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Illinois a Top State to Make a Good Living!

by Capital Asset Group, Inc.

There are many reasons to choose a state to move to. A great educational system, climate, and access to amenities are all important considerations when house hunting. One of the most important factors, though…..your ability to make a living. Personal finance website MoneyRates.com recently ranked the Top Ten States to Make a Living in 2016. We are proud to announce that Illinois made it to this elite group of states at #9!!


To find these rankings, MoneyRates.com compared all 50 states based on several key factors that help determine the ability for residents to make a good living. These factors included average wages, state tax rates, cost of living, state unemployment rate, and workplace safety.


Illinois made its way to the number 9 spot due to its above average wages, with a median income at $37,320, and low cost of living. That winning combination allows for workers to keep more of their income for other necessities. The state also did well with relation to workplace injuries, illness, and fatalities, ensuring that employees in Illinois have safe working environments.


If you’re thinking of moving to Illinois, the Fox River Valley is a great place to call home. With strong public school systems, access to great local amenities, and location just west of Chicago, there are many reasons to move to the area! Check out our Current Homes for Sale. Contact the Capital Asset Group  to help you find your dream home or visit our website at http://www.foxvalleyhomesearch.com/.

It's Time for the Kane County Fair!

by Capital Asset Group, Inc.

Head over to the Kane County Fairgrounds (525 South Randall Road, St. Charles) for 5 days of festivities at the great Kane County Fair and Festival! Our Fox River Valley community is an amazing place to live and there is no better way to celebrate our area than at this annual summertime event. 

 

From Wednesday, July 20th, through Sunday, July 24th, the Midway will be bursting with family fun activities! Whether its amusement rides, carnival games, live music at the Miller Lite Sound Stage, or delicious  festival food, there is something for everyone to enjoy at the fair. There are activities specifically for the little ones as well! The Grandstand has special events every day of the fair including a demolition derby and bull riding. Support local vendors and check out interesting exhibits about happenings in Kane County. We cannot wait to see you at the Kane County Fair!!!!

 

Ticket Information

$5.00 for regular admission (Wednesday and Thursday)

$10.00 for regular admission (Friday through Sunday)

FREE admission for children 3 and under!

 

For the full schedule of events and to buy tickets online, CLICK HERE!!

15 Native Plants for Gorgeous Midwestern Garden!

by Capital Asset Group, Inc.

After those long winter months, gardens are a great way to add a bit of color and cheer to your yard. You can ensure gardening success during the warmer seasons by turning to plant varieties that naturally grow throughout the midwest. As an added bonus, native plants require less maintenance. Here are the 15 top native plants for midwestern gardens!

SPIDERWORT (Tradescantia sp) – These perennials will blossom with three-petaled flowers in the spring. They can be placed anywhere throughout your garden, whether in the sun or the shade.

SWAMP MILKWEED (Asclepias incarnata) – Attract monarch butterflies to your garden in the summer with these pink beauties. As an added bonus, this resiliant plant can thrive in average growing soil.

COMPASS PLANT (Silphium laciniatum) – Growing up to 9 feet tall, this stunning plant blooms yellow, sunflower-like petals. Interestingly, the Compass Plant naturally aligns itself north to south allowing it to conserve water throughout the summer.

WILD ANEMONE (Anemone canadensis) – Add a lovely border to your garden in the spring with Wild Anemone. This plant grows easily in moist soil and will blossom with lovely, large white flowers.

PALE PURPLE CONEFLOWER (Echinacea pallida) – With pale pink petals and dark red cones this beauty adds color to your garden in the summer. It will naturally spread across areas of your garden due to the fact that it will self-seed.

BLOODROOT (Sanguinaria canadensis) – For shady areas of your garden, plant the Bloodroot. In early spring, there will be beautiful white flowers arranged in the shape of a pawprint. By summer, however, the plant's cycle has ended.

JACK-IN-THE-PULPIT (Arisaema triphyllum) – Since the Bloodroot goes dormant in the summer, plant Jack-in-the-Pulpit in the same area to maintain interest throughout your garden despite the season. Also thriving in shaded areas, this unique green flower is hooded and reveals little red markings inside. In the fall, red berries also appear for continued color.

BUTTERFLY WEED (Asclepias tuberosa) – This resiliant plant resists droughts, disease, and pests! Its beautifully bright orange flowers attract butterflies in the summer months.

LITTLE BLUESTEM (Schizachyrium scoparium) – This native grass will add beauty to your garden all year round! In the spring and summer, the foliage is blue-green. Starting in the fall and lasting throughout the winter, this plant turns a stunning purple-bronze.

POPPY MALLOW (Callirhoe involucrata) – A perfect addition to the front of your garden, this low growing plant blossoms with wine colored flowers. It can grow in dry soil, lasts several seasons, and resists pests!

PENSTEMON (Penstemon digitalis) – Returning every year to your garden in the summer, the Penstemon grows up to 2 feet tall and blossoms white flowers among its burgundy colored leaves.

COLUMBINE (Aquilegia canadensis) – Hummingbirds and butterflies will flit among your garden when you add this plant. These delicate yellow and red flowers will flourish in the shade or sun.

CULVER'S ROOT (Veronicastrum virginicum) – Make sure to always water the Culver's Root. These white flowers will grow in light shade and attract butterflies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GOLDENROD (Solidago sp) – Keep your garden looking lovely throughout the fall with this plant. The golden-yellow clusters of flowers need full sun and well-drained soil.

BLUE SAGE (Salvia pitcheri) – Add this perennial to your garden for a splash of lovely sky blue in the early fall. Blue Sage thrives in growing conditions similar to the Goldenrod. 

Looking for a way to add value to your home? Give your landscaping and gardens a lift with some of these fabulous plants and add instant curb appeal and value to your home!

Resource: Better Homes and Garden July 2016

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