The Grant Township Board of Trustees has announced changes for meeting dates in August and November. The new dates are Aug. 20 at 4 p.m. and Nov. 14 at 4 p.m.

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The event many people look forward to all summer long has finally arrived. The Chicago Bears have reported to Olivet Nazarene University for their annual training camp in Bourbonnais, which means football season is finally around the corner.

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The event many people look forward to all summer long finally arrived. The Chicago Bears reported to Olivet Nazarene University for their annual training camp in Bourbonnais, which means footb…

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SPRINGFIELD — Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed more than 50 bills last week and has about one week remaining to sign the final 167 of the 599 total bills sent to him by the General Assembly this year.

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SPRINGFIELD — Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed more than 50 bills last week and has about one week remaining to sign the final 167 of the 599 total bills sent to him by the General Assembly this year.

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SPRINGFIELD — Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed more than 50 bills last week and has about one week remaining to sign the final 167 of the 599 total bills sent to him by the General Assembly this year.

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The most recently signed bills include a package of legislation affecting first responders, a bill striking down a 1998 state law pertaining to greenhouse gas emissions and a measure to allow graduate student teaching assistants to unionize.

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Millennials are supposed to be the cautious generation where credit is concerned. Many were burned during the housing crisis and Great Recession and vowed not to be overextended with credit. However, evidence is growing that millennials are headed down the same dangerous credit path as previous generations.

While millennials do have lower average credit card balances, recent surveys have shown worrying credit trends among millennials – including increased credit utilization and a tendency to buy things just to chase rewards points.

A new CreditCards.com survey reinforces these trends. According to the survey, millennials...

More Americans Defaulting On Credit Cards

Credit Card Limits Tightening

Why Are Millennials Avoiding Credit Cards?

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Are you planning to retire within the next 10 to 15 years? If so, are you ready to take retirement preparedness to the next level?

Retirement is no longer an abstract concept when you reach your 50s. It's important to take a closer look at your financial plans now, while you have time to make any corrections. Consider these five steps to ensure the retirement of your dreams – or at least avoid the retirement of your nightmares.

1. Outline Your Retirement Goals – What do you really want to do when you retire? Buy a retirement home on the beach? Travel abroad? Start an expensive hobby? It's time to figure out how to pay for those goals.

Lay out your primary retirement goals and estimate the major expenses associated with them. Place those expenses on a timeline spread throughout your retirement. You now have an estimate of how your cash flow needs will change because of your retirement plans.

2. Rethink Your Expenses –</...

What's Holding Up Your Retirement Savings? It's You.

How Much Income Will You Need For Retirement?

7 Top Retirement Roadblocks

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Imagine an online offer for a restaurant chain that is so tempting it sells out in one second. That actually happened with the return of the Olive Garden's Never Ending Pasta Pass.

The original Never Ending Pasta Pass in 2014 was so popular that it crashed Olive Garden's website, and the passes sold out within 45 minutes. In 2017, with improved website capabilities, the 22,000 passes sold out in one second after going on sale, while the limited Annual Pasta Passes offered in 2018 also sold out in one second. This year, Olive Garden released 24,000 passes at 2pm ET on Thursday, August 15th, 2019 — and for the first time there were 50 Lifetime Pasta Passes available, too. All the passes sold out within a second.

What makes this deal so popular? For one thing, it is a spectacular deal for regular patrons of the Olive Garden. In essence, it is the Never Ending Pasta Bowl extended over multiple visits for a limited period of time — unlimited pasta bowls sprea...

Enjoy Yourself More, Spend Less

Should You Use Your Credit Card to Tip?

The End of Tipping?

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If you can get something either with or without a fee, why would you ever pay the fee? Unless you just enjoy throwing money away, you'd have to get something of value in return to justify the fees.

A recent survey from Discover, a major issuer of no-fee credit cards, investigated fees and their effects on credit card usage. The survey showed that consumers with no-annual-fee credit cards were twice as likely to be satisfied with their card than consumers with annual-fee cards (70% to 35%) – suggesting that consumers aren't getting a sufficient return for the fees that they pay.

Surveys typically show that between two-thirds and three-quarters of credit cards don't charge annual fees. According to the How To Evaluate A Credit Card Offer

Millions Of Americans Using Outdated Credit Cards

Sift App Maximizes The Benefits Of Your Credit Cards

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Whether you are sending your kids off to kindergarten or to college, back-to-school time means a serious dent in your wallet. With some planning, however, you can limit the size of that dent. Here are some helpful hints:

  • Set A Budget – As with any shopping run, if you do not make a list and do not have a budget, you are very likely to spend more than you intended. Research prices online or in stores before you start.

    Use the budget as an opportunity to discuss priorities with your kids – if they want a particularly expensive or trendy backpack or shoes, they can help decide where the money can be saved in other supplies to pay for their indulgence.

  • Track Sales Early – Back-To-School sales certainly help, but if you keep an eye out for extraordinary deals on basic supplies during off-seasons and clearances you can save significant...

Five Fun Financial Facts: Back To School - #1 of 5

School Is In Session! Protect Yourself From Scams

How Much Are We Spending on School Supplies?

Singer Miley Cyrus, former President Bill Clinton and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres are among the celebrities who’ve adopted a plant-based diet. Athlete Novak Djokovic, who recently won the men’s singles at this year’s Wimbledon tennis tournament, is the latest celeb catching waves over his plant diet.

There are several well-known factors that contribute to aging: smoking, stress, sun exposure and genetics, among them. But what you may not realize is what you put on your plate can also cause you to look beyond your year. 

AUSTIN, Texas - Austin Police have identified 27-year-old Aamna Najam as the woman who was the passenger on former University of Texas football star Cedric Benson's motorcycle when the two were killed Saturday in a crash in West Austin. Benson and Najam were both pronounced dead at the scene, police said Monday in their first public comments about the incident. Najam, according to her Linkedin ...

The push to legalize recreational marijuana in Florida is alive and well. A petition to put legal weed on the ballot in 2020 has triggered a Supreme Court review, a recent Quinnipiac University poll shows 65% of Florida voters support fully legalizing the drug and bill proposals are pitching legalization as a potential boon for Florida's tourism economy, a step toward criminal justice reform ...

A lawsuit filed Monday alleges that immigration detention authorities have failed to ensure that tens of thousands of immigrants are held in safe and humane conditions as required by federal law and the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of 55,000 detainees and future detainees in 160 ICE detention centers across the country. Many of the larger detention centers are under ...

(TNS) U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted a mocking image of a Trump-branded hotel superimposed over territory labeled as Greenland on Monday. The tweet comes as both Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and Greenland Premier Kim Kielsen stated that the semi-autonomous Danish territory is not for sale after Trump expressed interest in purchasing the Arctic island. WASHINGTON - "I promise ...