| Oct 13, 2013
"Hi. I'm the dead girl in the alley,” said Carolyn Gale.
At the moment, she was the waitress behind the bar, it being lunchtime at the Tavern. But sometime before Christmas, she will be on the back cover of the next Shallow End Gals' novel, as she...
| Oct 20, 2013
Hoping to create 40 jobs and spark economic activity on a downtrodden corner, city officials helped pastor John Abercrombie build a fast-food restaurant a decade ago in South Austin.
All that remains of those hopes today is a vacant cinder-block shell...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 8:10 AM
Every year, it seems as though retailers are prepping for the holiday season earlier and earlier. Before Halloween even arrives, some stores have already started running advertisements or stocking their shelves with gifts for the winter holidays. While,...
| Jan 25, 2014
| 8:44 PM
WASHINGTON — As Ben S. Bernanke walks away from the Federal Reserve's marble headquarters on the Mall after presiding over his last policy meeting Wednesday, he will leave behind a bittersweet legacy.
On one hand, his unprecedented efforts to...
| Dec 18, 2013
An alleged mortgage scam that swindled at least 54 suburban, primarily Hispanic homeowners out of $220,000 has resulted in three federal indictments.
Melvin T. Bell, 37; Monica Hernandez, 43; and Carlos Rayas, 39, face federal fraud charges tied to...
| Dec 20, 2013
In the historic Golden Dome field house in Garfield Park, bank executives and charity leaders gathered in August to trade hugs and self-congratulatory speeches.
Nonprofit groups on the West Side were helping restore communities by renovating homes...
| Jan 10, 2013
| 9:13 AM
Government officials are unveiling new mortgage lending guidelines designed to curtail risky loans that led to the housing bust.
From the Chicago Tribune: For most borrowers, the rules will mean no more interest-only mortgages, no more loans where...
| Aug 8, 2011
| 5:27 PM
Investors watched stock markets swoon and economists fretted about the nation's fragile recovery on the first day of trading after the unprecedented downgrade of the nation's credit rating.
But amid the gloom Monday were a few bright spots for consumers:...
| Mar 4, 2011
| 3:09 PM
A Country Club Hills man was sentenced today to 20 years in federal prison and was ordered to pay more than $56 million today in a mortgage fraud scheme in what is being called among the largest federal prosecutions in Chicago, officials said.
| May 6, 2011
Your mortgage payments are up to date, and you pay your bills on time. Your credit score is above average.
Uh-oh. Could be trouble.
How could this be a problem? Alas, we live in a surreal age, creditwise. If you have those good credit characteristics...
| Apr 3, 2012
| 3:00 PM
The following is a transcript of President Obama's politically-charged remarks Tuesday afternoon at an Associated Press luncheon framing the general election campaign, as released by the White House.
Obama: "Thank you very much. (Applause.) Please have...