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The good news arrived in Hilde Loebe's mailbox in late August. As a low-income Medicare beneficiary, the 87-year-old Hoffman Estates resident had been approved for assistance with her Medicare Part B premiums. The letter from the Illinois Department...
You have to give the thief this much: He was certainly bold. While Paul and Jean Sandquist sat blissfully unaware inside their Oak Park home on the afternoon of April 30, someone broke through the locked door to the couple's garage. Once inside, the...
Not long after I started this column more than seven years ago, I came to realize the folks who read it are among the best on Earth. Whenever I failed to come through for a consumer — and often even when I succeeded — there was a small...
It took almost seven months, but Tom Gorski's century-old maple tree is finally gone. All of it. You might recall Gorski, who was featured in the Nov. 4 column. In April, he paid Tom Harder of Cutting Edge Tree Service and Landscape $2,000 to remove the...
Tags: Employees, Animals, Career and Workplace
Christopher Isit has been paying child support for his twin daughters for more than a decade. For most of that time, the payments were automatically deducted from his paycheck and sent to whatever state in which his former girlfriend and daughters...
Ryan Sarti learned there was a problem with his I-Pass transponder when he received a letter from the Illinois Tollway. By then it was too late. The letter, dated Oct. 17, said Sarti had failed to pay 15 tolls since late July amounting to $22.90 and...
Tags: Credit and Debt, Skokie, Fines, Punishment
She could see the cash stuffed inside, but Maggie Kent did not count the bills after picking the envelope off the floor at Von Maur store in Lombard. The 25-year-old knew the money wasn't hers. Dutifully, she approached a Von Maur employee on that...
Her reduced-fare senior card was almost depleted, so on July 27, Jean Carroll tried to add money to it. She walked to the CTA Red Line station at State and Randolph streets, inserted the card into a fare machine, fed a $5 bill into the money slot and...
At 93, Alvina Pryor has lived long enough to recognize when she is getting the runaround. And the Hickory Hills resident is pretty sure the Internal Revenue Service is yanking her chain. Her journey through the seventh layer of bureaucratic damnation...
Susan Taylor isn't a fan of McDonald's food, but her teenage stepsons are. So when she saw a deal for burgers on LivingSocial in December, she snapped it up. For $13, the Norwood Park resident received vouchers for five Big Macs and five large french...
The only thing everyone seems to agree on is this: Matt Gudgeon walked into Honky Tonk BBQ in Pilsen on Sept. 8 wearing a perfectly clean J. Crew shirt. He walked out wearing a mustard-stained mess. Almost every detail of how his shirt got stained...
Tags: Mustard, McDonald's, Pilsen, Tru, J. Crew
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