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    Visitors to the Naperville Art League’s Fine Art Center and Gallery can see a range of art by member artists, such as the interactive work by Joe Eddy Brown that the league’s Executive Director Debbie Venezia shows.

    Naperville Art League celebrating 50th anniversary

    The Naperville Art League is celebrating its 50th anniversary, having evolved from a small group of founding artists who met in the basement of a local bank to a 250-member league with an active volunteer base.As executive director of the nonprofit group, Debbie Venezia is looking to its long-term goals, with an eye toward boosting the gallery's visibility. "We want to be thought of as more...

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    Family and friends of Kendrick Augillard of Zion await the outcome of a standoff with police Friday. Police say Augillard barricaded himself in a home on Raven Court in Gurnee after he broke in and shot at people inside. No people were injured.

    Zion man charged after Gurnee standoff

    A Zion man broke into a Gurnee home early Friday morning and opened fire on the people inside, then held police at bay for several hours before surrendering, authorities said. Kendrick Augillard, 34, of the 4200 block of Barberry Lane, taken into custody more than three hours after he stormed into a home in the 4400 block of Raven Court and used a handgun to shoot at three people, Gurnee Police...

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    John W. Edgell

    Antioch Rescue Squad treasurer charged in theft from agency

    John Edgell, the former treasurer of the Antioch Rescue Squad, has been charged with felony theft after stealing more than $10,000 from the troubled agency, authorities said. Edgell is due in bond court Saturday morning. If convicted, he faces three to seven years in prison and up to a $25,000 fine.

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    A golden lion tamarin sits on a branch in the Atlantic Forest region of Silva Jardim, in Brazil’s state of Rio de Janeiro.

    Saving endangered Brazil monkey an environmental success story

    Saving the squirrel-sized monkeys, which sport a lush coat and foot-long tail, became a passion for everyone from international animal aid groups to Brazilian conservationists.

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    Twenty-three full-body X-ray scanners are being removed from O’Hare International Airport to make room for scanners that can move more passengers through security.

    X-ray body scanners at O'Hare being replaced

    O'Hare International Airport and others nationwide are removing the controversial X-ray body scanners, said a Transportation Security Administration spokesman on Friday. TSA is in the process of removing 23 body scanners from O'Hare to make room for 29 other scanners that can cover more lanes of passengers going through security, TSA spokesman Luis Casanova said.

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    Theresa Barreiro and Sal Abbate are running for the Kane County Board District 2 race.

    North Aurora man, Aurora woman seek Kane Dist. 2 seat

    Republican Sal Abbate of North Aurora says he has the temperament and the job skills to be a good District 2 representative on the Kane County Board. Theresa Barreiro of Aurora has longtime personal and political history in the area, previous work for the county, and the contacts to serve the people well, she believes.

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    Elk Grove furnace fire at plant hurts 1

    Oil squirting out of a broken pipe ignited a furnace fire at an Elk Grove Village manufacturing plant Friday. A line worker in the center of the processing area at Chem Plate Industries, 1800 Touhy Avenue, was working near the open flame of a furnace when the nearby pipe broke about 10 a.m., causing flames and smoke, according to the Elk Grove Fire Department.

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    Aurora man receives 9 years for role in 2010 kidnapping

    An Aurora man was sentenced to nine years in prison for his role in the 2010 kidnapping of a Montgomery businessman, prosecutors said Friday. Santiago C. Lopez, 19, of the 500 block of South Lincoln Avenue, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated kidnapping.

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    Police: Woman stole from Glendale Heights youth league

    The former treasurer of a Glendale Heights youth football and cheerleading organization used the nonprofit group's debit card to pay for her utility bills, authorities said Friday. Ruth Kline, of the 0-100 block of Drummond Avenue, was charged with felony theft after an audit of the Glendale Heights Spartans Football and Cheerleading organization's revenues and expenses found the card was used to...

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    Aurora man gets 6 years for drug possession

    A 25-year-old Aurora man was sentenced to six years in prison Friday on drug possession charges. Last month, Chester Burgess III, of the 900 block of Lenwood Court, was found guilty of one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

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    Taxpayers express concerns with D211 bonds, tax levy

    Six residents expressed concerns Thursday at the Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 board of education meeting regarding the district's tax levy and the board's intent to issue $16 million in life safety bonds. Associate superintendent for business David Torres said the district is looking at the long-term effects, not just what they could do in the short-term, with the plans to issue...

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    Associated Press Fairgoers could see the skeletal remains of Big Tex Friday after a fire took him down to the frame at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas. Big Tex, the metal cowboy whose slow drawl of “Howdy, folks!” made him an icon of the State Fair of Texas for 60 years, was destroyed when flames engulfed his 52-foot-tall frame.

    Fire destroys State Fair of Texas icon Big Tex

    The man who provides the voice for Big Tex, the giant cowboy at the State Fair of Texas, was greeting people with his usual "Howdy, folks!" in a slow drawl Friday when someone rushed into his trailer to tell him the towering fair icon was on fire.

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    A 15-year old Pakistani shooting victim, Malala Yousufzai, recovers in Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England, after being shot in the head by the Taliban in Pakistan for advocating education for girls.

    Doctors say wounded Pakistani girl improving

    The British hospital treating a 15-year-old Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban raised hopes for her recovery Friday when doctors said she was able to stand with some help and to write.

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    Mexico fines firefighters, others for bear abuse

    A photograph showing firefighters and civil defense personnel holding down a young, bound bear spread-eagled and pulling its ears has sparked outrage in Mexico and brought down fines Friday on those involved.

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    Daniel Baker

    Prosecutors play confession in Baker’s murder trial

    Daniel Baker repeatedly told Lake County detectives he couldn't remember what happened in the early morning hours of April 1, 2010. Then, four hours into questioning, he stands up and demonstrates how he thinks he struck Marina Aksman's knees and face with an aluminum baseball bat in her Vernon Hills home. "I'm not going to stop when something like that happens," Baker said on the videotape of...

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    Village officials want the historic parsonage at First United Methodist Church in West Dundee preserved, while church officials want to tear it down to build a parking lot. This week, the village filed an emergency motion to force the church to keep the parsonage from falling into further disrepair.

    West Dundee taking church to court over parsonage

    West Dundee's patience with a church that has repeatedly rebuffed requests to repair its decaying parsonage has finally run out. The village has filed an emergency motion against First United Methodist Church, one the village hopes will force the church to repair or replace the historic parsonage's roof, masonry, wood siding and parts of the roof that are water damaged.

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    Congressman Joe Walsh reaffirms his pro-life stance during a press conference at a warehouse in Elk Grove Village Friday afternoon.

    Walsh defends abortion comments

    After coming under fire for suggesting that scientific advancements have made abortions to save a mother's life unnecessary, Congressman Joe Walsh Friday continued to describe himself as "pro-life without exception" but also said he would support some medical procedures for pregnant women even if they result in the loss of the baby. "Outside of the very rare circumstances such as ectopic...

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    Man charged with secretly recording women

    Police have arrested a 42-year-old man they say secretly videotaped two women in their Maryland condominium.

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    Robert Spence

    Spence appointed to 2nd District Appellate Court

    There is another change on the bench in the 16th Judicial Circuit, as Chief Judge Robert Spence has been appointed to serve on the 2nd District Appellate Court effective Nov. 5. "It was an honor to be considered for the position," said Spence, 57, of Batavia. "I enjoy being a trial judge. I really enjoyed it. Chief judge, I enjoyed the position. I thought it was challenging. It was an honor being...

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    Nicasa Teen Court grant

    Nicasa's Teen Court program was one of only 10 in the country to receive a grant from the Federal Center for Substance Abuse and Treatment, officials announced.

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    Libertyville MainStreet treat

    Bring your children dressed in their Halloween costumes to downtown Libertyville on Wednesday, Oct. 31 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. for the annual Trick or Treat on MainStreet.

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    Early voting begins Monday:

    Early voting for the Nov. 6 general election begins Monday Oct. 22 and ends Saturday, Nov. 3.

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    Toys for Tots in Mundelein

    The Mundelein Police Department will once again be a drop off point for the U.S. Marine Corps-sponsored Toys for Tots Program.

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    Meningitis death toll rises to 21

    Twenty-one people in the U.S. have died from a fungal meningitis outbreak linked to tainted steroid injections for back pain, health authorities said.

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    Government chief whip Andrew Mitchell arrives at Downing Street, London, on his bike.

    British Cabinet minister quits over clash with police

    A key member of Prime Minister David Cameron's government quit Friday amid a simmering dispute over an incident last month in which he was accused of abusing police officers with foul language and derogatory remarks about working class people.

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    Naperville’s Riverwalk may expand south

    McDonald's loss may end up being the Naperville Riverwalk's gain as officials consider extending the popular path south. At the urging of the Riverwalk Commission, city officials have given members the green light to look into the benefits and cost of extending the path from Hillside Road, on the south end, to Martin Avenue.

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    Secret Service agent in sex case linked to earlier misconduct

    A U.S. Secret Service agent involved in a prostitution scandal on a presidential trip to Colombia in April told investigators he earlier solicited women for sex in two other countries, according to a lawmaker.

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    Police: 7 busted on fraud charges in Naperville area

    Seven people from Georgia have been arrested on identity theft and forgery charges as part of their participation in an "international fraud group" operating in the Naperville area, police said Friday. Authorities said the group posted fictitious listings on Craigslist and produced more than 50 fraudulent money/wire transfers, 62 counterfeit identification cards and numerous passports.

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    Police reports
    A 12-year-old girl was hit by a vehicle while she crossed the street Friday morning at Cary-Algonquin and Silver Lake roads, according to a news release. The girl was being treated at a hospital for her injuries and the 22-year-old driver is cooperating with police. Charges have not been filed in the case, which remains under investigation, police said. If anyone has any information about the...

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    Traffic stop nets $1.5M in cocaine along I-90 in Elgin

    A traffic stop Tuesday along Interstate 90 in Elgin nets 35 kilograms of cocaine, worth an estimated $1.5 million, from a hidden compartment in a Texas man's car. Rogaciano P. Beruete, 57, is being held on $9 million bail and could face up to 30 year in prison.

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    Aurora police, fire and animal control officials found dozens of birds, both dead and alive, and mounds of trash on Friday at a home on the 200 block of Shadybrook Lane in Aurora.

