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    Solemn tributes mark Boston Marathon bombing

    People photograph a banner reading “Boston Strong” Tuesday as it hangs at Rowes Wharf on the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings in Boston.

    Apr 15, 2014 8:26 PM

    Survivors, first responders and family members of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city’s resilience in the face of a terror attack. “This day will always be hard, but this place will always be strong,” former Mayor Thomas Menino told an invitation-only audience of about 2,500 people at the Hynes Convention Center, not far from the finish line...

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    Kotowski: Rifle association not truthful about meeting

    State Sen. Dan Kotowski says the Illinois State Rifle Association is wrong to call an upcoming town hall meeting a “gun control recruitment meeting.”

    Apr 15, 2014 1:03 PM

    The Illinois State Rifle Association is urging members to flood what it calls a gun control recruitment meeting Thursday being held in Roselle by Democratic state Sen. Dan Kotowski. Kotowski's flier for the meeting, though, says nothing about guns and he calls the group "reckless."

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    Route 59 lane closures set to be 'big deal'

    Road signs warn drivers of delays expected to begin Monday on Route 59 in Naperville and Aurora as the road is reduced to one lane in each direction under the BNSF railroad tracks between North Aurora Road and Glacier Park Avenue/Meridian Parkway.

    Apr 15, 2014 3:24 PM

    When the road work season starts in earnest Monday on Route 59 in Naperville and Aurora, drivers can expect delays that they'll have to “get used to.” Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction under the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks beginning Monday. “That's going to be a big deal because that particular road configuration is going to be in place until we're looking at this fall,” city spokeswoman Allison Albrecht said.

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    Safe driving pays off for pair of high school seniors

    Elk Grove High School senior Yanni Gaglos celebrates after his key started the 2012 Fiat 500C he won Tuesday through the Operation Click program during a ceremony at Concorde Banquets in Kildeer. Students who took a pledge to wear their seat belts, drive sober and not text or talk on the phone while driving had a chance to win a car during the event.

    Apr 15, 2014 5:40 PM

    Making a pledge to drive safe paid off for a couple of seniors at suburban high schools Tuesday. Elk Grove High School senior Yanni Gaglos and Ryan Carolan of Grayslake North High School each won a car after maintaining a yearlong promise to drive sober, not text from behind the wheel and wear their seatbelts.

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    5 things to know about Tax Day

    Tuesday, April 15, is the federal tax filing deadline for most Americans.

    Apr 15, 2014 11:06 AM

    The deadline for filing taxes is midnight Tuesday. Here are five things to consider as the deadline nears, as well as six giant red flags that could get you audited by the IRS.

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    Pierzynski questions Konerko’s inaction

    With surgery on his left shoulder complete, White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia now faces six-months of rehab in order to be ready for the start of the 2015 spring training.

    Apr 15, 2014 10:49 PM

    A.J. Pierzynski was back at U.S. Cellular Field Tuesday night with his new team, the Boston Red Sox. Pierzynski said it was strange not seeing Paul Konerko's name in the White Sox' starting lineup.

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    Open Door Clinic wants to move to new Elgin location

    Open Door Clinic plans to move from its location downtown Elgin to a larger and more modern location sometime in the fall. A contract is pending to buy a facility near Presence Saint Joseph Hospital in Elgin, clinic officials said.

    Apr 15, 2014 4:45 PM

    After 37 years in the historic Professional Building in downtown Elgin, Open Door Clinic is planning to move to a larger and more modern location sometime in the fall. A contract is pending to buy an 8,400-square-foot facility near Presence Saint Joseph Hospital in Elgin, said Stuart Grochowski, the clinic’s marketing coordinator. The current facility is less than 6,000 square feet.

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    Will new Amtrak service to Rockford be a boon?

    Elgin’s Metra station would be among the stops when rail service between Chicago and Rockford starts next year.

    Apr 15, 2014 10:51 PM

    Elgin leaders are expecting “unprecedented growth” in business with the anticipated Amtrak service between Rockford and Chicago starting next year. Meanwhile, Huntley officials say the new rail line might help them obtain a long-envisioned commuter train service in town. “It’s important for the whole area to have sound infrastructure and transportation, and helps (with) recruiting business to this area,” said Bob Malm, director of the Elgin Development Group.

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