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    Ela Library seeks nominations for board openings

    The Ela Area Public Library board will have four trustee openings to fill for the April 9 consolidated election. Those interested may pick up filing information at the library's information desk.

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    Lombard upgrading front counter for $65,000

    The front counter at Lombard village hall will be upgraded to allow better customer service to residents who have trouble accessing the counter's tall height, provide a more ergonomic environment for employees and match the recently renovated board room. But the work comes at a cost of $65,115 — about $35,000 more than originally was budgeted.

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    Lombard is waiting to auction off the car Deputy Chief Pat Rollins used to bring European golfer Rory McIlroy to the final day of the Ryder Cup until trustees decide how Rollins should be able to use its replacement.

    McIlroy’s Ryder Cup ride needs trustees’ OK before auction

    The village of Lombard would like to auction off the squad car Deputy Chief Pat Rollins used to bring European golfer Rory McIlroy to the final day of the Ryder Cup in late September, but trustees first have to decide how Rollins should be able to use its replacement. Trustee Bill Ware raised concerns last month about the high mileage on the unmarked 2005 Ford Crown Victoria driven by Rollins,...

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    Obama coming to Madison day before election

    MADISON, Wis. — President Barack Obama plans to hold a rally in Madison on Monday, the day before the election.The visit will be his third to Wisconsin over five days. He was in Green Bay on Thursday and he planned to be in Milwaukee for a rally with pop singer Katy Perry on Saturday.The Obama campaign confirmed Monday’s visit but did not release any further details.

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    Huntley devises hybrid ash tree replacement program

    Huntley trustees gave preliminary approval to a hybrid 50/50 ash tree reimbursement program for 2013 that, if approved at the next board meeting, would give residents a chance to pick their own replacement tree.

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    Man gets 10 years for selling heroin near Elgin park

    A 37-year-old man was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to trying to sell $1,500 of heroin to an undercover cop near an Elgin park in 2011. Shannon D. Hill pleaded guilty in August and convictions for drugs and aggravated battery on his record.

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    Arrest made in Crystal Lake oxycodone robbery from pharmacy

    A 29-year-old Crystal Lake man was arrested Wednesday and charged with robbing a Crystal Lake CVS Pharmacy at gunpoint on Sept. 2 of three bottles of oxycodone. Eric S. Sorenson faces a six- to 30-year prison term if convicted and is due in court on Nov. 14.

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    Gary Greenberg of Highland Park hugs Midtown Athletic Club personal trainer Rich Rossi during a ceremony at the facility in Bannockburn Thursday. Rossi, of Buffalo Grove, was honored for saving Greenberg after he suffered a heart attack.

    Gary Greenberg grateful for life-saving help after heart attack at Bannockburn athletic club

    Several people were honored Thursday for acting quickly to help save the life of 58-year-old Gary Greenberg of Highland Park, who suffered a massive heart attack a few weeks ago while working out at the Midtown Athletic Club in Bannockburn. Athletic trainer Rich Rossi of Buffalo Grove and others that day worked to help Greenberg survive. "I can't thank you guys enough," an understandably...

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    Judson lays off staff, trims faculty contracts

    Judson University in Elgin has laid off 21 staff members and opted to end 11 faculty members' contracts effective next year, officials said. "Perhaps we've been adding people too quickly, and haven't been growing as fast as we anticipated," interim President William Clark Crothers said.

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    Former Penn State president Graham Spanier, left, is accused of perjury, endangering children and other charges in the Jerry Sandusky molestation scandal. According to online court records charges were filed Thursday against Penn State’s ex-president and two other administrators in what prosecutors called “a conspiracy of silence.”

    Ex-Penn State president charged in Sandusky case

    The "conspiracy of silence" that protected Jerry Sandusky extended all the way to the top at Penn State, prosecutors said Thursday as they charged former university President Graham Spanier with hushing up child sexual abuse allegations against the former assistant football coach.

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    Patricia Fix

    Lake County prosecutor placed on leave amid allegations

    A Lake County judicial candidate has been placed on unpaid leave from her job as a supervisor with the Lake County state's attorney's office amid allegations she stole campaign signs from a Republican group opposing her, officials said Thursday. Patricia Fix, a Democrat and the state's attorney's felony trial division chief, said she will "vigorously" defend herself against what she called...

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    Five-year-old Olivia Dworakowski was stabbed to death at this home in Naperville. Police officers helped find the girl in August who got lost on her first day of kindergarten.

    Police helped murdered girl lost on first day of kindergarten

    Several Naperville police officers spent part of a late August morning comforting a young Olivia Dworakowski, who had gotten lost on her first day of kindergarten. They never imagined two months later they would find her again, this time as a victim to one of the city's most horrific crimes. “This is a very stressful time for our department, as you can imagine. This was a horrific crime...

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    Andrew Bernard

    Hatcher, Bernard seek 50th State House District seat

    Republican Kay Hatcher of Yorkville seeks a third term representing the 50th District in the state house, and takes on Democrat Andrew Bernard of Batavia.

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    Martha Hanna

    Fabyan redevelopment a sticking point in Kane District 11 race

    Martha Hanna of Batavia, a Democrat, and Mike Donahue of Geneva, Republican, have very different views of what should be done with the Settler's Hill landfill/old jail site. Both seek to be the next District 11 Kane County Board representative.

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    For Cook County State's attorney in the 2012 General Election: Democrat Anita Alvarez, left, opposes Republican Lori Yokoyama

    Cook state’s attorney candidates tout initiatives, management skills

    Democratic incumbent and career prosecutor Anita Alvarez wants a second term as Cook County State's Attorney so she may continue efforts to improve public safety and serve victims of violent crime. Republican challenger Lori Yokoyama says she wants to bring a "fresh pair of eyes" to the office whose 860 attorneys are responsible for prosecuting all felony and misdemeanor crimes in Cook County.

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    Hoffman Estates Public Works Department maintenance employees Chris Birdsell, left, and Steve Weber talk during snow and ice control training the village’s public works department Thursday.

    Hoffman Estates prepares for snow and ice

    It's only the first week in November, but the Hoffman Estates Public Works Department is ready for winter weather. More than 50 workers attended a snow and ice control training session Thursday. Maintenance worker Nick Lackowski called the job very dynamic. "There's no snowstorm that's ever the same," he said.

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    Oakton hosts sessions on early childhood education

    Oakton Community College will conduct three free informational sessions on early childhood education at both its campuses in November. The sessions will showcase the college's early childhood education degrees and certificates and offer information about Illinois credentials and transfer agreements.

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    Des Plaines luxury apartments earn award

    The Chicagoland Apartment Association recently announced its 2012 CAMME award winners, including Morningside's River 595 Luxury Rentals in downtown Des Plaines, which received the Property Excellence award in the new construction category, city officials said.

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    Clerk’s office duties Tuesday

    The Lake County Clerk's office will be closed for walk-in customer and non-election service on Tuesday, Nov. 6, because it is Election Day and staffers will be busy with those duties.

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    Judge named to national board

    Lake County Circuit Judge Christopher Starck was recently named to the National Conference of Metropolitan Courts board.

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    Fort Sheridan parking to increase

    The number of parking spaces at the Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve in Highland Park will increase from 20 to 100 by spring 2013.

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    Hobby Lobby, the arts and craft supply company owned by a Christian family, asked a judge Thursday to block a portion of the new federal health care law, claiming that mandated coverage for certain birth control violates its religious freedom rights.

    Hobby Lobby asks judge to block health care law

    An arts and craft supply company owned by a Christian family asked a judge Thursday to block a portion of the new federal health care law, claiming that mandated coverage for certain birth control violates its religious freedom rights.

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    Shan Yun Wu listens to “human book” Ahmed Alawadhi speak about his experiences being stereotyped, as part of the University of Missouri’s Diversity Summit at Memorial Union, in Columbia, Mo.

    Civility efforts seek better behavior on campus

    In a society where anonymous Internet commenters freely lob insults, and politicians spew partisan barbs, the decline of basic civility isn't limited to academia. But the push for more polite discourse — often as an extension of more entrenched diversity efforts — is firmly taking root on campus.

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    It may not have seemed like it this week — with record waves caused by Superstorm Sandy crashing onto the Chicago shoreline — but Lake Michigan is nearly at its all-time lowest measured level.

    Lake Michigan-Huron water level near record low

    A member of Congress from Michigan wants federal officials to take another look at the longstanding policy of allowing millions of gallons of water to flow out of Lake Michigan daily at Chicago.

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    Water main leak closes Glen Ellyn library

    The Glen Ellyn Public Library is expected to reopen Friday after a nearby water main break kept it closed Thursday. Village public works crews were repairing the water main on Duane Street throughout the day after the leak was discovered Thursday morning, said Anthony McGinn, the library's marketing coordinator.

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    Winners of bias lawsuit among firefighter grads

    When 98 new Chicago firefighters crossed the stage to shake Mayor Rahm Emanuel's hand, 86 of them did so after waiting since 1995 for the chance to join the Chicago Fire Department.

