Melissa Harris' Chicago Confidential

Melissa Harris' Chicago Confidential

Chicago Confidential: Eleanor Foundation to merge into Chicago Foundation for Women  - September 6, 2012 - The Eleanor Foundation, a nonprofit primarily assisting single mothers that is more than 110 years old, will soon wind down its operations and transfer its approximately $7 million in assets to the Chicago Foundation for Women.

Ask Rex Huppke: I Just Work Here

Ask Rex Huppke: I Just Work Here

Students need skills to pay the bills  - September 3, 2012 - Parents are often told — by magazines, television news shows and Oprah — that they are doing things wrong.

Gregory Karp

Gregory Karp

Teaching kids about money - September 1, 2012 - Older children want fancy cellphones, vehicles to get around and the latest video games and consoles. And, no doubt, some will want the new LeBron James basketball shoe by Nike that will reportedly sell for $315 per pair.

Gail MarksJarvis

Gail MarksJarvis

Gold keeps gaining on prospect of Federal Reserve stimulus  - September 5, 2012 - The shine is back in gold again, thanks to a tarnished global economy and the expectation that the Federal Reserve and European Central Bank are going to try to spark growth.

Mary Ellen Podmolik

Mary Ellen Podmolik

New rules streamline short sale process  - August 30, 2012 - The latest efforts by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to simplify the short sale process and broaden the pool of eligible homeowners are getting a thumbs-up from the housing industry.

Phil Rosenthal

Phil Rosenthal

Phil Rosenthal: The importance of failing upward - September 5, 2012 - "The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure" opened to box-office results only Bialystock & Bloom could want.

Ameet Sachdev's Chicago Law

Ameet Sachdev's Chicago Law

Chicago Law: Debt-settlement firm to wind down business   - July 27, 2012 - A Chicago-based law firm specializing in consumer debt settlement that was sued by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan plans to wind down its business nationally, its general counsel confirmed Thursday.

Jon Yates' "What's Your Problem?"

Jon Yates' "What's Your Problem?"

Problem Solver: Cable dispute not so rosy  - September 6, 2012 - Over the years, Sophia Twaddell has spent a small fortune landscaping her Evanston backyard.

Ilyce Glink & Samuel Tamkin

Ilyce Glink & Samuel Tamkin

HELOC impedes refinance - September 6, 2012 - Q: I recently attempted to do a FHA streamline refinance and was denied because I have a home equity line of credit (HELOC) that is maxed out. The lender told me that because of the HELOC, the streamline refinance would require an appraisal. And, given that the house is underwater, I would not...

Benny Kass

Benny Kass

Owning property as tenants in common - August 23, 2012 - Q: Exactly what does "tenants in common" mean? That's the way the title is to the house that I own with my boyfriend.

Joyce Lain Kennedy

Joyce Lain Kennedy

Useless to ask why you weren't hired - September 5, 2012 - DEAR JOYCE: I was one of two finalists for a great job and was so perfect for it that I thought I'd surely get it. The other finalist, a man, was selected. I don't think the company discriminates against women, but if I ask the hiring manager why I wasn't hired, I'm not going to get the real...

Pamela Dittmer McKuen

Pamela Dittmer McKuen

Tips for trimming next year's association budget - August 30, 2012 - Community association boards and finance committees will soon be building budgets for 2013. It won't be a simple task. Many associations have been hit hard with high delinquency rates, mortgage foreclosures and aging infrastructures.

Mark Pearlstein

Mark Pearlstein

Board would benefit from reserve study on roof - September 6, 2012 - Q: Our condominium association had $60,000 in reserves for new roofs with a remaining life expectancy of 15 years. Last year we had major damage to our roofs and had to spend almost half of the reserve fund for these repairs.

Janet Portman

Janet Portman

Evaluating a rental applicant based on ex-landlord's opinion - August 23, 2012 - Q: I have a policy of always talking to an applicant's current landlord. But an applicant whom I'll call Sue has asked me not to call her landlord. She is afraid that if the owner learns she is looking, he will terminate her tenancy. Sue says she's leaving because this guy is a terrible...

Robert Pagliarini

Robert Pagliarini

5 tell-tale signs of burnout - September 4, 2012 - Are you working too long and too hard? Could you achieve more by doing less? Professional athletes are susceptible to overtraining -- thinking that they must run another mile, do more stairs or do one more set. But there is a narrow band that the athlete must train within in order to operate at...

Mary Umberger

Mary Umberger

3Flat: Home improvements made easy - September 2, 2012 - A room in a box. Well, maybe not one box, maybe several. But that's the idea behind 3Flat, a new company owned by the Lowe's home-improvement chain that has decided to cater to the light remodeling needs of urban dwellers who are short on space and time. They probably don't have cars either.

Bob Weber

Bob Weber

Pumped diesel in error? Drain before you drive - August 25, 2012 - Q-I have a 2011 Buick Regal and, by mistake, put diesel fuel in it and drove before realizing what I did. What is going to happen? Can it be fixed? Are there no safeguards in place? M.S., Western Springs, Ill.