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    Maddux delivers one more brilliant outing

    Former Cubs pitching great Greg Maddux, center, takes in the spectacle of Cooperstown on Sunday with fellow Hall of Fame inductees — and Atlanta Braves World Series winners — Tom Glavine, left, and Bobby Cox.

    Jul 27, 2014 9:27 PM

    Though his game was more refined in his prime than perhaps any pitcher in history, Greg Maddux never pretended to be as much off the field or in the clubhouse. Stripped of polish and pretense, Maddux — wearing a tie he said was still knotted from his daughter’s party months ago — was Sunday just as he always has been. Quiet and resolute.


    ‘Emotional’ Thomas takes his spot in Cooperstown

    National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Frank Thomas speaks during Sunday’s induction ceremony at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown, N.Y.

    Jul 27, 2014 9:28 PM

    An emotionally charged Frank Thomas thanked his parents to open his Hall of Fame speech on Sunday. By the time he was finished talking in Cooperstown, Thomas offered his thanks to countless coaches, teammates, trainers and even clubhouse attendants.


    Shocking increase of homeless students in suburbs

    Alex Fulton spent the last year of high school living in a friend’s basement, but things are looking up for the Hampshire High School graduate.

    Jul 27, 2014 5:36 PM

    Since 2007, the number of homeless students has risen by more than 70 percent, most alarmingly in the suburbs. But federal and state funding hasn't kept up - and as a result more students are falling through the cracks, advocates say. “These kids are dealing with a lot,” said Deb Dempsey of the Kane County Regional Office of Education. “


    Free fishing trip a way of thanking veterans

    Jay Garstecki, founder and president of Take a Vet Fishing, wants to “make a difference on individual soldiers’ lives.”

    Jul 27, 2014 7:32 AM

    Jerry Van Bladel, a Navy veteran and a resident of Cary, has never had an experience quite like the fishing trip he shared with nearly 130 other veterans. Funded and organized by Bartlett-based nonprofit Take a Vet Fishing, the trip honored the veterans for their service. "I realized that people appreciated us," Van Bladel said. "They appreciated what we did."


    Eagle Scout candidate plants geocaches in Mundelein parks

    Jack Readdy of Mundelein, 16, started a geocaching program with the Mundelein Park & Recreation District for his Eagle Scout project.

    Jul 27, 2014 2:26 PM

    Geocachers use GPS coordinates to find containers containing log books, allowing geocachers to write down how they found the container, along with trinkets that geocachers refer to as “swag.” Eagle Scout candidate Jack Readdy of Mundelein recently started a geocaching program through the Mundelein Park & Recreation District so families can find a fun way to get outside and explore local parks.


    Fund set up for children of hero mom

    Karen Wessel

    Jul 26, 2014 8:50 PM

    Mourners of an Arlington Heights mom who died saving a young boy from drowning during a vacation to a Wisconsin lake have opened a fund to support her own two children. The fund honors Karen Wessel's "all-consuming work" to raise her 9-year-old son and 17-year-old daughter, family friend Don Bussey said.

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