| Oct 1, 2013
| 1:03 PM
Downers Grove residents may soon reach into their pockets to shell out more in property taxes, and water and storm water fees next year, according to the proposed 2014 budget.
A typical resident could pay 10 percent more for storm water, 7.3 percent...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 7:35 AM
Possibly preparing for this year’s holiday shopping binge, South Floridians have been whittling away at their credit-card debt.
The average credit-card balance of Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade County consumers fell 17 percent in September, to...
| Oct 27, 2013
| 10:39 AM
Q: We have a blended family. I am getting an inheritance, and I want it to go to my children. What do I have to do to make it happen? — J.A., Orlando
A: To accomplish that, you must keep those assets separate in your name and not comingle it...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 6:17 AM
To be without a roof over one's head — homelessness — is usually considered the nadir of poverty in America. To many, it implies not only a lack of money, but the exhaustion of options, the end of the rope, dereliction.
But there's another...
| Sep 29, 2013
| 10:31 AM
Q: I plan to retire in five years and have about $750,000 in investments. I'm invested in stock mutual funds and ETFs. What should I do in the next five years to prepare for my retirement? — N.C., Orlando
A: In general, it's a good idea to...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 1:28 PM
When their brokerage statements arrived, the wealthy investors thought their holdings were going gangbusters with profits. Soon, they ponied up another $4 million for the Orlando-based hedge funds managed by their brokers.
The problem? It was all a...
| Oct 20, 2013
Hoping to create 40 jobs and spark economic activity on a downtrodden corner, city officials helped pastor John Abercrombie build a fast-food restaurant a decade ago in South Austin.
All that remains of those hopes today is a vacant cinder-block shell...
| Oct 7, 2013
Standard and Poor's raised the Downers Grove bond rating to its highest level in late September.
The agency gave the village a AAA rating, up from AA+, according to officials. Village officials touted the higher rating as evidence of their efficient...
| Oct 6, 2013
| 12:12 AM
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| Oct 6, 2013
| 9:59 AM
Q: I will be paying half of my grandchild's tuition for the school year 2013-2014, a total of $20,000. Do I need to make sure that I pay no more than $14,000 this year so I don't trigger any taxes? Or can I make the check payable to the school and pay the...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 2:00 AM
Tana Poff ran out of cash soon after arriving in Baltimore County from York, Pa., hoping to start a new life. The pregnant 23-year-old was working at the checkout lane at Food Lion, but her part-time wages weren't enough.
"It didn't work out the way I...