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    Building I-290 bridge no easy endeavor

    Crews continue to work on the bridge expansion section over the I-290/Elgin-O’Hare Expressway. Workers Mike Strange and Darnell Little work on the underbelly of the bridge expansion.

    Sep 1, 2014 2:47 PM

    Building a bridge is a serious undertaking, especially when it’s going up in an area that sees more than 80,000 vehicles drive through each day. Yes, the work is creating some traffic headaches, but even tired commuters are likely to wonder a bit when they drive by — how do they do that?

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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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    Record-setting Kane County Cougars on a roll

    The 2014 Kane County Cougars broke the franchise record for most wins in a season and enter the Midwest League playoffs as league leaders.

    Sep 1, 2014 7:15 AM

    The Kane County Cougars, long a staple of good minor-league baseball in the suburbs, have enjoyed a record-setting year on the field this season. The Midwest League affiliate of the Cubs has established a franchise record for victories, and they're headed to the playoffs this week.

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    Disabled children killed in murder-suicide

    Police say an elderly couple and two of their adult children were found dead in their Elmhurst home Saturday evening in what authorities are describing as a triple murder and suicide.

    Aug 31, 2014 10:35 PM

    An elderly Elmhurst man apparently struggling with his health and his ability to care for an ailing wife and developmentally disabled adult children fatally shot all three family members Saturday before turning the gun on himself, authorities said. The bodies of Francis Stack, 82, Joan Stack, 82, Francis Stack, Jr., 48, and Mary Stack, 57, were found Saturday by Elmhurst police officers on a well-being check.

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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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