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  1. Are You Smart with Your Smartphone?

    by grobbins

    Are you smart with your smartphone? More and more news stories stem from situations that resulted in not-very-wise usage of mobile devices.  Here are a few eye-opening examples, and some good tips from our friends at International Risk Management Institute. A Dallas insurance professional was recently mugged in broad daylight at a Dallas Area Rapid Transit station. […]

  2. Five things that you should never flush

    by grobbins

    Category: Uncategorized

    We all have been told in the past, but in hopes of avoiding a major backup that could lead to damage to your home, here’s a little reminder of the things that should not be flushed down the toilet, but placed in the trash bin. Paper Towels:  These are much heavier than toilet tissue and do […]

  3. Illinois State IDs No Longer Acceptable by TSA for Domestic Air Travel

    by grobbins

    Unless Homeland Security issues a last minute extension, beginning Sunday, January 10, Illinois residents will be required to produce a passport when completing domestic air travel.  Illinois, along with several other states, has remained resistant to making changes in compliance with the Real ID Act of 2005.  The Act intended to tighten standards on government-issued ID […]

  4. New 2016 laws hit the books in Illinois

    by grobbins

    There are 237 new laws that will take effect January 1, 2016 in Illinois.  The legislation covers a wide span of topics, from making pumpkin the official pie of Illinois, to an increase in traffic ticket fines to pay for police body cameras.  Here are just a few of the new laws that will take effect […]

  5. Drones must be registered…but do I need insurance?

    by grobbins

    According to Bloomberg, owners of consumer drones will have to begin registering with the U.S. government starting next week under a policy issued in time for the expected holiday shopping rush (read the full report here).  Only the smallest toys will be exempt from tracking by the Federal Aviation Agency.  Every consumer who owns a […]

  6. Travel Checklist for Snowbirds

    by grobbins

    If you are a snowbird heading south for the winter, there are several key things you should do to help protect your vacant home. Taking these steps can help protect your home from theft, water damage, heating or electrical system malfunctions and other possible threats while you are away. Forward your mail and stop newspaper delivery […]

  7. Winterize Your Vehicle While It’s Still Warm

    by grobbins

    You may have prepared your home for winter weather; but have you taken the time to make sure your car is ready for the temperature drop? Seasonal changes also mean changes to the emergency supply kit that you keep in your vehicle. During winter months, the following items should be part of your car’s emergency […]

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  8. Forest Agency Launches Sock Drive for Housing Forward

    by grobbins

    Did you know that the single most needed item for the homeless clients of Housing Forward is new grey or black socks?    Housing Forward, Forest Agency’s Charity of the Quarter, provides temporary shelter and services for the homeless in Chicago’s Western suburbs.  This Holiday Season Forest Agency is collecting new socks (and while we are at […]

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  9. Real-World Case Study: Tween’s Halloween Fireworks Caper Causes Fire and Leaves Parents to Blame

    by grobbins

    Anyone who has teens or tweens (or has been one) knows that their judgment is not always sound. This story from our friends at shows that sometimes these kids’ antics can lead to costly consequences for their parents. Zack couldn’t believe his luck: Discovering leftover Fourth of July fireworks in the garage just in […]

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