    Dead birds, mounds of trash found in Aurora home

    Aurora authorities say they found mounds of garbage and dozens of birds, some of which were dead, inside a home Friday morning on the 200 block of Shadybrook Lane. No charges have been filed yet, but authorities said their investigation is continuing. The building has been deemed uninhabitable and a private contractor specializing in hoarding cleanups is working at the scene.

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    Long-delayed Mt. Prospect senior housing project progressing

    A Mount Prospect senior housing development that has been in the pipeline for more than a decade could finally be getting off the ground. Mount Prospect Community Development Director William Cooney said the Alden Foundation has received approval for funding for the Mount Prospect Horizon development and should have permit drawings by the end of year.

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    Police: Man tried to meet Wheeling teen for sex

    A 24-year-old Schiller Park man was arrested after police say he tried to meet up with a 14-year-old Wheeling girl to have sex. Authorities charged Jeffery A. Vanderhayden with one count of grooming and one count of traveling to meet a minor — both felonies.

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    Sabrina Zamora, president of an animal protection association, holds Jack Russell terrier Ethan Friday, at his new home in Charleville Mezieres, eastern France.

    French dog poisoned and buried alive survives

    Ethan came back to life on his third birthday after someone tried to kill him. He had a whole chain of saviors: the man who dug him up, the firefighters who rushed him off and a veterinarian who nursed him back to life.

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    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Burglars entered a locked storage unit at Public Storage, 903 E. Algonquin Road, Arlington Heights overnight Oct. 15 to remove Technica men's ski boots valued at $500, yellow downhill skies valued at $300 and black cross country skies valued at $100. Several other units also were broken into.

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    National Food Day activities last a week in Elgin

    The second annual Food Day has turned into Food Week in Elgin. Kathleen Haerr, a local food and sustainability enthusiast, jumped on board last year when she heard about Oct. 24 as a day to promote safer, healthier diets, support sustainable and organic farms, reduce hunger, reform factory farms to protect the environment and support fair working conditions for food and farm workers. "It's...

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    Marsha Murphy

    DuPage forest candidates spar over transparency, land acquisition

    Familiar opponents are squaring off in the race to determine who will represent DuPage County Forest Preserve District 1. But Democrat Michael Braun, who lost to Republican incumbent Marsha Murphy during the general election in 2008, insists that he's doing more than "filling a spot on the ballot" this time around. "I'm running because I want to expand the forest preserve, and I feel that our...

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    An estimated $9,000 in jewelry and a laptop computer were stolen between 7:15 a.m. and 3:27 p.m. Tuesday from a residence in the 300 block of South Calhoun Street near Aurora, according to a sheriff's report.

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    Ray Millington

    Grayslake business owners fed up with rising school taxes

    Concerns about escalating real estate taxes prompted a coalition of Grayslake business owners to ask officials at a local school district to work to end the trend. "Raising taxes on your residents and businesses is no longer an option," said Larry Dyer, president of Platford Commercial Realty in Grayslake. He addressed the Grayslake Elementary District 46 school board Wednesday.

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    Mount Prospect leaders are asking residents to help stock the village's food pantry shelves in time for the holidays.

    Mt. Prospect food pantry stocks low as holidays approach

    For more than 30 years, Mount Prospect has provided meals to families in need for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.This year, the village's food pantry is dangerously low on food items, and the village is asking residents to pitch in as much as they can.

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    Downstate woman accused of hoarding 59 animals

    EDWARDSVILLE — A southwestern Illinois woman is facing two misdemeanor animal-cruelty counts after authorities say they found 56 cats and three dogs in her home.Prosecutors in Madison County charged 52-year-old Shawn Scherer on Friday. They accused her of keeping the animals in crowded, unsanitary conditions.

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    Attack over TV remote gets man 14 years in prison

    A 33-year-old Joliet man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for a brutal attack of his elderly uncle.Authorities say Exulam Holman gouged his uncle’s eyes with his thumbs over a missing television remote control. A Will County judge sentenced Holman on Thursday. A jury convicted him in August of aggravated domestic battery and aggravated battery of a senior citizen.

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    Eureka College to offer ‘Reagan 101’ course

    EUREKA — Eureka College plans to offer a four-day “Reagan 101” course next week.The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will be among noted politicians, journalists and authors who’ll take part in the examination of the late President Ronald Reagan’s life.

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    Students hurt when bus crashes in Indiana field

    COLFAX, Ind. — A school bus loaded with children veered off a rural central Indiana road on Friday and overturned in a farm field, injuring at least three children, authorities said.The crash involved a Clinton Prairie school district bus near the town of Colfax that was on its way to school about 8 a.m., said Renee Crick, the Clinton County emergency dispatch center director.

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    Ind. school district ends minister’s lunch visits

    INDIANAPOLIS — A northeastern Indiana public school district has agreed to stop allowing a local youth minister to talk with middle school students during lunch hour.A Fort Wayne couple represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana sued the Southwest Allen County school district Friday in federal court.

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    This undated image shows 15-year old Pakistani shooting victim Malala Yousufzai, who is recovering in Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England, after being attacked and shot in the head by Taliban gunmen in Pakistan for advocating education for girls. Malala is reported to be improving.

    Doctors say wounded Pakistani girl improving

    LONDON — Doctors treating 15-year-old Pakistani shooting victim Malala Yousufzai said Friday that she is able to stand with help and to write, though she still shows signs of infection.Malala is “well enough that she’s agreed that she’s happy, in fact keen, for us to share more clinical detail,” said Dr. Dave Rosser, medical director at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham,

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    In this Sept. 13, 2012 file photo, a Libyan man investigates the inside of the U.S. Consulate, after an attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens on the night of Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, in Benghazi, Libya. U.S. officials tell The Associated Press that the CIA station chief in Libya reported to Washington within 24 hours that there was evidence it was carried out by militants.

    CIA found militant links a day after Libya attack

    The CIA station chief in Libya reported to Washington within 24 hours of last month's deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate that there was evidence it was carried out by militants, not a spontaneous mob upset about an American-made video ridiculing Islam's Prophet Muhammad, U.S. officials have told The Associated Press.

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    Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis

    Conflicting images emerge of NY terror suspect

    NEW YORK — At the Missouri college where Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis enrolled, a classmate said he often remarked that true Muslims don’t believe in violence. That image seemed startlingly at odds with the Bangladesh native’s arrest in an FBI sting this week on charges of trying to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank in New York with what he thought was a 1,000-pound car bomb.

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    Lebanese firefighters extinguish burning cars at the scene of an explosion in the mostly Christian neighborhood of Achrafiyeh, Beirut, Lebanon, Friday Oct. 19, 2012.

    Beirut car bomb kills 8, wounds dozens

    BEIRUT — A car bomb ripped through eastern Beirut on Friday, killing at least eight people, shearing the balconies off apartment buildings and sending bloodied residents staggering into the streets in the most serious blast the Lebanese capital has seen in more than four years.

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    President Barack Obama talks with Jon Stewart during a taping of his appearance on “The Daily Show with John Stewart”, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, in New York.

    Ryan says Obama stonewalling on Libya questions

    Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, responding to President Barack Obama's description of the response to a deadly attack in Libya as "not optimal," on Friday accused the White House of stonewalling in the face of mounting questions about its response. Obama promised to provide answers.

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    Michael Brown smiles and gives a positive fist pump to all Pace operators he passes.

    Moving Picture: Pace driver lifts passengers’ spirits

    Pace bus operator Michael Brown of Des Plaines actually does whistle while he works. If you ride his route along Touhy Avenue through Park Ridge, Skokie and Evanston, you know he's one of the friendliest guys around. "I want passengers to get off the bus in a better mood than when they got on," said Brown, a 26-year veteran driver.

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    Homecoming queen Krissy Altersohn and king Thomas Broviak ride on a float during Geneva High School's homecoming parade.

    Suburban students defy homecoming stereotypes

    When Casey Scott was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at age 5, his parents knew his life would hold a lot of challenges. But one day this fall, his peers rallied around him, crowning him homecoming king at Lake Zurich High School. Casey, 18, is just one of several inspirational homecoming stories around the suburbs this year as teenagers show they can be more accepting than stereotypes might...

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    Arlington Hts. history relived in monologues

    Charles Sigwalt, Arlington Heights first village clerk, also fought in the Civil War, vividly recounting his experiences in his diary. His words are among the more than two dozen monologues being read by professional actors Saturday at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre as part of the village's 125th anniversary celebration.

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    Tao Martinez, left, opposes Rob Russell for Kane County coroner in November.

    Kane coroner hopefuls differ in experience, want to rebuild trust

    On Nov. 6, voters will elect the first new coroner in Kane County since 2000. Republican Rob Russell and Democrat Tao Martinez both agree that credibility and trust must be restored to the office, which had a cloud cast over it while a felony misconduct case against the late-coroner was pending for two years. But the two men differ on their qualifications and backgrounds.

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    From left, Sergio Hernandez, Nathan Abay and James Pickering form an impromptu Mariachi band during St. Viator’s Homecoming Pep Rally.

    Images: Suburban Homecoming Festivities
    Images of high school homecoming festivities in autumn 2012 in the suburbs of Chicago. Parades, powder-puff football games, and crownings of kings and queens are featured in this portrait of the tradition that welcomes back alumni of a school.

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    Dawn Patrol: Debate takes softer tone; local Scout leaders react to scandal

    Eighth Congressional District rivals Joe Walsh and Tammy Duckworth toned down their rhetoric in their fourth and final debate before the Nov. 6 election. Boy Scout leaders in the suburbs say the organization's policies have been strengthened to protect youths. And an Elmhurst wedding crasher was convicted of trying to molest a young girl.

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    A Husky kisses its trainer in Denali National Park in Alaska last July.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finlaists. Here are the finalists for the week of October 15th.

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    Group wants insurance ‘safety net’ for student athletes

    A group of local advocates on Thursday asked Northwest Suburban High School District 214 to consider a paid insurance policy that would cover student athletes in the case of catastrophic accidents. The request comes 13 years after Rolling Meadows High School football player Rob Komosa was severely injured during a practice and left paralyzed from the neck down.

Sports

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    Lake Zurich’s Jake Stauner looks for an opening.

    Images: Warren vs. Lake Zurich, football
    Warren High School football Blue Devils dropped to 5-4 as they lost 17-13 to Lake Zurich High School Bears Friday, October 19th, at Warren High School. Lake Zurich improved to 7-2.

