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At 93, Alvina Pryor has lived long enough to recognize when she is getting the runaround. And the Hickory Hills resident is pretty sure the Internal Revenue Service is yanking her chain. Her journey through the seventh layer of bureaucratic damnation...
Susan Taylor isn't a fan of McDonald's food, but her teenage stepsons are. So when she saw a deal for burgers on LivingSocial in December, she snapped it up. For $13, the Norwood Park resident received vouchers for five Big Macs and five large french...
The only thing everyone seems to agree on is this: Matt Gudgeon walked into Honky Tonk BBQ in Pilsen on Sept. 8 wearing a perfectly clean J. Crew shirt. He walked out wearing a mustard-stained mess. Almost every detail of how his shirt got stained is...
Tags: McDonald's, Mustard, Tru, Pilsen, J. Crew
Sophie Lemke lived in her house in the 3400 block of South Lituanica Avenue for more than 40 years. But at 90 years of age, she found that living alone had become more difficult. So in June Lemke sold the house and moved in with her daughter in Homer...
When you live on an acre of land, a regular lawn mower just doesn't cut it. So years ago, James O'Hara, of St. Charles, bought a 2003 Craftsman GT 5000 riding garden tractor. All was well until May 2011, when the mower began acting up. He called Sears,...
The house wasn't much to look at. Its windows were old and leaky, and the paint was flaking so badly there were spots that were stripped clean. And the lawn was overgrown. "It looked like a condemned property," said Mark Hosty. But the dilapidated...
For years, Sandra Lichtman has used a CPAP machine at night, a device designed to combat the symptoms of sleep apnea and help her breathe. When her old machine broke in January, she called her medical supplier, Wheeling-based MedSource, which promptly...
Over the years, Sophia Twaddell has spent a small fortune landscaping her Evanston backyard. Rose bushes dot the fence line, while brightly colored hydrangeas, peonies and rhododendrons form a lush garden, anchored by a serenely bubbling fountain. For...
When Leanne Digan dropped off her car for repair Aug. 6 at Autobarn Volkswagen of Countryside, the 2006 Passat needed only minor work. She assumed it was an easy fix — the remote key device had quit working. But finding a replacement key took...
It started, as these problems often do, with a hospital billing error. After a visit to a Naperville radiologist, a bill that was supposed to be sent to Tim Ells' home wound up lost. The radiologist, Ells said, had been sending the bill to the wrong...
As employees at the Irving Park U-Haul facility attached the tow dolly to the rental truck, Neal Seroka could sense trouble ahead. There was some question about whether the ball on the back of the truck would fit the hitch on the dolly's tow bar....
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