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    Alan Holt and his grandson Mark Likins, of Thomasville, Ga., visit the memorial of Caylee Anthony.

    Caylee's death, mom's acquittal alters lives

    People from as far away as Canada interrupted their plans when the Casey Anthony verdict was announced Tuesday to visit the house where she lived with her daughter and the makeshift memorial to the toddler nearby.

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    RiverEdge Park will be built on both sides of the Fox River just north of downtown Aurora.

    Aurora considers $1.2 million bill for RiverEdge Park

    The first phase of construction on RiverEdge Park in Aurora is estimated to cost $1,255,360. That price can become a guaranteed maximum if the city council approves it July 12.

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    Mike McCoy as Kane County Board chairman in 2004.

    Former Kane County Board chairman named to Metra board

    Former Kane County Board Chairman Mike McCoy will once again represent the county, but this time as an appointee to the embattled Metra board. McCoy currently works in the private sector, for an engineering firm that counts Metra as one of its clients. The county's current appointee, Caryl Van Overmeiren will resign when McCoy's appointment becomes effective.

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    Pat Quinn

    Quinn to visit DuPage Wednesday

    Gov. Pat Quinn Wednesday will travel to DuPage County to sign legislation that was at least partly inspired by financial scandals involving two governmental agencies there.

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    Pingree Grove closer to additions along Route 72

    Pingree Grove is moving forward with plans to install a new traffic signal and add turn lanes along Route 72, but at least one trustee questioned why the village didn’t seek bids for the project.

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    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Vandals shot BB-gun pellets that shattered a driver’s-side window on seven cars on the 300, 400, 500 and 700 blocks of East Schaumburg Road in Streamwood overnight June 23-24 and overnight June 25-26.

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    President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to retiring Defense Secretary Robert Gates during an Armed Forces Farewell Tribute, Thursday, June 30, 2011, at the Pentagon.

    Obama honors Gates with Medal of Freedom

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has honored outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ four decades of public service with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. It is the highest honor the president can give a civilian.Gates’ last day on the job is Thursday after 4 1/2 years at the Pentagon.

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    Food safety tips for holiday picnics, barbecues
    Now is a good time to start planning the traditional holiday barbecues, picnics and Fourth of July weekend activities. Unfortunately, some people don’t plan on something that goes hand-in-hand in the warm summer months: bacteria. The Kane County Health Department offers offers food preparation tips.

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    The Illinois State Toll Highway Authority is starting work on the I-294/I-90 interchange this week.

    I-294/I-90 ramp closure starts Wednesday

    Southbound Tri-State Tollway drivers accustomed to zooming down the exit ramp onto eastbound I-90 will be out of luck Wednesday and the rest of the summer.

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    Elgin police: 18-year-old found shot dead

    Elgin police are investigating a shooting that left one man dead, but they were not releasing details Tuesday night or even confirming it was a homicide.

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    Rolling Meadows murder trial close to wrapping up

    The prosecution rests in the murder trial of Patrick Taylor, charged with killing 30-year-old Rolling Meadows rapper and drug dealer Marquis Lovings in a 2006 home invasion.

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    Attorney Jose Baez, right, lead defense counsel for Casey Anthony was criticized by many legal pundits for his strategy and loosely throwing around allegations of molestation and incest.

    Anthony trial: Lack of evidence or good defense?

    Prosecutors proved Casey Anthony was a liar, but convinced the jury of little else. The government failed to establish how 2-year-old Caylee Anthony died and they couldn't find her mother's DNA on the duct tape they said was used to suffocate her.

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    Andrew Yender, right, was an Air Force veteran and lifelong Lisle resident.

    Lifelong Lisle resident Yender leaves legacy of stories

    Andy Yender, a lifelong Lisle resident, passed away July 2 at age 93. He was born in the Netzley-Yender house and was a World War II veteran.

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    Grayslake approves low-income apartment building

    Grayslake village board members Tuesday night approved a controversial plan for an apartment building targeted for low-income residents 55 and older.

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    Epiphanny Prince of the Chicago Sky takes an off-balance shot as Nicky Anosike of the Washington Mystics defends during Tuesday's game at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

    Fowles helps Sky top Mystics to end 3-game skid

    Sylvia Fowles scored a season-high 34 points and pulled down 16 rebounds to help the Chicago Sky snap a three-game losing streak with a 78-65 win over the Washington Mystics on Tuesday night at Allstate Arena.

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    Oil sticks to the grass Tuesday near the home Robert Castleberry along side the Yellowstone River near Laurel, Mont. An ExxonMobil pipeline near Laurel, Montana ruptured and spilled an estimated 1,000 barrels of crude into the Yellowstone.

    Flood surge raises fears of Montana oil spill spread

    LAUREL, Mont. — Crews cleaning up an oil spill on the Yellowstone River faced difficult conditions Tuesday as the scenic waterway rose above flood stage and stoked fears that surging currents could push crude into undamaged areas and back channels vital to the river’s prized fishery.

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    Australia introduces tough new tobacco ad bill
    CANBERRA, Australia — The Australian government has introduced a bill that would prevent tobacco companies from displaying their distinctive colors and logos on cigarette packs.Health Minister Nicola Roxon told Parliament that the legislation she introduced on Wednesday represents the world’s toughest tobacco promotion laws.

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    In this Sept. 18, 2008 file photo, air traffic controller Karl Haynes Jr. stands beneath a radar screen in the control tower at Washington’s Reagan National Airport. Industry officials say the federal program to create a new air traffic control system is at a crossroads, making delays possible.

    New air traffic control system at crossroads

    WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration is creating a new air traffic system that officials say will be as revolutionary for civil aviation as was the advent of radar six decades ago. But the program is at a crossroads.

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    Metra promises to fix credit card snafu

    Metra promised customers Tuesday it would make good on double-charges that occurred on credit transactions last week. About 1,500 customers were affected by the mistake June 27 that occurred at area station ticket windows.

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    Rolling Meadows crash victim died of multiple injuries

    Authorities said Tuesday they are continuing to investigate the three-vehicle crash that killed 20-year-old Ana Aguilar-Lopez of Rolling Meadows early Monday. An autopsy determined Aguilar-Lopez’s death was accidental and that she died of multiple injuries, a Cook County medical examiner’s office spokesman said.

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    Defense attorney Jose Baez and Casey Anthony react Tuesday after the jury acquitted her of murdering her daughter, Caylee, during Anthony's murder trial at the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando, Fla.

    Anthony attorney: No winners in case

    Casey Anthony's eyes welled with tears and her lips trembled as the verdict was read once, twice and then a third time: "Not guilty" of killing her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. Outside the courthouse, many in the crowd of 500 reacted with anger.

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    David Oshana

    Elgin teens charged in Little League building burglary

    Elgin police stopped four teenagers driving a vehicle with its lights off early Tuesday morning and ended up arresting three of them in connection with a burglary at the Elgin National Little League Building, according to police.

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    Chris Jones was arrested just after midnight Sunday after two men reported that he punched them outside a local bar, Champaign police Deputy Chief Troy Daniels said.

