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    Dwayne Wallace, left, and Brian Rogers board up an AT&T store in Rehoboth Beach, Del. on Saturday as Hurricane Sandy approaches the east coat.

    U.S. superstorm threat launches mass evacuations

    Forget distinctions like tropical storm or hurricane. Don't get fixated on a particular track. Wherever it hits, the rare behemoth storm inexorably gathering in the eastern U.S. will afflict a third of the country with sheets of rain, high winds and heavy snow, say officials who warned millions in coastal areas to get out of the way.

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    A beach goer holds on to her hat as she walks along a breezy Coligny Beach Park Saturday on Hilton Head Island, S.C., watching the waves generated by Hurricane Sandy near the time of high tide. Hurricane Sandy — upgraded again Saturday just hours after forecasters said it had weakened to a tropical storm — was barreling north from the Caribbean.

    The anatomy of the superstorm

    Start with Sandy, an ordinary late summer hurricane from the tropics, moving north up the East Coast. Bring in a high pressure ridge of air centered around Greenland that blocks the hurricane's normal out-to-sea path and steers it west toward land.Add a wintry cold front moving in from the west that helps pull Sandy inland and mix in a blast of Arctic air from the north for one big collision. Add...

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    Republican vice presidential candidate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, greets supporters before speaking at a campaign stop at Young’s Dairy Saturday in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

    Ryan: Obama hasn’t made case he deserves new term

    "We cannot afford four more years like these last four years," Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan told 1,000 supporters who huddled on the cold factory floor of Gradall Industries in eastern Ohio. "And we don't have to."

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    Replican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who is traveling with Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, uses a phone as he stands alongside Interstate 4 in Lakewood Crest, Fla., Saturday after the motorcade was stopped. The 12-year-old daughter of Sen. Rubio had been airlifted to a hospital after a Saturday motor vehicle accident.

    Rubio daughter hospitalized after accident

    The 12-year-old daughter of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has been airlifted to Miami Children's Hospital after a Saturday motor vehicle accident.

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    Iraqi children play during Eid al-Adha celebrations Saturday in Baghdad’s Fadhil neighborhood, Iraq. A bombing near a playground and other insurgent attacks killed 31 people including several children in Iraq on Saturday.

    Bombings, house raids in Iraq leave 31 dead

    The deadliest blast happened on the outskirts of Baghdad and struck near playground equipment that had been set up for the holiday in a market in the eastern neighborhood of Bawiya. Police officials said eight people were killed, including four children. Another 24 people, including children, were wounded, they added.

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    The Yarmouk military complex in Khartoum, Sudan seen in a satellite image made on October 12 2012, prior to the alleged attack. A U.S. monitoring group says satellite images of the aftermath of an explosion at a Sudanese weapons factory suggest the site was hit by an airstrike.

    Satellite images suggest airstrike on Sudan site

    Israeli officials have neither confirmed nor denied striking the site. Instead, they accused Sudan of playing a role in an Iranian-backed network of arms shipments to Hamas and Hezbollah. Israel believes Sudan is a key transit point in the circuitous route that weapons take to the Islamic militant groups in the Gaza Strip and Lebanon.

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    Associated Press Syrian refugee children play with toy weapons Saturday as they imitate Syrian rebels and Syrian troops at a refugee camp in the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon.

    Backing Syrian government puts Hezbollah on thin ice

    "You know how we find out that Hezbollah is under pressure?" asked Hilal Khashan, a professor in the political science department at the American University of Beirut. "They remain quiet. They are keeping a very low profile during these days. There is already pressure on Hezbollah and the pressure is mounting."

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    Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter (2) looks to a pass during the first half against Iowa in Evanston.

    Northwestern bounces back, beats Iowa 28-17
    Northwestern has struggled with its passing game, using two quarterbacks and ranking at the bottom of the Big Ten in pass offense. On Saturday, the Wildcats found success in their running game. Kain Colter scored three rushing touchdowns and threw for another score as Northwestern defeated Iowa 28-17.

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    Heater catches fire at Glendale Heights factory

    An overheated heater caught fire Saturday at a massive Glendale Heights factory, but was quickly extinguished before any serious damage was caused.

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    A bull attacks a boy after running away Saturday from Pakistani butchers trying to slaughter it, on the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, or “Feast of Sacrifice,” in Karachi, Pakistan. The boy was slightly injured according to the photographer.

    Alarmed cow kills Palestinian in Muslim feast

    A panicking cow killed a Palestinian man who was trying to slaughter the beast on Saturday during the Muslim celebration of Eid al-Adha, a Gaza health official said.

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    Three injured in tollway crash near Six Flags

    Three people were injured in a two-car crash on westbound Interstate 94 near Gurnee Saturday morning. Illinois State Police said none of the people injured suffered life-threatening injuries. All three were transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center. Their conditions are unknown.

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    Beachgoers walk in the wind and rain as waves generated by Hurricane Sandy crash into Jeanette's Pier in Nags Head, N.C., Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, as the storm churns up the east coast. Hurricane Sandy, upgraded again Saturday just hours after forecasters said it had weakened to a tropical storm, was barreling north from the Caribbean and was expected to make landfall early Tuesday.

    Images: Super storm preparation
    Images of the East Coast as they brace for "super storm" Hurricane Sandy expected to make landfall early Tuesday..

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    Billy Idol, right, is joined on stage by Michael Henrichsen, left, as Idol performs Friday in Seattle.

    Billy Idol plays fan’s birthday in Seattle

    A Seattle man says that having Billy Idol play his 26th birthday party made for the greatest night of his life.Michael Henrichsen spent two years persuading the British rock icon to play his party, and it finally paid off at the packed Showbox SoDo club Friday.

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    These birds and more taken from the Aurora home of Dave Skeberdis are being housed in a Villa Park storefront under the care of the Greater Chicago Cage Bird Club. The club is seeking donations to offset the cost of caring for more than 300 birds recovered from Skeberdis’ townhouse.

    Club cares for 358 birds rescued from Aurora home

    Members of an area bird club had their hands and a Villa Park storefront full Saturday with more than 300 birds recovered by court order Friday from an Aurora man's townhouse. The Greater Chicago Cage Bird Club will be caring for the birds during a quarantine period to check their health and until adoptive homes can be found. "We have taken in 358 birds and they are all alive," club President...

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    Will Mead holds a tri-folded flag as he watches Friday with family members the casket of his great grandfather, former Democratic U.S. Senator and three-time presidential candidate George McGovern, being carried into the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science in Sioux Falls, S.D.

    Notable deaths last week
    George McGovern once joked that he had wanted to run for president in the worst way — and that he had done so.A proud liberal who had argued fervently against the Vietnam War as a Democratic senator from South Dakota and three-time candidate for president, McGovern died at a Sioux Falls hospice, at age 90.

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    Don Plass

    Harper to induct distinguished alumni Monday

    At a campus reception Monday hosted by Kenneth Ender, Harper College president, six of the college's graduates will be inducted as the latest class of distinguished alumni. "They ... are in a perfect position to inspire the next generation of alumni," says Fredia Martin, director of Alumni Relations and Special Events.

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    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greets supporters after he spoke about the economy at a campaign rally at Kinzler Construction Services in Ames, Iowa, Oct. 26.

    Romney woos Florida early vote; Obama eyes NH

    Juggling politics and storm preparations, Mitt Romney dangled a plea for bipartisanship before early voters in Florida on Saturday as Barack Obama worked to nail down tiny New Hampshire's four electoral votes. Both campaigns scrambled to steer clear of a most unlikely October surprise, a superstorm barreling up the East Coast.

