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    Bicyclist Bob Lee, 70, left, gets a fist bump from Thom Rosen, both of Barrington, after a one-hour stationary cycle fundraiser class, just before a welcome home reception for Lee at Good Shepherd Health and Fitness Center in Barrington Saturday.

    Long-distance peddler takes a spin with friends, supporters

    A Welcome home reception for Barrington bicyclist Bob Lee, 70, newly returned for his third "Ride for Three Reasons" for cancer, ALS and hospice, which took him on an eight-week journey from Canada to the Mexican border along the west coast from early September to late October.

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    Firefighters work at the scene of a house fire in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in Lindenhurst, N.Y. According to firefighters at the scene, four homes were destroyed by fire overnight in Lindenhurst, and six in Massapequa.

    Images: Hurricane Sandy’s Trail of Destruction
    Millions of people from Maine to the Carolinas awoke Tuesday without power, and an eerily quiet New York City was all but closed off by car, train and air as superstorm Sandy steamed inland, still delivering punishing wind and rain. "We are in the midst of urban search and rescue. Our teams are moving as fast as they can," New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said.

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    Jess Ray is sworn in as the new mayor of Mettawa by Village Clerk Sandra Shapcott during the village board meeting Tuesday night.

    Mettawa mayor Jess Ray to hang it up after one term

    As he nears the end of his first term in office, Mettawa Mayor Jess Ray says he won't be seeking a second. His race against longtime incumbent Barry MacLean in 2009 ended in a rare tie that was decided two weeks later. Ray cited improved communication with residents of the rural village of about 550 as a highlight of his tenure.

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    This dog and 18 others were found alive in the Woodstock-area home of Virginia E. Dinucci, when sheriff’s deputies visited the home Monday for a well-being check. Neighbors reported a strong odor emitting from the home and said they hadn’t seen Dinucci in weeks, according to the McHenry County sheriff’s office.

    88 living, 3 dead animals discovered in McHenry County home

    Eighty-eight living and three dead animals were discovered in a Woodstock-area home where the owner had not been seen for weeks, McHenry County authorities said Tuesday. Animals found at the home included 55 birds, 19 dogs, 11 cats, three rabbits as well as one dead bird, dog and cat. “A lot of them are primarily dehydrated and very hungry,” said Debra Quackenbush, spokeswoman for the...

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    Cristina Castro and Henoch Fuentes

    Kane County Board candidates talk benefits
    Candidates for the Kane County Board in Districts 19, 20 and 23 are split on whether they will take insurance and pension benefits offered to board members. Kevin Smith, running for District 23, and Kurt Kojzarek in District 19 are the only two who plan to accept the county's health insurance. Incumbents Cristina Castro and Maggie Auger in districts 20 and 23, respectively, plan to continue...

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    Joel Gilbert at the screening for his movie “Dreams from My Real Father” in Bellmore, NY. With a week until Election Day, the nasty campaign tactics are coming out. The film was mailed for free to some seven million homes. The film claims that Obama’s real father was Frank Marshall Davis, a communist agitator, author and poet who lived in Hawaii, not the former Kenyan goat herder who share’s the president’s name. Both men are deceased.

    Nasty campaign tactics: Phony voting instructions

    With a week to go until Election Day, the nasty campaign tactics are coming out. People in Florida, Virginia and Indiana have gotten calls falsely telling them they can vote early by phone and don't need to go to a polling place. In suburban Broward County, Fla., a handful of elderly voters who requested absentee ballots say they were visited by unknown people claiming to be authorized to collect...

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    The Bontjes family members, from left, John, Julie, Christopher and Jil, practice magic tricks in the living room of their home in Westville

    Westville family finds the magic

    Their common interests of magic and music find Christopher Bontjes and his family spending a lot of time together."We all have a great time sharing our common passions," Christopher said. Other family members include his wife, Julie, and their children, John, 15, and Jill, 13.Christopher and Julie, and sometimes the whole family, perform locally for people of all ages at the Veterans Affairs...

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    Republican Sidney Mathias, left, opposes Democrat Carol Sente in the 59th State House District for the 2012 General Election.

    Sente, Mathias sprint to the finish

    State Reps. Carol Sente and Sidney Mathias face a tougher road back to Springfield than a lot of their fellow lawmakers. Opposing each other in Illinois House 59 -- the only House race in the state between two incumbents -- the two have tried to stake out clear positions on pensions and other issues.

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    The inmate population at the Lake County jail in Waukegan is expected to grow during the next 18 years, but not significantly enough to require building expansion, a consultant said Tuesday.

    Consultant: Lake jail should double up on bunks

    The inmate population at the Lake County jail in Waukegan is expected to grow during the next 18 years, but not significantly enough to require building expansion, a new study indicates. To meet the projected space needs, consultant Tom Roth on Tuesday recommended turning some single-bunk cells into double cells.

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    Bob Marshall

    Marshall’s pension hearing kicks off; could last into December

    Napervile's Police Pension Board begins process of sorting out Police Chief Bob Marshall's pension.

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    Leona Wieland, 65, of Sioux Falls, lights candles in peaceful protest with Sister Janice Klein, left, as they await the Tuesday execution in Sioux Falls, S.D., of South Dakota State Penitentiary inmate Donald Moeller.

    South Dakota executes man for rape, death of 9-year-old girl

    A South Dakota inmate was executed Tuesday night for the 1990 rape and murder of a 9-year-old girl who disappeared after leaving her home to buy sugar at a nearby store so she could make lemonade.

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    A group of about 30 St. Charles residents peppered the city’s Comprehensive Plan Task Force with input opposing TIF districts throughout the city and residential housing on the Corporate Reserve redevelopment site. The redraft of the comprehensive plan will soon head to the city’s Plan Commission for further input.

    St. Charles residents offer input for city’s comprehensive plan

    Last month, the St. Charles Comprehensive Plan Task Force gave a big-picture view of what would be appropriate redevelopment of the proposed Corporate Reserve site on the west end of town. Tuesday night, a group of residents added their input on the site and tossed in some disdain for tax breaks given to developers for good measure.

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    Bad weather on the East Coast is affecting air traffic at O’Hare.

    Sandy still delaying flights at O’Hare

    Hurricane Sandy is still making her presence known at O’Hare International Airport Tuesday with wind gusts delaying some flight arrivals by more than two hours along with causing multiple cancellations.

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    Glenn Heartley pulls on a rope attached to his car in preparation for getting it towed from a creek in Chincoteague, Va., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. Heartley and his wife were swept off the road into the shallow creek during superstorm Sandy’s arrival Monday.

    Disarray, millions without power in Sandy’s wake

    The most devastating storm in decades to hit the country’s most densely populated region upended man and nature as it rolled back the clock on 21st-century lives, cutting off modern communication and leaving millions without power Tuesday as thousands who fled their water-menaced homes wondered when — if — life would return to normal.

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    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney holds a bag of paper towels as he participates in a campaign event collecting supplies from residents and local relief organizations for victims of superstorm Sandy on Tuesday in Kettering, Ohio.

    Romney, GOP suddenly plunging onto Democratic turf

    Mitt Romney is suddenly plunging into traditionally Democratic-leaning Minnesota and Pennsylvania, and his GOP allies are trying to put Michigan into play. It’s forcing President Barack Obama to defend his own turf in the campaign’s final week. The question is: Why this Republican move?

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    4 Horses safe after Gurnee barn fire

    Four horses were temporarily evacuated Tuesday afternoon when the Gurnee barn they were kept in caught fire, authorities said. Crews responding to the fire about 12:40 p.m. moved the horses a safe distance away while they put out the flames, which struck a fence and the barn on the 35800 block of Barberry Lane, Gurnee fire Lt. Joe Arnold said.

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    McHenry woman sentenced to 5 years for ‘secret shopper’ scheme

    A 45-year-old McHenry woman was sentenced Tuesday to five years in federal prison for her role in a scam involving fraudulent money orders and victims who believed they were acting as “secret shoppers.” Gloria Denise Ford pleaded guilty to mail fraud in July, admitting she received counterfeit money orders from Nigeria, the United Kingdom and France, then sent them to victims who deposited and...

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    Cops: Man stabs woman to death, then kills self

    A man suspected of stabbing to death a 50-year-old North Aurora woman jumped from his third-floor window about 9 p.m. Monday and died Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. Moments after the man jumped from his home in the 300 block of South Lincolnway Street, North Aurora police discovered the body of Tomi Vandiver “unresponsive and cold to the touch,” according to a news release issued Tuesday...

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    Katia Noti and her daughter Fay, 3, of Roselle, check out the new playground outside the Clauss Recreation Center in Roselle during its grand opening Tuesday.