    Illini lineman arrested in possible hate crime

    An Illinois football player arrested in an attack that police say may have been motivated by the victims' sexual orientation has a previous felony conviction for cocaine possession.

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    Gov. Pat Quinn wants to cancel raises for thousands of state employees to help cope with the Illinois budget crisis. On Friday, July 1, 2011, people with direct knowledge of the governor's plan said that skipping the 2 percent raises would affect nearly 30,000 workers and save $77 million.

    Quinn: Ready for court battle over canceled raises

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn said Tuesday he was prepared to go to court against the unions to defend his decision to cancel pay raises for nearly 30,000 state workers and he repeatedly blamed lawmakers for leaving him no choice by not setting aside the money.

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    Soccer coach pleads not guilty to sex abuse

    A Crest Hill youth soccer and volleyball coach has pleaded not guilty to molesting a 12-year-old boy.

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    Lake County Forest Preserve District crews help clear debris from a storm last week at Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois Beach State Park.

    Illinois Beach State Park clean up continues

    The clean up cavalry arrived Tuesday but a good portion of Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois Beach State Park remained closed to public activities five days after a strong storm swept down the Lake Michigan shoreline.

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    Anti-gambling activists are concerned that recruits at Great Lakes Naval Station could be tempted by a Lake County casino.

    Would Lake County casino lure Great Lakes recruits?

    SPRINGFIELD — With a campus of around 20,000 people at any given time, Great Lakes Naval Station is a huge collection of young people in Lake County. And now, anti-gambling activists are arguing that a proposed casino in Lake County would be a bad influence on the young sailors there, pointing to research that says young people are more prone to gambling addiction.

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    Father of slain state trooper asks Quinn to sign murder registry law

    The father of an Illinois State Trooper who was killed in the line of duty is hoping to persuade the governor to sign into law a bill that would require convicted murderers to register with the state for 10 years.

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    Police briefs

    Carl T. Raymond, 40, of the 700 block of Adams Street in Elgin, appeared in bond court Tuesday on felony charges of possession of a stolen vehicle and criminal damage to state property as well as misdemeanor charges of trespass to land and vehicle, according to court documents. Raymond entered Fox River Water Reclamation District property at about 8:30 p.m. Monday at 100 Purify Drive, Elgin,...

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    Gourmet grub at Great Lakes

    Sailors at Great Lakes Naval Station today will have gourmet breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared by chefs with ties to Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” show hosted by Guy Fieri. The effort is staged by the nonprofit America’s Chefs organization, which works with all facets of the military at home and abroad. Among those cooking for the sailors today will be Dimitri Kallianis of The...

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    Lake Co. extension fundraiser

    The University of Illinois Lake County Extension Foundation is looking for local vendors, talent and volunteers to participate in a fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 13. Funds raised from the BBQ and family festival, 10 a.m. to dusk at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 1060 E. Peterson Road, Grayslake, will help develop programs for more than 460 youths aged 5 to 18. The Lake County Extension is a...

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    Get in shape at Greenbelt Center

    The Lake County Forest Preserve District will offer a Zumba dance fitness class at the Greenbelt Cultural Center near North Chicago in August. The course will run on Tuesdays starting Aug. 2, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. each day. The class is open to anyone at least 14 years old. Admission is $75 for Lake County residents or $150 for anyone else. To register, visit lcfpd.org or call (847) 968-3321.

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    Aaron Kohlberg, 17, of Rolling Meadows has a cool job at Frontier Days on a very hot summer day, loading ice and keeping all the vendors supplied.

    Frontier Days sees record-breaking attendance

    Frontier Days in Arlington Heights saw record-breaking attendance for the five-day Fourth of July festival which ended Monday, officials said. An estimated 150,000 people attended the 36th annual festival, which wrapped up Tuesday with the traditional cleanup day at Recreation Park.

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    Districts 48, 88 file appeal to stop detachment

    Salt Creek Elementary School District 48 and DuPage High School District 88 have filed an appeal in the 18th District Circuit Court to reverse a ruling that would allow an Oak Brook neighborhood to detach from the two districts.

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    America’s Chefs to help Batavia Goodwill

    Some of the America's Chefs from "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" television show will cook a free barbecue at the Batavia Goodwill store Thursday.

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    ECC awards more one-year certificates

    Elgin Community College is one of the fastest growing community colleges in the country. So it should come as little surprise, perhaps, that the college awards more one-year certificates than almost any other institution in Illinois. ECC ranked third in the state in granting one-year certificates, according to a recent survey by “Community College Week.”

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    Jesus Guerrero

    Carpentersville man charged in wife’s stabbing

    A Carpentersville man is being held in lieu of $2 million bond on charges he stabbed his wife in the back during an argument Sunday evening, police officials said. Jesus Guerrero, 52, of the 500 block of Elm Ridge Road, has been charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated domestic battery, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and aggravated battery with intent to do...

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    Associated Press/June 30 Registered veterinary technician KaryAnn Selman checks the sutures on a dog after being neutered at the Marin Humane Society in Novato, Calif.

    Fewer dogs, cats euthanized today

    This year fewer than 4 million unwanted dogs and cats will be euthanized, down from as many as 20 million before 1970.

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    Rapture predictor has stroke

    The California radio preacher who predicted the world’s end on May 21 is recovering from a stroke at a nursing home.

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    Lawyers for Rod Blagojevich have taken what could be a step toward appealing the former Illinois governor's recent convictions.

    Blago lawyers take possible step toward appeal

    Lawyers for Rod Blagojevich have taken what could be a step toward appealing the former Illinois governor's recent convictions.A one-page motion filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Chicago asks simply that the questionnaires jurors filled out at the start of Blagojevich's recently concluded retrial be preserved.

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    Kent Gaffney

    Gaffney looking to run for House seat in 2012

    Rep. Kent Gaffney, who was sworn in to join the Illinois House Monday, says he intends to run for election in 2012.Gaffney last week was appointed to finish the term of Rep. Mark Beaubien, who died of a heart attack last month.

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    Kevin O'Neal of Palatine lights his cigarette while standing across the street from T.J. O'Brien's in Palatine.

    Palatine alone, so far, on smoking crackdown

    Palatine announced a crackdown on smokers who flout state law over how close they can be to entryways of public buildings when lighting up. So far, they're alone in proactively enforcing the law.

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    Emily Rawsem, of Bartlett, works the first base video camera at Thursday's Chicago Bandits Game.

    Chicago Bandits' online fan base is growing

    Online viewers are tuning into Chicago Bandits games in bigger numbers. Their successful formula relies on a veteran play-by-play announcer, Mike Knezevich, plus a team of high school interns who produce and direct all the video content.

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    With this year’s Ribfest in the history books, the task of cleaning up the grounds falls to people like Shelby Stephens of Naperville, who worked several days at the festival as part of the cleaning crew.

