By now, most of our Chicago-area readers have heard about the large data breach that took place during the holiday shopping season at Target stores. Data for many customers around the country was compromised, leading many financial institutions to reissue credit cards in case of fraud on the part of those who illicitly acquired the data.
People in Illinois and all around the country have had mixed reactions to the Affordable Care Act. One of the main ideas behind the plan is to prevent out-of-control expenses for families who can't shoulder them if a catastrophic medical event takes place. As a result, several different plans were made available for people who aren't able to get insurance through their employers.
For many homeowners in Illinois and around the country, homeowner associations are a good thing. Residents of a neighborhood or condominium complex can pool their money to put toward lawn maintenance, snow plowing, or upkeep of tennis courts or swimming pools -- things that residents might not be able to afford if they were seeking the same services for just their own single-family homes.