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    Bishop Blase Cupich to lead Archdiocese of Chicago

    Bishop Blase Cupich, the archbishop designate of the Chicago Archdiocese, answers questions about how he would lead Chicago area Catholics during a news conference Saturday as the man he is set to replace, Francis Cardinal George, looks on.

    Sep 20, 2014 12:53 PM

    “A sense of relief” is how Francis Cardinal George described his emotions as he introduced his successor, Bishop Blase Cupich, of Spokane, Washington, who will head the Archdiocese of Chicago come November. “I leave this church in better hands than mine,” said the 77-year-old prelate, who continues to struggle with health issues related to his bladder cancer and a new experimental treatment he is undergoing.

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    Elgin’s Lowrie school marks 125 years

    Students of Lowrie Elementary School in Elgin gathered to form the shape of an “L” for an aerial photograph taken during the first week of classes to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the school’s opening.

    Sep 20, 2014 7:40 AM

    Former and current teachers, students and employees of Lowrie Elementary School will mark 125 years since the Elgin school opened its doors Sunday. Officials are hosting an open house from noon to 2 p.m. at the school, 264 Oak St. Families of students, alumni and community members are invited to view a history exhibit and tour the school.

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    Healthier District 211 lunches draw USDA attention

    Audrey Rowe goes through the lunch line guided by Food Service Manager Debbie Madaj.

    Sep 20, 2014 7:15 AM

    A USDA official had lunch at Palatine High School on Friday, asking students how well they like the new, healthier federal lunch program. Audrey Rowe got a mixed bag of answers, but overall lunch sales are up in District 211, officials said.

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    Glen Ellyn set to welcome three new businesses

    Thai Thai Express at 654 Roosevelt Road in Glen Ellyn will offer staples such as pad Thai and curry.

    Sep 20, 2014 7:30 AM

    From European chocolates to Thai food to yoga, Glen Ellyn residents soon will have some new businesses to check out. Here’s a quick look:

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    Elgin High teacher lauded for reviving theater program

    Elgin High School’s Jessica Vaillancourt was named Illinois Outstanding Young Teacher of the Year by the Illinois Communication and Theatre Association, the state’s largest professional affiliation for all theatre, speech, debate, and communications teachers.

    Sep 20, 2014 1:07 PM

    In her three years teaching at Elgin High School, Jessica Vaillancourt has revived the school’s performing arts program from virtual nonexistence. For her efforts to rebuild the program, Vaillancourt has been named Illinois Outstanding Young Teacher of the Year by the Illinois Communication and Theatre Association, the state’s largest professional group for theater, speech, debate, and communications teachers.

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    Why Grayslake fire district says it needs a tax hike

    The Grayslake Fire Protection District is seeking a tax hike to help cover the cost of operations.

    Sep 20, 2014 7:20 AM

    The Grayslake Fire Protection District is seeking a tax rate increase to fund operations. Voters in 2008 approved a tax hike but a drop in property values meant the expected revenue didn't materialize, according to Fire Chief John Christian. "This is certainly the last thing I wanted to do as a fire chief and our board wanted to do, but it's a necessary thing to continue the services," he said.

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