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    Truck hits Buffalo Grove stoplight, snaps powerline

    A portion of Buffalo Grove lost power Tuesday night after an 18-wheeler knocked over a stoplight, which toppled and snapped a power line on Alrington Heights Road.

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    Eddie Money has been booked to perform the first night of Schaumburg's three-day Septemberfest on Saturday, Sept. 3.

    Eddie Money to play Schaumburg's Septemberfest

    Schaumburg trustees Tuesday approved a $25,000 contract for ‘70s and ‘80s rock musician Eddie Money to perform on the first night of this year's Septemberfest. He and his band will take the stage on the village's municipal grounds at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3.

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    Taliban fighters attacked the Inter Continental hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday. A more than four-hour standoff between militants and Afghan police at the Inter-Continental hotel ended early Wednesday when NATO helicopters fired rockets at gunmen on the rooftop of the besieged hotel and Afghan security forces stormed the top of the building.

    NATO-Afghan raid ends hotel assault; 19 dead

    NATO helicopters fired rockets before dawn Wednesday at Taliban gunmen who stormed one of Afghanistan's premier hotels, ending a brazen, nearly five-hour assault that left 19 people dead — including all eight attackers. The strike against the Inter-Continental was one of the biggest and most complex,

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    Fireworks explode over the Vernon Hills Summer Celebration.

    Where to find the best fireworks in the suburbs

    Suburban fireworks displays may see more fans this July 4 weekend because Chicago cancelled its official display. Here a look at some of the biggest regional fireworks shows and what to expect at them.

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    Barrington Hills horse trail dispute ends

    Almost five years after signing an intergovernmental agreement resolving a dispute over the use of Cook County Forest Preserve land, the Barrington Countryside Park District has met its final obligation under the deal.

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    Karen McConnaughay

    McConnaughay to run for new 33rd District seat

    Kane County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay will announce her plans to run for the state's new 33rd District State Senate seat on this morning in West Dundee. The announcement is the realization of a long-running rumor about her ambition for a state-level post.

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    Salvador Sarabia

    Elgin police: Men rob house while girl is home

    An Elgin man and a Rockford man have been charged after police say they broke into an Elgin home Monday morning while a teenage girl was home.

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    Lawrence Adamczyk

    St. Charles police: Man exposed himself at gym

    A Rockford man has been charged after an an offduty police officer spotted him exposing himself and inapropriatly toching three other men at a St. Charles fitness club Monday afternoon, according to police.

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    Naperville man charged with DUI after I-290 crash

    A Naperville man who struck two IDOT vehicles on I-290 Monday morning injuring himself and two workers has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics when the crash occured, according to police.

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    Wis. Marine dies in Afghanistan

    A Marine from western Wisconsin has been killed in Afghanistan. The U.S. Department of Defense says 22-year-old Cpl. Michael Nolen of Spring Valley died Monday while conducting combat operations in Helmand Province.

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    Patrick Taylor

    Rolling Meadows murder trial starts

    Patrick Taylor's murder trial began Tuesday with prosecutors introducing the jury to Marquis Lovings, a “good-hearted, good-natured” 30-year-old man who they say Taylor killed during a robbery in Rolling Meadows in August 2006.

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    2 McHenry County hospital plans nixed

    A state regulatory panel has decided McHenry County doesn’t need either of two new competing hospitals.

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    Fremd students charged in Inverness brawl

    Five Fremd High School students have been cited for their roles in a planned fight at South Park in Inverness last month that included one teen stabbing a classmate.

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    Lura Lynn Ryan, the wife of imprisoned former Illinois Gov. George Ryan has died at the age of 76.

    Wife of ex-governor Ryan focused on the positive

    Lura Lynn Ryan, the former Illinois first lady who spent the waning years of her life seeking freedom for imprisoned former Gov. George Ryan, quietly spent her final moments with her husband of 55 years at her side.

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    Tri-Cities police reports

    • Lawrence Edward Adamcyzk, 47, of the 1600 block of Oregon Street, Rockford, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor public indecency and three counts of misdemeanor battery on Monday at X-Port, 238 N. Randall Road, St. Charles, police said. Adamcyzk is accused of exposing himself and touching health club members inappropriately. He is due in court on July 21, police said.Tri blotter

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    Fox Valley police reports

    Tremaine D. Miller, 27, of the 300 block of Watress Place in Elgin, appeared in bond court Monday on charges of injuring a police officer, a felony, and endangering the life of a child, a misdemeanor, according to court documents. Elgin police responded at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday to find Miller under the influence of alcohol and lighting explosives close to his son and other homes, according to...

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    The finishing touches are put on the carousel at the Mount Prospect festival in Melas Park.

    Lions Village Fair schedule

    The Mt. Prospect Lions Club will be hosting their 73rd annual festival to celebrate the Fourth of July, which will be held at Melas Park, located at Busse and Central Roads. The festival will run five days, from Thursday, June 30th through Monday, July 4th.

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    The Hamilton Lakes campus in Itasca is the setting for what may be the state’s biggest fireworks display in terms of attendance.

    How tiny Itasca pulls off one of the state’s biggest fireworks shows

    Itasca, home to only 9,000 residents, pulls off what may be the state's biggest fireworks display in terms of attendance.

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    Bloomingdale approves $20K for Septemberfest

    Bloomingdale officials approved $20,000 in funding this week to bring back the annual Septemberfest, which was canceled last year.

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    Barrington 4th fest, Brat Tent, are back

    The Barrington Brat Tent is back, and so’s the Fourth of July festival. The annual fest is July 1-July 4, in the North Commuter lot at Spring Street. Brat Tent hours are 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday.

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    In 2004, Lee Greenwood performs at Ribfest in Naperville. He opens the main stage at Frontier Days on June 30.

    Frontier Days schedule

    This will be Frontier Days’ 36th annual July Fourth festival, running June 30-July 4. Across all five days there will be free live entertainment on three stages, carnival rides, games, an arts and crafts show, two food tents and a host of team-related activities for children and families. New activities include a team trivia contest July 2 at the Frontier Stage; and a rib eating contest that same...

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    Holly Carey of Elgin and her daughter, Olivia, 2, go down the Fun Slide at Bartlett’s Fourth of July fest in 2010.

