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    Palatine man faces murder charge in punching death

    Ryan Flannigan

    Jul 30, 2014 5:14 AM

    A Palatine man accused of throwing an unprovoked punch that fatally injured a 26-year-old man outside a bar is in custody on a newly filed charge of first-degree murder, police said Tuesday. “This is a tragedy from a senseless act of violence,” police Cmdr. Michael Seebacher said. The victim, Ryan Flannigan, was described by his sister as "kind, considerate and selfless."

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    How the Route 53/120 extension could be funded

    Members of the Route 53/120 finance committee meet Tuesday in Libertyville to discuss funding possibilities for a proposed Route 53 extension into Lake County.

    Jul 30, 2014 5:10 AM

    The education portion is over and the hands-on work of securing numbers for potential ways to pay for a Route 53/120 extension is underway. A panel charged with making recommendations to the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority designated three groups to deal with questions involving new tolls or a gas tax in Lake County, for example, raising funds from new development and paying for a required environmental fund.

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    Batavia industrial park plan upsets neighbors

    Audience members wait for the start of Tuesday night's committee-of-the-whole meeting in Batavia. Most were there to tell the council they oppose development of an industrial park on land originally designated for housing off Kirk Road.

    Jul 30, 2014 5:28 AM

    Residents of neighborhoods in Batavia and Aurora showed up en masse to a Batavia committee meeting Tuesday to let aldermen know they don't want an industrial park built on the east side of Kirk Road. “When the residents of Kirkland Chase moved in, if this industrial complex had already been built at the entrance of the subdivision, I'm sure that most of us, including myself, would not have moved in there,” Dan Pepin, a resident of the neighborhood said.

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    Illinois to ask voters about taxing millionaires

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn speaks at an elementary school in Berwyn, Ill., Tuesday, July 29, 2014, before signing legislation that would add a nonbinding resolution to the November ballot asking voters whether millionaires should pay an additional income tax to help fund schools. (AP Photo/Sun-Times Media, Brian Jackson) MANDATORY CREDIT, MAGS OUT, NO SALES

    Jul 30, 2014 6:47 AM

    Illinois voters will get a chance in November to weigh in on whether millionaires should pay an additional income tax to help fund schools after Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Tuesday adding a nonbinding resolution to the ballot. The resolution asks voters whether incomes over $1 million should be taxed with a 3 percent surcharge. It comes as Quinn is locked in a hotly contested gubernatorial race with multimillionaire businessman Bruce Rauner, a Republican.

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    Gary Sinise, Arlington Park to host event for veterans

    Gary Sinise

    Jul 30, 2014 6:17 AM

    When Gary Sinise signed on to act in Forrest Gump 20 years ago, he didn't know his character, Lt. Dan, would still be meaningful to so many people all these years later. "There was no way I could predict that playing that character would evolve into something that's much bigger than a movie.” Sinise will be in Arlington Heights on Sunday for a full day of fundraising for veterans through The Gary Sinise Foundation at Arlington International Racecourse's First Responders Day.

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    Bears' Collins faces tough competition for roster spot

    For Bears defensive tackle Nate Collins, here celebrating after a sack last season, his future with the team could hinge on his play in preseason games.

    Jul 30, 2014 5:38 AM

    Bears defensive tackle Nate Collins has made a rapid recovery from last year's torn ACL in his left knee, and he has displayed some dominant pass-rush moves in training camp practices, but he faces tough competition for a roster spot on a defensive line that has been upgraded. “It's nothing new to me, this situation that I'm in,” Collins said.

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