| Aug 30, 2013
| 1:05 AM
In last month's column I alluded to the fact that in every successful estate plan, we do need to have a competent attorney involved to offer pertinent legal advice and ultimately, draft the documents needed to put your plan into place. But it is...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 12:28 PM
Downers Grove officials repealed an Ogden Avenue incentive program that provided business owners with grants to improve their buildings.
The council voted unanimously to discontinue the Ogden Avenue Site Improvement Strategy Aug. 20. The program allowed...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 1:52 PM
The past two weeks I have been feeling like a not-so-good mom. While I have been at work, my son has been packing for college, shopping for dorm room items, ordering books online, taking himself to doctor and haircut appointments, paying college bills and...
| Aug 18, 2013
| 10:24 AM
Q: I recently got remarried. We changed my will to have everything go to my new wife and then my two children. Do I have to worry about other areas, so things will be divided as I want? — J.D., Orlando
A: Yes, you sure must. Your will or trust...
| Aug 25, 2013
| 10:30 AM
Q: I reluctantly co-signed a loan for my son and recently got a letter saying that the loan is in default. Will this affect my credit even though I'm simply the co-signer? – A.J., Orlando
A. If a loan goes into default and you are a co-signer, you...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 9:57 AM
When budgeting for back-to-school expenses, parents generally include routine fare like clothes, school supplies and maybe a new backpack. But if your kids participate in extracurricular activities, whether it's sports, music lessons or art classes, you...
| Jul 12, 2013
•"Something for Everyone," an all-member, all-media visual arts show, runs through Friday, July 26, at Artists' Gallery, American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Circle in Columbia. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and...
| Jul 18, 2013
| 5:42 PM
Detroit filed for bankruptcy Thursday, making it the largest U.S. city to ever seek Chapter 9 protection. It’s sad news for the once-great city. Still, the headline seemed to have delighted many. Just check out The Times' comments section, with...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 2:34 PM
The new trailer for DreamWorks' "The Fifth Estate" takes us to the heart of the WikiLeaks debate. When Julian Assange (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) leaked a video of a U.S. military helicopter firing on unarmed civilians in Baghdad, was he arming the...
| Jul 18, 2013
| 2:53 PM
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced his latest health initiative this week: He’s banning elevators! OK, not really. But he did say he was planning to introduce legislation that would inspire New Yorkers to take the stairs by making staircases...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 3:30 PM
It was late October 2011, and their royal highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were still in honeymoon mode when Britain and its Commonwealth agreed that the first baby Cambridge, boy or girl, would become the future monarch.
This is a bigger...
| Aug 11, 2013
| 10:00 AM
Q: I am thinking about selling some investment land that currently has a loss. Can I offset the long-term loss from the land against some long-term gains from stocks that I sold this year? – C.C., Orlando
A: As long as you owned the land for...