    Bartlett’s festival schedule

    The annual Bartlett Fourth of July festival will be held June 30 through July 4, at Apple Orchard Community Park, Stearns & South Bartlett Road. Hours: 5-11 p.m. Thursday and Friday; noon-11 p.m. Saturday; 3-11 p.m. Sunday; noon-9:30 p.m. Monday.

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    Bartlett 4th of July fest starts June 30
    The annual Bartlett Fourth of July festival will be held June 30 through July 4, at Apple Orchard Community Park, Stearns & South Bartlett Road. Hours: 5-11 p.m. Thursday and Friday; noon-11 p.m. Saturday; 3-11 p.m. Sunday; noon-9:30 p.m. Monday.

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    the Lions Club of Arlington Heights marches in a Fourth of July parade with a huge American Flag.

    Arlington Heights parade features lots of music

    The Arlington Heights Independence Day parade will step off at 10 a.m. Monday at Dunton and Oakton, with nearly 100 hundred units and plenty of music.

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    Arlington Park will shoot off fireworks on Saturday, July 2.

    Arlington Park fireworks coming July 2

    What Arlington Park bills as the best fireworks show in the Chicago area this Independence Day, will be shot off July 2 at the track. Since Chicago will skip its traditional Grant Park fireworks this year, the show at the track lays claim to being the best. The 30-minute-plus display will be a little longer than last year’s and will have more pyrotechnics, said David Zenner, track spokesman.

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    The last time the Gin Blossoms played Frontier Days, a sea of blankets flanked the Main Stage hours before the band took the stage. This year, they will play Friday, July 1.

    Arlington Hts. Frontier Days is here

    This will be Frontier Days’ 36th annual July Fourth festival, running June 30-July 4.

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    Palatine’s 4th fest kicks off June 30

    The Palatine Jaycees are once again sponsoring one of the largest festivals in the area in the 54th annual July Fourth celebration on June 30th through July Fourth at the Community Park on Palatine Road and Northwest Highway.

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    The Ferris wheel on the Hoffman Estates Village Hall grounds.

    Hoffman Estates’ 4th fest starts June 30

    The Village of Hoffman Estates is well known for its popular, first-rate Fourth of July festival, and this year is no exception. The five-day celebration kicks off at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 30, with a carnival on the Village Hall grounds, 1900 Hassell Road. The carnival continues throughout the weekend. The full festival, beginning Friday, July 1, is highlighted by performances by several...

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    The annual chair competition is hosted by the Arlington Heights Arts Commission.

    Decorate a chair for Frontier Days

    The Arlington Heights Arts Commission is looking for participants who have a creative flair. The Frontier Days “Decorate a Chair” competition, on July 3, contest is open to all ages at Recreation Park.It’s the fifth year for the incerasingly-popular contest. Chairs may be decorated by a group or an individual.

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    Omar Zarate

    Round Lake Beach teen charged in shooting

    Round Lake Park police said they arrested a teenager who is accused of firing eight bullets at a house early Tuesday, possibly in retaliation for a gang shooting in a neighboring village.

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    Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson gets ready to start a mini-race Tuesday to promote disabled athletes who will participate in an adaptive handcycle race as part of the upcoming Tour of Elk Grove.

    Tour of Elk Grove adds disabled veterans race

    A handcycle race by disabled veterans will be a new feature of the Tour of Elk Grove bicycle race in August. Its sponsor, the Heart of a Marine Foundation, held a press event Tuesday to promote the race.

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    Front page coverage of the Blagojevich verdict on The Daily Breeze, Torrance, CA.

    Images: Blagojevich Verdict Front Pages
    A selection of newspaper front pages reporting the guilty verdicts for former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.

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    The festival skyline at Community Park in Palatine.

    Palatine Hometown Fest schedule

    The Palatine Jaycees are once again sponsoring one of the largest festivals in the area in the 54th annual July Fourth celebration on June 30th through July Fourth at the Community Park on Palatine Road and Northwest Highway.NOT POST TO WEB

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    Kids on the Dragon Wagon enjoy the ride, in a shot from 2010.

    Hoffman Estates 4th festival schedule

    The Village of Hoffman Estates is well known for its popular, first-rate Fourth of July festival, and this year is no exception. The five-day celebration kicks off at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 30, with a carnival on the Village Hall grounds, 1900 Hassell Road. The carnival continues throughout the weekend. The full festival, beginning Friday, July 1, is highlighted by performances by several...

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    Arlington Stampede is back July 3

    Hit the pavement, runners. The Frontier Days Stampede is back with a series of races July 3 that start at Miner School, 1101 E. Miner St., and end at Recreation Park.

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    Mt. Prospect 4th fest begins June 30

    The Mt. Prospect Lions Club will be hosting their 73rd annual festival to celebrate the Fourth of July, which will be held at Melas Park, located at Busse and Central Roads. The festival will run five days, from Thursday, June 30th through Monday, July 4th.

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    Sparky, with the Barrington Fire Department, makes his way around the fest, hugging and high-fiving kids.

    Barrington 4th festival schedule

    The Barrington Brat Tent is back, and so’s the Fourth of July festival. The annual fest is July 1-July 4, in the North Commuter lot at Spring Street. Brat Tent hours are 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday.

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    Businesses in Lindenhurst can now put up LED signs

    Businesses in Lindenhurst now have the option of using LED signs, thanks to a new ordinance approved by the village board.

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    School districts share employees

    Neighboring elementary school districts in Lake County will share more than a ZIP code as part of a type of agreement expected to become more prevalent in public education.

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    Elgin’s own brand of crosstown classic

    Elgin firefighters and police officers are dusting off their bats and gloves for the first Guns vs. Hoses “crosstown classic.”

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    Arlington Heights police approve new contract

    Arlington Heights police officers have approved a new three-year contract that includes no pay increase the first year, village officials said Tuesday. The village board will vote on the pact next week.

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    Arlington Park hosting July auditions for ‘Millionaire’

    Who Wants To Be A Millionaire will hold auditions July 15 at Arlington Park

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    Glen Ellyn seeks injunction against COD

    Glen Ellyn has sought an injunction to make sure the four newly constructed buildings at the College of DuPage don’t open without occupancy permits.

