Woodstock in the News
By Jeanna Smialek
The Treasury Department is looking at the rise of American student-loan debt and seeing worrying similarities to the U.S. housing-market bubble.
By David Lee Matthews
The local housing recovery is continuing, but a report shows how much better it could be.
By Natalie Moore
A two-flat building in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood was once a neighborhood eyesore.
By Amie Schaenzer
As the Chicago area continues to dig itself out from a housing crisis that has hit the suburbs hard in recent years, the first half of 2014 did bring some good news.
By Jessica Wenck
Imagine coming home from work one day to a note on your front door saying your home was no longer yours because it had gone into foreclosure.
By Michael Romain
The detrimental effects of foreclosed properties in neighborhoods is well-documented. They often drag down the real and assessed values of properties within their vicinity; they put a strain on municipal budgets in various ways, such as the necessity of extra policing and upkeep; and they taint a community’s overall appeal.
By Carol Marin
One third of Americans have no retirement savings and far more do not have enough savings to maintain their working lifestyle into retirement. For millennials—who feel the most optimistic and financially secure—more than two thirds aged 18 to 29 have saved nothing for retirement. So how is retirement changing and, as we live longer, do our expectations of what retirement means have to change as well?
By Ellyn Fortino
Chicago's six-county region recorded 13,916 new foreclosure filings in the first half of 2014, a nearly 38 percent drop from a year ago and the lowest level reached since 2007, according to a report by the Woodstock Institute.
By Steven Jack
Foreclosures in the Chicago area continue to decline, according to newly released real estate research that indicates foreclosure filings in the first half of 2014 decreased nearly 40 percent from the same time one year ago.
By Robin Amer
When James Kpoto bought his house in Minneapolis’ Jordan neighborhood in 2001, he knew he had made a terrible mistake. He moved to the 2300 block of Ilion Avenue North at the advice of his uncle, also an immigrant from Liberia. But his uncle didn’t tell him how bad crime was there — worse than in most other areas according to police data.
“There were shootings and killings almost every day,” Kpoto recalls. “It was scary.”