| Sep 29, 2013
| 2:30 PM
By Ilyce Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin
Q: I was listening to your radio show recently with some interest about the condition of the Chicago real estate market and was astounded by your response to one of your callers.
The man was a house painter who was...
| Oct 4, 2013
Homebuyers who have children or who are thinking of having children typically want to know about school districts and want to buy in the best school district they can afford.
How much more do they have to pay for a home that feeds into a top-ranked...
| Oct 8, 2013
Dorothy Leonard has lived for 33 years in the same house on the same block in West Humboldt Park, one of the better blocks in the struggling West Side Chicago neighborhood.
She's the block's unofficial ambassador, shooing away young people who gather...
| Oct 11, 2013
This could be the year when single-family housing starts reach 5,000 in the Chicago area.
It would be a pittance compared with the 18,000 to 20,000 new homes constructed locally in more normal years. Nevertheless, it represents a few more steps back...
| 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...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 9:25 PM
Most Chicagoans won't notice a short-term federal government shutdown, but the effects could start to be felt by some if the stalemate lingers a few weeks, officials from Springfield to City Hall to college campuses indicated Monday.
That's because most...
| 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,...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 11:42 AM
Two Chicago-area men are facing federal wire fraud charges for allegedly charging people thousands of dollars to help them modify their home mortgage loans and then failing to provide any services.
Bolingbrook resident Everett Pope, 38, who was also...
| Sep 14, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Never let a crisis go to waste, says an old rule of politics.
For some major players in the economy, the financial crisis that began five years ago this month with Lehman Bros.' collapse turned out to be as much an opportunity as a calamity....
| Oct 7, 2013
| 5:36 AM
When Rick Buchler and his wife split up two years ago, they decided she would remain in their house near Stockton, Calif., and he would leave. The couple had no children, and Buchler's wife, a pediatrician, wanted to stay in the marital four-bedroom...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 10:01 PM
Single-family-home prices rose strongly in Chicago and suburban Cook County during the year's second quarter, according to a local home price index, validating the sentiment that a housing recovery has taken hold in the Chicago area.
However, the pace...