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    Nomin Enkhsaikhan

    Maine Township teen missing

    The Cook County Sheriff's Office is asking for the publics assistance in locating a missing teenager. Nomin Enkhsaikh, 15, has been missing from her Maine Township home since around 10am Sunday morning.

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    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn

    Quinn signs workers' compensation reform

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn said companies should see their workers' compensation premiums drop because of a new law he signed Tuesday overhauling the system that takes care of employees injured on the job.

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    2nd Bianchi prosecutor wants off the case

    One of the special prosecutors in the misconduct case against McHenry County State's Attorney Louis Bianchi wants off the case because he's afraid of being sued. A hearing is set for Friday in Rocford to consider Thomas McQueen's request.

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    New administrator hired in Cary Dist. 26

    The In keeping with its goal of boosting literacy levels in its schools, the Cary Elementary District 26 school board approved the hiring of a new director of curriculum and instruction with a strong background in teaching youngsters how to read and write.

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    Part-time cops “wave of future” in Carpentersville

    A new program to hire a pair of part-time police officers in Carpentersville is being dubbed a “wave of the future.”

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    Maribel DeLeon of West Dundee, one of the jurors in the second Rod Blagojevich trial.

    Juror looks back at the adventure that was her ‘civic duty’

    Maribel DeLeon got a letter in January saying she was being assigned jury duty and should report to Chicago. DeLeon, of West Dundee, called her brother to find out what trains would be the best ones to get her to the Federal Building. “‘What are you going to do, the Blago trial?’” DeLeon remembers her brother scoffing. Indeed, she was.

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    Concert in Lindenhurst

    The band Od Tapo Imi will play the Concert in the Park Series in Lindenhurst today at Mallard Ridge Park, 110 Robincrest Lane. The concert series is put on by the Lindenhurst Park District and will run from 6:30 through 8 p.m. The concert is free and concessions will be available courtesy of Cub Scout Pack 291. Od Tapo Imi’s music has been described as a cross between Jimmy Buffett and the Blue...

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    Pro tennis tournament in Winnetka

    The annual $50,000 Nielsen Pro Tennis Tournament is under way at the A.C. Nielsen Tennis Center’s outdoor courts in Winnetka. Top players this year include American James Blake, who recently lost to Marcos Baghdatis in the first round of Wimbledon, Michael Russel ranked 90th in the world, and American Donald Young ranked 111th. The tournament, which began Monday, also featured New Trier High...

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    Gavin board opening:

    Gavin Elementary District 37 is seeking people who are interested serving on the school board. Applicants for the vacancy should direct a letter to Superintendent John Ahlemeyer, Gavin School District 37, 25775 W. Highway 134, Ingleside, IL 60041. Officials said the letter should include reasons for wanting to serve on the board, history of any board experience and civic involvement. The letters...

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    Grayslake police promoting traffic safety

    Grayslake police are trying to promote traffic safety by participating in the national campaign, “You Drink and Drive You Lose.” The two-week effort began June 17 and runs through the Fourth of July. Grayslake police announced Monday that a roadside safety check is planned for Friday, July 1 in the area of routes 120 and 83. Grayslake police are urging anyone who attends a function where alcohol...

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    Karin Wilson, of Palatine, a third- and fourth-grade teacher at Walt Whitman Elementary School in Wheeling, was one of the jurors in the Rod Blagojevich trial. On Monday, they convicted the former governor on 17 of the 20 fraud and conspiracy charges against him.

    Female jurors: defense tried to pull our heartstrings, but we wouldn’t let them

    Defense attorneys might have thought Rod Blagojevich’s sweet stories of his courtship with wife Patti or the sight of his two adorable daughters would win the sympathies of the 11 women on his 12-person jury.

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    Children from the Itasca Park District check out a hydroplane, built by Itasca-based Peters & May, as it makes a stop Tuesday in downtown Itasca. The boat will be in a race this weekend in Madison, Ind. It is 26 feet long and can reach speeds of 200 mph.

    Hydroplane makes waves in Itasca

    Itasca residents check out a massive hydroplane up-close on Tuesday in the village's downtown, before the boat that was made by a locally headquartered company heads to a major race in Wisconsin.

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    Second man guilty in pot plane case

    The second of two California brothers accused of flying an airplane carrying 170 pounds of marijuana into Lake County pleaded guilty Tuesday.

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    John Curran

    DuPage board picks new vice chairman

    The DuPage County Board on Tuesday elected John Curran to serve as its new vice chairman.

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    Woods not coming back until fully healthy
    Tiger Woods is no longer using crutches, a walking boot or a razor. He hasn't hit a full golf shot in 47 days and has no idea when he will practice, much less play in another tournament.

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    Prospect Heights approves new sports bar on Rand Road

    Owners hope to open a sports bar and restaurant this fall in the Prospect Crossing Shopping Center near Rand and Willow roads after receiving zoning approval and a liquor license Monday from the Prospect Heights City Council.

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    Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 officials say they will approve a deal Thursday to sell the former Hubble Middle School site.

    District 200 finds buyer for Hubble site

    Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 finally has found a buyer for the old Hubble Middle School site near downtown Wheaton.

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    Feds argue against warrantless GPS lawsuit

    The Justice Department is asking a judge to throw out a lawsuit against Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI Director Robert Mueller over a GPS tracking device put on a student's car without a warrant.

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    Senate panel approves Libya resolution

    A Senate panel voted Tuesday to give President Barack Obama limited authority to continue the U.S. military operation against Libya, exposing deep divisions in Congress over the commander in chief's actions.

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    In this March 30, 2011 photo, Salvatore DePaola leaves the court room in criminal court in New York. DePaola on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 was acquitted of manslaughter and all other charges in a blaze that killed two firefighters at a condemned bank tower at ground zero.

    1 acquitted in fatal ground zero fire

    A construction company supervisor has been acquitted of manslaughter and all other charges in a blaze that killed two firefighters at a condemned bank tower at ground zero.

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    Mayor of Braidwood dies after 3 months in office

    Authorities in the Will County city of Braidwood say the mayor has died after serving three months in office.

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    The Nike Air Jordan logo is shown in front of the Niketown store in Portland, Ore., Monday. Nike Inc.’s fourth-quarter net profit rose 14 percent to beat expectations as the company’s sales improved around the globe.

