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Daily Archive : Monday July 25, 2011

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    DuPage County Fair schedule
    The DuPage County Fair is back for another fun-filled year. The annual five-day event begins Wednesday, July 27 and runs through Sunday, July 31. For the first time the fair will have a beer and wine garden and will showcase returning family favorites like the demolition derby.

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    Jimmy Lallaman of Winthrop Harbor brings his pig into the stall during set up Monday for the start of the 2011 Lake County Fair at the fairgrounds in Grayslake. The fair starts Tuesday and runs through Sunday.

    Everything is in place for Lake County Fair

    People setting up and getting ready for Tuesday's start of the 2011 Lake County Fair. Need several photos for Tuesday's print plus extra shots to start a photo gallery.

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    Rep. Joe Walsh, a former teacher with a history of foreclosure and liens for failing to pay income taxes, ran against runaway spending in Washington and the health care overhaul law and won his swing district in 2010 by just 291 votes. Now, he's trying not to get pulled under as voters concerned about a debt default turn a skeptical eye toward his service.

    Walsh makes voters uneasy with debt stance

    Rep. Joe Walsh has been among the most outspoken critics of the bipartisan debt negotiations, which has made him a favorite of anti-government tea party activists, limited the maneuvering room of House Speaker John Boehner in his negotiations with Obama and caught the attention of his constituents -- not always in a good way.

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    Papayas grown in Mexico are being blamed for a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 17 people in Illinois.

    Salmonella outbreak linked to papayas

    A salmonella outbreak possibly linked to papayas grown in Mexico has sickened 17 people in Illinois including residents of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, Willl and Winnebago counties, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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    A bicyclist watches out for traffic as he rides on the shoulder near a memorial set up along Church Street in Lake Zurich for hit-and-run victim Gabriella Drozdz. The Lake Zurich teenager was killed and two friends were injured when they were hit by an SUV Friday night as they walked to Alpine Fest.

    Reward to be offered in fatal Lake Zurich hit-and-run

    The family of the Lake Zurich teen who died in a weekend hit-and-run say they are creating a monetary reward for anyone who provides information or helps track down the driver who killed her. Loved ones said Monday they have already raised a lot of money.

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    The emerald ash borer has sparked a debate in Winfield on whether money should be spent on a tree survey to determine the extent of the problem.

    Winfield may spend $12,400 on ash borer study

    The emerald ash borer is in Winfield. But while most villages get proactive and fight the little critter, some trustees in Winfield say the $12,400 needed for a tree survey would be better spent on roads.

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    Crystal Lake man charged with fraud against of Rolling Meadows firm

    Instead of getting reimbursed for legitimate business-related expenses, a former high-ranking Northrop Grumman employee is accused of using his corporate credit card to spend more than $215,000 to remodel his home, make car payments and pay his taxes.

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    83rd Lake County Fair offers simpler time

    Where else in Lake County can residents see a tractor pull, a demolition derby, a 4-H livestock show and monkeys racing around on dogs, all while enjoying live music and eating funnel cake and corn on the cob - only at the Lake County Fair.

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    A 15-by-20-foot sinkhole continued to cause traffic delays at the northwest corner of Dundee and Hicks roads in Palatine Monday. Officials say it may take up to two weeks before the hole is completely repaired.

    Palatine’s sinkhole could take two weeks to fix

    It could take up to two weeks before crews completely repair a 15-by-20-foot sinkhole that opened up Saturday afternoon at Dundee and Hicks road in Palatine. The good news, however, is that southbound traffic on Hicks is resuming. But it's still an area to avoid, Village Manage Reid Ottesen said.

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    Palatine, Bensenville, St. Charles schools get tech grants

    Students in four select suburban school districts -- Palatine, Bensenville, St. Charles and Aurora -- will be getting I-PADS to use, thanks to $1.2 million in grants from the Illinois State Board of Education's Low-Cost Laptop program.

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    Hoffman Estates man gets 4 years for fatal crash

    Jay Yi, 21, was sentenced to 4 years in prison Monday in exchange for his guilty plea in the November 2010 crash that killed his passenger, Christopher Vega, 20, of Hoffman Estates. The court recommended Yi, for the IDOC impact incarceration (boot camp) program.

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    Wheeling's Aldi food store in Dunhurst Plaza, at the corner of Dundee Road and Route 83, is closing July 31. Village officials say the shopping center's owner should be doing more to improve the property.

    Wheeling trustees criticize Dunhurst Plaza landlord

    When village officials announced at a recent board meeting that Aldi is closing its Wheeling discount food store, trustees blamed the landlord. “We can't be held hostage by a shopping center that looks just average,” said Wheeling Trustee Ray Lang, referring to Dunhurst Plaza at Dundee and Elmhurst roads.

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    Officials meet with contractors Tuesday

    Prospect Heights will soon announce a schedule for Phase 1 of street reconstruction and resurfacing, City Administrator Anne Marin said Monday night.

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    Hoffman Estates restores reserve funds

    Hoffman Estates financials exceeded projections, a reason why the board is working to restore minimum fund balances to levels seen in 2010.

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    Prospect Hts. bank robbery suspect in custody

    The suspect in a July 19 attempted Prospect Heights bank robbery has been arrested after police said he left his wallet in the back of a taxi cab he fled the scene in.

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    Prospect Heights mayor looks to upgrade lift station

    The deluge over the weekend flooded areas of Prospect Heights, including city hall. Mayor Nick Helmer said he hopes to upgrade a city lift station to reduce the risk of future floods.

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    District 300 expects budget surplus

    Despite the state still owing Community Unit District 300 about $9 million in categorical payments from the previous school year, school leaders said the district will start the 2011-12 school year in the black.