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    Fremd wings its way into playoffs

    Fremd went 2-0 over the last two weeks of the regular season to finish with a 5-4 record (3-2 in the MSL West) and qualify for the playoffs. Friday, Fremd sealed that winning season and its return to the playoffs after missing out last year by beating Hoffman Estates 42-7 before a senior night crowd at Hale Hildebrandt Field.

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    West Aurora tops Glenbard East

    Halloween came early Friday night in Lombard. Between the bank of lights that mysteriously blacked out, bathing the south end zone in near darkness, to the developments on the field between Glenbard East and West Aurora, nothing could be taken for granted in the teams' DuPage Valley Conference football regular-season finale. Bryan Watkins had a night few punters could only imagine after he ran 41 yards for a touchdown after a botched snap during the Blackhawks' 52-18 victory.

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    Marmion makes finale memorable for linemen

    Marmion made the most of its final game of the season on Friday at Fichtel Field. A couple of linemen also made the most of plays they'll never forget. Linemen Ricardo Fernandez and Patrick Bakala each scored on short runs and the Cadets buried an undermanned Walther Lutheran team, 49-6.

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    Brian Welch of Wheaton Warrenville South tries to stop Jaylen Howze of Wheaton North during the Wheaton Warrenville South at Wheaton North game Friday.

    Wheaton North ends WW South’s season

    You can talk about history, rivalries, conference finish, playoff seedings and playoff elimination.When it came right down to it, though, Wheaton North's football team simply wanted to beat Wheaton Warrenville South on Friday.The Falcons finally did it, claiming a 23-13 DuPage Valley Conference home victory to knock off WW South for the first time since 2002.

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    Conant wins one wild West game

    With 25 seconds remaining in the Mid-Suburban League West contest between Conant and visiting Barrington on Friday night, Conant receiver Tim Manczko leapt above a Broncos defender to pull down a touchdown pass from Danny Modelski that proved to be decisive in a 41-36 Conant win.

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    Taylor, Harte help Montini go long

    With the ball in Dimitri Taylor's hands or at Andrew Harte's right foot, Montini can score from just about anywhere. The Broncos ended the regular season Friday night in Lombard with a 38-7 victory over visiting Aurora Central Catholic. Taylor, a senior running back, carried the ball just 9 times, but he scored 3 touchdowns and finished with 243 yards. Harte, also a senior, just missed a 57-yard free kick when it hit the crossbar and bounced back onto the field, but he had plenty of leg for a Montini record 54-yard field goal.

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    Glenbard North clinches DVC title

    Glenbard North may not have had its best showing against Naperville North, but when all was said and done, the Panthers were able to call themselves the outright DuPage Valley Conference champions.

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    Kaneland’s Jesse Balluff hurdles a would-be Morris tackler during Friday’s game in Maple Park.

    Late TD gives Kaneland conference title

    Between the huge crowds and all the coaches and players, you could count on one hand the number of people at Kaneland's Peterson Field Friday night who weren't losing their minds as two 8-0 teams fought down to the final seconds with the game and Northern Illinois Big 12 East title on the line. Luckily for the Knights, the calmest person in that entire frenzied scene wears No. 4 and plays quarterback. Drew David marched Kaneland 67 yards in 6 plays and one minute, 20 seconds, firing the game-winning touchdown pass with 27 seconds remaining for a 33-30 victory over Morris in a classic battle of unbeatens and the No. 2 ranked teams in Illinois in Class 6A and 5A, respectively.

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    South Elgin hangs on to beat St. Charles N.

    It was a game of two different halves, as St. Charles North coach Mark Gould said.South Elgin took command of the second half for a 14-6 victory Friday that not only ended the retiring 13-year North Stars head coach's final game with a loss, in St. Charles, but knocked them out of playoff consideration at 4-5.

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    Niles North motors past West

    Niles North's offense stalled early, but the Vikings shifted to a high gear, and Maine West had no answer. Senior Kris Achim rushed for 107 yards and scored 3 touchdowns to lead host Niles North (4-5, 2-3) to a 48-7 Central Suburban North conference victory at Chuck Pos Stadium in Skokie.

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    Sweet, sloppy win for Prospect

    Rain throughout the week made the only grass field in the Mid-Suburban League seem more like a pile of mud than a football field. Prospect coach Mike Sebestyen took a trip over to Robert Haskell Stadium on Thursday to watch the freshman team play. After the game, he walked on the field, got back into his car and smiled. "I told our kids before we even got on the bus today that we're mudders," Sebestyen said. "Finally, they have given us a track that we like." The Knights used the conditions to their advantage, battling back from a double-digit deficit to come back and win 14-10 over Elk Grove, giving them a share of the East title with Rolling Meadows (6-2, 4-1).

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    South Elgin hangs on to beat St. Charles N.

    It was a game of two different halves, as St. Charles North coach Mark Gould said.South Elgin took command of the second half for a 14-6 victory Friday that not only ended the retiring 13-year North Stars head coach's final game with a loss, in St. Charles, but knocked them out of playoff consideration at 4-5.

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    Carmel finishes with win over Notre Dame

    Carmel 20, Notre Dame 14: Something about playing Notre Dame brings out the best in Carmel.Even in a rare non-playoff year for the Corsairs, they managed to beat the Dons in what amounted to their season finale.It was Carmel’s 15th straight win over the Niles school.Carmel (3-6, 3-4 East Suburban Catholic) got an 80-yard interception return for a touchdown by Nick Grandolfo to pull even in the second quarter.Back-up quarterback Michael Huiras threw an 81-yard TD strike to Joe Perrelle to give the Corsairs the lead for good in the third quarter. Carmel struck again when Tim Serio scored from 10 yards out late in the fourth quarter.Despite the loss, Notre Dame (5-4, 3-3) is all but guaranteed of earning an at-large state playoff berth.

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    Beneventi, Benet throw Joliet Catholic for a loss

    Sacked five times Friday night, Jack Beneventi stood tall, shrugged it off — and kept throwing."I don't mind getting hit," said Benet's 6-foot-6 sophomore quarterback. "It's going to happen."Beneventi and Benet sure showed they could take a punch.Down 14 points early at Joliet Catholic, trailing in the second half for just the second time all season, the Redwings rallied for a 31-21 win to claim their first East Suburban Catholic Conference championship.

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    Jacobs’ Bret Mooney looks for an opening during Jacobs’ 21-3 win at Dundee-Crown on Friday night.

    Jacobs in good shape after beating Dundee-Crown

    The Jacobs defense played its best game of the season Friday with a playoff berth at stake. A unit that through eight games had allowed averages of 30.6 points and 389 yards per game limited the dangerous Dundee-Crown offense to 232 yards and kept the Chargers out of the end zone in a 21-3 Fox Valley Conference Valley Division victory in Carpentersville.

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    Hart’s Huntley crew playoff ready

    Huntley coach John Hart was challenged prior to the season to leave Indiana as a two-time state champion and turn a 2-7 Red Raider team in a rugged Fox Valley Conference3 Valley Division into thinking they were winners. The 0-2 hole wasn't good with state champion Prairie Ridge, perennial powerhouse Crystal Lake South, an improved Jacobs squad and Cary-Grove on the schedule. But after a resounding 41-0 win over McHenry Friday night to finish 6-3 overall and 5-1 for second place in the FVC Valley, the avenues of success Huntley could venture down could make a GPS blow up in smoke.

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    Stevenson tops Z-B for share of NSC Lake title

    Stevenson 28, Zion-Benton 14: The visiting Patriots survived a scare, overcoming a 7-0 halftime deficit to beat the Zee-Bees and secure a share of the North Suburban Conference Lake Division championship with Lake Zurich.Willie Bourbon’s 9-yard touchdown pass to Matt Morrissey on the first series of the second half finally got Stevenson (7-2, 5-1) on the scoreboard.On Zion-Benton’s next possession, a bad snap on a punt attempt set the Patriots up with good field position. Bourbon then threw a 17-yard TD pass to Alan Velev. Zion-Benton (2-7, 1-5) answered to tie the score at 14-14 late in the third quarter.But Anthony Bozin’s 14-yard touchdown run gave Stevenson the lead for good.Bourbon ran into the end zone from 7 yards out to complete the scoring.

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    Burlington Central falls to North Boone

    Tyler Majewski's perfect touchdown pass to Joe Breeden with time winding down was the perfect type of ending football players dream of Friday night at Burlington Central's Rocket Hill.These were two seniors playing in a game where a Big Northern East title and playoff berth was at stake before a big home crowd. Majewski lofted the ball over a couple of North Boone defenders and Breeden raced under it on the left sideline and took it into the end zone from 22 yards with 1:10 to play.Unfortunately for the Rockets, all the late touchdown did was prevent a shutout as they are most likely going to be left out of the 256-team playoff field when it is announced tonight. Senior quarterback-safety Austin Baden led a perfect first-half storm where North Boone did all of its scoring to win the division title outright with a 36-7 victory.

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    Geneva outlasts Streamwood in 2 OTs

    sA joyous celebration to end the season didn't seem like it was in cards for the Geneva Vikings this year. After all, they weren't going to compete in the state football playoffs for the first time in eight years. But celebrate they did after stonewalling a Streamwood 2-point conversion attempt at the goal line in the second overtime Friday night to seal a 35-34 Upstate Eight River victory at Streamwood's Millennium Field.

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    Williams, Libertyville clean up in win over Wauconda

    In a slippery, sloppy Week 9 mudfest, Libertyville's Austin Williams somehow kept his traction and his wits to roll up 7 catches, including 3 pretty touchdowns, in the Wildcats' decisive 40-20 victory over host Wauconda in North Suburban Conference crossover action. The victory moves Libertyville to 7-2 and into contention for a home game in the first round of the playoffs next week. Wauconda drops to 5-4, short of the 6-win mark that guarantees a playoff spot. But the Bulldogs believe they have a great chance of making the cut for the postseason based on their ample playoff points.

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    Lakes delights with big defensive effort

    The consensus for Lakes heading into Friday night's first-place showdown with visiting North Chicago was that its defense wasn't being respected enough. Never mind that the Eagles had allowed only 107 points all season. That number didn't budge against North Chicago. In what might have been its most impressive performance in a season full of highlights, Lakes won by a staggering final of 62-0 over a Warhawks squad that counted just 1 loss. The win gave the Eagles (8-1, 6-0) their first outright North Suburban Conference Prairie Division championship and all the momentum they could ask for heading into the playoffs next week.

