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    Deja vu all over again for Blackhawks

    The Blues’ Barret Jackman (5) is congratulated by teammates Adam Cracknell, right, and Roman Polak (46) after his game-winning goal against the Blackhawks during overtime in Game 2 on Saturday in St. Louis.

    Apr 19, 2014 9:10 PM

    St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock was one prescient dude just hours before the Blackhawks and Blues met for the second time in about 36 hours. “I would say the order of the day would be chaos,” he predicted. “Just prepare to play in the chaos.” Boy oh boy did Hitchcock make the right call there, because as impossible as it was to imagine a hockey game being any more chaotic than Thursday’s three-overtime thriller, won 4-3 by the Blues, well, Saturday’s...

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    Kayaker dies in accident on Fox River in Geneva

    Fire officials and emergency responders gather Saturday afternoon where two men lost control of their kayak near an area on the Fox River in Geneva. A 26-year-old man died after he got stuck in the kayak.

    Apr 19, 2014 11:19 PM

    One man was killed and another injured Saturday in a kayaking accident near a dam on the Fox River in Geneva, fire officials said. Two bystanders -- an Ottawa police officer and a West Chicago man -- and emergency responders rescued a 26-year-old man who was recovering in a Geneva hospital Saturday night, officials said.

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    Puppy mill protesters picket in Batavia

    Members of The Puppy Mill Project held their first protest Saturday in Kane County on Randall Road outside the Petland in Batavia. Organizers said they sought to raise awareness about the dangers of mass breeding and to educate consumers about adoption alternatives.

    Apr 19, 2014 7:19 PM

    Protesters from The Puppy Mill Project picketed along Randall Road in Batavia Saturday. Organizers said the effort was to help raise awareness and consumers about places like Petland and other stores that get their animals from USDA licensed breeders,which they consider to be puppy mills. The Petland owner said she visits each breeder to check on the care each puppy receives.

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    22-year prison term for repeat burglar

    Steven Mantucca

    Apr 19, 2014 4:03 PM

    A 51-year-old man was sentenced to 22 years in prison Friday for a June 2012 apartment burglary in Downers Grove. An arrest warrant for Steven Mantucca, of Mt. Sterling, was issued in June 2013 after DNA from his glasses left at the scene linked him to the crime. He had six previous convictions for residential burglary or attempted burglary and nine felony convictions overall in Illinois.

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    Dogs hunt for Easter treats in Palatine

    Roberta Russ of Palatine and Rex, 9, on right, pose for photos as Prince, 9, wears rabbit ears and Avery, 6, owned by Terry Meinke of Palatine, is petted by the Easter Bunny at Palatine Park District’s annual Hound Egg Hunt at Towne Square on Saturday.

    Apr 19, 2014 4:19 PM

    Easter can be fun for even the furriest family members. More than 100 dogs and their owners posed for pictures with the Easter Bunny, searched for colorful eggs filled with dog treats and took turns on a small agility course as part of the annual Hound Egg Hunt in downtown Palatine on Saturday morning.

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    Study: Suburban schools could lose or gain if tax drops

    Illinois Sen. Andy Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat, introduces an education funding reform bill at the state Capitol in Springfield, Ill.

    Apr 19, 2014 8:00 AM

    Most suburban school districts would see cuts in funding if the state’s temporary income tax increase is rolled back as scheduled, according to a state board of education figures circulated by Illinois Democrats. But a few suburban districts, such as in Wauconda, Carpentersville and even Barrington, would actually receive substantially more money.

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