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    Arlington Hts. mom dies saving boy in Wisconsin lake

    Karen Wessel, 47 of Arlington Heights, was a “great mom,” say friends and neighbors.

    Jul 24, 2014 10:21 PM

    An Arlington Heights single mother of two died Tuesday after saving the life of a 9-year-old boy in a northern Wisconsin lake. Karen Wessel, 47, was vacationing with her son, her sister, a friend and two other children in Star Lake, Wisconsin, this week. The three children were swimming from a sandbar back to the shore of Star Lake when they started to struggle. “It’s a horrible tragedy. She is a hero,” said Karen Wessel's sister.

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    How to help Bensenville family who lost son to fire

    A makeshift memorial was set up Thursday morning outside the Bensenville house where a 4-year-old boy died Wednesday in a fire.

    Jul 24, 2014 6:17 PM

    The Bensenville community is rallying to support the family of a 4-year-old boy who was killed Wednesday afternoon in a tragic house fire. By Thursday morning, flowers, stuffed animals and a balloon had been placed next to a tree in front of the house where little Martin Pletz died. Bensenville Fire Protection District officials said they were fielding phone calls from residents wanting to help the grieving Pletz family.

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    35 special things about Frank Thomas

    FILE - In this July 30, 1994 file photo, Chicago White Sox’s Frank Thomas follows through on a home run against the Seattle Mariners in Chicago. Thomas is among three high-profile players on the baseball Hall of Fame ballot for the first time. The votes will be announced Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/John Swart, File)

    Jul 24, 2014 9:48 PM

    White Sox beat writer Scot Gregor lists 35 facts, moments and Memories for No. 35, White Sox Hall of Famer Frank Thomas. The Big Hurt is going to be inducted into the Hall on Sunday.

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    Teen gets second chance at play after brain tumor surgery

    Monica Tipperreiter talks with her fellow actors before a rehearsal for her dream role in the musical “The Secret Garden” at Mundelein High School. Monica was set to star in the production in the spring before the discovery of a brain tumor. The school is restaging the production for a one-time encore performance Friday.

    Jul 24, 2014 3:06 PM

    Mundelein High School senior Monica Tipperreiter had her heart set on playing one of the leads in the school's spring musical until the discovery of a brain tumor dashed her hopes. Now the school is restaging the production Friday night to give her another go at the role of a lifetime. “I'm very grateful for the second chance,” she said.

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    Elgin agrees to lower rent as casino talks expansion

    This rendering shows possible long-term expansion ideas for Grand Victoria Casino in downtown Elgin, including more parking, a hotel and building an entertainment structure at nearby Festival Park.

    Jul 24, 2014 7:27 PM

    After grilling Grand Victoria Casino representatives on their long-term plans, Elgin City Council members agreed to lower the casino’s rent. “It’s been 20 years and our (current) agreement doesn’t reflect the conditions of the market today," casino General Manager Jim Thomason said. The casino is considering adding a hotel and an entertainment venue in Festival Park.

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    Genesee concert will be tribute to Johnny Winter

    Johnny Winter performed at the 2014 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival this past May and was slated to appear with his brother, Edgar, next month at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan. Now, the Aug. 10 concert will be a tribute to Johnny Winter, who died last week.

    Jul 24, 2014 4:23 PM

    Due to the recent death of blues guitarist Johnny Winter, who was slated the appear at the upcoming Rock N' Blues Festival Concert at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan, the show at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, has instead been reconfigured to be a tribute to the late musician.

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