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    John Dietz believes Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald will not post numbers fantasy owners are used to seeing the rest of this season.

    How alert fantasy owners can avoid upcoming crashes

    I've always thought of myself as an excellent driver. No real accidents to speak of. Very few tickets. Avoiding accidents is 99 percent anticipation and always assuming the jamoke in the next lane is exactly that — a total jamoke. This parallel can easily be drawn into the world of fantasy football, and our ability to anticipate a player's rise to prominence or his fall from grace. So this week's column is dedicated to four soon-to-be jamokes that are about to send your team crashing into a fiery abyss. The solution to the upcoming pile-up is simple: Have the foresight to trade them now before their head-on collision with futility becomes reality.

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    Grayslake North wins outright Fox Division title

    Grayslake North had already locked up a spot in this year's playoffs, not to mention at least a share of the Fox Valley Conference's Fox Division title heading into Friday night's clash at Woodstock North. A loss against the Thunder, and it still would be considered a very successful season for the Knights. But Grayslake North wanted to erase the memories of last year's season-ending loss to the Thunder and take home their first outright Fox Division crown. The Knights achieved both of those objectives with a 35-29 victory, bringing years of frustration and heartache to a screeching halt.

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    Neuqua Valley defeats Bartlett

    Though Bartlett and Neuqua Valley entered Friday night's Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division regular-season finale in Naperville assured of qualifying for the Class 8A playoffs, both squads still had a lot to play for. On the line for Neuqua were the school's first undefeated season, first outright UEC title since 2006 and no worse than a No. 2 overall seed when the playoffs start. For Bartlett, there was a share of the UEC Valley crown, a seventh win that could mean a first-round home playoff game and a third straight defeat of the Wildcats at stake.

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    Batavia powers past Elgin to finish 9-0

    On a muddy field that was better suited for farm animals, Batavia powered its way to a 49-12 win over Elgin on its way to an undefeated season and Update Eight River conference title. Anthony Scaccia got the Bullodgs started with a 72-yard run in which the junior showed no signs of the field affecting his speed or footwork.

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    Miller, Grant edge Antioch

    Grant was missing key starters such as quarterback Kyle Whitman and running back Jonathan Wells, but still managed to add another victory. Grant got past host Antioch 16-9 in the Sequoits' final regular-season game in North Suburban Prairie play Friday night. The Bulldogs (7-2, 5-1) await their postseason assignment Saturday night.

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    San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence and Brandon Belt (9) celebrate after Game 5 of baseball's National League championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, in St. Louis. The Giants won 5-0 and trail in the series 3-2.

    Giants beat Cards, close NLCS deficit to 3-2

    Barry Zito pitched the San Francisco Giants back into the NL championship series, dominating into the eighth inning of a 5-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night that narrowed their deficit to 3-2.

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    Palatine’s John Serio fights off a Schaumburg defender on a first-half touchdown run to help the Pirates top Schaumburg 51-18 and clinch an outright championship in the Mid-Suburban West.

    Palatine’s best in MSL West

    After shaking out the rust last week in his return to the lineup following injury the previous week, Cam Kuksa helped Palatine fire on all cylinders Friday. Kuksa scored twice on runs as the host Pirates overwhelmed Schaumburg 51-18 to claim the Mid Suburban West title for the second consecutive year. "Everyone is doing their job and that makes it even easier for me," said Kuksa, who caught 8 passes for 101 yards. "Ethan (Olles) kept throwing the ball to me in a good spot."

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    Palatine’s Mike Allen celebrates with fans and the rest of his teammates after beating Schaumburg for the MSL West title.

    Images: Palatine vs. Schaumburg, football
    With the Mid-Suburban League West title on the line, the Palatine High School football Pirates improved to 8-1 as they hosted and won 51-18 over the Schaumburg High School Saxons on Friday, October 19th. Schaumburg dropped to 7-2.

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    Orlandi, Hersey savor a winning finale

    Hersey quarterback Quinn Orlandi said his final high school football game was far from perfection on Friday night at Wheeling. But his career was close to it. "I loved the whole high school experience," said Orlandi, who raced 4 yards for a touchdown less than three minutes into the game and the Huskies would never trail in a 19-6 victory that gave them their first second-place finish (tied with Elk Grovein the Mid-Suburban East since 2004. "And Ioved our whole coaching staff."

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    St. Charles East shuts out Larkin

    Playing on a mud-caked field better suited for livestock, St. Charles East's football team seemed like pigs in the slop Friday night. The Saints (6-3, 5-1) slipped and slid their way to a playoff-clinching 26-0 victory over Upstate Eight Conference River Division opponent Larkin (2-7, 1-5) at Norris Stadium.

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    Vernon Hills hangs on against Round Lake

    It was a good finish to a tough season for host Vernon Hills in the Cougars' 2012 North Suburban Prairie Division finale Friday night against Round Lake. The Cougars broke open a 14-14 deadlock with 2 fourth-quarter touchdowns before holding off a late Panthers' rally to capture a hard-fought 28-21 victory.

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    Kaneland’s Ryan Lawrence, left, and Gary Koehring, right, hug assistant coach Keith Snyder after a win over Morris Friday in Maple Park.

    Images: Morris vs. Kaneland football
    Two undefeated football teams put their conference championship hopes on the line as Morris and Kaneland squared off Friday night in Maple Park. Kaneland emerged victorious 33-30 in a back-and-forth battle.

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    Lake Zurich’s Sean Lynch, left and Jake Stauner celebrate after a first-half touchdown Friday night at Warren.

    Lake Zurich takes share of NSC Lake title

    As Lake Zurich coach Dave Proffitt addressed his team following the Bears' North Suburban Conference Lake Division contest at Warren, he paused and had to remind himself that the contest against the Blue Devils had a little more meaning than just another game on the schedule. "Oh I almost forgot," Proffitt told his Bears with a grin. "You are conference champions — congratulations." The loud roar from the battered and beat up Lake Zurich football team followed a hard-fought 17-13 win in the final game of the regular season for both teams. Lake Zurich (7-2, 5-1) earned a share of the NSC Lake crown with Stevenson, a 28-14 winner at Zion-Benton on Friday night.

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    Now St. Francis plays waiting game

    St. Edward had several chances to end its season on a winning note Friday night. St. Francis just doesn't want its season to end. The Spartans held off the Green Wave on Senior Night in Elgin, just enough to keep their slim playoff hopes alive, with a 19-7 victory at Greg True Field. St. Francis (5-4, 3-4) is playoff eligible with its 5-4 record, but stands at 32 playoff points, which may be on the short side for the Spartans to receive an invitation to the 6A playoff party. "I didn't even look at (the playoff scenarios)," Spartans' coach Greg Purnell said. "We win 5 and pray."

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    Milas, Meadows finish winning East effort

    The most impressive pass of the night thrown by Rolling Meadows quarterback Jack Milas didn't even show up as a completion in the stat column. But it was still a sight to behold. With the clock winding down in the first half at Grant Blaney Stadium in Buffalo Grove, Milas fired a ball that travelled about 60 yards in the air — on a line, like it was shot out of a rocket — that just missed connecting with wide receiver Matt Dolan for a touchdown. "I looked up and I was surprised that the ball got to me in the back of the end zone," said Dolan. "Jack's awesome." And awesome is how the Mustangs (7-2, 4-1) felt after their 48-21 win over the Bison gave them a share of the Mid-Suburban East title, something that had been a goal for Meadows since Day 1 of the season.

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    Crystal Lake S. honors Pauls with win

    With Toledo-bound offensive tackle Boston Matthews back in the starting lineup, Crystal Lake South pounded host Grayslake Central 42-0 in a Fox Valley Conference crossover at William Eiserman Stadium Friday night. Matthews (6-foot-4, 265 pounds), who hasn't played since Week 2 due to a broken bone and partially torn ligament in his ankle, helped the Gators dominate the line of scrimmage. The main beneficiary was senior running back Zevin Clark, who rushed for 183 yards and 4 touchdowns on just 15 carries. "There was one play in the third quarter when we were driving and wanted to pound the football and eat some clock that Boston blocked their nose guard, a big dude, from the 15-yard line into the end zone," CL South coach Chuck Ahsmann said. "Just phenomenal. Our offensive line did a really great job." The victory was the fifth straight for the Gators following a 1-3 start and guaranteed them a playoff berth for the 12th straight season. The CL South defense dominated. Not only did Crystal Lake South (6-3) limit Grayslake Central (2-7) to 92 rushing yards, senior Dennis Gardeck stripped a Rams running back in the first quarter and returned the fumble 75 yards for a touchdown that staked his team to a 22-0 lead. Gardeck led the Gators with 9 tackles, 2 for losses. Nose guard Nick Amren added 8 tackles and 6-foot-3, 220-pound junior Josh Smith contributed 7 tackles, 2 for losses."We played much better defense today," said Ahsmann, who called plays for a unit that recorded its first shutout of the season. "I think the way we played we really honored Tony Pauls." Pauls, an engineering student at the University of Illinois who played for CL South's 2008 state semifinal team, died last Saturday in a hit-and-run accident in Champaign. The Gators paid tribute by wearing stickers on their helmets with Paul's initials and his former CL South jersey number, 46.

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    Cary-Grove closes out 9-0 regular season

    Most high school football teams in Illinois thrive to post a perfect 9-0 regular season record. The Cary-Grove football team expects it. For the sixth time in 9 years, the Trojans have fashioned a perfect regular season mark, culminating it with a 35-14 win over Prairie Ridge in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division action at Cary-Grove Friday night.

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    Mistakes hurt Hampshire in season-ending loss

    Hampshire football coach Dan Cavanaugh said that the Whip-Purs' season-ending 27-8 loss to Crystal Lake Central was a microcosm of the Whips' season. "We just battled and battled but big plays hurt us defensively," the Hampshire coach said. "And we shot ourselves in the foot a little offensively with miscues here and there."

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    Prospect eliminates Conant

    The madcap world of postseason boys soccer for Prospect continued Friday night in the rain at the Hoffman Estates regional final. The No. 16 seed Knights (9-8-3) used a 70th-minute goal from Chris Srednicki to take the lead, then held off No. 9 Conant in the final 10 minutes to capture the championship trophy and book a spot in next week's sectional at Conant against the winner of Saturday's Libertyville-Highland regional final at Elk Grove.

