Stories by George

Chicago Tops Bedbug ‘Cities’ List: 5 Ways To Keep The Critters at Bay

Feb 13, 2014

For the second year in a row, Chicago has topped the list of cities with bedbug infestations, according to a just-released report by pest control company Orkin. The list ranks cities by the number of bedbug treatments the company performed there from January to December 2013. Los Angeles, Columbus, Ohio, Detroit, and Cincinnati round out the […]

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Before You Go: Steps to Keep Your Home Safe During a Winter Vacation

Jan 23, 2014

The snow has certainly been piling up in Chicago this year. And, for some people, that means it’s time for a getaway to someplace warm and snow-free. Before you go away, though, remember to take some simple steps to protect your home from the elements and from thieves. After all, nothing will put a quicker […]

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In Chicago, Comprehensive Coverage is a Good Idea for Your Car

Oct 29, 2013

If you’re a Chicago driver, you most likely have some form of liability coverage as part of your auto insurance policy. But with our city’s ever-changing weather, you may want to consider additional car insurance coverage. The Illinois State Climatologist’s Office says factors such as the movement of the polar jet stream, the urban environment and Lake […]

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Frank Lloyd Wright Home in La Grange Up for Sale

Sep 6, 2013

The Today Show’s Real Estate Listing of the Week showcases the Stephen M. B. Hunt House in La Grange, currently on the market for just under $700,000. The home is only on its third owner — a unusual fact, considering the residence was constructed by Wright in 1907. And it’s this limited ownership that made the home […]

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QUIZ: Test Your Chicago Street Smarts

Sep 5, 2013

  Recommended by the Editors: Start the School Year With a Stop for School Bus Safety 35 mph, Bus-Only Lanes Suggested for Lake Shore Drive Overhaul 4 Places to Charge Your Electric Car in Chicago

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Renting a House to Close Out Summer? Check Your Personal Property Coverage

Aug 29, 2013

As August winds down and school starts back, it’s not too late to squeeze in a final lakeside rental to enjoy the remainder of summer weather. If you’re planning a long weekend away from the city, CBS Chicago offers some ideas for last-minute Labor Day vacation spots, including locales in Wisconsin and Michigan. While you’re planning […]

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Weather a Power Outage at Home with a Supply Kit, Emergency Plan

Aug 28, 2013

It’s happened to all of us. You’re sitting in your cozy living room with your family, watching a movie, playing a game or reading a book and, poof, out goes the power. Chicago’s extreme weather means a power outage can happen anytime: in the heat of the summer when everybody has the air conditioner cranked […]

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How to Have Someone Else Pay Your Mortgage

Aug 22, 2013

A new generation of homebuyers is looking at multi-flat buildings as a way to snag their city dream home, Chicago Grid reported.  For young Chicagoans, the idea of renting in a two-flat may be more familiar than the prospect of buying one. But as the housing market bounces back, a wave of first-time homebuyers are […]

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Start the School Year With a Stop for School Bus Safety

Aug 21, 2013

Good news, parents: The first day of school is just around the corner. The end of August in Chicago signals a return to a regular routine for most households. Now is a good time to teach young students and new drivers about staying safe around school buses. School bus safety requires informed students and cautious […]

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Rent Smart in Chi-Town: 4 Frequently Asked Tenant Questions

Aug 15, 2013

From high-rise condos in Lincoln Park to bungalows in Beverly, more than 60 percent of Chicagoans live in rental housing, according to the city of Chicago. If you’re in the market for a new apartment or your existing lease is simply up for renewal, now’s the time to become familiar with Chicago renters rights. The following questions […]

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