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Daily Archive : Tuesday December 18, 2012

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    Elderly Arlington Hts. bike rider hit by car, in critical condition

    A car struck a bicyclist Tuesday afternoon on Golf Road in Arlington Heights.Shortly before 5 p.m., Arlington Heights police and firefighters responded to the crash near Goebbert Road just east of Arlington Heights Road.

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    Andrea Smith, Saige Smith, Jeremiah Rodgers and Shane Rodgers sing a song during an early childhood music class at Wheaton College's Community School of the Arts. Out of 1,700 students last year, 177 were enrolled in early childhood programs.

    Wheaton's Community School of the Arts brings music to kids

    Wheaton College's Community School of the Arts has 1,500 students from 49 communities enrolled in Suizuki, traditional music lessons, visual arts, early childhood and dramatic arts programs. Students are involved in group learning as well as individual lessons and given opportunities to showcase their work in concerts and exhibits.

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    More than 200 Daily Herald Subscriber Total Access members enjoyed a night at the movies with Dann Gire Tuesday at Hollywood Palms in Naperville.

    A night at the movies with Dann Gire

    More than 200 Daily Herald subscribers were treated Tuesday to an advance screening of the new Tom Cruise film, “Jack Reacher,” followed by a chat with Daily Herald Film Critic Dann Gire. The film opens Friday, Dec. 21 in Chicago. The event, part of the Daily Herald's ongoing Subscriber Total Access events program, was held at the Hollywood Palms theater in Naperville.

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    @CaptionCredit:Courtesy of Facebook Alyssa Van Meter

    Slain Woodridge woman loved to help others

    Alyssa Van Meter didn't need a prince to rescue her. As one of only three female drivers with O'Hare Towing, the 25-year-old — who stood at a mere 5-foot tall — was usually the person who showed up to save the day. Van Meter was slain Saturday night. Her boss on Tuesday remembered how Van Meter enjoyed helping other people.

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    Waukegan bust nets drugs, guns and money

    A recent bust by Waukegan police brought in an array of drugs, guns, ammunition and money with the arrest of three convicted felons. The Waukegan Police Gang Intelligence Unit issued a search warrant last Wednesday at a home in the 1000 block of Flossmoor Avenue.

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    A rope dangles from a window on the back side of the Metropolitan Correctional Center Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Chicago. Two convicted bank robbers used a knotted rope or bed sheets to escape from the federal prison window high above downtown Chicago early Tuesday, a week after one of them made a courtroom vow of retribution, to federal judge. The escape occurred sometime between 5 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. when the inmates were discovered missing, Chicago Police Sgt. Mark Lazarro said. Hours later, what appeared to be a rope, knotted at six-foot intervals, could be seen dangling into an alley from a window of the Metropolitan Correctional Center approximately 20 stories above the ground.

    2 inmates escape out window of federal prison in Chicago

    Two convicted bank robbers are at large after using a knotted rope or bed sheets to escape from a federal prison window high above downtown Chicago early Tuesday, a week after one of them made a courtroom vow of retribution.

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    Sugar Grove may reverse ban on video gambling, seek voters’ opinions

    Sugar Grove may reverse its ban on video gambling, and still seek the community's opinion on the topic in an advisory referendum later. Members of the Sugar Grove American Legion post, which wants the machines, pleaded with the board to decide sooner than an April referendum, saying it desperately needs the money.

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    Decision clears way for high-speed rail line

    The Federal Railroad Administration has taken action that will allow the full build-out of a high-speed rail corridor between Chicago and St. Louis. Gov. Pat Quinn praised the action. He said design and construction work may begin once funding is available.

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    Glass, debris and overturned furniture are strewn inside a room in the gutted U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after an attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012.

    Benghazi review finds systematic security faults

    An independent panel charged with investigating the deadly Sept. 11 attack in Libya that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans has concluded that systematic management failures at the State Department led to inadequate security that left the diplomatic mission vulnerable.

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    Three students injured in Palatine bus crash

    A bus carrying Winston Campus Junior High students crashed into a pickup truck Tuesday afternoon in Palatine, injuring four people total.

