Resurfacing begins Monday on I-55 between Weber, Willow Springs roads

Plainfield News - Sat, 10/15/2016 - 13:40
CHICAGO – Temporary, nightly lane closures are scheduled to take place starting Monday on Interstate 55 between Weber Road and Willow Springs Road, in Bolingbrook, Woodridge, Romeoville, Darien, Burr Ridge, Willowbrook and Chicago, according to the

Will County implements online permitting system

Plainfield News - Sat, 10/15/2016 - 13:39
New program will improve citizen access to permitting processes

Joliet Slammers to host Cubs viewing party Tuesday

Plainfield News - Sat, 10/15/2016 - 13:35
JOLIET – The Joliet Slammers will host a watch party Tuesday for fans to see the Cubs play in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series, according to a Slammers news release.

Joliet subdivision tries to end graffiti problem

Plainfield News - Sat, 10/15/2016 - 13:34
JOLIET – Racist graffiti has resurfaced in a West Side subdivision, and the homeowners association is gearing up to put a stop to it.

Protesters want work at Water's Edge project in Joliet

Plainfield News - Sat, 10/15/2016 - 13:33
JOLIET – About 15 people protested hiring and contracting practices Friday at the future Water's Edge construction site in Joliet.

Naperville man dies under overpass in Bolingbrook

Plainfield News - Sat, 10/15/2016 - 11:37
BOLINGBROOK – A 22-year-old Naperville man died Friday afternoon under an overpass of the southbound lane of I-355 at milepost 10.8 in Bolingbrook.

Ask Real Estate: Is the Market for New York Apartments Softening?

Gone are the days when you could list your apartment and watch the offers roll in.

Great Spaces: Bayfront in Newport Beach

Real Estate News - Fri, 10/14/2016 - 23:01

Looking to live it up in Newport Beach, Calif.? Look no further than 928 Via Lido Nord, a five-bedroom, five-bathroom bayfront home with multiple docks and unbelievable panoramic views of Newport Bay set in the prestigious Lido Isle. Stash your boat and head inside, where you’ll be met with a nautical New England ambiance.

Ranging 4,388 square feet, the brick and shingle home was originally crafted in 1942. Hang out in the formal living room, traipse across the grand foyer with its multi-tiered staircase, or entertain on one of the waterside patios decked out with a pool and spa. Beyond the home’s grassy lawns, you can explore Lido Isle’s private tennis courts, beaches and playgrounds.

Listed by: Alison McCormick, Teles Properties
Listed for: $24 million

Housing Affordability Still Makes Many Feel Insecure

Real Estate News - Fri, 10/14/2016 - 23:00

(TNS)–In this job, I regularly receive email and telephone calls that qualify as balderdash.

This I define as questionable information, typically involving online surveys from groups I have never heard of, sent in the hope that I will publish them as “click bait” without checking further than the end of my fingertips.

But one survey in particular, from the NHP Foundation, was not balderdash by any measure. The foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making investments that preserve and create affordable multifamily housing for low- to moderate-income families and seniors.

The foundation’s survey found that 75 percent of 1,000 Americans questioned were afraid of losing their homes; that 40 percent feared job loss would result in such a loss; and that 65 percent were “cost-burdened,” meaning they spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing.

Worries that rents would be raised or retirement would bring deep income cuts also persisted.

Affordable housing is housing for which occupants pay no more than 30 percent of their income. Those who spend more on rent or mortgages are considered cost-burdened.

Why aren’t these survey figures hard to believe?

Perhaps because a record number of Americans — I believe nearly 8 million between 2006 and 2013 — lost their homes to foreclosure.

Many were victims of a now-discredited finance system that gave unqualified borrowers who didn’t have a prayer of ever repaying any amount they wanted — if only they could exhale after inhaling.

But many, many more were victims of the financial collapse brought on by this mortgage madness, including those who lost their jobs in downsizing, or whose wages were reduced to retain their employment, or whose spouses were laid off in the same cutback frenzy.

It reminds me of a story of the London Blitz, when a woman stopped her car to give a married couple a lift to the wife’s sister’s in the countryside.

