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    Firefighters remain at St. Charles restaurant blaze

    Crews work the scene of a fire at The Office Dining and Spirits on East Main Street in St. Charles Wednesday morning. Some lanes of Main Street (Route 64) were closed to fight the fire.

    Aug 27, 2014 11:08 AM

    A fire early Wednesday morning at a St Charles restaurant left the building not habitable, Fire Chief Joe Schelstreet said. There were no injuries as firefighters extinguished a blaze at The Office Dining and Spirits just after 6 a.m.


    Crackdown shows suburban drivers breaking phone law

    Lombard police officer Brad Bichel stops Wanda Hubbard of Maywood for talking on a cellphone. Hubbard, who normally uses a Bluetooth device but had forgotten it, was let off with a warning.

    Aug 27, 2014 9:08 AM

    The first thing Brad Bichel notices is drivers weaving out of their lanes. "They look a lot like a drunken driver when they're on their phone, when they're texting,” the Lombard traffic officer said. The Daily Herald accompanied Bichel on a recent enforcement patrol. It didn't take long to find violators of the 8-month-old law requiring hands-free use of cellphones.


    Griffin: Taxes grow even as property values drop

    Is your tax bill going up even as your property assessment goes down? Join the crowd. Properties in Avon Township, for example, have experienced a 32.8 percent decrease in value, but taxes increased by 3.5 percent.

    Aug 27, 2014 5:00 AM

    Over five years, the assessed value of property in 44 suburban townships dropped 26.8 percent. At the same time, property tax levies in those areas averaged an 8.3 percent increase. The comparison is one way of showing how tax bills can climb even as property values go down. “It's scary when you think about it because you really don't own your home,” a tax watchdog group leader says.


    Bears' Jordan Lynch out to make most of final chance

    Jordan Lynch will get to see plenty of playing time in the Bears' preseason finale Thursday night at Cleveland.

    Aug 27, 2014 5:33 AM

    On Thursday night in Cleveland against the Browns, former NIU quarterback and Hesiman Trophy finalist Jordan Lynch gets his final preseason opportunity to prove to Bears coaches that he belongs on the 53-man roster -- which will be decided by Saturday afternoon -- or at least on the practice squad.

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    Cook of the Week Challenge: 16 prepare for competition

    Steve May of Palatine frequently uses chicken broth in his recipes.

    Aug 27, 2014 9:32 AM

    The 2014 Cook of the Week Challenge gets underway today as we reveal the 16 suburban cooks who will battle it out for the title Cook of the Year. Over the next two months, these folks will compete in one-on-one recipe contests that challenge them to use the same “mystery ingredients” to create an entree and at least one side dish or a one-pot meal. The cook with the winning recipe will advance to the next round. The four left standing will compete in a live cook-off, where the...


    Rozner: Would Cubs go fishing for Stanton?

    Wouldn't Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton, watching a 3-run homer sail out, look good in a young Cubs lineup?

    Aug 27, 2014 5:36 AM

    Barry Rozner says the Marlins will shop Giancarlo Stanton this winter and they are hoping the Cubs -- with the best farm system in baseball -- will be a buyer. The Cubs will have to at least listen when the Marlins call.

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