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    Counselors: Heroin treatment requires work, support

    Jim Scarpace, executive director of Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment in Aurora, leads a staff meeting to discuss patient treatment plans and the use of medications.

    Jan 25, 2015 7:35 AM

    When it comes to heroin addiction treatment, there's no magic formula. But Jim Scarpace, executive director of Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment in Aurora, says it can work -- with a lot of hard work and support. “There is nothing magical we’re going to do to you," Scarpace said. "This is a partnership, a collaboration.”


    Neighbors mourn woman killed in Barrington-area fire

    Charred remains of a home and a damaged car at the scene of a fatal fire in the 2100 block of North 21st Street in unincorporated Barrington Saturday morning.

    Jan 24, 2015 4:43 PM

    An elderly woman, Carole Schnable, died in a house fire early Saturday in unincorporated Barrington. Schnable’s husband, Ken, her high school sweetheart, had died almost two years ago. “She really missed him after he passed away,” neighbor Isabel Chang said. “They had enjoyed a long life together.”


    Round Lake chaplain lauded for ministering to police

    The Rev. Lisle Kauffman’s work as a Round Lake police chaplain will be recognized for years to come in Illinois. He’s one-half of the Wentink-Kauffman Excellence in Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Award.

    Jan 25, 2015 7:40 AM

    After about 35 years as a certified chaplain to police departments, the Rev. Lisle Kauffman now has his name on an annual excellence award. “Police officers care,” said Kauffman, 75. “But you never get the headline that says, ‘Police lieutenant so and so cared about the people he was involved with.’" Kauffman has served Round Lake and other suburban departments.


    Billy Williams: This is a time to celebrate Ernie Banks

    Cubs Hall of Famers Billy Williams, left, and Ernie Banks attend the annual winter convention last year. Banks did not make it to this year’s gathering.

    Jan 24, 2015 8:48 PM

    Hall of Famer Billy Williams played as a teammate with Ernie Banks for parts of 13 seasons. Banks died Friday, but Williams said this is a time not to mourn but to celebrate the life of the man known as Mr. Cub.


    Activist wants Schaumburg to lead on reusable bags

    Employee Aaron Manning bags groceries Friday for customer Lisa Peterson of Itasca at Whole Foods Market in Schaumburg. Peterson brought the paper bags from home for recycling. A Schaumburg resident wants the village to encourage all stores to follow Whole Foods Market’s lead by charging a dime for single-use plastic and paper bags.

    Jan 25, 2015 7:41 AM

    Dennis Paige, an environmental activist who lives in Schaumburg, believes his hometown should be leading the way in use of reusable shopping bags and moving beyond the paper-versus-plastic debate. But despite being among the first in the state to enact their own indoor smoking ban, Schaumburg officials believe this to be an issue in which they’re better served monitoring the progress of Chicago’s plastic bag ban.


    Warmer weather draws crowds to Norge ski competitions

    Norge Ski Club member Cara Larson, 14, of Barrington competes on the 70-meter hill in the K70 Junior category Saturday at the Norge 110th Annual International Ski Jump Tournament in Fox River Grove.

    Jan 24, 2015 5:56 PM

    The Norge 110th Annual International Ski Jump Tournament on Saturday had unusually warm weather that attracted a crowd but slowed skiers down during competition. The tournament continues Sunday with gates opening at noon. About 5,000 enthusiasts are expected.


    63-year-old Grayslake woman drops 170 pounds

    This old pair of size 30 pants was a wardrobe staple for Jan Wilke before the Grayslake woman found a eating program that worked.

    Jan 25, 2015 7:37 AM

    Right about now is when many people abandon that New Year's resolution to lose weight. For Jan Wilke, 63, of Grayslake, it's just another month of keeping off those 170 pounds she lost. “Being thin and healthy was a place I always dreamed of going, but I couldn’t get to it,” Wilke says. “Finally, I am in the place I always dreamed to be."


    American Grands performance fills ECC with music

    Colin Holman conducts during the American Grands XX on Saturday at the Elgin Community College Arts Center.

    Jan 24, 2015 5:34 PM

    More than 400 pianists of all ages and skill levels performed during American Grands XX at the Elgin Community College Arts Center on Saturday.


    Ex-trustee: Breuder was offered $2 million buyout in 2009

    Robert Breuder

    Jan 23, 2015 7:21 PM

    The $762,000 buyout College of DuPage President Robert Breuder accepted on Thursday wasn’t the first time he’s been offered a significant early retirement sum from COD, a former board member said. Former Trustee Dave Carlin said that as early as 2009 then-board Chairwoman Kathy Wessel sought to buy Breuder out of his contract for as much as $2 million. That discussion came not long after Breuder took the reins at COD in January 2009, after spending a decade at Harper College in...


    Families warm to ice carving in Wheaton

    Jim Bringas, a Chicago Ice Works artist, carves an ice sculpture during the first Ice3 (cubed) Fest in downtown Wheaton Saturday. He carved Olaf, the snowman from Disney’s “Frozen,” in front of more than 30 parents and children.

    Jan 24, 2015 7:02 PM

    "Frozen" stars Elsa and Olaf will greet Wheaton shoppers and diners downtown, at least until they melt. They started as blocks of ice and were transformed into shimmering sculptures in the city's first ice festival Saturday. “The kids just love this,” said Paula Barrington, the head of the Downtown Wheaton Association.

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