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How to estimate what you need for retirement

Everyone always tells you that you need to save for retirement. That sounds good, but how do you know how much you really need to save? When do you know if you really have enough?

Chuck Dickson, Vice President and Trust Officer at First Bank & Trust, says saving for retirement may not seem like … Read More ›

Nanny tax

Paying Taxes for Your Nanny

Do you have a nanny or babysitter who watches your kids? If so, you need to make sure that you’re paying taxes for them properly come tax time.

If you pay your nanny or babysitter more than $1,900 a year, you are required by law to pay their taxes. That (In case you were wondering, … Read More ›

Summer camp

10 low-cost summer camps on the North Shore


If you’re a parent, you know that choosing the right summer camp for your kids each winter is anything but a walk in the park. Not only do you have to search through an endless maze of camps with differing dates, times and age ranges, but you also have to figure out what you … Read More ›

Chips Manufacturing

Customer Profile: Chips Manufacturing

Before Jim Jett became president of Chips Manufacturing, Inc., in West Chicago, he had spent his entire career in manufacturing. As a salesman for several manufacturing companies in Chicago’s western suburbs, he knew the ins and outs of manufacturing precision component parts, establishing relationships with customers and more.

But Jett wanted something more. His dream … Read More ›