The Healthy Lombard Foundation Wants to Recognize Healthy Heroes.

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LOMBARD – The Healthy Lombard Foundation is currently accepting nominations for their annual Health Heroes showcase and recognition celebration, which will honor individuals and families who make a considerable and noteworthy effort in improving their health and wellness during 2015.

The healthy individuals chosen for recognition as Health Heroes will be rewarded during the foundation’s annual Healthy Lombard Fitness February Fair this Feb. 27 at  the Yorktown Center in Lombard.

If you would like to nominate a Health Heroe, write a paragraph that explains what an individual or a family have done in 2015 to make strides for a healthy lifestyle and email it to:

Healthy Lombard’s

[email protected] by Feb. 5.


Key Auto execs will be at Chicago Auto Show.


CHICAGO, Dec. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The 2016 Chicago Auto Show Media Preview will open Thursday, Feb. 11 with the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA) breakfast and feature a keynote from Mark LaNeve, vice president, U.S. marketing, sales and service Ford Motor Co. That afternoon, Alexander “Lex” Kerssemakers, senior vice president, The Americas region, and president and CEO of Volvo Cars of North America, will address the Economic Club of Chicago (ECC) Luncheon.

During the opening breakfast, MAMA President Patrick Olsen will present the MAMA Family Vehicle of the Year award and introduce Mark LaNeve, who is responsible for all marketing, sales, service, customer care and dealer relations for the Ford and Lincoln brands. His focus is on continuing to build the Ford brand through innovative new digital communications and transforming the retail experience for customers. LaNeve came to Ford after several years leading the company’s marketing and advertising agency, Global Team Ford, where he was chief operating officer since August 2012. In this role, LaNeve led not only Team Detroit, which services the Ford brand in the U.S., but also the agency’s operations in London, Sao Paulo and Shanghai, as well as Hudson Rouge, the Lincoln agency in New York City.

“The Chicago Auto Show is very important to Ford and its Chicagoland dealers,” said LaNeve. “We look forward to seeing the excitement this show generates as well as the automotive passion of all Chicagoans.”

“It’s an honor to have someone of Mark’s caliber to open the nation’s largest auto show,” said Colin Wickstrom, 2016 Chicago Auto Show chairman. “Ford has long supported the Chicago Auto Show with executive addresses, important product introductions and some of the largest displays it produces worldwide.”

Volvo’s Kerssemakers will later keynote the ECC Luncheon. Kerssemakers was appointed to his current position in 2014. He has a fundamental understanding of product strategy, purchasing and sales and marketing. He has led international teams in the U.K., Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands. Kerssemakers has served under Swedish, U.S. and Chinese ownership, aligning shareholder and customer perspectives.

“Volvo has a great story to tell on several fronts,” said Dave Sloan, Chicago Auto Show general manager. “Not only has the brand re-established itself a luxury automaker with the introduction of the XC90 and S90, but Volvo has important news on the safety and autonomous fronts as well.”

The ECC Luncheon at the Chicago Auto Show is a cornerstone event of the Chicago Auto Show Media Preview, boasting past speeches from Bill Ford, Jim Press, Henrik Fisker, Ralph Gilles, Jonathan Browning and Yoshi Inaba. Last year, José Muñoz, executive vice president, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and chairman, Nissan North America, Inc., was the Luncheon’s guest speaker.

Founded in 1927 to serve as a forum for Chicago’s business community, the ECC is one of Chicago’s finest business groups and has had a decade-long association with the Chicago Auto Show. The ECC has grown to become a premier institution, providing elite members of the business world a platform to express and discuss economic, business and social issues.