    Roselle opens new park at recreation center

    The Roselle Park District will host the grand opening of its new playground at the Clauss Recreation Center, 555 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday. The event will include children's activities with some Halloween fun.

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    Nicole Bailey

    DuPage woman charged with Section 8 housing fraud

    A DuPage County woman defrauded the state by lying about how many people lived with her when she applied for Section 8 housing assistance, prosecutors said. Nicole Bailey, 40, of the 1100 block of Buttonwood Drive in Westmont, surrendered Tuesday on felony charges of state benefits fraud and theft from a government agency.

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    Des Plaines settles lawsuit against police officers

    Des Plaines has reached an out-of-court settlement in a 2009 lawsuit filed by a resident claiming she was falsely arrested and mistreated by three police officers, including one who the city later fired for misconduct. The city authorized a $32,500 cash payment to Stacy Sandoval for agreeing to release Des Plaines and its officers from liability and dismiss the litigation, according to documents...

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    Bartlett Village President Michael Airdo

    Bartlett village president won’t seek full term

    Bartlett Village President Michael Airdo announced Tuesday he will not run for a full term as the village's top official. Airdo was appointed to the position by the village board in December, shortly after former Village President Michael Kelly resigned. Trustee Patricia Kelly plans to seek the office.

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    Thomas M. Gibbons

    Beer thief nets 1,800 cases, DuPage prosecutors say

    Talk about a major beer run. DuPage County authorities on Tuesday charged an ex-con from Melrose Park with stealing more than 1,800 cases. "I don't know what they're talking about," defendant Thomas Gibbons said in court.

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    Justin B. Brooks

    Cops bust indoor pot growing operation near Elgin

    Authorities have busted an indoor marijuana growing operation near Elgin, seizing 77 plants worth a total of $154,000, according to police and court records. Justin B. Brooks, 54, faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.

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    Naperville Police Chief Bob Marshall

    Naperville’s third downtown fight forces police to alter plan

    Naperville police will be giving the city’s downtown area special treatment this weekend following the area’s third violent fight since late August.Four men, all from surrounding communities, were arrested just before 1:30 a.m. Saturday outside 16 w. Jefferson after fight inside the bar spilled out onto the street.

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    Hoffman Estates wins energy award

    Hoffman Estates’ efforts to educate residents, builders and designers about energy efficiency recently earned the village a national grand prize award for excellence in energy code compliance.

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    Dist. 220 informs parents about alleged sex abuse on school bus

    Barrington Unit District 220 officials released more information Tuesday to parents at Barrington Middle School — Prairie Campus about allegations that criminal sexual abuse took place on school bus in early October, leading to charges against two male students. “All three students are minors and obviously ride the same school bus, so we will do everything we can to protect their anonymity,...

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    Police: Hampshire man in crash likely had marijuana in his system

    A 45-year-old Hampshire man was cited for driving under the influence of drugs, police say, after he drove his Volkswagen truck off the road near Hebron Monday afternoon and landed in a ditch.

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    The West Chicago Park District is seeking voter approval to construct a $15.5 million recreation center at Reed-Keppler Park.

    West Chicago rec center plan going back to voters

    The West Chicago Park District is making a second attempt to win approval from the voters to construct a recreation center.

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    Glenbard works out differences on pool use

    Glenbard High School District 87 is giving the Carol Stream Park District $350,000 during the next 10 years — but perhaps with a different intent than originally proposed. The payment is in exchange for school district use of the park district’s new eight-lane, 25-yard swimming pool inside the recreation center now under construction at the Town Center at Gary Avenue and Fountain View Drive.

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    Kane County Dist. 21 candidates talk budget cuts, meeting attendance

    HYPERLINK "http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20120918/submitted/309189825/"Becky Gillam and HYPERLINK "http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20120918/submitted/309189826/"Darren Parochelli, who are competing to represent District 21 on the Kane County Board, couldn’t be more different. Gillam, a Republican, has raised $2,700 for her campaign and is enjoying endorsements from West Dundee Village...

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    Holiday gift bazaar

    A holiday gift bazaar is set for 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 and 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2 at Christ Lutheran Church and Preschool, 595 Deerpath Drive, Vernon Hills, next to Countryside fire station.

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    New look for Wendy’s in Round Lake Beach

    The grand reopening of the Wendy’s restaurant at 210 E. Rollins Road in Road Lake Beach begins at 9 a.m. Wednesday. The building has been renovated inside and out.

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    Mundelein rail crossing to close

    The railroad crossing on Diamond Lake Road near Route 60 will be closed for two days starting Nov. 7, Mundelein officials announced.

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    California Zephyr in Grayslake

    Grayslake Heritage Center and Museum will present a special program on the California Zephyr train on Nov. 10.

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    Aurora cops, boxing club take a swing at scholarships

    Aurora police officers and a local boxing club are teaming up to raise money for scholarships for Latinos who want to pursue a career in law enforcement. The inaugural “Tuition Knock Out” is planned for Nov. 11 and will feature 30, three-round bouts at the C Club, 2445 Church Road, Aurora.

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    Rare citizen push gets question on Kane County ballot

    Kane County Chief Deputy Clerk Stan Bond can’t confirm that the number of signatures turned in for an advisory referendum was record-breaking, but it is certainly a contender for the title. “It’s exceptional,” Bond said. A group of about 14 Kane County residents spent much of the summer at festivals, outside of libraries and on busy streets collecting more than 14,000 signatures to get a question...

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    Sameera Samreen

    Addison mom accused of stabbing 3-year-old son unfit for trial

    An Addison woman accused of stabbing her 3-year-old son in the neck has been found mentally unfit for trial. DuPage County Judge Blanche Hill Fawell made the finding Tuesday based on a recent psychological report for 28-year-old Sameera Samreen.

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    Water main break on Route 31 in Algonquin

    A water main break on Route 31 in downtown Algonquin has caused one lane to be closed to traffic as repairs were being made Tuesday afternoon, officials said.

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    Rocco Passarella

    Cops: Elmhurst home burglar caught on video

    A Melrose Park man was arrested after he was caught on video breaking into an Elmhurst home, police said Tuesday.

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    Fox Valley police reports
    Three bullets struck an occupied home just after 1:30 a.m. Saturday in the 1100 block of Spruce Lane, according to police reports. No one was injured but the bullets damaged the front door, windows and the living room wall, reports said. Residents do not know who could have fired at their home or why, reports said.

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    ‘Misinformation’ sent to thousands of DuPage voters

    Inaccurate polling information cards were mailed to thousands of DuPage County voters in a mix-up that election officials say was caused by a printing vendor’s error. “Obviously, this should not have happened,” said Dan Curry, spokesman for the DuPage County Election Commission. “We apologize for any confusion that this has caused."

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    CUB offers guide on electrical aggregation

    Concerned that voters in Schaumburg and other communities may know little about a “municipal aggregation” referendum they will vote on Nov. 6, the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) has alerted consumers about a free consumer guide on the measure which could have a major impact on their electric bills.

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    Juan Rivera is greeted by his family after he was released from Stateville Correctional Center earlier this year. Rivera filed a federal lawsuit against Lake County police and prosecutors on Tuesday.

    Rivera files federal suit against Lake County over wrongful conviction, seeks unspecified damagers

    A man wrongfully committed to prison for nearly 20 years has filed a federal lawsuit against Lake County and officials in the sheriff’s and state’s attorney’s offices, among others. Juan Rivera Jr. is seeking compensation for what he claims was malicious prosecution, violations of his due process, depriving him of his constitutional rights and for being coerced into making a false confession,...

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    Cathy Piehl. New District 204 vice president.

    New Dist. 204 board member named, squabbling ensues

    Indian Prairie Unit District 204 appointed a new board member, but a battle broke among others in a disagreement over who should be the next vice president of the board. The new vice president, Cathy Piehl, was described by Dawn DeSart as the board's "weakest link."

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    Barrington-area fire district to meet with neighbor agencies

    Officials from the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District are planning to meet with representatives of other nearby fire departments Thursday as they prepare for a possible split from the village of Barrington’s fire department at the end of 2013. The informal meeting is intended to pave the way for potential mutual-aid agreements with the independent fire district, which serves the area...

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    James P. Symmers, 34, of North Aurora, was charged with disorderly conduct at 4:17 p.m. Sunday in the 400 block of West Wilson Street in Batavia, according to a police report.

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    Halloween sales at Goodwill stores make it possible for adults with disabilities to find jobs through the “Let's Go to Work!” program at the charity's Huntley store.

    Goodwill stores turn sentiment into costumes

    Burt Constable can't help but think a jacket he bought at a Goodwill store to use in a Halloween costume might have been donated by a grieving mother who envisioned her dead child's suit being the pride and joy for a poor boy making his first communion. But regardless of how the items are used, suburban Goodwill stores use the money to help others.

