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    Route 72 project near Pingree Grove moved up

    The Illinois Department of Transportation has a target bid letting of November 2015, pending necessary land acquisition and funding availability, to install a stop light at Route 72 and Big Timber Road outside Pingree Grove. Right now, there’s just a four-way stop sign.

    Jul 26, 2014 7:30 AM

    The Illinois Department of Transportation has once again changed its timeline for the reconstruction of Route 72 and Big Timber Road near Pingree Grove, whose residents mounted an email campaign to push for the project. IDOT area programmer Marnie Hooghkirk said the project — which includes a traffic light to replace four-way stop signs — now has a target bid letting of November 2015, pending necessary land acquisition and funding availability.


    Sale of Libertyville park getting closer

    A townhouse development has been proposed to replace Bolander Park in Libertyville

    Jul 26, 2014 7:26 AM

    The long-envisioned sale of Bolander Park in Libertyville for $2.05 million appears to be nearing a conclusion. Lake Forest developer Rick Swanson has proposed a 56-unit Craftsman-style townhouse development. The 5 acre park is about a quarter mile from downtown Libertyville. "We're committed to moving forward,” he said.


    Off-the-field headlines rarely pretty for Thomas

    There was plenty of off-the-field drama when it came to Frank Thomas, but time has had a way of healing those wounds. When the Big Hurt enters the Hall of Fame on Sunday, White Sox fans will remember what he did for the team on the field as the franchise's best hitter ever.

    Jul 26, 2014 1:49 PM

    Frank Thomas was the best hitter in White Sox history - and one of the best to ever play major-league baseball. But looking back on his ride to the Hall of Fame, Thomas experienced more than a few bumps.


    Irish Fest gets warm welcome, continues today

    Rich Prezioso and Jacquie Manning of Small Potatoes perform Friday during Irish Fest in Arlington Heights.

    Jul 26, 2014 7:31 AM

    Irish Fest in Arlington Heights opened Friday night to a crowd ready to party. The annual two-day festival on the grounds of the Arlington Heights Historical Museum pulls together Irish song, dance, entertainment, food and vendors from around the Chicago area. The festivities resume at 4 p.m. today


    New Dist. 211 leader eager for start of new year

    Daniel Cates, superintendent of Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211, in his office as he prepares for the upcoming school year.

    Jul 26, 2014 11:49 AM

    Daniel Cates has spent his entire 22 years in education working for Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211, and is about to start his 23rd as its new superintendent. But his passion for education was lit among much humbler surroundings than the five technology-savvy suburban high schools he now leads.

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