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  • Dave Ramsey: Drive down your loan balance first

    Dear Dave,I’m 38 years old, and I’ve got $12,000 in student loans still hanging over my head. It’s t ...
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 4:39 pm
  • Pensions: No deal, no money

    As Senate President John Cullerton sees it, Gov. Bruce Rauner "needed an excuse" to veto a bill last week that would have given the Chicago Public Sch ...
    Dec. 7, 2016 - 6:57 pm
  • No budget deal in Illinois; wait till next year – maybe

    You really didn't think there would be some breakthrough agreement on a state budget and other issues during the fall veto session, did you?
    Dec. 5, 2016 - 9:46 pm
  • Do both for Christmas

    Dear Dave,We have three preschool grandchildren, and they get tons of stuff for Christmas every year ...
    Dec. 7, 2016 - 9:22 pm
  • Don't count your chickens before they're paid for

    Dear Dave,We’re completely debt-free with a fully funded emergency fund, and we have $350,000 sittin ...
    Nov. 25, 2016 - 12:53 pm
  • Doug Finke: Back to the same old, same old in Illinos

    Let the games resume.A week after elections that saw Republicans make inroads into Democratic majori ...
    Nov. 24, 2016 - 9:19 pm
  • Rich Miller: Is Madigan’s wall of support cracking?

    On Election Night, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan started making his usual post-election calls to his Democratic members asking for their supp ...
    Nov. 21, 2016 - 11:51 pm
  • Hold on to your home for now

    Dear Dave,My wife and I make a little over $50,000 a year combined, and we’re almost debt-free. Righ ...
    Nov. 18, 2016 - 2:49 pm
  • Doug Finke: Some faces will change in Springfield, but will the impasse end?

    As everyone knows by now, an ungodly amount of money was spent this year by Republicans and Democrats on races for the General Assembly.
    Nov. 15, 2016 - 11:41 pm
  • Rich Miller: Unpopular speaker dealt a loss

    There's been a lot of spin from the Illinois House Democrats about how last Tuesday's losses were not that big of a deal. Don't believe it.
    Nov. 14, 2016 - 10:19 pm
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