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    Beth, played by Eva Sarnelli meets Glinda the Good Witch, played by Jacque Miller, during a rehearsal of “Oz” at St. Charles North High School.

    Journey through a different 'Oz' at St. Charles North

    “I liked the modern twist on an old classic,” said director Natalee Hryniewicz on why she chose “Oz” by Don Zolidis as the fall play for St. Charles North High School. “I also thought the play had a very good message about moving forward in life and overcoming life’s tragedies."

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    Jessica Jakaitis

    Itasca burglary suspects charged as probe continues

    Police are investigating whether a man and woman from Addison are responsible for a string of burlgaries in several DuPage County jurisdictions. Jeffrey Roman, 24, and Jessica Jakaitis, 27, were arrested Oct. 24 after a joint investigation involving seven police agencies, Elmhurst Police Chief Dominic Panico announced Tuesday.

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    Central High students shine in ‘The Music Man’

    There may be trouble in River City, but in Burlington this weekend, there will be laughter and music. A cast and crew of about 70 Central High School students are getting ready for their fall play, “The Music Man,” which features such classic hits as “Ya Got Trouble,” “Till There Was You” and “Seventy-six Trombones.”

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    George Wendt has pulled out of “The Odd Couple” for medical reasons.

    Wendt hospitalized, leaves cast of ‘Odd Couple’

    Northlight Theatre announced Tuesday that George Wendt has left the cast of "The Odd Couple" for medical reasons. Chicago area veteran Marc Grapey, who appeared opposite Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick in the Broadway revival will take over the role of Oscar from Wendt who was hospitalized Sunday with chest pains.

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    Alain Marginean of Chicago takes pictures of the large waves at North Avenue Beach in Chicago on Tuesday, October 30.

    Images: Sandy brings huge waves to Lake Michigan
    The superstorm hundreds of miles to the east is bringing spectacular waves and whipping winds to Chicago's lakefront, turning popular beaches into desolate stretches of sand. The steady stream of joggers and cyclists who normally make North Avenue Beach part of their morning workout are nowhere to be found. Instead, just a handful of photo enthusiasts and curious spectators doted the

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    The family of Sophia Gillihan-Irigoyen of Itasca will sponsor a Dec. 8 fundraiser for the 5-month-old who needs several critical procedures, including open-heart surgery.

    Itasca family wants benefit to bring ‘hope for Sophia’

    Katie Gillihan of Itasca and her partner, Manny Irigoyen, knew their daughter would need critical medical care even before she was born in May with a rare defect that caused her liver and intestines to be outside her body. They hoped one surgery would fix everything. But now baby Sophia needs even more serious care and the couple is holding a fundraiser Dec. 8 in Itasca to help offset the...

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    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney lifts bottles of water to load into a truck as he participates in a campaign event collecting supplies from residents and local relief organizations for victims of superstorm Sandy on Tuesday in Kettering, Ohio.

    Romney collects supplies in Ohio for storm victims

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney collected relief supplies in Ohio on Tuesday in an attempt to strike the right tone after superstorm Sandy.

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    Heather McDonald and Sam Dickstein of Saranello’s in Wheeling serve up some egg plant Parmesan for Doris Charewicz of Little Bit Technology in Des Plaines, and Mary Poulos of Solutions 4-U.

    Another successful multi-chambher expo

    A group of North and Northwest suburban chambers of commerce pooled their memberships Monday for the Multi-Chamber Business-to-Business Expo and Taste, held at the Hilton Chicago/Northbrook. The multi-chamber effort is a way for businesses to expand their reach and improve their visibility, and has proved to be one of the most popular Expo experiences in the area with hundreds in attendance.

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    The Tiger Sharks remember their friend, Ben, at their weekend meet.

    Tiger Sharks remember their fellow teammate

    The Palatine Park District Tiger Sharks swim team stepped up this past weekend in memory of 13-year-old Ben Stepp, who died this past summer in a tragic accident.

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    Electric flood lights illuminated 2,976 American flags for a Healing Field event in Carpenter Park in Carpentersville, almost 10 years after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. There was a flag for every person who died in the attacks. The display recently helped Carpentersville win one of two Governor's Hometown Awards.

    Carpentersville wins state awards for patriotic projects

    Carpentersville has secured not one, but two Governor's Hometown Awards for a pair of events related to the 10th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks. Carpentersville was recognized for volunteer efforts surrounding its Healing Field display of 2,976 flags in Carpenter Park — one for every person killed on Sept. 11, 2001 — and a memorial that honors local firefighters and those...

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    Elk Grove trains trash haulers to spot trouble

    Trash haulers soon will be helping Elk Grove Village first responders spot residential emergencies. The village is partnering with Waste Management to train garbage truck drivers to be on alert for crime and emergencies, widening public safety surveillance in the community. "It's another set of eyes watching the community," Elk Grove Mayor Craig Johnson said.

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    Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign stop at Seven Cities Sod, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in Davenport, Iowa.

    Sandy upends final week of presidential race

    Superstorm Sandy’s mayhem is upending the final week of the presidential race, with President Barack Obama calling off another of the waning days left to campaign and Republican Mitt Romney struggling to strike the right tone.

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    Construction of the streetscape on North River Street in downtown Batavia significantly disrupted business this summer. The city council is considering postponing streetscape and related improvements for Houston Street, which has already been postponed once, until at least 2014.

    Batavia likely to postpone streetscape work on Houston Street

    Work to spruce up Houston Street in downtown Batavia will likely be postponed at least another year. A city council committee is recommending so for several reasons, including finances and focus of city staff's time. It has already been postponed once; it was supposed to be done this year. The plan calls for rebuilding the bumpy street, putting in bike lanes and adding a sidewalk on the north...

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    T.J. Jabcon took this picture of an illumination from a Tinley Park sighting in 2004.

    Mutual UFO Network to host symposium at Starved Rock

    Jen Janik's third-graders at Big Hollow Elementary School in Ingleside asked, "Have there been any sightings of aliens in this area?" Some say the possibilities are endless. The Mutual UFO Network sends investigators out to explore possible UFO sightings, most recently in Wisconsin. The group will host its symposium at Starved Rock State Park.

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    Man in Afghan police uniform kills 2 NATO troops

    KABUL, Afghanistan — A man wearing an Afghan police uniform killed two NATO troops in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, the international military alliance said.

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    Syrian regime attacks strategic northern city

    BEIRUT — Syrian warplanes pounded a strategic northern city with three airstrikes Tuesday as ground troops pushed forward in an intensified effort to recapture the area recently taken by rebels, activists said.

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    David Kaptain

    Elgin celebrates Extra Mile Day, volunteerism

    The City of Elgin will celebrate Extra Mile Day Nov. 1 along with 350 communities nationwide and encourage people to do more - in their personal lives, work lives and neighborhoods. Volunteers will gather Friday to plant tulips outside city hall as officials continue plans to create an office of volunteerism.

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    The force of nature threw cold water on the campaign bickering just as President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney were charging into a final week of man-made rancor.

    Nature slams campaigns into real world

    Suddenly, after drifting through months of confusing finger-pointing and iffy economic theory, the presidential candidates are getting walloped by an all-too-tangible October surprise. Superstorm Sandy is a real-world, gut-level test. "It's sort of like Mother Nature is intervening and calling a timeout," said historian and presidential biographer Douglas Brinkley.

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    Snow-covered trees are seen after an overnight storm Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, near Gatlinburg, Tenn. Rangers expect more snow and high winds in the days to come as fallout from the storm pounding the East Coast.

    W.Va. blizzard warning as Appalachia storm blows

    Wet snow and high winds spinning off the edge of superstorm Sandy spread blizzard conditions over parts of West Virginia and neighboring Appalachian states Tuesday, shutting one interstate as trucks and cars bogged down and knocking out power to many.

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    Keith Klein walks through homes damaged by a fire at Breezy Point in the New York City borough of Queens. Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. The fire destroyed between 80 and 100 houses Monday night in an area flooded by the superstorm that began sweeping through earlier.

    At least 80 flooded houses destroyed by NYC fire

    A huge fire destroyed 80 to 100 houses in a flooded beachfront neighborhood Tuesday, forcing firefighters to undertake daring rescues and injuring three people.

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    Voters line up to take advantage of the first day of early voting at the Palatine Village Hall in 2008, thethe first time that early voting has been available for a Presidential election in Illinois.

    Early voting turnout high in suburban Cook County

    Cook County officials say more than 97,000 suburban residents voted early last week. County Clerk David Orr said Monday if the pace continues, early voting may reach a record set four years ago. Early voting turnout in suburban Cook County is up 84 percent compared to the first week of early voting in 2008. It's 18 percent higher than in the second week of early voting four years ago.

