| Jan 8, 2014
Dear Amy: I'm an old guy with a crush on a young woman. It is obvious that we like each other and enjoy spending time together, and I think she might have a crush on me too.
I know there isn't any issue of legality — we're both old enough to be...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 1:51 PM
Ask any grammar buff what separates good writers from the not-so-good and you'll probably get an answer like misuse of "lay" and "lie" or dangling participles or "who" in place of "whom."
But to me, these issues are minor. In my experience, one...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 6:30 PM
A Gallup poll released Jan. 6 showed that Americans' daily spending has rebounded to an average of $96, the highest since the financial crisis in September 2008. That's not counting normal household bills or big purchases.
By coincidence, I've been...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 11:55 AM
On January 13th, 24-year-old Crystal Lake native David Howard started a new job kids (and more than few grown-ups) dream about: Master Model Builder at the Legoland Discovery Center in Schaumburg. Howard joins an elite team of master builders all over the...
| Dec 21, 2013
| 2:13 PM
The parking lot was crowded. Streams of shoppers flowed around the Santa’s House erected in the middle of the center. Shoppers laden with bags jostled each other in long lines stretching from cashiers.
It’s "Super Saturday" at the Grove...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 3:34 PM
With holiday spending on clothes and toys off to a chilly start, worried retailers are plying shoppers with an early gift: Black Friday-style bargains extended into the first weeks of December.
Merchants get nervous each year during the dreaded early-...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 5:55 PM
Inside a cramped studio apartment in south Glendale Thursday night, Guadalupe Villela-Garcia’s three sons gazed over a mountain of gifts that they hadn’t expect to see this holiday season.
Money has been tight this year in the Villela-...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 7:40 AM
Toys "R" Us announced Tuesday that it plans to keep its stores open for 87 consecutive hours, starting on 6 a.m. Saturday and running though 9 p.m. Christmas Eve.
The national toy retailer also promised "around-the-clock savings and deals" for last-...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 3:49 PM
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama might get what he wants for Christmas — workout clothes — but he “messed it up” by granting daughter Malia's wish early and getting her a cellphone, first lady Michelle Obama said Monday....
| Dec 21, 2013
Christmas is right around the corner and I haven't finished my shopping. This year I've got several kids on my list, and searching for ideas, I came across these gifts, all under $40.
>>Do you know a kid that loves space? The Green Toys Rocket ($24.99)...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Q: Our dog was attacked in our own driveway by another dog, and now she's afraid to set foot in the driveway to take a walk. She's excited to see the leash, but won't go out the front door. As a result, she's gaining weight. What should I do? -- M.S.,...