    Nike earnings help lift stocks

    The Dow Jones industrial average rose more than 140 points Tuesday, thanks in part to signs that concerns of a global slowdown may be overblown.

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    Gov. Pat Quinn signs workers' compensation reform

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn said companies should see their workers' compensation premiums drop because of a new law he signed Tuesday overhauling the system that takes care of employees injured on the job.

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    State board rejects Crystal Lake hospital project

    A health care planning board voted Tuesday to reject a proposed new hospital in the northern Illinois city of Crystal Lake.

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    Gloria Gomez

    Woman charged with manslaughter in Kane Co. baby death

    A 37-year-old woman who was staying near Aurora for the last month while she received assistance from a church has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of her 14-month-old daughter, the youngest of her nine children.

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    Villa Park Blago juror: ‘Sorry for his family’

    John McParland of Villa Park, the only male on the Blagojevich jury, says the verdict should be "a good wake-up call" for other politicians.

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    Island Lake Trustee Laurie Rabattini

    Mayor grumbles after Island Lake budget meeting canceled

    The cancellation of a budget discussion has given Island Lake officials something new to disagree about.

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    Jessica Hubinek of Carol Stream talks about serving on the jury that convicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. “I feel we made the right decision; I feel I did what I should have done,” she said.

    Carol Stream juror: Blago testimony ‘didn’t add up’

    Juror Jessica Hubinek of Carol Stream says the decision to put former governor Rod Blagojevich on the stand made him seem more sympathetic, but no less guilty.

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    Geneva school budget proposal on display

    Geneva Unit District 304 proposes to spend 3 percent less on operating expenses in its next fiscal year, but 10 percent more paying down debt. The school board placed the tentative budget on public display Monday night.

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    Retired Lake County Circuit Judge Henry Tonigan III, right, addressed media while working as a special prosecutor in a recent case against McHenry County State’s Attorney Louis Bianchi.

    Retired judge leading another Grayslake D46 investigation

    Retired Lake County Circuit Judge Henry Tonigan III has been selected to lead an internal investigation about ethics complaints filed against officials at Grayslake Elementary District 46.

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    Megan Byrd, 18, of Gurnee, was among the commuters Tuesday to use the newly installed pay stations at the Prairie Crossing commuter station in Libertyville.

    Libertyville starts commuter lot parking pay stations

    New equipment to make paying easier for rail commuters was put into operation Tuesday at the two Libertyville stations at Prairie Crossing. The new equipment can accept credit cards and also allows commuters to pay by cellphone.

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    Dana Petersen

    Palatine schools mourn “exceptional educator”

    Palatine Township Elementary District 15 is mourning the loss of Dana Petersen, a well-respected principal who helped Marion Jordan Elementary become one the highest achieving schools in the state.

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    Jason Lentz

    Sleepy Hollow Elementary has new principal

    Community Unit District 300 has added another name to its roster of new principals with the selection of Jason Lentz for post at Sleepy Hollow Elementary School. Lentz, currently the assistant principal at Perry Elementary School in Carpentersville, will begin his new role July 1. He replaces Anastasia Epstein, who will return to the classroom in the fall.

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    Home Depot employees, to the left, watch as police investigate an attempted armed robbery at the Home Depot store in Vernon Hills.

    Vernon Hills Home Depot robbed overnight

    Police are still hunting for two men who tried to rob a Home Depot in Vernon Hills last night.

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    Rosemary Bennett

    Aurora woman happy to have served on jury

    She missed a trip to Arizona to see her granddaughter graduate from high school and didn’t get to do her near-daily volunteer work with third-graders at an elementary school. But Rosemary Bennett of Aurora enjoyed serving on the jury during the second trial of Gov. Rod Blagojevich.“It was a very interesting experience and I think somebody called for jury duty should be ready and willing to...

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    Woman charged with keeping monkeys

    A woman suspected of keeping two monkeys at her mother's suburban Chicago home faces charges of possession of dangerous animals and animal neglect.

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    President Barack Obama holds a sleeping baby boy as he visits Ross' restaurant in Bettendorf, Iowa, Tuesday, June 28, 2011.

    Back in Iowa, Obama says USA must up its game

    President Barack Obama on Tuesday brought a made-in-America pitch to this politically vital state, saying innovation and adaptation will help the manufacturing sector and the entire U.S. economy rebound with more gusto. He admonished a divided Washington to stop bickering and rally together like a team.

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    Republican presidential candidate, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, Tuesday, June 28, 2011.

    Pawlenty criticizes Obama, GOP on foreign policy

    Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty is calling on Republicans to resist "isolationist sentiments" he said would endanger U.S. interests around the world.

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    This Oct. 24, 2007 photo shows House Foreign Affairs Committee member Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Calif., listening to witness testimony during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Analysts studying the congressional districts being drawn by the panel are predicting that three to five seats now in Republican hands, including Gallegly's, will move into the Democratic camp in next year's general election.

    Calif. redistricting could imperil GOP House seats

    Democrats hoping to regain the majority in the House in 2012 might get a strong head start in California, where voters have handed the authority for drawing political boundaries to an independent citizens' commission.

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    Senate confirms Cole as Holder's No. 2 at Justice

    The Senate on Tuesday confirmed James M. Cole to the No. 2 spot at the Justice Department under Attorney General Eric Holder after the nomination was stalled over terrorism trials and access to documents.

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    Geithner critical of trade barriers with India

    Trade and investment barriers that U.S. companies face in India are limiting economic growth and job creation in both countries, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Tuesday.

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    Extension offices closing in budget cuts

    University of Illinois Extension Service offices in some locations around the state are closing and their operations are being consolidated as part of a budget-cutting plan announced more than a year ago.

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    Wabash Co. eligible for disaster aid

    A southeastern Illinois county has been added to the list of 14 other counties eligible for federal disaster grants and low-interest loans for recovery efforts after recent flooding and severe storms.

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    Ill. teen arrested in mother's stabbing death

    A 16-year-old eastern Illinois boy has been arrested in his mother's stabbing death.

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    Tami J. Brown

    Naperville woman sentenced in $900,000 theft

    A Naperville woman accused of stealing nearly $900,000 from an Aurora consulting firm where she was vice president pleaded guilty to a reduced charge Tuesday and was sentenced to probation and jail.