    Ribfest, Eyes celebrate booming holiday business

    Organizers of two of the DuPage County’s largest summer festivals are crediting ideal weather for the booming attendance over the holiday weekend.In Li

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    Barrington Brew Fest set for July 9

    Regional and national craft breweries will pour at the eighth annual Barrington Brew Fest, from 3-7 p.m. Saturday, July 9.

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    Gizzae, the Chicago Reggae band, will play its blend of Roots Reggae at the St. Charles Concert in the Park on Thursday, July 7.

    Gizzae to perform in St. Charles

    The St. Charles Park District Concerts in the Park series continues with Gizzae at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 7.

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    Long Grove subdivision could get lake water

    A Long Grove subdivision now served by private water wells would get Lake Michigan water under a plan being considered by the Lake County Board.The proposal affects 118 homes in the Herons Landing neighborhood, which is east of Route 83 and north of Route 22, Lake County Public Works Director Peter Kolb said.

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    Charming Charlie, seen here in Algonquin Commons, will soon be opening a new location at Geneva Commons.

    Accessorize your look at Charming Charlie

    If you've found that perfect outfit, and need just the right accessories to go with it, there soon will be a new store along the Randall Road corridor to help you on your quest.

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    Jack Wessel, as a member of the plan commission for five years and its chairman for 21 years, had a say in virtually all commercial and residential projects in St. Charles from 1972 to 1998.

    Wessel’s calming influence just right for St. Charles growth

    Longtime St. Charles Plan Commission member Jack Wessel died over the weekend. He's remembered fondly as a steady influence in the city's growth.

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    What’s it like to work a day at the zoo

    Zoology — a Greek word meaning animal knowledge — is the branch of biology that centers on animal study. So, if you’re a zoologist, you have to learn everything about animals — evolution, body structure, body functions, the native environment, preferences and even their prey.

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    Outgoing President Barb Lahtinen and Melvin Jones recipient Kirk Reasoner.

    Elk Grove Lions Club installs new officers, directors

    The Elk Grove Lions Club held its annual election of new officers and directors. Installation of officers took place Wednesday, June 15.

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    Rolling Meadows Mayor Tom Rooney, left, at the Blue Star Banner presentation with Joyce Carrasco; Jennifer Warkenthien; Palatine Mayor Jim Schwantz; Jolene Morris; Jim and Kelly Michie; Dave and Barbara Bradley; Steve and Jan MacKay, Zach Olson’s parents; township clerk Lisa Moran; Karen Detloff; Adam Detloff; Tara Detloff; Kayden Detloff; Mike Detloff and township supervisor Linda Fleming.

    Palatine Twp. holds inaugural Blue Star Banner presentation

    Palatine Township held its inaugural Blue Star Banner Presentation Monday, June 27, at its monthly board meeting. The township’s Blue Star Banner Program honors and supports military families residing in Palatine Township.

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    View the summer night sky at Harper

    Harper College is offering front-row seats for this summer’s blockbuster celestial shows, starting July 9. Through late August, the college will host free close-up viewings of the night sky at the Karl G. Henize Observatory on the main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine.

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    Downtown Wheaton businesses hope the arrival of a Mariano’s Fresh Market grocery store at the old Hubble Middle School site will increase foot traffic in the area.

    Wheaton downtown merchants eager for grocer

    Wheaton business owners excited that a grocery store is heading downtown when Mariano's moves in. Even the butcher says he's not afraid of a little competition.

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    Victoria Kurtin was last seen Sunday evening and reported missing Tuesday morning.

    Wheaton police probe missing person report

    Wheaton police investigating a missing person. Victoria A. Kurtin, 52, was last seen Sunday evening and was reported missing on Tuesday morning.

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    People inspect the scene of a bomb attack Tuesday in Taji, about 12 miles north of Baghdad.

    Officials: Attack kills 35 north of Baghdad

    Double blasts from a car bomb and a roadside bombing at a parking lot outside a city council building north of Baghdad killed at least 35 people on Tuesday.

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    Britain shocked by reports tabloid hacked slain girl’s phone

    Britain’s voracious tabloids may have hit a new low: The News of the World was facing claims Tuesday that it hacked into a missing 13-year-old’s phone messages, possibly hampering a police inquiry into her abduction and murder.

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    WTO rules against China on raw materials

    The World Trade Organization ruled Tuesday that China was unfairly protecting its domestic manufacturers by limiting the export of nine raw materials that are used widely in steel, aluminum and chemical industries.

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    More than 600 cyclists from throughout the world are expected to compete in the 2011 Geneva Cycling Grand Prix Saturday, July 9.

    Cycling Grand Prix returns to Geneva
    Professional bike racing will return to Geneva again this summer with the Geneva Cycling Grand Prix Saturday, July 9.

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    Woman denies role of drug death

    An Ingleside woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges she provided the heroin that killed a Grayslake man.

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    Quinn: Ready for court battle over canceled raises

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he's ready to go to court over canceling pay raises for nearly 30,000 state workers.

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    Take a trip around the world with Barrington Rotary

    The Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club is hosting “International Fest: Bringing the World to Barrington” from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, at the Brat Tent in the train station parking lot in downtown Barrington.

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    In this July 1, 2011 photo, John Rosas, an employee with the metal works factory Wizard of Metals, cuts steel in San Francisco. Businesses requested more airplanes, autos, and oil drilling equipment in May. The increase in factory orders suggests supply disruptions stemming from the Japan crisis are fading.

    Companies ordered more factory goods in May

    Businesses requested more airplanes, autos, and oil drilling equipment in May, suggesting supply disruptions stemming from the Japan crisis are fading.

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    Senate weighs Libya resolution

    The Senate is weighing whether to give President Barack Obama the authority to continue U.S. military action against Libya.

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    Vernon Hills police have charged 47-year-old Vernon Hills man Ronald Stolberg with murder after allegedly killing his wife after a fight in their home Wednesday evening.

    Vernon Hills man pleads not guilty in wife's murder

    A Vernon Hills man accused of killing his wife pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Lake County Circuit Court.

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    James D. Kisla

    Lisle man charged in fatal crash bonds out

    A Lisle man who police say was drunk when his vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian leaving a fireworks display over the weekend was released from jail Tuesday after posting a $30,000 bond. James D. Kisla, 51, faces charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and aggravated DUI.

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    Chicago area hospital systems sign merger

    Officials for two Chicago area hospital systems say they've signed an agreement to merge, paving the way to create Illinois' largest Catholic-owned health care system.

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    Arts in Bartlett moving across street

    Arts in Bartlett, the nonprofit arts council at 117 W. Railroad Ave. since 2009, will be closed July 6-13 to relocate across the street to 118 W. Bartlett Ave., Suite 2.

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    Pro-Romney fundraising group raises $12 million

    An independent fundraising group supporting former Republican Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's presidential bid has raised $12 million so far this year.

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    Mundelein-area man dies in pool

    A Mundelein-area man apparently drowned in a private swimming pool during an overnight party, police said Tuesday.

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    Blago lawyers take possible step toward appeal

    Lawyers for Rod Blagojevich have taken what could be a step toward appealing the former Illinois governor's recent convictions.

