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    Boy, 9, reunites with Coast Guard rescuers

    Tommy Alter, 9, of Highland Park is hugged by his mother, Leslie, during a reunion with his Coast Guard rescuers Tuesday. Nearby is Lt. Dan Schrader, the pilot of the mission.

    Jul 29, 2014 9:49 PM

    Nine-year-old Tommy Alter of Highland Park showed off his toy helicopter on Tuesday to the Coast Guard crew that saved him from a kayaking mishap earlier this month. "Thank you so much," his mom, Leslie Alter, told the crew, who landed for a reunion at a Wheeling airport.

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    Palatine man charged with murder in punching death

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    Jul 29, 2014 9:00 PM

    A Palatine man accused of throwing an unprovoked punch that fatally injured a 26-year-old man outside a bar is in custody on a newly filed charge of first-degree murder, police said Tuesday. “This is a tragedy from a senseless act of violence,” police Cmdr. Michael Seebacher said. The victim, Ryan Flannigan, was described by his sister as "kind, considerate and selfless."

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    Lombard Town Centre leader pleased with progress in village’s downtown

    Sarah Richardt, executive director of Lombard Town Centre, says she’s pleased with progress the downtown business promotion organization has made since she assumed her role last August.

    Jul 30, 2014 1:01 AM

    Since taking over as executive director of Lombard Town Centre last August, Sarah Richardt has brought what she feels is a “kinder, gentler attitude” to the village’s downtown business arena. “I’m not above calling code enforcement on somebody if they’re not complying with things that need to be done, but it’s an attitude shift,” she said. “I think a lot of it is just talking to (downtown business owners) and asking them what they...

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    Illinois to ask voters about taxing millionaires

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn speaks at an elementary school in Berwyn, Ill., Tuesday, July 29, 2014, before signing legislation that would add a nonbinding resolution to the November ballot asking voters whether millionaires should pay an additional income tax to help fund schools. (AP Photo/Sun-Times Media, Brian Jackson) MANDATORY CREDIT, MAGS OUT, NO SALES

    Jul 29, 2014 5:32 PM

    Illinois voters will get a chance in November to weigh in on whether millionaires should pay an additional income tax to help fund schools after Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Tuesday adding a nonbinding resolution to the ballot. The resolution asks voters whether incomes over $1 million should be taxed with a 3 percent surcharge. It comes as Quinn is locked in a hotly contested gubernatorial race with multimillionaire businessman Bruce Rauner, a Republican.

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    Sports, activities bring kids and police together in Elgin

    Elgin police officer Mike Kata plays basketball with Aris Johnson, 14 (obscured), and Darius Hill, 15, on Tuesday night during the Elgin Police Department’s Kids United program at Abbott Middle School. This is the first year Darius and Aris have been in the program. Kata, who has been with the police department for 11 years, will be the new school resource officer at Abbott Middle School this fall.

    Jul 30, 2014 1:01 AM

    Perhaps not unlike most kids, 13-year-old Alisha Ramos always found police officers a little intimidating. That all changed after she participated in Kids United, the Elgin Police Department’s summer program. “At first it was a little strange,” Alisha said. “Then I started getting more comfortable with them. You see they are normal people.” Helping youth become familiar with police officers is one of the benefits of Kids United, whose goal is to foster...

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    Arlington Hts. teen ends Jeopardy! run

    Courtesy of Jeopardy Productions Inc.Selena Groh, a 16-year-old junior at Buffalo Grove High School, with "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek. ¬

    Jul 29, 2014 6:13 PM

    Selena Groh’s run on the Jeopardy! Teen Tournament came to an end Tuesday after she bet it all on the final answer and came up with the wrong question. But the Arlington Heights resident isn’t letting defeat get her down. "I’m just really happy about the whole experience,” the 17-year-old Buffalo Grove High School student said.

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    Things don’t get easier for Bears’ Collins

    For Bears defensive tackle Nate Collins, here celebrating after a sack last season, his future with the team could hinge on his play in preseason games.

    Jul 29, 2014 8:50 PM

    Bears defensive tackle Nate Collins has made a rapid recovery from last year's torn ACL in his left knee, and he has displayed some dominant pass-rush moves in training camp practices, but he faces tough competiton for a roster spot on a defensive line that has been upgraded.

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    Police ID Hoffman Estates man killed in fatal crash

    Rescue personnel work at the scene of an fatal accident Monday involving a motorcycle and a vehicle at Roselle Road and Hartford Drive in Schaumburg.

    Jul 29, 2014 7:52 AM

    A motorcyclist killed in a crash with another vehicle in Schaumburg Monday afternoon has been identified by Schaumburg police. Wayne Grothe, 23, of Hoffman Estates was riding a motorcycle when it collided with a four-door Taurus driven by a 77-year-old Schaumburg woman just before 1 p.m. near the intersection of Roselle Road and Hartford Drive, police said in a release.

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