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    David Bogenberger

    13 NIU students accused of hazing surrender to authorities

    Thirteen of the 22 Northern Illinois University students who are facing misdemeanor and felony hazing charges following the death of freshman David Bogenberger, 19, from Palatine, have turned themselves in to authorities, a DeKalb police spokesman said Tuesday. Police gave the students, who are leaders and members of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, the opportunity to turn themselves in.

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    Premature baby found in trash bin near Yorktown

    A teenager is believed to have delivered a four-month premature baby that was left in a trash bin near Yorktown Shopping Center in Lombard, a law enforcement source said. The infant was roughly four months premature, and an autopsy didn't immediately conclude whether the infant died before or after delivery, according to the source.

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    Hainesville ballot lottery

    The village of Hainesville will host a lottery to determine ballot placement for the April 9, 2013 Consolidated Election on Friday, Dec. 28.

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    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walked the inaugural parade route in Washington on Jan. 20, 2009.

    First groups get invitations to inaugural parade

    Spouses of those serving in the armed forces, military and civilian colleges, gay musicians, service dogs trainers and a drill team from President Barack Obama's hometown are among the diverse groups that were invited Tuesday to participate in next month's inaugural parade down Pennsylvania Avenue.

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    Speaker of the House John Boehner arrives for a closed-door meeting with House Republicans as he negotiates with President Obama to avert the fiscal cliff, at the Capitol in Washington on Tuesday.

    Cliff talks hit a lull with Boehner’s ‘Plan B’

    Just two weeks from an economy-threatening deadline, fiscal cliff talks hit a lull Tuesday as House Speaker John Boehner announced that Republicans would also march ahead with their own tax plan on a separate track from the one he's been pursuing with President Barack Obama. The White House and leading congressional Democrats immediately rejected Boehner's "Plan B."

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    On Monday, the NRA offered no rebuttal as 300 anti-gun protesters marched to its Capitol Hill office.

    NRA promises to help prevent school shootings

    After four days of self-imposed silence on the shooting that killed 26 people inside a Newtown, Conn., elementary school, the nation's largest gun rights lobby emerged Tuesday and promised "to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again."

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    A young girl waves as her school bus pulls into Hawley School, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Newtown, Conn. Classes resume Tuesday for Newtown schools except those at Sandy Hook. Buses ferrying students to schools were festooned with large green and white ribbons on the front grills, the colors of Sandy Hook.

    Classes resuming in Newtown, minus Sandy Hook

    Newtown returned its students to their classrooms Tuesday for the first time since last week's massacre and faced the agonizing task of laying others to rest, as this grieving town wrestled with the same issues gripping the country: violence, gun control and finding a way forward.

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    Tom Leonard

    District 220 approves 5-year contract for superintendent

    Barrington Area Unit District 200 awarded its superintendent, Tom Leonard, a five-year contract extension Monday night. The board also appointed former board member Cara Richardson to fill the remaining term of Nick Sauer, who left to serve on the Lake County Board.

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    Bad legal advice gives Waukegan man shorter prison term

    Lake County prosectors say a Waukegan man who was incarcerated for murder nearly a decade ago received bad legal advice from his now-deceased attorney and they have agreed to a new plea deal. Freddie Ramirez, 31, who says he was misled into pleading guilty in 2002 to murdering 24-year-old Victor Hugo Chavez, was allowed to plead guilty to the lesser charge of aggravated battery with a firearm...

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    More than a dozen pro-regime gunmen kidnapped and held NBC’s chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel, center, and several colleagues for five days inside Syria, threatening them with mock executions and blindfolding them before the team finally escaped unharmed during a firefight between their captors and rebels, Engel said Tuesday.

    NBC correspondent escapes Syria kidnapping

    NBC's chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel said Tuesday he and members of his network crew escaped unharmed after five days of captivity in Syria, where more than a dozen pro-regime gunmen dragged them from their car, killed one of their rebel escorts and subjected them to mock executions.

