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  • Chicago One Of Five 'Choice Neighborhoods'
    Chicago was one of five U.S. cities to get an inaugural "Choice Neighborhoods Initiative" grant, receiving $30.5 million in federal grant funds to redevelop a Woodlawn housing project as part of a ...
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  • Five Tips To Help You Land Your Dream Job
    One of the most common reasons why homeowners around the country need foreclosure help has to do with employment. Anybody who has been out of the workforce for any period of time knows that being ...
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  • Famous Bankruptcies: Mike Tyson
    A former heavyweight champion who amassed roughly $400 million over two decades and could once command $30 million for a night's work, Mike Tyson ultimately had to file bankruptcy in 2003. The New ...
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  • What Will Higher Food Prices Mean For You?
    While we often write about the problems that the bigger payments like mortgages, medical bills and student loans cause for families throughout the Chicagoland area; however, the truth is that the ...
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  • The Invisible Foreclosures
    When there is news about a property possibly going into foreclosure, how often do you hear a response like this: "It's not like it's a drag, it's not going to hurt housing values in the area." Such ...
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  • Troubled Block 37 on Market After Foreclosure Fight
    The new Block 37 mall on State Street is officially going up for sale after a long and hard-fought foreclosure battle. The bank group that now owns the shopping center has hired Eastdil Secured LLC to ...
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← Bankruptcy Filings Down in 2012; Chicago Bankruptcy Attorney Hopes it is Sign of Improving Economy - Click here to view all posts
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← Bankruptcy Helps Sick People Who Did Not Plan on Getting Sick - Click here to view all posts
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← Bankruptcy Judge Authorizes Sale of Aston Martin Owned by Peter Madoff - Click here to view all posts
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  • Famous Bankruptcies: Abraham Lincoln
    Chances are good that you have probably seen the infamous "Abraham Lincoln Didn't Quit" list that has appeared in numerous emails and books ever since it was first created, even appearing in Reader's ...
← Battle for Control of Rookwood Pottery Takes a Surprising Turn - Click here to view all posts
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  • Florida Couple Forecloses on Bank of America
    A couple from Collier County, Fla foreclosed on Bank of America after the bank would not pay for legal fees they owed the couple. The problems started when Warren and Maureen Nyerges purchased a home ...
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  • Foreclosure 'Rain Delay' Coming To an End
    While home foreclosure activity in Illinois rose 9.7 percent in October compared to the previous month, the number was almost 26.2 percent lower than in October of last year when the rate was ...
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  • Repairing Your Credit after Bankruptcy
    For people who have filed a Chapter 13 or Chapter 7 bankruptcy, opening up another line of credit seems counterintuitive, but experts argue that it is important that you reestablish a good credit ...
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  • Rhode Island Municipality Files for Bankruptcy
    Central Falls, Rhode Island, has entered bankruptcy, driven by an overwhelming burden of pensions. The filing is somewhat ironic when considering the city's motto of "a city with a bright future." ...
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  • Q&A With A Chicago Bankruptcy Attorney
    Q: I recently lost my job, and my wife has been out of work for almost a year. I believe I may need to file for bankruptcy, but I am worried about losing my home and vehicles. Is it possible to file ...
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  • Chicago One Of Five 'Choice Neighborhoods'
    Chicago was one of five U.S. cities to get an inaugural "Choice Neighborhoods Initiative" grant, receiving $30.5 million in federal grant funds to redevelop a Woodlawn housing project as part of a ...
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  • Allerton Hotel Files Chapter 11 to Halt Foreclosure
    The owner of the Allerton Hotel, ALT Hotel LLC, filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy petition on May 6, 2011. Filing the case has stopped an attempt by an investor to foreclose on a $69 million loan that ...
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  • Your Housing Market Concerns Are Justified
    Are you worried about the housing market? Doug Duncan, chief economist of Fannie Mae, told the Chicago Tribune on October 10, 2011, that you have a right to be. “You have to think of recession ...
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  • Chicago Home Prices Rise For Month
    Chicago led the way of eight cities posting month-to-month gains in a June report from the Case-Schiller Home Price index. While Zacks.com reported on August 30, 2011, that Chicago rose 1.32 percent ...
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  • Three Car Options in Chapter 7
    On Monday, I touched on cramming down a car loan in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Today, I wanted to touch on the three car options available to debtors who are filing Chapter 7 : Surrender - This option ...
