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Thursday, April 14, 2016 12:14 am

How to put the best possible face on your spacious, clean, carefree home sweet home

 The useful life of an appraisal is just one year, so any sale, refinance or home equity loan will likely require a new appraisal ordered by the financial institution, conducted by a qualified ap...
Thursday, April 14, 2016 12:13 am
 If landscaping goes in cycles, where every few years there’s a wildly popular new thing you suddenly see everywhere, followed by a few years of refinements until the next new splashy thing, th...
Thursday, April 14, 2016 12:12 am
 Growing asparagus is best reserved for patient people, as the first crop cannot be harvested for at least a year after planting. This frustrates many home gardeners, and is one factor that can m...
Thursday, April 7, 2016 12:13 am

Ex-pols’ campaign funds are gifts that keep giving

 Nearly 20 years ago, former Gov. Pat Quinn looked like a proverbial pauper.Quinn had less than $150 in his campaign war chest as of June 30, 1998, a seminal moment for campaign funds in Illinois...
Thursday, April 7, 2016 12:12 am

Consolidation promises to cuts costs and improve investment returns. But public safety retirement funds prefer local control and clout, a BGA Rescuing Illinois report finds.

 It’s been more than four years since a bipartisan, government-backed study recommended that hundreds of Illinois small police and fire pensions be fused into a single, unified investment group...
Thursday, March 31, 2016 12:11 am

Fifth annual photography contest winners

The annual contest sponsored by Illinois Times and Prairie Art Alliance, now operated by the Springfield Art Association, to find the most captivating Images of Illinois continues. This year’s submi...
Thursday, March 24, 2016 12:12 am
Each year the cover of Capital City Visitor, published by Illinois Times, features a portrait of Abraham Lincoln by a central Illinois artist. This time we decided to hold a contest as a way of findin...
Thursday, March 17, 2016 12:01 am

State pols live high with campaign funds

 Fancy cars. Luxury hotels. Trips to the tropics and beyond. Money paid to “unknown.” Meals bought in bars without kitchens and money sent to an address that doesn’t exist.All this and more...
Thursday, March 10, 2016 12:12 am

The human cost of Illinois’ budget crisis

Someone may have to die before this is resolved, and even that might not be enough. That’s the consensus among several social service agencies in Springfield which are running on fumes as a result of the state budget crisis....
Thursday, March 10, 2016 12:11 am

Visit Mason City for a movie, comedy and a down-home meal

 When I was in seventh grade, my friends and I got our parents to drop us at the local small-town movie theater on Saturday nights. We would buy tickets at an enclosed booth, shell out a quarter...

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