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    Global warming continues as greenhouse gas grows

    The world's climate is not only continuing to warm, it's adding heat-trapping greenhouse gases even faster than in the past, researchers said Tuesday. Indeed, the global temperature has been warmer than the 20th century average every month for more than 25 years, they said at a teleconference.

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    In this June 23, 2011 photo, French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde speaks to the media outside the International Monetary Fund in Washington. Lagarde is expected to be chosen as early as Tuesday, June 28, 2011, to be the new leader of the International Monetary Fund. She would replace Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who resigned last month after being charged with sexually assaulting a New York City hotel housekeeper.

    Lagarde chosen to lead IMF; first woman in top job

    French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde was chosen Tuesday to lead the International Monetary Organization and will immediately confront a European debt crisis that threatens the global economy.

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    Feds: Fungus may be threatening 2 bats' survival

    A devastating fungus that has killed off caves full of bats could soon be blamed for threatening the very existence of two bat species.

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    Youths approached in Mt. Prospect, Arlington

    Mount Prospect and Arlington Heights police have reported men engaging in suspicious behavior in approaching youths in recent days.

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    Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., ranking Republican on the the Senate Armed Services Committee, right, and committee chairman Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., welcome Marine Lt. Gen. John Allen, President Obama's choice to lead the military in Afghanistan, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 28, 2011, prior to the start of his confirmation hearing.

    Next US commander in Kabul supports troop-cut plan

    The Marine general expected to carry out President Barack Obama's order to begin withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan in July said Tuesday he supports the plan but cautioned that successfully winding down the war will require new progress on a wide front, including more help from allies and less Afghan corruption.

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    In this Nov. 9, 2010 file photo, Harold Koh, the U.S. State Department legal adviser, speaks in Geneva, Switzerland. President Barack Obama is acting within the law in ordering U.S. military attacks against Libya, a top State Department lawyer told a Senate panel sharply divided over the commander in chief's authority in the 3-month-old conflict.

    Adviser: Obama acting lawfully on Libya

    President Barack Obama is acting legally in ordering U.S. military action against Libya, a top State Department lawyer insisted on Tuesday, telling a Senate panel sharply divided over the commander in chief's authority that the 3-month-old conflict is neither a war nor full-blown hostilities.

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    Wis. woman charged with homicide in fatal crash

    A South Milwaukee woman accused of having drugs in her system at the time of a fatal crash has been charged with homicide.

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    May Whitney demolition set

    Plans are under way to demolish the former May Whitney Elementary School building in Lake Zurich on July 20, officials said.

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    Woman charged with theft from dog rescue in Island Lake

    A 56-year-old Wonder Lake woman has been charged with theft after police say she swiped about $11,000 from a dog rescue group over more than three years.

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    President Barack Obama welcomes the Major League Soccer champions Colorado Rapids to the White House in Washington, Monday, June 27, 2011.

    Obama promotes manufacturing in Iowa

    President Barack Obama is calling for a "robust and growing" manufacturing sector that will increase the number of products made in the United States.

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    Hotshot crew members walk in line as they prepare to mop up in Pajarito Mountain ski area near Los Alamos, N.M., Tuesday. Firefighters battled a vicious wildfire that was spreading Tuesday through the mountains above the northern New Mexico town that is home to a government nuclear laboratory.

    Wildfire swells near Los Alamos lab

    A vicious wildfire spread through the mountains above a northern New Mexico town on Tuesday, driving thousands of people from their homes as officials at a government nuclear laboratory tried to dispel concerns about the safety of sensitive materials.

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    Trial under way for ex-cop accused of robbing bank

    Testimony is under way in the southern Illinois trial of a former Carbondale police officer accused of robbing a bank in 2008.

Sports

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    A.J. Pierzynski argues with home plate umpire Doug Eddings as Colorado Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta looks on during the ninth inning Tuesday night at Coors Field.

    Guillen: Worst game Sox have played all year

    Ozzie Guillen had seen enough. When his White Sox team finally lost 3-2 to the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night in the 13th inning on a bloop single that scored the winning run from first base with two outs, Guillen didn't bemoan a tough defeat.

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    With 484 wins behind him, former Blackhawks goalie Ed Belfour was named to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

    Hockey Hall of Fame welcomes Belfour

    Former Blackhawks goalie Ed Belfour was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame Tuesday on the first ballot.

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    The Sky's Tamera Young fires up a shot against Silver Stars defender Ruth Riley on Tuesday at the Allstate Arena.

    Sky's latest loss frustrating

    There are bad words, and there are words that are just so vile that Erin Thorn practically needs to cover her ears when she hears them.

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    Hot-hitting Dayan Viciedo isn't the White Sox' only bright spot in the minor leagues, but the club is making a habit of trading potential for proven performers.

    Viciedo leads a blossoming crop down on the farm

    Dayan Viciedo is the crown jewel in the White Sox' minor-league system. Are there any other hidden gems down on the farm?

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    Geovany Soto tags the San Francisco Giants' Andres Torres in the fifth inning Tuesday night. The Cubs lost both games of the doubleheader.

    Giants sweep Cubs in doubleheader

    Geovany Soto was unable to hang onto the ball on a close play at the plate, and before long the Cubs had let two games slip away Tuesday. The Giants beat the Cubs 6-3 Tuesday night to complete the sweep of the day-night doubleheader.

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    Cubs starter Doug Davis allowed 10 runs on 12 hits in 4⅓ innings as he fell to 1-7 with the loss in the first game of Tuesday’s double dip to the Giants at Wrigley Field.

    Cubs pitching poor ... and its shows

    The Cubs sent their Nos. 5 and 6 starting pitchers to the mound Tuesday in a doubleheader against the Giants at Wrigley Field. The results were pretty much as expected, with the Giants coming away with a sweep.

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    Tamera Young fouls San Antonio Silver Stars guard Roneeka Hodges as she goes up for a shot during the second quarter Tuesday at Allstate Arena.

    Silver Stars beat Sky to improve to 7-1

    Sophia Young had 19 points to lead five San Antonio scorers in double figures as the Silver Stars improved to a league-leading 7-1 with an 84-74 victory over the Sky on Tuesday night.