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    Military pallbearers carry the casket of U.S. Army Specialist Richard C. "Richie" Emmons III into Lawnside Cemetery in Woodstown, N.J., Saturday, June 11, 2011. Emmons died from shrapnel wounds received when his unit came under attack by enemy forces in Logar Province, Afghanistan on May 31, 2011. Emmons was raised in the Woodstown area until age 14 when he moved with his family to North Granby, Conn. Services and burial were held in Woodstown Saturday. Hundreds turned out to pay their respects to Emmons.

    Pastors protest Illinois cut to burials for poor

    A group of Chicago pastors is protesting cuts to a $15 million state program that pays for funerals and burials for the poor.

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    Access to Anthonys' neighborhood will be limited

    Central Florida authorities will restrict access to the Orlando neighborhood where Casey Anthony lived with her parents and daughter Caylee once the jury reaches a verdict in her murder trial.

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    Myanmar diplomat defects, warns of oppression

    A senior Myanmar diplomat in Washington has defected to the U.S., warning that oppression is rising in his homeland despite elections touted by the dominant military as a transition to democracy.

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    Festival lovers should prepare for a few thrills at Itasca Fest July 14-17. You'll find carnival rides, food and music, as well as a few surprises.

    Itasca Fest provides fun and a bit of history

    Itasca Fest organizers aim to give attendees something different every year. In addition to live bands and a carnival, those at the fest can check out the Freedom Express and a U.S. Arm Aviation Semi with simulators and hands-on activities.

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    Sparky Perez, left, and Peanut Bobik, right, celebrated their summer nuptials Thursday, June 30, at the DuPage Convalescent Center's 3 North unit. The wedding was organized as a fun activity for residents by nurse's aid Cheryl Bobik.

    Unconventional wedding brings smiles to DuPage Convalescent Center residents

    Here comes the bride, a Chihuahua dressed in white. She's set to marry a tuxedo-clad canine groom in a wedding designed to amuse residents of the DuPage Convalescent Center.

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    Back by popular demand, the Glendale Heights Fest once again will feature the Ride the Bull event beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 8, run by the Family in Faith Christian Church. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the church's food pantry building fund.

    Ride the bull, help the hungry in Glendale Heights

    Channel your inner cowboy and ride the mechanical bull at Glendale Heights Fest to help raise money to build a community food pantry. The fundraiser is just one offering during the five-day festival.

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    In this Sept. 20, 2010 photo, Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis speaks at a news conference in Chicago. The Chicago Crime Commission announced Tuesday, July 5, 2011, that Weis is taking a position as the group's new deputy director. Weis is a former FBI agent who took over as Chicago's top cop in 2008. He resigned earlier in 2011 when his contract came to an end.

    Weis taking job with Chicago Crime Commission

    Former Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis has a new job.

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    Don’t blow past those stop signs at unattended toll collection booths, even if you have an I-PASS.

    Bad UP crossing, old but feisty transponders and tollway warning tickets
    On a day we celebrate our independence, I’m celebrating dependency. On you, of course. I don’t know how I’d survive without In Transit nation. Thanks for reading, thanks for commenting, for criticizing, for offering suggestions, and making me laugh.I’m continually amazed by how much knowledge is out there and how civil In Transit readers are.

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    Chicago mayor to introduce transparency ordinance

    Chicago's City Council will consider an ordinance that limits on lobbyists' monetary gifts to city employees and gives the public more access to information about the process.

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    Crowd fires on Ill. authorities with fireworks

    Peoria police and firefighters trying to get to a trash bin fire at a public housing complex say they were fired on with commercial-grade fireworks and pelted with bottles.

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    Body found in Ind. river not missing student

    A coroner says that a badly decomposed body found in an Indianapolis river isn't that of a missing Indiana University student or a great-grandmother from a nearby suburb.

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    Linda Z’s fabric brigade waves to passers-by on Central Road in Arlington Heights.

    Longtime business moves short distance

    It was a nice day, so Linda Zachman made good on her promise to ask the sewing club to help carry fabric to the new Linda Z’s. The "fabric brigade” accommodated with a line down Central Road in Arlington Heights on June 27.

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    St. Charles master gardener Nancy Cox weeds a flower bed at her home in St. Charles. University of Illinois Extension master gardeners will talk plants with the public at a program set for Saturday, July 9 at the St. Charles Public Library. Cox has been a master gardener for 20 years.

    Black, white and green: Get some gardening tips along with books at your library

    Master gardeners will talk plants with the public at a program set for Saturday, July 9 at the St. Charles Library.

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    Local group offers presentation, video on AA

    7.65-page 4Are you curious about Alcoholics Anonymous? A local A.A. group is holding a free public presentation to describe its program of recovery from the disease of alcoholism 7 p.m. Thursday, July 7, at the Palatine Public Library, 700 N. North Court St., Palatine.

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    SCOTT SANDERS/ssanders@dailyherald.com The pastor of Lamplighter Bible Church in Roselle, Paul Giersz, is shown in the church’s sanctuary. The church is hosting a fundraiser at 10:45 a.m. Sunday to benefit homeless and recovery ministries. The featured speaker will be NFL All-Pro player J.D. Hill. There also will be a free petting zoo, pony rides, and a jump house for kids.

    Fundraiser personal for Roselle pastor

    Lamplighter Bible Church in Roselle will host a fundraiser on Sunday to benefit its homeless and recovery ministires. And Pastor Paul Giersz knows a thing or two about recovering from addiction, since he beat drugs and alcohol after struggling with them for nearly a decade.

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    Purdue student's body found in N. Indiana lake

    The body of Purdue University student has been found in a northern Indiana lake two days after he was last seen going swimming during a party with friends.

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    Declan Ryan commutes between his home in Bartlett and various movie sets, where he works as a lighting technician and "best boy."

    ‘Flipper' fuels Des Plaines native's movie ambitions

    What's a gaffer? Or a best boy? Well, Declan Ryan of Des Plaines has worked as both. Ryan lives in Barlett and worked on movies such as "Twilight," "The Mechanic" and "Green Lantern."

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    Heart disease, No. 1 killer, can sneak up on women

    Heart disease can sneak up on women in ways that standard cardiac tests can miss.

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    This undated photo shows then-al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, in Afghanistan. After Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden, the White House released a photo of President Barack Obama and his cabinet inside the Situation Room, watching the daring raid unfold. Hidden from view, standing just outside the frame of that instantly iconic photograph was a career CIA analyst. In the hunt for the world's most-wanted terrorist, there may have been no one more important. His job for nearly a decade: finding bin Laden.

    The man who hunted Osama bin Laden

    After Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden, the White House released a photo of President Barack Obama and his Cabinet inside the Situation Room, watching the daring raid unfold.

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    Leading Democrat says GOP tax argument flawed

    A leading House Democrat thinks members of Congress could reach a deal to avoid a government default if they could get past the semantics of tax increases.

