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    Hundreds fill Vernon Hills gym for Biden

    Vice President Joe Biden spoke to a crowd of more than 750 in Vernon Hills on Wednesday at a campaign rally for several Illinois Democrats, including U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider and Sen. Dick Durbin.

    Oct 22, 2014 7:31 PM

    An estimated 750 people packed the Sullivan Community Center’s gym Wednesday afternoon for Vice President Joe Biden’s appearance, part of a rally for three Democrats on the Nov. 4 ballot: U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Paul Vallas, who’s running for lieutenant governor as Gov. Pat Quinn’s mate. “It’s not something that happens every day,” a resident said.


    Police: Cary man barricaded in home surrenders

    Cary Police and other area law enforcement agencies responded earlier today to a report of a man barricading himself in a home on Hillhurst Drive.

    Oct 22, 2014 3:36 PM

    A man who had barricaded himself inside a house in the 300-400 block of Hillhurst Drive has peacefully surrendered to Cary police, according to witnesses. The man was taken by ambulance to an area hospital. About 2:30 p.m. witnesses heard a large burst that sounded possibly like a single gunshot. Apparently, the man, in his 30s, had barricaded himself in the attic and his mother was talking to police outside assuring them that there were no weapons in the house, witnesses said.


    Gasoline prices below $3 in Kane, DuPage, Lake counties

    Gas prices have dipped below $3 in the past week at some stations in the suburbs, including the Woodman’s on Randall Road in Carpentersville.

    Oct 22, 2014 6:13 PM

    Gasoline prices at some spots in the Western suburbs are the lowest they have been in several years, dipping below $3 a gallon last week for 87 octane regular unleaded.


    Quick start to early voting in suburbs

    Election officials in several area counties are reporting a significant increase in the number of early voters compared to the 2010 general election.

    Oct 22, 2014 7:33 PM

    Early voting is off to a fast start in the suburbs, with some counties reporting twice as many voters casting early ballots than during the 2010 gubernatorial election. Here's why...


    Adult may be in clear after Chicago Ebola screening

    Associated Press Rush University Medical Center nurses and doctors train in using personal protective equipment Oct. 16.

    Oct 22, 2014 5:53 PM

    An adult patient was moved out of isolation at Rush University Medical after being admitted for Ebola monitoring. Meanwhile, a child who vomited on an airplane is under observation for Ebola symptoms at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Both flew from Liberia separately.


    Roskam: Feds may help fund W. Chicago thorium cleanup

    A field of gravel covers an area that contains thorium waste on the former Kerr-McGee factory site in West Chicago. U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam and U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk are trying to secure federal funding to help pay for the cleanup effort.

    Oct 22, 2014 8:02 PM

    U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam says progress has been made to find funding for the removal of thorium waste from a former factory site in West Chicago. The U.S. Department of Energy, he said, has agreed to consider paying claims for remediation of radioactive contamination stemming from federal atomic energy programs in the 1970s.Roskam learned of the department’s decision this week in a letter from Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz.

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      2 dead in shooting attack at Canada’s Parliament

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      Bulls hoping Butler will recover quickly

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      Round1 entertainment center opens at Stratford Square

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      Wheeling native Haley Reinhart inks new publishing deal

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      Editorial: Unfortunate reminders of need for training, preparation

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      Reader Poll

      What do you want on Metra trains?

      Wi-fi. 25.2%
      New, nicer, better train cars. 15.7%
      A system coordinated with the CTA and Pace. 11.3%
      Covered stations in winter. 9.5%
      A system with fewer weather or other delays. 20.3%
      I really want more Metra access points/train routes. 18.0%


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