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    Brian Welch of Wheaton Warrenville South tries to stop Jaylen Howze of Wheaton North.

    Images: Wheaton Warrenville South at Wheaton North Friday night Football
    Wheaton Warrenville South lost 23-13 at Wheaton North Oct. 19. Wheaton Warrenville South missed a shot at the playoffs with the loss.

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    Jacobs’ Hunter Williams works his way down the sideline for a touchdown during the first quarter.

    Images: Jacobs vs. Dundee-Crown football
    Arch rivals Jacobs and Dundee-Crown took the field in a conference football matchup Friday night in Carpentersville, with the Chargers losing 21-3 to the Jacobs Golden Eagles.

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    Dave Bierman

    Bierman steps down at Elgin

    Dave Bierman is stepping down as Elgin’s head football coach, he told his players after Friday’s regular-season finale at Memorial Field.Bierman, a 1981 Elgin graduate who took the job in May of 2008, cited dwindling participation numbers as the prime reason for his decision. The Maroons began the season with a varsity roster of 24 players, 17 of whom were eligible to play in the season opener.Elgin fielded varsity teams of 45 players in 2011 and 40 in 2010.“It’s hard to coach when you don’t have enough players,” Bierman said. “It’s hard to practice. It’s frustrating for coaches and for the kids when it’s difficult to practice. I think that’s the biggest thing.“The numbers have to get better. I wish I knew how to do that. Honestly, if I knew, I would have done it myself, but I don’t know how you fix that.”In 2010, Bierman led Elgin to a 6-4 record and the school’s first playoff appearance in nine years. However, Friday’s lopsided loss to Batavia left the Maroons with a 1-8 record for the second straight season and dropped Bierman’s record in five seasons at Elgin to 12-34 (.353).Bierman was an offensive lineman for Northern Illinois University and a member of the 1983 Mid-American Conference and California Bowl champion team. He began his high school coaching career at Elgin as an assistant under legendary coach Dick Stephens and landed his first head coaching job at Burlington Central in 1991. He guided the Rockets to two playoff appearances and a 27-29 record in six seasons. He departed Burlington Central for DeKalb, where his teams went 5-43 in five-plus seasons.Bierman spent two seasons as a Geneva assistant coach on former NIU teammate Rob Wicinski’s staff before taking the head coaching position at Larkin in 2005, succeeding Dale Schabert. He directed the Royals to a 12-16 mark over three seasons, highlighted by that school’s last playoff appearance in 2006. Bierman has coached in the last eight Town Jug games and owns a 5-3 record. He may return to coaching but not immediately.“Basically, I’m going to take some time off from coaching and see what happens,” he said. “You never know what’s around out there, maybe even a D-III offensive line job opens up. “I need to take some time off, prioritize on fixing some things. You have to take time to take care of things physically you put off. You’re always doing something as a coach or you always have to go somewhere. It will be nice to have one normal year with no weight room in the winter, no practices all summer. “If I’m not going to do it 100 percent, it’s not fair to the kids. It is what it is. I guess sometimes you’ve got to be selfish, which I’m not really used to doing.”

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    Barrington solves Cary-Grove

    Barrington wasted little time laying claim to a regional title. The Broncos scored 4 first-half goals before cruising to a 5-3 victory over previously undefeated Cary-Grove (17-1-2) Friday night at Barrington Community Park.

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    Carlos Boozer controls the ball as Minnesota’s Dante Cunningham guards during the first half at the United Center on Friday.

    T’wolves’ Rubio in same boat as Rose

    Minnesota point guard Ricky Rubio suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on March 9, roughly seven weeks before Derrick Rose's injury. But listening to Rubio and coach Rick Adelman talk about the recovery, it sounds as though Rose is farther along in his rehab.

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    South Elgin stuns Addison Trail

    An early score and a lot of defense led the South Elgin boys soccer team to an upset win and the program's first regional championship Friday. Junior varsity callup Nathan Fisher took a feed from senior Quinn Uveges in the game's first 15 minutes and found the back of the net to lead the 10th-seeded Storm to a 1-0 win over No. 2 Addison Trail in the title game of the Class 3A Addison Trail regional

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    Harper cross country standout Troy Cunningham

    Cunningham, Harper ready for postseason run

    The NJCAA Division III-IV cross country meet gets under way at noon Saturday at Sauk Valley Community College. With national advancement at stake, the participants are expecting tough competition. Plenty of that will be supplied by Harper sophomore Troy Cunningham, a holdover from last year's national championship team fielded by Harper. "We know other teams are going to be gunning for us because we are (national champions)," said Cunningham.

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    NHL cancels games through Nov. 1

    The NHL wiped out the third week of the regular season Friday as the lockout dragged on, leaving no more wiggle room if the league hopes to play a full 82-game schedule. A day after the NHL turned down three counterproposals from players, the league canceled 53 more games. A total of 135 games through Nov. 1 have been scratched, which amounts to 11 percent of the season.

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    Abby Wambach celebrates after Team USA wins the women’s soccer gold medal match against Japan at the 2012 London Summer Olympics o Aug. 9, 2012.

    Soccer great Abby Wambach needs refresher on media relations

    Gold medal soccer star Abby Wambach visited the Libertyville Sports Complex last weekend and conducted clinics with young girls.

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    Glenbrook North tops Leyden

    Leyden regionalGlenbrook North 2, Leyden 1 (OT): The Spartans went to penalty kicks to decide Friday contest in Franklin Park, which sends them into a New Trier sectional semifinal at 7 p.m. Tuesday against either Loyola or Maine South.

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    Bartlett’s Gates still alive at state

    Bartlett junior Jennifer Gates fought through the weather Friday to remain the only Fox Valley area competitor still alive in singles play at the IHSA state girls tennis tournament.Gates, who was knocked into the consolation round on Thursday, won twice on Friday to extend her season into action today. She beat Khalia Powell of De La Salle 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 and then disposed of Madeline Khan of Glenbrook North 6-0, 6-1 to make it to today’s action.The Crystal Lake South doubles duo of Marisa and Julia Thome beat St. Ignatius’ Kate Ryan and Carla O’Byrne 2-6, 7-6(2) and 6-4 before downing Giselle Beebe and Megan Melby of Marian Catholic 6-2, 6-2. Bartlett’s Jitsupa Sirinit and Gabby Gregorio will play again today after beating Anna Reimers and Amanda Glavin of Waubonsie Valley 6-4, 6-1 in their only match of the day.Jacobs’ Ashley Kozy was eliminated from further singles action by Bryttish Burfs of Thornton Fractional South 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.In doubles play, CL South’s Rachel Siemon/Kelsey Laktash defeated Dominique Walker and Anna Rossa of Oak Park-River Forest before being eliminated by Rachel Goldberg and Nicole Berkman of Highland Park 6-4, 6-3. The Jacobs team of Alina Zabolotico and Megan Elliott were sent home by Elizabeth Wolf and Lexi Newcomb of O’Fallon 6-4, 6-4.In the team standings, Lake Forest leads a close race with 27 points, followed by Hinsdale Central with 25 and New Trier with 24.

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    Foul weather doesn’t fluster Stevenson duo

    Making adjustments played right into Stevenson's hands this season. Friday morning's inclement weather forced teams to spend hours waiting at Buffalo Grove High School. When it was finally announced that the girls tennis state tournament would continue at various indoor sites, Stevenson received a welcome curveball. "The good news is that when they brought us indoors, they brought us to our own home court where we played our sectional, and we played here a lot and it's close to home," said Stevenson coach Tom Stanhope. "Even though we were waiting indoors, we could wait in our own houses." The round of 16 continued at College Park Athletic Club with Stevenson junior Alexxis Kiven and sophomore Kaylin Dong winning 6-2, 6-2 against Glenbard West's Molly Hennessey and Ali Bush.

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    Bears cornerback Charles Tillman returns an interception for a touchdown against the Cowboys on Oct. 1.

    Bears continue to have nose for the football

    Taking the ball away comes naturally to the Bears. They are tied for the league lead with 17 takeaways, 5 of which are interceptions that have been returned for touchdowns. "Coach (Lovie) Smith talks about getting the football out every day," linebacker Brian Urlacher said. "He comes into our huddle and says, 'Strip the ball, strip the ball.' "

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    Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin and the surging Nittany Lions have won four straight heading into Saturday’s game at Iowa.

    Penn State revs up offense in ‘NASCAR’ mode

    At times, a Penn State game can resemble a track meet these days. It's not quite time to say goodbye to huddles and heavy-formation handoffs in Happy Valley, but when first-year coach Bill O'Brien wants to turn up the tempo, he goes "NASCAR."

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    Indiana wide receiver Duwyce Wilson makes a catch during last Saturday’s game against Ohio State in Bloomington, Ind. Indiana leads the Big Ten and is ranked 15th nationally in passing offense.

    Methodical Navy faces quick-strike Indiana

    Indiana hopes to speed up the game. Navy wants to slow it down. Two dramatically contrasting offensive styles will be on display Saturday when the Hoosiers face the Midshipmen for the first time since 1986.

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    Ohio State coach Urban Meyer checks the replay board late in last Saturday’s game against Indiana in Bloomington, Ind. Ohio State won 52-49.

    Purdue, Ohio State trying to fix leaky defenses

    Neither Ohio State's Urban Meyer nor Purdue's Danny Hope can trust their defenses these days. As a result, no one has any idea what's going to happen when the teams meet on Saturday at Ohio Stadium.

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    Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson rolls out to pass during the first half last Saturday’s game against Stanford in South Bend, Ind. Golson sustained a concussion on a helmet-to-helmet hit but has been cleared to play this week. Whether he will is still uncertain.

    Notre Dame goes into BYU game with QB questions

    BYU worked this week getting ready to face both Notre Dame quarterbacks Everett Golson and Tommy Rees on Saturday. Turns out Cougars coach Bronco Mendenhall and his staff should have been getting ready for a third option, just in case.

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    Michigan State offensive tackle Jared McGaha holds the Paul Bunyan Trophy after the Spartans defeated Michigan 28-14 last season in East Lansing, Mich.

    Spartans looking to keep streak alive against Michigan

    Michigan State (4-3, 1-2 Big Ten) has won four straight in the rivalry and if the Spartans can pull off an upset at No. 23 Michigan (4-2, 2-0) on Saturday, they will have a school-record, five-game winning streak in the series. "We've had success in this rivalry, but I also understand it's all about what have you done lately," Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio said. "Things can change very quickly."

