Sunday, November 27, 2011

Plane Crash in Chicago Crystal Lake

Plane Crash in Chicago Crystal Lake - Four people from out of state were killed this morning when a plane crashed near northwest suburban Crystal Lake. The single-engine aircraft crashed about 10:30 a.m. in a farm field near U.S. Hwy. 14 and North Ridgefield Road in unincorporated McHenry County, officials said. There was no information available about where the plane took off or where it was headed, said FAA officials, who also said the plane was operating on "visual flight rules" and was not in touch with air traffic control. The victims are two men and two women who all appear to be age 18 or older, according to McHenry County Deputy Coroner Curt Bradshaw. “They have not been positively identified,’’ Bradshaw said Saturday evening. “We only have presumptive identities.’’ Bradshaw said the victims are not from Illinois and authorities are trying to reach their family members, who are also out of state. They were all pronounced dead on the scene and autopsies are scheduled for Monday, according to Bradshaw. At the earliest, their names will be released Monday, according to the sheriff's office. The aircraft was a Cirrus-SR20, according to the FAA. Here are details on the aircraft from the manufacturers' website. The aircraft's tail number was listed as N223CD and it was registered to the Marion Pilots Club Inc., based out of Marion, Ind., according to the FAA. The FAA is on the scene investigating whether rules of flight were followed, if the pilot was licensed and if the plane was properly maintained and registered, officials said. The National Transportation Safety Board is heading the investigation. Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Lt. Dan Grischow said no one on the ground was injured. The Lord and Savior Lutheran Church and School, 9300 N. Ridgefield Rd., is across the street from the crash scene. A spokesman for the preschool through eighth grade school who did not want to be identified said the plane had "disintegrated"and that "the only thing really visible is a parachute that is struck in the tree line that is sort of hanging over part of the scene." Plane Crash in Chicago Crystal Lake

Hidden Costs of Divorce

Hidden Costs of Divorce - Child support, mortgage payments and attorney fees are the bulk of expenses in a divorce. To keep costs down many people opt for the pro se route — the Do-It-Yourself divorce solution — and represent themselves. Since the other expenses are typically fixed, and an attorney’s final invoice billed at hundreds of dollars an hour is a variable amount, the DIY route is an attractive solution for budget-conscious parents. However, the price tag of a DIY divorce isn’t calculated during the divorce process. Down the line parents usually discover they had a right to certain property, funds or child custody. Visiting court and filing motions to modify comes with their own expenses. If someone has their heart set on the DIY divorce route they should still consult an attorney. An initial consult with an attorney will cost a couple hundred dollars, but the information about divorce laws and state laws could pay for itself tenfold. "With consults, fathers can get the 'lay of the land,'"explained John Faggio, a CPA and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA) in Columbia, Md. "If dads don’t know their responsibilities and what is financially possible, emotions can take over and they’ll promise to pay more than what’s fiscally possible…and make decisions that will negatively impact them for the rest of their lives." Faggio is empathetic to couples divorcing in today’s tumultuous economy. DIY divorce may be the only option, but he advises parents to have that initial consult, either with an attorney or a CDFA. Marianna A. Goldenberg, another CDFA, has been a financial planner for over 15 years. She works with couples who are dividing their assets during divorce. When she learns they can’t afford attorneys she gives them all the same financial advice on divorce. "Put emotions aside and have a well thought out and researched plan," Goldberg said. "Make sure you project into the future, including inflation and escalating medical, child care, education and other important costs." Plus, when there are complicated financial assets like executive plans with stock options, there are future liabilities that the couples usually aren’t familiar with. A consult fee can pay for itself in just one visit. She reminds all of her clients that they may be happy with the papers they sign today, but they need to think about their future situations. The saying goes "if you want something done you have to do it yourself." When it comes to divorce, parents should use all the help they can find. Hidden Costs of Divorce

Nick Swisher in Afghanistan

Nick Swisher in Afghanistan - Yankee outfielder Nick Swisher is finally taking his new wife, JoAnna Garcia, on a honeymoon -- to Afghanistan, the New York Post reported Wednesday. Swisher and actress Garcia, a star of ABC's "Better Without You," plan to visit U.S. troops in November, marking their first trip since they married in December 2010. Speaking to the Post at the Yankees Unite for Tornado Relief event at Southern Hospitality Hell's Kitchen in New York, Swisher said, "Three military officers came to the Yankee locker room and asked if any of us would like to visit the troops. My hand went straight up, I said, 'I'm in.' I knew Joanna would want to go. It will be our first trip since we got married." "I come from a military family ... and no matter what your views are, these men and women are out there risking everything for us. I realize how fortunate I have been, so I like to give back at every opportunity I can," he added. Swisher and Garcia wed in Palm Beach, Fla., in front of 350 family and friends including Cameron Diaz, Alex Rodriguez and other Yankees teammates. But they had to postpone the honeymoon due to work commitments. Excited Garcia also told the Post, "We are both really looking forward to visiting the troops. Yes, it isn't a traditional honeymoon, but it is something we both feel strongly about." But she added, "We'll probably make a stop in Europe on our way back." Nick Swisher in Afghanistan