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    Cook County receives federal health care funding

    Cook County's healthcare system was granted a federal Medicaid waiver that will provide funding for patients who have been ineligible for coverage in the past. Officials said the cost of the program that will enroll upward of 115,000 people comes from the federal government and relieves the county and its taxpayers from continued complete funding coverage for those individuals.

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    Trick-or-Treat hours in Lake County
    A listing of Halloween trick-or-treat hours in Lake County.

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    Headache sufferers learn triggers, remedies in Naperville

    Suburban residents wondering "Why does my head hurt?" "Why does my child's head hurt?" or "Why did my head hurt so much when I was pregnant?" got some answers from health experts Saturday morning in Naperville as the National Headache Foundation offered a free patient education event. "A headache is not a disease; a headache is a symptom that indicates something is wrong," Dr. George Urban,...

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    Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase (2) scores a touchdown Saturday during the first half against Indiana in Champaign.

    Indiana beats Illinois 31-17

    CHAMPAIGN — Nate Sudfeld came off Indiana’s bench to throw for two touchdowns, and the Hoosiers defense had seven sacks and a pair of key turnovers in a 31-17 win at Illinois on Saturday.

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    Associated Press A satellite image of Sandy is shown Saturday at the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

    New Jersey’s Barrier Islands, casinos ordered evacuated

    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie declared a state of emergency today, and ordered the mandatory evacuation of all the state's barrier islands south of Sandy Hook and the closing of the state's 12 casinos, both at 4 p.m. Sunday.

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    Associated Press A woman walks like a zombie Saturday as she and others take part in Zombie Walk in Cape Town, South Africa. The Homeland Security Department told citizens last month, if they’re prepared for a zombie attack, they’ll be ready for real-life disasters like a hurricane, pandemic, earthquake or a terrorist attack.

    Marines, police prep for mock zombie invasion

    Hundreds of military, law enforcement and medical personnel will observe the Hollywood-style production of a zombie attack as part of their emergency response training.

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    Combat veterans get together for a photograph Friday morning at the Lake County courthouse in Waukegan. Members of the legal community met with the veterans to help record their stories for the Library of Congress.

    Lake County vets' stories going to Library of Congress

    Vernon Hills resident Henry Mason's recollections of his time with the Army Medical Corps in World War II will live on at the Library of Congress, thanks to a volunteer effort Friday at Lake County circuit court. It was the inaugural Lake County Library of Congress Veterans History Project. Mason and at least 13 other combat veterans from World War II and the Korean War participated.

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    Navy replaces admiral leading Mideast strike group

    WASHINGTON — The Navy said Saturday it is replacing the admiral in command of an aircraft carrier strike group in the Middle East, pending the outcome of an internal investigation into undisclosed allegations of inappropriate judgment.

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    AP poll: Majority harbor prejudice against blacks

    WASHINGTON — Racial attitudes have not improved in the four years since the United States elected its first black president, an Associated Press poll finds, as a slight majority of Americans now express prejudice toward blacks whether they recognize those feelings or not.

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    Emails shed light on Ryan, Walker relationship

    MADISON, Wis. — Rising political stars and personal friends, Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker worked quietly behind the scenes to coordinate public policy, avoid each other's limelight and steer clear of political minefields that would haunt their campaigns, according to more than 1,000 pages of internal emails obtained by The Associated...

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    Troopers target tailgaters with new laser guns

    GARY, Ind. — Indiana State Police have a new tool to determine whether drivers are tailgating and should get a ticket.Laser speed guns used by troopers can capture the time elapsed between the back bumper of one vehicle and the front bumper of the one behind it. The guns also take an accurate image of the license plate and driver's face.

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    Indiana teachers colleges see drop in applications

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The number of applications to Indiana teacher colleges is at its lowest level in at least five years, and education leaders say new state laws are keeping people from entering the field.The Journal & Courier (http://on.jconline.com/TMtniW ) reports applications are down at Purdue, Ball State and Indiana University.

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    Historic site opens exhibit of weird antiques

    METAMORA, Ill. — A display of weird and creepy antiques is on display at the Metamora Courthouse Historic Site, just in time for Halloween.The "Strange, Weird and Unusual Antiques" exhibit includes a metal instrument used to open veins for bloodletting. Another item is a tooth key, which was used to pull bad teeth.

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    Feds announce commodities fraud arrests

    CHICAGO — Federal prosecutors in Chicago say they've charged two area residents with commodities fraud in separate cases.

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    CTA: Cameras on trains led to drop in crime

    CHICAGO — All those new surveillance cameras on CTA buses and trains have led to increased arrests and fewer crimes.In a press release Friday, CTA President Forrest Claypool said the cameras have helped in the arrest of 134 people since Jan. 1.He said the number of robberies that occurred between January and September of this year is down 25 percent from last year.

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    Campton Hills wants input on clerk, gambling and sirens

    Campton Hills voters will answer three ballot questions Nov. 6, one of which is binding. Voters will decide if the village clerk's post should be an elected or appointed position. Two advisory questions are are on tap: Whether the village should allow video gambling and whether homeowners should pay more on their natural gas bills to fund a series of emergency warning sirens.

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    Republican Judy Biggert opposes Democrat Bill Foster in the 11th Congressional District race on Nov. 6.

    Biggert, Foster don’t see eye-to-eye on energy, transportation

    A new transportation bill will be a big part of the agenda for either candidate elected to the new 11th Congressional District. Various lobbyists with transportation and union interests gave an overview of the transportation issues important to them at a roundtable in Lemont Friday. A look at what Judy Biggert and Bill Foster have to say on transportation and energy.

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    The Buffalo Grove Theater is trying to raise funds to convert to digital projection so that it won’t have to close next year.

    Buffalo Grove Theater raising funds to avoid closure

    Another local movie theater may well fall victim to what could be dubbed the digital disease unless a fundraiser just getting started provides the cure. The Buffalo Grove Theater has until April to install digital projection equipment or could join the ranks of movie theaters like the one in Arlington Heights that have closed their doors.

Sports

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    Everett Golson threw for 177 yards and plunged in for the decisive 1-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, Manti Te’o bolstered his Heisman Trophy candidacy with a late interception and No. 5 Notre Dame beat No. 8 Oklahoma 30-13 on Saturday night to remain undefeated.

    Notre Dame tops Sooners, moves to 8-0

    Everett Golson threw for 177 yards and plunged in for the decisive 1-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, Manti Te’o bolstered his Heisman Trophy candidacy with a late interception and No. 5 Notre Dame beat No. 8 Oklahoma 30-13 on Saturday night to remain undefeated.

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    Palatine hits ‘reset,’ then routs Niles West

    The postseason didn't exactly get off to the start Palatine wanted Saturday afternoon. The third-seeded Pirates had two early turnovers and were tied 7-7 with No. 14 Niles West after a quarter. But Palatine scored 4 unanswered touchdowns in a span of 4:58 in the second quarter to break the game wide open and went on to win 69-42 in the first round of the Class 8A playoffs at Chic Anderson Stadium.

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    Last-second FG puts Fenwick past Huntley

    For 47 minutes and 56 seconds, Huntley’s defense stood taller than it had all season. It held a potent No. 7 seed Fenwick to 177 yards of total offense, recovered a fumble on the first play of the game and forced 9 punts for 320 yards. But as good as it was, it wasn’t quite enough to advance to Round 2, as the final 4 seconds were a repeat of how the Red Raiders’ season opened at Crystal Lake Central. This time it was Friars’ kicker Zach Laszkiewicz, with the wind at his back, booting a 24-yard field as time expired to give Fenwick a 10-9 win over the No. 10 seed Red Raiders (6-4), in a heart-breaking Class 7A first round matchup at Morton West High School Saturday night in Berwyn.

