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    Quinn, Rauner give voters fiesty last look in debate

    Illinois gubernatorial candidates Republican Bruce Rauner, left, and Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn greet before a debate at the DuSable Museum of African American History, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, in Chicago. The debate is expected to focus on black voters. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Oct 20, 2014 9:05 PM

    [No Paragraph Style]NewsThe debate between Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner Monday night ended a rough-and-tumble series of televised meetings with a feisty finale and sent the big question of who should lead Illinois to the voters. Thousands of those voters have been casting ballots for weeks via the mail and started in person Monday, giving both candidates lots of urgent reasons to come out swinging.


    McHenry sheriff: Shooter ready to ‘finish off’ wounded deputies

    Keith Nygren

    Oct 20, 2014 8:56 PM

    McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren said a shooter opened fire on two deputies without warning. Both were hit and “conscious, but probably incapacitated,” he said. Another deputy returned fire and forced the shooter back into his Holiday Hills home Friday. “I’m sure he would have finished the job on the two officers who were on the ground.”

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    Leap of faith led Elgin native to ‘Ellen’

    Bianca Alarcon of Elgin is an executive assistant on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

    Oct 20, 2014 7:35 PM

    Elgin native Bianca Alarcon might not have landed a job on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” if she hadn’t taken what she describes as “a leap of faith.” The Larkin High School alumna had a good job on “Windy City Live” but decided to leave for Los Angeles. Now she works on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” as an executive assistant to the executive producer. “Sometimes you just have to take that leap of faith and go after what you want,” she...


    Early voting problems arise in Cook suburbs

    Problems arose for some Cook County voters, with an electronic voting machine not calibrated, resulting in one person’s selection resulting in a vote for the other party, and with signature files being incorrect.

    Oct 20, 2014 5:34 PM

    Problems were reported in the Northwest suburbs of Cook County on the first day of early voting Monday — including one case of a Republican candidate being unable to vote for himself or other members of his party on a touch screen. The other issue, which occurred at Arlington Heights village hall and a few other locations, involved the wrong signatures popping up for voters who came in to cast ballots.


    Police: Elgin woman starved dog on apartment balcony

    Tyquence M. Jude

    Oct 20, 2014 2:09 PM

    A 24-year-old Elgin woman is accused of leaving two small dogs on her apartment balcony for a week, causing one of them to die of starvation. Tyquence M. Jude faces anywhere between probation and up to three years in prison for felony animal cruelty. Jude told police she "forgot" about the dogs while she went to Chicago for a week in early October.


    Royals' magic run sparks memories of Paul Splittorff

    Lloyd Meyer cherishes this photo of himself, left, with Paul Splittorff, center and George Vukovich of the Phillies, taken during the 1980 World Series.

    Oct 20, 2014 2:56 PM

    As the Kansas City Royals revel in their first trip to the World Series in 29 years, Arlington Heights friends of the late Paul Splittorff recall his remarkable career — and where it all began. Splittorff's former American Legion coach, Lloyd Meyer, will be rooting for Kansas City this week, in memory of his former player who contributed so much to the Royals' organization. “He was a steady pitcher,” Meyer says, “who sort of came out of nowhere to make the major...


    Imrem: These Bears are a fine mess

    Alshon Jeffery fails to pull in a pass play from Jay Cutler as Miami's Cortland Finnegan breaks up the play in the second quarter Sunday at Soldier Field.

    Oct 20, 2014 5:02 AM

    Head coach Marc Trestman said the Bears practiced well and then played poorly. Maybe they should try practicing poorly to play better. Whatever Cutler and head coach MarcTrestman see while breaking down game tape, the fact will remain that the Bears' presumed mean, mean scoring machine is supposed to outscore opponents, hasn't often enough this season and didn't come close to doing so against Miami.

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