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    ‘Biggest Loser’ resolves to keep the weight off

    “The Biggest Loser” host Alison Sweeney said Toma Dobrosavljevic looked more like Andy Garcia than his previous self after he lost 171 pounds.

    Jan 30, 2015 5:30 PM

    Toma Dobrosavljevic knows how tough it was to lose 171 pounds during the 16th season of NBC-TV’s “The Biggest Loser.” And the Bloomingdale man is not afraid to admit he has some concerns about keeping all that weight off now that he has won the show's $250,000 prize. “(Before) I felt like I needed a nap all the time,” he said. “(Now) I feel amazing. I feel there’s nothing I can’t do.”

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    Serious health concerns for Blackhawks legend Mikita

    Stan Mikita was excited to return to the Blackhawks organization in 2008 as a team ambassador with Bobby Hull.

    Jan 30, 2015 6:02 PM

    As Chicago sports fans mourn the loss of Cubs legend Ernie Banks at services this weekend, another sports legend is struggling with serious health issues. The family of NHL legend Stan Mikita released this statement Friday morning: “Stan is facing some serious health issues. Stan has been diagnosed with suspected Lewy Body dementia, a progressive disease, and is currently under the care of compassionate and understanding care givers.”

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    8 inches of snow this weekend; worse ‘back in my day’?

    In Lake Gevena, Wis., sculptor Jenna Odhner, from the New Hampshire team, carves a 9-foot-high block of snow during the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Championship.

    Jan 30, 2015 4:52 PM

    The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch that could drop several inches of snow on the suburbs from Saturday evening into Sunday evening and bring dangerous winds Sunday The weather service warns of snow “in excess of 8 inches” especially along and south of I-88. Is Grandpa right in saying it was worse "back in my day"?

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    Day care crisis looms as state funding runs out

    Robin Nordin, owner of Kiddie Junction Education Institute in Des Plaines, sent Gov. Bruce Rauner a copy of the school’s yearbook. Faces crossed out are children in one room who will drop out if there’s no state funding and she has to raise rates.

    Jan 30, 2015 6:26 PM

    A state program that helps low-income parents pay for day care will run out of money on Monday. A Des Plaines child care provider says she'll have to charge more and many families will be forced to drop out -- a situation mirrored across the suburbs and state. “This is a domino effect,” the provider said. “Parents won’t have child care because they can’t afford it, and then they’ll be out of a job."

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    Lawmakers: Don’t use state money for severance deals

    Robert Breuder

    Jan 30, 2015 4:17 PM

    Suburban Republicans are getting ready to unveil measures they say could prevent big buyouts like the $762,868 severance package the College of DuPage board gave President Robert Breuder. For starters, they don't want state money used in such deals.

    Business

    Crosstown Pub opens in Batavia, highlights rivalry

    Bartender Brian Penzick of Elgin prepares limes and lemons Friday afternoon at the draft-beer bar at the new Crosstown Pub and Grill in Batavia. The gastropub opened Friday night.

    Jan 30, 2015 5:08 PM

    The sports rivalry between Batavia and Geneva is highlighted at the new Crosstown Pub that opened Friday in Batavia. But even if you aren't into sports, there some 40 fresh-made dry rubs for the chicken wings, and dozens of craft beers on tap.

    Life & Entertainment

    5 things to do this weekend in the suburbs

    The Chicagoland Fishing Travel & Outdoor Expo returns to the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center this weekend.

    Jan 30, 2015 2:40 PM

    Super Bowl parties don’t have to be the only activity you pencil in this weekend. There are a number of options for suburban fun — from a comedy on stage in Oak Brook to a weekend of Groundhog Day fun in Woodstock.

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    School dance teams compete in state preliminaries

    St. Charles East High School dancers compete Friday in the state championship preliminary round at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington. The East squad missed the cut for Saturday’s final round.

    Jan 30, 2015 9:19 PM

    Ninety dance squads entered the Illinois High School Association state meet on Friday, and 30 remain. The finals will be held today at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington. Seventeen schools in the Daily Herald coverage area are in the mix for a state title.

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