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    Naperville Central reclaims DVC title

    Naperville Central received clutch swims from a several swimmers as the Redhawks won the DuPage Valley Conference meet for the first time in six years on Saturday at West Chicago, edging Naperville North 306-304. Wheaton Co-op was third with 209.

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    Everything is OK for Immaculate Conception

    Immaculate Conception senior quarterback Demetrius Carr was clearly ticked off after he was picked off and North Boone tied up their Class 3A football playoff opener Saturday afternoon.

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    San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Sergio Romo celebrates after San Francisco Giants beat Detroit Tigers 2-0 in Game 3 of baseball's World Series Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, in Detroit. The Giants lead the series 3-0. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Giants one win away from World Series

    Ryan Vogelsong escaped trouble three times and Gregor Blanco hit a go-ahead triple to lead San Francisco over the Detroit Tigers 2-0 on Saturday night and move the Giants into a 3-0 World Series lead.

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    Kaneland cruises in playoff opener

    For the second consecutive year, Kaneland’s football team handed visiting Belvidere an early exit from the Class 5A state playoffs. This time, it came in much different fashion. A year ago, the Knights were pushed to the limit by the Bucs after giving up 567 yards of total offense during a wild 51-45 first-round playoff victory. On Saturday night, the top-seeded Knights (10-0) were much stingier, holding Belvidere (5-5) to 74 total yards and just 3 first downs during their 48-0 opening round triumph.

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    Willowbrook’s return to playoffs comes to end

    Willowbrook traveled a long way to show just how far its football program has come in a short time.And the 14th-seeded Warriors, who were winless last season, still had legitimate hopes of going even further as they trailed by just 3 points at halftime in their Class 7A playoff opener at third-seeded Hononegah late Saturday afternoon.But the Indians (9-1) rebounded from an error-filled first half and scored on all four of their full second-half possessions in a 39-16 victory which ended the remarkable turnaround season for Willowbrook (6-4).

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    Montini finds a way to get going

    Montini’s inauspicious start to its Class 5A football playoff opener required a system reboot.

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    Mistakes costly to Glenbard South

    Glenbard South’s trip to the Class 6A playoffs ended quickly with a 41-15 loss to St. Patrick in Chicago on Saturday afternoon. The Raiders (6-4) hurt their chances with 7 fumbles, losing 2, and 2 interceptions.

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    Glenbard North staves off Fremd

    Justin Jackson and Glenbard North proved to be a bit too much for Fremd on Saturday night in the opening round of the Class 8A playoffs in Palatine. Jackson rushed for 186 yards and 2 touchdowns and caught a pass for another touchdown as the Panthers held off the Vikings 31-24. Glenbard North will host Stevenson next weekend in the second round of the postseason.

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    FILE - In this June 11, 2012, file photo, New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur skates towards center ice during a timeout in the second period against the Los Angeles Kings during Game 6 of NHL hockey's Stanley Cup finals in Los Angeles. The NHL announced Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, that it has canceled all its games through the end of November because of the labor dispute between owners and players. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

    NHL closer to repeating bad history

    Patrick Sharp was there the last time NHL owners locked out the players. Now it’s as if he is living a bad dream all over again.Sharp was a rookie with the Philadelphia Flyers when the NHL canceled the entire 2004-05 season because of a failure to negotiate a new collective-bargaining agreement, and it’s looking like history could repeat itself.“I’m sure it can (happen again),” Sharp said of the possibility of missing a second season in seven years. “I was there in 2004. I was excited to start my NHL career with Philadelphia, and now it’s a similar situation.“You almost can’t believe it’s happening again and it’s getting away from you. It’s frustrating as a player. I’m still optimistic that something can get done, and that’s what keeps you going.“We’re all frustrated, there’s no question about that. It’s been frustrating since early September when this was being talked about. You try not to think on the negative side; you just take it week by week. There’s no question I want to be playing hockey.”Patrick Kane, who is headed to Switzerland to play while the lockout continues, agrees with Sharp that the entire season is in jeopardy.“Right now it doesn’t look too good,” Kane said. “Hopefully they can put something together and try to get a season in. I know with basketball last year they started on Christmas Day and had a pretty successful season.”Jonathan Toews has been one of the most outspoken players, criticizing NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and the owners about their tactics. Toews also is worried that the whole season could be missed.“I don’t know, I wasn’t there in ’04-’05, and there’s a lot of things you can look at that differentiate the two situations, but at the end of the day it’s the same ownership group and it’s the same commissioner, so you can’t rule that out,” Toews said of possibly missing the whole season.“I saw it in the meeting room last week where everyone worked very hard on coming up with those three proposals and they didn’t even have the courtesy to look at them for more than five minutes or even discuss it.“There was no discussion. I don’t know what’s going to happen the next week or so, but we’ve stood up and stayed together this whole time and worked very hard to try and negotiate.“They’ve done all this so far because they can. It almost to the point where you believe they’re excited to do this because they’re the NHL.”There were chants of “Bettman (stinks)” at Friday’s “Champs for Charity” game at the Allstate Arena as the more than 11,000 on hand unleashed their anger.“I think the fans are probably as frustrated or more frustrated than we are,” Toews said. “We’re right there with them. It’s not fair to them.”Players Association executive director Donald Fehr attended Friday’s game and steered clear of the question of whether the whole season could be lost.“I hope that’s premature discussion,” Fehr said. “We certainly hope it isn’t true. From a personal matter, I don’t see any reason for it.”The NHL already has canceled games through November, and now the Winter Classic, scheduled for Jan. 1 at Michigan Stadium between the Red Wings and the Maple Leafs, could be the next casualty.The announcement to scrap the sport’s largest revenue-generating event could come as soon as next week. “It would reinforce the notion that the NHL isn’t interested in playing,” Fehr said. “I hope they don’t do it.”As for growing fan unrest, Fehr said most fans know what the owners are trying to do.“I think there’s a general understanding out there that this is about the NHL owners insisting on concessionary bargaining,” Fehr said. “I get asked this all the time: What is it in the NHL’s offer that moves in our direction? All I can do is shrug my shoulders because I don’t know that it is.”tsassone@dailyherald.com

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    Fire just happy to be hosting play-in game

    The Chicago Fire really didn’t want to go limping into the playoffs.Saturday afternoon’s 1-1 draw against D.C. United means the Fire finished the MLS regular season in fourth place and fell into the Eastern Conference play-in game, which the Fire will host Wednesday (8 p.m.) at Toyota Park.“The good thing is we’re still hosting a game here,” Fire coach Frank Klopas said. “We’ve got to move on and get ready for the game.”But the Fire (17-11-6, 57 points) could have avoided that midweek match altogether had it earned just 1 more point somewhere over the last seven months.Chicago is 1-3-1 in its last five matches, not exactly the kind of momentum the team hoped for heading into the postseason for the first time since 2009.“It is disappointing,” Fire midfielder Patrick Nyarko said. “It stinks, especially (because) we had the opportunity to win this game and had opportunities in the past to clinch it and stuff like that. It’s just disappointing having to play another extra game.”The Fire looked good when it took the lead in the 16th minute on Nyarko’s goal off a Sherjill MacDonald assist.After Nyarko’s goal the Fire went on the defensive, with second-place United (17-10-7, 58 points) controlling the bulk of the possession. That possession edge paid off for United in the 50th minute on Lionard Pajoy’s header, tying the game.“I think we sat back a little too deep,” Nyarko said. “They’re a very good team, they’re a very good passing team, so that’s the mistake we made in trying to make them pass it around and not push them up and not put enough pressure on where the service came.“There was no pressure on the service and he made a great run and he finished.”Twice United goalkeeper Bill Hamid stopped strong MacDonald chances, one in each half, to show why he’s in the U.S. national team player pool. Hamid finished with 8 saves, but the Fire also couldn’t get some of its best chances on frame.“I think the biggest chance I had was the first half, the one that (Chris) Rolfe laid off for me,” MacDonald said. “The other ones were just unlucky, you know?“The last one I was out of balance. I tried to reach it the ball, I hit the ball, but I was totally out of balance. Sometimes it falls in the net, sometimes no, you know?“But I’m not worried about it. If you’re a striker you’re going to miss a lot of chances and hopefully score a lot. Off to the next game.”“I always have that belief that no matter where you start from, if you play your cards right you can come back and win an MLS championship,” Nyarko said. “It’s just one extra game.“Luckily enough we’ve got it at home. We don’t have to travel. I think the guys are concentrating, we’re starting a fresh, new slate, and hopefully we take care of Houston and then move on.”ŸFollow Orrin on Twitter @Orrin_Schwarz

