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    East Dundee murder shows how police come together

    Rich Schmelzer

    Sep 2, 2014 5:15 AM

    The July stabbing death of an 85-year-old East Dundee woman, and her grandson's arrest last week, underscore the fear that can grip a small town when such rare violence occurs. But it also shows how police and other law enforcement sources are quick to mobilize their resources. "Every agency that is in a position to provide some manpower to us, does," said St. Charles police Cmdr. Jerry Gatlin.

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    Imrem: Time for Cutler to show he's grown up

    Is quarterback Jay Cutler finally ready to lead to Bears to a long playoff run this season?

    Sep 2, 2014 4:59 AM

    Jay Cutler isn't a kid anymore. If the Bears' want to fulfill their championship aspirations anytime soon, their quarterback will have to play like he's all grown up, Mike Imrem says. And why not? Cutler has the right head coach in Marc Trestman, a talented supporting cast and a franchise quarterback's contract.

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    U.S. Rep. Duckworth ‘thrilled’ to be pregnant

    U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a Hoffman Estates Democrat, announced she is expecting a daughter.

    Sep 1, 2014 4:29 PM

    U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth says she is six months pregnant and expecting a daughter. The Hoffman Estates Democrat, Iraq veteran and double amputee broke the news this morning on NBC’s “Today.” “It’s a high-risk pregnancy,” Duckworth said. “I am deathly terrified I’m going to lose the baby."

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    Will traffic deaths rise as states legalize pot?

    This is the wrecked Subaru Impreza in which four people died on the Southern State Parkway in West Hempstead, N.Y., after and early-morning accident Oct. 8, 2012. At the wheel was a New York teenager, Joseph Beer, who had smoked about $20 worth of marijuana before getting into the car with four friends and driving over 100 mph before crashing into trees with such force that it split the car in half.

    Sep 1, 2014 4:11 PM

    As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a big increase in traffic deaths. Researchers, though, are divided on the question. Studies of marijuana’s effects show that the drug can slow decision-making, decrease peripheral vision and impede multitasking, all of which are critical driving skills. But unlike with alcohol, drivers high on pot tend to be aware that they are impaired and try to compensate.

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    Roosevelt move part of 'tectonic shift' in education

    Roosevelt University recently announced that the changing market in higher education was prompting it to move most of the programs at its Schaumburg campus to Chicago. The Schaumburg campus will remain home to the university's successful College of Pharmacy.

    Sep 1, 2014 7:40 AM

    The market forces prompting Roosevelt University to significantly scale back programming at its Schaumburg campus are being experienced throughout Illinois in higher education, experts say. “We're seeing a tectonic shift in higher education,” said James Applegate, executive director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education. “The collar counties of Chicago are suffering a bit, but Chicago itself is on the upswing.”

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    10 things you may have missed this weekend

    Greg Zanis of Aurora places white crosses with the names of the four members of Stack family outside the family’s Elmhurst home Sunday morning. Francis, Joan, Mary and Francis Stack Jr. died in what police are calling a triple murder and suicide.

    Sep 2, 2014 5:30 AM

    10 stories you may have missed over the weekend: Triple murder and suicide in Elmhurst; Lake County middle school teacher accused of sexual assault, believed fled to Germany; when police dogs retire; Rep. Tammy Duckworth says she's pregnant; the bridge built over the Elgin-O'Hare at I-290 is a huge undertaking (with great pictures).

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