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    Cougars baffle Bees, win 4-1

    The Kane County Cougars increased their winning streak to a season-best five games Tuesday night with a 4-1 victory over the Burlington Bees at Community Field.

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    Judge orders Mariotti to stand trial

    Former ESPN and Chicago Sun-Times commentator Jay Mariotti must stand trial on charges he stalked, injured and assaulted his ex-girlfriend.

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    If Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban winds up buying the Los Angeles Dodger, it merely will be the latest worst nightmare for Cubs' fans.

    Cuban takeover of Dodgers? Another Cubs nightmare

    If Mark Cuban winds up owning the Los Angeles Dodger, it merely will be the latest worst nightmare for Cubs' fans.

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    Fire advances in U.S. Open Cup

    Diego Chaves scored in the 37th minute and the Chicago Fire defeated the Rochester Rhinos 1-0 Tuesday in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup at Sahlen’s Stadium.

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    Cubs manager Mike Quade was picked by Giants manager Bruce Bochy for the all-star coaching spot left open by Jim Riggleman’s departure from the Washington Nationals last week.

    Quade named to All-Star Game staff

    Cubs manager Mike Quade has been named to the coaching staff next month for the National League for the All-Star Game. Quade replaces Jim Riggleman, who resigned from the Washington Nationals last week.

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    AP Sources: Reps for owners, players in Minnesota

    Negotiating teams for NFL owners and players are in Minnesota and expected to resume talks aimed at ending a lockout now in its fourth month.Two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday that representatives for both sides arrived Monday. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because no labor developments are being made public.It was not immediately known when the sides would meet face-to-face, or who would be present. After last week’s labor talks outside Boston, though, players were told the next set of negotiations would involve Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith, several owners and players.On Monday, a small group of players met with their attorneys in Minneapolis, where the players filed an antitrust suit against the league. The city also is where the sides met for court-ordered mediation in May.Previous “secret meetings” between both sides have taken place in suburban Chicago, New York, the Maryland shore and last week in Hull, Mass., south of Boston.Time is becoming an increasingly important factor in reaching an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. The St. Louis Rams and Bears, scheduled to play in the Hall of Fame game on Aug. 7, are set to open training camp three weeks from Friday.

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    Blackhawks goalie Ed Belfour moves into position against the Los Angeles Kings at Chicago Stadium on April 11, 1994.

    Images: Ed Belfour Through The Years
    Images of legendary hockey goalie Ed Belfour through the years. On Tuesday, Belfour was named to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Belfour played with the Blackhawks from 1988-1997.

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    Terrell Owens is recovering from knee surgery, and his agent says the NFL wide receiver is not considering retiring.

    Terrell Owens recovering from knee surgery

    Terrell Owens is recovering from left knee surgery and plans to be ready to play when the NFL season starts.Owens’ agent Drew Rosenhaus confirmed Tuesday that the 37-year-old star receiver tore his anterior cruciate ligament, had surgery in early April and “will be playing at the start of the NFL season.”

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    Russia’s Maria Sharapova blows kisses to the crowd after defeating Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova in their match Tuesday at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon.

    Sharapova, Lisicki advance at Wimbledon

    WIMBLEDON, England - Maria Sharapova looked like a champion under the Centre Court roof at Wimbledon, advancing to the semifinals at the All England Club for the first time since 2006 with a 6-1, 6-1 win Tuesday over Dominika Cibulkova.

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    Bulls officially begin wait for Mirotic

    The Bulls' other draft pick, Nikola Mirotic, is under contract with Real Madrid and not expected to join the Bulls for several years. But in the meantime, he's in a nice spot to develop as a player. General manager Gar Forman talked about the 6-foot-10 native of Montenegro on Monday.

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    The new partnership between the Chicago Wolves and Vancouver Canucks includes, from left, Vancouver vice president of hockey operations Laurence Gilman, Vancouver vice president of player personnel Lorne Henning, Vancouver president and general manager Mike Gillis, Wolves general manager Wendell Young, Wolves vice chairman Buddy Meyers, Wolves senior advisor and director of hockey pperations Gene Ubriaco.

    Wolves sign 2-year deal with Canucks

    The Chicago Wolves’ search for a new NHL team is officially over as they announced Monday morning their new affiliation with the Vancouver Canucks.The Wolves’ 11-year affiliation with the Atlanta Thrashers ended in June when the Thrashers were purchased by True North Sports and Entertainment and moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba, the home of Vancouver’s former AHL affiliate, the Manitoba Moose. Wolves general manager Wendell Young said that seven teams, which he wouldn’t name, came courting, but Vancouver was the “best fit.”“They have the same philosophy as us,” Young said. “They want their players to develop ... and they want their players to learn how to win, and that’s what we’re about.”The Vancouver side agreed. “Our young players will gain experience living and playing in a big city and playing with an organization that is extremely professional ... it (the Wolves) rivals an NHL team, so they’re going to be in a terrific environment,” said Mike Gillis, the Canucks’ president and general manager.The new connection ties together significant rivalries, as the Rockford IceHogs, one of the Wolves’ biggest rivals in the AHL, are affiliated with the Blackhawks, one of Vancouver’s biggest rivals in the NHL. And now, the future pests and hockey stars of Vancouver will practice and play their games in Rosemont’s Allstate Arena.Young said the rivalries had “zero relevance” in the decision to sign with Vancouver, but admitted the future could be interesting. Said Young: “It’s an added dimension to our games with Rockford, especially with the two affiliates going head to head.”Gillis said the Wolves were their No. 1 choice, and understandably so. In 17 years of play, Chicago’s AHL team has never had a losing season and has won four league championships. Vancouver also has a history of success, as the Canucks were awarded the President’s Trophy after completing the 2010-11 regular season with the best record in the NHL and making their third appearance in the Stanley Cup finals.The agreement extends through the 2012-2013 season, after which it will open for renegotiations. The Wolves’ new season begins this fall.“We’re married for two years, and we’ll see how it goes,” said Young.

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    Steve Stricker holds the trophy after winning the John Deere Classic last July in Silvis. The former Illini golfer has won the last two JDC tournaments.

