Thursday, May 9, 2013
Want to make a real difference in the world? Consider one of these seven "green" careers that help protect—and improve—our planet. Provided by Jobs at AOL.
The following story was provided by AOLJobs.com. By Debra Auerbach for CareerBuilder Have you ever had an itch to quit your job and instead do work that makes a real difference in the world? In honor of Earth Day on April 22, we've compiled a list of seven jobs that help people live a better life – from the buildings they work and live in, to the energy that fuels their homes, to the air they breathe. 1. Conservation scientist: Conservation scientists are hired to help preserve and protect natural habitats. They usually work with landowners and federal, state and local governments to find the best ways to use and improve the land while conserving the environment.* 2. Energy auditor: When a building is cooled or heated, it uses energy. …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Last night's rain broke the record for wettest April.
Last night’s rainfall propelled this April into the record books as the wettest in Chicagoland history. The National Weather Service recorded .7 inches of rain at O’Hare, which brings the total for April to 8.54 inches and tops the previous record set in 1947 of 8.33 inches. It's the rainiest April in the 143 years that rainfall has been recorded in Chicago. Here are Chicago's top five wettest Aprils: 2013: 8.54 inches 1947: 8.33 inches 1975: 7.84 inches 1909: 7.73 inches 1983: 7.69 inches More precipitation could come tonight. The National Weather Service says there is a 40 percent chance of light snow tonight.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
From interstates to local roads, our map provides updates on closures and high-standing water in your area.
From the Wisconsin border to the south side of Chicago and into the western suburbs, local roads, interstates and highways were closed Thursday because of flooding. Click through the pins above to see which roads in your area — or on your route to and from work today — have been closed due to flooding or have high-standing water. Police are encouraging drivers to avoid roadways with standing water. If you come upon an area with high-standing water or that is closed, add that information to our map by visiting this link. Otherwise, let us know about the closure by commenting below. Drivers are asked to beware of high-standing water on roadways. The water on a roadway can be deeper than it appears and can cause a vehicle to stall or be …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Economists told Chicago Magazine now is the time to buy. Take a look at median home sales for homes in the area and find out when prices will start to go up in the area.
Economists are now on board with what real-estate agents have been saying for years— when it comes to buying a home, now is a great time to buy, according to an article in Chicago Magazine. Zillow Chief Economist Stan Humphries told Chicago Magazine the Chicago housing market his hit "rock bottom" and is not expected to rebound too quickly. The summer is exported to be an opportune time to buy when more houses typically go on the market, according to the article. From there, home prices are expected to increase by .8 percent by the end of the second quarter of 2013 and by five percent by the end of the second quarter in 2014, according to the article. The Chicago Magazine article includes housing data from 2012 and how that has changed …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The National Weather Service is predicting between three to five inches of new snow accumulation Thursday night for Palatine.
Snow along with freezing drizzle could make for dicey driving conditions Thursday night and Friday morning. The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for much of the Chicago suburbs with snow expected to start late Thursday afternoon and continue into the night before switching to freezing drizzle and light snow by early Friday. Between three to five inches of snow is predicted for Palatine late Thursday. Snow and freezing drizzle is expected before noon on Friday. Temperatures will reach a high of 36 degrees later in the day on Friday. "Anyone planning travel across Northern Illinois or Northwest Indiana should be prepared for wintry precipitation and associated travel impacts from this winter storm," …
Friday, January 25, 2013
NBC's top-rated summer show will be holding auditions in Chicago at McCormick Place on Jan. 26 and Jan. 27.
Last season, "American's Got Talent" had three unique finalists: A comedian, a family dog act and a one-of-a-kind musical instrument. The winner? A group of dogs that danced, performed jump rope tricks and even some gymnastics. "Chicago is an important city for 'America's Got Talent,'" said senior casting producer Jason Shuler. "We have had several top talent audition at our Chicago open calls. Among them are Chicago group Footworkingz and the piano player from Edon from our most current season." Notable winners who auditioned in Chicago: Neal E. Boyd from season three and Kevin Skinner from season four. The show will be holding auditions on Jan. 26 and Jan. 27 at McCormick Place, 2301 Lake Shore Dr. Entrances can be found at Gate 4 or …