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    University to waive fees of Chicago HS graduates

    The University of Chicago has announced plans to waive its application fee for students who graduate from Chicago high schools and eliminate any financial aid loans incurred by those students. The program called UChicago Promise, announced Monday, includes an Admissions Academy designed to help students, their families and counselors navigate the process of applying to college and looking for...

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    Elmer Fudd Bandit hits another bank

    The Elmer Fudd Bandit has struck again. Not Elmer Fudd the cartoon character. Elmer Fudd the bank robber. The FBI says a balding, middle-aged man who wears plaid flannel shirts and a baseball cap during heists hit a TCF Bank in Chicago on Monday afternoon.

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    Step could clear way for O’Hare traffic work

    State officials say construction could start as soon as next year on a project intended to ease highway access to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport from the west.The Illinois Department of Transportation said Monday that Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider and Illinois Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur signed off on the final environmental impact statement for the project. It is...

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    Doug Orlyk and Karen Bronson reminisce over photos of past musicals performed at the Village Theatre in Glen Ellyn.

    Village Theatre Guild looks back at 50 years of musicals

    The Village Theatre Guild, Glen Ellyn's community theater, will celebrate its 50th season with a festive cabaret Nov. 16 and 17 billed as "VTG Showstoppers! 50 Years of Musical Memories."

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    Elmhurst Historical Museum Curator Lance Tawzer talks about the traveling show “Centuries of Progress: American World’s Fairs: 1853-1982” and a staff-generated show, “Elmhurst Goes to the Fair.”

    Elnhurst Historical Museum exhibits find local ties to World’s Fairs

    An exhibit at the Elmhurst Historical Museum features artifacts with local ties to Chicago's world's fairs, but nothing hits closer to home than a series of prints discovered right under the building's roof. Forgotten for decades, the photographic prints are finally getting their time in the spotlight in "Elmhurst Goes to the Fair," a tandem exhibit tied to the visiting national touring exhibit...

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    Snow coats Highway 33 West in West Virginia as Hurricane Sandy batters the eastern seaboard, and a cold weather system blankets most of the high elevations in West Virginia on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. As the systems meet, blizzard conditions are in effect across multiple counties in West Virginia, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

    Superstorm now ashore, its work is far from done

    The storm that was Sandy isn't done just yet. After lashing coastal cities and inundating parts of New York City with 13 feet of water, the core of the hybrid storm is beginning a long slog across Pennsylvania and upstate New York, with its effects spreading as far west as Wisconsin and Illinois. The big storm will continue to be a problem for a couple more days with heavy rainfall, snow and...

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    Dawn Patrol: Dad accused of threatening coach, Sandy hits

    Sandy leads to cancelled, delayed flights. Vernon Hills YMCA to stay open. Lisle dad charged with threatening coach. Outgoing North Central president endorses Hammond. Ballot question won't sway Burr Ridge mayor. Bears become monsters for good cause in Round Lake Beach.

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    Jon Stewart

    Storm disrupts TV, broadway schedules

    David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon are doing their shows without audiences. Jimmy Kimmel, visiting from his home base in sunny Hollywood, canceled a taping in Brooklyn. "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report" are took the night off, and each of Broadway's 40 theaters will be dark through Tuesday — all because of a powerful storm on the East Coast.

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    Glenbard graduations will be on campus

    Students at Glenbard North and East won't have far to travel to receive their high school diplomas at the end of the school year. The school board voted unanimously Monday to allow commencement ceremonies for the two schools to be held on their respective campuses — a decision that follows earlier discussion about the price tag of off-site graduations.

Sports

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    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has the support of his head coach, Jim Harbaugh, but Mike North believes Alex Smith should start for the Niners.

    Harbaugh making a big mistake not playing Smith

    Mike North thinks San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh has been on a roll, but questions his decision to not start Alex Smith. North doesn't believe Colin Kaepernick can get them to the NFC championship game.

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    Nicki Barnes, left and Rachael Fara, right, of Benet, react to a point won during their 2-0 win over West Aurora in girls volleyball Neuqua Valley sectional semifinals in Naperville on Tuesday.

    Benet ousts Carlini, West Aurora

    No. 1 team versus No. 1 player? Nobody expected this one-sided of a match. utting on a digging and serve-receive clinic, top-ranked and defending state champ Benet needed just 30 minutes to beat No. 5 West Aurora and Lauren Carlini 25-11, 25-10 in Tuesday’s Class 4A Neuqua Valley sectional semifinal.

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    Somers, Hellweg lead Harper postseason award-winners

    Harper women’s volleyball standouts Erinn Hellweg and Kelly Sommers have been named to named to the all-North Cential Community College Conference team and the all Region-IV team.Veronica Dabrowski (Rolling Meadows) and Clara Moravec (Jacobs) were also selected to the all-N4C squad. Sommers, a sophomore setter from Buffalo Grove, and Hellweg, a freshman outside hitter from Wauconda, were also named to the NJCAA Division III, Region IV all-tournament team after the Hawks fell to host Rock Valley in the championship matchup Saturday.

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    Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce fouls Miami Heat guard Ray Allen, left, Tuesday during the first half in Miami.

    Heat get title rings, then win over Celtics

    LeBron James got cramps, Ray Allen was snubbed and Dwyane Wade was steaming. None of that spoiled the Miami Heat mood on ring night. Wade scored 29 points, James finished 26 points and 10 rebounds while missing much of the second half because of cramps in both legs, and the reigning NBA champion Heat beat the Boston Celtics 120-107 on Tuesday night in the season opener for both teams. "It was good to cap this night off with a win," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

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    Warren’s Nick Wegrzynowicz celebrates after a goal in the first half during super sectional soccer action Tuesday night at Barrington High School.

    Warren flips script on St. Charles East

    St. Charles East’s storybook season came to an end on Tuesday night as Warren earned its second consecutive trip to state finals weekend, edging the Saints 2-1 in the Class 3A Barrington supersectional. The Blue Devils will join North Suburban Conference member Stevenson the state semifinals on Friday at Lincoln-Way North. Warren meets Sandburg in the 5 p.m. game, while Stevenson faces Naperville Central at 7 p.m.

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    Clockwise from top left, Libertyville’s Jordan Bauer, Cindy Zhou, Cassie Ostmeyer, Rhiannon Prentiss and Vicky Liu celebrate their victory over Hersey during Tuesday’s sectional semifinal at Fremd High School in Palatine.

    Libertyville gets winning message

    Before every postseason match, the captains of the Libertyville girls volleyball team hand out letters to their teammates. “They have a little message,” said Wildcats junior outside hitter Rhiannon Prentiss. “This time it said. ‘Nothing is impossible because in the word impossible is ‘i’m-possible.’” And the Wildcats used those words to the fullest after suffering a heart-breaking loss in Set 1 of the Class 4A Fremd sectional on Tuesday night. No. 2-seeded Hersey (32-6) rallied from a 21-11 first-set deficit but No. 3 Libertyville won the next two sets to post a dramatic 25-27, 25-17, 25-21 victory in Palatine.

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    Kaneland can’t handle Frantti, Richmond-Burton

    Kaneland’s reward for winning its first regional since 1991: a matchup with Ali Frantti and Richmond-Burton. The Knights couldn’t figure out how to stop Frantti as the Rockets ended Kaneland’s season, 25-7, 25-18, in the semifinals of the Class 3A Marian Central sectional.

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    Geneva celebrates its victory over St. Charles East at Tuesday’s sectional semifinals at Larkin.

    Geneva controls St. Charles East

    Geneva has had some excellent volleyball teams through the years, including several led by Jess Wicinski’s older sister Lauren, but this year’s Vikings are now one win away from doing something none of those past powers did. With a convincing 25-22, 25-19 victory over St. Charles East on Tuesday night at the Class 4A Larkin sectional, red-hot Geneva moves one win away from its first sectional championship after winning its 12th straight.

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    North Central eager for playoffs

    Fresh off making the playoffs for the first time in program history, the North Central women’s soccer team faces its toughest test of the season.

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    Sweet victory for Marian Central

    Grayslake Central volleyball fell 25-17, 25-9 to Marian Central, which got several monster hits by Tara Blake (10 kills) and Frankie Taylor (9 kills) in a Class 3A sectional semifinal at Marian Central in Woodstock on Tuesday night.