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  • Home Sales Increase While Prices Decrease
    Home sales for the Chicago area rose 27.6 percent to 7,187 homes sold, while the median price of $176,500 was a 10.4 percent decline from the $197,000 recorded in August 2010, the Chicago Tribune ...
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  • Obama Tweaks 'Pay as You Earn' Program
    On November 1, President Barack Obama put the final touches on the Pay As You Earn program for the repayment of student loans. It is an Income-Based Repayment (IBR) that is applicable for federal ...
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← Debt Settlement Firm Will Refund $2.1 Million to Illinois Customers - Click here to view all posts
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← Defunct Indoor Football Team File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy - Click here to view all posts
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← Delinquent Homeowners Stay in their Homes up to 15 Months - Click here to view all posts
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← Desperate Housewife Eva Longoria in Desperate Bankruptcy Trouble over Nightclub - Click here to view all posts
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  • Healthcare Costs, Medical Debt and Bankruptcy
    With the recent federal healthcare mandate, many people think that medical bankruptcy will become a thing of the past. Hopefully this will be true in the future, but that provides little comfort to ...
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  • Knock Knock, Foreclosure Help Going Door-To-Door
    Chicago area homeowners in need of foreclosure help and wanting to save their property could soon have help right at their doorsteps. According to a story from Medill Reports published on November 3, ...
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  • Foreclosure Fraud in California Shut Down
    The California Department of Justice and the State Bar of California recently sued a group of California lawyers for taking millions of dollars from homeowners by promising them relief on home loans ...
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  • Cramming Down Car Loans in Chapter 13
    Cars begin to depreciate as soon as they are driven off the lot, so I deal with many clients who end up owing more on an automobile than it is actually worth. However, debtors filing Chapter 13 ...
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  • Illinois Ranked Among Worst Business Climates
    Only two states have worse business climates than Illinois, according to a survey of 322 corporate executives by New York-based consulting firm Development Counsellors International. According to a ...
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  • Will Metra Fare Increase Derail Your Budget?
    Chicago area commuters who have been using the Metra train lines instead of paying the rising costs of gas for driving may soon be reconsidering their options. The Chicago Tribune reported on November ...
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  • Drug Ring Around the White Collar?
    White-collar crime is not just for executives anymore. DailyFinance reported on October 28, 2011, that over the last four years in Chicago alone, members of the Black Disciples gang participated in ...
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  • Will Changes To HARP Change The Number Helped?
    As the Obama administration’s revamped Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) goes into effect this month, the latest version will offer some key changes that should make it more attractive to ...
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  • Renting Still Preferred To Buying
    Rent increases around Chicago and the suburbs will continue through the fall and could escalate into next year, according to new market studies that were reported in the Chicago Sun-Times on September ...
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  • Sinking Incomes No Help for Underwater Homeowners
    In discussing the thousands of Illinois homeowners needing foreclosure help throughout the week, we concluded on Wednesday by noting the benefits of filing Chapter 13 bankruptcy for homeowners who are ...
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  • Creditors of Student Loans Go after Co-Signers
    Katy Stech of the Wall Street Journal recently wrote an editorial about Kristina Pietras, a student who became burdened with student loan debt before dropping out of the University of Toledo. Various ...
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  • Mortgage Modification Leaves Shell Of A Home
    Wanda Carter said that it seemed as if Washington Mutual Bank "was paying her $20,000" to take a $142,000 loan that covered the sale price and loan fees of a South Side home she bought in November ...
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  • Illinois Home Foreclosures Down In July
    There were 46 percent fewer foreclosure filings in July than there were last year, a report from Irvine, Calif.-based RealtyTrac showed. Released on August 11, 2011, the report showed Illinois with ...
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  • Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Bankruptcies
    Personal bankruptcy is a difficult process for someone to go through, but many people are scared because they simply do not know what the process is like and how it will affect their lives. Gathering ...
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  • Making Foreclosures Strategic
    What if foreclosure could be used for your benefit? According to a September survey conducted by business schools at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University, 34 percent of foreclosures ...
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  • Nobody's Safe from Foreclosure
    Just days after Richard Branson's Virgin Hotels brand announced it would be working with the John Buck Co. to convert the 27-story Dearborn Bank Building at 203 N. Wabash into a 250-room hotel, ...
