| Apr 30, 2014
| 4:36 PM
The single biggest visual element in a home is the floor. It sets the mood of a room and ties a space together. According to trend scouts, this year's line-up of new floor introductions could not be more warm and inviting. Here is a glimpse of what's...
| Feb 25, 2014
Friday's column on municipalities being forced to pile snow removed from streets and curbsides ever higher on parking lots, park land and other open sites (still available at mcall.com) sparked comments from a number of fellow warriors. I've included...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 2:59 PM
Representatives from the Union Pacific Railroad and Metra will meet with Park Ridge officials Friday morning to discuss the state of the Touhy Avenue viaduct, Public Works Director Wayne Zingsheim said.
Zingsheim said today that engineers and public...
| Apr 4, 2014
| 2:30 AM
DEAR TIM: I was at a spring home show and saw a few displays that featured beautiful stone. When I asked about what type of stone it was, the man said it was colored and textured concrete. I wasn't prepared for that answer! Are these products durable...
| Mar 7, 2014
| 9:09 PM
Engineers from Union Pacific were in Park Ridge this week inspecting for the second time a railroad viaduct called a "public safety hazard" by city officials after a chunk of concrete fell from the viaduct and reportedly cracked a resident's windshield...
| Mar 24, 2014
| 10:02 AM
Metra and the Union Pacific Railroad will begin patchwork repairs in about two months to the Touhy Avenue viaduct in Park Ridge, railroad and Park Ridge officials confirmed recently.
Representatives from the Union Pacific Railroad and Metra met with...
| Mar 11, 2014
| 8:22 AM
Will County officials are taking a second look at a settlement agreement allowing a concrete recycling facility off 111th Street between Bolingbrook and Naperville.
County board members approved the agreement in December, 10 months after initially...
| Apr 22, 2014
| 3:29 PM
A section of flooring on the main level of the Joliet courthouse buckled this afternoon, evidence that the aging building needs to be repaired or replaced, some county employees said.
No one was hurt, and the courthouse remained open.
| Feb 4, 2014
| 12:26 PM
How do you make a light, low-density material without compromising its strength? It’s a conundrum that has plagued engineers and builders looking for tough, durable materials that don’t weigh them down.
Now, using a high-tech 3D printer,...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 8:12 PM
Lake Forest recently took a step forward in its plan to repair more than a quarter-mile of eroding ravines near the Lake Forest Cemetery, awarding a contract to prepare engineering and construction documents for the project.
City officials said they...
| Apr 23, 2014
Why, in this city of great buildings, does the unpretentious piece of architecture at Clark and Addison exert such a powerful hold on us?
Wrigley Field lacks the height and muscle of the John Hancock Center, the swirling ornament of the former Carson...