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    1 airlifted from Hampshire car, semi crash

    One person was airlifted from the scene of a crash involving a semi-tractor and a car in Hampshire on Monday afternoon, according to fire officials.

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    Survey shows little support for Geneva arts center

    Geneva doesn’t want a cultural arts center. That’s the conclusion from a cultural needs assessment the city conducted. Of those who answered how Geneva should come up with a center, only 6 percent thought anybody should build one. "That answers the question for a long time to come,” one of the researchers said.

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    Charges expected after fatal Wauconda crash

    A 47-year-old man is in custody after police said his blood alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit when he caused an accident Sunday night that killed a motorcyclist in Wauconda.

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    President Barack Obama addresses the nation from the East Room of the White House Monday on the approaching debt limit deadline.

    Obama: Halt ‘3-ring-circus’ of debt debate

    Decrying a “partisan three-ring circus” in the nation’s capital, President Barack Obama criticized a newly minted Republican plan to avert an unprecedented government default Monday night and said congressional leaders must produce a compromise that can reach his desk before the Aug. 2 deadline.

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    Mark Lewis

    Brother of slain Naperville woman fighting extradition

    Mark Lewis, brother of a 59-year-old Naperville woman who was found beaten to death last month, is fighting extradition from Florida to Illinois. “It may take some time, but we still want him for the ID theft and he is still a person of interest with the Naperville Police Department regarding the passing of his sister,” Naperville Sgt. John Westlove said.

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    Mike Donner of Mount Prospect clears out some of the flood damage to his basement.

    Images: Cleaning up the mess from weekend flooding
    Flooding over the weekend hit residents in the northwest suburbs particularly hard, as you can see from Bob Chwedyk's photos from Mount Prospect today where resident Mike Donner was gutting his basement.

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    Greg and Bailey Hunt of Sycamore add fans to their pens in the hog barn at the DuPage County Fairgrounds. The fair opens Wednesday.

    Curtain set to rise on DuPage County Fair

    The DuPage County Fair is nearly here.Animals are scheduled to arrive Tuesday afteroon in Wheaton in preparation for this year’s fair, which starts Wednesday and runs through Sunday at the fairgrounds at Manchester and County Farm roads. On Monday, crews were busy getting the fairgrounds ready.

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    $100,000 bail for Palatine man charged with aggravated DUI

    Schaumburg police charged a 35-year-old Palatine man with aggravated DUI following an early morning crash on Sunday in which they say he hit another car head-on.

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    Crespo plans Aug. 3 town-hall meeting in Hoffman Estates

    State Rep. Fred Crespo will host his second town-hall meeting of the summer on Wednesday, Aug. 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Hoffman Estates Police Department, 411 W. Higgins Road.

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    Arrest in Aurora Twp. shooting

    Jeannette M. Lyte, 35, of Montgomery, is accused of shooting a woman in the arm on June 16 in Aurora Township. She faces up to 15 years in prison if found guilty and is due in court on Friday.

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    Burglars target cars in Buffalo Grove

    Several purses and other items were stolen last week during five vehicle burglaries at athletic fields and fitness clubs in Buffalo Grove, police said.

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    Great Lakes Naval Band in Lindenhurst

    The Great Lakes Naval Band “Horizon” will wrap up the Lindenhurst Park District’s Concert in the Park Series Wednesday, July 27 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The concert will take place at Engle Memorial Park, 2200 E. Grass Lake Road, Lindenhurst. “Horizon” will be completing the 19th year if the Lindenhurst Park District’s Concert in the Park Series. Admission is free and concessions will be provided by...

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    “The Dang-Its” come to Mundelein

    The “Dang-Its” band makes its way to Mundelein as part of the 2011 outdoor concert series on Sunday, July 31, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Kracklauer Park, 100 N. Seymour Ave., downtown Mundelein. It features Western swing and Americana music. Admission is free. Residents should bring food, blankets, and lawn chairs for a picturesque picnic-like setting while listening to music. For information,...

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    IDOT goodies for Gurnee police

    Gurnee police recently received some new traffic enforcement equipment from the Illinois Department of Transportation at an awards banquet hosted by the state agency.

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    Mundelein man dies in motorcycle crash

    A 26-year-old Mundelein man died Sunday night after crashing his motorcycle at a high rate of speed in Vernon Hills.

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    McHenry man gets jail, probation for soliciting girl

    A McHenry man was sentenced to 160 days in jail Monday after he admitted soliciting a sex act from a 7-year-old girl. Kevin Hilderbrandt, 40, pleaded guilty to indecent solicitation of a child during a hearing before Lake County Circuit Judge Fred Foreman.

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    Elgin teen charged with crashing stolen car

    Police charged an Elgin man with unlawful possession of a stolen motor vehicle and misdemeanor reckless driving following a crash Sunday morning in Hanover Park.

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    Indian Trails has 35 candidates for director

    Indian Trails Public Library in Wheeling has closed the application window and now has 35 candidates interested in becoming its next executive director. The board expects to fill the job by October.

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    The exterior of the downtown Naperville Post Office will be returned to its original 1939 grandeur when it becomes the new downtown home of Naperville Bank & Trust early next year.

    Naperville’s 71-year-old post office gets facelift, bank

    With the renovation of the downtown Naperville Post Office building just weeks away, officials from the Naperville Bank & Trust have revealed their plans to redevelop the 1940 facility.

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    Police reports

    A bottle of vodka, $50 in gift cards and $140 were stolen June 11 from a graduation party in the 6N200 block of East Ridgewood Drive near St. Charles, reports said. The theft was reported on Saturday, a Kane County Sheriff's report said.