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    St. Joseph ousts Aurora Central Catholic

    Aurora Central Catholic’s landmark season ended in St. Joseph on Saturday night. In its first IHSA playoff game since 1997, No. 14 seed Aurora Central Catholic lost 42-23 to No. 3 seed St. Joseph-Ogden in a Class 3A playoff opener. “We just struggled to defend the pass, that was the big thing. We couldn’t get off the field on third down and that was ultimately our demise,” said Chargers coach Brian Casey.

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    Running back Connor Schrader, left, celebrates on the bench with Jake Stauner, after scoring his fifth touchdown of the day during Lake Zurich’s Class 7A playoff victory over visiting Crystal Lake South.

    Schrader, Lake Zurich shred Crystal Lake S.

    It’s never “Wait till next year” for Lake Zurich’s football team. Come late October, it’s “Wait till next week.” On a sunny fall afternoon at Lake Zurich on Saturday, in a Class 7A state playoff opener between the sixth-seeded host school and No. 11 Crystal Lake South, it was more like “Wait till Zach Till hears this.” Connor Schrader will have to wait until next weekend for another chance to break his former teammate’s single-game school record for touchdowns. The senior running back piled up 4 TDs at halftime and scored his fifth midway through the third quarter to tie the school mark set by Till during his senior season last year. But with Lake Zurich comfortably ahead on the scoreboard, Schrader got only 2 more carries and sat out the entire fourth quarter, watching his teammates finish off a 49-0 victory.

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    Cary-Grove’s Kyle Norberg (44) is pulled down close to the goal line during the second quarter during Rockford Auburn at Cary-Grove in IHSA Class 6A playoff Football Saturday October 27, 2012.

    Images: Cary-Grove vs. Rockford Auburn football
    The Cary-Grove Trojans hosted the Rockford Auburn Knights in a first-round IHSA football playoff matchup Saturday in Cary. Cary-Grove won the game 41-7.

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    Lake Zurich’s Grant Soucy hauls in a 56-yard bomb on the first series of the game, setting up the first touchdown, on their way to routing Crystal Lake South during the Class 7A state playoff opener.

    Images: Crystal Lake South vs. Lake Zurich football
    The Lake Zurich Bears hosted the Crystal Lake South Gators for Class 7A football playoff action Saturday, October 27 in Lake Zurich. Lake Zurich beat Crystal Lake 49-0.

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    Scott Andrews of Glenbard West is trailed by Mike Bishoff of Elk Grove during the Elk Grove at Glenbard West football game Saturday.

    Images: Elk Grove at Glenbard West football
    Glenbard West High School hosted Elk Grove High School in week one of the IHSA football playoffs Saturday afternoon in Glen Ellyn. Glenbard West beat Elk Grove 49-21.

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    Conant’s Bryson Brown, center, celebrates his fourth-quarter touchdown with teammates Zach Smith, left, and Mike Kos during Saturday’s 14-0 win over New Trier.

    Images: Conant vs. New Trier football
    The first round of the IHSA football playoffs kicked off with the Conant High School Cougars hosting the Trevians of New Trier High School Saturday afternoon in Hoffman Estates. Conant beat New Trier 14-0 to advance.

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    Cary-Grove’s Kyle Norberg (44) is greeted by teammate Patrick Snell after scoring one of his touchdowns during the Trojans’ 41-7 Class 6A playoff win over Rockford Auburn in Cary Saturday.

    Norberg, Mahoney push Cary-Grove past Auburn

    Kyle Norberg ran through the Rockford Auburn defense while Ryan Mahoney ran around it. You get the picture. Norberg and Mahoney wrecked havoc on the visitors from Rockford Auburn. Accounting for 433 total yards, the senior backs keyed Cary-Grove's 41-7 win over the 16th seeded Knights in first round play of the Class 6A playoffs Saturday in Cary.

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    Rock Valley stops Harper

    Rock Valley's women's volleyball team defeated Harper for the fourth time this season 16-25, 18-25, 19-25 to win the region championship on Saturday in Rockford. Rock Valley will advance to the national tournament and face Ridgewood.

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    Neuqua Valley wins UEC squeaker

    The crowd has been boisterous through Saturday's Upstate Eight Conference meet at St. Charles East. But when it came time for the 400-yard freestyle relay, the team benches started cheering louder. Neuqua Valley and St. Charles East swimmers were at a higher decibel.

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    Elgin’s Cristain Martinez crosses the finish line in the St. Charles East cross country sectional at LeRoy Oakes in St. Charles on Saturday, October 27.

    Qiao, Naperville N. take titles at St. Charles East

    St. Charles North's tradition continues. Three of their top five runners from last year's state team graduated. So coach Kevin Harrington's team started slow, focused on running together and continued to get better throughout the fall. The reward came Saturday at LeRoy Oaks where the North Stars' second-place finish at the Class 3A sectional earned them a spot at next week state meet in Peoria.

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    Conant’s Alec Field, left, and Danny Modelski celebrate during the Cougars’ 14-0 win over New Trier in the Class 8A playoffs on Saturday.

    Defense delights Conant

    Both No. 9 New Trier and No. 8 Conant entered Saturday's Class 8A playoff game sporting powerful offenses coming off shootout victories in the final week of the regular season. Scoreboard operator's delight, right? Wrong. Defense was the story, and Conant's was more opportunistic in a 14-0 victory. "We've been outscoring people," Conant coach Bill Modelski said. "We really haven't been stopping people. We've really only had a couple of games this year where the defense has really won the game for us."

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    Rockford Boylan turns back Jacobs

    No. 15 Jacobs had two-time state champion and No. 2 seed Boylan on its heels early in Saturday's Class 7A first-round playoff game. The Golden Eagles drove 79 yards for a touchdown on the first possession of the game, and kicker Matt Fahey drilled a 22-yard field goal on their second possession as upset-minded Jacobs jumped to a 10-point lead. However, Boylan's defense shut the door from that point forward, and the Titans scored 4 unanswered touchdowns — including a backbreaking 75-yard, third-quarter punt return touchdown by senior DeMarcus Vines — to rally for a 28-10 victory.

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    Leudo has St. Viator headed to supersectional

    In a test of endurance, will and plenty of patience, top-seeded St. Viator earned a hard-fought 1-0 victory Saturday afternoon over Harvard (17-6-2) to capture the Grayslake Central sectional crown and a spot in the Class 2A Hampshire supersectional Tuesday evening against East Moline United. Mateo Leudo helped snap the Lions (18-3-3) out of 50-minute malaise when he cut across the face of the goal to head a marvelous serve from Troy Wheeler.

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    Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice, here with left tackle J’Marcus Webb, like the aggressiveness he has seen from his O-line.

