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    Hawks have uphill battle with Seabrook out

    Brent Seabrook has been suspended three games by the NHL for an illegal hit to the St. Louis Blues’ David Backes during Saturday’s playoff game.

    Apr 20, 2014 8:26 PM

    As if being down 2-0 in their series with the physical St. Louis Blues weren’t enough, now the Blackhawks will have to mount a big comeback without one of their more physical players, defenseman Brent Seabrook, who was suspended 3 games by the league Sunday for his shoulder hit to the head of the Blues’ David Backes inSaturday's game.

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    Expert: Fox River dams ‘notoriously deadly’

    A witness turned rescuer at the site of a deadly kayak accident in Geneva on Saturday said it was clear that the kayak’s two operators were struggling to control the vessel before it plunged over a low dam.

    Apr 20, 2014 6:47 PM

    Kayakers aboard a two-man craft that went over a dam in Geneva Saturday, leaving one man dead and another hospitalized, clearly were struggling to control the vessel, according to a witness who took part in the rescue effort.

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    Children delight in Eggstravaganza

    Preschool director Jori Reuter reads “The Easter Story” to children during the Faith Lutheran Church Eggstravaganza event Easter Sunday in Arlington Heights. About 30 children searched for 850 eggs, worked on religious crafts, and listened to the story of Easter.

    Apr 20, 2014 5:23 PM

    About 30 children rushed the playground Sunday morning at Faith Lutheran Church in Arlington Heights in search of eggs containing treats and other goodies as part of the church’s annual Easter Sunday Eggstravaganza. “The children are usually very excited about the egg hunt and Eggstravaganza,” said rhe church's preschool director, Jori Reuter.

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    Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter

    Pope Francis waves to the crowd from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica where he delivered the Urbi et Orbi at the end of the Easter Mass in St. Peter’s Square at the the Vatican Sunday.

    Apr 20, 2014 3:39 PM

    Marking Christianity’s most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the hungry and neediest close to home.

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    Algonquin girl becomes face of national parks

    Aida Frey, 13, of Algonquin, who has visited 163 national parks and historic sites, has been dubbed an unofficial spokesperson for the National Park Service's Junior Ranger program.

    Apr 20, 2014 6:33 AM

    Aida Frey knew she wanted to be a park ranger ever since her first visit to a national park. Three years later, the 13-year-old from Algonquin has visited 163 national parks and historic sites with her family, and earned about 300 badges, pins and medals as part of the National Park Service's Junior Ranger program. “I don't have a favorite because each national park is special in its own way,” she said.

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    Puppy mill protesters picket in Batavia

    Members of The Puppy Mill Project held their first protest Saturday in Kane County on Randall Road outside the Petland in Batavia. Organizers said they sought to raise awareness about the dangers of mass breeding and to educate consumers about adoption alternatives.

    Apr 19, 2014 7:19 PM

    Protesters from The Puppy Mill Project picketed along Randall Road in Batavia Saturday. Organizers said the effort was to help raise awareness and consumers about places like Petland and other stores that get their animals from USDA licensed breeders,which they consider to be puppy mills. The Petland owner said she visits each breeder to check on the care each puppy receives.

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    Breaking down the Bulls-Wizards season series

    Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (21) goes to the basket against Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat, back, of Poland, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Washington.

    Apr 20, 2014 6:34 AM

    Here's a closer look at the regular season games between the Bulls and Washington. The Wizards won two out of three, becoming the only team in the East to win a season series against the Bulls this year.

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