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    Man dies after falling down elevator shaft

    A man has died after falling down an elevator shaft at a Milwaukee apartment building.

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    State treasurer to offer bank vault tours

    Visitors to the Illinois State Capitol will soon get the chance to walk through an old bank vault.

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    In this photo taken in May 2001, Hononegah High School baseball player Anthony Billups bats during team practice in Rockton, Ill. Billups temporarily lost his sight for two months in the spring of 2003 but later recovered it. His blindness led to a path in music he used as a way to escape the stress and anxiety of losing his sight. He is now a country singer and songwriter and is coming back to Rockton to perform at Old Settlers Days.

    Blindness leads to music career

    Anthony Billups sat blind and alone in a Nashville, Tenn., hospital room, a handful of CDs and a hardly-used guitar by his bedside.

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    Pontiac woman dies after being struck by SUV

    Police in north-central Illinois are investigating the death of a 59-year-old woman who died after being hit by an SUV while walking in downtown Pontiac.

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    Iowa woman charged after dogs die in car

    An Iowa woman is charged with aggravated cruelty to animals after her dogs died in a hot car outside a Joliet store.

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    If commiment isn’t there, breaking up is right choice

    Woman wonders ifshe made the right decision breaking up with her boyfriend after he says he can't see himself ever getting married.

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    Batavia mulls downtown utility fix

    As Batavia officials make plans to start prettying up the downtown in 2012, they are considering what to do about a less-sexy aspect of the project: utilities. As long as streets and sidewalks are going to be torn up for streetscape work like adding trees, widening sidewalks and making colored crosswalks, should the city also then replace water mains, storm and sanitary sewers and electrical...

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    Norman B. Petroski

    Northwest Community staffer awarded cancer society honor

    Northwest Community Hospital oncology social worker Kim Jensen was among 11 outstanding cancer care providers to receive the 2011 American Cancer Society Lane W. Adams Quality of Life Award, a national prize for cancer caregiving.

Sports

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    White Sox center fielder Brent Lillibridge misses a fly ball that went for a triple by Kansas City Royals' Alcides Escobar during the second inning Tuesday at U.S. Cellular Field.

    White Sox' hitters clutch remains stuck

    When runners are on base, the pressure is supposed to be on the pitcher. It doesn't matter what level of baseball you're playing, that is a fact. Watching the White Sox this season, however, it appears to be nothing more than fiction.

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    Ramon Ortiz was the 10th different pitcher to start a game for the Cubs this season.

    Cubs' farm arms bringing mixed forecast

    The Cubs have gotten a lot of bad news about their pitchers in the minor leagues this year, but they got a no-hitter Monday night from lefty Austin Kirk for Class A Peoria. We have all the minor-league news in a "Farm and Fleita" report.

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    Fire-Man U ticket sales top 50,000

    More than 50,000 tickets have been sold for the Chicago Fire’s match against world-renowned English club Manchester United at Soldier Field on July 23.

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    Courtney Vandersloot of the Chicago Sky, left, drives hard to the basket against the defense of Nicky Anosike of the Washington Mystics during Tuesday’s game at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

    Fowles gets the Sky back on track

    Sylvia Fowles had her best game of the season in leading the Sky to a convincing 78-65 victory over the Washington Mystics. She rolled up a game-high 34 points, 1 point off of her career high, as well as 16 rebounds.

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    Washington Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa is upended by the Cubs' Jeff Baker during the first inning at Nationals Park on Tuesday. Baker was out on the play.

    Baker's wild error helps Nationals top Cubs 3-2

    Second baseman Jeff Baker's incredibly wayward throw gave the Washington Nationals a pair of runs in the first inning Tuesday night, and Ross Detwiler won his season debut in a 3-2 win over the Chicago Cubs.

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    Paul Konerko watches his solo home run against the Kansas City Royals during the second inning Tuesday at U.S. Cellular Field.

    White Sox unable to get to to Royals' Paulino

    Felipe Paulino struck out nine in six innings for his first victory in more than a year and the Kansas City Royals beat the White Sox 5-3 on Tuesday night.

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    Milwaukee Brewers slugger Prince Fielder, right, selected teammate Rickie Weeks, Los Angeles' Matt Kemp and St. Louis' Matt Holliday to represent the National League in Monday night's Home Run Derby.

    Fielder selects Weeks, Kemp, Holliday for HR Derby

    Milwaukee Brewers slugger Prince Fielder selected teammate Rickie Weeks, Los Angeles' Matt Kemp and St. Louis' Matt Holliday to represent the National League in Monday night's Home Run Derby.

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    Center fielder Brent Lillibridge misses a flyball that went for a triple by the Kansas City Royals’ Alcides Escobar in the second inning on Tuesday at U.S. Cellular Field.

    If Sox’ Mitchell misses, maybe Walker’s a hit

    Switch-hitting outfielder Keenyn Walker, the White Sox' first pick in last month's amateur draft, signed a contract Tuesday and is off to Advanced Rookie Great Falls.

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    The St. Louis Cardinals activated Albert Pujols off the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, a month ahead of schedule in his recovery from a broken left wrist.

    Cardinals activate slugger Albert Pujols off DL

    ST. LOUIS — Albert Pujols is more than just one of the best players in baseball. He's also an incredibly rapid healer.The St. Louis Cardinals activated their three-time NL MVP off the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, a month ahead of schedule in his recovery from a broken left wrist.Pujols was not in the lineup Tuesday night against Cincinnati. But manager Tony La Russa planned to use him off the bench in some capacity and said he expected Pujols would be in the lineup on Wednesday."Thrilled," La Russa said. "We all are. It's about as good a break as we could catch."The NL Central leaders initially believed Pujols would be out six weeks after getting hurt June 19 in a collision at first base with the Royals' Wilson Betemit. The Cardinals thought Pujols would be back in early August.Tuesday was the first day Pujols was eligible to return from the DL. He said he'd predicted 15 days would be enough."Does it surprise you?" the star first baseman asked. "It doesn't surprise me. A lot of people praying for me and I believe all the prayers are being answered."That's a good way to describe it."Reds manager Dusty Baker said he thought Pujols might be back early."I didn't think it was going to take as long as they said originally, knowing Albert," Baker said. "With modern medicine, and he's probably working on it around the clock, no it doesn't really surprise me."Somebody else, maybe. But not him."The team's medical staff cleared Pujols to return earlier in the day. For a final test, Pujols had an active pregame. Clad in shorts, Pujols took his first round of live batting practice from first base coach Dave McKay, and also fielded dozens of grounders at first base, then he had more hitting work indoors."He's not in the starting lineup because he hasn't had a rigorous workout and I feel like it would be good for him to get one of those, and then play tomorrow," La Russa said. "I just try to use common sense."The Cardinals placed left-handed reliever Brian Tallet on the 15-day disabled list with a right ribcage injury that the pitcher said had been hindering him for about a week. Tallet said the source of his injury was a violent sneeze."It wasn't anything weird," Tallet said. "I was just kind of laying down with my boy and coughed a couple times and then a big sneeze."La Russa said there was no chance that Pujols could talk his way into the lineup Tuesday. Lance Berkman was playing first base and Matt Holliday was in Pujols' No. 3 spot."We talked and that's private, that's between me and Tony and the trainers, so I don't have to tell you the discussion we had," Pujols said. "When he posted the lineup, if I was there it was fine."I'm just happy to be available for the ballclub, it's better than being on the DL, so I'm pretty excited."After taking indoor batting practice and fielding grounders outside Monday, Pujols said there was no pain and he felt great.The Cardinals went 6-7 without Pujols but entered the day leading the division by one game over Milwaukee."That's what our club has been doing, they've been doing a good job of compensating," La Russa said.Tallet missed 34 games earlier with a broken hand sustained making a tumbling putout at first base on April 12. He has allowed at least a run in seven of his 13 appearances since returning. He's 0-1 with an 8.31 ERA in 18 games overall.Tallet said he tried to pitch with the injury for five or six days before telling the team his delivery had been compromised."It just progressively didn't get any better, got a little worse, got a little worse," Tallet said. "I'm the kind of guy who's going to keep going out there battling through it until it gets to the point that you've got to make the move."

