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Back-to-School tech for your children

It’s increasingly common to find classrooms filled with the blue hue of computer and tablet screens. Early education or postgraduate work, there’s a shift towards technology-driven, or at least technology-aided, schooling. Students that learn to use technology to stay organized, conduct in-depth research and collaborate with peers can also use these skills in college and their professional lives. What devices might students need? Laptops, tablets and smartphones are the primary devices that many students use. Although your child likely doesn’t need one of each, a graphing calculator is sometimes a second necessity for classes and standardized tests. Some high schools have a one-to-one program and issue students a laptop or tablet that they can bring home. Other schools let students borrow devices while in class, or let students bring their own device.

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Buyer beware Rialto Theatre warns consumers of 3rd party ticket brokers

The Rialto Square Theatre wants to warn ticket buyers to beware when purchasing tickets through third party ticket brokers. Don’t be deceived by third party ticket resellers charging inflated prices for tickets to Rialto Square Theatre events. If the price of a ticket for a Rialto Square Theatre event seems extremely high there is a good possibility that you are not ordering tickets directly from us. The Rialto Square Theatre does not endorse these third party resellers. If buying tickets online make sure that you are actually ordering through Ticketmaster, our only authorized online ticket seller, and not a third party reseller that seeks to profit from the attractions performing at the Rialto Square Theatre. Tickets may be purchased online through Ticketmaster at http://www.ticketmaster.com Phone orders may be placed through Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Rialto box office located at 102 N. Chicago Street, Joliet, IL.

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Wine of the Week: Dry Creek 2010 Foggy Oaks Chardonnay $20

Estate Grown Russian River Valley Chardonnay lets grape flavor shine through

It's hard to believe that time is here to order the Thanksgiving Turkey and start buying the wine that will grace the Holiday table. The harvest is in in Sonoma County and the new vintages are being released just in time for Holiday enjoyment.

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Cybershopping tips from an expert to keep you safe this season

The holidays can be such a hectic time and shopping online can be a great way to help you find and purchase gifts for your loved ones without wasting precious time driving around the mall parking lot.

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Don't let back-to-school tasks sneak up on you

Parents, if this is your first time at the back-to-school rodeo, let me share a few lessons my wife and I have learned the hard way. Chances are you'll be spending the next few weeks filling out piles of pre-enrollment paperwork, lining up carpools and, of course, taking the dreaded shopping excursions for clothes and school supplies.

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Wine of the Week – Chateau Les Rouilleres-$14

Without question one of the greatest wine growing regions of the world is Bordeaux, France. The terroir is recognized as such for the last millennia.

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Six ways to save on your next car

Looking for an eco-friendly subcompact or the thrills that come with a sports car? Perhaps the practicality of a sedan or a spacious SUV better fits your needs? No matter what type of vehicle is calling your name, planning your purchase can help you save as much money as possible. Consider these six savings tips while shopping for your next car. Whether you're concerned about upfront, monthly or long-term costs, there's something here that can help you. 1. Look for a fuel-efficient car. Buying a hybrid or all-electric vehicle rather than a gas guzzler could help you save money on long-run fuel costs. Plus, state and federal tax credits might give you some additional upfront savings.

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10 Valentine's Day ideas that won't break the bank…or the romance

"Can't Buy Me Love" was a great song by Lennon and McCartney and frankly, a pretty good philosophy for Valentine's Day in general.

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Don't let cyber Grinches ruin your Holidays

I'm usually in too much of a Thanksgiving food coma to hit the sales on Black Friday, but millions of other Americans somehow find the energy. Last year, 89 million people took advantage of Black Friday sales (57 million of them online), while an estimated 247 million shopped throughout the four-day weekend, as stores increasingly have opened their doors on Thanksgiving itself.

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6 must-know facts about Obamacare open enrollment

If you buy your own health insurance, add this important date to your year-end to-do list: November 15.

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Bolingbrook MD gets 18 months for fraud, illegal prescriptions

Dr. Sathish Narayanappa Babu pleaded guilty to bilking Medicare out of $500,000 and wrote prescriptions for unneeded pain killers, according to federal documents.

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The keys to outfitting your first apartment on a budget

Moving into a place of your own for the first time is a huge step. I remember my first post-college apartment move. It was nothing special, but it was mine. It came with a few new challenges and responsibilities [http://www.practicalmoneyskills.com/learn/life_events/renting_an_apartment] and all sorts of opportunities. For the first time, I was able to decide how to decorate an entire living area and turn a blank slate into a home. Here's some advice for finding what you'll need on a budget and a few inexpensive ideas to make otherwise unimaginative rooms come to life. Look for hand-me-down and used furniture. Furniture – tables, chairs, bookshelves etc. – often takes up the most space and can be the biggest drain on your budget. You could start by mapping out your home using online floor plan software and determining what might fit where.

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On The Fence

I was listening actually and ultimately arguing a point with a few people over the holiday weekend about mandatory black games due to low stadium attendance at the professional ranks. According to online site Wikipedia with regards to professional football "any broadcaster that has a signal that hits any area within a 75 miles (121 km) radius of an NFL stadium may only broadcast a game if that game is a road game (also known as an away game), or if the game sells out 72 hours or more before the start time for the game.

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Romeoville High class of 1988 invited to 30th reunion

The Romeoville High School Class of 1988 will celebrate their 30th class reunion on August 4, 2018. All graduates are welcome at Nevin’s Brewing Company in Plainfield for a casual evening of 80’s music, mingling, memories, and catching up with our classmates from 1984-1988! The party starts at 7pm and will include appetizers, photos in the photo booth and dessert. Please buy your tickets by July 10th. (You may buy tickets at any time, but we cannot guarantee a pint glass for any tickets purchased after July 10th.)

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Colored contact lenses could be dangerous for Halloween

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) is reminding Illinois contact lens purchasers that buying colored contact lenses for a Halloween costume or fashion statement from anyone other than a licensed eye care professional is dangerous.

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Vehicle renewal sticker receipt legislation becomes law Jan. 1

Legislation proposed by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White to allow a printed receipt from the Secretary of State to serve temporarily as the vehicle renewal sticker becomes law on Jan. 1, 2015.

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How to pay less for a new car

Late last year, my wife and I were in the unenviable position of needing to shop for a new car, since the used car lease I'd assumed was about to expire. I knew it would probably have to last until my kids were well into college, so I spent a long time investigating how to get the best deal on a reliable car I would love driving.

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Romeo deadline to buy cost-shared trees June 15

The village shares the cost of new parkway trees with residents, and delivery, planting and mulching is included in the purchase price.

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