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    Counselors: Heroin treatment requires work, support

    Jim Scarpace, executive director of Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment in Aurora, leads a staff meeting to discuss patient treatment plans and the use of medications.

    Jan 25, 2015 8:28 AM

    When it comes to heroin addiction treatment, there's no magic formula. But Jim Scarpace, executive director of Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment in Aurora, says it can work -- with a lot of hard work and support. “There is nothing magical we’re going to do to you," Scarpace said. "This is a partnership, a collaboration.”

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    Round Lake chaplain lauded for ministering to police

    The Rev. Lisle Kauffman’s work as a Round Lake police chaplain will be recognized for years to come in Illinois. He’s one-half of the Wentink-Kauffman Excellence in Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Award.

    Jan 25, 2015 7:40 AM

    After about 35 years as a certified chaplain to police departments, the Rev. Lisle Kauffman now has his name on an annual excellence award. “Police officers care,” said Kauffman, 75. “But you never get the headline that says, ‘Police lieutenant so and so cared about the people he was involved with.’" Kauffman has served Round Lake and other suburban departments.

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    Activist wants Schaumburg to lead on reusable bags

    Employee Aaron Manning bags groceries Friday for customer Lisa Peterson of Itasca at Whole Foods Market in Schaumburg. Peterson brought the paper bags from home for recycling. A Schaumburg resident wants the village to encourage all stores to follow Whole Foods Market’s lead by charging a dime for single-use plastic and paper bags.

    Jan 25, 2015 9:26 AM

    Dennis Paige, an environmental activist who lives in Schaumburg, believes his hometown should be leading the way in use of reusable shopping bags and moving beyond the paper-versus-plastic debate. But despite being among the first in the state to enact their own indoor smoking ban, Schaumburg officials believe this to be an issue in which they’re better served monitoring the progress of Chicago’s plastic bag ban.

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    63-year-old Grayslake woman drops 170 pounds

    This old pair of size 30 pants was a wardrobe staple for Jan Wilke before the Grayslake woman found a eating program that worked.

    Jan 25, 2015 7:37 AM

    Right about now is when many people abandon that New Year's resolution to lose weight. For Jan Wilke, 63, of Grayslake, it's just another month of keeping off those 170 pounds she lost. “Being thin and healthy was a place I always dreamed of going, but I couldn’t get to it,” Wilke says. “Finally, I am in the place I always dreamed to be."

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    Ex-trustee: Breuder was offered $2 million buyout in 2009

    Robert Breuder

    Jan 25, 2015 8:31 AM

    The $762,000 buyout College of DuPage President Robert Breuder accepted on Thursday wasn’t the first time he’s been offered a significant early retirement sum from COD, a former board member said. Former Trustee Dave Carlin said that as early as 2009 then-board Chairwoman Kathy Wessel sought to buy Breuder out of his contract for as much as $2 million. That discussion came not long after Breuder took the reins at COD in January 2009, after spending a decade at Harper College in...

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    Families warm to ice carving in Wheaton

    Jim Bringas, a Chicago Ice Works artist, carves an ice sculpture during the first Ice3 (cubed) Fest in downtown Wheaton Saturday. He carved Olaf, the snowman from Disney’s “Frozen,” in front of more than 30 parents and children.

    Jan 25, 2015 8:19 AM

    "Frozen" stars Elsa and Olaf will greet Wheaton shoppers and diners downtown, at least until they melt. They started as blocks of ice and were transformed into shimmering sculptures in the city's first ice festival Saturday. “The kids just love this,” said Paula Barrington, the head of the Downtown Wheaton Association.

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