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    Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith will conduct NFL labor talks later this week after letting the lawyers handle paperwork for two days. Attorneys for both sides are sorting out contract language and details that could speed the process.

    NFL labor talks to resume later this week

    Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith will conduct NFL labor talks later this week after letting the lawyers handle paperwork for two days. Attorneys for both sides are sorting out contract language and details that could speed the process.

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    Cubs shuffle around 4 pitchers

    The Cubs' pitching carousel continued Tuesday when they made roster moves involving four hurlers and used their 10th different starter this season.

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    Davis Love III will be heading to the British Open after competing in this week’s John Deere Classic in Silvis, IL.

    With Love and Toms, JDC field even better

    The first of two PGA Tour stops in Illinois — this week’s John Deere Classic in Silvis — already had its share of good story lines with Steve Stricker trying for a three-peat and Louis Oosthuizen using the tournament as his final tuneup before defending his British Open title next week. But the JDC offers more than that thanks to two late entries.

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    Stage winner Cadel Evans of Australia, right, and three-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador of Spain, left with raised arm, look at each other as they cross the finish line of the fourth stage of the Tour de France cycling race Tuesday.

    Cadel Evans wins 4th stage of Tour de France

    Cadel Evans edged defending champion Alberto Contador in a photo finish Tuesday to win the fourth stage of the Tour de France, while Thor Hushovd kept the overall lead.

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    This artist rendering shows Roger Clemens, left, and his attorney Rusty Hardin in federal court in Washington Tuesday during his perjury trial.

    Ex-Yanks' drug use likely out of Clemens trial

    The federal judge who will preside over Roger Clemens' perjury trial said Tuesday he probably will not permit the pitcher's former teammates on the New York Yankees to give testimony aimed at bolstering the credibility of Clemens' former trainer, now a major prosecution witness.

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    Tiger Woods announced Tuesday on his website that he has been advised not to play next week at Royal St. George's. The decision is not a big surprise, considering he said the previous week at the AT&T National that he has not hit balls since The Players Championship nearly two months ago.

    Woods to skip British Open as leg recovers

    Those "minor" injuries to his left leg will keep Tiger Woods from playing in a second straight major, next week's British Open. In an announcement on his website on Tuesday that came as no surprise, Woods said he will miss the British Open.

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    Real Salt Lake has made a habit of winning since Elmhurst native Garth Lagerwey, left, took over as general manager in 2007. His roster includes several players with ties to the Chicago suburbs.

    Lagerwey credits roots for his success

    It kind of figures. Here is Real Salt Lake general manager Garth Lagerwey, a suburban Chicago guy, and he’s stockpiling Chicago-area players. Lagerwey also goes out of his way to credit his Chicago-area upbringing for his success in MLS.

Business

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    Holy Family Medical Center in Des Plaines.

    Provena, Resurrection Health Care to merge

    New leadership and possibly a new headquarters are in store once Provena Health and Resurrection Health Care's proposed merger is completed, possibly as early as October, officials said Tuesday. Hospital officials aim to create one of the largest Catholic health care systems in Illinois with a combined $3 billion in annual revenue. The merger pairs hospitals and other health care centers that mostly serve Aurora, Chicago, Danville, Des Plaines, Elgin, Joliet, Kankakee, Rockford and Urbana, as well as Avilla, Ind. The new system would include 12 hospitals, 28 long-term care and senior residential facilities, more than 50 primary and specialty care clinics and, six home health agencies.

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    Winchester to tranfers jobs out of Illinois

    OXFORD, Miss. — Winchester Ammunition has plenty of applicants for the 200-250 jobs it hopes to fill by the end of the year for its Oxford operation.The company is transferring its Centerfire operations from East Alton, Ill., over the next five years and will employ some 800 workers.Valerie Peters, Winchester’s director of operations, says hundreds of people showed up for the job fair this week.Winchester is building a 500,000-square-foot plant for its Centerfire operations, which makes rifle and pistol ammunition for commercial, military and law enforcement use.The company is no stranger to Oxford. Its parent company, Olin Corp., moved its Winchester Rimfire operations here in 2003 and its military packaging operations shortly afterward.Combined, the two operations employ about 350 workers.

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    Anti-nuclear activists from South Korea shout slogans as they attend an ant-nuclear demonstration in front of the German parliament the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany, Thursday. German lawmakers approved n the government’s plan to shut down the country’s nuclear power plants by 2022.

    German parliament approves nuclear shutdown

    German lawmakers have overwhelmingly approved the government’s plan for the country to shut down all its nuclear power plants by the end of 2022.

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    President Barack Obama will speak at the White House late Tuesday afternoon on the status of the negotiations to cut government spending and raise the nation's borrowing limit.

    Obama says no to short-term debt deal

    President Barack Obama prodded Congress Tuesday to reach a sweeping long-term deal within two weeks to raise the nation's borrowing limit rather than "kick the can down the road" with a makeshift, short-term solution to stave off a first-ever U.S. default.

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    Stocks stall as Moody's cuts Portugal debt rating

    The first week of July is off to a much slower start than the last week of June, when stocks had their biggest gains in two years. Major indexes were mixed for much of the day Tuesday but dipped in afternoon trading after Moody's downgraded Portugal's debt to "junk."

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    GOP uses budget, other tools to sap financial law

    Congressional Republicans are greeting the one-year anniversary of President Barack Obama's financial overhaul law by trying to weaken it, nibble by nibble.