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    Police reports
    Victor Garcia, 17, of the 0-99 block of National Street in Elgin, appeared in bond court Wednesday on charges of possession of a firearm by a gang member, aggravated use of a weapon and reckless discharge of a firearm, according to court documents. Garcia was at a party shortly before 1:30 a.m. Sunday on Hamilton Avenue and is charged with flashing a gun at other partygoers and then shooting it...

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    Raymond Kasper

    Gacy nephew gets 24 years for sex assault of girl

    A nephew of serial killer John Wayne Gacy was sentenced Thursday to 24 years in prison after being found guilty in July of numerous charges of sexual abuse and sexual assault of a girl he knew. He formerly lived in Algonquin.

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    Antioch man gets 12 years in prison for sexual assault

    An Antioch man will spend 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of predatory criminal sexual assault in Lake County Circuit Court. After serving his sentence, Mark Sandfox, 50, of the 1700 block of Centennial Drive, will spend three years on probation and will have to register as sex offender for life, under the terms of the agreement reached Thursday.

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    Illinois sends 15 emergency workers to New York

    Fifteen emergency responders from Illinois are headed to New York City to help in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy. Gov. Pat Quinn announced Thursday that 13 local emergency managers and two employees from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency were deployed.

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    U of I considers dropping some Ph.D. programs

    Trustees who oversee the University of Illinois are expected next week to consider cutting some of the nearly 100 doctoral programs offered at its flagship campus in Urbana.

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    Governor’s candidate gets sports authority job

    The Illinois Sports Facilities Authority chose Kelly Kraft as its director on Thursday. She's Gov. Pat Quinn's chief spokeswoman and had the Chicago Democrat's full backing.

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    Chicago sees fewer homicides in October

    As October brought grim news that there have already been more homicides in Chicago as all of last year, police say they have encouraging news. Chicago police said Thursday that there were fewer homicides this October than last October.

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    Carmeuse Lime fined for air violations in Chicago

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says a lime manufacturer will pay a $350,000 fine to resolve air pollution violations at a Chicago plant. The consent decree also requires Pittsburgh-based Carmeuse Lime to spend $125,000 to replace windows in homes near the plant.

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    Barbara Theiszmann, center, of Prospect Heights watches with son, Tony Theiszmann of McHenry, and daughter, Kathy Patton of Wheaton, as their tree is lowered onto a truck headed to Chicago, where it will serve as the city’s official Christmas tree.

    Prospect Heights spruce becomes Chicago’s Christmas tree

    A few years ago Barbara Theiszmann and her family were in Chicago taking in the holiday sights when she looked up at the giant Christmas tree in Daley Plaza, turned to her family and said "I have a tree better than this at home." Now the rest of Chicago will see that as Barbara's tree, a 64-foot tall Colorado spruce, has been selected as the Chicago Christmas tree for 2012.

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    The 15.5-acre Barclay Woods in Tower Lakes will be preserved via cooperative efforts by Cuba Township, Barrington Area Conservation Trust, Citizens for Conservation and the village of Tower Lakes.

    Government, conservationists team up to preserve Tower Lakes woods

    Cuba Township, Tower Lakes and a pair of Barrington-area conservation groups have teamed up to buy the 15.5-acre Barclay's Woods in Tower Lakes with plans to restore the site to its natural state and permanently protect it as a nature preserve.

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    Schools helping students, parents cope with tragedy

    Crisis plans remain in effect at two Naperville schools trying to cope with the slayings of two young students at the hands of one of their mothers. Officials in both Naperville Unit District 203 and Indian Prairie Unit District 204 say counselors are available for students, parents and facilty members.

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    Three arrested in shooting of rival gang member in Waukegan

    Three gang members, two of them juveniles, were charged following a shooting in Waukegan, authorities said. An unnamed 16-year-old juvenile from Waukegan was charged with aggravated battery with a firearm and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. Also, Oscar Vega, 18, and an unnamed 17-year-old juvenile, both from Waukegan, were charged with misdemeanor mob action and battery following the attack...

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    Singer Christine Honeywell of Vernon Hills will be one of 14 special needs performers to take the stage Monday, Nov. 5, when Special Talents America comes to Naperville's North Central College.

    Prepare to be blown away at Special Talents America

    Fourteen special needs entertainers were chosen from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin to perform at the Special Talents America show in Naperville. “Some of the folks who are in this competition, you put them up against anybody in their age group — whether they're special needs or not — these kids are going to kick butt,” said parent JP Honeywell.

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    A makeshift memorial was set up near the Naperville home where Elzbieta Plackowska is accused of stabbing to death her 7-year-old son and a 5-year-old girl in her care.

    Horrific details emerge in Naperville child slayings

    Naperville mother Elzbieta Plackowska stabbed her 7-year-old son about 100 times -- even as he begged for his life -- then turned the knife on a 5-year-old girl who had just witnessed the horrifying slaughter, prosecutors alleged Thursday. Plackowska, 40, was ordered held without bail in the Tuesday night slayings of her son Justin and Olivia Dworakowski, a kindergartner she was baby sitting...

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    The old Doederlein Lumber building still stands along the bike path in downtown East Dundee.

    E. Dundee landmark to meet the wrecking ball

    Anyone who has walked or cycled the Kane County bike path through East Dundee knows this building well. It's big, yellow and looks like it should have fallen down decades ago. This landmark has no sign on it, but it is part of the Doederlein Lumber Co. complex, across from the Anvil Club.

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    Maria Sanchez

    Aurora police seeking teen missing since June

    Aurora police are asking for public help locating a 17-year-old girl with a history of running away who has been missing since June.

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    Commuters wait in a line to board buses into Manhattan in front of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, Thursday. The line stretched twice around the arena and commuters reported wait times of one to three hours to get on a bus.

    Storm-crippled NYC subway creaks back into service

    Subways started running again in much of New York City on Thursday for the first time since Superstorm Sandy, but traffic at bridges backed up for miles, long lines formed at gas stations, and tempers flared as commuters waited for buses.

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    President Barack Obama campaigns in Green Bay, Wis.,Thursday.

    Presidential politics reignites in Sandy’s wake

    Presidential politics reignited in the wake of natural disaster Thursday, with the candidates beginning their full-throttle closing arguments with new vigor on the same pocketbook concerns that have dominated the campaign from the start.

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    Geneva district to keep school open if strike

    Schools will be open with supervised activities for Geneva students, but no classes, if Geneva teachers go on strike, according to school authorities. Bus service will be available, and a limited lunch menu will be offered.

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    Leslie Coolidge, left, opposes Peter Roskam in the 6th congressional district for the 2012 General Election.

    Killings in Libya and fears of trade war with China on minds of 6th District rivals

    Democrat Leslie Coolidge thinks the Obama administration handled the Libyan crisis well but her Republican opponent Peter Roskam disagrees. And here do the two candidates for the 6th Congressional District stand on China and U.S. ties with Israel?

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    Martinez, Russell hopefuls clash over credentials

    Two candidates for Kane County coroner are questioning each other's qualifications. Democrat Tao Martinez says his opponent just recently obtained a certification as homicide investigor. Republican Rob Russell, a DuPage County Sheriff's Department sergeant, says Martinez is misleading voters with certifications from coroner's groups and that Martinez, who owns a business that decontaminates death...

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    The village of Lakemoor is looking for ideas for a new logo and motto. The current motto “Progress Through Planning” is posted on village signs.

    New logo, motto sought as Lakemoor looks to hone an identity

    Ideas for a new logo and motto are being sought as the little village of Lakemoor searches for an identity to lure business. But those aren't the only changes recently made or pending for the village, which is located in Lake and McHenry counties. With the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, the village is nearing the end of a comprehensive plan update that will become a guide to what...

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    A truck tipped over Oct. 8 while traveling along Liberty Street. The driver was cited for driving too fast for conditions. Police said that was not necessarily because it was speeding, but because of an uneven load. Liberty Street residents are fighting to keep such trucks off their residential street.

    Elgin residents fight to reduce truck traffic

    Homeowners on one of the longest residential streets in Elgin have banded together to get truck traffic out of their neighborhood. But the fight may be nearing a dead end. Mary Ellen Barbezat, a Liberty Street resident since 1974, said in the last couple years she has noticed increased truck traffic on the road — State Route 25. Barbezat and a core group of her neighbors formed the Liberty...

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    More than 2,000 people across DuPage County are expected to sleep outside in tents, boxes and cars Saturday to raise awareness about homelessness.

    Sleep Out Saturday puts spotlight on homelessness

    Shortly after a fire destroyed her Wheaton apartment and forced her into homelessness for the second — yes, second — time in her life, Jill Markussen slept in a tent in a parking lot. She braved bitter cold not because she had to, but because she wanted to shine a spotlight on homeless families in DuPage County through Sleep Out Saturday, the largest fundraiser for Glen Ellyn-based...