  • Unemployment Tax Hikes Hurt The Employers
    More than 30 states have had to borrow billions from a federal fund to cover unemployment benefits and higher state unemployment tax bills are forcing employers around the nation to shell out more ...
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  • Foreclosure Process Slowing Down, But Not Going Away
    The median number of days to resolve foreclosure cases rose 25.5 percent compared with a year ago in the Chicago area for the three months ended in June, the Chicago Tribune reported on September 22, ...
  • Credit Card Default Rates Drop In Chicago
    Fewer Chicago area residents defaulted on their credit cards in August as the rate fell from a year ago, the Chicago Tribune reported on September 20, 2011. According to the Standard and ...
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  • Is Robo-Signing Sequel Being Put on Plastic?
    On Wednesday, we discussed how some Chicago-area homeowners are now dealing with foreclosure notices as lenders begin to tackle backlogs that were amassed while states investigated "robo-signing" ...
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  • Are You Tired of Being 'Stuck in Slow-Growth Mode'?
    While Bloomberg Businessweek reported on August 31, 2012, that consumer confidence hit a three-month high in August, an update released less than a week later by the Institute of Government and Public ...
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  • The Underwhelming Results of Foreclosure Outreach
    The video above features then-Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley discussing outreach and legislative initiatives aimed at providing foreclosure assistance to thousands of struggling residents in the city. ...
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  • The Invisible Foreclosures
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  • Homeowners Facing Foreclosure Should Know Three Benefits to Chapter 7
    On Monday, we discussed Illinois having the highest foreclosure rate in the nation in August and talked about some of the benefits that a Chapter 13 bankruptcy offers for homeowners needing ...
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  • Allerton Hotel Files Chapter 11 to Halt Foreclosure
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  • Will Changes To HARP Change The Number Helped?
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  • Two Different Foreclosure Plans Get Two Different Reactions
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  • Braxton Un-Breaks The Bank
    Nearly 15 years after she sang about the nights being so unkind, six-time Grammy Award-winner Toni Braxton says bankruptcy has "worked out really great" for her. The Wall Street Journal reported on ...
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  • Bankrupt Fraudster Fugitive Heading to Jail
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  • Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Pops Balloon Distributor
    Money issues have deflated a Chicago balloon distributor, sending the business to file for bankruptcy. The 100-year-old balloon distributor M.K. Brody & Co. consistently turns a profit, but ...
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  • Unemployment Tax Hikes Hurt The Employers
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  • Mortgage Modification Leaves Shell Of A Home
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  • Unemployment Tax Hikes Hurt The Employers
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  • Will Metra Fare Increase Derail Your Budget?
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  • Making Foreclosures Strategic
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  • Renting Still Preferred To Buying
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  • Home Sales Increase While Prices Decrease
    Home sales for the Chicago area rose 27.6 percent to 7,187 homes sold, while the median price of $176,500 was a 10.4 percent decline from the $197,000 recorded in August 2010, the Chicago Tribune ...
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  • Nobody's Safe from Foreclosure
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  • Understanding Your Debt Options
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  • Drug Ring Around the White Collar?
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  • Cramming Down Car Loans in Chapter 13
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  • Five Tips To Help You Land Your Dream Job
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  • Home Prices Rise Again, But Will It Help?
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  • Foreclosure Holds Housing Market Hostage
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  • Could 25 Cents Bring 40,000 Jobs To Chicago?
    The Occupy Wall Street movement that started in New York in September inspired thousands of protestors to take to the streets of downtown Chicago on October 10, 2011. While demonstrators around the ...
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  • Sinking Incomes No Help for Underwater Homeowners
    In discussing the thousands of Illinois homeowners needing foreclosure help throughout the week, we concluded on Wednesday by noting the benefits of filing Chapter 13 bankruptcy for homeowners who are ...
  • 1 In 3 Americans Poor Or 'Near Poor'
    Phyllis Pendleton is a social worker with Catholic Charities in Washington, and her husband is a janitor. Combined, the couple makes about $51,000 a year, or more than 200 percent of the official ...
  • Record Number of Americans Living in Poverty
    While the Census Bureau reported that there are 46.6 million people, or 15.1 percent of Americans, living poverty in 2010 under the decades-old official measure that considers only food costs and ...
