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    Warrants provide motive, timeline in E. Dundee murder

    Richard C. Schmelzer

    Sep 23, 2014 6:04 PM

    Additional search warrants have revealed that Richard Schmelzer, a Texas man accused of killing his East Dundee grandmother in July, wired $50,000 to a Las Vegas escort. Schmelzer's friend also rented a car that was returned after two days with nearly 2,000 new miles on it and the same car was caught on camera for a toll violation in Bolingbrook on July 18, the same day Mildred "Dodie" Darrington was found dead in her home, according to court records.

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    Animal rights activists protest circus in Elk Grove Village

    Cecelia Samp of Schiller Park holds a sign Tuesday night outside the entrance to the Kelly Miller Circus in Elk Grove Village.

    Sep 23, 2014 10:28 PM

    Animal rights supporters picketed Tuesday night outside the traveling Kelly Miller Circus in Elk Grove Village to object to the circus’ treatment of animals. “When the lights go off and we leave here tonight, I think of them. They’re shackled, chained, isolated and confined,” said protest organizer Karen Stramaglo. “I don’t believe animals should be in captivity.”

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    Airstrikes in Syria and Iraq are just the start

    A-18C Hornet, attached to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87, prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) to conduct strike missions against Islamic State group targets, in the Arabian Gulf, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014.

    Sep 23, 2014 12:21 PM

    The one-two-three punch of American and Arab airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq was just the beginning, President Barack Obama and other leaders declared Tuesday. They promised a sustained campaign showcasing a rare U.S.-Arab partnership aimed at Muslim extremists. At the same time, in fresh evidence of how the terrorist threat continues to expand and mutate, the U.S. on its own struck a new al-Qaida cell that the Pentagon said was "nearing the execution phase" of a...

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    Imrem: Good time for Bears to make a point vs. Packers

    Fresh off a pair of victories, the next challenge for quarterback Jay Cutler and the Bears will be the Green Bay Packers on Sunday at Soldier Field.

    Sep 23, 2014 7:50 PM

    The Packers, who play here Sunday, still are the NFC North's team to beat despite their 1-2 start. The Bears' assignment is to be the team that beats the team to beat.

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    Topinka deflects criticism, seeks second comptroller term

    Republican Judy Baar Topinka, left, and Democrat Sheila Simon are running for state comptroller.

    Sep 23, 2014 10:13 PM

    Judy Baar Topinka says she likes public service after serving as state treasurer and now seeks a second term as state comptroller against opponent Democrat Sheila Simon. But the Republican from Riverside has fended off criticism from Simon on several issues, including trying to get her son a job.

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    Metra report reveals views of patronage allegations

    Alex Clifford

    Sep 23, 2014 10:12 AM

    A report the former Metra chairman promised would clear his name after ex-CEO Alex Clifford accused agency leaders of condoning political pressure raises more questions than it answers. The document the Daily Herald received after a FOIA battle reveals some details about a Mike Madigan ally's push to get a raise and more of the poisonous atmosphere at Metra in 2013.

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