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    Hard-hitting Prairie Ridge knocks out Warren

    The Warren girls volleyball team drilled in practice for the various cross-court shots they expected Prairie Ridge hitters to launch at them, but preparation didn’t translate to execution for the Blue Devils in a Class 4A Jacobs sectional semifinal Tuesday. Led by 10 kills from junior Kennedy McNeil, senior Caitlin Brauneis’ 5 kills and 10 digs, and junior Taylor Otto’s 5 aces, Fox Valley Conference Valley Division co-champion Prairie Ridge (29-9) ousted underdog Warren (20-18) with little trouble, 25-17, 25-18.

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    Wheaton Academy blows past Lake View

    With conditions dictating play Wheaton Academy’s boys soccer team made the most of the situation.On a small, artificial-turf field with a 30 mph wind coming from over the north goal, the Warriors made the adjustments they needed to make and defeated Lake View 1-0 at Tuesday’s Class 2A Solorio supersectional on Chicago’s southwest side.“When you want to play it on the ground, but the wind would carry it,” Wheaton Academy junior Grant Stoneman said. “You couldn’t get it in the air at all because the wind would just take it. But we were able to get one goal off it, at least.”“We took the wind to start,” added Warriors coach Jeff Brooke. “They did a good job of limiting the amount of balls we got on frame. We were really in their half, and to put that ball away Stoneman has been just a rock for us all year. He produces goals, he defends, he distributes.”Stoneman got that goal, his 28th of the season, in the 35th minute with the wind at his back. Stoneman got his head to a Gareth Flynn corner kick and put the ball in the net.“A great ball in by Flynn off the corner, and I buried it,” Stoneman said.As Lake View did in the first half, the Warriors (21-6) spent the second half playing a lot of defense, a task made harder by the wind.“We put five in the back. I dropped off. It was just easier to get the box cleared,” Stoneman said. “We knew the second half would be a battle,” Brooke added. “We wanted to continue to play. We thought the wind would help us hold some balls up so we could get through a little, but credit to them. I thought they looked solid individually and very technical in the second half. With the wind at their back I thought they looked comfortable, so that limited our ability to get in behind (Lake View the back line).”The ball usually found its way back toward the south goal quickly, because it wasn’t going very far with the clearance. Moving the ball upfield took a lot of effort and skill against a strong Lake View team.“They were pretty tough,” Stoneman said. “They had a good three set in the middle and (Uriel Landa), the left back, was pretty good. But we just fought through it. (Goalkeeper Spencer Graf) played well, didn’t give up a goal.”Wheaton Academy will play Peoria Notre Dame at 11 a.m. Friday in the Class 2A semifinals at Lincoln-Way North High School.

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    A dream finish for Stevenson

    A longtime dream became reality Tuesday as Stevenson’s boys soccer program earned its first-ever trip into the final four. “It’s a dream — it’s always been a dream,” said Stevenson coach Mark Schartner, who is in his 25th year of coaching the Patriots. “You don’t play necessarily for this moment. You play every game the best you can. The chips fall your way and you get to keep playing. “This season is very enjoyable because of the length of it. But they all have been great.” Stevenson shut out Glenbrook North 2-0 in the Class 3A Glenbrook South supersectional in Glenview. The Patriots (19-3-1) next play Naperville Central (22-1) in the state semifinals, at 7 p.m. Friday at Lincoln-Way North in Frankfort.

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    Hahn: Sox have time to address hole at third base

    Jake Peavy and Gavin Floyd have new contracts, but the White Sox still have work to do, particularly with potential holes at third base and catcher.

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    Gyuricza’s goal sends St. Viator to state semis

    Every member of the St. Viator boys soccer team will continue to thank Zach Gyuricza for the rest of this week after the sophomore helped send the Lions (20-3-3) back into the 2A state tournament. Gyuricza’s devastating 30-yard game-winning strike propelled the Lions past East Moline United 2-1 in supersectional play Tuesday night at Hampshire. St. Viator advances to Friday’s 11 a.m. state semifinal against Urbana at Lincoln-Way North.

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    Palatine players celebrate their victory over Stevenson during Tuesday’s sectional semifinal at Fremd.

    Schiffner helps Palatine serve up a victory

    Playing in its first sectional volleyball match in 13 years, Palatine found itself locked in a back-and-forth battle with top-seeded Stevenson. The nerve-wracking contest was in the third game when Pirates senior Sarah Schiffner stepped to the service line with her team trailing 5-3.Schiffner, though, showed no signs of the jitters. With poise and confidence, she served for the next 10 points to give the Pirates a 13-5 lead and they never looked back in a 25-23, 22-25, 25-14 triumph in the Class 4A Fremd sectional semifinal.

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    St. Charles North’s Irena Grauzinis spikes the ball during Tuesday’s sectional semifinals against Glenbard West at Larkin High School in Elgin.

    Glenbard West storms back, beats St. Charles North

    So much for saving your two timeouts for crunchtime. Glenbard West coach Pete Mastandrea burned his early Tuesday night at the Class 4A Larkin sectional. No. 4 seed St. Charles North jumped on the top-seeded Hilltoppers early, taking advantage of hitting errors on the first two points and building their lead from there. So trailing 12-9, Mastandrea called his first time. Down 14-10, he used his second. Mastandrea knows his team well. The Hilltoppers eventually settled down, rode the hot-hitting of senior Megan Wagner, and defeated the North Stars 25-23, 25-19 to avenge a loss in last year’s regional final.

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    Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving passes away from Washington Wizards’ A.J. Price Tuesday during the first quarter in Cleveland.

    Irving’s 29 leads Cavaliers over Wizards 94-84

    Kyrie Irving scored 29 points, Anderson Varejao had a career-high 23 rebounds and the Cleveland Cavaliers opened the season with a 94-84 victory over the short-handed Washington Wizards on Tuesday night in the first game on the NBA schedule.

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    The White Sox have signed starter Jake Peavy to a two-year deal with an option for a third season.

    Sox sign Peavy to 2-year deal, keep Floyd

    Rick Hahn is off to a good start as the White Sox’ new general manager. Just five days after officially taking over for Kenny Williams — who was promoted to president of baseball operations — Hahn on Tuesday deftly kept Jake Peavy off the free-agent market with a two-year, $29 million contract extension. Had he filed for free agency Friday night, which figured to be the plan, Peavy undoubtedly would have received multiple offers in the four-year, $70 million range.

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    Naperville Central gets another chance

    Naperville Central’s year-long quest to avenge a bitter loss in last year’s Class 3A championship game moved full steam ahead Tuesday evening when the Redhawks defeated Edwardsville 1-0 in the Normal Community supersectional. “Losing last year is what motivated us to get back (in the finals), so that’s been the driving force that’s kept us focused,” said Naperville Central senior Jay Tegge.

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    Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney won his first gold glove Tuesday night, beating out the Cincinnati Reds Brandon Phillips and Aaron Hill of Arizona.

    Cubs second baseman Barney wins Gold Glove

    Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney won the first Rawlings Gold Glove of his young career Tuesday, beating out incumbent Brandon Phillips of the Cincinnati Reds. Barney is the first Cub to win a Gold Glove since first baseman Derrek Lee in 2007.

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    Some of the best stories can be found in the stands at a Bears game.

    Yes, some games truly are special

    Believe it or not, the purest joy in sports isn't watching the team we bet on cover the spread. It isn't stealing the NFL's best fantasy player. It isn't scalping season tickets for profit. It isn't selling an athlete's priceless autograph for the right price. No, sentimentally speaking, the purest joy in all of sports is being a kid at a game with a parent. A scene at Soldier Field on Sunday was a reminder of what and when sports are at their purest.

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    Harvest Christian Academy’s Shayna Manusos (with headband) smiles with teammates as they play Chicagoland Jewish Tuesday during the sectional match in Elgin. Harvest won in two games.

    Harvest will go for back-to-back 1A sectionals

    All Harvest Christian’s girls volleyball team needed to advance to Thursday’s sectional final and dispose of Chicagoland Jewish was 30 minutes. And hard serving. That was it. The pre-game warmups felt longer. It was so quick and so lethal that some of the girls had time to take on the boys from Harvest’s fan section in a noisy, pickup game that actually seemed more competitive and intense afterward. But when it actually counted, Harvest was on with its serves and on the scoreboard. Four Lions combined for 22 aces alone, a trend that might have provided a lot of floor burns for the Tigers, as No. 1 seed Harvest Christian easily advanced to its own Class 1A sectional final with a resounding 25-6, 25-3 win Tuesday night in Elgin.

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    Bulls pick up option on hard-working Butler

    The Bulls picked up the third-year option on Jimmy Butler, which keeps the 6-foot-9 forward under contract through the 2013-14 season.

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    Forward Taj Gibson and the Bulls face a deadline Wednesday to agree on a contract extension.

    Will early wake-up call today bring big news for Gibson?

