Photos: Zach Spangler
Photos: Zach Spangler
David Hochberg is joined this week by Janelle Iaccino of Rose Pest Solutions, Credit Enhancement Expert Gary Novel of Kredit Guru, Mark Hammond of ComEd, and MegaPros John.
This week Ric shares the truth about target date funds. Also in today’s show Ric shares some of the differences between agents, brokers, and advisers.
WLS News Anchor Rob Martier, DriveChicago.com General Manager Mark Bilek and Chicago Auto Show Marketing Director Jim OBrill speak with Mike Quincy from Consumer Reports about the best vehicles for 2019, review Lexus’ newest small crossover, the UX; and share the latest in automotive news and events.
David Hochberg is joined this week by Credit Enhancement Expert Gary Novel of Kredit Guru, realtor Amy Kite of Keller Williams Infinity, Roy Spencer of Perma-Seal Waterproofing, and Joe Hogel of MegaPros.
This week Ric explains the difference between a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund and investment trust. Also in today’s show Ric shares some thoughts on funding a traditional individual retirement account over a Roth IRA.
WLS News Anchor Rob Martier, DriveChicago.com General Manager Mark Bilek and Chicago Auto Show Marketing Director Jim OBrill review the completely re-designed Volvo S60 sedan, talk with a Land Rover executive about the new Range Rover Evoque and provide the latest in automotive news.
In today’s show Tom discusses the presidential candidacy of Beto O’Rourke, shares the latest updates about the New Zealand mosque shooting and the local response to Chelsea Clinton’s vigil attendance. Also in today’s show Tom highlights the growing situation with the college admissions scandal where actors and business executives paid to have their kids admitted to top-end colleges. Guests include Reed Galen, Joe Concha, and Carl Cannon.
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Colleen & Catie’s Picks for Hidden Gems in Party Cities
Destination: New Orleans, Louisiana
Accommodations: JW Marriott New Orleans on Canal St. – Centrally located, safe area.
Brennan’s Restaurant – Opened in 1946. Classic New Orleans. Food is a combination of French and Spanish cuisine. Elegant, old-world dining rooms.
Commander’s Palace – Refined Creole fare & an elegant jazz brunch. Been around since 1880.
St. Louis Cathedral – Church where Harry Connick Jr. got married. Opened in 1794 and is the oldest cathedral in the United States.
Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium – The largest free-standing American museum dedicated to insects.
When to visit:
Looking to party for Mardis Gras? Arrive the weekend before Fat Tuesday and stay through that day. If visiting for Mardis Gras, be sure to book your hotel a year in advance!
Looking for less crowds? December and January are the least busy and “coldest” months (temps in the 40s – 60s). For less crowds and warm weather – Early March and late April, and between September and November
Cost of flights: As low as $120 from Chicago in off season, like September (sometimes cheaper). Cheapest in July, August, and September.
When to book:
For Mardis Gras, book in Sept. (about 5 months out)
For off season, book 4-6 weeks in advance
Airport to fly into: Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, located about 15 miles east of downtown New Orleans.
How to get around: Walk or pedicab, also streetcars.
Any other tips? Best (and safest) place to stay is on Canal Street in the French Quarter. It’s popular place to stay, but while it may be more crowded, it’s easy to access a lot of places from the area without renting a car.
Destination: Las Vegas, Nevada
Accommodations: The Venetian Hotel and Ride a Gondola or Bellagio Hotel. You can even watch the fountain show!
Meal/Restaurant: Firefly and Beer and Tacos
Activities: Red Rock Canyon, take in a show. Lady Gaga has an open run. Janet Jackson too!
When to visit: March to May and Sept to November
When to book: The best time to book flights to Las Vegas is roughly four weeks before departure. You may be able to find flights that are 10% cheaper than average fares or more.
Cost of flights: Currently anywhere from $135 on Spirit nonstop to $330
Airport to fly into: McCarran International Airport
How to get around: Take a taxi or airport shuttle to the Strip or your hotel. Public transportation to the Strip takes about an hour and requires a transfer. A taxi or rental car can get you there in half the time.
Any other tips? Las Vegas is also home to hundreds of conventions each year. Be sure to check which hotels are hosting them ahead of time so you can avoid high room rates.
“What’s” with the “Trip Sisters”
What’s in Your Suitcase?
CORSAIR RADIO WITH BLUETOOTH
$89.95 on www.crosleyradio.com
Vintage-style radio that comes in a variety of colors (we got one red, one black). It also has a CD Player, AM/FM Radio, Dual Alarm Clock, Dynamic Full Range Stereo Speakers and a Headphone Jack.
