticket prices and fees? Well, fasten your seat belt and put your tray table in the upright position....
  • Same-day travel apps cater to last-minute travelers

    Same-day travel apps cater to last-minute travelers
    Procrastinating travelers who find it difficult to plan trips in advance could find some spontaneity and even bargains with last-minute travel apps to book flights and hotel rooms. Whether it's finding a flight, or a same-day hotel room, apps are...
  • Customer service for new cellphone is never a direct line [For Better or Worse]

    Customer service for new cellphone is never a direct line [For Better or Worse]
    Originally, mobile phones were the size, shape and heft of your average brick. People would walk down the street yelling, "Guess where I'm calling from!" into the mouthpiece. Now we have "smartphones." Ironically, it's the user who has to be smart to...
  • Take a retirement annuity or a lump sum?

    Dear Liz: I am 54 and considering retiring in three or four years. I have been fortunate to work at a Fortune 100 company for 30-plus years and have both a defined benefit pension plan and a 401(k). When I retire, we have the option of taking a lump sum...
  • Eurozone economy stalls, adding new worries for American recovery

    The Eurozone's feeble recovery came to an outright halt in the second quarter, the latest in a batch of disappointing global economic indicators that have clouded the prospects for American growth. Economic output in the 18-nation Euro area stalled in...
  • Apartment repossession law has offered no bite

    Apartment repossession law has offered no bite
    Almost 11 months after an ordinance took effect to protect tenants in foreclosed, repossessed rental buildings within Chicago, no enforcement tickets have been issued or fines assessed against building owners. One reason is that some of the banks taking...
  • Burger King pulls low-fat fries after tepid response from consumers

    Burger King pulls low-fat fries after tepid response from consumers
    Burger King is pulling its more-healthful crinkle-cut French fries, known as Satisfries, from most of its North American restaurants as customer interest in low-fat options went cold.  The Miami-based fast-food king said Wednesday that franchisees...
  • New FICO criteria could help borrowers

    The nation's dominant credit-scoring system is being revised in a way that could save consumers nationwide billions of dollars, especially in qualifying for mortgages, auto loans and credit cards at lower interest rates. The changes to FICO criteria are...
  • Corinthian Colleges tells investors it is facing a criminal probe

    Corinthian Colleges tells investors it is facing a criminal probe
    After months of financial uncertainty and battles with regulators, Corinthian Colleges Inc. told investors Wednesday about the prospect of a criminal investigation by federal prosecutors. The beleaguered Orange County for-profit college company said...