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    Route 72 project near Pingree Grove moved up

    The Illinois Department of Transportation has a target bid letting of November 2015, pending necessary land acquisition and funding availability, to install a stop light at Route 72 and Big Timber Road outside Pingree Grove. Right now, there’s just a four-way stop sign.

    Jul 26, 2014 7:30 AM

    The Illinois Department of Transportation has once again changed its timeline for the reconstruction of Route 72 and Big Timber Road near Pingree Grove, whose residents mounted an email campaign to push for the project. IDOT area programmer Marnie Hooghkirk said the project — which includes a traffic light to replace four-way stop signs — now has a target bid letting of November 2015, pending necessary land acquisition and funding availability.

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    Sale of Libertyville park getting closer

    A townhouse development has been proposed to replace Bolander Park in Libertyville

    Jul 26, 2014 7:26 AM

    The long-envisioned sale of Bolander Park in Libertyville for $2.05 million appears to be nearing a conclusion. Lake Forest developer Rick Swanson has proposed a 56-unit Craftsman-style townhouse development. The 5 acre park is about a quarter mile from downtown Libertyville. "We're committed to moving forward,” he said.

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    Signs, audio to assist Knoch Knolls Nature Center visitors

    When Naperville Park District’s Knoch Knolls Nature Center opens this fall, there will be seven signs to assist those with visual and hearing impairments. The signs were donated by the Naperville Noon Lions Club.

    Jul 26, 2014 7:00 AM

    The new Knoch Knolls Nature Center property will have seven signs and audio tours designed to help people with vision or hearing difficulties thanks to a $35,000 donation from the Naperville Noon Lions Club. “These signs are to assist visually impaired and hearing-impaired individuals who will be visiting Knoch Knolls park,” said Bob Hull, the club’s publicity chairman.

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    Off-the-field headlines rarely pretty for Thomas

    There was plenty of off-the-field drama when it came to Frank Thomas, but time has had a way of healing those wounds. When the Big Hurt enters the Hall of Fame on Sunday, White Sox fans will remember what he did for the team on the field as the franchise's best hitter ever.

    Jul 26, 2014 8:00 AM

    Frank Thomas was the best hitter in White Sox history - and one of the best to ever play major-league baseball. But looking back on his ride to the Hall of Fame, TYhomas experienced more than a few bumps.

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    Irish Fest gets warm welcome, continues today

    Rich Prezioso and Jacquie Manning of Small Potatoes perform Friday during Irish Fest in Arlington Heights.

    Jul 26, 2014 7:31 AM

    Irish Fest in Arlington Heights opened Friday night to a crowd ready to party. The annual two-day festival on the grounds of the Arlington Heights Historical Museum pulls together Irish song, dance, entertainment, food and vendors from around the Chicago area. The festivities resume at 4 p.m. today

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