    Bears’ offensive line starting to put it together

    Maybe Jay Cutler doesn’t yet feel as safe in the pocket as a newborn baby in its mother’s arms, but the Bears’ offensive line is proving it can get after it in the run game. After back-to-back games of 214 and 171 yards on the ground, the Bears are ninth in the NFL in rushing yards per game and 10th in average gain per rush.

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    Coach Andrew Kittrell, middle, soaks up a winning team effort with his Fremd swimmers after Saturday’s Mid-Suburban League meet at Barrington.

    Just like that, a new MSL champ: Fremd

    Barrington's run of consecutive girls swimming and diving conference championships, which covered two decades, was finished by fractions of seconds. Fremd earned narrow victories against its Barrington competitors in the first two relays of the Mid-Suburban League meet on Saturday, the 200 -yard medley and the 200 free relays. If meet host Barrington had won either of those two races, the team standings would have ended up differently. But Fillies coach Jim Bart and his team were nothing but gracious in seeing their enduring reign of dominance end in the blink of an eye. "First and foremost, we offer our congratulations to Fremd," said Bart. "Their girls did what they needed to do to win the meet. They earned it." Fremd finished with 291 points, and Barrington had 283.

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    A St. Charles North supporter waits for the start of the girls race in the St. Charles East cross country sectional at LeRoy Oakes in St. Charles on Saturday, October 27.

    Naperville N. dominates St. Charles E. sectional

    With all the state-ranked teams at the Class 3A St. Charles East girls cross country sectional Saturday at LeRoy Oaks, separating the five who earned a state berth and the ones who just missed came down to a razor-thin margin. It took a team effort to make it out, and it took individual efforts like the one by St. Charles North junior Kaylee Wessel.

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    Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, who was defensive coordinator for the Bears in 2006, says this year’s Bears defense may be better than the one he directed.

    Bears defense better than ’06 version?

    Through six games, the current defense has put up better numbers in several categories than the Bears’ last Super Bowl team. Heading into Sunday’s game against Carolina, the Bears are No. 1 in the NFL in points allowed per game (13.0) and interceptions, No. 2 in rushing yards and No. 4 in sacks and third-down efficiency.

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    All the pieces are in place for coach Lovie Smith and the Bears to make a deep, maybe even Super, run in the postseason.

    Time for Bears, Smith to win big

    Lovie Smith is correct when he says his team is as good as any in football, so the excuses for the Bears not winning have largely been removed.

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    Get hip to it: Prospect’s Wolfe returns to form

    Prospect senior Brooke Wolfe has pretty much owned the Busse Woods course during her four-year career, winning a pair of Mid-Suburban League titles, regional and sectional titles. But a creaky hip slowed the Knight senior this season. That is until Saturday's at the Class 3A Schaumburg sectional. Wolfe was back in rare form once again coming from behind in the final mile in securing the title in 17:44 and holding off Buffalo Grove's Kaitlyn Ko (17:48), Schaumburg sophomore Caroline Kurdej (17:51), Cary-Grove sophomore Talia Duzey (17:51), and Palatine senior Tess Wasowicz (17:52). "She runs great at Busse" said Prospect coach Dave Wurster of Wolfe performance. "Brooke went out a little faster than I anticipated, but she put herself in it. It was nice to see her finish with a fast kick." Palatine was also looking pretty impressive. The Pirates pushed the pace early and didn't back down in placing five runners in the top 21 to capture the team title with an impressive 70 points on a crisp, clear fall morning.

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    Luc Dimaso of Elk Grove pulls down Joseph Zito of Glenbard West during the Elk Grove at Glenbard West football game Saturday.

    Marconi sparks Glenbard West past Elk Grove

    Glenbard West's football team rarely needs a spark, but the Hilltoppers sure needed one on Saturday. Trapped in a tight game against upset-minded Elk Grove, Glenbard West defensive back Joe Marconi provided that spark with a huge third-quarter interception. The Hilltoppers rolled from there, eventually shaking Elk Grove for a 49-21 victory in the first-round of the Class 7A playoffs at Glen Ellyn's Duchon Field. Top-seeded Glenbard West (10-0) advances to play at No. 9 Libertyville (8-2) in next week's second-round matchup.

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    Florida running back Mike Gillislee (23) is upended by Georgia cornerback Branden Smith (1) during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

    Georgia takes down No, 3 Florida
    Georgia's defense was far from soft against rival Florida.The 12th-ranked Bulldogs stuffed the No. 3 Gators from every angle, forcing six turnovers in a 17-9 victory Saturday that left them on the cusp of making the Southeastern Conference title game.

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    Warren’s news is worth the wait

    The Class 3A Schaumburg girls cross country sectional has proven very difficult for Lake County teams to make it out of over the years. But after Lake Zurich managed to do it last fall, Warren thought it just might be able to pull off the task too Saturday morning under perfect running conditions on the three-mile Busse Woods course. And after waiting for what seemed like an eternity for the official results to come out and assuming that they had fallen short of their goal again, the Blue Devils found out that they had indeed earned a trip to the 2012 state meet with a fifth-place score of 178 points to topple sixth-place finisher Fremd (184 points), and seventh-place Lake Zurich (198). Perennial power Palatine rolled to the title of the 21-team meet with 70 points followed by fellow Mid-Suburban League powers Barrington (103) in second, Prospect (116) in third, and Schaumburg (162) in fourth.

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    Michigan State wide receiver Bennie Fowler (13) makes the game-winning touchdown catch against Wisconsin defensive back Darius Hillary (5) in overtime in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Michigan State won 16-13. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

    Michigan State tops Wisconsin in OT

    Andrew Maxwell threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Bennie Fowler in overtime, giving Michigan State a 16-13 victory and snapping Wisconsin's 21-game home winning streak.

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    Draw sends Fire to 1-game playoff
    Lionard Pajoy scored in the 50th minute, and Bill Hamid made eight saves to help D.C. United rally for a 1-1 tie with the Fire on Saturday.

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    No. 17 South Carolina bested Tennessee 35-31 Saturday but lost star RB Marcus Lattimore to a horrific knee injury. Coach Steve Spurrier gave few details on Lattimore’s damaged right leg, which flopped to the turf like a rag doll’s might after a hit in the second quarter.

    Gamecocks overcome Tennessee 38-35, but Lattimore hurt

    No. 17 South Carolina bested Tennessee 35-31 Saturday but lost star RB Marcus Lattimore to a horrific knee injury. Coach Steve Spurrier gave few details on Lattimore’s damaged right leg, which flopped to the turf like a rag doll’s might after a hit in the second quarter.

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    Prospect’s Shaffer doesn’t waver in sectional triumph

    Prospect senior Quentin Shaffer ran to the individual title in Saturday's Class 3A boys cross country sectional meet at Busse Woods.

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    Lake Zurich finds winning path at Busse Woods

    After winning the Grant regional last weekend, the Lake Zurich boys cross country team kept on rolling Saturday morning against even tougher competition in the Class 3A Schaumburg sectional. The Bears used another typical team effort from top to bottom to get the job done on the 3-mile Busse Woods course as they proved themselves to be the class of the 21-team field with a winning score of 104 points. Barrington nipped Mid-Suburban League rival Palatine 136 to 137 for second place while Hersey (178 points) and Highland Park (200 points) earned the final two team berths to the 2012 state meet next Saturday at Peoria's Detweiller Park.

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    Lipa, Glenbard South rally to earn downstate trip

    Diane Lipa more than made the most of her return engagement at Reed-Keppler Park in West Chicago on Saturday morning. One week after an uncharacteristically poor performance at the Class 2A Wheaton Academy girls cross country regional, the Glenbard South freshman shaved 74 seconds off her time to solidify a first in Raiders program history: consecutive team trips to the state tournament.