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    Irene Pierce

    Cuts hitting Lake County’s mental health, substance abuse help

    Lake County Health Department officials are concerned about continued funding reductions they say have been particularly rough on substance abuse and mental health programs. The agency announced last week a $1.3 million reduction in state and federal aid leading to 25 employee layoffs.

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    Winfield’s acting chief wants the job full time

    The search for a permanent police chief in Winfield continues, with a new chief expected to be in place by the end of the summer.

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    Police reports

    Five lounge chairs were broken sometime Saturday night or early Sunday morning at the Lords Park Pool, 325 Hiawatha Drive in Elgin, according to police reports. Someone apparently climbed the fence into the pool area and used the chairs to go down the water slide, reports said. A life guard chair was also pushed into the water but there was no damage to the pool or the chair, reports said.

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    Quinn continues to defend budget without raises

    Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday defended signing a budget that his administration says didn't fully fund a dozen state agencies even before the Chicago Democrat canceled raises for thousands of state workers.

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    Lake Villa Library starts first teen advisory board

    The Lake Villa District Library will gather more information about how to better serve teens, thanks to the formation of a teen advisory board, officials said. “We have been increasing our programs aimed at a 7 to 12th grade demographic. We thought it was time that they have a say in the programs and materials we provide,” said Kerry Reed, the head of library’s youth services.

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    Can Elgin’s senior tax rebate survive?

    Elgin City Council members on Wednesday will discuss whether they can still fund the senior citizen property tax rebate program that’s been in existence for 15 years. Since it began the city has rebated more than $9 million, but given the uncertainty of revenue coming from the Grand Victoria Casino these days, it may not continue - at least not in the same form.

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    Schaumburg man gets 40 years for 2009 armed robbery

    Martino Jackson, 39, admitted robbing a Schaumburg recycling business at gunpoint in 2009 and was sentenced to 40 years in prison Monday in Rolling Meadows. Jackson, who has a previous armed robbery conviction, must serve at least 50 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.

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    Lee Barrett

    Dundee election fixture re-enters fray

    Lee Barrett, known around the Fox Valley for throwing his hat into a number of political races, is planning another candidacy. On Monday, he announced his run for Kane County’s newly redrawn 21st District, which includes parts of West Dundee, East Dundee and Carpentersville.

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    Flood moves Arlington Hts. Chamber of Commerce office

    The Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce basement office was flooded over the weekend and has moved upstairs at the Village Bank & Trust.

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    Ela Theater Company presents ‘Oklahoma,’ ‘Seussical Jr.’

    The Lake Zurich-based Ela Theater Company will perform two musicals July 28—31 at the Wauconda High School Performing Arts Center.

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    Mount Prospect men charged with beating cabbie

    Two men who prosecutors say pummeled a cabdriver after he drove them from Rolling Meadows to Mount Prospect appeared in bond court Monday.

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    Heat wave now blamed for 12 Chicago-area deaths

    The recent heat wave in the Chicago area has now claimed 12 lives.

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    A television broadcasts news about the debt ceiling while traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange in New York Monday.

    Impasse over debt sends stocks lower

    Stocks fell Monday after Republican and Democratic leaders offered competing proposals to avoid a catastrophic default on the U.S. government’s debt.

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    Inquiry into fatal Wis. boat crash may take months

    Investigating a high-speed boat collision that killed four people, including three groomsmen celebrating a weekend wedding, could take several months, authorities said Monday.

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    Daniel T. Charneski

    Cary man guilty of convenience store robbery, attack

    A Cary man faces up to 35 years in prison after a jury convicted him of robbing a Crystal Lake convenience store and beating the clerk with a metal pipe.

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    Kane County lobbyist defends his contracts

    Kane County's lobbyist showed up Monday to defend his spot on the payroll. A county board committee listened to Andy Raucci explain what it is he does for the county and why county board members can't effectively lobby state lawmakers on their own. Committee members complained about never seeing reports of Raucci's activity and questioned how he could play both sides of the field if conflicts...

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    4 injured while detasseling corn in rural Illinois

    Several farm workers removing tassels from corn were hurt by an electrical shock in an accident near the northwestern Illinois village of Tampico.

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    Heat kept many away from Kane Co. Fair

    As expected, Kane County Fair attendance was down about 10 percent this year. Organizers blame the blistering heat weather for a particularly poor opening two days.

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    Michael Barbee, Lindenhurst man, faces up to 12 years in prison after admitting he was driving drunk when he caused a car crash that injured two women. ¬

    Lindenhurst man gets jail, probation for DUI crash

    A Lindenhurst man was ordered Monday to spend a year in jail when not working or attending treatment for causing a car crash that injured two women. Lake County Circuit Judge John Phillips also placed Michael Barbee, 20, on probation for two year’s probation.

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    People gather to observe a minute’s silence at noon in front of the Norwegian Embassy in Copenhagen Monday.

    Norway seeks to keep peace amid homegrown terror

    The confessed terrorist hoped to trigger a nationalist revolution in Norway. But his double act of mass murder and destruction seems to have stirred only dignified defiance in this wealthy, idealistic nation renowned for its commitment to peace.

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    The ticket booth at the main entrance of the Lake County Fair in Grayslake remains unfinished.

    Lake County Fair opening signals fresh start

    After more than two years, the Lake County Fair Association is settled at its sprawling new digs on Peterson Road in Grayslake. But in some ways, the long-standing celebration of agriculture will be starting fresh when the 83rd annual fair opens Tuesday.

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    Author Dee Dee Sutherland reinforces anti-bullying tools with one of the children in the audience after her presentation at Harper College.