Doors open for the MAMA breakfast at 7 a.m. Feb. 11. Valid media or exhibitor credentials are required for admission. The ECC Luncheon begins promptly at noon on Feb. 11. Ticket and proper business attire are required for admission. For more information on the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, media credentials and ECC luncheon ticket, please visit

About the Chicago Auto Show
The Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show on the continent, spanning more than 1 million square feet of production, concept, and exotic vehicle exhibit space. In addition to hosting multiple world and North America vehicle debuts, the Chicago Auto Show’s First Look for Charity raises more than $2 million annually for 18 vital Chicago organizations in a single night. The 2016 public show will be February 13-21. For more information, visit or

About The Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Founded in 1904, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association is the nation’s oldest and largest metropolitan dealer organization. It is comprised of more than 400 franchised new-car dealers and an additional 150 allied members. The group’s dealer members employ about 19,000 people in the metropolitan area. The association has produced the world famous Chicago Auto Show since 1935. For more information please visit

The ROI on Basements for Chicago Home Owners.

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Thinking about your problem.

How Much do Chicago Homeowners pay for basement finishing

Leo: The cost of finishing a basement definitely varies depending on where you go, your negotiating skills and just how much of the job you are willing to do yourself. A build can cost the average home owner from $20 to $25 per square foot according to the  national average.  Other factors regarding the cost would  depend on whether or not according to code, are required to do a substantial amount of waterproofing, adding a door to the outside or if you want additional windows that give additional lighting to your new living space. Let’s say you want to add a wet bar, or a bathroom or even a kitchen to the mix. Then your costs will definitely increase quite a bit. This is when it’s nice to have a licensed friend or family member provide some of the work for you. But remember that you want your Chicago basement contractor to be licensed.

But what about the appraisal exactly, Leo?

One of the things you have to keep in mind is whether or not you plan to live in your home long enough to get the full enjoyment. After all you may spend anywhere from $15-$60k on your basement project. Just how much  equity you will receive in return will depend on how your home compares to other properties in your immediate vicinity or general area. Real estate brokers and appraisers will calculate and quantify your home’s square footage. If the majority of your home’s square footage is in your basement,it’s not very likely things will go in your favor if space in neighboring properties are all above the grade. In The end though let’s be realistic and frank. A home will always sell better if there is a finished basement rather than not.

How much can we expect back, leo?

The national average of a Chicago finished basement as well as the national average, is about 66%. Location will surely play a huge part in this though. Hinsdale basement remodelers and Frankfort, Il basement remodeling contractors have reported that basement builds fetch upwards of 80% of a return on investment whereas the average Basement remodeling plainfield Il contractors say a build can fetch anywhere between 60% and 80% depending on whether or not the home is considered a luxury property.

For more information, contact your  local basement remodeling pros  at


Naperville Sales Tax Increase – has it curbed your shopping?


The city council approved the increase in September as part of an effort to fill a budget gap, pay down debt and add to dwindling reserves.

On Monday, it appeared many shoppers were either unaware of the new tax or unconcerned.

W.B. Washington of Naperville said he was aware of the new tax, which the city is levying for the first time under its authority as a home-rule municipality. But he said he thought the sales tax was increasing by a whole percentage point instead half of one.

“Any time taxes go up, I’m in that group that thinks it’s not always the best thing,” Washington said. “But I understand it. Sometimes it’s a necessary thing.”

Lisa Rose of Naperville knew her hometown’s sales tax is lower than those charged by many neighboring towns, citing Bolingbrook’s rate of 8.5 percent. But she wasn’t initially aware of the recent increase.

“What isn’t going up?” she said. “I’m not happy about it.”

Even at 7.75 percent, Naperville’s sales tax remains below the rates charged in Cook County suburbs, such as Arlington Heights, Palatine, Rolling Meadows and Schaumburg, which now charge 10 percent. Rosemont and Chicago taxes are even higher at 10.25 percent.

Chirico said the difference shows the half-point increase preserved Naperville’s competitive business advantage, but Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce leaders said it diminished their edge.

The tax will be charged for two years, expiring Jan. 1, 2018, unless council members vote to extend it. This year, it’s estimated to bring in $6.4 million, and next year it could bring in up to $8.5 million. – More