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  • Rhode Island Municipality Files for Bankruptcy
    Central Falls, Rhode Island, has entered bankruptcy, driven by an overwhelming burden of pensions. The filing is somewhat ironic when considering the city's motto of "a city with a bright future." ...
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  • Breaking Down Chicago Bankruptcy: Is Filing Your Best Option?
    Individuals who are struggling to pay off debt have difficult decisions to make on a daily basis. If you do not earn enough income to pay off your debt and continue to pay your rent or mortgage on top ...
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    Personal bankruptcy is a difficult process for someone to go through, but many people are scared because they simply do not know what the process is like and how it will affect their lives. Gathering ...
  • Four Things to Remember About FTC Rules on Debt Relief
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  • Healthcare Costs, Medical Debt and Bankruptcy
    With the recent federal healthcare mandate, many people think that medical bankruptcy will become a thing of the past. Hopefully this will be true in the future, but that provides little comfort to ...
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  • Chicago Bankruptcy Lawyer Warns of Tax Complications After Filing
    If a person files bankruptcy, hopefully it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Therefore, the process is often intimidating as people have no previous experience with a personal bankruptcy. Lots of ...
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  • Repairing Your Credit after Bankruptcy
    For people who have filed a Chapter 13 or Chapter 7 bankruptcy, opening up another line of credit seems counterintuitive, but experts argue that it is important that you reestablish a good credit ...
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  • Foreclosure Process Slowing Down, But Not Going Away
    The median number of days to resolve foreclosure cases rose 25.5 percent compared with a year ago in the Chicago area for the three months ended in June, the Chicago Tribune reported on September 22, ...
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    Fewer Chicago area residents defaulted on their credit cards in August as the rate fell from a year ago, the Chicago Tribune reported on September 20, 2011. According to the Standard and ...
  • Illinois Ranked Among Worst Business Climates
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  • Rhode Island Municipality Files for Bankruptcy
    Central Falls, Rhode Island, has entered bankruptcy, driven by an overwhelming burden of pensions. The filing is somewhat ironic when considering the city's motto of "a city with a bright future." ...
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  • The Young and the Homeless
    An increase in the number of people needing foreclosure help combined with a lack of affordable housing and a state unemployment rate higher than the national average has led to an increase in youth ...
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  • Real Estate Industry Continues To Suffer
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  • Repairing Your Credit after Bankruptcy
    For people who have filed a Chapter 13 or Chapter 7 bankruptcy, opening up another line of credit seems counterintuitive, but experts argue that it is important that you reestablish a good credit ...
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  • Q&A With A Chicago Bankruptcy Attorney
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  • Chicago Bankruptcy Attorney Weighs in On Decreased Filings
    One particular region in Ohio has seen a sharp decline in the filings of personal bankruptcies, according to the Dayton Daily News. Throughout the first half of 2012 personal bankruptcies in the ...
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    Following the November election, many media pundits and experts are warning of the impending "fiscal cliff" expected to hit the country in early 2013. The term is used to describe a series of enacted ...
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    On November 1, President Barack Obama put the final touches on the Pay As You Earn program for the repayment of student loans. It is an Income-Based Repayment (IBR) that is applicable for federal ...
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  • Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Pops Balloon Distributor
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  • Is Your New Job Making it Harder to Pay Bills?
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  • The Underwhelming Results of Foreclosure Outreach
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  • Understanding Your Debt Options
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  • Home Prices Rise Again, But Will It Help?
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  • Making Foreclosures Strategic
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  • Will Metra Fare Increase Derail Your Budget?
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  • Creditors of Student Loans Go after Co-Signers
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  • The Underwhelming Results of Foreclosure Outreach
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  • The Invisible Foreclosures
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  • Is Your New Job Making it Harder to Pay Bills?
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  • The Underwhelming Results of Foreclosure Outreach
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  • Famous Bankruptcies: Abraham Lincoln
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  • Famous Bankruptcies: Donald Trump
    "I don't like the 'b' word," Donald Trump said from the witness stand in a New Jersey bankruptcy courtroom in 2010. Oddly enough, it was during the third time that Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc. was ...
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  • Lincolnwood's Purple Hotel is Facing Foreclosure
    The owner of the infamous Purple Hotel in Lincolnwood is facing foreclosure, adding to already existing legal problems. The lender, First Midwest Bank, has filed a $4.2 million foreclosure suit. ...
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  • Illinois Will Need Jobs to Recover From Housing Crisis
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