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    Quinn wants 2016 special election for comptroller

    Gov. Pat Quinn wants a 2016 special election to fill the comptroller post held by Judy Baar Topinka before she died last week.

    Dec 18, 2014 12:21 PM

    Gov. Pat Quinn wants lawmakers to set up a special election in 2016 to replace former state Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. The outgoing Democrat called lawmakers to Springfield for a special session Jan. 8.

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    Rocky, Blackhawks continue to get job done

    Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz has overseen two Stanley Cups, four Western Conference final appearances and packed United Center houses since taking over in 2007.

    Dec 18, 2014 5:30 AM

    Since taking over a moribund Blackhawks franchise in October 2007, Rocky Wirtz has been getting the job done.Two Stanley Cups, four Western Conference final appearances, packed houses every night ...In a recent survey by Sports Business Daily, Wirtz, arguably the most popular owner in town, was named the hands-down winner in the category of most effective team owner in the NHL.Our Q&A with the Hawks owner.

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    Boogeyman wins as movie theaters cave to threat

    Sony Pictures has pulled the Christmas Day release of the movie “The Interview,” starring James Franco and Seth Rogen.

    Dec 18, 2014 9:17 AM

    In the end, the boogeyman won. Big theater chains such as Regal, Cinemark, Cineplex and AMC Theatres, along with regional chains such as Classic Cinemas, announced they would not show “The Interview” after a mysterious, unknown entity online threatened the lives of all who might watch it. This is a dark day for Americans, a pivotal moment in how we as a nation deal with cyberthreats made against our citizens, our culture and our way of life.

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    Good Samaritans save driver in Streamwood crash

    John “Jack” Dempsey, 75, with his grandson Jackson, 3, recovers in the hospital after suffering a heart attack while driving a semitrailer truck in Bartlett.

    Dec 18, 2014 5:30 AM

    John “Jack” Dempsey learned he beat cancer four days before suffering a massive heart attack behind the wheel of a semi. The 75-year-old truck driver survived, thanks to a Bartlett nursing student who gave CPR and an Elgin minister who worked to free him from the trailer. “I was fighting for him and with him,” says Jenny Golden, who plans to graduate from nursing school in May.

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    Constable: No Kardashians, but holiday cards hit spot

    Among the many holiday greeting options available for consumers in our digital age, old-fashioned cards still carry some weight. First lady Michelle Obama shows off a card that she made during a Christmas arts and crafts workstation at the White House.

    Dec 18, 2014 5:30 AM

    How can an old-fashioned holiday card sent through the mail compete with butt-shaking elves on ecards and viral holiday videos that can propel a family to a reality TV series? Well, holiday cards are hanging in there, and even are on the rise among some younger people.

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    ‘Fast-casual’ pizza coming to Naperville, Schaumburg

    Pie Five Pizza, a Texas-based fast-casual pizza chain, is expanding into the Chicago area, starting with a Naperville store slated to open in February. Customers can choose from one of 10 recipe pizzas or create their own.

    Dec 18, 2014 11:48 AM

    Defining the concept of “fast-casual pizza” is the biggest challenge for Pie Five Pizza, a restaurant chain expanding to the area with a store to open February in Naperville. “One of our biggest challenges is letting people know what we are,” said Chris Smith, senior vice president and a former Naperville resident. “They don’t know what fast-casual pizza is.”

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    Imrem: If only it were a different Jimmy replacing Cutler

    How much different would things be for the Bears if Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was getting the call Sunday against Detroit?

    Dec 17, 2014 9:36 PM

    If only the Jimmy replacing Jay Cutler for the Bears on Sunday were the fresh rookie Garoppolo instead of the failed veteran Clausen.

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