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    Northern Illinois outlasts Western Michigan 48-34

    Jordan Lynch threw four touchdown passes and ran for two more Saturday, leading Northern Illinois to a 48-34 victory over Western Michigan.

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    The Batavia Bulldogs hosted the Trojans of Downers Grove North in weeek one of the IHSA football playoffs Friday night in Batavia. Downers Grove North beat Batavia 38-26.

    Images: Downers Grove North vs. Batavia football
    The Batavia Bulldogs hosted the Trojans of Downers Grove North in weeek one of the IHSA football playoffs Friday night in Batavia. Downers Grove North beat Batavia 38-26.

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    Benet not satisfied with win

    It doesn't matter that the Benet football players didn't award their 24-10 victory many style points. What matters is they won their Class 7A first-round playoff game Friday night in Lisle and will host Oswego in the second round next week.

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    Hawks have fun for good cause under shadow of NHL lockout

    For fans of the Blackhawks and the NHL, what took place Friday night at Allstate Arena will have to serve as their hockey fix for a while.On the same day the “Champs for Charity” exhibition was taking place in Rosemont, the league canceled all scheduled games through November due to the lockout.That brings the total to 326 games wiped out — or 26.5 percent of the schedule. The league has now canceled all games scheduled from Oct. 11 through Nov. 30.“The National Hockey League deeply regrets having to take this action,” said deputy commissioner Bill Daly in a statement.Yeah, sure, was the reaction of most players.“More than anything, it seems like more of a scare tactic to us,” Hawks winger Patrick Kane said. “We knew it was coming.”Hawks captain Jonathan Toews has been most outspoken about the actions that have taken place from the league.“There’s not much more you can say,” Toews said. “I think I’ve pretty much expressed how I felt about this whole process and how the league has gone about it. We’re still going down that road that they’re going to keep exercising that power that they have of locking us out and canceling games to try and sway us their way.”That makes 22 Hawks games canceled through November, including the annual circus trip, a six-gamer that was to run from Nov. 14-23.It’s unfortunate the NHL made the announcement to cancel the November schedule on the same day of the “Champs for Charity” game, which featured many of the 2010 Stanley Cup-winning Hawks against a group of all-stars to benefit Ronald McDonald House charities.A crowd of 11,649 watched the Hawks lose 16-15 to the World Stars in a shootout.Daniel Carcillo scored the winning goal for the World when he stopped in front of goalie Craig Anderson and fired in the puck.“He stole my move,” said Kane, who had tied the game with 1:42 left in regulation.“I did steal his move,” Carcillo said. “I always knew I could do it. I never had the confidence to try it.”Then there was Carcillo riding his stick like a horse and taunting the Hawks’ bench.“It’s all for the fans, you know?” Carcillo said. “You might as well whoop it up a bit and have some fun. They frown upon that in the real season.”Kane, the game’s MVP, said it was great to play in front of the Chicago fans again.“It’s been awhile,” Kane said. “The summer seemed long enough, especially going out in the first round. Just feeling the puck on your stick and trying to score a goal.“A lot of guys came in just for this event, guys coming in from all over the country and a couple guys from Finland. It just goes to show how true hockey players are, really good people who care about stuff like this.”Players Association executive director Donald Fehr attended the game and said the league canceling November was expected.“Nothing they’ve done over the past several weeks is very much of a surprise,” Fehr said. “One thing sort of follows another. It’s a shame, I think. Hopefully we’ll get down to serious negotiations one of these days, but we’re not there yet.“The league’s position is essentially, we got billions of dollars from the players last time and we had nothing but record revenues, so let’s try to go get another billion or two.”

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    John Wallace kicked a 30-yard field goal in overtime to lift No. 16 Louisville to a 34-31 victory over Cincinnati on Friday night after an attempt to ice the redshirt kicker went horribly wrong for the Bearcats.

    Louisville beats Cincinnati in OT to stay unbeaten

    John Wallace kicked a 30-yard field goal in overtime to lift No. 16 Louisville to a 34-31 victory over Cincinnati on Friday night after an attempt to ice the redshirt kicker went horribly wrong for the Bearcats.

Business

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    Iranian worshippers perform their Eid al-Adha prayers Friday at Tehran University campus in Tehran, Iran. Leaders in Iran are appealing to Iranians sense of nationalism in an effort to encourage them to purchase domestic products.

    Iran aims to defy sanctions via domestic production

    With an economy struggling through some of the most punishing economic sanctions in history, Iran is looking inward to meet its basic needs while attempting to change the consumption habits of a society accustomed to enjoying a range of foreign products.

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    Associated Press/Oct. 17, 2012 Customers order food at Mi Pueblo Foods store in Mountain View, Calif.

    Latino grocery chain fights immigration woes

    Mi Pueblo officials say they were "forced" to use the E-Verify program by immigration officials after the government started conducting an audit of the company's hiring records to ensure Mi Pueblo was not employing illegal immigrants.

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    Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash, left, shoots as Sacramento Kings point guard Aaron Brooks defends during a preseason game on Thursday.

    Time Warner Cable cuts first major Lakers deal

    Time Warner Cable Inc. says it has reached its first major agreements to receive payment for carriage of two new channels carrying Lakers basketball games.

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    Newell Rubbermaid reorganizing, cutting jobs

    Newell Rubbermaid plans to cut more than 1,900 jobs, or about 10 percent of its worldwide workforce, over the next 2½ years. The consumer products company said all savings from the job cuts will be reinvested into growing its brands globally and adding new sales capabilities in emerging markets.

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    In this photo released by Papa John’s on Friday, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, left, shoots a television spot with Papa John’s founder John Schnatter. In the ad, Manning reveals he is Papa John’s latest franchisee.

    Peyton Manning to own 21 Papa John’s franchises

    Peyton Manning will invest in 21 Papa John's pizza franchises in his first season as the Denver Broncos' quarterback. "It's a smart investment now and will be long after I'm done playing football," Manning said in a statement.

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    Microsoft store product adviser Stuart Pitts displays the new Surface tablet computer as customers enter the Seattle store on Friday.

    From text to touch, a look at Microsoft systems

    With Friday's release of the touch-centric Windows 8 software, Microsoft continues more than three decades of making operating systems for personal computers. Its first operating system was called MS-DOS — for Microsoft Disk Operating System.

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    Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple Inc., holds an iPad Mini Tuesday during an event in San Jose, California. Apple Inc. introduced a smaller version of the iPad designed to keep customers from buying low-cost tablets from competitors Microsoft Corp., Amazon.com Inc. and Google Inc.

    Slate: Under Tim Cook, Apple is stronger than ever

    Every fall, Apple holds a big event to show off its holiday lineup of gadgets. This year, it held two big events. That pretty much sums up the most important thing about Apple in 2012. The company has long been obsessively focused on making a few devices really well. Now it's making a lot more than a few devices. Releasing so many new things in a single year marks a major philosophical shift for Apple.

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    The iPad Mini will make it even more difficult for holiday shoppers to figure out which mobile device to buy for their loved ones — or for themselves.

    Review: Mighty iPad Mini looks like a holiday hit

    Apple's iPad Mini will bring a lot more excitement and a little more confusion to the holiday shopping season. The new option will make it even more difficult for holiday shoppers to figure out which mobile device to buy for their loved ones —or for themselves.

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    Steve Ballmer, CEO Microsoft, speaks about the “Next Generation Internet” during a presentation earlier this month in Zurich, Switzerland. Ballmer can’t afford to be wrong about Windows 8. If the dramatic overhaul of the Windows operating system flops, it will reinforce perceptions that Microsoft is falling behind other technology giants as the world moves on to smartphones, tablets and other sleek devices from Apple, Google and Amazon.

