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Refinancing your debt could be a good idea if…

Have you ever considered how lenders compare applicants? Typically, the lowest rate goes to those who have the highest likelihood of repaying the loan on time. A lot of data goes into determining that probability, including the person's credit, income ...

New restaurant coming to Shorewood

Which wich, a restaurant chain based in Dallas, Texas, will open its newest store in Shorewood sometime this year.

Take control of your Electronic entertainment budget

It seems like every few weeks there's a new "must-watch" movie or show. Competition between traditional and new production companies is driving the wave of high-quality content. I can't complain, but it's also hard to keep up. I have an ...

Some Couples Invest in Their Future in Ways Other Than a Diamond Ring

What does an engagement ring look like? For many people, my wife included, the answer is a diamond ring. While that's a concept that didn't became widely accepted how-an-ad-campaign-invented-the-diamond-engagement-ring until the diamond industry's marketing campaigns in the mid-1900s, it's one ...

Resolve to replace your bad financial habits

Most people have at least one bad financial habit. Whether it's impulse shopping, forgetting to pay bills on time or putting off building that emergency fund, balancing what you want to do and what you "should" do is never easy. ...

Last minute tax tips before Dec 31st

The holiday season is in full swing, and you were probably in a last-minute-gift-buying and a party-planning frenzy right now. The last thing on your mind? Taxes. For most people, sparing a thought for the upcoming tax season is the ...

Prepare for Medicare Part A and B Price Changes in 2017

If you're eligible for Medicare, or will be in the coming year, there are a few changes you should know about for 2017. An increase in the Department of Labor's Consumer Price Index (CPI) means there'll be an increase in ...

FHA lending violations lead to $93 million fine and convictions

A 2011 case that was filed in Manhattan's U.S. District Court led to a 5-week trial in Houston and a unanimous jury decision against one of the largest FHA home loan originators. Allied Home Mortgage Capital Corporation, also known as ...

When Might Opening a Joint Bank Account Make Sense?

Did you recently get married, move in with a new roommate, see a child off to college or start managing a relative's finances? The change in relationship dynamics could prompt you to consider tying part of your financial lives together ...

Focus on Credit Factors, Not Credit Scores

You should want to know your credit score. After all, your credit can be incredibly important to your financial future. It could impact your likelihood of getting approved for a loan and the interest rate you'll get on new financial ...

Year-end tax moves that could save you money

The end of the year is approaching and between visiting friends and family and celebrating the holidays, your taxes may be the last thing on your mind. However, putting off tax preparation until later could be a costly mistake. While ...

WSD December workshops

JOLIET – Workforce Services Division of Will County has announced its December workshop schedule, including a longer Microsoft Word session. In response to customer feedback, Microsoft Word will be two hours long to give students more assistance in learning the ...

UPDATED: Owners of empty Dominick’s stores agree to meet with suburban mayors

For nearly a year, a coalition of mayors from Chicago-area communities have been trying to fill vacant properties once occupied by the Dominick’s grocery chain including a site on Weber Road in Romeoville.

Company featured on ‘Shark Tank’ expands to Joliet

A housing company featured on ABC's 'Shark Tank' is looking to expand to the Joliet area.

Salary negotiations can help boost your income when changing jobs

Whether you're actively looking to make a move or being lured away by a recruiter, a new job offers many opportunities for growth. Discovering how different organizations run and tackling the learning curve during the first few months is part ...