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    A year ago, Northwestern's Kain Colter helped Northwestern slip past Nebraska for a huge road win. Now the Wildcats are looking for their seventh win of the season as they host the Huskers on Saturday.

    With Nebraska reeling, NU looking for 7th win

    Rocked by a blowout loss, Nebraska players decided to hold a team meeting to make sure they were still together and knew what they needed to do. Coach Bo Pelini searched for answers, too. Now, after a week off, the Cornhuskers say they are ready to face 6-1 Northwestern in Evanston before a packed crowd on Saturday and put aside that brutal beating by Ohio State. "There comes a point where the men of the team need to come together and say, `All right, this is how things need to be done,"' receiver Kenny Bell said.

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    Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch is averaging 7.1 yards per rushing attempt and completing 62.1 percent of his passes. His exploits in leading the Huskies to a 6-1 record so far have earned him a spot on the coveted Manning Watch list for top college quarterbacks.

    For NIU’s Lynch, the numbers tell the story

    NIU coach Dave Doeren knew quarterback Jordan Lynch was going to be this good. Lynch, the junior from Mt. Carmel High School, is putting up enough impressive numbers for the 6-1 Huskies that he was added to the Manning Watch list Friday for the nation's top quarterbacks. "I had really high expectations of him," Doeren said. "I didn't know if it would be this year or next year because of the youth of our offensive line and just the unknowns at that position."

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    Manny Jackson, left, and Govoner Vaughn, the first African-American starters for the Illini basketball team in the 1957-58 season, will be honored by the university this season with their jerseys hanging above Assembly Hall.

    3 Illini basketball legends to be honored

    CHAMPAIGN _ Three Fighting Illini basketball legends will be honored during the 2012-13 season when their honored jerseys join the 30 already hanging at the Assembly Hall.Mannie Jackson, Govoner Vaughn and Tal Brody, all trailblazers at Illinois and internationally in the game of basketball, will become the latest to be recognized.

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    Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters goes against Bulls forward Vladimir Radmanovic during preseason action.

    Bulls' Radmanovic ready to contribute

    Replacing Brian Scalabrine is a tough task for anyone. For Vladimir Radmanovic, it's darn near impossible. His last name has four syllables, but it would be an awkward task for fans to chant Rad-man-o-vich at the end of games. “I came here ready. That's all I can do,” Radmanovic said following Thursday's practice at the Berto Center.

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    Laurie Navon wraps her arms around her boyfriend, former Bears quarterback Jim McMahon, who is struggling with early on-set dementia and other health issues since he retired from the NFL. They shared their story in the Sept. 10 issue of Sports Illustrated. McMahon told a reporter this week he is hopeful that some of his health issues will be resolved with a new plan treatment he will start in November with a doctor in New York.

    Report: McMahon’s health outlook improves

    If you were concerned about Jim McMahon's health after last month's Sports Illustrated story about his early onset dementia, the former Bears quarterback now is sharing a more hopeful outlook, according to a report in the Joliet Herald News.

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    Former Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood, here getting a standing ovation in his last appearance at Wrigley Field on May 18, could be the favorite among contenders seeking Bob Brenly's broadcast job with the Cubs.

    Look for Wood to replace Brenly in Cubs booth

    Mike North says Bob Brenly could be the last unbiased announcer in Chicago baseball booths. North gives his odds on what he considers will be the top 3 contenders for the opening in the Chicago Cubs broadcast booth.

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    San Francisco 49ers place kicker David Akers (2) makes a field goal as punter Andy Lee (4) holds during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in San Francisco, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012. The 49ers won 13-6. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    49ers make just enough plays, hold off Seahawks

    Alex Smith threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Delanie Walker late in the third quarter and San Francisco held off the Seattle Seahawks 13-6 on Thursday night as the 49ers won their long-awaited division opener.

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    Thibodeau sees good in Robinson’s flashy pass

    Nate Robinson made an accurate prediction after Tuesday's win over Milwaukee. The Bulls backup point guard correctly predicted coach Tom Thibodeau wouldn't be happy with the fast-break alley-oop pass Robinson threw off the backboard to Jimmy Butler.

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    St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright reacts after getting San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval to ground out and end the sixth inning of Game 4 of baseball's National League championship series Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Cardinals beat Giants 8-3 to take 3-1 lead in NLCS

    Adam Wainwright threw seven innings of four-hit ball and St. Louis roughed up Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants in an 8-3 rout Thursday night that gave the Cardinals a 3-1 lead in the NL championship series.

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    Dechter, Minor and Bihel make Round of 16

    It was a good start for Lake County tennis players on the first day of the state meet Thursday. In singles, Mundelein's Ari Dechter, Carmel's Brienne Minor and Warren's Karyna Bihel each went 3-0 to advance to the Round of 16. Each player won in two sets, with Minor losing only 2 games — both to Edwardsville's Callaghan Adams in the third round — all day.

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    Left to right are Joliet Mayor Tom Giarrante, Larry Walsh, Will County executive and Governor Pat Quinn as they wait to board an Amtrak train.Officials took a high-speed train ride from Joliet to Normal on Friday. A planned high-speed rail route between Chicago and St. Louis will be the first in the midwest.

    Amtrak train set to hit 110 mph in test run

    Test runs will start zooming along a small section of the Amtrak line between Chicago and St. Louis at 110 mph today. The 30-mph increase from the route's current top speed is a morale booster for advocates of high-speed rail in America. But some rail experts question whether the route will become profitable or ever reach speeds comparable to the bullet trains blasting across Europe and Asia at 150 mph and faster.

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    Banana Boat recalls sunscreen due to fire risk

    The maker of Banana Boat sunscreen is recalling some of its spray-on products after reports that a handful of people have caught on fire after applying the lotion and coming in contact with an open flame.

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    Central Wisconsin Firearms owner Frederick Prehn in his store last August in Wausau, Wis. He says he’s had to expand his business to the new location because of increased gun sales.

    Gun industry thriving during Obama’s term

    An analysis by The Associated Press of data tracking the health of the gun industry shows that President Barack Obama has presided over a heyday for guns.Sales are on the rise, so much that some manufacturers cannot make enough fast enough.

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    President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks Friday about choices facing women at a campaign event at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.

    Top 5 fundraisers for Obama

    The DreamWorks Animation CEO joins two other media moguls, a personal-injury lawyer and a philanthropist in giving millions of dollars to help President Barack Obama win a second term.

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    Trader Peter Tuchman reacts as he looks Friday at the numbers during the closing bell on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Dow plunges 205 on earnings reports

    Poor corporate earnings reports pounded the stock market Friday in a sour end to an otherwise strong week of trading. The Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 200 points for its worst day in four months.

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    President Barack Obama stretches to shakes hands Friday with supporters after speaking about the choice facing women in the upcoming election, at George Mason University, in Fairfax, Va.

    Jobless rate falls in most presidential battleground states

    Unemployment rates fell last month in nearly all of the battleground states that will determine the presidential winner, giving President Barack Obama fresh fodder to argue that voters should stick with him in an election focused squarely on the economy.

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    President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, attend the Archdiocese of New York’s 67th Annual Alfred. E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, Thursday at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York.

    Who are the top 5 donors to Romney?

    For a casino mogul worth an estimated $25 billion, $34.2 million may sound like chump change. Yet that's how much money Sheldon Adelson has donated so far to aid Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and organizations supporting Romney.

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    A Pita Inn restaurant will replace the former Krispy Kreme on Mundelein’s south side.

    Walmart, Pita Inn coming to Mundelein’s Oak Creek Plaza

    A Super Walmart store and a Pita Inn restaurant are coming to a long-struggling shopping center on Mundelein's south side, village officials said. "It's great," Mundelein Village Administrator John Lobaito said of the plans for the Oak Creek Plaza center, which is on Route 60 east of Route 45.

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    TransCanada reaffirms Keystone pipeline restart

    TransCanada is reaffirming its plan to restart the Keystone oil pipeline from Canada to the Midwest on Saturday, although rainy weather is hampering the company's efforts.

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    Unemployment rates fall in 7 U.S. swing states

    Unemployment rates fell or held steady last month in nine key swing states at the center of this year's presidential election. Rates dropped in Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin, Colorado, Iowa, Nevada and North Carolina. They were unchanged in New Hampshire and Virginia.

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    The release of Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system is a week away, and consumers are in for a shock. Windows, used in one form or another for a generation, is getting a completely different look that will force users to learn new ways to get things done. But judging by the reactions of some people who have tried the PC version, it’s a move that risks confusing and alienating customers.

    Early look at Windows 8 baffles consumers

    The release of Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system is a week away, and consumers are in for a shock. Windows is getting a completely different look that will force users to learn new ways to get things done. But judging by the reactions of some people who have tried the PC version, it's a move that risks confusing and alienating customers.

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    After lawsuit threat, Twitter to pull racist posts

    A French Jewish group that threatened a lawsuit against Twitter says the social network has agreed to pull tweets under a pair of hash tags that spawned more than a week of racist and anti-Semitic posts.

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    Wis. BadgerCare Plus program faces financial woes

    MILWAUKEE — Three of the four organizations that manage Wisconsin’s BadgerCare Plus say they’re losing money on the state Medicaid program, and two of those are at least considering pulling out.The state has cut its payment rate by 11 percent over the past two years as it struggles to balance its budget, and the state Department of Health Services says it’s working to develop rates for next year to make sure adequate options are available. Nonetheless, UnitedHealthcare is dropping its contract with the state within weeks, and Molina Healthcare Inc. has warned that it may need to do the same, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. Both say they’re losing millions of dollars on the program because the state isn’t paying nearly enough to cover the claims filed by its BadgerCare Plus patients.A third provider, Children’s Community Health Plan, reported that it also lost money on its state contract last year. The fourth, CommunityConnect HealthPlan, did not comment to the newspaper.BadgerCare Plus covers almost 300,000 children and adults whose family income is lower than a federal threshold of about $46,100 for a family of four.The state pays a fixed monthly fee to the managed-care organizations for each person covered by BadgerCare Plus. The organizations take responsibility for the cost of those patients’ care and negotiate deals with hospitals, doctors and dentists.The 174,000 people currently covered by UnitedHealthcare won’t be affected by its decision to withdraw since, starting Nov. 1, the state will pay hospitals, doctors and other health care providers directly rather than go through that company.Molina manages the care for 33,000 people in southeastern Wisconsin and 42,000 statewide.From January through June, Molina paid out about $3.7 million more in medical claims than it was paid by the state, according to its second-quarter financial statement.The company said it remains committed to the Wisconsin market and that it will continue to work with the state Department of Health Services and federal Medicare officials on payments to managed-care organizations.Federal law says the state must pay health insurers rates based on expected costs.“If we are unable to achieve rates that are actuarially sound, it may no longer be feasible for us to continue as a health plan in the state,” Molina cautioned.The company has told investors the rates for its Wisconsin contract won’t cover costs.UnitedHealthcare, a unit of UnitedHealth Group Inc., also has said that the state’s payment rates aren’t adequate for it to deliver quality care and service.