    One more day, and Taj Gibson knows the early-morning wake-up knocks will end. Wednesday is the deadline for the Bulls and Gibson to agree on a contract extension. If the two sides can’t work something out by 11 p.m., Gibson will become a restricted free agent next summer.

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    Bulls point guard Nate Robinson has been a pleasant surprise with his scoring ability, and he could be a valuable asset off the bench this season.

    A quick glance at the Bulls roster
    Our NBA expert, Mike McGraw, takes a closer look at the Bulls roster and shares his observations and concerns.

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    The Bulls will host the Houston Rockets and former Bulls sub Omer Asik for their first Christmas Day game since the Michael Jordan era.

    Highlighting the Bulls’ NBA schedule

    Here’s an overview of what’s in store for the Bulls during the coming months of the 2012-13 NBA season regular season:

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    Bulls forward Carlos Boozer says it will take much more than his scoring to replace the injured Derrick Rose.

    Bulls will use team effort to replace Rose’s production

    To the question of whether he’ll be the guy to pick up the slack from injured star Derrick Rose, Carlos Boozer’s answer is no. “Everybody keeps saying, ‘Oh, Booz, it’s on you,’” he said Tuesday at the Berto Center. “No, it’s not on me. It’s not on Booz. it’s on all of us. You can’t replace Derrick with one person."

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    NHL hockey is being postponed by another sports work stoppage, but with the NBA season under way, is anybody even noticing?

    Difficult to care about sports work stoppages

    The NHL is laughable, but nobody is laughing. You know the line, “How can I miss you if you never go away?” Heck, we can’t even miss this league when it does go away. At least I can’t. Not in autumn with the Bears, Bulls, college football and college basketball under way. Maybe it’ll be different in the spring when the Blackhawks should be competing for a Stanley Cup. But not now.

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    Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o (5) celebrates with teammate Stephon Tuitt Saturday after an interception against Oklahoma in the fourth quarter.

    Kelly won’t use history to motivate Notre Dame

    Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says he won’t be giving his players a history lesson before the Fighting Irish host Pittsburgh on Saturday. A decade ago, when the Irish were last 8-0, they were upset at home by Boston College following a big victory at then-No. 11 Florida State. Now the Irish are 8-0 again following a big victory at then-No. 8 Oklahoma. The Sooners, like the Seminoles, had been nearly unbeatable at home.

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    Penn State women appear built to last in Big Ten

    It looks like coach Coquese Washington is building her Penn State program to last. The backcourt of Alex Bentley and Maggie Lucas carried the Nittany Lions to their first Big Ten championship since 2004, and conference coaches have picked them to do it again this year. The Lions are No. 8 in the preseason poll after going 26-7 and reaching the NCAA regional semifinals last season.

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    Ohio State quarterback Braxon Miller rushes the ball against Penn State Saturday. Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer, who coached a Heisman winner at Florida named Tim Tebow, is joining a growing number of those who think the Buckeyes sophomore might just be a viable contender for the award.

    Ohio State coming around to Miller for Heisman

    Ohio State coach Urban Meyer refused for weeks to even discuss quarterback Braxton Miller’s Heisman Trophy chances. Now Meyer, who coached a Heisman winner at Florida named Tim Tebow, is joining a growing number of those who think the Buckeyes sophomore might just be a viable contender. “Do I believe he’s a Heisman candidate? I do,” Meyer said this week.

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    Baylor center Brittney Griner became only the third player to be a two-time unanimous choice on The Associated Press’ women’s basketball preseason All-America team, receiving all 40 votes from a national media panel.

    Griner leads AP women’s preseason All-America team

    Brittney Griner keeps piling up the accolades. The 6-foot-8 Baylor senior became only the third player to be a two-time unanimous choice on The Associated Press’ women’s basketball preseason All-America team, receiving all 40 votes from a national media panel Tuesday. Griner joined former UConn star Maya Moore and Duke great Alana Beard in that select club.

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    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski had a funny description for his touchdown celebration at Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday.

    NFL players and coaches say the darndest things

    The quote from New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski after his team’s 45-7 victory over the St. Louis Rams at London’s Wembley Stadium caught the attention of NFL writer Bob LeGere. After a TD catch, the Gronk’s end zone celebration was intended as an imitation of the guards at Buckingham Palace, but not everyone got it. Asked who he was impersonating, Gronkowski said: “That little nutcracker dude that’s guarding the house.”For LeGere, that line brought back memories of some of the funniest quotes he's heard from Bears over the last 20 years or so. Get ready to laugh.

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    National writer John Feinstein says Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly's team is for real, while Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops continues to struggle against ranked teams.

    20 college football questions to ponder

    Many questions have been answered during the college football season's first nine weeks, but many remain. Here are 20 questions worth pondering based on what we have seen so far, with answers by Washington Post columnist John Feinstein.

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    Jereme Richmond

    Jereme Richmond out on 24-hour curfew
    WAUKEGAN — Former University of Illinois basketball player and Illinois Mr. Basketball Jereme Richmond is free on bond but subject to a 24-hour curfew for allegedly violating probation. The News Sun in Waukegan reports that Lake County Judge John Phillips set Richmond’s bond Monday at $50,000. The judge told the 20-year-old he should go only to court-ordered substance-abuse and domestic-violence treatment.

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    Coming off an injury, 36-year-old Pavel Pardo was able to play a full 90 minutes last weekend against D.C. United. The Fire opens the MLS playoffs against Houston at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

    At 36, Fire’s Pavel in great shape for playoff run

    Arne Friedrich believes Chicago Fire teammate Pavel Pardo must have fudged his age on his passport. The 36-year-old Pardo returned from a six-week injury absence Saturday night and surprised everyone by playing the full 90 minutes of a 1-1 draw against D.C. United.

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    Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard, left, and head coach Mike Brown will be under an intense media spotlight as the aging Lakers try to rebuild with Howard.

    5 NBA story lines to watch

    Here are 5 NBA story lines to watch this season, including the drama with Dwight Howard and the Lakers, and the challenges posed by the Oklahoma City Thunder and the reigning champs from Miami.

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    With a 6-1 record, things are looking up for Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith, who is in line for a contract extension after this season.

    Should Bears extend Lovie Smith’s contract now?

    Mike North is looking at Lovie Smith with an eye toward an extension for the productive coach since he is fairing a lot better than some of the coaches in the league. North predicted Ozzie Guillen would be gone sooner than later with Miami, and he was right. He also comments on the White Sox recent front office moves.

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    Naperville North players react to winning the first game over Neuqua Valley in Class 4A girls volleyball regional semifinals at Naperville Central on Monday. Naperville North won the match 2-0.

    Images: Daily Herald prep photos of the week
    The Prep Photos of the Week gallery includes the best high school sports pictures by Daily Herald photographers. This week's gallery features photos from soccer, football and volleyball.

Business

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    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, seen campaigning in Kettering, Ohio, Tuesday, is waging an ad war with the Obama campaign in Ohio over whether Chrysler intends to move some Jeep production to China.

    Romney China-made Jeep comments become Ohio campaign issue

    Mitt Romney’s focus on Chrysler Group LLC’s desire to build some Jeeps in China has spawned a TV ad battle in Ohio, where the Republican presidential candidate and President Barack Obama are trying to attract car-minded voters with a week to go until Election Day.

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    Navistar to close Texas plant, cut 900 jobs

    Lisle-based Navistar International said it intends to close its Garland, Txas, truck manufacturing operation as part of its efforts to reduce costs.

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    People stand next to a house collapsed from superstorm Sandy in East Haven, Conn., Tuesday.

    Storm’s cost may hit $50B; rebuilding to ease blow

    Superstorm Sandy will end up causing about $20 billion in property damages and $10 billion to $30 billion more in lost business, according to IHS Global Insight, a forecasting firm.

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    A man passes the front of the New York Stock Exchange in this Feb. file photo.

    New York Stock Exchange will reopen Wednesday

    The New York Stock Exchange will reopen for regular trading Wednesday after being shut down for two days because of Hurricane Sandy. The exchange said in a statement Tuesday that its building and trading floor are fully operational.

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    IBM most recently added to its buyback program in April in the amount of $7 billion.

    IBM may buy back additional $5 billion in stock

    IBM says its board had added $5 billion to its stock buyback program, bringing the total buyback authorization to $11.7 billion.

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    A new home is seen under construction in Edmond, Okla. U.S. sales of new homes jumped in September to the highest level in more than two years, further evidence of a sustained housing recovery that could help lift the lackluster economy.

    US home prices rise in August at faster pace

    Home prices rose in August in nearly all U.S. cities, and many of the markets hit hardest during the crisis are starting to show sustained gains. The increases are the latest evidence of a steady housing recovery.