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    U-46 discrimination lawsuit nearing an end

    A federal bias lawsuit against Elgin Area School District U-46 is moving into its final stages. Attorneys representing the McFadden family, the plaintiffs, filed a "post-trial memorandum," basically summarizing their argument and laying out the key points of their case, which dates back to 2005. The lawsuit accuses the school district of discriminating against Latino and black students when it...

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    From left, Detective Jeffrey Jacoby, Sgt. Randy Akin, and Cmdr. Nicholas Treantafeles are sworn into their new positions of sergeant, commander, and deputy chief, respectively, with the Des Plaines Police Department by City Clerk Gloria Ludwig during Monday night’s City Council meeting.

    Des Plaines promotes police officers

    Three members of the Des Plaines Police Department were promoted at Monday night's city council meeting. Nicholas Treantafeles was promoted from commander to deputy chief of support services; Randy Akin was promoted from sergeant to commander of investigations; and Jeffrey Jacoby was promoted from detective to sergeant.

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    Del Queener of Puyallup, Wash., puts chains on his truck trailer tires as he prepares to drive over Willamette Pass, Ore., during a snow storm Monday.

    Winter storm moves through Rocky Mountains

    A winter snow storm moved through the Rocky Mountain region Tuesday as many people prepared for the start of their holiday travels. The storm could cause travel delays on major highways such as Interstate 40 in Arizona, Interstate 15 in Utah, Interstate 70 in Utah and Colorado and Interstate 25 in Colorado.

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    Herbert Burgess

    Mount Prospect man found guilty of assaulting teen

    After deliberating more than eight hours over two days, a Cook County jury convicted Herbert Burgess of sexually assaulting a teenage boy at Burgess' Mount Prospect home. Burgess now is eligible for a sentence of six to 30 years in prison.

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    Jessica Kenny

    Victim in Vegas hotel murder-suicide graduated from Grayslake High

    A woman killed in what's believed to have been a murder-suicide in a Las Vegas hotel lobby was a Grayslake High School graduate, officials confirmed today. Jessica Kenny, 30, died from multiple gunshot wounds to her head and chest last week from what's tentatively classified as a homicide, said Clark County Coroner P. Michael Murphy.

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    ECC training facility planned for Burlington

    Elgin Community College has the go-ahead from Burlington trustees to build a satellite campus within the village limits — an $18 million project aimed primarily at training first responders. The project would relocate programs for police and firefighters to the 118-acre site on Plank Road. Truck driving, energy management and sustainability programs would be run there as well.

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    Kristina Kovarik

    Gurnee trustee changes mind about lawsuit settlement with village over memorial

    Gurnee Trustee Kirk Morris says he wants to scrap a lawsuit settlement with village government over his private foundation's effort to build a memorial to troops who died in Iraq and Afghanistan on public land. Morris said he was upset about some comments Mayor Kristina Kovarik made about the controversy. "Nothing with them surprises me," Kovarik said.

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    Junior Alyssa Blumfelt pours a Coke at the Grub Hub snack bar in Stevenson High School. The Stevenson High School District 125 school board will change the beverage vendor from Coke to Pepsi in 2013.

    Stevenson High inks $505,000 deal with Pepsi

    Stevenson High School's beverage machines will exclusively stock PepsiCo products starting next month, under a new deal that will pay the school more than $505,000 over the five-year contract. The contract means drinks made by Coca-Cola no longer will be offered in the campus' vending machines or in snack bars. Likewise, Coke drinks won't be sold at athletic events or other activities.

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    An anonymous donor dropped seven gold Swiss francs valued at $2,170 in the Salvation Army kettle at the Jewel store in Libertyville.

    ‘Guardian Angel’ drops seven Swiss gold francs in Salvation Army kettle in Libertyville

    An anonymous donor dropped seven gold Swiss francs valued at $2,170 in the Salvation Army kettle at the Jewel food store in Libertyville. The donation, which appears to have been from the same person as last year, included a hand written note thanking the organization for its work for the needy.

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    SHS speech students win

    Stevenson High School student Kayla Guo was named tournament champion for novice informational speaking at the Huntley/Rolling Meadows speech and drama tournament on Saturday, school officials announced Tuesday.