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    Economic index jumps for Midwest, Western states

    OMAHA, Neb. — An index of economic conditions in 10 Midwest and Western states jumped this month after three months of drought-induced doldrums. According to a report released Thursday, the overall Rural Mainstreet index rose to 56.6 for October from 48.3 in September. It was the first time since June that the index rose above growth neutral 50. Survey organizers have said that any score above 50 on the 100-point scale suggests the economy will grow in the months ahead.“Our survey indicates that the negative impacts of the drought are being more than offset by the positives of very strong incomes from high agriculture and energy prices,” said Creighton University economist Ernie Goss. He oversees the survey of rural bankers in Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.The confidence index, as measured by the bankers’ responses, rose to 50.7 from 43 in September. The index reflects expectations for the economy six months out.“As the Rural Mainstreet economy turned upward for the month, so did (the) bankers’ outlook,” said Goss. “The turnaround in the housing market is an important factor boosting economic confidence,” he said.The survey’s October home sales index advanced to a healthy 59.8 from September’s 58.8.The bankers were asked whether they expected the country to return to a recession next year. One in four bankers said they thought a recession was likely or very likely in 2013, but almost a third of those who responded said they thought a recession was unlikely or very unlikely. Casey Regan, CEO of Premier Bank in Farmington, Minn., said economic forecasting for next year, “especially business owner sentiment, will depend greatly on the results of what happens on the first Tuesday of November.”

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    U.S. sales of previously occupied homes fell in September after hitting a two-year high in August, in part because there were fewer homes available for sale.

    U.S. home sales dip 1.7 percent on tight inventory

    U.S. sales of previously occupied homes fell in September after hitting a two-year high in August, in part because there were fewer homes available for sale. TThe National Association of Realtors said Friday that sales dipped 1.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.75 million. That's down from a rate of 4.83 million in August, which was the highest in more than two years.

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    European bank supervisor step closer but deal hazy

    European leaders took a step toward creating a single supervisor for banks in countries that use the euro on Friday but refused to pin down a start date.

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    Euro banking deal fails to impress markets

    A sketchy agreement on how to create a single European banking supervisor failed to impress markets on Friday, with stocks drifting lower ahead of another round of U.S. corporate earnings statements and after a shock trading update from Google.

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    Oil slightly higher after Canada-US pipeline shut

    Oil prices inched further above $92 a barrel after a key pipeline transporting crude from Canada to the U.S. Midwest was shut down for repairs.

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    FILE — In this 1996 photo, Los Angeles Lakers basketball player Magic Johnson adorns the cover of four weekly magazines, from left, Time, Sports Illustrated, U.S. News & World Report and Newsweek in Los Angeles. Newsweek announced Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012 that it will end its print publication after 80 years and shift to an all-digital format in early 2013.

    Newsweek had unique troubles as industry recovers

    Newsweek's decision to stop publishing a print edition after 80 years and bet its life entirely on a digital future may be more a commentary on its own problems than a definitive statement on the health of the magazine industry. Magazine ad revenue in the U.S. is seen rising 2.6 percent this year to $18.3 billion, the third increase in three years.

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    General Electric Co.’s net income rose 49 percent in the third quarter to $3.49 billion as its recovery from the 2008 financial crisis continues.

    GE earnings rise 49% in 3Q; revenue up 3 pct.

    General Electric Co.'s net income rose 49 percent in the third quarter to $3.49 billion as its recovery from the 2008 financial crisis continues. GE earned 33 cents per share in the quarter, up from 22 cents per share during the same period last year. Revenue rose $1 billion, or 3 percent, to $36.35 billion.

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    U.S. government safety regulators are investigating complaints that engines on Jeep Patriot SUVs can stall without warning at highway speeds.

    Feds investigate Jeep Patriot stalling problem

    Federal safety regulators are investigating complaints that Jeep Patriot SUV engines can stall without warning at highway speeds. The probe by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration affects about 112,000 Patriots from the 2011 and 2012 model years.

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    Oak Brook-based McDonald’s third-quarter net income fell nearly 4 percent as the stronger dollar hurt international results and the chain faced tough competition in the U.S.

    Stronger dollar hurts McDonald’s 3Q results

    Oak Brook-based McDonald's third-quarter net income fell nearly 4 percent as the stronger dollar hurt international results and the chain faced tough competition in the U.S. The world's largest hamburger chain has thrived in boom and bust times by selling cheap eats and constantly updating its menu. But global economic pressures are wearing at the company, which makes two-thirds of its sales overseas.

Life & Entertainment

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    Local theater
    Clockwise Theatre produces its first musical; Williams Street Repertory remounts "The Rocky Horro Showr" and Metropolis welcomes Griffin Theatre's "Letters from Home" this week in suburban theater.

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    Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake were married in Italy.

    Jessica Biel, Justin Timberlake marry in Italy

    Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel got married. "It's great to be married, the ceremony was beautiful and it was so special to be surrounded by our family and friends," the couple said in a statement released Friday to People magazine.

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    Director Alfred Hitchcock (Toby Jones) becomes obsessed with "The Birds" star Tippi Hedren (Sienna Miller) in HBO's "The Girl."

    'The Girl' tells Tippi Hedron's side of 'The Birds'

    When Alfred Hitchcock cast Tippi Hedren as the star of his horror film “The Birds,” she couldn't believe her good fortune. As work on the film proceeded, however, she discovered a different kind of horror movie playing out off camera as her director became sexually obsessed with her. HBO's "The Girl”recounts how Hedren (Sienna Miller) did everything she could think of to cope with Hitchcock's (Toby Jones) erratic behavior.

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    Actor Tom Hanks let slip a swear word during a live appearance on “Good Morning America” Friday morning.

    Tom Hanks lets obscenity slip on ‘GMA’

    ABC and Tom Hanks are apologizing after the actor let slip a swear word during a live appearance on "Good Morning America." Hanks telegraphed his "f-bomb" during an interview Friday. Anchor Elizabeth Vargas had asked him to speak in his character's British accent in the movie "Cloud Atlas."

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    ABC special shines light on Chicago violence

    ABC News said it wanted to step beyond reporting on the gang violence in Chicago to explore ways of reducing it. The network, as shown in reports airing on Thursday and Friday, helped organize a summit that brought 38 former and present gang members together to discuss what is going on. "We don't want to go in and do another story that simply tells you about the crushing, tragic slaughter taking place on a lot of weekends there," said "World News" anchor Diane Sawyer. "So we started to think, What could we do to be helpful?' We know that's a dream."

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    Country singer Jason Aldean speaks during a news conference at Wrigley Field to announce his 2013 Night Train Tour will be coming to Chicago.

    Wrigley part of Jason Aldean’s stadium tours

    Jason Aldean admits it was really hard to keep his big announcement a secret. It was a doozy, after all. The hard-rocking country music star made a whirlwind run around the eastern U.S. on Thursday, announcing shows at Chicago's Wrigley Field, Boston's Fenway Park and on the University of Georgia campus in the space of 12 hours.

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    “Fable: The Journey”

    ‘Fable: The Journey’ casts Kinect magic

    "Fable: The Journey" for the Kinect is set 50 years following the revolutionary events of "Fable III." The heroic bloodline has dried up and evil has returned to the realm of Albion. Unlike its wide-open predecessors, "Fable: The Journey" is a linear adventure where players serve as a daydreaming gypsy named Gabriel. Other than the frustratingly slow first hour or so of the game, "Fable: The Journey" is impressively paced.

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    Daniel Craig as James Bond in “Skyfall.” Celebrating his 50th birthday, James Bond has been learning some new tricks — but 3-D isn’t one of them. Producers of the spy franchise say they have no interest in a making a Bond film in 3-D.

    007 not stirred by 3-D, no plans for 3-D Bond

    NEW YORK — Celebrating his 50th birthday, James Bond has been learning some new tricks — but 3-D isn’t one of them. Producers of the spy franchise say they have no interest in a making a Bond film in 3-D. The upcoming “Skyfall” is the first Bond film to be released since “Avatar” made 3-D a common and often lucrative practice for blockbusters. “3-D is fantastic for the right material, but we’re not sure Bond is the right way to go,” said “Skyfall” producer Barbara Broccoli in a recent interview. “With our movies, there’s a lot of challenges to 3-D, particularly when you’ve got a lot of action and a lot of quick cutting.”Broccoli and her half-brother Michael G. Wilson have shepherded the last seven Bond films, preserving the franchise as a family business. “Skyfall,” which premieres next week in the U.K. and opens Nov. 9 in the U.S., follows 2008’s “Quantum of Solace” — released a year before James Cameron’s 3-D epic. “It has to be right for our story,” said Broccoli. “Unless you can do something as well as (‘Avatar’), it’s probably not worth looking at.” Wilson said there has been interest in converting some of the old Bond films into 3-D, which he called “a novelty.” Shooting in 3-D, which requires larger cameras, can be cumbersome, and quick action shots can be awkward because viewers’ eyes don’t adjust rapidly enough. But 3-D, for which higher ticket prices are charged, can also bring in more box office. Bond films, more classical in their 2-D, go for spectacle instead with IMAX. “Skyfall” will be released a day early, Nov. 8, in North America on IMAX screens. Still, Broccoli left the door open for things to change. Daniel Craig is signed for at least two more Bond films, which will be the 24th and 25th in the franchise. Neither is currently being planned in 3-D. “Who knows?” she said. “We’ll see if things change in the future.”

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    While Chicago is home to several four-star fine dining restaurants, it also boasts some of the best smoked rib tips in the country.