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    Bev Horne/bhorne@dailyherald.com Kimberly Coogan, founder and partner, Bellock & Coogan Ltd., accepts her Influential Women in Business award at Northern Illinois University Naperville campus on Monday.

    Business Ledger honors influential suburban women

    Seventeen suburban women business leaders were honored for their achievements Monday at the 15th Annual Influential Women in Business Awards, presented by the Daily Herald Business Ledger in partnership with the National Association of Women Business Owners — Chicago Area Chapter and the Women's Innovation Network.

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    Report: Apple exec refused to apologize for Maps

    The head of Apple’s iPhone software development was asked to resign after he refused to sign a letter apologizing for the flaws of Apple’s mapping application, according to a published report.

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    With a backdrop of leaning pine trees, part of windbreak forests severely damaged by the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami, construction works continue near the Arahama Beach in Sendai, northeastern Japan. Japan’s accounting of its budget for reconstruction from the disasters is crammed with spending on unrelated projects, while all along Japan’s northeastern coast, dozens of communities remain uncertain of whether, when and how they will rebuild.

    Japan’s rebuilding money spent on unrelated jobs

    About a quarter of the $148 billion budget for reconstruction after Japan’s March 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster has been spent on unrelated projects, including subsidies for a contact lens factory and research whaling.

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    Merkel challenger earned $1.6 million for lectures

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-left rival in next year’s election issued a bold challenge Tuesday to her government — going well beyond legal requirements to state that he earned $1.6 million over three years giving lectures.

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    Trees lie fallen across parked cars in the Brooklyn borough of New York the morning after superstorm Sandy made landfall, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. A record storm surge that was higher than predicted along with high winds damaged the electrical system and plunged millions of people into darkness. Utilities say it could be up to a week before power is fully restored.

    Telecoms start checking storm damage

    Phone and cable companies started assessing the damage in the storm-hit areas of the East Coast on Tuesday amid widespread reports of phone outages in flooded areas.

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    Superstorm Sandy grounded more than 15,000 flights across the Northeast and the globe, and it could be days before some passengers can get where they’re going.

    For travelers, Sandy’s aggravation spans globe

    Superstorm Sandy grounded more than 15,000 flights across the Northeast and the globe, and it could be days before some passengers can get where they're going. According to the flight-tracking service FlightAware, more than 6,000 flights were canceled on Tuesday.

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    Boeing HR executive to retire

    Boeing Co. Senior Vice President for Human Resources and Administration Rick Stephens plans will retire March 31, 2013, after a 33-year Boeing career.

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    Cambium Networks to build Agile system in Ohio

    Wireless broadband access network developer Cambium Networks has been chosen by Agile Networks for the statewide build-out of its network in Ohio.

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    Gallagher acquires Aires Consulting Group

    Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. announced the acquisition of Aires Consulting Group, Inc. headquartered in Batavia. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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    Boeing to sell 35 new 737 airplanes to Russia

    Boeing is selling 35 of its redesigned 737 aircraft to a Russian state-run leasing company in a deal that would be worth $3 billion, if sold at current list prices. The deal with Aviation Capital Services LLC, a subsidiary of State Corporation Russian Technologies, marks the first commitment for the new 737 from Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

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    Ford Motor Co. says its net income dropped 1 percent to $1.63 billion in the third quarter as European losses swamped record North American profits.

    Ford earns $1.63 billion in third quarter

    Ford Motor Co. says its net income dropped 1 percent to $1.63 billion in the third quarter as European losses swamped record North American profits. Without one-time items, including charges for dealer closures, the company earned 40 cents per share. That far exceeded Wall Street's forecast of 30 cents, according to analysts polled by FactSet.

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    The price of oil fell below $86 a barrel Monday as a gargantuan storm headed for the heavily populated U.S. East Coast, where energy consumption was likely to drop as many businesses closed and transportation ground to a halt.

    Oil unsteady as storm pounds northeastern U.S.

    Oil prices were unsteady Tuesday while a massive storm was pounding the heavily populated U.S. East Coast, reducing demand for fuel by keeping drivers off roads, closing businesses and silencing activity in New York City and other metropolitan areas.Benchmark oil for December delivery edged 12 cents higher in late afternoon Bangkok time to $85.66 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

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    Bloomberg News Swiss banking giant UBS AG is to cut as many as 10,000 employees, or some 15 percent of its staff, to drastically shrink its ailing investment bank.

    Swiss bank UBS to cut as many as 10,000 jobs

    Swiss banking giant UBS AG is to cut as many as 10,000 employees, or some 15 percent of its staff, to drastically shrink its ailing investment bank.The news of the layoffs came as Switzerland's biggest bank posted another big loss for the third quarter. It said Tuesday that the job cuts are part of a strategy to shore up profits.As a result, UBS said it needs to reduce its headcount to "around 54,000" by 2015, down from its current 64,000 employees in 57 countries.

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    BP raises dividend as Q3 profit swells 5 percent

    Oil company BP is rewarding long-suffering shareholders with a substantial dividend increase just days after it sold a stake in a Russian joint venture for billions of dollars.BP also revealed Tuesday that it made a net profit of $5.5 billion in the third quarter, more than offsetting the $1.34 billion loss reported in the previous three months when the company wrote down the value of some assets. It was also 5 percent higher than last year's equivalent of $5.2 billion.

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    Fiat doubles profit thanks to Chrysler

    Italian carmaker Fiat more than doubled its third quarter profits thanks to strong North American sales by its Chrysler unit and as good demand in Latin America and Asia more than compensated for a weak European market.On the basis of the results, Fiat confirmed its 2012 guidance at the lower end of forecasts.

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    Conference Board delays Consumer Confidence Index

    The Conference Board is delaying the release of its Consumer Confidence Index for October until Thursday because of Superstorm Sandy.The survey was scheduled to be released Tuesday morning, but the Conference Board says it decided on the delay to help assure the safety of its staff and people who follow the index. The storm has left transportation difficult or impossible in many places and millions of people without power.

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    Global markets resilient in face of U.S. superstorm

    Markets recovered their poise Tuesday, though trading remained subdued as Wall Street remained closed for a second day because of the superstorm that's ravaging the East Coast of the U.S.The New York Stock Exchange's decision to remain shut marks the first time weather has stopped trading for two straight days since 1888.

Life & Entertainment

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    Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin slam dunks in “NBA 2K13.”

    Jay-Z scores as 'NBA 2K13' delivers again

    It's tough to improve a video game that has been so excellent for the past several years, but 2K Sports has found ways to make "NBA 2K13" even better. Along with fluid gameplay, enhanced graphics and a smoother control scheme, this year's edition welcomes rapper Jay-Z as executive producer. One of the new elements in "NBA 2K13" is signature skills, which assigns star players a variety of traits that make them special commodities.

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    Disney buying Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion

    A decade since George Lucas said "Star Wars" was finished on the big screen, a new trilogy under new ownership is destined for theaters after The Walt Disney Co. announced Tuesday that it was buying Lucasfilm Ltd. from him for $4.05 billion. "I'm doing this so that the films will have a longer life," Lucas, the 68-year-old creator of the series and sole owner of Lucasfilm, said in an interview posted on YouTube.

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    Eric Church is the lead nominee at Thursday’s Country Music Association Awards in Nashville.

    Country’s Church likes it out on the edges

    Eric Church expects to be angry when he walks out on the stage to perform during the Country Music Association Awards. The rising country music star will cap a long journey as the top nominee Thursday night, but that doesn’t change anything as far as he’s concerned. He’s always angry when he walks onstage. “I have a huge chip on my shoulder,” Church said.

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    Adam Rifkin wears many hats on "Reality Show." He is the show's writer, producer, director and one of its stars. It debuts on Showtime Thursday, Nov. 1.

    From 'Svengoolie' to Showtime: A filmmaker's journey

    Since he left Arlington Heights, Adam Rifkin has written screenplays for big-budget studio movies such as "Mouse Hunt," "Underdog" and "Small Soldiers." He has directed an eclectic group of films including "The Dark Backward," the pop ditty "Detroit Rock City" and exploitative "The Invisible Maniac." Thursday, Rifkin unveils his new project, an edgy Showtime series called "Reality Show."

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    Spicy Butternut Squash soup warms up a cool autumn day.

    Roasting the key to easy squash soup

    Forget trying to hack away at a hard-shelled squash when you want soup. M. Eileen Brown found an easier way. "I have decided that cooking them whole (or cut in big chunks) is the best way to go about it. If the squash fits into my oven rack, I simply poke holes using a narrow knife or an ice pick, place it on a baking sheet lined in tin foil and roast it at 375 degrees until it starts to soften and collapse."

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    Spicy Butternut Squash soup warms up a cool autumn day.

