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10 Financial Things To Do Before Year End

       There are a lucky 13 days remaining in 2014 it’s not too late to consider at least one of these financially savvy ideas: Taxing matters If you’re paying estimated taxes, now would be a good time to review your payments, especially if you had a big change in income from the prior year, Estimated […]

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Illinois Says Goodbye to Judy Baar Topinka

Yesterday we lost a Chicago Political Icon, Judy Barr Topinka. Today the Chicago Sun Times succinctly described Judy as “a brash, colorful, plain speaking, competent, energetic product of Chicago’s near western suburbs.” Irrespective of your political alliance, you have to have to admit we lost a Chicago treasure. Please refer to the provided link to […]

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10 Outstanding Ways to Save $$$

You have many options to fix up your finances, but these will have a significant impact: Cut your housing costs. These add up to about 33% of the average family’s budget. Refinance your mortgage to a lower interest rate if possible, increase the deductible on your home insurance, even consider moving to a location with […]

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How Long Has It Been Since You Rehabbed Your Home?

This is a guest post by Elisa Niesen and Lynne Gerding, Realtors and Renovators based in Naperville, IL, www.elisaandlynnehomes.com. Spring has finally SPRUNG and if you’re from the Midwest then I’m sure you were as miserable as we were! Every year it is a time of preparation and a revival of the old to make things new. We couldn’t think […]

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A Quintessential Rite of Passage…The Cost of Driving (Part II)

Last month our youngest son turned 16 and experienced that long awaited moment…he obtained his driver’s license! A euphoric experience for him, but frankly a somber reality for us as parents.  Last week I wrote about the steps required to obtain a driver’s license and the responsibilities that accompany the privilege to drive a vehicle.  […]

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Are upcoming health plans for you?

When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act starts rolling out in October, it will overhaul how Americans get health care coverage. You will find yourself in a maze of different options.  I came across this article in the Sunday Chicago Tribune this past Sunday.  Hopefully it may be a start to assist you in […]

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SUMMER INTERNSHIP SEARCH 2013!

 With students entering into the final stretch of the spring semester many are still contemplating their options for employment this summer.  Many students are still looking to land a summer internship.  Although many young adults have already solidified their plans for the summer, many are still looking for the opportunity to land a summer internship. […]

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Another Silver Lining to Investing in an IRA

This is the time of year you will hear much about IRAs (Individual Retirement Accounts) This is because an IRA contribution is the last tax deduction you can still create for your 2012 tax return to make a pretax IRA contribution (provided that you not eligible for another form of retirement saving, ect 401k defined benefit […]

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Back to School…

As the summer winds down, many of us face the challenge of sending our darling children back to the classroom.  Many of you have kids that are about to take the big step that occurs after high school…College.  College sticker prices these days can match the price tag on a high end automobile. But there’s […]

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June is Men’s Health Month…a few helpful tips…

Everyone knows that a baby-pink ribbon is for breast cancer awareness. But what about a baby-blue ribbon? Did you know it’s for prostate awareness? Men’s health tends to take a back seat in our society. But men are just like women – when they put off doctor visits and health screenings, their whole families can […]

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