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    Gasoline prices below $3 in Kane, DuPage, Lake counties

    Gas prices have dipped below $3 in the past week at some stations in the suburbs, including the Woodman’s on Randall Road in Carpentersville.

    Oct 22, 2014 6:13 PM

    Gasoline prices at some spots in the Western suburbs are the lowest they have been in several years, dipping below $3 a gallon last week for 87 octane regular unleaded.

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    Schaumburg convention center to get $11.6 million update

    The Schaumburg Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center is about to undergo a three-year, $11.6 million renovation.

    Oct 23, 2014 5:23 AM

    Already in its ninth year of operation, the Schaumburg Renassaince Hotel and Convention Center is being prepared for a three-year, $11.6 million renovation. The Schaumburg village board is scheduled to vote next week on approval of the first $33,000 of a proposed $159,500 contract for PMC-Property Management Consultants of Cleveland to serve as project manager.

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    Oberweis, Durbin go into and leave debate swinging

    Republican state Sen., Jim Oberweis, right, offers to give Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin more paper after Durbin joked about only getting one page of paper for notes before their first of two televised debates.

    Oct 22, 2014 9:29 PM

    Who landed a body blow during a debate Wednesday between Jim Oberweis and Dick Durbin? It was a scrappy exchange between the Senate's No. 2, Durbin, and his Republican challenger Oberweis, a state senator.

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    Elgin man nothing like his role in old airline photo

    When he posed for this photograph promoting United Airlines' men-only flights in 1967, Harold “Dick” Pottker, the man with the pipe, never dreamed it would show up a half-century later as a way to illustrate sex discrimination. Now 82 and living in Elgin, Pottker's life tells a much different story.

    Oct 23, 2014 5:00 AM

    To illustrate a column about sex discrimination last Sunday, I used an iconic 1960s black-and-white photograph of two suit-wearing business executives with a pipe and cigar waiting for a "stewardess" to give them a light during a men-only flight. On Wednesday, I talked to the 83-year-old Elgin man who explains how he came to be the grinning guy with a pipe in the photo .

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    Kane sheriff hopefuls explain why each deserves your vote

    Don Kramer, left, and Willie Mayes Sr. are candidates for Kane County sheriff.

    Oct 23, 2014 5:27 AM

    As early voting begins, the two men running to be the next Kane County sheriff state their cases for why they should succeed Pat Perez. Don Kramer, a Geneva Republican, hopes to follow in his father's footsteps as sheriff; Willie Mayes Sr., an Aurora Democrat, cites his law enforcement experience and community involvement.

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    Adult may be in clear after Chicago Ebola screening

    Associated Press Rush University Medical Center nurses and doctors train in using personal protective equipment Oct. 16.

    Oct 22, 2014 5:53 PM

    An adult patient was moved out of isolation at Rush University Medical after being admitted for Ebola monitoring. Meanwhile, a child who vomited on an airplane is under observation for Ebola symptoms at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Both flew from Liberia separately.

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    Hundreds fill Vernon Hills gym for Biden

    Vice President Joe Biden spoke to a crowd of more than 750 in Vernon Hills on Wednesday at a campaign rally for several Illinois Democrats, including U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider and Sen. Dick Durbin.

    Oct 23, 2014 1:16 AM

    An estimated 750 people packed the Sullivan Community Center’s gym Wednesday afternoon for Vice President Joe Biden’s appearance, part of a rally for three Democrats on the Nov. 4 ballot: U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Paul Vallas, who’s running for lieutenant governor as Gov. Pat Quinn’s mate. “It’s not something that happens every day,” a resident said.

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