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    Hawks first, Cubs last on smartest spenders list

    Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews prepares to hoist the Stanley Cup after the Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals Monday, June 24, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Apr 24, 2014 11:05 AM

    Bloomberg BusinessWeek released its Smartest Spenders in Sports 2014 ranking of all 122 franchises in the NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB, with the Chicago Blackhawks finishing No. 1 thanks to their five playoff trips, two Stanley Cups, and placing 13th in spending.


    New coffee shop coming to Des Plaines train station

    The refurbished Des Plaines Metra station building will soon be home to a new coffee shop, The Local Coffee Tea & Sweets. The shop and city leaders reached a five-year agreement this month.

    Apr 24, 2014 2:19 PM

    Commuters at the Des Plaines Metra station will soon be able to get a cup of coffee or pastry before heading to their train or bus. The city council has approved a five-year exclusive license and concession agreement this week with The Local Coffee Tea & Sweets, LLC to operate a 360-square-foot counter service cafe inside the city-owned train station.


    Testimony resumes in Willowbrook murder trial

    Juan Cuellar

    Apr 24, 2014 2:08 PM

    Testimony resumed Thursday in the first-degree murder trial of Juan Cuellar, with Cuellar’s ex-girlfriend testifying she helped get rid of the murder weapon. Kara Collin’s, 22, of Villa Park, testified she received a phone call from a “remorseful” Cuellar saying he needed to talk to her, just 15 minutes after he shot and killed 18-year-old Downers Grove Township resident Joshua Holmes.


    Ronald McDonald takes to Twitter, gets makeover

    Ronald McDonald with updated clothing.

    Apr 24, 2014 7:16 AM

    Ronald McDonald has a new look, and he’s ready for a selfie. Oak Brook-based McDonald’s said Wednesday its famous spokesclown will take an active role on social media for the first time, using the hashtag #ronaldmcdonald. The move marks a turnaround from recent years, when the red-haired mascot faded to the background as McDonald’s came under criticism for using him to market to children.

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    Bronze statue of Roger Ebert unveiled at Ebertfest

    This bronze statue of Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert will be unveiled Thursday outside the Virginia Theatre in Champaign where Ebert held his annual film festival. Ebert died in April 2013.

    Apr 24, 2014 12:56 PM

    Roger Ebert’s final blog posting last April ended with his hopeful sign-off: “I’ll see you at the movies.” The award-winning film critic died two days later. Visitors to the central Illinois theater that hosts the annual “Ebertfest” film festival he started now may feel like they saw him at the movies. A life-sized bronze statue of the longtime Chicago Sun-Times critic was unveiled Thursday outside the Virginia Theatre in Champaign, which is next to...


    Toews a finalist for NHL’s Selke Trophy

    With his all-around game, Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews is a finalist again for the NHL’s Selke Trophy for the league’s top defensive-minded forward. Toews won the award last year.

    Apr 24, 2014 2:10 PM

    After winning the award last season, Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is a finalist again for the 2014 Frank J. Selke Trophy, which is given annually to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game. Previous Blackhawks to win the award include Troy Murray (1986) and Dirk Graham (1991).

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