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    Nominations open for Heart of Gold awards

    Nominations are now open for the Arlington Heights Hearts of Gold awards. The program, sponsored by the village's Special Events Commission, recognizes people who live or work in the village and whose contributions have positively affected the lives of others.

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    Sugar Grove Township Supervisor Dan Nagel quits

    Sugar Grove Township Supervisor Dan Nagel has resigned after 38 years in various capacities. He announced his decision in a letter Wednesday.

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    St. Charles Mayor Don DeWitte says the Tavern Association, which was formed to deal with self-regulation of primarily downtown establishments, seems to be working despite recent violations.

    More violations put St. Charles taverns back on hot seat

    At first blush, it seems counterintuitive that two recent liquor license violations coming on the heels of intense scrutiny of problems at local taverns would be a good thing for St. Charles. But Mayor Don DeWitte said the nature of one of the incidents actually gives him some hope that taverns may be ready to clean up their acts as promised. Turns out one tavern ratted out another's violation.

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    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gestures while speaking at a campaign event at Integrity Windows in Roanoke, Va., Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012.

    Romney claims Obama doesn’t understand business

    Mitt Romney said Thursday that President Barack Obama doesn't have a clue about how business works. The Obama campaign shot back by saying that Romney doesn't know what he's talking about.

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    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greets supporters, including one wearing an elephant hat, left, as he campaigns at Integrity Windows in Roanoke, Va., Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012.

    Polls giving partisans lots of room to argue

    Don't like the latest poll numbers on the presidential race? Just wait. More are coming — probably before you can say "margin of sampling error." Regardless of what any given poll says, it's likely that someone — a campaign, an interest group, a political party or a rival polling operation — will argue that the survey is invalid at the same time someone else argues that it's...

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    Empty bottles and other debris lie outside the closed gates of the Madrid Arena venue in Madrid, Thursday Nov. 1, 2012. Three women have been killed and two injured in a stampede during a large Halloween Night party at the venue.

    Spain: 3 dead, 2 hurt in Halloween party stampede

    MADRID — A stampede in an arena where thousands of people were attending a Halloween party killed three women and critically injured two on Thursday, officials said. It happened just after 4 a.m. in a passageway within the venue leading to the central concert area at Madrid Arena, where the disco-style party was under way.

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    Activists: Syrian rebels kill 28 soldiers in north

    BEIRUT — Syrian rebels killed 28 soldiers in attacks on military checkpoints in northern Idlib province on Thursday, just hours after a wave of bombings hit Damascus and its outskirts, activists said.

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    A February 10, 1986 file photo of Khalil al-Wazir, better known as Abu Jihad, the Palestine Liberation Organization’s military chief seen in Amman, Jordan. Lifting a nearly 25-year veil of secrecy, Israel is admitting that it killed the deputy of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in a 1988 raid in Tunis.

    Israel fesses up: We killed Arafat deputy in 1988

    JERUSALEM — Lifting a nearly 25-year veil of secrecy, Israel is admitting that it killed the deputy of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in a 1988 raid in Tunis.

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    This aerial photo made from a helicopter shows storm damage from Sandy over the Atlantic Coast in Mantoloking, N.J., Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. The photo was made from a helicopter behind the helicopter carrying President Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, as they viewed storm damage from superstorm Sandy.

    Battered NJ confronts how to rebuild its shore

    In its tear of destruction, the megastorm Sandy left parts of New Jersey's beloved shore in tatters, sweeping away beaches, homes, boardwalks and amusement parks. The devastation left the state a blank canvas to redevelop its prized vacation towns. But environmentalists and shoreline planners urged the state to think about how — and if — to redevelop the shoreline as it faces an even...

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    Peoria man convicted for stealing Christmas gifts

    PEORIA — A Peoria man convicted of stealing Christmas presents from a family with seven children could get up to 30 years in prison.The (Peoria) Journal Star reports that jurors deliberated for a few hours before finding 36-year-old Sherman Williams guilty of residential burglary.

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    Planners to work on vision for Lake Michigan trail

    Government planners from Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin are among those meeting next week to work on plans for a proposed 1,640-mile trail network around Lake Michigan.

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    Readers can see their Daily Herald online today at http://eedition.dailyherald.com/eEdition/.

    Production problems delay delivery of newspaper
    Technical difficulties in our printing center overnight have significantly delayed production of Thursday's Daily Herald and late deliveries are expected this morning. Our carriers are still working to deliver your papers. We appreciate your patience.

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    The 33rd annual Saints Challenge 5K was run on the double-loop course on the St. Charles East High and Wredling Middle School campuses. This year, the race will follow the high school cross country course at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve.

    Saints Challenge 5K offers ‘reality check’ this year

    Cross country runners from St. Charles East High School know what "reality check" means. This year, other runners will have a chance to experience it when the 34th annual Saints Cross Country Challenge 5K returns to LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve on Saturday, Nov. 10.

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    The centerpiece monument at the Veterans Island Memorial — a touching tribute year-round — takes on extra special meaning during the month of November in honor of all U.S. military veterans.

    A monumental thanks to all our veterans

    Back in 1989, a memorable event took place in the heart of Aurora as part of a national movement. For several days in May of that year, the Veterans Memorial Moving Wall was stationed at what was then known as Illinois Avenue Island Park. Meant to serve as a traveling tribute to all of our nation's veterans, the wall was visited by more than 150,000 well-wishers.

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    Waves fueled by Sandy's winds crash into Chicago's lakefront.

    Is hurricane-free Midwest safer even with our tornadoes?

    Surbanites giving thanks we live in the Midwest and not on the hurricane-ravaged East Coast shouldn't feel too secure. A noted weather historian points out that Mother Nature dishes plenty of disaster our way. “The deadliest of all are heat waves. That's the silent killer,” he says.

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    Dawn Patrol: Naperville mom in court; brawl shuts bar

    Naperville mother accused of killing her son, a neighbor's daughter. Des Plaines tavern is shut down after melee. PETA enters Aurora bird hoarding case. A social worker in Lake County is accused of unwanted contact with a special education child.

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    Crystal Lake woman accuses Algonquin cop of threatening her

    Algonquin police officer Nicholas Corso was placed on leave after Elizabeth Weaver, of Crystal Lake, alleged he threatened her and was granted an order of protection against him Oct. 16. Corso's attorney, Jamie Wombacher, said he denies all the charges.

Sports

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    Bartlett senior Kevin Krause (51) survived a rollover automobile crash in September and is back on the field. He and the Hawks will host Loyola Saturday in a Class 8A second round playoff game at Millennium Field in Streamwood.

    Bartlett’s Krause: It was a miracle

    Bartlett cornerback Zach Nicholson feared he had just watched his best friend and teammate, Kevin Krause, die in a rollover automobile accident. It was late afternoon on Saturday, Sept. 29. The Hawks had polished off Lake Park an hour earlier in the warm Autumn sunshine to win their homecoming game 21-13. It was time to head home and get spiffed up for the ensuing dance. The two were in great moods, happy as high school seniors can be as they left the school parking lot in separate vehicles. As they turned left from Schick Road onto Bartlett Road., Nicholson was directly behind the 2002 Chevy Blazer driven by Krause, a starting middle linebacker.

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    Illinois head coach Tim Beckman watches from the sidelines Saturday during the second half against Indiana in Champaign. Illinois will try to break their five-game losing streak on the road Saturday against Ohio State.

    Buckeyes don’t believe Illini have their number

    Andrew Norwell has firsthand knowledge of Illinois' surprising success at Ohio Stadium over the past 20 or so years. The year was 2007 and Norwell was in middle school. His brother Chris was a four-year starter on the defensive line for the Illini, who on that day sprung a stunning 28-21 upset on the top-ranked and unbeaten Buckeyes. "I was here in orange and blue," Ohio State's starting left guard said. "I was pretty fired up. I was sitting in the Illinois section. That last drive is what I remember most."

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    Notre Dame linebacker Prince Shembo wields a sledgehammer Saturday as he celebrates with fans following a 30-13 victory over Oklahoma in Norman, Okla.

    BCS officials loving Notre Dame, even if they lose

    Some BCS officials are almost as giddy about the prospect of Notre Dame playing in one of their bowls games as Fighting Irish fans are. "I tend to think right now, there's a lot to be played, but I don't see how they could avoid being in a BCS game somewhere," Fiesta Bowl executive director Robert Shelton said. "They have four games left. Anything can happen, but they're looking so strong. Even if they only win two of those, certainly if they win three or four, they will be in a BCS game."

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    Football: Second-round playoff previews, Northwest

    Here's a look at this weekend's second-round playoff games involving Prospect, Schaumburg, Conant and Palatine.

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    Taj Gibson earned his four-year contract extension, says Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau.

    What does Taj Gibson’s deal mean for future of Bulls?