    Stricker goes for three-peat at John Deere

    Players start gathering at TPC at John Deere Run in Silvis on Monday for the first of Illinois’ two stops on the PGA Tour this season. If this year’s version of the John Deere Classic is anything like last year’s, it’ll be something special.

Business

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    In this June 14, 2011 photo, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., talks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Taking aim at huge federal deficits, two Senate rebels outline a plan to raise the age of eligibility for Medicare from 65 to 67 and to charge wealthier seniors more for their care. The proposal by Sens. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., and Coburn, come as budget negotiators face an early August deadline to reach a deal to raise the debt limit.

    Obama, Biden plan debt session with Senate Dems

    President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden plan to meet with Senate Democratic leaders Wednesday, the latest step in debt negotiations with Congress.

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    Breakthrough on trade could clear way for vote

    The White House and congressional lawmakers neared a breakthrough in the long-stalled effort to finalize coveted free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama — pacts President Barack Obama has hailed as a boon for the U.S. economy.

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    In this June 14, 2011 photo, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., talks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Taking aim at huge federal deficits, two Senate rebels outline a plan to raise the age of eligibility for Medicare from 65 to 67 and to charge wealthier seniors more for their care. The proposal by Sens. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., and Coburn, come as budget negotiators face an early August deadline to reach a deal to raise the debt limit.

    Delay Medicare eligibility: Coburn and Lieberman

    Two Senate rebels jumped into Congress' cut-the-deficit competition on Tuesday, proposing to raise the age of Medicare eligibility to 67 and increase monthly premiums for millions of current beneficiaries.

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    Treasurys fall on hopes Greece will avoid default

    Government bond prices fell Tuesday as growing expectations that Greece may avoid a debt default sap demand for the relative safety of U.S. Treasurys.

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    News Corp. to sell MySpace this week

    News Corp. is aiming to sell struggling social network site MySpace this week after three years of massive losses, according to a person familiar with the matter. The move will likely result in the layoff of more than half of the site's remaining 500 workers.

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    US court tosses water restriction on metro Atlanta

    A federal appeals panel has tossed a lower court ruling that would have severely restricted the main water source for roughly 3 million people in metro Atlanta.

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    Former Labor secretary joins Wells Fargo board

    Former U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao will join the Wells Fargo & Co. board this week, the bank said Tuesday.

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    General Mills declares quarterly dividend

    Packaged food maker General Mills Inc. raised its dividend on Tuesday, calling it a reflection of its robust financial condition and future growth prospects.

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    MasterCard site suffers outage; no attack

    MasterCard's website was knocked offline Tuesday in an outage the credit card brand described as unrelated to recent hacking attacks.

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    Senator calls for probe of nuke evacuation plans

    A U.S. senator from Pennsylvania is asking for a congressional investigation of whether evacuation planning has kept pace with population growth and increased power levels around nuclear power plants.

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    Consumers' confidence down in June on job worries

    If you're a U.S. consumer, why would you be confident? Following a string of bad news that threatens the painfully slow economic recovery, consumer confidence fell to a seven-month low in June on continuing worries about high unemployment and stagnating wages, according to a report released Tuesday by a private research group.

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    Google unveils latest social networking feat

    Online search leader Google is taking yet another stab at social networking, this time with a project it calls Google+.

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    In this June 3, 2010 photo, President Barack Obama uses his BlackBerry e-mail device as he walks at Sidwell Friends school in Bethesda, Md. Call him the Digital Candidate: President Barack Obama has asked supporters to use Facebook to declare “I'm in” for his re-election campaign and has begun using Twitter to communicate with his nearly 9 million followers. If Obama broke new ground using email, text messages and the Web to reach voters in 2008, Obama version 2.0 aims to harness the expansive roles that the Internet and social media are playing now in voters' lives.

    Obama 2012 campaign to go beyond email, text

    Call him the Digital Candidate: President Barack Obama is asking supporters to use Facebook to declare "I'm In!" for his re-election campaign and is using Twitter to personally blast out messages to his nearly 9 million followers.

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    Lawmakers make another run at immigration bill

    Senate Democrats renewed an uphill push Tuesday for legislation that would give young illegal immigrants a shot at legal status by arguing that the hundreds of thousands affected would improve the nation's economy and security.

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    Strong earnings from Nike lift broad stock rally

    Maybe the global economy isn't in such bad shape after all. After weeks of worries about the economy pulled stocks down, indexes have risen sharply for two days in a row.

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    4 tips to help determine if owning a home is right

    Home prices aren't what they used to be. Their steady decline may be causing your anxiety to rise. After all, buying a home is a big commitment.

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    FMC Technologies rises on Shell contract

    Shares of FMC Technologies Inc. rose Tuesday after the oil and gas drilling equipment maker said it will make some systems for a floating natural gas processing plant planned by Royal Dutch Shell PLC.

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    In this June 24, 2011 photo, Laura Young, 28, left and her husband Andre Gjerde, 30, open the front door of their new home moments after receiving the keys to it, in Bothell, Wash. The bottom has fallen out of home prices in several markets around the country. That may be great news for bargain hunters, but it means that all homebuyers need to proceed with caution.

    Homebuyer Reality Check: It's a buyer's market

    Why are so few people buying houses? One of the key reasons is falling prices. Although lower prices encourage true bargain hunters to look for deals, they can also scare off homebuyers. And, between the two, anxiety is winning.

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    Oil climbs above $91 ahead of Greek austerity vote

    Oil is higher ahead of a vote in Greece to approve tough new financial reforms that would shore up its beleaguered economy.

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    Saab in $40 million property deal to help pay debt

    Crisis-hit car maker Saab has struck a $40 million deal to sell and lease back property in an effort to improve its ailing finances that have forced it to halt production and withhold workers' salaries.

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    Chrysler challenging safety fines at Indiana plant

    Chrysler Group is challenging $200,000 in fines ordered by state regulators for safety violations found during the investigation of a worker's death at a central Indiana factory.

Life & Entertainment

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    Melas Park in Mount Prospect is the place to be for fireworks at dusk on Monday, July 4.

    Complete suburban fireworks schedule

    Colorful Independence Day fireworks will be lighting up the suburban skies in the coming days. Here's our guide to a sampling of suburban fireworks displays. Let the celebration begin!