    Hawthorn Woods author tells kids to end the silence

    Hawthorn Woods author Dee Dee Sutherland was bullied as a child. Now, she tells today's victims how to help themselves, and says she wishes she had these tools when she was a child.

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    California’s Brown vows to ‘crush’ renewable-energy opposition

    California Governor Jerry Brown said his state would become a world leader in solar power by implementing his campaign pledge to produce 20,000 megawatts of renewable energy in the state by 2020.The 73-year-old Democrat said that while Germany and China may lead in total power garnered from the sun, California would be the most productive in that category in the U.S.

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    Muslims prepare for summertime Ramadan fasting
    Associated Press

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    Skate rink DJ: Gunman 'smooth, cool' as he shot 5

    The disc jockey at the Texas roller rink where a man went on a shooting rampage during his son's birthday party says the gunman was "smooth, cool" as he shot his estranged wife and members of her family.

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    In this picture taken May 20, a physicist explains the Atlas experiment on a board at the European Center for Nuclear Research, CERN, outside Geneva, Switzerland. The painting shows how a Higgs boson may look like in Atlas.

    Atom smasher closes in on elusive particle

    Scientists hoping to puzzle out how the Universe began will find a long-sought theoretical particle or rule out that it exists by the end of 2012, the director of the world’s largest atom smasher predicted Monday.

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    Hedge funds boost natural gas after losing bets

    Hedge funds raised bullish bets on natural gas for the first week in six, reversing wagers on falling prices for the power-plant fuel, as a heat wave swept across much of the U.S.

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    Story of trapped Chilean miners set for big screen

    The story of the Chilean miners who were trapped underground for more than two months is on its way to the big screen.

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    Firms paid nearly $1M to lobby Cook Co. officials

    A government website for analyzing lobbying activity in Cook County has added a new feature that allows users to download all reports onto one spreadsheet.

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    Ex-Cicero official's home to hit auction block

    For sale: House in sleepy-looking Chicago suburb steeped in mob history since the days of Al Capone where a mayor lived before moving into a federal prison for her role in a mob-related insurance scam. Lunch included.

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    Approval also is on hold for airports to receive a new generation of super large airliners, including permission for Boeing 747-800s to begin servicing San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, Newark, N.J., and Huntsville, Ala., according to the FAA.

    Dozens of airport construction projects halted

    Dozens of airport construction projects across the country are on hold and thousands of federal employees are not working because Congress failed to pass legislation to keep the Federal Aviation Administration operating, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Monday.

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    Obama renews pledge on immigration reform

    President Barack Obama is asking Hispanic activists to build a movement outside Washington to push for overhauling immigration, saying he can't do it by himself and Republicans aren't playing along.

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    Patrick Dimpsey, a Roselle college sophomore, biked for 50 days from New Jersey to San Francisco. The journey totaled more than 3,600 miles and ended Sunday, July 3.

    Roselle man bikes cross-country for Huntington's disease

    For 19-year-old Patrick Dimpsey of Roselle, a cross-country summer road trip meant a little less gas, a little more endurance and a lot of pedaling. The Winona State University sophomore completed a more than 3,600-mile bike ride with seven of his friends to help raise awareness about Huntington's disease.

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    Administration launches new push on global crime

    The Obama administration is launching a new strategy to take on international criminal organizations, targeting crime factions in Mexico, Japan, Italy and Eastern Europe with a presidential executive order aimed at disrupting their financial operations.

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    Batavia teens can enter Book Trailer Contest
    The Batavia Public Library is inviting teens to create a short spot about their favorite books for its Book Trailer Contest.

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    Chicago's first protected bike lane completed

    It's a milestone for Chicago bike enthusiasts. Chicago's Department of Transportation says the city's first protected bike lane has been completed on the city's near northwest side, not far from downtown. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Monday.

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    Convalescent Center resident Philip Schiller is helped out to the garden by volunteer Karen Harris. Schiller's individual plot includes a flourishing carrot patch.

    It's a fruitful yield at DuPage Convalescent Center

    In a "secret garden" at the DuPage Convascent Center, residents plant flowers and vegetables that often result in ribbons, cash or just a tasty treat.

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    Shannon Smigielski

    Grayslake Dist. 46 board ponders ‘adopt-a-school' program

    Grayslake Elementary District 46 board member Shannon Smigielski is pushing for a program that would have each of seven elected officials "adopt" a school. “For me, it's more about appreciation of the staff," she said.

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    Garage sale to benefit Huntley marching band

    Instead of the typical fundraisers like candy bar and cookie sales, the Huntley High School Marching Band will host a four-day garage sale. Proceeds help buy instruments and pay competition fees.

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    Autopsies planned in central Ill. plane crash

    Autopsies are scheduled later in the day for three people killed in a fiery plane crash in central Illinois.

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    Union vote on Honeywell contract stalled

    A union vote on a three-year contract proposal that could end a 13-month lockout involving 230 workers at a southern Illinois plant that helps make nuclear fuel may be on hold.

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    Arlington Heights' Mitsuwa hosts Japanese festival

    Mitsuwa Marketplace in Arlington Heights will host the colorful Bon-Dancing festival Aug. 6. The traditional Japanese festival, it will have authentic food, entertainment and even a jazz concert.

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    Norway rampage culprit expects life in jail

    The self-described perpetrator of one of the worst modern mass murders in peacetime calmly said in court Monday that that he expects to spend the rest of his life in prison for bombing Norway's capital and opening fire on a political youth group retreat, officials said. Anders Behring Breivik told the court as he entered a not guilty plea that he wanted to save Europe from Muslim immigration and...