    The Bulls have reason to celebrate Taj Gibson's contract extension. They will hang on to a promising young player, instead of watching him walk away like Omer Asik did last summer. Another big salary keeps pushing the team's payroll into the luxury tax, though, and the Bulls will have some tough decisions to make next year.

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    Two-way standout Cole Reyes fills a couple of key roles for Schaumburg heading into Saturday’s second-round Class 8A playoff game at Palatine.

    ‘Papa’ would be proud of Schaumburg’s Reyes

    Schaumburg two-way standout Cole Reyes has dedicated his season his grandfather Albert, or 'Papa,' Reyes, who passed away last weekend. Cole's game has steadily improved, as he had 3 touchdowns in the Saxons' Round 1 victory to give Schaumburg some momentum heading into Saturday's matchup at Palatine.

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    Glenbard West’s Megan Wagner (13) and teammates embrace as the crowd applauds them for their sectional championship win on Thursday, November 1.

    Glenbard West holds off Geneva

    Geneva and Glenbard West have played each other for years at the Hilltoppers' tournament, the schools' two coaches are good friends who know this matchup will yield excellent fundamental volleyball and make each of their teams better. On Thursday the teams met again, this time on a much bigger stage, and for over 90 minutes they traded marathon rallies in front of a lively crowd in the Class 4A Larkin sectional championship game. With No. 2 seed Geneva 2 points away from ending the top-seeded Hilltoppers' season in Game 2, Glenbard West came up with just enough clutch plays for a 25-27, 27-25, 25-21 victory and its first sectional championship since 1985.

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    Maddie Haggerty,left, and Mary Boken of St. Francis go up for a block during the St. Francis vs. Joliet Catholic at Glenbard South Thursday. This was a the Class 3A Sectional Final.

    St. Francis tops Joliet Catholic in three games

    McKenna Kelsay cried tears of joy and rushed into a proud hug from her dad.Another classic St. Francis-Joliet Catholic match, and it didn't disappoint.St. Francis turned away two match points and Joliet Catholic four, the Spartans surviving for a 25-15, 24-26, 30-28 victory in front of a huge, raucous crowd at Thursday's Class 3A Glenbard South sectional final.

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    Bears cornerback Charles Tillman's stellar play against Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson helped to earn him NFC Defensive Player of the Month honors for October.

    Bears’ Tillman wins top defensive honor

    Bears cornerback Charles Tillman, who has been collecting turnovers and touchdown with regularity this season, picked up some more hardware Thursday as he was named NFC Defensive Player of the Month for October.

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    San Diego Chargers receiver Seyi Ajirotutu signals a first down Thursday after making a diving catch against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half in San Diego.

    Chargers beat staggering Chiefs 31-13

    Norv Turner can breathe a little easier after his San Diego Chargers rediscovered the end zone and ended a three-game losing streak. Romeo Crennel, though, will surely feel the heat after his Kansas City Chiefs committed four more turnovers and lost their fifth straight game.

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    From left, Stevenson receivers Anthony Bozin, Matt Morrissey, Alan Velev and Cameron Green are giving the Patriots’ traditionally run-based offense a stronger aerial identity.

    They’re flyin’ high at Stevenson

    Stevenson has gone from a smash-mouth rushing team to a high-flying passing team thanks to quarterback Willie Bourbon and his fearsome foursome of receivers: Alan Velev, Anthony Bozin, Matt Morrissey and Cameron Green.

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    Libertyville players admire their trophy following a sectional final win over Palatine at Fremd High School on Thursday night.

    Simply super finish for Libertyville

    The script didn't provide a super start for Libertyville's girls volleyball team. But the end result had super written all over it. After falling behind 7-1 in the Class 4A Fremd sectional final, the No. 3-seeded Wildcats charged back for a 25-21, 25-14 victory over No. 4 Palatine to earn their first supersectional appearance since 2007 and 11th in school history.

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    Benet keeps pounding against Lemont

    Great defense on both sides extended a number of rallies during Thursday night's Class 4A girls volleyball sectional final at Neuqua Valley. Unfortunately for Lemont, defending state champion Benet won the majority of these key points.

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    Harvest Christian coach Kim Floyd accepts the Class 1A sectional title trophy for her team after their win Thursday night over Morgan Park Academy.

    Harvest Christian sectional champs again

    Although the match was well inhand and light appeared at the end of the tunnel, the last 4 points Harvest Christian had to get in order to earn back-to-back sectional titles and return to the Elite Eight seemed to be the toughest points to score all night. "We wanted to finish and every hit we weren't hitting as hard as we could," Lions' junior Sydney Doby said. "Once we got it into our mind like, hey, let's get it done, right here, right now,' we really came together as a team and finished — got it done." And after letting Morgan Park Academy draw within 23-18 in Game 2, finish is just what Harvest did. With a Morgan Park dig by Taylor Malecki going out of bounds and a kill from Ellie Burzlaff that had extra mustard on it, the Lions finally got it done and won their own Class 1A sectional title 25-13, 25-18 in front of a raucous home crowd at the Mitchell Swaback Athletic Center in Elgin Thursday night.

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    White Sox trade Williams’ son to Rockies

    The White Sox and the Colorado Rockies made a big-name trade Thursday night, but don’t get too excited. Outfielder Kenny Williams Jr., son of Sox president of baseball operations Kenny Williams, was sent to the Rockies for first baseman/designated hitter Mark Tracy.

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    Prairie Ridge claims sectional crown

    Nursing a severely sprained ankle, Prairie Ridge senior standout Caitlin Brauneis wasn't about to let an injury hinder her performance. Brauneis' spectacular effort included 11 kills, 5 blocks, 9 assists, 2 aces and 11 digs Thursday night, which led PR to a 25-21, 16-25, 25-17 win over Rockford Boylan in the championship game of the Class 4A Jacobs girls volleyball sectional in Algonquin.

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    Football playoffs / Scouting Round 2, Lake County

    Here's a look at Round 2 of the football playoffs, from the perspective of teams from Lake County.

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    Bears cornerback Tim Jennings (26) is swarmed by teammates after his fourth-quarter interception return for a touchdown Sunday at Soldier Field. Jennings' play gave the Bears a 20-19 lead with 6:44 left in the game.

    Second-half schedule not first on Bears’ minds

    On paper, the Bears face a tougher schedule in the second half of the season. The Bears' final eight opponents have a combined 38-24 record, but that includes the 5-3 Vikings twice, and they haven't played nearly as well as their record in recent weeks. "I don't look ahead," cornerback Tim Jennings said. "I just look at the team that we're playing. Of course we check the schedules out, but we know it's (always) going to be a tough one. This is the NFL."

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    Cubs president Theo Epstein, left, and general manager Jed Hoyer have targeted starting pitchers as an off-season priority.

    Cubs looking to bolster starting rotation

    Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer will head to the GM meetings next week and possibly lay the groundwork for some off-season deals. The Cubs need at least two starting pitchers, and after losing 101 games, there are other holes to fill, as well. "Certainly, we have to go out and find some major-league-quality starting pitching, but we also have to add to our depth," Hoyer said.

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    Bestowing midseason fantasy football kudos, jeers

    Fantasy football writer John Dietz looks at the first-half surprises and duds. He also dishes out this week's good and bad bets with Bears QB Jay Cutler making the cut as a good bet at Tennessee.

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    Quinn spokeswoman to lead agency that runs U.S. Cellular Field

    The small state agency that runs the home of the Chicago White Sox will be led by Gov. Pat Quinn's chief spokeswoman over the objections of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, board members decided Thursday. The board of the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority cited "budget and communications expertise" in choosing Quinn's communications director, Kelly Kraft, who had the governor's backing. However, Emanuel had tried to block her appointment by publicly questioning her qualifications and experience. The governor later accused Emanuel and his allies of "character assassination."

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    Jordan: I’m committed to Bobcats for long haul

    Michael Jordan could no longer hide his frustration midway through the Bobcats' dismal season last year. Not wanting anyone to see how angry he was, Charlotte's owner moved from his seat at the end of the team's bench to his more secluded luxury suite high above the court.

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    Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch is thrusting himself into the Heisman vote conversation by leading the nation in total yards.

    Can NIU’s Lynch get up to speed in Heisman race?

    For NIU quarterback Jordan Lynch, the numbers don't lie. But whether those gaudy numbers, which include leading the nation in total offense with 3,169 yards, can get him in the Heisman Trophy mix remains to be seen. "I think to be the Heisman winner, you have to do everything. You've got to be almost perfect," said NIU coach Dave Doeren. "All he needs to do is continue to do what he's doing, win games, be productive, and not make mistakes."

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    Paul Michna/pmichna@dailyherald.com Nathan Marcus,left, and Scott Andrews of Glenbard West celebrate after a TD during the Elk Grove at Glenbard West football game Saturday.

    Scouting this weekend’s DuPage County football games
    Previews of second-round playoff football games for the DuPage County coverage area

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    Boys cross country / State meet scouting, Northwest

    Here's a look at the boys cross country state meet, from the perspective of team in the Mid-Suburban League and St. Viator.