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    Hospitals part of the merger
    Here’s a rundown of hospitals included in the merger proposal of Mokena-based Provena Health and Chicago-based Resurrection Health Care:Ÿ Provena Covenant Medical Center, UrbanaŸ Provena Mercy Medical Center, AuroraŸ Provena St. Joseph Hospital, ElginŸ Provena St. Joseph Medical Center, JolietŸ Provena St. Mary’s Hospital, KankakeeŸ Provena United Samaritans Medical Center, DanvilleŸ Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center, ChicagoŸ Resurrection Medical Center, ChicagoŸ St. Francis Hospital, EvanstonŸ St. Joseph Hospital, ChicagoŸ Sts. Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, ChicagoŸ Holy Family Medical Center, Des PlainesSources: Provena Health and Resurrection Health Care

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    Connecticut becomes first state requiring paid sick time

    Connecticut has become the first state to require businesses to offer employees paid sick time.

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    Bank of America settlement faces challenge

    Bank of America's $8.5 billion settlement with investors over poor-quality mortgage bonds is facing a new challenge.

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    Netflix to stream movies, shows in Latin America

    Netflix is expanding its movie and TV show streaming service into 43 countries throughout Latin America in the online movie rental company’s largest international expansion yet.

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    A lawsuit, filed the last week of June 2011, claims General Motors Co. fixed a defective part on police versions of the Chevrolet Impala but didn't correct the same problem in hundreds of thousands of other Impalas.

    Lawsuit says GM failed to fix thousands of Impalas

    A lawsuit claims General Motors Co. fixed a defective part on police versions of the Chevrolet Impala but didn't correct the same problem in hundreds of thousands of other Impalas.

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    Treasury prices rise on return of Greece worries

    U.S. government debt was back in favor after worries over European debt resurfaced with a warning about Greece's rescue package from a credit agency.

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    Gallup: Slight uptick in trust in newspapers, TV

    A new poll shows public confidence in newspaper and television news has picked up slightly in recent years but still lags behind levels of trust from two decades ago.

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    Concerns about global growth boost dollar

    The dollar is rising against the euro and yen as investors seek safety in the world's most heavily traded currency.

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    Recession hits transit budgets despite rising need

    Cash-strapped and debt-ridden, public transit systems across the nation are trimming service, raising fares and postponing badly needed upgrades just to maintain daily operations, even as rising gas prices increase demand and experts call modernization critical to cities' futures.

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    Stores find success by focusing on the hunt

    Trader Joe's, the specialty grocery chain, might not have the cheapest toilet paper or the most varieties of ketchup, but it hooks customers with mango butter, chocolate-covered pomegranate seeds and cilantro-and-jalapeno hummus.

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    TPG Capital buying Immucor for $1.97B in cash

    Blood-testing equipment maker Immucor Inc. said Tuesday it agreed to be acquired by TPG Capital in a deal worth $1.97 billion, or $27 per share in cash.

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    House panel to take up 3 trade agreements

    The House Ways and Means Committee will take up three long-pending free trade agreements in a package that does not include renewal of a worker aid program that the White House and Democrats say must be a part of any free trade agenda.

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    Duff & Phelps acquires Growth Capital Partners

    Investment firm Duff & Phelps Corp. on Tuesday said it has acquired Growth Capital Partners, a Houston-based investment bank, for an undisclosed amount.

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    Analysis blames NKorea for cyberattack on SKorea

    North Korea or its sympathizers were responsible for the cyberattack against South Korean government and banking websites earlier this year, according to a new analysis that said it also appears to have been linked to the 2009 massive computer-based attack that brought down U.S. government Internet sites.

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    Medicare 'doughnut hole' looms for drug customers

    The federal health care overhaul delivers deep price cuts this year that will benefit Medicare prescription drug customers who fall into a coverage gap known as the "doughnut hole." But limited coverage still may pose a financial challenge for a few more years.

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    The apps that eat your wireless data

    If you have a cellphone with a monthly limit on how much data you can use, here are some tips on what types of phone use will gobble up your precious megabytes.

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    Budgeting for wireless data on Verizon's new plans

    Are you a wireless data glutton or a nibbler?

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    AutoNation June sales up 3 pct from 2010

    Car dealer AutoNation Inc. said Monday its new vehicle sales rose 3 percent in June compared with the previous year, a smaller increase than the overall U.S. sales gain for the month.

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    Western Union to buy Travelex unit for nearly $1B

    Western Union says it has agreed to acquire Travelex Global Business Payments for about $973.8 million in cash, in a deal that will allow it to expand rapidly in the business of international payment processing.

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    Oil up past $96 on higher price forecast

    Oil prices bounced back above $95 a barrel Tuesday on the back of forecasts for more expensive crude in 2012, though gains were limited by the dollar's rise and doubts about global demand.

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    Stocks futures get a lift ahead of factory orders

    NEW YORK — Stock futures are rising as investors anticipate economic data this week.The government is expected to report Tuesday that businesses increased their orders for manufactured goods in May. That's evidence that parts shortages stemming from the March 11th earthquake in Japan are fading. Reports are also due out later this week on unemployment for June and activity at service-oriented companies.Ahead of the opening, Dow Jones industrial average futures are up 12, or 0.1 percent, at 12,526. Standard & Poor's 500 futures are flat at 1,334. Nasdaq 100 futures are up 6, or 0.3 percent, at 2,362.Last week, the Dow rose 648 points, its best week in two years, after Nike reported strong earnings and Greece cleared its final hurdle before receiving another round of loans.

Life & Entertainment

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    Are you the best cook in the suburbs? Prove it!

    You're the person who brings the best potato salad to the block party and even when you don't know what's for dinner when you walk in the door you manage pull together a fantastic meal for the family. You're the person we want for the first Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge.

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    Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe says he has given up drinking alcohol after realizing he was partying too hard.

    Harry Potter star says he no longer drinks

    Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe said he has given up drinking alcohol after realizing he was partying too hard. The 21-year-old actor says he began to drink too much while filming "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince," the sixth movie in the Harry Potter series, in 2009.

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    "You could say I've been providing kindling for this roast for a while," Charlie Sheen said about his upcoming celebrity roast on Comedy Central.

    Charlie Sheen next roastee for Comedy Central

    Comedy Central said Tuesday that Charlie Sheen has agreed to be the subject of its next celebrity roast. It will air on Sept. 19, which happens to be the same night that Ashton Kutcher debuts as Sheen's replacement in the CBS comedy "Two and a Half Men."

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    Dining events: Agio gets grilling in July

    In addition to Agio Italian Bistro’s authentic Italian cuisine, chef Marc Montagna will honor national grilling month (July) with a three-course grilled meal for $25.

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    "Star Wars: The Old Republic" gives gamers the chance to make decisions that help create the storyline.

    Choose your own video game adventure

    In an attempt to interest new customers, a new crop of video games calls for players to make choices that go beyond selecting a weapon. Among other things, players are asked to make moral decisions that force their characters — and the game's narrative — to evolve in different ways.

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    Keep Epsom salt on hand

    Epsom salt brings thoughts of a relaxing bath. you might pour it directly into your bath water or incorporate it into homemade bath salts or bath bombs. It can be used for more than just soothing aching muscles.

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    You can call these swirly confections from Gesine Bullock-Prado’s “Sugar Baby” by their French name, “guimauve,” but your kids will still call them “marshmallows.” And really delicious ones at that.