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    Pentagon: US transport funds end up with Taliban

    Money from a multibillion-dollar U.S. transportation contract in Afghanistan has made its way into the hands of the Taliban, the Pentagon said Monday, promising to tighten the rules for future spending.

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    Groupon partners with Chicago for school supplies

    Groupon and the nation's third-largest school district are partnering for a new program aimed at providing school supplies for low income students.

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    Flood warning in effect for Des Plaines, DuPage rivers

    The National Weather Service has a flood warning in effect for sections of the Des Plaines River and the east branch of the DuPage River, affecting Cook and Will counties.

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    Illinoisan runs Negro League grave marker project

    An organization that provides headstones on the unmarked graves of Negro Leagues baseball players has focused most of its efforts at a suburban Chicago cemetery that's been making headlines for a gruesome scandal over burial plots.

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    Pelosi calls for ethics probe into Wu sex report

    Oregon Democratic Rep. David Wu faced increased pressure Monday after House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi called for an ethics investigation over an 18-year-old woman's claim of an "unwanted sexual encounter" with him.

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    The McHenry County Historical Society recently put a historical plaque on the contemporary Alford Home, the first true Mid-Century Modern Style home in McHenry County.

    Historical society gives plaque to Alford home
    The McHenry County Historical Society Committee recently put a historical plaque on the Dr. Franklin and Mrs. Rilla Alford home, located in the village of Lakewood at 1110 S. Shore Drive. The house was part of the 'New Look' of modern architecture.

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    FBI inquiry of Murdoch's empire: reliance on Brits

    The FBI is just cranking up a preliminary review of whether alleged phone hacking and bribery by Rupert Murdoch's media empire violated U.S. laws, but any resolution may well have to await the outcome of British investigations.

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    Obama fundraisers postponed amid debt limit talks

    President Barack Obama's re-election campaign has postponed several fundraisers because of the ongoing talks over raising the debt limit.

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    Illinois Tool buys Despatch Industries

    Illinois Tool Works Inc., which makes industrial tools and products, said Monday that it has acquired Despatch Industries, which provides thermal processing equipment for the solar and thermal technology markets.

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    Pianists can apply now to participate in the “American Grands XVII” concerts, held annually at Elgin Community College and featuring more than 500 performers.

    ECC taking applications for ‘American Grands XVII’

    Pianists of all levels may apply to perform in the Elgin Community College Arts Center’s American Grands XVII. The event will be Saturday, Jan. 28, at the college, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin.

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    Shots fired during armed robbery at casino

    Police are investigating an armed robbery at the Potawatomi Bingo Casino in Milwaukee.

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    Schumer: Reid plan could end political stalemate

    The third ranking Democrat in the Senate says a deficit-reduction proposal put forward by Majority Leader Harry Reid has the best chance of ending the political stalemate and avoiding a government default.

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    Police: Missing baby, teen sitter found in DC

    A 7-month-old baby who disappeared from Baltimore with his teenage sitter was found Monday in Washington, police said.

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    Obama visitors: Hispanic leaders, baseball champs

    Immigration issues are expected to be the top of the agenda when President Barack Obama addresses a major Hispanic civil rights organization on Monday.

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    Friends and family of hit-and-run victim Gabriella Drozdz march in the Lake Zurich Alpine Festival parade in her memory Sunday. Drozdz, of Lake Zurich, was killed by someone driving an SUV Friday night as she and two other friends were walking along Church Street on their way to Alpine Fest.

    Police, family of Lake Zurich teen search for answers in fatal hit-and-run

    As friends of Gabriella Drozdz gathered Sunday to honor her memory in Lake Zurich’s Alpine Fest Parade, the family of the 18-year-old killed in a hit-and-run crash Friday focused on the next steps. A memorial service is tentatively planned for July 29 with a funeral on July 30. The family also plans to create a reward fund for anyone with information about the driver responsible for Drozdz's...

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    During last year’s Stadtmitte History Crawl, participants listen to “William and Dina Busse” (Paul Hoefert and Jill Tumberger) discuss the location of their former home on the site of what is now Vino100.

    Stadtmitte History Crawl showcases the best of Mount Prospect’s past and present

    What do early Mount Prospect residents, current downtown businesses, and the Mount Prospect Historical Society have in common? All are ingredients in the society’s second annual “Stadtmitte History Crawl,” to be held on Friday evening, July 29.

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    Security cameras planned for more Chicago schools

    Security cameras linked directly to police stations may be coming to more than a dozen troubled Chicago high schools in a bid to create a safer atmosphere in the nation's third-largest school district.

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    Authorities: Man drowns in western Illinois lake

    Authorities in western Illinois say a man drown while fishing at Whispering Oaks Campground near Mendon.

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    Are higher tolls on the horizon? It's a possibility as Illinois State Toll Highway Authority directors prepare to vote on a 10-year-capital plan that could include an Elgin-O'Hare extension and western bypass around the airport, widening and rebuilding I-90, and an interchange at I-294 and I-57 in the south suburbs.

    Venting about higher tolls, fewer trains

    Are higher tolls on the horizon? It's a possibility as Illinois State Toll Highway Authority directors prepare to vote on a 10-year-capital plan that could include an Elgin-O'Hare extension and western bypass around the airport, widening and rebuilding I-90, and an interchange at I-294 and I-57 in the south suburbs.

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    Man teaches power of self-control

    Kevin Hughes doesn't want to hurt you. Which is good news, considering his repertoire for pain distribution could fill several heavy volumes.

Sports

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    Sox outfielder Carlos Quentin, left, celebrates Monday with Paul Konerko, center, and A.J. Pierzynski after Chicago’s 6-3 win over the Detroit Tigers.

