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    Algonquin Bypass slated to open Thursday

    The long-awaited opening of the Algonquin Bypass is slated for Thursday. The three-year, $88.5 million project will allow motorists to bypass downtown Algonquin and allow that downtown road to become more pedestrian friendly.

    Aug 30, 2014 11:25 AM

    The long-awaited Algonquin Bypass project that has been in the works for three years now will open Thursday. The $88.5 million project created a new, four-lane, 2.2-mile segment of Route 31 that allows motorists to bypass downtown. “We do have a historic downtown and it’s the heart and soul, just like every community, which is very important. It returns Main Street to a downtown street,” Algonquin Village President John Schmitt said.

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    Perez produces his last car show as Kane County Sheriff

    Hayden Senese and Evan Olson of Sugar Grove check out a souped-up 1965 Chevy Nova at Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez’s Eighth Annual Car and Motorcycle Show at the Martin family farm in Elburn.

    Aug 30, 2014 4:37 PM

    Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez is not running in the upcoming election so Saturday’s Eighth Annual Car and Motorcycle Show in Elburn will be the last he organizes as sheriff. “It is a good way for the sheriff’s office to work hand-in-hand with the community to help people less fortunate,” he said Saturday.

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    DuPage referendums concern roads, airport noise, facilities

    More than two dozen referendum questions will appear on the November ballot in DuPage County. Many of them deal with the issue of airplane noise from O'Hare International Airport.

    Aug 30, 2014 7:40 AM

    More than two dozen referendum questions will appear on the November ballot in DuPage County and cover a variety of topics, from deteriorating streets in Villa Park to complaints about airplane noise in towns neighboring O'Hare International Airport. “The residents are really getting clobbered with plane noise,” Itasca Village President Jeff Pruyn said.

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    Trapped gold miners rescued in Nicaragua

    Leber Vivas Gonzales, 16, center right, is accompanied by a rescue worker as he walks away from the entrance to the El Comal gold and silver mine in Bonanza, Nicaragua. Vivas was the first of 20 freelance gold miners trapped by a collapse in the mine to be rescued and crews were working early Saturday to free more the rest, officials said.

    Aug 30, 2014 2:47 PM

    Rescue workers and trapped miners alike frantically dug away at opposite sides of rock and mud that blocked a Nicaragua gold mine, finally succeeding in freeing at least 20 men even as efforts to reach those still missing continued Saturday.Antonio Diaz said the miners tried to cheer each other up inside the dark, cold shaft, attacking the slide with their picks and shovels by the light of helmet lamps. But after 24 hours, they began feeling hungry and some started losing hope.

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    Latest Bears cuts: OL Britton, WR Williams

    After playing several games for the Bears as a backup lineman last season, Eben Britton failed to make the team’s 53-man roster.

    Aug 30, 2014 4:33 PM

    Versatile, veteran offensive lineman Eben Britton, cornerback Kelvin Hayden and speedy wide receiver/returner Chris Williams were the most notable among the Bears' 17 cuts Saturday as the team reduced its roster to the required 53.

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    Ela Soccer Club strikes land deal

    This will be a secondary entrance for new fields that Lake Zurich-based Ela Soccer Club will develop. The club has struck a 12-year lease for property owned by the village of Long Grove.

    Aug 30, 2014 7:15 AM

    Ela Soccer Club plans to build new fields on publicly owned property deemed of no use to the village of Long Grove. Long Grove village board members this week voted 6-0 in favor of leasing 11 acres to the youth soccer organization. “We’re really happy to be able to make these fields available to (the club),” Long Grove Village President Angie Underwood said.

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