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    State officials: No more 'failing' schools this year

    Oct 31, 2014 6:39 AM

    There are no more “failing” schools in Illinois, state education officials say, as a new performance yardstick comes into play. “I think we probably were labeling too many schools as either being successful or failing in the past using crude (measurements),” State Superintendent of Education Christopher Koch said. “It's just not that simple. I'm glad we're moving away from that.”


    State officials want to shoot 130 deer in Kane County

    State officials will shoot up to 130 deer in north central Kane County forest preserves next year. Sharpshooters would enter Bowes Creek Woods and the Meissner-Corron forest preserves for the first time in this new round of culling.

    Oct 31, 2014 5:45 AM

    State officials will shoot up to 130 deer in Kane County's forest preserves in 2015, according to a plan that received preliminary approval by forest preserve district commissioners Thursday. That number is an increase from what commissioners approved last year. Sharpshooters would enter Bowes Creek Woods and the Meissner-Corron forest preserves for the first time in this new round of culling. The state plan is designed to ward off the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease in the deer population.


    Batavia football coach criticized over referendum email

    A resident of Batavia Avenue shows their opposition to the idea of the Batavia school district borrowing $15 million for buildings and grounds projects that include installing artificial turf fields at Batavia High School.

    Oct 30, 2014 7:42 PM

    A Batavia resident has complained to the Kane County clerk about Batavia school district employees, including the varsity football coach, campaigning to get voters to say "yes" to borrowing money to improve sports fields.


    McGraw: Bulls, Cavs should be a good rivalry this season

    Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James tosses chalk in the air before the start of Thursday's home opener in Cleveland.

    Oct 31, 2014 5:31 AM

    Cleveland should make an excellent rival for the Bulls this season. The Cavaliers have the NBA's newest Big Three, while the Bulls are rolling with the Three Bigs. There is some mystery to this matchup, though, as the teams get ready to square off Friday at the United Center.


    Hossa hits milestone in Blackhawks' win

    Blackhawks’ Marian Hossa, right, gets a fist-bump from teammate Kris Versteeg as he celebrates his goal while taking on the Ottawa Senators during NHL hockey game action in Ottawa, Ontario, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014.

    Oct 31, 2014 5:34 AM

    Jonathan Toews scored a pair of goals and Patrick Sharp clinched it in the shootout, but Thursday night in Ottawa belonged to one man and one man only: Marian Hossa. With a goal and an assist in the Hawks’ 5-4 shootout win, Hossa became the 80th player in NHL history to reach the 1,000-point mark and just the fourth active player to hit that magic number.


    Riopell: Voters flood polls before Tuesday

    Cook County Clerk David Orr says early voting this year is breaking records.

    Oct 31, 2014 5:49 AM

    More people have voted before next Tuesday's Election Day than did four years ago as Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner wage a historic campaign for governor. Does that mean voters are excited, or just want it to be over? The outcome could be influenced by the answer.

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    10 ideas — from tame to terrifying — for Halloween

    Six Flags Great America in Gurnee rackets up the thrills during Fright Fest.

    Oct 30, 2014 12:57 PM

    Looking for Halloween haunts? Want something more than the chance to chow down on chocolate? We have 10 events, from tame to terrifying, that will make this Halloween memorable.

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