    Windows 8: Make-or-break moment for Microsoft CEO Ballmer

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer can't afford to be wrong about Windows 8. If it flops, the failure will reinforce perceptions that Microsoft is falling behind competitors. If Ballmer is right, Windows 8 will prove that the world's largest software maker still has the technological chops and marketing muscle to shape the future of computing. "This is going to be his defining moment," said technology industry analyst Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights & Strategy.

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    Attendees try out the new Samsung Galaxy Note II Wednesday during a launch event in New York. Aside from the 5.5 inch screen, the Note comes with a stylus and runs the latest version of Google’s Android operating system, Jelly Bean.

    Holiday gadgets: Samsung launches Note II phone

    Samsung Electronics Co. has been running ads touting its Galaxy S III phone as its "next big thing." Now it has something bigger. This week, Samsung is releasing the Galaxy Note II, a smartphone with a 5.5 inch screen. Aside from the larger screen, the Note comes with a stylus and runs the latest version of Google's Android operating system, Jelly Bean.

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    Computer shoppers read through options and compare prices at a Best Buy in Springfield. after Microsoft launched Windows 7. Best Buy is hoping to capitalize on the launch of Windows 8. It’s trying to lure customers with exclusive computers and staffers trained to explain and demonstrate the new operating system from Microsoft Corp.

    Best Buy offers exclusive Windows 8 deals, demos

    Confused by Windows 8? Best Buy hopes it can help. The consumer-electronics retailer is hoping to capitalize on the launch of Windows 8. It's trying to lure customers with exclusive computers and staffers trained to explain and demonstrate the new operating system from Microsoft Corp.

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    Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows and Windows Live Division at Microsoft, speaks Tuesday during a preview of the new operating system Windows 8 and tablet computer Surface in Shanghai.

    How you can get, or avoid, Windows 8

    On Friday, Microsoft Corp. released a new version of its Windows operating system, one designed to make desktop and laptop computers work more like tablets. It represents the software company's effort to address the growing popularity of smartphones and tablet computers, namely the iPad. There will be a new screen filled with a colorful array of tiles, each leading to a different application, task or collection of files. Windows 8 is designed especially for touch screens, though it will work with the mouse and keyboard shortcuts, too.

Life & Entertainment

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    Tobias Wegner stars in Circle of Eleven’s tour of “LEO,” which plays at the Elgin Community College Saturday, Oct. 27.

    Weekend picks: Be amazed by acrobatic feats in 'LEO'

    Acrobat Tobias Wegner deftly moves among video projections in Circle of Eleven's one-man show “LEO,” playing Saturday at Elgin Community College's Visual & Performing Arts Center. Top finalists from the Suburban Chicago's Got Talent contest perform Saturday during the Family Variety Hour at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights. The Improv Playhouse stages its original radio-play adaptation of Mary Shelley's “Frankenstein” in Libertyville.

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    CEO and co-founder of Rent the Runway Jennifer Hyman, left, and co-founder Jenny Fleiss run an online company that allows consumers to borrow, for a fee, designer clothes and accessories.

    Rent the Runway taps its users as models

    A reality check is coming to Rent the Runway, the online company that allows consumers to borrow — for a fee — designer clothes and accessories. It has unveiled a social-shopping platform with 12,000 customer photos to see how styles hang on different shapes. "You haven't seen this diversity of models anywhere else," says Jennifer Hyman, CEO and co-founder.

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    Shiny Toy Guns’ “III”

    Shiny Toy Guns’ ‘III’ is impeccable

    From its opening track, the runaway love jam "Somewhere to Hide," to its closing number, the piano tune "Take Me Back to Where I Was," Shiny Toy Guns delivers a flawless collection of tunes on its third album, "III."

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    A garland threaded with candy corn makes a colorful decoration for Halloween.

    Getting creative with candy corn

    Candy corn has become not only a staple of the trick-or-treat bowl, but an inspiration for seasonal decor.---- Whether you're setting a festive scene or just indulging a nostalgic affection, there are lots of ways to use candy corn. You can even make some yourself — both edible and nonedible versions.

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    An artist rendering released by Barneys New York/Disney shows Disney character Minnie Mouse featured in the Barneys New York Madison Avenue holiday window. The upcoming holiday display will feature classic Disney characters on the runway in front of an audience of animated versions of industry bigwigs.

    Skinny Minnie: Barneys gives Ms. Mouse a makeover

    For a brief moment in Barneys New York’s upcoming holiday window display, Minnie becomes a long, lean high-fashion model — and the skinny Minnie is drawing some criticism.The Barneys display puts Disney characters on the runway in front of animated versions of industry bigwigs in a short film that features Minnie’s daydream sequence strutting her stuff in Paris in a hot-pink, ruffle-covered Lanvin dress. Runway Minnie gets only a few seconds of face time, but when she does, she transforms into a model who is tall and thin with longer legs, leaner arms and daintier gloved hands than the polkadot-loving character who typically embraces her curves from head to toe.

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    Swans and ducks wade across from the river ship Avalon Felicity on the Rhine River in Breisach, Germany. The small scale of river ships, which typically carry no more than a couple hundred passengers, is a large part of their appeal, in contrast to oceangoing mega-ships that carry thousands.

    Going with the flow on the romantic Rhine River

    After returning from a cruise on the legendary Rhine, I’m happily considering trips to other iconic waterways such as the Danube for next year. Sure, there were a few wrinkles, but they didn’t take away from what I found was a charming, intimate experience — with not only the river but the people on the ship.

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    New tax rumors wrong to tie home sales to health care

    Q. Is it true that starting in 2013 if you sell your home there will be an additional 3.5 percent sales tax on the seller to help fund "Obamacare"?

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    The best type of mesh to use depends on the steep of the roof and the surrounding trees.

    Gutter covers help prevent costly home repairs

    Homeowners invest a lot of time and risk injury by cleaning their gutters. One solution is to invest in a gutter cover that keeps leaves, pine needles, branches and roof grit out of your gutters, said Brian Hoffman, vice president of Gutter Glove of Chicagoland, based in Elk Grove Village.

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    The four-bedroom home in McHenry sits on three acres.

    McHenry home ideal for horse lovers

    Horse-lovers and those looking for a country retreat will fall in love with this frame and vinyl siding farmhouse-style home on three acres in McHenry. A four-stall barn and large riding arena make it ideal for equestrians.

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    Voting by proxy can be limited by an association’s bylaws

    Q. The declaration for our association provides that no voting member may cast a proxy vote for more than three owners. Is this limitation lawful?

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    A Michael Myers costume from the “Halloween” film franchise is available in kid-sized versions at Party City.

    Kindergarten killers? Kids costumes get gory this year

    Prepare yourself this Halloween for a procession of pint-sized trick-or-treaters like none you’ve encountered before. If the companies that gamble on offering the right mix of costumes are correct, visitors to your doorstep will include a grisly array of waist-high killer clowns brandishing blood-soaked machetes, deranged convicts and zombie ninjas armed with knives. Gory costumes that were once reserved for preteens and teens are now available in ever-smaller sizes.

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    A mule team walks along the Bright Angel Trail on the South Rim of Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park. Google is using the Trekker, a backpack-sized camera unit, to showcase the Grand Canyon’s most popular hiking trails on the South Rim and other off-road sites.

    Google cameras map Grand Canyon trails

    Google and its street-view cameras already have taken users to narrow cobblestone alleys in Spain using a tricycle, inside the Smithsonian with a push cart and to British Columbia’s snow-covered slopes by snowmobile.The search giant now has brought its all-seeing eyes — mounted for the first time on a backpack — down into the Grand Canyon, showcasing the attraction’s most popular hiking trails on the South Rim and other walkways.