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    Girls cross country / State meet scouting, Northwest

    Here's a look at what to expect from the girls cross country state meet, from the perspective of Mid-Suburban League teams and St. Viator.

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    Fresh perspective for Lake County’s best downstate

    Lining up for the girls cross country state meet will be a new experience for just about every Lake County area runner Saturday at Detweiller Park. With the exception of Libertyville sophomore at-large qualifier Kristi Del Prato, no other runner has experienced the intensity of the always exciting 3-mile race downstate. The road to the Class 3A state meet beginning at 1 p.m. was not an easy one, but the Warren girls team managed to qualify for the first time in school history with a fifth-place finish last Saturday at the rugged Schaumburg sectional.

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    Lake Zurich takes another run at state trophy

    Two season ago the Lake Zurich boys cross country team shocked just about everyone when it nearly won the Class 3A state meet. Perennial power York nipped the Bears by 2 points for the championship of that classic state meet at Peoria's Dewtweiller Park. Saturday at 2 p.m., Lake Zurich hopes it can once again give the No. 1-ranked Dukes a scare at the 2012 state meet and potentially pull off one of the greatest upsets in the history of the 3-mile race.

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    Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau likes the energy that a healthy and stronger Joakim Noah gives the Bulls this season.

    Bulls’ Thibodeau knows why Noah is playing so well

    Bullls center Joakim Noah started the season by scoring 23 points in the win over Sacramento. Teammate Luol Deng thinks we'll see more scoring from Noah this year, while coach Tom Thibodeau suggested a couple of reasons why Noah is playing well.

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    Tiger Woods is in the spotlight at the Marina Bay Sands on Thursday in Singapore. Woods is in the city-state to attend golf clinics in a bid to promote and inspire young golfers from the Singapore Sports School.

    Woods says getting back to No. 1 will take time

    On the two-year anniversary of losing his No. 1 ranking, Tiger Woods said Thursday that winning was the best way for him to get back to the top. And that could take some time. "It's about winning golf tournaments," Woods said. "That's how I got to No. 1, that's how Rory got to No. 1. You've got to win golf tournaments, and when you don't, you've got to be consistent and finish high. I'm looking forward to that."

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    Boys soccer / Scouting Class 2A

    Here's a look at this weekend's Class 2A boys soccer state tournament from the perspective of St. Viator, which meets Urbana in a semifinal at 1 p.m. Friday.

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    Danica Patrick has only one regret about purposely bumping Landon Cassill in her last race. “I still think it was important for me to stand up for myself, and I wouldn’t change it,” Patrick said Thursday. “I would change my execution of the actual incident. I didn’t do a very good job with that, but I guess there’s only one way to learn, is to try. It’s just not that easy to take someone out.”

    Danica’s 1 regret about bumping Cassill: execution

    Danica Patrick has only one regret about purposely bumping Landon Cassill in her last race. "I still think it was important for me to stand up for myself, and I wouldn't change it," Patrick said Thursday. "I would change my execution of the actual incident. I didn't do a very good job with that, but I guess there's only one way to learn, is to try. It's just not that easy to take someone out."

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    UIC men’s basketball tickets go on sale

    Single game tickets for the 2012-13 UIC men's basketball season are now available for purchase through the UIC Athletic Ticket Office, or online at Ticketmaster.com. The Flames will play 15 home games at the UIC Pavilion, beginning with Wednesday's exhibition game against UW-Platteville.

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    Loyola to host 2014 men’s volleyball championship

    For the first time, the NCAA Men's Volleyball Final Four will be held in Chicago when Loyola University plays host to the event, May 1 and May 3 in 2014. NCAA officials made the announcement Thursday morning, and this is the first time Loyola has hosted a NCAA Championship in any sport.

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    Mike North video: The Houston Rockets may have a chance this year

    James Harden from the Houston Rockets was the best NBA player for one night only. Mike North thinks between Jeremy Lin, Harden and Bulls castoff Omer Asik , the Rockets just might have a chance.

Business

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    Reflejos garners top national awards

    Reflejos wins awards five major awards from the National Association of Hispanic Publications, putting the publication on the national stage.

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    Kellogg’s appetite for salty snacks is helping fatten its profits. The world’s biggest cereal maker, best known for its Frosted Flakes, Pop-Tarts and Eggo waffles, says its recent acquisition of Pringles chips boosted its net income in the third quarter. Kellogg, based in Battle Creek, Mich., bought the brand earlier this year in hopes of becoming a global player in the salty snacks market.

    US stocks rise on strong economic data

    It's only been a day, but November on Wall Street is already looking a lot better than October. Strong economic data and corporate news converged Thursday to give U.S. stocks their best day since mid-September.

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    Job applicants are interviewed by Florida Marlins staff at Marlins Park in Miami. Weekly applications for U.S. unemployment aid fell last week to a seasonally adjusted 369,000, a level consistent with modest hiring.

    Weekly U.S. jobless aid applications fall to 363.000

    Weekly applications for unemployment benefits dropped 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 363,000 last week, a level consistent with modest hiring.The report comes just before Friday's October jobs data, the last broad snapshot of the economy before the presidential election Tuesday. The still-weak job market has been a top issue for voters during the campaign.The Labor Department said Thursday that the four-week average of claims, a less volatile measure, declined to 367,250. The average has been around that level for three months.

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    Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke

    Batavia mayor optimistic about future of city

    New restaurants, a spiffed-up River Street and the for-real turning of the Walmart into a Superstore were the highlights of Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke's annual address to the Batavia Chamber of Commerce Thursday.

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    Arianna Huffington, seen here, and Oprah Winfrey launched “HuffPost OWN,” a new section on the Huffington Post website Thursday.

    Winfrey and Huffington launch new HuffPost section

    Two of the most powerful women in media — Oprah Winfrey and Arianna Huffington — are joining forces. The two on Thursday launched "HuffPost OWN," a new section on the Huffington Post website.

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    Longtime Ford executive Mark Fields, right, Ford president of the Americas, was named chief operating officer of the company Thursday, putting him in line to replace CEO Alan Mulally, left, as soon as 2015.

    Ford’s Mark Fields promoted, could become CEO
    Ford's leaders have watched Mark Fields, a brash Harvard MBA, turn the company's North American business into a profit machine. Now the CEO job is his to lose.

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    U.S. builders spent more on home construction in September, a gain that helped offset weakness in nonresidential building and government projects. Construction spending grew 0.6 percent compared to August when spending had fallen 0.1 percent, the Commerce Department said Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012.

    U.S. builders boost September spending 0.6 percent

    U.S. builders spent more on home construction in September, a gain that helped offset weakness in nonresidential building and government projects. Construction spending grew 0.6 percent compared to August when spending had fallen 0.1 percent, the Commerce Department said Thursday.

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    U.S. manufacturing expanded for the second straight month in October, boosted by growth in new orders and production. The Institute for Supply Management says its index of factory activity rose last month to 51.7, up from September’s reading of 51.5. A reading above 50 indicates expansion.

    U.S. manufacturing expands at faster pace in October

    U.S. manufacturing expanded for the second straight month in October, boosted by growth in new orders and production. The Institute for Supply Management said Thursday that its index of factory activity rose last month to 51.7, up from September's reading of 51.5. A reading above 50 indicates expansion.

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    The average U.S. rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage slipped this week and stayed near its record low, a trend that’s helped boost home sales and refinancing.

    Average U.S. rate on 30-year loan dips to 3.39%

    The average U.S. rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage slipped this week and stayed near its record low, a trend that's helped boost home sales and refinancing. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the rate on the 30-year loan declined to 3.39 percent from 3.41 percent last week. Four weeks ago, the rate touched 3.36 percent, the lowest level on records dating to 1971.

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    Americans’ confidence in the economy surged last month to the highest level in nearly five years, as many were encouraged by an improving job market.

    U.S. consumer confidence at highest since Feb. 2008

    Americans' confidence in the economy surged last month to the highest level in nearly five years, as many were encouraged by an improving job market. The Conference Board said Thursday that its consumer confidence index increased in October to 72.2. That's up from a revised 68.4 in September and the highest reading since February 2008, two months into the Great Recession.

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    allstate_3bi041306bc Photo0497235 Cook Photo by Bob Chwedyk ///Allstate sign celebrating 75 years.

    Allstate 3Q profit quadruples as claims fall

    Allstate Corp., the largest publicly traded U.S. home and auto insurer, said third-quarter profit quadrupled on reduced disaster claims in the period before Hurricane Sandy lashed the East Coast.Net income rose to $723 million, or $1.48 a share, from $175 million, or 34 cents, a year earlier, the Northbrook, -based insurer said today in a statement. Operating income, which excludes some investment results, was $1.46 a share, beating the $1.13 average estimate of 26 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.

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    Retailers report strong sales gains for October

    Americans spent briskly in October before Superstorm Sandy hit the Northeast, but they may not continue to do so during the busy holiday shopping season.

