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    Blues beat Blackhawks 4-3 in OT, take 2-0 lead

    St. Louis Blues’ T.J. Oshie (74) and the Blackhawks’ Patrick Sharp (10) reach for the puck during Game 2 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series on Saturday in St. Louis. St. Louis won 4-3 in overtime, taking a 2-0 lead in the series.

    Apr 19, 2014 5:56 PM

    Defenseman Barret Jackman scored on a drive through traffic, giving the St. Louis Blues their second straight 4-3 overtime victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday for a 2-0 series lead against the defending Stanley Cup champions.


    Study: Suburban schools could lose or gain if tax drops

    Illinois Sen. Andy Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat, introduces an education funding reform bill at the state Capitol in Springfield, Ill.

    Apr 19, 2014 8:00 AM

    Most suburban school districts would see cuts in funding if the state’s temporary income tax increase is rolled back as scheduled, according to a state board of education figures circulated by Illinois Democrats. But a few suburban districts, such as in Wauconda, Carpentersville and even Barrington, would actually receive substantially more money.


    Puppy mill protesters picket in Batavia

    Members of The Puppy Mill Project held their first protest Saturday in Kane County on Randall Road outside the Petland in Batavia. Organizers said they sought to raise awareness about the dangers of mass breeding and to educate consumers about adoption alternatives.

    Apr 19, 2014 7:19 PM

    Protesters from The Puppy Mill Project picketed along Randall Road in Batavia Saturday. Organizers said the effort was to help raise awareness and consumers about places like Petland and other stores that get their animals from USDA licensed breeders,which they consider to be puppy mills. The Petland owner said she visits each breeder to check on the care each puppy receives.


    22-year prison term for repeat burglar

    Steven Mantucca

    Apr 19, 2014 4:03 PM

    A 51-year-old man was sentenced to 22 years in prison Friday for a June 2012 apartment burglary in Downers Grove. An arrest warrant for Steven Mantucca, of Mt. Sterling, was issued in June 2013 after DNA from his glasses left at the scene linked him to the crime. He had six previous convictions for residential burglary or attempted burglary and nine felony convictions overall in Illinois.


    Dogs hunt for Easter treats in Palatine

    Roberta Russ of Palatine and Rex, 9, on right, pose for photos as Prince, 9, wears rabbit ears and Avery, 6, owned by Terry Meinke of Palatine, is petted by the Easter Bunny at Palatine Park District’s annual Hound Egg Hunt at Towne Square on Saturday.

    Apr 19, 2014 4:19 PM

    Easter can be fun for even the furriest family members. More than 100 dogs and their owners posed for pictures with the Easter Bunny, searched for colorful eggs filled with dog treats and took turns on a small agility course as part of the annual Hound Egg Hunt in downtown Palatine on Saturday morning.


    DuPage businessman helping inner-city community center

    DuPage County businessman Tom Sodeika is sponsoring a fundraiser next week in Lisle to benefit the Chetwyn Rodgers Drive Development Center on Chicago's West Side.

    Apr 19, 2014 8:00 AM

    A DuPage County businessman is sponsoring a fundraiser in Lisle to generate support for a community center serving the Austin neighborhood on Chicago's West Side. Tom Sodeika says it's the least he can do to help a worthy cause.


    Judson students design shelters for disaster relief

    Judson University sophomore architecture students Stephen Galloway, left, Hannah Koehn and Daniel Casimiro assemble their emergency shelter during Wednesday’s timed test at the Elgin campus. The students will enter three shelter designs into the Disaster Shelter Competition — sponsored by World Vision and John Brown University — April 24 and 25 at JBU in Arkansas.

    Apr 19, 2014 8:00 AM

    Judson University sophomore architecture students have designed and built creative emergency shelters for rapid deployment and setup in areas affected by natural or man-made disasters. The prototypes will be entered into the Disaster Shelter Competition — sponsored by World Vision and John Brown University (JBU) — April 24 and 25 at JBU in Siloam Springs, Ark.

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