    Spicy Butternut Squash Soup
    Spicy Butternut Squash Soup: Soupalooza

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    Music notes: Reunited Asia plays the Arcada

    Asia, a band made up of progressive-rock veterans that scored a few huge pop hits in the 1980s, is back with its original lineup and will play a show this weekend in St. Charles. Ian Anderson, former frontman for the legendary British band Jethro Tull, will bring his flute to Chicago this weekend to perform Tull’s classic concept-album parody, “Thick as a Brick,” in its entirety.

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    Comic-Con to stay in San Diego through 2016

    Storm Troopers, cyborgs, superheroes and other comic-book fans can count on their annual pilgrimage to San Diego for another four years.San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders announced Monday that Comic-Con has extended its contract with the city through 2016. It had been set to expire in 2015.

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    Power outages blackout popular websites

    Several popular media websites in the New York area are inaccessible after a massive storm knocked out power to much of the city.

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    The Sunny U Cultural and Education Center Performing Arts Group Dance Showcase will perform “The Broomcorn is Red — Harvest Time is Here” at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan on Saturday, Nov. 3.

    Best bets: Chinese dancers celebrate 'Harvest Time' at Genesee

    Local dancers exploring Chinese performing arts traditions take to the stage in The Sunny U Cultural and Education Center Performing Arts Group Dance Showcase called "The Broomcorn is Red — Harvest Time is Here" Saturday at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan. The international art fair SOFA CHICAGO 2012 starts Friday at Navy Pier. Catch comedian Gilbert Gottfried and his unmistakable voice at three Zanies locations this weekend.

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    Night life events: Reel in half-price deals at Reel Club

    There are good drinks all around. Reel one in at the Reel Club in Oak Brook on Mondays with half-priced bottles of house wines, including Hahn chardonnay from Monterey or Bridlewood Pinot Noir from California. Or stop by the Barracuda Lounge for half-priced appetizers from 3 to 6 p.m. every weekday. Favorites include the Acapulco roll with Ahi tuna, avocado and jalapeño.

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    Toby Keith’s “Hope on the Rocks”

    Toby Keith throws back a few more

    Toby Keith wants you to know he's not just a beer man. Whiskey will do in a pinch. Perhaps expected from the album title, "Hope on the Rocks," only two of the 10 new songs don't reference some sort of drinking.

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    “Bowl of Heaven” by Gregory Benford and Larry Niven

    ‘Bowl of Heaven’ begins sci-fi epic

    About 100 pages into "Bowl of Heaven" by Gregory Benford and Larry Niven, I realized it isn't a stand-alone book. The sci-fi world imagined here is too vast, the questions too many for 416 pages. There's a lot to savor here. Fans of so-called "hard science fiction" will enjoy the descriptions of ionic scoop fusion drives and all the solar-powered gadgets put to practical use during deep space exploration.

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    The creamy sauce for chef Lucia Biscaglio’s asparagus fettuccine comes together while the pasta cooks.

    Creamy Lemon Fettuccine with Asparagus and Salmon
    Creamy Lemon Fettucini with Asparagus and Salmon

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    Chef Lucia Biscaglio runs a personal chef and catering service in Arlington Heights and gets much joy from teaching classes.

    Chef du Jour: Arlington Heights chef teaches, caters, cooks for the community

    After graduating, chef Lucia Biscaglio opened Piatti Pronti, a unique establishment that serves as a storefront for gourmet takeout meals, a catering service and a cooking school, all in one. Piatti Pronti, which means "the dishes are ready" in Italian, specializes in Mediterranean food and was named the Arlington Heights 2010 Emerging Business of the Year.

Discuss

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    Editorial: The need for a team approach on pension reform

    A Daily Herald editorial says various parties involved in the state's employee-pension mess should be meeting with each other to find solutions, not just constantly rejecting each other's suggestions.

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    Danette Hayes is a Buffalo Grove-based author and blogger and a military family advocate and spouse of Brigadier Gen. Richard Hayes, who is responsible for the 13,000 Army and Air Guard soldiers and their families in Illinois.

    Guest columnist: Needs of returning troops often forgotten

    Guest columnist Danette Hayes: The economic impact of the Great Lakes training facilities alone is $1.8 billion annually, and still our local politicians can't tell you how many troops live in their district or what they plan to do to raise the issue of suicide awareness in their communities.

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    What America will we pick?

    Columnist Eugene Robinson: Issues may explain our sharp political divisions, but they can't be the cause of our demographic polarization. White men need medical care, too. African-Americans and Latinos understand the need to get our fiscal house in order. The recession and the slow recovery have taken a toll across the board.

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    Democrats’ strategy may backfire
    A Prospect Heights letter to the editor: Democrats and the mainstream media take note. The more you exploit “Big Bird” and “binders,” the more popular Mitt Romney becomes.

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    No class in Foster ads
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: Recently Bill Foster's campaign has been showing pictures of Rep. Judy Biggert attending different Republican rallies and making it look like she wants to distance herself from people in her party and what they stand for. They do this by smearing Wite-Out all over her face.

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    Obama moving nation in right direction
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Since taking office, President Obama has worked tirelessly to stabilize the economy and rebuild America's middle-class. This hasn't been easy, but we are moving in the right direction. We now have steady job growth, and recovery is under way.

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    Don’t choose apathy on Nov. 6
    A Wheeling letter to the editor: One needs to do one's own due diligence and research to determine through unbiased resources and fact checking agencies the "truth" of the candidates' positions and core beliefs, not just the haze of verity surrounding a shadow of a kernel of truth.

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    Must change players to fix Springfield
    Letters to the editor: Gary Hesse of Buffalo Grove says nothing will get fixed in Springfield without first changing the cast of characters. Solving the state's issues will be "nearly impossible without real turnover in Springfield, without young, new talent stepping up, like Jonathan (Greenberg)," he writes.

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    Happy that Moylan will decline pension
    Letter to the editor: Gene Spanos of Park Ridge was impressed by a conversation he had with Marty Moylan, candidate for state rep in the 55th district. "It was refreshing to hear that Mr. Moylan would opt out of his pension if elected this November," he writes. "Marty Moylan is showing yet again that he is the type of proven leader needed in Springfield."

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    Questions Palatine’s stance on gambling
    Letter to the editor: Mark Evenson continues to press Palatine to understand how the local American Legion can be requesting a video gambling license from the state at the same time the village has prohibited video grambling. "Does this mean that Palatine officials really want to allow video gambling?" he asks. "Should the Illinois Gaming Board ultimately award a video gaming license to the Palatine American Legion, will Palatine officials work very hard to fight it?"

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    Time for a change -- vote Greenberg
    Letter to the editor: Mark Sawyer of Northbrook will be voting for Jonathan Greenberg for 57th state representative. "I've had enough of the same people making the same bad decisions and allowing our state to go deeper and deeper into crisis," he writes. "It's time for change."

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    BG’s redevelopment idea bad all around
    Letter to the editor: "As longtime residents of Buffalo Grove, we adamantly oppose the board's proposed development on the golf course and the recent decision to buy the Beth Am property," write Mike and Debbie Lorsch.

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    Here’s how business really works, Mitt
    A Geneva letter to the editor: In the first presidential debate, Mitt Romney continually repeated his belief that cutting the tax rates on individuals would encourage small business owners to hire more workers. He should ask Harvard Business School for a refund of his tuition if he truly believes this.

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    Walsh brings fiscal responsibility
    A Carpentersville letter to the editor: Joe Walsh has worked tirelessly to reduce spending and to try to bring some fiscal responsibility to Congress. He is not obstructionist, his radical liberal opponents are obstructionists.

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    Duckworth a true patriot
    An Elgin letter to the editor: We need more bipartisan problem solvers like Tammy Duckworth representing the middle class in Washington.

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    Dalton a standout in legal circles
    An Elgin letter to the editor: People often don't know enough when they vote for the judges. Who sits in that judge's chair is important. The decisions they make can change lives. When we vote for judge on Nov. 6, one candidate stands out from his competition. His name is John Dalton.

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    No to Amendment of Constitution
    A St. Charles Township letter to the editor: Millions of Illinois taxpayers' dollars are being spent to place the Constitutional Amendment on the November general election ballot. I urge you to vote no. If this amendment is successful, how much money will it save our state? Not one penny.

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    No to Constitutional Amendment
    A Geneva letter to the editor: Illinois voters will vote on a proposal to amend the Illinois Constitution. This proposal would amend the Constitution to require a three-fifths majority vote of each chamber of the Illinois General Assembly, as well as the governing bodies of any unit of local government, school district, or pension or retirement system in order to increase a benefit under any public pension or retirement system. The League of Women Voters of Illinois opposes this proposal and urges voters to vote no.

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