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GOP Plan To Avoid September Shutdown: We'll Get Back To You Later

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics

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Make Sure Your Freshman Gets a Money-Smart College Start

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 07.29.2015 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

You've worked to train your children in money management, but college brings a whole new level of financial decision-making and challenges. So before they are off on their own, review these topics to make sure they're ready.

8 Personal Finance Categories to Keep You Focused on the Bigger Picture

Natalie Bacon | Posted 07.24.2015 | Business
Natalie Bacon

If you're anything like me, you hear advertisements about financial products frequently. I hear ads for everything from banks, to investment products, to retirement accounts, and on and on. Every ad is for something different and it's hard to keep track of it all.

Money That Could Be Going to Social Services and Schools Is Instead Going to Illinois' Pension Debt

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.29.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois state elected officials are working on creating a budget for the new fiscal year. But even once that budget is agreed upon, there won't be ne...

Pug, Poodle or Pit Bull: Who's Watching the World Bank Group?

Nezir Sinani | Posted 07.24.2015 | World
Nezir Sinani

Since Jim Kim took up the Presidency of the World Bank Group in July 2012, heads have rolled, boxes have been moved around the organizational chart, and an unprecedented drive to shave $400 million from the budget has been undertaken.

5 Ways to Prepare for an Unexpected Pregnancy

GoGirl Finance | Posted 07.23.2015 | Women
GoGirl Finance

If you or anyone you know has ever had an unexpected pregnancy, you know all of the emotions and shock that come with it. It may take a few weeks to get used to the idea of being pregnant. Then you have to tell your family and assess how you will handle this huge change in your life that you weren't necessarily preparing for.

6 Cheap Eats Iconic to Their City -- All Less Than $10

CheapTickets | Posted 07.23.2015 | Travel
CheapTickets

One of the truest ways to experience a city is to taste it, and that tour de taste should probably start with a bite of the city's most iconic food. Restaurants that serve these traditional tastes are stops not to be missed on your travels.

Bury the Export-Import Bank: Reduce Federal Liabilities, Increase Economic Fairness

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.22.2015 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The Export-Import Bank died when its charter expired at the end of June. After 81 years, what is commonly known as Boeing's Bank headed toward Washington's trash bin.

Compromise Options Dwindling for Rauner and Madigan on Illinois Budget

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.21.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

For the last month-and-a-half, House Speaker Michael Madigan has repeated in his weekly press conferences a pledge to work "cooperatively and professionally" with Gov. Bruce Rauner to work out a compromise on a budget for the fiscal year that began July 1.

Increasing Number of States Facing Budget Woes a Troubling Sign for America

Timothy Penny | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
Timothy Penny

Nearly all of the 50 states have been busy wrapping up their operating budgets. But in the process, far too many had to twist, turn and pull themselves out of shortfalls with budgeting gimmicks.

4 Ways to Prepare for a Spending Diet

GoGirl Finance | Posted 07.13.2015 | Women
GoGirl Finance

Becoming debt free is a journey that may seem difficult at times. But -- with some hard work and diligence -- it is possible to come out on the other side.

Maybe Bad News Would Be Good for Illinois' Budget Crisis

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.09.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

That old adage about crisis begetting opportunity loses its punch when you take the crisis out of the equation. I know that Illinois politicians' chronic avoidance of painful choices got the state government into the miserable financial condition it's in now.

Kate Sheppard

Obama Administration Comes Out Swinging Against GOP Environmental Spending Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration on Tuesday strongly criticized a Republican budget proposal that would undermine regulatory work at the Environ...

Beware the Summer Tax Hikes, Illinois

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.07.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek looked at five new or increased taxes Illinois and Chicago residents could be subjected to by the end of the summer.

ChicMompreneur's Budget Friendly Biz Tool of The Month

Nancy Laws | Posted 07.06.2015 | Business
Nancy Laws

Why is 99designs awesome enough to make it on our ChicMompreneurs Favorite Biz Tool of the Month?

Did Your State Lawmaker Vote for Illinois' Temporary Budget?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 07.06.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

With Illinois' state government no-budget shutdown in full swing, House Speaker Michael Madigan proposed a temporary 30-day budget July 1 that didn't pass in the House. A separate Senate bill did pass with no support from Republicans. The Illinois News Network's Mark Fitton explained.

7 Terrible Consequences of the Illinois Government Shutdown

Reboot Illinois | Posted 07.01.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Everything appears to be in flux, but here's a look at some things that might happen as state government enters the legal and political limbo that comes with running the state with no spending plan.

Is Madigan or Rauner Winning in the Illinois Government Shutdown?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.01.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Gov. Bruce Rauner says he can ease the pain of a state government shutdown by paying state employees for as long as takes to enact a state budget. House Speaker Madigan suddenly is the most media-friendly figure in Springfield. He's presenting himself as the genteel, moderate figure in the budget standoff.

How Do You Pay for Your Purchases?

NextAdvisor.com | Posted 07.07.2015 | Business
NextAdvisor.com

When it comes to making purchases, we all have that go-to payment option. Whether it's a debit card, credit card, cash or check, it's the way we prefer to pay for in-person or online purchases.

Money Management for the 'Boomerang' Household

Jason Alderman | Posted 07.07.2015 | Business
Jason Alderman

Combined households sharing living expenses, childcare, eldercare and maintenance duties made life more affordable in the '50s. Due to recent economic realities, multi-generational living has been on the rise for many families.

Your Midyear Financial Checkup

Jason Alderman | Posted 06.30.2015 | Business
Jason Alderman

The summer months allow most of us a chance to slow down and catch up -- on relaxation, on chores and with a bit of scheduling and focus, on our money goals.

The Wrong Way

Debra L. Ness | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

If we want to deliver high-value, quality care to patients and families, we need to invest in better ways to deliver care -- not undermine the agencies that are making real the improvements our health care system needs.

Planning a Wedding on a Budget

Jason Alderman | Posted 06.24.2015 | Weddings
Jason Alderman

Couples can save considerable money through creative scheduling, direct planning and most important, treating their wedding as just one of many financial issues they'll navigate in a lifetime. That's why they might want to consider a little financial planning before the wedding planning starts.

Customer Service Just Died; and Your Training Budget Killed It!

Linda Harding-Bond | Posted 06.23.2015 | Business
Linda Harding-Bond

Once a month the CEO of a certain Five-Star resort company would return to the home office. A status meeting was always held. All vice presidents and middle management would attend either in person or via Skype.

The Road to Solvency

Bob Williams | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Bob Williams

Even though 49 states mandate a balanced budget, either constitutionally or statutorily, there is no uniform definition of a balanced budget, and accounting trickery has allowed states to avoid paying for their future obligations.