    Big week for GM, White Sox

    With the threat of a roster overhaul hanging over their heads, the White Sox opened a 10-game homestand Monday night with a big 6-3 win over the first-place Tigers.

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    Can Sox starter Jake Peavy recapture some of that old magic Tuesday against Justin Verlander and the Tigers?

    Peavy ready to battle Verlander

    Not too many years ago, Tuesday night’s probable starters would have been a pitching matchup of equals: The White Sox’ Jake Peavy vs. the Tigers’ Justin Verlander. But these days, Verlander has the edge.

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    Reliably, Buehrle cool under pressure

    Mark Buehrle was unflappable on the mound during the White Sox' 6-3 win over Detroit Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

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    Elk Grove takes Cook County title

    Connor McHugh's RBI single gave Elk Grove its second Cook County American Legion baseball title in three years with a 3-2 victory over Palatine on Monday.

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    President Barack Obama greets flamboyant San Francisco Giants reliever Brian Wilson in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Monday during a ceremony honoring the 2010 World Series baseball champions.

    Obama salutes World Series champs

    President Barack Obama hailed the San Francisco Giants as "characters with character" in a ceremony at the White House on Monday.

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    White Sox third base coach Jeff Cox, left, greets A.J. Pierzynski after his home run off Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Chance Ruffin during Monday’s sixth inning at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Sox 3½ games off division lead

    Mark Buehrle pitched six innings and Carlos Quentin hit a bases-loaded double Monday night as the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 6-3 to pull within 3 ½ games of first in the AL Central.

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    Arouca takes Illinois Open lead

    Philip Arouca has the lead after the first round of the 62nd Illinois Open Championship at Hawthorn Woods Country Club. Arouca carded a 6-under-par 65 and holds a 1-stroke advantage over Jonathon Krick from Peoria Heights.

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    Billo strong in Cougars’ win

    Greg Billo, perfect through 5 innings, worked 7 strong innings for a win, and Geulin Beltre hit a 2-run homer as the visiting Kane County Cougars defeated the South Bend Silver Hawks 4-2 on Monday night at Coveleski Stadium.

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    Tough end to St. Viator’s long day

    Maine South's Jesus Saavedra struck out the last two batters of the game with the bases loaded, the Hawks hanging on to beat St. Viator 5-4 at the IHSBCA Phil Lawler Summer Classic in Naperville.

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    STEVE LUNDY/slundy@dailyherald.com Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is just about the least interesting man in the world, but that’s fine because all he needs to do for Chicago is win football games.

    Bears’ Cutler should have message for critics

    When Jay Cutler faces the media for the first time since the NFC title game, it may not be as interesting as you think.

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    Hectic pace to open Bears camp

    The Bears will begin training camp Friday at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais for the 10th consecutive year.

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    Bears coach Lovie Smith, right, and general manager Jerry Angelo have much work to do even before camp opens Friday.

    And now the work begins for Bears

    Starting Friday, when the Bears are expected to report to Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, offensive line coach Mike Tice must make quick decisions on the most effective combination up front.

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    Neuqua Valley’s bloop barrage stymies St. Joe

    Neuqua Valley's baseball team opened play in the Phil Lawler Summer Classic by beating St. Joseph 6-2 Monday at Benedictine University in Lisle.

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    Sky scouting report
    sky scout for tuesday

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    Cubs manager Mike Quade, here celebrating a win over the Phillies last week with third baseman Aramis Ramirez, calls his job a “tough dream job”. And while it hasn’t been fun a times, he looks forward to going to work and solving the problems.

    Cubs’ Quade: It’s a tough dream job

    When Mike Quade took over as manager of the Cubs last August, it was a dream come true for the local boy from Prospect High School. This season has been not gone the way Quade and the Cubs would have liked. In a Q and A with the Daily Herald, he said it's still a dream job, but a "tough dream job."

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    Cubs scouting report
    Cubs scouting report

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    Jenna Real

    Burlington tabs Real as new head coach

    Burlington Central High School has named Jenna Real its new girls basketball coach. Real is a 2003 graduate of the school and played at Loyola University.

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    Illinois men’s basketball coach Bruce Weber will open the 2011-12 season with three nonconference games at home, starting with the Loyola Ramblers on Nov. 11. The Illini will host UNLV at the United Center on Dec. 17.

    Illini release men’s basketball schedule

    The 2011-12 nonconference schedule for the Illinois men's basketball team was released Monday, and the slate features 10 home games, four match-ups with squads that participated in the 2011 NCAA Tournament, and trips to Cancun, Maryland, Chicago and St. Louis.

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    Talk of Brett Favre attempting another NFL comeback is just "speculation," according to his agent Bus Cook.

    Favre's agent: Talk of comeback is 'speculation'

    Brett Favre's agent says talk of his client attempting another NFL comeback is just "speculation." Bus Cook said on Monday morning that Favre hasn't talked to him about any sort of comeback and to his knowledge, Favre "hasn't talked to anybody else about a comeback" either.

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    NFL Players Association president Kevin Mawae

    NFL players to vote on deal today

    NFL owners and players agreed early Monday to the terms of a deal to end the lockout, and players were expected to begin their voting process later in the day, two people familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

Business

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    E-Trade shares up as shareholder urges sale

    Shares of E-Trade Financial Corp. surged Monday after reports said that a larger rival was considering a bid for the online brokerage, just a few days after its largest shareholder urged E-Trade to consider putting itself up for sale.

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    Federal judge: biofuels deal was a scam

    A federal judge agrees with regulators' charges against a man who claimed he had developed a revolutionary process to more than double fuel production from soybeans — and to do so without waste or the tiniest bit of pollution.