“We were bombed out last night,” the husband told the driver.

“Was it your house?” she asked.

“Would have been Tuesday,” he replied.

Think of the years of mortgage payments for a house that was turned to dust when a Dornier Do 17 medium bomber dropped a 500-pounder on it.

My father lost a house as a result of unemployment when I was 12, and his parents lost one for the same reason in 1931.

Loss is always at the back of my mind, although I have taken every precaution to make sure that it doesn’t happen.

The effect the Great Recession and the bumper crop of foreclosures have had on millennials has been well-documented.

Watching their parents struggle to keep their homes during hard times is often cited as a major reason that millennials choose to rent and delay buying.

One interesting part of the NHP Foundation survey is that although most of the respondents believed that housing people could afford was important, 20 percent were “unlikely to welcome” it in their neighborhood.

Foundation president and CEO Dick Burns attributes this opposition to “an outdated concept of affordable housing.”

“Today’s affordable housing is comprised of new and upgraded garden apartments and high-rises; amenity-laden developments that look nothing like ‘projects’ of the past,” he says.

“It all starts with housing,” Burns says. “Without the underpinning of a secure place to live, it’s nearly impossible for an individual or head of household to find and keep a job and provide for themselves and their loved ones.”

©2016 The Philadelphia Inquirer
Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

Name of homeless man in fatal Joliet crash released

Plainfield News - Fri, 10/14/2016 - 21:48
JOLIET – The Will County Coroner's Office has released the name of an 80-year-old homeless man killed Tuesday in a traffic crash.

How you can come out a winner in the 'smarmiest'...

Palos Area News - Fri, 10/14/2016 - 20:32

Deron Schreck, professor of political science at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills and adjunct professor of urban studies at Elmhurst College, reminds his students and the public that it's OK, even recommended, to step away from nonstop political coverage. - Original Credit: Handout Deron Schreck, professor of political science at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills and adjunct professor of urban studies at Elmhurst College, reminds his students and the public that it's OK, even recommended, to step away from nonstop political coverage.

Rauner plans to close F House at Stateville Correctional Center

Plainfield News - Fri, 10/14/2016 - 18:14
CREST HILL – Gov. Bruce Rauner announced Friday that he will shut down F House at Stateville Correctional Center.

'Come on, man,' President Obama says, rolling his eyes at Donald Trump

Plainfield News - Fri, 10/14/2016 - 14:21
CLEVELAND – Rolling his eyes at the Republican nominee, President Barack Obama mocked Donald Trump's purported business acumen and newfound rage against the "global elite," as he rallied Friday for Democrat Hillary Clinton. He warned that democracy itself was at risk if Trump wins.

Pavement repairs set to start Friday night on I-80 in Joliet

Plainfield News - Fri, 10/14/2016 - 13:15
JOLIET – Weather permitting, pavement repairs are set to start Friday night on eastbound Interstate 80 at Houbolt road, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

GovieX Uranium (GXU): Commences Radon Gas Survey at Madaouela Uranium Project Site -

Radon Testing News - Fri, 10/14/2016 - 12:19

GovieX Uranium (GXU): Commences Radon Gas Survey at Madaouela Uranium Project Site
GovieX Uranium (GXU), a mineral exploration and development company, recently launched efforts to further optimize its Madaouela Project. Announced earlier this month, a radon gas survey is being conducted over the Niger-based uranium project in an ...

Calculator: New York Neighborhoods, Hot and Cold

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Mom: 'Uncertainty' after surgery on Braidwood twins joined at head

Plainfield News - Fri, 10/14/2016 - 12:04
NEW YORK (AP) — The mother of a set of conjoined twins from Braidwood who were attached at the head says they have been separated following a procedure at a New York City hospital.

A Case of French and Chinese Fusion Outside of Shanghai

A weekend home in Suzhou that has been gutted and restored exhibits a blended aesthetic prized by its owners.

The Fix: Making Your Wood Floors Look Like New

Wood floors don’t have to be sanded to look good again.

The High End: A Changing Waterfront in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

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