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Harper College Hawks Teams Prove Victorious in Both Sports and Studies Harper College Hawks Teams Prove Victorious in Both Sports and Studies

By Elizabeth Elstien

Harper College puts a lot into its Hawks' sports program. Staff at this two-year school in Palatine wants its female and male athletes to excel in more than athletics and teaches students to have a competitive edge in the classroom as well as the field, mat or court.

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Naperville Noon Lions' Turkey Trot: Fun, Local and Worthwhile Naperville Noon Lions' Turkey Trot: Fun, Local and Worthwhile

By Elizabeth Elstien

Trot, run, walk or stroll your way to the finish line at the Naperville Noon Lions' Turkey Trot. Burn some calories awaiting that turkey dinner and enter the Thanksgiving-morning event that draws over 7,000 people and helps provide locals with needed services.

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Rialto Square Theatre: Intimate, Spirited And Always Live Rialto Square Theatre: Intimate, Spirited And Always Live

By Elizabeth Elstien

When history meets live entertainment, a few spirits, brides and classic Art Deco grandeur, you have the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet. Anyone who walks in the door and experiences a performance can experience its charm.

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Where Fun Begins: Fox Valley Park District's Award Winning Parks and Facilities Where Fun Begins: Fox Valley Park District's Award Winning Parks and Facilities

By Elizabeth Elstien

Do fun and healthy go together? They do for the many who enjoy the Fox Valley Park District in Aurora, where performances, athletics, and the Fox River shoreline come together to create an award-winning park system that brings its residents together in style.

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The 5 Most Overlooked Areas In Cook County The 5 Most Overlooked Areas In Cook County

By Elizabeth Elstien

Chicago, one of the most populous cities in the United States, is located in Cook County. Many residents of the county believe that Chicago has left them in the dust. In fact, there have been a few unsuccessful attempts to create new counties. Here we'll give a rundown of five overlooked areas to check out in Cook County.

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Dangers of Expansive Soil Dangers of Expansive Soil

By Elizabeth Elstien

A soil heavy with certain minerals and clay is known as expansive soil. Few Illinois homeowners know about this soil type, but it can ruin a home's foundation. Read on to learn more about this soil, the damage it produces and how to remedy it.

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Top 5 Places To Live In Cook County Top 5 Places To Live In Cook County

By Elizabeth Elstien

Predominately a vibrant urban area full of people, businesses and buildings, Cook County's dense population is balanced by several large parks, nature preserves and lakefront areas. Inside, we highlight five great places to call home throughout Cook County.

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How To Become A Real Estate Managing Broker in Illinois How To Become A Real Estate Managing Broker in Illinois

By Elizabeth Elstien

Taking the leap from real estate agent/broker to managing broker allows you to take control of your career, start your own firm and hire agents to work under you. Although it requires years of work, experience and knowledge to acquire licensing, enjoy working as your own boss while retaining more sales income from commissions.

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Top 5 Things To Do In The Loop Top 5 Things To Do In The Loop

By Elizabeth Elstien

A Chicago community functioning as the city's main business district, "The Loop" is also known for its many attractions, from historic buildings and music venues to parks and rivers. Enjoy our guide on the top five things to enjoy while in The Loop!

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Chicago At A Glance Chicago At A Glance

By Elizabeth Elstien

The big City of Chicago is a blend of everything from historic and contemporary architectures to its varied cultural makeup. Keep reading to find out what gives The Windy City its name, and why this Midwest hub is such an iconic American city.

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A Look At The Growing Micro Apartment Trend In Chicago A Look At The Growing Micro Apartment Trend In Chicago

By Elizabeth Elstien

"Micro living" is a more affordable way to rent an apartment for some. Chicago is currently witnessing a micro-apartment trend intended to appeal to young, single college graduates who want to live alone at an affordable price. The catch is that creating these tiny apartments may make others homeless. Learn more about the pros and cons of micro-apartment living in Chicago.

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Illinois Homebuying 101: A Checklist Illinois Homebuying 101: A Checklist

By Elizabeth Elstien

With a down payment in the bank, get ready to buy a home. Prepare for the homebuying process with these vital steps to ease the stress of making that all-important home purchase.

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Homeownership For Younger Americans Homeownership For Younger Americans

By Elizabeth Elstien

Across the country, young Americans are improving their financial fitness and putting themselves in prime position to purchase their first home. Inside, we highlight the many homeownership options, and outline why the time is right to take the plunge.

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Diversity At Home Diversity At Home

By Elizabeth Elstien

April is national Fair Housing Month, all due to 1968 federal law. Learn how important this law is and what you can do to be treated fairly in the real estate process.

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Homeowner's Association:  Friend Or Foe Homeowner's Association: Friend Or Foe

By Elizabeth Elstien

HOA rules are meant to create and maintain a certain lifestyle, improve the community and increase home values. Sometimes the rules get out of hand. Learn how to make the right community-home purchase.

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Curb Appeal Revealed Curb Appeal Revealed

By Elizabeth Elstien

The first impression your for-sale home makes on buyers is critical. Use these tips to spruce up your curb appeal and get more showings of your home for a faster sale.

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Elizabeth Elstien is a Staff Writer at Illinois Homes.

Elizabeth R. Elstien has worked in real estate for over 15 years as a real estate agent, consultant and writer. Her expertise encompasses buying and selling homes and investment properties, property management, REOs, short sales and loan modifications.