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    Quinn, Rauner give voters feisty last look in debate

    Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, left, and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner were able to criticize each other and smile about it in their third and final debate Monday night.

    Oct 20, 2014 10:05 PM

    The debate between Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner ended a rough-and-tumble series of televised meetings with a feisty finale. Quinn sought to portray Rauner as a wealthy businessman with a dozen bankruptcies among the companies he invested in, and Rauner worked to paint Quinn as an ineffective, repeating the words “failed” and “failure” at nearly every turn.


    McHenry sheriff: Shooter ready to ‘finish off’ wounded deputies

    Keith Nygren

    Oct 20, 2014 8:56 PM

    McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren said a shooter opened fire on two deputies without warning. Both were hit and “conscious, but probably incapacitated,” he said. Another deputy returned fire and forced the shooter back into his Holiday Hills home Friday. “I’m sure he would have finished the job on the two officers who were on the ground.”


    Early voting problems arise in Cook suburbs

    Problems arose for some Cook County voters, with an electronic voting machine not calibrated, resulting in one person’s selection resulting in a vote for the other party, and with signature files being incorrect.

    Oct 20, 2014 5:34 PM

    Problems were reported in the Northwest suburbs of Cook County on the first day of early voting Monday — including one case of a Republican candidate being unable to vote for himself or other members of his party on a touch screen. The other issue, which occurred at Arlington Heights village hall and a few other locations, involved the wrong signatures popping up for voters who came in to cast ballots.

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    Leap of faith led Elgin native to 'Ellen'

    Bianca Alarcon of Elgin is an executive assistant on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

    Oct 20, 2014 11:05 PM

    Elgin native Bianca Alarcon might not have landed a job on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” if she hadn't taken what she describes as “a leap of faith.” The Larkin High School alumna had a good job on “Windy City Live” but decided to leave for Los Angeles. Now she works on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” as an executive assistant to the executive producer. “Sometimes you just have to take that leap of faith and go after what you want,” she said.


    Police: Elgin woman starved dog on apartment balcony

    Tyquence M. Jude

    Oct 20, 2014 2:09 PM

    A 24-year-old Elgin woman is accused of leaving two small dogs on her apartment balcony for a week, causing one of them to die of starvation. Tyquence M. Jude faces anywhere between probation and up to three years in prison for felony animal cruelty. Jude told police she "forgot" about the dogs while she went to Chicago for a week in early October.


    Kids give themselves creepy complexions in Lake Villa

    Katie Kodjavakian, 15, of Lindenhurst paints scars on her face during a zombie makeup program Monday night at the Lake Villa District Library.

    Oct 20, 2014 9:34 PM

    Kids transformed themselves into the undead at the Lake Villa District Library Monday night during a zombie makeup program. Scars, bruises and other gruesome looks were created with the help of nine students in the Lakes High School theater program.

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