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    Arlington Heights mom dies saving boy in Wisconsin lake

    Karen Wessel, 47 of Arlington Heights, was a “great mom,” say friends and neighbors.

    Jul 25, 2014 5:03 AM

    An Arlington Heights single mother of two died Tuesday after saving the life of a 9-year-old boy in a northern Wisconsin lake. Karen Wessel, 47, was vacationing with her son, her sister, a friend and two other children in Star Lake, Wisconsin, this week. The three children were swimming from a sandbar back to the shore of Star Lake when they started to struggle. “It’s a horrible tragedy. She is a hero,” said Karen Wessel's sister.

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    How to help Bensenville family who lost son to fire

    A makeshift memorial was set up Thursday morning outside the Bensenville house where a 4-year-old boy died Wednesday in a fire.

    Jul 24, 2014 6:17 PM

    The Bensenville community is rallying to support the family of a 4-year-old boy who was killed Wednesday afternoon in a tragic house fire. By Thursday morning, flowers, stuffed animals and a balloon had been placed next to a tree in front of the house where little Martin Pletz died. Bensenville Fire Protection District officials said they were fielding phone calls from residents wanting to help the grieving Pletz family.

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    Hanover Park temporarily bans pawn shops, some lenders

    Hanover Park has placed a nine-month moratorium on new pawn shops and other lenders from opening up in town.

    Jul 25, 2014 5:25 AM

    Concerned by their growing numbers, Hanover Park officials have temporarily banned any new pawn shops, "cash for gold" and other lenders from opening up in town. There are 14 such businesses in town. “It has a little bit of a predatory feel to it,” Trustee Bill Cannon said in a phone interview. “When you have that kind of situation, it's even more important to make sure you're not oversaturating your community.”

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    Lake County joining heroin fight with anti-OD drug

    Bartlett police Cmdr. Michael McGuigan demonstrates the naloxone inhaler while training Lake County police officers in the use of the drug, which counteracts the effects of a heroin overdose. Lake County authorities hope to equip every police officer in the county with the spray by Sept. 1.

    Jul 25, 2014 5:36 AM

    The Lake County Opioid Initiative was created two years ago in part to curb the rise in heroin deaths throughout the county. Part of that effort now includes equipping all police officers with a spray that instantly counteracts the effects of an overdose. "It will definitely help stop some of these overdoses from turning fatal,” one official said.

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    Teen gets second chance at play after brain tumor surgery

    Monica Tipperreiter talks with her fellow actors before a rehearsal for her dream role in the musical “The Secret Garden” at Mundelein High School. Monica was set to star in the production in the spring before the discovery of a brain tumor. The school is restaging the production for a one-time encore performance Friday.

    Jul 24, 2014 3:06 PM

    Mundelein High School senior Monica Tipperreiter had her heart set on playing one of the leads in the school's spring musical until the discovery of a brain tumor dashed her hopes. Now the school is restaging the production Friday night to give her another go at the role of a lifetime. “I'm very grateful for the second chance,” she said.

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    35 special things about Frank Thomas

    White Sox slugger Frank Thomas is among three players being inducted into the hall of fame on Sunday.

    Jul 25, 2014 5:44 AM

    White Sox beat writer Scot Gregor lists 35 facts, moments and memories for No. 35, White Sox Hall of Famer Frank Thomas. The Big Hurt is going to be inducted into the Hall on Sunday.

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    North Central science center plan too big, panel says

    North Central College’s request to demolish the dormitory seen on the left and five homes including the one on the right to make way for a new science center was turned down Thursday by members of Naperville’s historic preservation commission.

    Jul 25, 2014 5:38 AM

    Historic preservation commission members in Naperville who denied North Central College’s request to demolish six structures to make way for a new science center said Thursday night they were most concerned with the mass of the proposed science building. “I just don’t understand the mass,” commissioner Larry Larsen said. "This size is just exponential growth."

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