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    Major automakers are reporting Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, that sales increased for October despite losing three days of business to the punishing rain and wind from superstorm Sandy.

    Automakers report sales increases despite storm

    Major automakers are reporting sales increases for October despite losing three days of business to the punishing rain and wind from Superstorm Sandy. Toyota said its sales rose almost 16 percent for the month, while Volkswagen reported another strong month with sales up 22 percent. Chrysler sales rose 10 percent, General Motors was up 5 percent and Ford rose only slightly.

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    A flurry of reports Thursday showed that U.S. consumers are growing more confident and spending more, boosting a still-weak economy just five days before the presidential election.

    Consumers give U.S. economy a lift before election

    A flurry of reports Thursday showed that U.S. consumers are growing more confident and spending more, boosting a still-weak economy just five days before the presidential election. Consumer confidence surged in October to its highest level in nearly five years. Americans were encouraged by recent declines in the unemployment rate. And they responded by spending more on cars and trucks, at retail businesses and on goods produced at U.S. factories.

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    United Stationers acquires OKI Supply
    PRNewswireDeerfield-based United Stationers Inc. said its subsidiary, United Stationers Supply Co., has acquired OKI Supply. Terms of the acquisition were not announced.Based in Cincinnati Ohio, OKI is the largest independently-owned welding, safety and industrial products wholesaler in the country, serving the gases and welding industry for 75 years.   OKI has annual revenues of approximately $150 million, offering 80,000 premium manufacturer-branded and private label products.  Operating under the OKI Bering brand, the company sells to more than 9,000 independent distributors across multiple channels in the United States.   It also has operations in Canada and Dubai, UAE.“This acquisition extends our position as the leading pure-wholesale industrial distributor in the U.S.,” said Cody Phipps, president and chief executive officer of United Stationers. “OKI’s strength in welding and safety, deep product knowledge and commitment to customer service are an excellent fit with our existing industrial platform. Customers will benefit from expanded categories and services. Our operations will be more efficient and better positioned for growth. Our shareholders will benefit from the strong value that this will create.”

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    ITW completes sale of majority interest of Wilsonart division

    Illinois Tool Works Inc competed its plan to divest a 51 percent stake in its Decorative Surfaces segment, consisting of Wilsonart and related international businesses, to a fund managed by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice LLC.

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    Berlin Packaging wins award for bottle redesign

    Berlin Packaging received a bronze medal in the 2012 Beverage World Global Packaging Design Awards, honoring Berlin's imaginative redesign of the signature brand package for The Limu Company, a top manufacturer of liquid nutritional supplements.

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    A.M. Castle names new CEO, reports improved 3Q results

    Global metal and plastics manufacturer A.M. Castle has named Scott J. Dolan as the company's new chief executive officer.

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    N. Ind. factory set to resume Humvee production
    Associated PressMISHAWAKA — A northern Indiana company says the shutdown of its factory that makes Humvees for the military will continue until late November.AM General began what it at first called two-week layoffs of workers from its military assembly plant in Mishawaka on Oct. 1. The layoffs of an undisclosed number of workers have since been extended three times.The South Bend Tribune reports the company says workers will return to the factory on Nov. 26 to fill existing orders for Humvees.Company spokesman Jeff Adams says AM General continues negotiating on possible international orders that could further extend Humvee production. The company said when the shutdown started that it needed time to obtain needed customer and U.S. government approvals.

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    Early morning traffic in Brooklyn moves slowly beneath the Manhattan skyline, Thursday.

    Towers of doom trap homebound New Yorkers as sandy cuts power

    For Rosa Reyes, 75, going from her 18th-floor New York apartment to the street is no longer an option after Sandy's hurricane-force wind s cut power, and with it, elevator service, days ago."I can't go down no stairs because I'm disabled," Reyes said, leaning on a wooden cane and pointing to her knee. Her food is holding up, and neighbors have brought jugs of water. So she's all right, for now at least.

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    RR Donnelley 3Q profit shrinks, cuts forecast

    R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co.'s third-quarter net income dropped 55 percent as volumes and prices declined, with an extra hit from one-time charges like acquisition costs and the lack of a tax benefit from last year.

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    Kellogg’s profit gets a boost from Pringles in 3Q

    Kellogg Co. says its net income edged up in the third quarter, as the breakfast giant benefited from its acquisition of Pringles chips earlier this year.

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    An employee works on the trim line as he checks the chassis of a Toyota Corolla as it rolls down assembly line at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing plant in Blue Springs, Miss.

    Toyota China sales extend slump in october on dispute backlash

    Toyota Motor Corp., Asia’s largest automaker, saw its China sales extend their slump last month as consumers shunned Japanese cars amid a territorial dispute between the region’s two largest economies.

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    Costco reports 9% incease over same period in 2011
    Costco Wholesale Corporation today reported net sales of $7.67 billion for the month of October, the four weeks ended October 28, 2012, an increase of nine percent from $7.01 billion during the similar four-week period last year.For the first nine weeks of its reporting period ended October 28, 2012, the Company reported net sales of $16.98 billion, an increase of nine percent from $15.62 billion during the similar period last year.Inflation in gasoline prices, as well as stronger foreign currencies, had a positive impact on comparable sales for both periods. Costco currently operates 612 warehouses, including 442 in the United States and Puerto Rico, 83 in Canada, 32 in Mexico, 22 in the United Kingdom, 13 in Japan, nine in Taiwan, eight in Korea and three in Australia. The Company plans to open up to ten additional warehouses prior to the end of calendar year 2012. It also operates electronic commerce web sites, at www.costco.com (U.S.), www.costco.ca (Canada), and www.costco.co.uk (United Kingdom).

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    Cars line up for fuel at the Hess station on U.S. 9 North Woodbridge, N.J,

    Oil up as U.S refineries restart after huge storm

    The restart of refineries in the storm-hit northeastern United States helped lift oil prices on Thursday.Benchmark oil for December delivery rose 8 cents at midday Bangkok time to $86.32 in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 56 cents to finish at $86.24 per barrel in New York. Nine oil refineries that make up 8 percent of U.S. refining capacity sit in the region hit by Superstorm Sandy. Nearly all were affected by the storm, and two still were not operating late Wednesday.

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    In this Oct. 19, 2012, photo, electric wires are see outside Ray and Candice Arvin’s home in Charlotte, N.C. Romney supporter, Ray Arvin used to own a small business with five employees, selling equipment to power companies, but he went out of business in 2009. Polls consistently find that the economy is the top concern of voters, and Romney tends to get an edge over Obama when people are asked who might do better with it. Whether that truly drives how Americans vote is a crucial question for Election Day.

    An uneasy economy, and those living through it

    Here was Chas Kaufmann's life before the Great Recession: $28,000 in restaurant tabs in a year, cruises, house parties with fireworks. His Mr. Gutter business was booming in the Pennsylvania Poconos.Now: "We mainly shop at Sam's Club and portion out our meals. We spend $4 to $5 a night on eating." He and his wife use space heaters in their elegant house and leave parts of it cold. The Hummer is gone, and he drives a 2005 pickup. On Nov. 6, Kaufman is voting for Mitt Romney.

Life & Entertainment

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    Sleazy congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) will do anything to keep his seat in “The Campaign.”

    'Campaign' DVD earns votes for laughs, satire

    With the presidential election less than a week away, "The Campaign" is out on DVD, sending up the political system and providing laughs to counter all the TV ads and negative mailers. The comedy stars Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as rival congressional candidates in a nasty yet comic race.

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    Local theater: Subbing for Wendt

    Marc Grapey is replacing a recently hospitalized George Wendt in Northlight Theatre's production of Neil Simon's comedy "The Odd Couple." Plus, Marriott Theatre revives a George and Ira Gershwin show and The Guild Theater presents an uncomfortable drama about an unconventional relationship.

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    Blake Shelton accepts the award for male vocalist of the year Thursday at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

    Shelton takes CMA Awards entertainer of the year

    It was couples night at the Country Music Association Awards as Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert capped an emotional evening with Shelton's first entertainer of the year award. "The Voice" star won a leading three awards, including his third straight male vocalist of the year award. Lambert won female vocalist of the year, and the couple shared song of the year for their heart-rending collaboration "Over You."

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    Macy Gray’s “Talking Book”

    Macy Gray tackles Wonder’s ‘Talking Book’

    Macy Gray has taken on what some may consider an unthinkable task: revisiting one of Stevie Wonder's most iconic records, 1972's "Talking Book." It's a gutsy decision, and one that may raise a few eyebrows (as it should). But Gray mostly delivers the collection with a twist, making over hits such as "Superstition" and "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" in her own quirky fashion.

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    Michael Pennisi of Carpentersville is named Cook of the year 2012 after winning the Cook of the Week Challenge Cookoff with his dish Salmon Saute with spicy sweet potatoes and brussels slaw.

