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    Quinn appoints his budget chief to be comptroller

    Gov. Pat Quinn has named his budget director, Jerry Stermer, to serve as comptroller until Jan. 12.

    Dec 19, 2014 2:40 PM

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has named his budget chief as a short-term replacement for late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. Jerry Stermer has been director of the governor’s budget office since 2012. He was the Chicago Democrat’s chief of staff during Quinn’s first term and the longtime director of advocacy group Voices for Illinois Children.


    Obama: Sony ‘made a mistake’ in pulling film

    President Barack Obama said Sony Corp. made a mistake in canceling the release of its movie “The Interview” under threat made by hackers in North Korea.

    Dec 19, 2014 2:38 PM

    President Barack Obama said Friday that Sony Pictures Entertainment “made a mistake” in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea’s leader, and he vowed the United States will respond “in a place and manner and time that we choose” to a hack attack the FBI blamed on the secretive Communist regime.


    Suburban schools changing how they discuss heroin

    Students in Cristy Hefner's health classes at Crone Middle School in Naperville are learning about heroin through the new Robert Crown Center Heroin Prevention Program. The program includes interactive software, seen on the projection screen, that tells the story of a local heroin addict.

    Dec 19, 2014 11:58 AM

    In response to the rise in local heroin use, educators say classroom scare tactics about the perils of drugs in general are evolving into lessons that take a science-based look at addiction and opioids, including heroin. “Our kids are so sophisticated today,” says DuPage County Regional Superintendent Darlene Ruscitti. “It's a whole different type of learning going on.”


    White Christmas out east could mess up holiday travel

    Cold arctic air from Canada will eventually make its way to Chicago.

    Dec 19, 2014 2:33 PM

    AccuWeather reports a storm bearing strong winds, heavy snow, torrential rain, thunderstorms and fog will converge on the Northeast and Midwest on Christmas Eve and will likely create major travel delays, both on the roads and at airports. The early stages of travel problems from patchy rain and fog will develop on Tuesday, AccuWeather said.


    Buffalo Grove streamlines snow removal

    Winter is inevitable, but Buffalo Grove thinks it has a better plan this year.

    Dec 19, 2014 12:59 PM

    When Buffalo Grove deals with snow this season, it will be done more efficiently than before, Public Works Director Michael Reynolds said this week. Using the suggestions of plow drivers and utilizing GIS, Public Works has a plan that will provide better service to residents in terms of curb plowing and driveway clearing, he said.

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    5 things to do in the suburbs this weekend

    A Mannheim Steamroller Christmas plays the Rosemont Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 20.

    Dec 19, 2014 1:04 PM

    Unless you’ve gone all Grinch on the holidays, you can still enjoy a number of seasonal shows this weekend designed to get you in the Christmas spirit. Options include an alternative take on “A Christmas Carol” in Naperville, a multimedia Christmas concert in Rosemont and a Irish-themed musical celebration in Grayslake.

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