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    Fremd educator named Illinois Teacher of the Year

    Steven Elza

    Oct 25, 2014 10:48 PM

    Steven Elza, an automotive technology teacher at William Fremd High School, has been named the 2015 Illinois Teacher of the Year. One of 12 finalists, Elza was announced as this year’s top educator during a banquet Saturday in Normal. "I love what I do, and I think that shows through," Elza said of the honor.


    Elgin woman with breast cancer encourages mammograms

    Gloria Valencia, 48, of Elgin, says she rarely cried in front of her children when discussing her breast cancer, diagnosed in January.

    Oct 25, 2014 7:30 AM

    Looking back, Gloria Valencia knows exactly what she should have done to try to prevent getting breast cancer. The 48-year-old Elgin resident says the only reason she is telling her private, painful story is to encourage other women, especially Latinas, to make better choices. “Women should get mammograms, but we don’t do it. We have too much faith nothing will happen."


    Rozner: More on line than just season for Bears

    Bears coach Marc Trestman and quarterback Jay Cutler need a victory over the Patriots in the worst way.

    Oct 25, 2014 8:18 PM

    Sunday’s game at New England could mark a tipping point or turning point for Jay Cutler and Marc Trestman. Cutler has the chance to save the season and postpone apocalyptic predictions.


    Porte Brown earns top Schaumburg business honor

    Bruce Jones, managing partner of Porte Brown, CPA firm, said he was honored after the company was given the Brian H. Burke Business of the Year award Saturday night by the Schaumburg Business Association at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg.

    Oct 25, 2014 11:40 PM

    Waves and the ocean reminded participants at a Schaumburg Business Association dinner Saturday night that summer is behind us. But that was no reason not to celebrate. More than 300 business leaders gathered for the annual formal dinner at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg.


    Family questions response to Elgin man who died

    Family members of Ramon Vargas, 39, of Elgin say they have concerns about how emergency responders handled a call for medical help for Vargas at his home Friday evening. Vargas died Friday evening, and preliminary autopsy results show his death was by natural causes.

    Oct 25, 2014 10:49 PM

    The family of a 39-year-old Elgin man who died Friday night is raising concerns about how emergency responders handled his care when a call for medical help came in. Ramon Vargas, 39, died Friday evening, authorities said. Elgin police Cmdr. Glenn Theriault said Vargas appears to have died of natural causes. Vargas’ family members said they are concerned those who responded to the call for help might have put him in handcuffs.


    Catapult competitors at Cantigny fling some ingenuity

    Kyle Abend, 12, of Team Smidabendapult cheers as they hit the castle during the First Division Museum’s fifth annual Catapult Contest at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.

    Oct 25, 2014 5:56 PM

    Baseballs propelled by homemade catapults were flying through Cantigny Park on Saturday during the First Division Museum's fifth Cantigny Catapult contest. Nine teams tested their skils at getting three balls closest together, hitting a target and flinging it the farthest. "It's just fun," said Greg Germain of Mazon, Illinois., near Morris.

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