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    Quinn, Rauner give voters feisty last look in debate

    Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, left, and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner were able to criticize each other and smile about it in their third and final debate Monday night.

    Oct 21, 2014 4:58 AM

    The debate between Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner ended a rough-and-tumble series of televised meetings with a feisty finale. Quinn sought to portray Rauner as a wealthy businessman with a dozen bankruptcies among the companies he invested in, and Rauner worked to paint Quinn as an ineffective, repeating the words “failed” and “failure” at nearly every turn.


    Strays Halfway House shutting down

    Peggy Aaland and her husband, Ken, of Hoffman Estates in July launched the Home At Last foster-based pet rescue. Peggy served in various capacities at the Strays Halfway House before starting Home At Last.

    Oct 21, 2014 5:30 AM

    An innovative and influential network of foster homes for stray cats and dogs in the Northwest suburbs is shutting down after 33 years, but its last president has started a new organization built along the same lines. Strays Halfway House, incorporated in Schaumburg in May 1981, was brought to an end by a vote of its board members this summer and is in the final stages of disbanding.


    Can one family save downtown Long Grove?

    Retirements, the recession and competition with online retailers have all contributed to a struggling downtown Long Grove.

    Oct 21, 2014 5:37 AM

    A family of developers has bought about a third of the famous Long Grove historic business district and is attempting to revive the area with new businesses and restaurants to bring in a younger crowd. But not everybody in Long Grove thinks all the changes - like video gambling - is such a good thing.


    Sheriff: Shooter ready to 'finish off' wounded deputies

    Keith Nygren

    Oct 21, 2014 5:40 AM

    McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren said a shooter opened fire on two deputies without warning. Both were hit and “conscious, but probably incapacitated,” he said. Another deputy returned fire and forced the shooter back into his Holiday Hills home Friday. “I'm sure he would have finished the job on the two officers who were on the ground.”


    Lawmakers press for more thorium cleanup money

    Kurt Stimpson, who manages the West Chicago Environmental Response Trust, speaks with West Chicago Mayor Ruben Pineda, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk and U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam as they tour the former Kerr-McGee factory site in West Chicago.

    Oct 21, 2014 5:30 AM

    With money running out to pay for removal of radioactive thorium waste at a former factory site in West Chicago, local officials are appealing to the federal government for help. So far, their request for as much as $40 million in federal funding for the cleanup hasn’t been granted.


    Upscale Italian restaurant opening in Palatine

    Vittorio De Roma closed over the summer in Palatine. A new restaurant named Luigi’s Italian Bistro will replace it.

    Oct 21, 2014 5:31 AM

    Luigi’s Italian Bistro, a new upscale restaurant, will open soon where Vittorio De Roma was at 154 W. Northwest Highway in Palatine. Vince Pedone, the owner, said the new restaurant will be have a menu simliar to its predecessor's. The new restaurant will also offer a delivery service for pizza and other menu items. “If it’s a food we serve there, we will deliver it too,” Pedone said.


    Mosque wants to expand parking lot

    The Islamic Community Center of Des Plaines

    Oct 21, 2014 5:30 AM

    The Islamic Community Center of Des Plaines has proposed an expansion of its parking lot to fix on-street neighborhood parking woes, but some neighbors don’t think it’ll solve much. The mosque, 480 Potter Road, purchased four nearby parcels and plans to pave over them, adding 81 parking spots that would be used from noon to 3 p.m. during Friday services and from 8 p.m. to midnight during the month of Ramadan.

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