    Don’t harsh your homemade mallow

    Making your own marshmallows is one of those show-offy, culinary stunts that you should consider doing ... just because you CAN. And because homemade marshmallows taste way better — fluffier, airier, less gummy — than the packaged kind.

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    mauerdon_3sl051007bc Photo0607166 Cook Photo by Bob Chwedyk ///Food columnist Don Mauer.

    Tips for cooking favorite summer veggies

    What vegetable shouts summer? Corn tops my list. I can’t wait until Illinois corn shows up at local markets. I may not like the corn bits that stick between my teeth as I bite into a juicy ear, but it’s always worth it.

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    Pam Valnoha of Fox Lake slices squash for her pork cutlets and vegetables.

    Climbing that healthy eating mountain

    Pam Valnoha discovered that cooking, like climbing a mountain, is best approached one step at a time. It wasn't so ago the Fox Lake resident said she had a difficult time making the climb. During a Colorado trip with her husband, Tom, the pair scaled a 14,000-foot mountain. Pam said she fell behind due to her weight.

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    Cheesy Spinach
    Cook of the Week Pam Valnoha: Cheesy Spinach

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    Think thin? Think breakfast

    It seems like a paradox, but eating actually can help you maintain a healthy weight and even lose a few pounds, especially when comes to breakfast. Many of us skimp on this important first meal of the day, either because we’re in a rush or it seems like a good place to cut a few calories. Unfortunately, this usually leads to feeling starved by mid-morning.

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    Mango-Blueberry Breakfast Couscous
    Breakfast couscous

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    With frozen cheese ravioli and a quick, homemade sauce, you can have an elegant meal to enjoy solo or with friends.

    Ravioli for one

    Frozen cheese ravioli is one of the easiest desperate dinners for one. Delicious and delicate, frozen ravioli is available from several manufacturers.

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    Enjoy grilled vegetables hot or cold

    Q. What kinds of vegetables are suitable for grilling?A. Some of the classic vegetable choices for grilling include asparagus, corn on the cob, onions, mushrooms, peppers, zucchini and eggplant.

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    With frozen cheese ravioli and a quick, homemade sauce, you can have an elegant meal to enjoy solo or with friends.

    Five-Minute Cheese Ravioli
    Deperation Dinners: Ravioli for One

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    Courtesy of Stewart, Tabori & Chang You can call these swirly confections from Gesine Bullock-Prado’s “Sugar Baby” by their French name, “guimauve,” but your kids will still call them “marshmallows.” And really delicious ones at that.

    Marshmallows
    Eat in and save: Marashmallow

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    Cold Celery Soup with Apple and Blue Cheese
    Cold Celery Soup with Apple and Blue Cheese

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    Green Beans with Fresh Lime and Mustard
    Lean and Lovin' it: Green Beans with Fresh Lime and Mustard

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    Shaved celery and sardines on blue cheese toast

    Shaved Celery and Sardines on Blue Cheese Toast
    Shaved Celery and Sardines on Blue Cheese Toast

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    Mahi-mahi with Baised Celery

    Mahi-mahi With Braised Celery
    Celery with mahi-mahi

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    In October, Elijah Wood heads to New Zealand to film "The Hobbit," but for now he's happy to be starring in the new FX series "Wilfred."

    Elijah Wood loves 'total madness' of new TV show

    Elijah Wood's latest acting gig is ridiculous, and he's OK with that. The actor stars in the new FX show "Wilfred," playing a depressed guy named Ryan who finds a new zest for life while hanging out with his neighbor's dog Wilfred, except this dog is quite different.

Discuss

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    Paul vs. Pasteur

    One test of a presidential candidate is how he or she describes an ideal America. For some, it is a nation without homogenization. But what about the other Republican contenders?

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    Big steps and baby steps

    Just days after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law legislation legalizing same-sex marriage,the coalition supporting similar legislation in that state effectively conceded defeat. Unable to collect the necessary votes in the House, the openly gay Speaker introduced legislation providing same-sex couples not the option of marriage but of "civil union."

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    Obama’s ‘mission accomplished’

    There was no banner, no naval cheering section, no aircraft-carrier landing and thank heavens no flight suit. But make no mistake: President Obama gave his own version of a “mission accomplished” speech last week

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    Sex, drugs and minefields of conjecture

    Sometimes fiction can’t improve on life. Case in point: The unfolding saga of the immigrant hotel housekeeper allegedly raped by the wealthy French international banker and politician.

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    Illinois GOP had better mobilize
    Why is the Illinois Republican Party not mobilizing?Absolutely amazing that, due to “redistricting” in Illinois, the leaders in the Illinois Republican Party have not started to mobilize and plan for the March 2012 primary, both state and federal.

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    Scale back county board pay, benefits
    I understand the retirement costs per county board member are something above $7,000 per year with a salary of more than $50,000 while they are elected. These costs added to other benefit costs and the salary bring the total to more than $80,000 each per year. These do not include retirement payments. The taxpayer should not be required to pay this high cost.

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    Why we do need the Electoral College
    A June 9 letter stated that “we must abolish the Electoral College.” I disagree. The Constitution was not easily passed, but required enourmous debate and compromise.

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    Many folks behind Pride of the Fox
    On behalf of Pride of the Fox Inc. and the event committee specifically we would like to thank everyone who helped make this year’s 29th Annual Pride of the Fox RiverFest such a rousing success.

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    Job seekers should mind Internet manners
    You may be your own worst enemy if your online behavior and digital track record fails to reinforce the image you are projecting in your resume.

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    Passionate teachers earned pensions
    I don’t know you, Mr. Jim Marks (Suburban teachers have it too good 6-21-11), but it sounds to me that you have a bad case of “sour grapes.”

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    The answer to all our problems
    Having watched the first Republican candidates debate, I was amazed to see the final, comforting solution to the nation’s problems, as follows:Barack Obama must be defeated in the next election.

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    Time for Dist. 41 taxpayers to be heard
    A new year will begin for the Glen Ellyn Elementary District 41 board on Aug. 8 at 7:15 p.m. at their school administration building, 793 N. Main St. This will begin the last year of a 4-year contract with the teachers. They will soon begin negotiations for a new contract. It is a critical time for the taxpayers of the district.

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    AMA has supported health reform law
    A recent letter to the editor (“Time of good sense and judgment,” June 29) was wrong about the American Medical Association’s position on the Affordable Care Act. The AMA supported the health reform law, which expanded health insurance coverage and included insurance market reforms and initiatives to promote prevention and wellness. These are important changes in line with AMA policy, including our long-standing policy in favor of covering the uninsured.

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    Business is engine of economy
    I don’t expect that liberals will ever understand that government is an expense that never created any wealth. Business is the engine that moves the vehicle down the road and creates wealth, but in case some “independent” doesn’t know what to think until told by a liberal, I wanted the truth to be published.

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    Take a look at Sweden’s success
    In Sweden all are sharing in the growth, not just the top 10 percent as in the U.S. Liberalism, when practiced correctly, helps all members of society thrive and prosper, not just a select few.

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