    Schaumburg teacher is Daily Herald Cook of the Year

    When Carpentersville resident and Schaumburg High School teacher Michael Pennisi was announced as the winner of the Daily Herald's second annual Cook of the Year contest Thursday night, 300 pairs of eyes rapidly searched the ballroom for the man of the hour. After a moment, he ran up from a crowd, waving his arms. "I'm kind of just stunned right now!" was Pennisi's first reaction. "This is way cool!"

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    FILE - This July 13, 2012 file photo shows actress Jodie Foster during Comic-Con in San Diego. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced Thursday, Nov. 1, that Foster will receive the group's Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 70th annual Globes ceremony on Jan. 13. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, file)

    Foster earns lifetime-achievement honor at Globes

    LOS ANGELES — Jodie Foster is adding a new trophy to her collection — a lifetime-achievement honor at the Golden Globes. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced Thursday that Foster will receive the group’s Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 70th annual Globes ceremony on Jan. 13. Foster, 49, is a two-time Globes and Academy Award winner. She was honored with leading actress trophies at both ceremonies for 1991’s “The Silence of the Lambs” and 1988’s “The Accused,” which she won in a three-way tie at the Globes with Sigourney Weaver for “Gorillas in the Mist” and Shirley MacLaine for “Madame Sousatzka.”DeMille Award winners are chosen by the board of directors for the foreign press group. It includes about 90 reporters who cover Hollywood for overseas outlets. “Jodie is a multifaceted woman that has achieved immeasurable amounts of success and will continue to do so in her career,” said HFPA president Aida Takla-O’Reilly. “Her ambition, exuberance and grace have helped pave the way for budding artists in this business. She’s truly one of a kind.”Foster has appeared in more than 40 films. She began her career at 3 years old, starring in a Coppertone commercial, and went on to act in such movies as “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,” “Taxi Driver,” “Nell,” “The Brave One” and “Carnage.” She also directed the films “Little Man Tate,” “Home for the Holidays” and “The Beaver.” Her next role is as a government official in director Neil Blomkamp’s sci-fi saga “Elysium” with Matt Damon. The DeMille Award went to Morgan Freeman earlier this year. Past winners include Robert De Niro, Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand, Jack Nicholson and Clint Eastwood.The Globes, Hollywood’s second-biggest movie awards after the Oscars, will air live on NBC next year.———Online:http://www.goldenglobes.org

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    From Taylor Swift’s army of empowered young women to the power-drinking party boys who prefer Eric Church, above, and Jason Aldean, country’s audience is much different than it was 10 years ago and that’s reflected in the awards.

    CMAs turns attention to new fans, Sandy victims

    Handing out trophies isn't the only mission when country music's biggest stars take the stage Thursday night for the Country Music Association Awards: They'll be reaching out to help those affected by superstorm Sandy. This year's ceremony is also reaching out to a younger-skewing audience with the faces that are helping shift country's fan base.

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    An assassin flees across the rooftops of colonial New York in “Assassin’s Creed III.”

    ‘Assassin’s Creed III’ plays patriot games

    Video games promise to take us to new worlds, but few have lived up to that idea as well as "Assassin's Creed III." Its new world is The New World, and its re-creation of colonial America feels entirely fresh. The protagonist, a half-British, half-Mohawk warrior who calls himself Connor, is part of a long line of Assassins who have been fighting a centuries-old battle against the Templars. The game is a freewheeling romp through 18th-century America, from Boston to New York. The sprawling cast includes Ben Franklin, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. The historical scenarios dovetail with Connor's overall mission, which is to bring down seven Templars.

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    Modest home-sale profits could be taxed after election

    Could the popular $250,000-$500,000 tax-free exclusion of capital gains on sales of homes be a target in any broad-scale, post-election effort to reduce the federal debt and deficit? Absolutely.

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    Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi of New Jersey and Billy Joel of Long Island are scheduled to appear Friday at a benefit concert for victims of superstorm Sandy.

    NBC holding benefit concert for Sandy victims

    NBC is doing a benefit concert for victims of Hurricane Sandy featuring some artists native to the areas hardest hit. Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi of New Jersey and Billy Joel of Long Island are scheduled to appear at the concert Friday.

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    The Fun Town Pier in Seaside Heights, N.J. was heavily damaged by superstorm Sandy.

    Storm washes away much of ‘Jersey Shore’ town

    Seaside Heights, where families have walked the boardwalk, eaten fried dough and ridden amusement park rides for generations, was in ruins. The boardwalk made famous by MTV's hit reality show "Jersey Shore" was destroyed, parts of it sticking straight up. Sand pushed up from the beach filled the road parallel to it.

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    Britney Spears was coolly composed on the first live episode of Fox’s “The X Factor.”

    Spears composed, Odom a novice on live ‘X Factor’

    Britney Spears was coolly composed on the first live episode of "The X Factor." The same can't be said for new host Khloe Kardashian Odom and her microphone. Odom came across like the novice she is, shouting her lines despite the mic clutched in her hand and making awkward small talk with contestants and judge and executive producer Simon Cowell.

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    John C. Reilly voices the title character in “Wreck-It Ralph.”

    ‘Ralph’ star Reilly a gamer at heart

    John C. Reilly voices the title character in "Wreck-It Ralph," so he should be quite the expert on video games, right? Not quite. But the Chicago actor compensates by confessing that he once was obsessed with Space Invaders and also enjoys a quality round of Touch Tanks on his iPad.

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    A crazy neighbor (Laura Linney) tries to make up to Jeff (Tobey Maguire) in "The Details."

    'Details' is maybe too true to life

    The parts are far more interesting than the whole in Jacob Aaron Estes' second movie, a disjointed black comedy titled "The Details," but man, what parts. Laura Linney practically heists the movie as Lila, a hilarious, neurotic, cat-loving nut job who lives next door to Tobey Maguire's Jeff Lang, a doctor and the protagonist of this odd and not always endearing look at a man's ethical considerations.

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    Book notes: ‘Barefoot Contessa’ author stops at Skokie’s B&N

    "Food Network" chef and author Ina Garten signs copies of her book, "Barefoot Contessa: Foolproof Recipes You Can Trust," at noon Friday, Nov. 2, at Barnes and Noble — Old Orchard, 55 Old Orchard Center, Skokie. Numbered tickets for the signing line will be given out, beginning at 9 a.m. Friday to customers with copies of the book and a proof of purchase from Barnes and Noble.

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    A line of ticket-buyers Wednesday wait at the TKTS booth, which sells discount tickets to Broadway shows in New York’s Times Square. Most Broadway theaters reopened Wednesday for regular matinee and evening performances following several days of closures because of superstorm Sandy.

    Broadway back to work

    The lights were to go up again on Broadway Wednesday for the first time since Hurricane Sandy hit New York, as entertainers strove to head back to work in a city still wracked by power-outages and a suspended subway system. Though some Broadway shows, including "Mary Poppins" and "The Lion King" were remaining dark Wednesday, the curtain was to rise for many of the other 38 shows, including "Cyrano De Bergerac."

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    Ralph the villainous destructor (John C. Reilly) offers up some fruity concessions in Walt Disney's 3-D animated comedy "Wreck-It Ralph."

    Engaging ‘Ralph’ a nostalgic 3-D trip into video game world

    "Wreck-It Ralph" is delightful, a sensory overload of bright lights, candy colors and fast-paced video game action scenes stuffed with nostalgic characters from the golden age of arcade video games. Look! There's Pac-Man! Look! There's Q-Bert! Look! There's that wacky character from the game I don't remember the name of, but I used to play it! I almost reached into my pocket for a quarter.

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    Pilot Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) saves an airliner from catastrophe despite being hung over, drunk and coked-up in Robert Zemeckis' bold drama “Flight.”

    'Flight' a lost pilot's quest for his soul

    Like his "Cast Away" starring Tom Hanks, Robert Zemeckis' new drama "Flight" depends on the main actor to carry the weight of the film. Denzel Washington manages to do that with deceptive ease, becoming a clear window into a lost man's soul and creating an amazingly graceful performance illustrating what can happen to a good heart when coagulated by bad judgments, all enabled by addiction.

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    Erica Wiseman of St. Charles used doula Jessica Wilson, far left, during labor and delivery of her son in September. Wilson involved the whole family, explaining things to Wiseman’s daughters, even helping them to provide comfort to their mom.

    Doulas offer support, massage, reminders to help mothers have natural births

    Winfield mom Jessica Wilson can't imagine going through a natural homebirth without a doula. Because she wants other women to have support like she had during labor, Wilson underwent training through DONA International and officially became a doula in February.

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    Parent-teacher conference tips
    Theses suggested conversation points can be applied to nearly any student in any grade during parent-teacher conferences.

Discuss

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    Editorial: Voting. It’s not just for Election Day anymore

    With two days of early voting left, a Daily Herald editorial looks at the benefits and how it's changed elections.