CRUISER DELUXE PORTABLE TURNTABLE
$79.95 on www.crosleyradio.com
Crosley’s most popular vintage turntable, also available in a variety of colors available (we got sand white). Encased in a portable, suitcase-style shell, plays at 3 speeds, and you can even sync to the Bluetooth connection and stream digital music right through the built-in speakers.
What’s on your phone?
Trail Wallet – Free to download with in-app purchases – iPhone
Trail Wallet is an easy travel expense tracker, where you can organize your expenses by trip or by month, set a daily budget, and easily add expenses. Great for traveling on a budget!
What’s the tip?
7 Ways to Travel Abroad for Free (MyBankTracker.com)
House swap – Many websites where you can swap homes with someone.
Become a WWOOFer – World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms gives you the chance to volunteer on a farm in exchange for food, accommodation and learning opportunities.
Exchange and accommodation programs – Sites like GlobalFreeloaders or BeWelcome provide cultural exchange, free accommodation
Apply for scholarships or fellowships – Students or recent college grads
Volunteer or apply for an exchange program – Try Workaway.com
Crowd fund a passion project – Try Indiegogo.com
David Hochberg is joined this week by Credit Enhancement Expert Gary Novel of Kredit Guru, Michael Houston of Lindholm Roofing, Michelle from ComEd, and Joe Hogel of MegaPros.
This week Ric takes an in depth look at retirement investments and what it means for your financial future. Also in today’s show Ric shares the best ways to approach an elderly parent about their personal finances and what to do if your brokerage or mutual fund account is hacked.
WLS News Anchor Jennifer Keiper, DriveChicago.com General Manager Mark Bilek and Chicago Auto Show Marketing Director Jim OBrill review the full size Toyota Avalon sedan, talk about the Geneva Auto Show in Switzerland, and provide more intriguing automotive trivia.
David Hochberg is joined this week by Brent Wilk of Wilk Real Estate, Tom Jahnke of Builder Supply Outlet and The Edge Kitchen and Bath, and Jeremy Hogel of MegaPros.
This week Ric reviews the best options to check your credit score and analyzes the various costs of commuting by mode of transportation. Also in today’s show Ric shares the fastest growing job that pays more than $100,000 per year.
WLS News Anchor Jennifer Keiper, DriveChicago.com General Manager Mark Bilek and Chicago Auto Show Marketing Director Jim OBrill discuss the new extended wheelbase Jeep Gladiator, review the sporty Hyundai Santa Fe, and share which auto manufacturer is limiting speeds in their models.
David Hochberg is joined this week by Donna Sattler of RE/MAX At Home, Credit Enhancement Expert Gary Novel of Kredit Guru, Real Estate Attorney and Estate Planner Dave Schlueter, and Jeremy Hogel of MegaPros.
This week Ric reviews co-signing on a student loan and what it means for your retirement planning. Also in today’s show it’s America Saves Week and Ric shares delightful insight on how to join the initiative.
WLS News Anchor Jennifer Keiper, DriveChicago.com General Manager Mark Bilek and Chicago Auto Show Marketing Director Jim OBrill discuss the award winning RAM 1500, chat with Mark Gilles from Volkswagen about the new Jetta GLI and a tease of what Volkswagen has lined up for the next couple of years.
Stephanie Trussell is joined by cohosts Exavier Pope of Pope Law Firm, and author Charles Love. Also in today’s show Herb Caplan of Protect Our Parks, aldermanic candidate Andre Smith, Kenneth McClenton of TECN TV, and Mark Weyermuller, man on the street.
David Hochberg is joined this week by Igor Murokh of Mr. Floor, Attorney Larry Smith, Credit Enhancement Expert Gary Novel of Kredit Guru, and Joe Hogel of MegaPros.
This week Ric puts financial literacy to the test and investigates personal pension security. Also in today’s show Ric takes a look at currency and the way we pay for things.
WLS News Anchor Jennifer Keiper, DriveChicago.com General Manager Mark Bilek and Chicago Auto Show Marketing Director Jim OBrill are back in the studio to review the Mazda CX-5, share highlights of last week’s Chicago Auto Show and provide the latest in automotive news.
Stephanie Trussell is joined by cohosts Jerry Brown and Patrick Brutus for a special episode from an exhilarating reception of Chicagoland seniors in the WLS Lounge. Also, in today’s show former US senatorial candidate and football coach LeAlan Jones, and Mark Weyermuller, man on the street.
David Hochberg is joined this week by Brent Wilk of REO Properties, Credit Enhancement Expert Gary Novel of Kreditguru, Roy Spencer of Perma-Seal, Cory Ambrose of JC Restoration, and Joe Hogel of MegaPros.
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