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It was during a visit to his mother's home in New Mexico last summer that Timothy Reddinger found his grandmother's set of fine china. His mother was downsizing and offered to give him the extravagant dinnerware. Reddinger was thrilled. The century-...
Tags: Shipping Service, China
There have been some lonely moments for Barbara Marks since her husband of nearly four decades died five years ago. To help fill the void, Marks recently began searching for companionship. "I've been looking for somebody so I won't be alone anymore,"...
Tags: Credit and Debt
When Darnell James bought the house at 12053 S. Michigan Ave. out of foreclosure, he thought he was doing something good for the community. "My goal was to take some of these properties that banks are foreclosing on and give people some decent housing...
It wasn't until last fall that Glen Eirich noticed the negative balance in his escrow account. The Palatine resident had, by chance, looked at his payment history for the mortgage on his summer home near Castle Rock Lake, not far from the Wisconsin...
Lainie Weisman's first cross-country plane trip alone never got off the ground because of bad weather. The silver lining was that her mother, Mary Weisman, had purchased trip insurance to cover such a situation. That meant the family could recover the...
Despite Chicago's unseasonably warm winter, Danuta Lenckos knows cold days lie ahead. And colder days mean higher heating bills. In December, the 89-year-old Hegewisch neighborhood resident went to her local community center and applied for assistance...
On the wall outside her front door, Kathy Cummings proudly displays the plaque she received in 2004 for her natural garden. Accompanied by a picture of her front yard, the plaque, presented by the city of Chicago, congratulates Cummings for winning...
It was late in the evening of Nov. 30 when Michael Plantz realized his license plates were set to expire the next morning. Hoping to ward off a ticket, the Edgewater neighborhood resident logged on to the Illinois secretary of state website and...
Tags: Punishment, Edgewater, Fines, Justice System, Judges
Before he visited the doctor to get custom orthotics, Gil Harris contacted both Medicare and his supplemental insurance company, Aetna, to see if they would pay for the shoe inserts. Medicare said no but Aetna said yes — as long as the bill was...
It was a glorious fall day and Steve Thompson's in-laws were visiting from California, so he gathered up the family for an afternoon drive. The St. Charles family made it to Lake Geneva, Wis., before the fuel gauge on its Chevy Traverse edged toward...
Chicagoan Deborah Harrington never had a mortgage. When she bought her apartment in a South Shore co-op building more than two decades ago, she paid in cash. To cover her bases, she took out a home equity line of credit, which she could access in an...
The gas was still flowing at Jennifer DeGraff's house in Crystal Lake on Monday morning, nine months after she first asked Nicor to turn it off and more than a month after she was featured in What's Your Problem? DeGraff filed for bankruptcy last...
Tags: Nicor Incorporated, China, Bankruptcy
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