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    Actor Tom Hanks stars in the upcoming film "Larry Crowne," which opens Friday, July 1.

    Hanks heads back to school with 'Larry Crowne'

    In the new film "Larry Crowne," Tom Hanks stars in a timely tale about a man who makes the best of his lot, even when he's downsized out of a job during these hard times and must head back to school to build a new future.

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    Michigan ice cream coming to suburbs

    Hot dogs, baseball and apple pie make up the all-American summer trio. I say there's room to add ice cream to that combo.

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    Buzz has been mounting for the desert-dwelling, gun-toting escapade promised in the post-apocalyptic game "Rage."

    'Rage' clamors to cure franchise fatigue

    The developers of "Rage," a post-apocalyptic, first-person shooter that's not — gasp! — a sequel, are crossing their fingers that consumers will discover "Rage" when the gritty original drives onto store shelves later this year.

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    Nicole Kosowski is happiest when she's sharing food, like this pasta salad, with family and friends.

    Mom turns love of cooking into blog

    When packing for college, many students decide to take a mini-refrigerator. Some might even pack a microwave or a Smokey Joe. But a Kitchen-Aid mixer? For Nicole Kosowski it was simply a necessity.

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    Chicago hometown singer-songwriter Cathy Richardson

    Music events: Cathy Richardson rocks Fitzgerald's

    DuPage County native Cathy Richardson and her band the Macrodots will be among the dozens of groups playing at the 31st annual American Music Festival taking place this weekend at Fitzgerald's in Berwyn.

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    Lady Gaga is being sued over her fundraising efforts for Japan.

    Lady Gaga sued over fundraising effort for Japan

    A lawsuit filed in Detroit claims music star Lady Gaga is misleading her fans with an online pitch for donations for victims of the Japan earthquake.

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    Strawberry Dream Cake
    Strawberry Dream Cake: Nicole Kosowski

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    Sweet Onion Cheddar Spread
    Sweet Onion Cheddar Spread: Nicole Kosowski

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    Steve Lundy/slundy@dailyherald.com Roasted red pepper-infused ranch dressing coats Nicole Kosowski's pasta salad.

    Roasted Red Pepper Ranch Pasta
    Ranch Dressing: Nicole Kosowski

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    “Killer Move” by Michael Marshall

    ‘Killer Move’ a complex thriller

    Author Michael Marshall takes a common man and throws him a curveball in this paranoid thriller, “Killer Move.”

Discuss

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    A creative solution in troubled times

    A Daily Herald editorial lauds the creative effort in Barrington Unit District 220 to help get children at five schools get to classes safely

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    The job Rod Blagojevich leaves behind

    A Daily Herald editorial warns that no one should assume Illinois' culture of corruption suddenly dies with the criminal conviction of Rod Blagojevich, just the latest in a string of governors who committed felonies.

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    Why Tim Pawlenty is no Reagan

    They, some Republicans, are at it again with the pipe dream of helping the middle class by making the rich much richer. We speak of Tim Pawlenty, Minnesota governor and candidate for president. His extraordinary vision for reviving the economy: Stop taxing investment income, and money will come pouring into the U.S. Treasury.

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    Andrew Cuomo beats the odds

    Baseball analogies are in order. This was a triple play, a no-hitter and a grand slam. Andrew Mark Cuomo has become a masterful politician.

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    Ballet for the masses misses

    The London Evening Standard called it a triumph of nerve and talent. The Daily Telegraph’s Mark Monahan gushingly summed up the Royal Ballet’s recent performance of “Romeo and Juliet” in London’s cavernous, 20,000-seat O2 Arena with the question, “Who could possibly object to such rousing, heartening proof of the art form’s broad appeal and complete accessibility?” I do.

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    A Texan’s ‘exceptionalism’

    In the 1850s, on the steps of the Waco courthouse, Wallace Jefferson’s great-great grandfather was sold. Today, Jefferson is chief justice of Texas’ Supreme Court. The governor who nominated him also nominated the state’s first Latina justice. Rick Perry, 61, the longest-serving governor in Texas history and, in his 11th year, currently the nation’s senior governor, says these nominations are two of his proudest accomplishments.

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    Stop negativity about St. Charles East
    Until two months ago, the city of St. Charles had two great high schools. Recently that perception seems to have changed. There has been a torrent of negative publicity surrounding the East athletic department, myself and our high school in general. I am speaking out today because it is time to counter the attempts by a very small group of individuals to discredit me, our athletic programs and our school.

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    Flash mobs might not attack the armed
    Colleen Daley, executive director of Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence Chicago, asks we don’t have flash mob attacks in states that allow concealed carry of handguns?

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    Anti-gun lobby view too conditional
    In Garret Evans’ June 20 Fence Post letter, “More guns would mean more deaths,” he makes several unsubstantiated comments. He says that law-abiding citizens carrying guns would “lead to more senseless violence.” The data simply do not support that statement.

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    Time of good sense and good judgment
    This has been a good time for good judgment and common sense. For example: 1) After lying to the media, his constituents and all the American public for close to a week, the sexual pervert democrat from New York finally resigned. Good riddance.

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    Target entitlements, not military costs
    It is social welfare programs that have become bloated, as evidenced by the $100 billion that was added in the 1990s, and the growing mentality that even this is not enough. It is social programs that should be reduced back to what we can afford.

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    Clarifying the facts on Social Security
    It is not true that “money for a new electronic medical records processing system for our congressmen and senators will be coming from savings generated from withholding Social Security cost-of-living increases for 2010 and 2011.”

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    WDSRA’s Hodgkinson a true champion
    If you’re really lucky in life you come across a champion ... someone outside your family circle, outside the teaching, coaching or mentoring professions who literally shows you a different path. There is no way to tell a true champion from any other person you may meet walking your dog, attending a school play or shopping.

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    Wrong approach on underage drinking?
    It is the season for high school graduation parties and that means parent-hosts trying to keep graduate-guests from the alcohol. Drink and you are grounded. Drink and drive and the world as you know it will end.

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    Government not at its finest
    Both the taxpayer and government officials should make every effort to ensure that there is value in building the Red Gate bridge. Unfortunately, this is not the case. The City of St. Charles is full steam ahead without looking or considering any new data.

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