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    1 dead in apartment building fire in Rolling Meadows

    Firefighters work at the scene Wednesday night of a burning apartment building at 5201 Carriageway Drive in Rolling Meadows.

    Mar 5, 2015 7:44 AM

    One person died after a fire that began Wednesday night in a multi-unit apartment building in Rolling Meadows, fire officials say. The fire at a building on the 5200 block of Carriageway Drive, in a complex abutting Algonquin Road, was upgraded to a third alarm shortly after 9:30 p.m., bringing in additional engines and manpower. Firefighters continued to struggle with the blaze for hours.


    Constable: Big Brother? U.S. uses your census answers

    Providing personal information for the American Community Survey isn’t just the patriotic thing to do. Cooperating with the U.S. Census Bureau has been required by the U.S. Code since 1790.

    Mar 5, 2015 5:44 AM

    If you are one of the chosen suburanites who received a U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey, don't blow it off. The future is in your hands. “Since 2005, the American Community Survey has produced an annual overall survey response rate of around 97 percent,” says James Treat, chief of the American Community Survey Office.


    Stabbing victim testifies to drinking, not recalling much

    Willie Hayes

    Mar 5, 2015 7:33 AM

    Willie Hayes said Feb. 3, 2012, was supposed to be a night of celebrating a football teammate’s birthday, but because he was drunk he recalls very little about that night. He does remember how it ended: with his stabbing in the chest. "I felt like I had been punched and I felt like I couldn’t breathe," he testified in the murder trial of Dan Olaska, accused of stabbing Hayes and fatally stabbing a school teacher in a Naperville bar.


    Ancestors’ Ukrainian past drives Des Plaines teen’s future

    Michael Sherman of Des Plaines received the Union League Club of Chicago’s Democracy in Action Award. He draws inspiration from the stories of his Jewish Ukrainian grandparents and his Ukrainian father, Feliks, pictured here.

    Mar 5, 2015 5:30 AM

    Michael Sherman’s life has been defined by stories — of his Jewish Ukrainian grandparents escaping the Holocaust, his grandfather struggling to find a job because of his heritage, his father persevering to make a life for himself after coming to the U.S. as a refugee from Ukraine. “My family worked hard forever and have overcome quite a lot, and I have a lot less that I have to overcome here — so it just drives me,” he said.


    Dairy Queen replacing Sonic in Lake Zurich

    This sign notifies would-be customers that the former Sonic building is not open on Rand Road across from Paulus Park in Lake Zurich. It’ll be replaced by Dairy Queen.

    Mar 5, 2015 5:30 AM

    Limeades are out and Blizzards soon will be in at what is now a vacant restaurant building on Rand Road across from Paulus Park in Lake Zurich. Known for its Blizzard ice cream treats and other menu items, Dairy Queen will move about 100 yards from a strip mall space to the building where the Sonic drive-in had operated since August 2009. Lake Zurich village board trustees this week approved Dairy Queen’s request to modify the structure’s exterior so it no longer looks like Sonic.


    West Chicago cop killer dies in prison

    Ronald Alvine

    Mar 4, 2015 2:05 PM

    The man convicted of killing a rookie West Chicago police officer during a botched car theft nearly 23 years ago has died in prison. Ronald Alvine, 52, died Feb. 28 of natural causes at the Pontiac Correctional Center. Alvine was a serving a life sentence for the April 20, 1992, murder of police officer Michael Browning.

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