| Apr 11, 2012
| 9:27 AM
Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd (Butler Rubin) isn’t your average law firm. For one, it’s fairly uncommon to find a firm of its size dedicated solely to complex commercial litigation. But then again, the 36-attorney boutique doesn’t...
| Jan 23, 2012
| 5:47 PM
As state attorneys general across the country consider whether to settle with big banks over shoddy and illegal foreclosure practices, some Marylanders are urging Douglas F. Gansler not to sign on the dotted line.
Their efforts are part of a nationwide...
| Dec 9, 2011
| 8:13 AM
For homeowners looking to upgrade — or downsize — their residences, it's a difficult chicken-or-egg question: Which comes first, buying a new place to live or selling an old one? Each situation presents a potentially thorny set of issues.
| Dec 21, 2011
| 1:08 PM
WASHINGTON—Illinois Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan and federal officials today announced a $335 million national settlement with Bank of America stemming from former mortgage giant Countrywide allegedly steering minority borrowers into subprime loans and...
| Jan 6, 2012
Like many homeowners, John Kennedy bought his Chicago condo when home prices were high. But when he got married and wanted a bigger place, selling his condo seemed out of the question because he owed more on his home than it was worth.
The solution for...
| Jun 20, 2011
| 3:53 PM
Two DuPage businesswomen who illegally used money from customers at their Wheaton title company for their personal use each were sentenced today to 10 years in prison and ordered jointly to pay $1.8 million in restitution.
Pamela Williams, 58, of Darien,...
| Jan 29, 2012
In this week's State of the Union address, President Obama announced to cheers the formation of a new Justice Department unit tasked with going after the big banks and mortgage companies whose reckless lending led to the collapse of the housing market and...
| Jul 1, 2011
| 10:07 AM
TORONTO — Luminato, the festival of arts, culture and ideas that just concluded in Canada's largest city, has only been held for four years. But this citywide extravaganza already attracts a collective audience in excess of 1 million and spends...
| Jul 28, 2011
| 11:17 AM
The Chicago City Council passed legislation today that makes banks and other financial companies more accountable for problems inside thousands of abandoned buildings.
The ordinance, which passed unanimously, faced adamant opposition from the financial...
| Sep 22, 2011
| 10:10 AM
While reading "The Wealth Cure," a colleague glanced at the cover and said, "When you find out the cure, let me know." Too many of us think we don't have the ability to better identify how to spend our money, but in Hill Harper's latest book he gives...
| Oct 19, 2011
One of the most popular ways to lower property tax bills is also one of the most misused — benefiting thousands of people ranging from mayors to landlords and snowbirds.
The homestead exemption is supposed to lower taxes only for a taxpayer's...