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    Holmes Jr. High holds charity basketball game

    The 2nd annual Holmes Helping Homes charity basketball game takes place beginning at 2:40 p.m. Wednesday in the gymnasium of Holmes Junior High, 900 West Lonnquist Boulevard, in Mount Prospect. The event pits the school's eighth grade boys basketball team against a squad made up of school staff and faculty members to raise money for local families who are in need during the holiday season. So...

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    MHS future freshmen program

    All eighth-grade students who live in Mundelein High School District 120 and their parents are invited to attend a special program for incoming freshman.

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    Eric Hopkins

    Grayslake man pleads guilty to child sex offense charge

    A Grayslake man pleaded guilty to attempted criminal sexual assault of a child in Lake County court Tuesday. Eric Hopkins, 41, of the 17000 block of the Greentree Boulevard, was charged in May with predatory criminal sexual abuse involving a child under the age of 13.

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    Yingling won’t seek supervisor spot:

    Grayslake resident Sam Yingling, who in November defeated incumbent state Rep. Sandy Cole for the 62nd District, announced Tuesday that he will not seek another term as Avon Township supervisor.

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    Kane County Chief Judge Judith Brawka

    Judge: Kane court camera plan needs more input

    A proposal to allow cameras in Kane County courtrooms still needs more review. Judith Brawka, chief judge in the 16th Judicial Circuit, hopes to have approval from the Illinois Supreme Court by the end of February 2013. Officials had hoped to get the OK by the end of the year.

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    Joel Brodsky

    Former Peterson attorney wants out of lawsuit

    Joel Brodsky asked to withdraw as Drew Peterson's attorney in a lawsuit filed by murder victim Kathleen Savio's family. Brodsky's motion comes about a week after Peterson's current lawyers accused him of blowing the case through legal errors and "a smorgasbord of ethical violations."

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    ‘Cheer baskets’ going to military families

    Holiday care packages will go out soon to Illinoisans serving in the military and their families. The baskets will include White Sox gear, Garrett's Gourmet Popcorn and gift cards worth up to $100.

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    Rita Crundwell

    Embezzler’s attorney may ask for state to drop charges

    The defense attorney for Rita Crundwell says he may ask that state charges be dropped against the disgraced former Dixon comptroller. Crundwell has admitted in federal court to stealing more than $53 million from the small northern Illinois city. But she also faces similar charges in Lee County.

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    Chicagoans can now text 311

    Chicagoans can now send text messages to the city's non-emergency 311 system. Residents can use text messages to submit a service request, track the progress of the request and sign-up to receive an email when the issue is resolved.

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    State agencies review safety after school shooting

    Officials at several Illinois agencies are reviewing programs for students in the aftermath of the shooting at a Connecticut elementary school that left dozens dead, including 20 children. Gov. Pat Quinn announced Tuesday that agencies including the Illinois State Board of Election and Illinois State Police will look for improvements and try to cooperate more. That includes emergency response...

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    St. Charles is buying this building at 107-109 E. Main St. with an eye on expansion of the adjacent Arcada Theater.

    St. Charles buys building, may assist Arcada Theater

    St. Charles is buying the former George's Sports Center building, possibly to assist the next-door Arcada Theater expand its offices, restrooms and concessions. The city council approved the $225,000 purchase Monday. Such improvements could increase the economic impact of the Arcada on the downtown, according to City Administrator Brian Townsend.

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    No injuries were reported Tuesday morning when a mom bringing her child to the Aurora Montessori School in the 3100 block of North Aurora Road accidentally crashed her Honda through the building’s front doors.

    No injuries, citations as driver hits Aurora school

    No injuries were reported Tuesday morning when a mom bringing her child to classes accidentally drove her car through the front doors of the Aurora Montessori School on the 3100 block of North Aurora Road, Aurora. According to a preliminary police investigation, the driver accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake, causing her blue Honda to crash into a pillar and the school's front doors.

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    Becky, a 13-year-old bison who now calls Brookfield Zoo home, soon will be moving to the Lords Park Zoo in Elgin with her herd mate Drew, also 13. They were supposed to have moved to Elgin this month, but Drew broke a horn.