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    Treasurys dip as debt ceiling debate continues

    Treasury bond prices are edging lower as Washington continues to debate plans to raise the nation's debt ceiling before an Aug. 2 deadline.

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    Top Senate Democrat faults GOP extremists on debt

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says a debt limit standoff between Democrats and the Republican-led House is being driven by GOP extremists.

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    Stocks sink as debt limit remains unresolved

    The debt showdown in Washington is rattling the stock market again. Stocks fell Monday after congressional leaders and President Barack Obama failed to agree on a deal to raise the U.S. debt limit and avoid default.

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    Analysts see oil rising if US defaults on debt

    If the U.S. defaults on its debt, it would send shockwaves through oil markets that could push fuel prices higher, analysts said Monday.

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    WH: Reid plan to solve debt crisis "reasonable"

    The White House is getting behind a proposal by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to avert a debt-limit crisis by trimming $2.7 trillion of government spending. The White House stopped short of issuing a veto threat against a competing House Republican plan.

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    Challenging Obama, House GOP unveils new debt bill

    In a blunt challenge to President Barack Obama, House Republicans drafted legislation Monday to avert a potentially devastating Aug. 2 government default — but along lines the White House has already dismissed. U.S. and world financial markets shrugged off the uncertainty.

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    Silvia: Default can be avoided until September

    The U.S. government can push back a threatened default at least until early September, a month after the Aug. 2 deadline set by the Treasury Department, said John Silvia, chief economist at Wells Fargo Securities LLC.

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    More airlines raise fares to grab tax savings

    he great tax holiday of 2011 for air travelers is just about over. By Monday, most U.S. airlines had raised fares to grab the benefit of lower federal taxes on airline tickets. A few airlines that were passing the savings on to consumers changed their minds and decided to keep the money.

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    House Speaker John Boehner forged ahead with a plan to raise the current $14.3 trillion debt ceiling by about $1 trillion, along with commensurate spending cuts.

    Boehner, Reid preparing to move on debt limit

    President Barack Obama's insistence that Congress solve the nation's debt crisis through the 2012 elections emerged as a key sticking point as Democrats and Republicans urgently pieced together competing plans Monday to prevent a first-ever government default next week.

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    One in five adults worries about debt most or all of the time. If they bought something on a credit card in the past month, more than a third say they won't pay it off when the bill comes.

    Poll: More of us worrying about debt again

    Just last fall, Americans were feeling better about their personal finances. Now we're starting to worry more about how we'll pay off debts as they feel the nation's economic recovery wobbling. With Congress deadlocked over how to deal with the national debt, household debt is causing stress for nearly half the country, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.

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    New Hill move: House GOP shows debt ceiling plan

    Republicans controlling the House have released a two-track plan to increase the nation's borrowing cap by $1 trillion and permit a larger increase next year that's dependent on Congress passing cuts to benefit programs like Medicare and farm subsidies.

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    FedEx CEO's total fiscal 2011 pay falls 2 percent

    FedEx's CEO's compensation fell 2 percent in 2011, mostly because his perks were worth less than in 2010, an Associated Press calculation shows.

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    IRS eases liability rule for spouse's tax debt

    The Internal Revenue Service is making it easier for some "innocent spouses" to escape liability for their husband's or wife's tax debt.

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    GfK Poll: Worries about debt rising once again

    Just last fall, Americans were feeling better about their personal finances. Now they're starting to worry more about how they'll pay off debts as they feel the nation's economic recovery wobbling.

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    Drug prices to plummet in wave of expiring patents

    The cost of prescription medicines used by millions of people every day is about to plummet. The next 14 months will bring generic versions of seven of the world's 20 best-selling drugs, including the top two: cholesterol fighter Lipitor and blood thinner Plavix.

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    Boeing Co., the world's second- biggest commercial-aircraft manufacturer, had “no alternative” to offering a more fuel-efficient version of its 737 narrow-body

    Report: Boeing had no alternative on 737 engine upgrade

    Boeing Co., the world's second- biggest commercial-aircraft manufacturer, had “no alternative” to offering a more fuel-efficient version of its 737 narrow-body following the success of Airbus's A320neo plane, Ryanair Holdings Plc said.

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    Dawn Fletcher Collins

    Mt. Prospect chamber leader also a private detective

    Dawn Fletcher Collins of Mount Prospect is more than just a supporter of local organizations and executive director of the Mount Prospect Chamber of Commerce. She also packs a valid private detective license, which she has used over the years at her family-owned agency to help individuals and businesses.

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    Exxon's Joliet oil refinery releases gases on equipment failure

    Exxon Mobil Corp.'s Joliet refinery in Illinois released gases from a flare stack because of equipment malfunction, according to a filing with the National Response Center.

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    Shareholders walk past protest signs outside the Research in Motion annual meeting in Waterloo, Ontario. BlackBerry maker Research In Motion is cutting 2,000 jobs as part of a cost savings plan.

    Blackberry maker to cut 2,000 jobs

    BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. is cutting 2,000 jobs as part of a cost savings plan announced last month and is shuffling some senior executives.

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    Moody's downgraded Greece's bond ratings by a further three notches Monday and warned that it is almost inevitable the country will be considered to be in default following last week's new bailout package.

    Moody's warns Greek default virtually 100 percent

    Moody's downgraded Greece's bond ratings by a further three notches Monday and warned that it is almost inevitable the country will be considered to be in default following last week's new bailout package.

Life & Entertainment

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    A splash of coffee liqueur and a sprinkle of salt make these brownies blue ribbon contenders.