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    Home fix: A home ‘to-do’ checklist for fall

    The long hot summer is finally behind us and, with the upcoming fall weather, it's time again to fix up and spruce up our homes. I have prepared a checklist of "to-dos" before the cold weather sets in.

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    Remodeling for the holidays? Don’t go crazy

    Are you gearing up for the fun, hectic, exciting, loving, partying, giving, family gathering season we are entering? You might be ready, but is your house ready too?

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    The fireplace was freshened up with a new mantel/facade.

    Palatine townhouse gets a bachelor pad treatment
    Known as the “affordable” interior designer, Marya Taylor achieved this four-room makeover from planning to installation in just eight weeks on a conservative budget.

Discuss

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    The Soapbox

    The Soapbox offers praise for good deeds in the suburbs and a scolding for some less-than-scrupulous actions in the public spotlight this week.

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    The Soapbox

    The Soapbox offers praise for good deeds in the suburbs and a scolding for some less-than-scrupulous actions in the public spotlight this week.

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    Moderate will win in 10th District
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: In response to a recent article, it's clear to say what I already knew beforehand: Robert Dold is going to win the campaign for 10th District of Congress.

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    Talent, temperament right for prosecutor
    A Highland Park letter to the editor: Chris Kennedy doesn't need a hard sell. His talents, temperament and experience make him ideally suited for the position of Lake County state's attorney.

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    Prosecutor candidate will clean house
    A Deerfield letter to the editor: While most of us do not have frequent contact with the state's attorney's office, we know it to be the crucial cog in the wheel of justice in Lake County.

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    Tax-reduction claim was misleading
    A Lake Bluff letter to the editor: At the League of Women Voters forum recently, it was surprising to hear Mr. Barkhausen's claim of reducing property taxes for Shields Township by 30 percent.

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    Candidate fights cronyism, corruption
    A Mettawa letter to the editor: I am writing to express my strong support for Sid Mathias for representative in the 59th state House District.

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    Character, service matter in House
    A Vernon Hills letter to the editor: I am a teacher and have supported Carol Sente since she was appointed and ran for office in 2010.

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    Endorsements good, just do opposite
    An Ivanhoe letter to the editor: I'm glad the Daily Herald decided to persist with its valuable insights into the federal, state, and local political contests. You're making voting easy: almost a no-brainer

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    St. Alexius staff are all saints, he says
    Letter to the editor: Robert Myers of Streamwood was amazed by the performance of the staff on 3 North, at St. Alexius Medical Center. "The things the staff has to put up with from patients!" he marveled.

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    We already told the park district ‘no’
    Letter to the editor: Greg Larson of Arlington Heights is put out that the Arlington Hts. Park District is back with another tax increase proposal on the November ballot. "Do they not listen?" he asks.

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    Free resources here to help stutterers
    Letter to the editor: International Stuttering Awareness Day is Oct. 22, and it's a great time to remind your readers that there are speech-language pathologists in the Arlington Heights area who specialize in helping people who stutter, writes Jane Fraser.

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    Roskam will give us more of the same
    A Palatine letter to the editor: We need to change Congress to an enterprise that represent constituents’ needs over the dictates of special interest groups and backward-thinking party ideology. With Peter Roskam we know exactly what to expect, namely more of the same, and I cannot find anyone who endorses this.

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    Schools should take more responsibility
    A Wheeling letter to the editor: How is it that a child does not show up for school and, unable to speak to a parent on the phone, the school authorities do nothing more than leave a phone message? Whether Jessica Ridgeway’s absence was ordinary or extraordinary, there should have been a process in place at her Colorado school that involved direct contact with the parent to report a missing child.

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    Moral issues must be decided first
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: Only after these critical issues are met can we start to discuss the issues of fiscal and financial policy, education and health care. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have set the moral compass on the right path from which the rest of the journey can begin.

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    More gun laws not the answe
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Tammy Duckworth, Bill Foster and Brad Schneider are Democrats running for Congress in Illinois (yes, “Own a gun, go to jail” Illinois). But what will be the fine for using a handgun when you have no license — community service?

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    Look at strides economy has made
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Gov. Romney is proposing more of what got us in the hole we were in and then some. I’d think twice about him being in touch with reality unless you believe the reality of the financial crash of ’08 is a good thing.

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    Beaubien’s familiarity, experience important
    A Crystal Lake letter to the editor: Dee Beaubien has always reasoned independently; and they know it in Springfield where she has often lobbied for Mark Beaubien's legislation. They trust her. Trust is a powerful tool in breaking barriers, such as in finding a solution to the pension stalemate — the taxpayers' nightmare.

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    Vote township government out
    An Elgin letter to the editor: I agree with R. Getz's opinion about eliminating township form of government with all the employees and trustees and still get the job done, without taxpayers footing the bill. Of course, this would have to be studied and then provided for a final decision by a referendum. Much taxpayers' savings involved and worth a good look.

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    Dalton brings honor to the bench
    An Elgin letter to the editor: I want to know that the person elected to be judge is trustworthy and will follow the law. I've known John Dalton for many years now and have always found him to be fair and treat others with the respect they deserve. Already a trustee at Elgin Community College, becoming a judge is his opportunity to give back even more to a community that he feels has given a tremendous amount to him.

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    Government waste ‘truly frightening’
    A Wayne letter to the editor: Clearly government spending is out of control. What's worse, the vast majority of the wasteful spending is not constitutionally authorized.

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    Hartwell strong choice for clerk
    A Sleepy Hollow letter to the editor: Tom Hartwell is fiscally conservative with enough experience to implement and maintain a balanced budget while improving the attention to detail so important in an office that maintains county court records. I support him for Kane County Circuit Clerk.

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    Barnes logical, well informed
    A Cary letter to the editor: I have known Yvonne Barnes since we served together on the Cary village board. She and I mostly agreed on issues, but there were some times when we were on opposing sides. Debating these disagreements, Yvonne's approach was always well-informed, logical and respectful, which is why we are still friends today.

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    Koehler good for small business
    A Crystal Lake letter to the editor: Ken Koehler's results for McHenry County speak for themselves. He, along with his colleagues, have worked hard with agencies to help create and retain jobs.

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    DuPage clerk article was not balanced
    An Elmhurst letter to the editor: I was quite dismayed at the lack of balance in your Oct. 24 article, "Sweet pension deal at issue." It contained numerous charges by Ralph Scalise, the Democrat challenging Chris Kachiroubas, clerk of the circuit court, yet did not mention much about the tainted background of Mr. Scalise.

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    Justice delayed encourages evildoers
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: The third anniversary of the Fort Hood massacre, Nov 5, 2009, will probably pass unnoticed as that will be the day before the election. But for the 13 families of the slain and the 31 wounded, the grief never ends.

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    Poster boy for the one-sided failure
    A Roselle letter to the editor: The main problem in politics today is a Congress that is divisive and more partisan than ever. They are incapable of intelligent discourse, listening to opposing views or reasonable compromise and, as a result, have a 9 percent approval rate. The Republicans have blatantly made it their mission to stop anything the president wants, putting party politics ahead of what might be good for the country.

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    McKee house is well worth saving
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: I was greatly disturbed to read the Oct. 16 comment from Robert Flesvig who is running for a seat on the DuPage County Forest Preserve District. Mr. Flesvig stated that he wouldn't support any district cash to restore the historic McKee house on St. Charles Road in Churchill Woods.

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    A heartfelt salute to Ray Soden
    An Oakbrook Terrace letter to the editor: It is with great sorrow that I read about the death of former VFW past commander Ray R. Soden who was many things to us. Not just vets but DuPage County Forest Preserve chairman and many many more accomplishments.

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