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    The lure of Ohio

    Columnist Susan Estrich: Now, there is nothing wrong with a presidential candidate packing up supplies for those who have been hit by this storm. That is a very good thing to do. But traveling to Ohio with a planeload of reporters and Secret Service agents and the rest to pack boxes of supplies?

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    The reluctant president

    Columnist Richard Cohen: It's hard to care about someone who seems not to care in return. I will vote for him for his good things and I will vote for him to keep Republican vandals from sacking the government. But after watching Bobby Kennedy, I will vote for President Obama with regret. I wish he was the man I once mistook him for.

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    Mathias dedicated to education, community
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: As an educator in Aptakisic Tripp District 102, I was very grateful for Sid Mathias's frequent support of education.

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    Hart has demonstrated ethics, responsibility
    A Lake Forest letter to the editor: I am asking voters to support Sandy Hart for the District 13 Lake County Board.

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    A momentous choice looms
    A Lake Bluff letter to the editor: President Obama is asking for our vote to elect him to another four years in office, but has Obama's record during his first term given most Americans the reassurance that another four years wouldn't trigger a status quo performance on steroids?

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    Register and vote in historic election
    A Highland Park letter to the editor: This election matters because candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney differ sharply whether government should take an active role to stimulate the economy, to expand health care coverage, to protect consumer safety and worker rights and the environment.

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    Judge candidate experienced, qualified
    A Vernon Hills letter to the editor: Judge Daniel B. Shanes is the clear choice for Lake County Circuit judge to be elected on Nov. 6.

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    Candidate is best suited for prosecutor
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: I have called myself a Republican all my life and I have voted a straight Republican ticket all my life -- until I met Chris Kennedy.

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    Candidate ready to make tough decisions
    A Northbrook letter to the editor: It's becoming increasingly clear to those of us paying attention to Illinois politics that this state is in serious trouble and we need our people in power to step up and make tough decisions.

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    Sente a concerned, helpful lawmaker
    A Northbrook letter to the editor: I have been so impressed with Carol Sente.

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    Yes on Arlington Hts. park referendum
    Letter to the editor: Chris D'Alessandro of Arlington Hts. says passing the park district referendum is important for the future of the community. "Investing in our infrastructure is not wasteful; the buildings being updated in most cases have not been updated since the 1970s," she writes. "Why not now when interest and construction rates are at an all-time low?"

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    Why are Foster, Duckworth running?
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: She’s enjoyed both state and federal appointments, neither of which she remained at for long. Does she get bored easily? He’s served one term. Does he need additional years to qualify for government benefits?

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    Obama’s signature accomplishment
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: For those who state that President Obama hasn’t accomplished anything important during his almost four years in office, I would like to point out that he managed to make George W. Bush look good.

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    Bush tax cuts promoted inequality
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Your own wealth and income may influence whether you think these cuts benefited you and were good for the our nation, but there is no denying their effect has been to widen the gap between the rich and poor with income inequality greater than any time in our history.

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    Caller ID number is not upfront
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: How can I trust Joe Walsh when his campaign workers call and use a caller ID of “Schools Public”? Seriously how do you expect my vote when you use a fictional caller ID?

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    Where’s the letter fact-checking?
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: When the Herald prints lies and scurrilous accusations without checking their truthfulness, even on its editorial pages, it gives credence to the lies. You were disrespectful to your readers and unfair to President Obama.

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    Home-sale tax amounts to little
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: With regard to Ms. Nagel’s assertions (Fence Post, Oct. 16) that a 3.8 percent tax on all home sales will affect every sale, FactCheck.org and BankRate.com point out that only couples making a net income of $500,000 or more will be subject to the additional tax assessed on a capital gains basis.

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    Duckworth more reasonable
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Ironically, Ms. Philip referred to the wave of foreclosures that has washed over the 8th District as a reason to endorse Mr. Walsh, when his stated position is actually unfriendly to the American dream of homeownership. Walsh says he would abolish the mortgage interest tax deduction.

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    Romney will return nation to a republic
    AMount Prospect letter to the editor: For the first time in my 85 years living in the greatest country in the world, I fear for the future of my country! Why? Because four years ago we elected a city organizer, Barack Obama, to be president.

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    Walsh knows what’s best for nation
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: Every day we wait makes the austerity measures required more painful. Voters, it’s time to wake up, we are heading to become the next Greece.

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    Mussman part of the problem, not solution
    Letter to the editor: Gordon Szymanski of Elk Grove Village is less impressed with Michelle Mussman than the Daily Herald evidently is. "Ms. Mussman is just another of Madigan's minions who will vote the way Madigan tells her to vote," he writes.

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    Prospect Hts. thanks Mathias for his work
    Letter to the editor: Prospect Heights has been redistricted out of Sid Mathias's House district, but Mayor Nick Helmer urges voters in the new 59th district to return Mathias to the state legislature. "When you think of Sid Mathias you think of responsiveness, dedication and intelligence," Helmer writes. "In this world of made-for-TV candidates, Sid represents all that is good in a public servant."

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    Mathias an effective advocate for villages
    Letter to the editor: Arlington Heights Village President Arlene Mulder says as long as she's been in office, Sid Mathias has been in Springfield, keeping her and others posted on the latest legislation. "There is no one more committed to making government work, no one more committed to finding solutions to municipal problems, and no one more responsive to both residents and elected officials from other branches of government," she writes.

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    Arlington Hts. needs to get behind parks
    Letter to the editor: John Dahl supports the Arlington Heights Park District referendum. "The park updates are not only very affordable but they will also make our facilities and sports fields more usable for all ages from kids to adults to seniors for many years to come," he writes.

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    Mulligan’s backing of Moylan pointless
    Letter to the editor: Mike Sweeney, the GOP commiteeman of Elk Grove Township says Rosemary Mulligan's endorsement of Marty Moylan is meaningless. "I do not put a great deal of weight behind an endorsement from a state house veteran who could not collect enough petition signatures to get on the ballot for her own re-election," he writes.

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    Fire Madigan, and defeat Carol Sente
    Letter to the editor: Christine Dogolpol urges voters to defeat the gerrymandering that pits Sid Mathias against Carol Sente for the 59th state house Nov. 6. "(Mike) Madigan is making sure he continues his reign of power while doing everything possible to do away with the two party system," she writes. "Vote for Sid Mathias and save Illinois by firing Madigan and his cohorts, including Carol Sente."

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    Can Romney live up to commitments?
    A Warrenville letter to the editor: Everyone, please look at Romney's website that describes his tax plans. I see a plan to cut individual and corporate taxes. The Tax Policy Center has analyzed these and concluded that over 10 years this would add $5 trillion to our national debt and will benefit primarily the rich.

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    A firm grasp of facts and history
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Because Barack Obama has built relationships with those in similar leadership roles across the globe and because he has the inborn qualities of thoughtful, patient deliberation, accompanied by a firm grasp of the facts and history, I feel he is best qualified to continue in his chosen role as our president.

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    Forest candidate’s great pledges
    A Lisle letter to the editor: I am supporting Don Kirchenberg for Forest Preserve Commissioner in District 2 because he has worked hard for decades to help protect our open space including the forest preserves and trails. He has served as a volunteer as president of the Illinois Prairie Path not-for-profit corporation for over 7 years.

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    Blind eye to clerk’s office cronyism?
    A Bloomingdale letter to the editor: By endorsing the incumbent Mr. Kachiroubas for circuit court iclerk, even after knowing about the pension deal made with Mr. Maio, the Daily Herald turns a blind eye or even worse, condones this practice of political cronyism.

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    GOP wants return to the Bush years
    A Naperville letter to the editor: I remember when the stock market crashed, turning my 401(k) into, as the expression was back then, a 201(k). It was October of 2008, and we were coming to the end of the G.W. Bush regime. President Obama was not yet in office, and indeed had not been elected.

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    A candidate of and for the people
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: A man of and for the people, candidate Dan Bailey deserves to serve District 4 constituents on the DuPage County Board.

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    Eager for win over free speech bullies
    A Lombard letter to the editor: My family has lived in DuPage County for the past 25 years. It seems to have become some sort of rite of passage in every election cycle, that the tyranny of the 60 percent majority political party in DuPage County to trample over those in the 40 percent minority party, will rear its intolerant head once again and deny the 40 percent their constitutionally protected right of free speech.

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    SuperPAC story was misleading
    A Bloomingdale letter to the editor: I read with genuine interest Sunday, Oct. 21 front page article by Kerry Lester, "In 8th race, SuperPACs think outside the box." I found the article to be informative, persuasive, and remarkably misleading.

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    Scalise won’t take second pension
    A Hanover Park letter to the editor: In response to the letter "DuPage clerk article was not balanced" published on Oct. 27, I spoke with DuPage court clerk candidate Ralph Scalise and asked him to set the record straight.

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    Police force savings not worth the price
    A Winfield letter to the editor: One mile. That's about how much roadway Winfield would be able to pave each year with the savings from outsourcing police services to the DuPage County Sheriff's Office.

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