    Sweet tips for blue-ribbon baking

    While at the fair people always ask me two questions: What qualities, besides taste, capture my attention when reviewing an entry? What inspires me to award that coveted blue ribbon or Best in Show trophy? Today I'll give you a sneak peek into the secret world of food judging. Follow these 10 rules and you'll be a contender for the top prize in culinary competitions.

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    “The Paradise Prophecy” by Robert Browne

    Readers will be talking about ‘Paradise Prophecy’

    Robert Browne produces a novel that reads like an amalgam of Jim Butcher and Dan Brown in “The Paradise Prophecy.” In this thriller, the War in Heaven has come to Earth, and mankind will soon be extinct.

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    Crowds walk through the exhibit hall on the last day of the Comic-Con International 2011 convention held in San Diego Sunday. The annual convention attracts more than 100,000 fans.

    Comic-Con closes after 4 days of pop-culture fun

    Storm troopers cavorted with zombies, Steven Spielberg chatted with Peter Jackson, and the stars of "Cowboys & Aliens" swooped into San Diego, making for an action-packed Comic-Con. The 42nd annual fan festival closed Sunday after four days of pop-culture indulgence.

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    Impecca pairs linguine and shrimp with broccoli, tomatoes, garlic and herbs in a lemon sauce.

    Roselle's family-friendly Impecca does Italian right

    Doggie bags are a must at Impecca Restaurant in downtown Roselle, where hearty traditional and contemporary Italian dishes are best shared with a group of friends or family members.

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    Actor Randy Quaid and his wife, Evi, seen here in 2007, say they have been falsely accused of fleeing the country.

    Quaid: ‘We've been driven out of the country'

    Randy Quaid says he would like to return to the United States one day, but he and his wife still fear they are being persecuted by California prosecutors and tabloid media.

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    Amy Winehouse's father, Mitch, second from left, her mother, Janis, and other friends look at flowers left by mourners in Camden Square outside the house of Amy Winehouse on Monday. Mitch Winehouse greeted and thanked mourners for coming to lay bouquets, messages and handwritten notes at her home.

    Amy Winehouse's family moved by fans' support

    Amy Winehouse's devastated parents formally identified her body on Monday and visited mourners outside her north London home to thank them for their support, as examiners conducted an autopsy to determine the cause of the troubled singer's death at the age of 27.

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    ‘Integrative' approach can make hospital care better

    How do you find a good hospital? Well, you may want to look at those hospitals and medical centers that offer complementary and alternative medicine.

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    Prisoner squat

    Body weight workout quick and easy

    Our body weight workout is a great routine to have during times where traditional workouts just aren't an option, such as while you're traveling, days when you don't have time to get to the gym or times that you just want something quick and uncomplicated.

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    British singer Amy Winehouse, shown performing in Brazil in January, died at the age of 27 on Saturday.

    Amy Winehouse among musical talents gone too soon

    Amy Winehouse released only two albums in her life, won five Grammys and sparked a retro soul movement that hasn't yet stopped. The small output, in inverse relation to her outsized talent, made her death Saturday in London all the more tragic.

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    Maximizing kids' summer vacation isn't easy

    So as summer heads toward its midpoint, what advice do experts provide about the best use of kids' time off? Finding a point somewhere between the extremes of imposing structure and providing much-needed downtime seems to be the key to a happy, healthy break.

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    Sugar levels have a yo-yo effect

    Q. I have been a Type 2 diabetic for 20 years. I have been having a lot of trouble keeping my blood sugar levels steady. They keep dropping down to 50. In the last couple of months my morning sugar has been between 85 and 110, but by lunch it has dropped to between 50 and 85. What can I eat to keep my levels up?

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    Tips for avoiding toenail fungus
    Here are some tips for preventing toenail fungus, excerpted from the Mayo Clinic's Web site.

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    Laser treatment possible solution to toenail fungus

    For people with toenail fungus, there is no good time to wear sandals. Not even at the beach in July. It tends to be a cosmetic issue for the younger set and a pain issue for older folks.

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    Obstructive sleep apnea occurs in at least 2 percent to 4 percent of Americans.

    Treatment of sleep disorders has come a long way

    Doctors with special training diagnose and treat more than 80 sleep disorders - from obstructive sleep apnea to narcolepsy - at special centers with labs where a patient's every sleeping moment may be recorded and measured.

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    No guarantees with in-vitro

    More than 30 years after the world’s first test-tube baby was born and despite modest advances, scientists are still struggling to dramatically improve the odds for infertile couples trying to have children. Though new techniques have been introduced in recent years, in vitro fertilization remains a costly, stressful process, with only about a 25 percent chance of success in most cases.

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    New studies have found that pets can be good for a person's mental health.

    Studies show benefits of pet ownership

    Lots of research has indicated that having a dog or a cat can help people live happier, healthier lives. Now, new research adds further evidence that the benefits of having a canine or feline companion are real and broad.

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    Kolpek's Chrysler Windsor can often be seen on Saturday Cruise Nights in Mount Prospect.

    Classic recollections: 1956 Chrysler Windsor

    Over the course of their lifetimes, it's not uncommon for classic vehicles to travel far and wide, exchanging owners and locales numerous times. Contrasting these vintage globe-trotters are examples like Ed Kolpek's 1956 Chrysler Windsor sedan.

Discuss

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    Monroe statue an insult to women
    What’s even more reprehensible are those with the mentality of grade-schoolers taking photos under the dress. Hey guys, it’s only a statue.

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    Ethics panel’s value goes beyond fines
    The quality of justice and the cost of ethical behavior are measured beyond a dollar amount of fines imposed on the guilty. It is also measured on the protection provided to the innocent and the deterrent effect on those wondering whether unethical acts are worth the price of being caught.

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