    A tip (or two) from Chicago’s barbecue playbook

    Chicago restaurant-goers feast at some of the world's finest tables. But on a particular August day, the front of a 14-year-old Toyota Camry is the best table in town. Writer Jim Shahin, his wife, their son and his girlfriend dine standing in the parking lot of Leon's BBQ, a small takeout joint on Chicago's South Side. We've been advised to eat our barbecue elsewhere. But the wood-smoked aroma is too seductive, the glistening meat too alluring.

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    Rosemont’s Screams in the Park haunted house was inspired by the real-life story of H.H. Holmes, a physician who killed multiple victims in his Chicago hotel near the turn of the 20th century.

    Designer weaves tale of real-life Chicago killer into Rosemont haunted house

    Suburban dentist Mark Kaschube drew on his fascination with a real-life Chicago serial killer H.H. Holmes when he designed "Screams in the Park," a haunted house in the parking garage at MB Financial Park in Rosemont. "It's a fascinating story, and it was great fun bringing it to life with this haunted house," he said. It's one of many haunted houses in the suburbs that go for the jugular.

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    Spooky sights await visitors to the Asylum Xperiment in Villa Park, one of many sophisticated haunted houses open in the suburbs.

    Where to find serious scares in the suburbs

    It's that time again — time to let ourselves be scared witless inside haunted houses all over the suburbs. Here's a list of some of the bigger and better-known haunted houses that will be open for business in the area through Halloween.

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    Uggie and his trainer, Omar Von Muller, present the new book “Uggie, My Story” in Elgin Sunday and in Naperville Monday.

    Book notes: Meet Uggie from ‘The Artist’

    Uggie, the Jack Russell Terrier featured in the Academy Award-winning film "The Artist," and his trainer, Omar Von Muller, will sign copies of the new book "Uggie, My Story" at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at Sam's Club in Elgin, and at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville.

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    What’s new on stage
    This week's Chicago theater openings include Saint Sebastian Players production of A.R. Gurney's "The Dining Room;" Pine Box Theatre's short play showcase Election Fest 2012 and Lifeline Theatre's family friendly show, "Duck for President."

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    Suburban homes being fraudulently rented

    No one wants to take the blame for the housing bust in this political season, but scammers and rip-off artists in the hundreds are working overtime to siphon dollars out of the wreckage of the crash and its still-vulnerable victims.

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    The Naples model at the Savoy Club development in Burr Ridge.

    Pulte Homes opens Naples model at Savoy Club

    The Savoy Club presents a beautiful model home for visitors to tour at its new community, where homesites on cul-de-sacs back to wooded areas, ponds and open space. With a gatehouse at the entrance, The Savoy Club sits in the heart of Burr Ridge on 79th Street east of County Line Road and west of Wolf Road.

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    Orren Pickell Building Group unveils its current Concept House, dubbed At Home Getaway, this weekend in Bannockburn.

    Vacation never ends for family living in Pickell Concept House
    What would you think of a vacation spot that combined the best of relaxation with enough fun and activity to keep everyone asking for more? Orren Pickell Building Group is opening its newest Concept Home -- called At Home Getaway -- for visitors to view the seemingly infinite possibilities when choosing luxury amenities.

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    Evidence of undisclosed fire raises key issues

    Q. We recently purchased a condo. When the TV cable man was here, he went into the attic and said that there was charring and fire damage on some of the beams. It appears that there was a fire in the building, but this was not disclosed by the sellers.

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    Tips to help you be safe while cleaning your gutters

    Every year, thousands of people clean out their gutters. But every year, hundreds of them get hurt doing it. That doesn't mean you shouldn't do it — just be careful. Here are some super tips for getting the job done right and without breaking a leg!

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    ‘Pocket listing’ not a good idea for most sellers

    Home sellers hoping to get the best price need to give their property maximum public exposure, and a "pocket listing" usually won't provide it.

Discuss

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    Endorsement: No on McHenry County change in government
    The Daily Herald recommends that McHenry County residents vote against the proposed change to an executive form of county government.

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    Endorsement: Yes to East Dundee fire station
    The Daily Herald recommends that voters in the East Dundee Fire Protection District approve the proposal to move the downtown station to a larger location.

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    Endorsement: Yes on West Chicago rec center
    The Daily Herald recommends a yes vote after the West Chicago Park District scaled back its plans for a new recreation center reflecting feedback from residents.

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    Endorsement: Yes to Elmhurst ban of holding dual offices
    The Daily Herald recommends a yes vote to the city of Elmhurst's question of whether its mayor, aldermen, city clerk and city treasurer should be prohibited from holding other elected office simultaneously.

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    Endorsement: Yes on Arlington Heights parks proposal
    The Daily Herald recommends a YES vote for bonds in Arlingt Heighs Park District.

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    Endorsements: Lake County Board seats
    As the economy continues to be the dominant issue as candidates look for ways to make county government leaner, the Daily Herald makes its endorsements for Lake County Board.

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    Endorsement: Wegman over Rodgers for Kane recorder
    The Daily Herald endorses incumbent Sandy Wegman over Brenda Rodgers for Kane County Recorder of Deeds.

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    Liberalism’s shrinking agenda

    Columnist Michael Gerson: As a conservative, I can't endorse every policy of the Great Society — some were essential, others counterproductive. But America was better off because liberals called attention to those in the dawn, the twilight and the shadows of life. And American politics is worse off because liberalism has become a shadow of its former self.

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    Whole binders full of women?

    Columnist Susan Estrich: How is it possible that we're still talking — and not just talking, but boasting — about "whole binders full of women" in the 2012 election? How can it be that a man with as much experience as Romney tells us he told his (presumably) all-male staff to go to women's groups and was proud to discover that, yes, indeed, there were "whole binders full of qualified women."

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    Write-in vote also is an option
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: Now, while I personally wish that the election wasn't between two people that were both generally lying, it comes to the minds of the public that they have to choose someone for the election. But I would like to tell them that they don't.

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    Nekritz good for her district and the state
    Letter to the editor: "I am supporting Elaine Nekritz for state representative in the 57th district because her values are similar to mine," writes Robert Boros of Mt. Prospect. "Elaine's views and voting record demonstrate that she is fiscally conservative and socially liberal."

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    Lawson’s integrity, record good for 56th
    Letter to the editor: Jerry Bromley of Schaumburg takes issue with a recent campaign mailer that he says distorts John Lawson's intentions to resign from his two other public jobs if he is elected state representative. "John Lawson has consistently demonstrated a high degree of integrity," he writes.

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    Flags on uniforms often incorrect
    Letter to the editor: Judy Kucz of Hoffman Estates weighs in on flag etiquette, and the surprising mistake she often sees on uniforms.

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    Nekritz a refreshing voice of reason
    Letter to the editor: "In today's political climate it is hard to believe what politicians say in the media," writes Mark Kravets of Glenview. "What makes Elaine (Nekritz) so refreshing is that she is genuine and understands the needs of the 57th House District."

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    6th graders may lose under new structure
    Letter to the editor: Daniel McHugh would like Barrington Area District 220 to rethink its team structure for middle school, fearing it leaves too many 6th graders without the support system they need to transition from grade school to high school.

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    Town Center won’t fix what ails village
    Letter to the editor: "I have not spoken to one resident of the village that supports the proposed Town Center," writes Eric Tollefson of Buffalo Grove. "If the residents don't want it, how can the board proceed as if it is the panacea for all the ills the village might have?"

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    Sente would bring genuine leadership
    Letter to the editor: Jane and Jeff Berman of Buffalo Grove say the 59th district must send a genuine leader and pragmatic representative to Springfield, with "judgment we trust and who can make difficult decisions, solve problems and move the state forward," they write. "That is why we will be voting for Carol Sente."

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    Service charge is indeed a tax
    A Lake Zurich letter to the editor: Your bill, M. Gorum, the one you clearly don't look at or understand, also contains this USF tax. While you are correct that Obama didn't put the USF into play, it's a tax.

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    Mathias brings experience to job
    A Vernon Hills letter to the editor: I want a legislator with experience and ability to work with other legislators and across the aisle to get the job done.

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    Taxpayers behind Romney’s generosity
    A Palatine letter to the editor: I don't know how Mitt Romney supporters can gush about Mitt Romney's "generosity," considering a good portion of $4 million given in "charity" was probably money denied to U.S. tax coffers — courtesy of financial contortions generated by Cayman Island and other offshore tax haven bank accounts.

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    Tea Party wants zero to do with Dold
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: I recently saw an ad on television saying that Bob Dold was a Tea Party candidate and believe your readers should know the truth. What qualifies me to say that's a lie? I was an active Tea Party member when Bob Dold first ran for office in the 10th District

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    President hides real story on economy
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: President Obama claims to have brought the economy back from the worst recession since 1929-1942. While the unemployment numbers have indeed declined, the decline is not because more people are working.

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    Teamwork missing in Geneva schools
    An Elburn letter to the editor: Geneva teachers today do not have a voice in finding solutions to district problems. That is one of the many issues that is part of the negotiating process. Teachers want to find creative solutions to district problems, and we are begging to be part of the process.

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    Russell is best for Kane coroner
    A South Elgin letter to the editor: As Kane County Coroner Rob Russell would rely on his leadership and experience in the DuPage County Sheriff's department to do the proper investigation needed at a crime scene. If needed he will be the most qualified to step in and be in charge of that crime scene should no high ranking police officers be present.

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    Fiscally responsible forest candidate
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: As a 25 year resident of DuPage County, I know how important the forest preserves are to the residents. I have known for four years Al Murphy, candidate for DuPage County Forest Preserve District 6.

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    Time for a change in 6th District
    A Clarendon Hills letter to the editor: The choice is ours in the newly formed 6th Congressional District. The Republican incumbent, Peter Roskam, always votes the party line. Leslie Coolidge, the Democratic challenger, has moderate views and is not afraid to express what she sees as great potential for this country.

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    A straightforward, honest approach
    An Elmhurst letter to the editor: I was disappointed to learn that Elmhurst is no longer a part of the 6th Congressional District. My family was represented well by Peter Roskam and will miss his straightforward approach with his constituents.

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    We already told the park district ‘no’
    Letter to the editor: Harold Knudsen of Arlington Hts. says voters already told the park district in March they don't want to pay higher taxes, and he resents that the park board is back with another proposal on the November ballot. "Let's remind the park district the majority — i.e. the will of the people — said, "No new construction and no more new taxes," he writes.

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