Economic strains stirred one New Lenox family to create a garage sale business.
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Monday, September 3, 2012
Economic strife stirs creativity and ingenuity.
In Illinois the unemployment rate remains persistently high. Figures for July 2012 revealed an 8.9 percent rate, which is 0.6 percent higher than the national average, according to the Illinois Unemployment Department of Numbers. Despite slow growth of traditional jobs, people are overcoming these obstacles through creative and intuitive endeavors. Take, for instance, New Lenox's Patrick Kukosh, a 42-year-old union painter who has been out of a laborer's job for two years. His wife, Kristy, is a pediatrics nurse at the University of Chicago Hospital; the couple has a home and three children to raise. The house is neither big nor new. It's an average three-bedroom frame home. He built the second-floor addition himself in 2005. He added …
Friday, April 15, 2011
Savvy shoppers can pick up stylish formalwear locally for the big school dance for next to nothing.
Lincoln-Way East High School senior Ali VanWyhe admits she's in the minority when it comes to prom dress priorities. "I'm pretty much the only one I know who's borrowing a dress," she said. "It's a big thing to do junior year, not senior year." However, as VanWyhe explained, her parents were willing to spend money on a more expensive prom dress, but she knew that money could also be used for college. She chose the latter. Thanks to a combination of Internet shopping sites and bricks-and-mortar resale stores, high school girls in the Lincoln-Way area have a fair share of options when it comes to finding an inexpensive prom dress. As long as they don't mind wearing something secondhand. Most of her friends, though, are purchasing new …