Home Sales See Big Increases Around Suburbs

According to Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®, many suburbs are seeing increases in home sales. [Read article]

Northwest Suburbs Mirror National Senior Homeownership Trends

According to a recent McGraw-Hill Construction report, the number of people 55 and older who are in the market to buy or sell a home has increased by 50% in the last two decades. Supporting this trend, an AARP study on aging in place found that nearly 90% of respondents older than 65 said that they want to live in their own home as long as possible.

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MORe: Home Affordability Falls Most in Cook, Lake

The Chicago area remains one of the nation’s most affordable places to buy a home, but that’s shrinking fast in Cook and Lake counties, according to a study released today.

In Cook County, affordability shrank 18 percent in the past year, according to data from RealtyTrac, an online real estate information company and foreclosure marketplace. In Lake County, the drop was 14 percent.

Read the full article from Crain’s.

Delta Dental’s Tooth Wizard Visits Oakland School

Posted March 25th, 2016 - Delta Dental of Illinois, News

OAKLAND — Lake Crest Elementary recently hosted a visit by the Tooth Wizard from Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation’s “Land of Smiles,” a program that teaches children cavity-combating oral health habits.

Pitting the heroic Tooth Wizard against the villainous Plaque Man, the performance educated pre-kindergarten through third-grade students about how to fight tooth decay by following the proper methods to brush and floss.

Read the full article from Journal Gazette/Times-Courier.

DDIL: Tooth Fairy Tied To The Economy

Posted March 16th, 2016 - Delta Dental of Illinois, News

Not even the Tooth Fairy is spared from the effects of Wall Street tumult. For the second consecutive year the Tooth Fairy has left Illinois children with an average amount per tooth that’s below the national average. According to The Original Tooth Fairy Poll, sponsored by Naperville-based Delta Dental of Illinois, the Tooth Fairy leaves $2.71 per tooth in Illinois, down slightly from the national average of $3.91 and last year’s Illinois average of $2.89.

Read the full article from the Daily Herald.

DDIL: ‘Super Heroes’ help Good Shepherd Lutheran School students learn about preventing tooth decay

Posted March 9th, 2016 - Delta Dental of Illinois, News

PEKIN — Good Shepherd Lutheran School students on Tuesday ventured into the “Land of Smiles,” where superhero Tooth Wizard showed them how to battle his nemesis, PlaqueMan.

The program, provided free of charge by the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, drew screams of laughter from the children while delivering a healthy message, said second-grade teacher Judi Hicks.

Read the full article from Peoria Journal Star.

Breaking News: 2016 Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance Conference

Posted March 7th, 2016 - Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, News

Heidi and the breaking news team caught up with vendors and attendees of the 2016 Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance Conference. There was one thing in common between all of the team’s interviews: MEEA is everyone’s favorite conference of the year.

Watch the full coverage at Advisor.TV.

DDIL: Tooth Wizard visits Galileo

Posted March 7th, 2016 - Delta Dental of Illinois, News

Representing Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation’s Land of Smiles, a program that teaches young children cavity-combating oral health habits, Delta Dental’s Tooth Wizard character recently visited Galileo Scholastic Academy, 820 S. Carpenter St., providing students and parents with tools to defeat tooth decay.

Read the full article from Gazette. 

DDIL: Tooth fairy shorting children in Illinois?

Posted March 2nd, 2016 - Delta Dental of Illinois, News

Illinois children receive 44 percent less than national average. No, we’re not talking about an allowance or candy on Halloween but what Mom and Dad leave under the pillow in exchange for their child’s tooth.

Read the full article from Journal Star. 

Looking Forward: Lessons in Energy Efficiency from Canada

Is Canada ahead in the turtle race to energy efficiency in North America? The always-witty Phillipe Dunsky, president of Dunsky Energy Consulting, thinks that while Canada’s past on that front might have been humdrum, it’s a whole new era now.

For that, credit Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, contended Dunsky at the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s 2016 Midwest Energy Solutions Conference. He noted that until three months ago, the two countries possessed very similar energy-efficiency perspectives.

Read the full article from TriplePundit.