    Bison’s broken horn postpones arrival at Elgin zoo

    A delivery of two new residents to Lords Park Zoo's bison pen in Elgin has been postponed a month or two because one of them has a broken horn. Drew, one of the 13-year-old bison scheduled for delivery last Wednesday, broke part of her horn off before she was loaded onto a trailer for the trip to Elgin. "Drew has had a droopy horn for many years," said Joan Daniels of the zoo. "We just decided to...

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    Visit the observatory at Harper College in Palatine to get a look at the sun, through a telescope, on Saturday, Dec. 22.

    Winter solstice in the suburbs: How, why and where to celebrate

    The winter solstice on Dec. 21 is a date of celebration, when people of different religions and walks of life come together to observe the shortest day of sunlight and welcome back the sun. This also marks the first day of winter. A variety of events are being held throughout the suburbs to celebrate the solstice and the return of the sun.

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    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A 33-year-old Des Plaines man was arrested around 10 p.m. Dec. 12 outside Christ Church, 1492 Henry St., and charged with city ordinance drinking in public after an officer found him sleeping in the church's Christmas manger display with an open bottle of vodka in his jacket pocket.

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    Candles start small fire in Lombard house

    Holiday decorations caught fire inside a Lombard house Monday, damaging furniture in the living room but causing no injuries, authorities said Tuesday. A resident of the home in the 600 block of Green Valley Drive discovered a small fire surrounding burning candles and called 911.

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    Steven A. McCarty

    Tennessee man charged with attempted murder at Schaumburg hotel

    A 33-year-old Tennessee man is behind bars after his weekend arrest on allegations he tried to strangle his girlfriend to death in a Schaumburg hotel room. Police say Steven A. McCarty strangled his girlfriend with his hands and a belt, then tried to smother her with a pillow.

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    Roselle police contract lowers pay, benefits for new hires

    Roselle has reached a two-year contract agreement with its police union that officials said will keep spending down while satisfying current officers. The pact between the village and the Metropolitan Alliance of Police starts Jan. 1 and reduces wages, vacation and sick leave benefits for new hires. It also includes a 2 percent salary increase for all patrol officers in each year of the deal.

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    Art Fessler, superintendent Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59 as of July1, 2013.

    District 59 names new superintendent

    The Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59 school board has selected Art Fessler as the new superintendent, effective July 1. Fessler joins District 59 from Oak Lawn-Hometown District 123 where he has been the superintendent since 2010. "Dr. Fessler has an infectious energy and vision that will move the district forward," board President Brian Kiel said.

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    David Larson

    Six habits of fiscally responsible school districts

    Glenbard High School District 87 Superintendent David Larson says fiscally responsible school districts share six habits that keep them that way. Here's a look at what they are.

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    An Egyptian man rides his camel near the Giza Pyramids in Egypt.

    Ancient Egyptians used pulley system to build pyramids

    A student in Gregg Thompson's sixth-grade social studies class at Woodland Middle School in Gurnee asked, "How did the Ancient Egyptians carry blocks that were 1,000 times their weight to build pyramids?" The answer is a complex pulley and sled system that was created to move the blocks hundreds of miles.

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    All-day kindergarten back on track on Naperville 203

    Naperville Unit District 203 likely will begin offering all-day kindergarten at seven of its 14 elementary schools next year. Superintendent Dan Bridges unveiled a plan Monday that will bring the all-day program to the district's seven Title I schools in August 2013 and aim to offer the full-day kindergarten in all elementary schools as early as 2014.

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    The Mia Cucina restaurant in downtown Palatine closed in August 2006, and the property sat vacant ever since. Now, however, a new restaurant group has come forward with plans to use the 10,000-square-foot space at 56 W. Wilson St.

    Palatine’s long-vacant Mia Cucina site could welcome new tenant

    The long-vacant, former Mia Cucina restaurant in the heart of downtown Palatine has served as a depressing symbol of abandoned development in the wake of the recession. Finally, more than six years after the popular eatery known for its architecture and butternut squash ravioli closed, a new business has stepped forward. The Tap House Grill will soon begin negotiating a lease with the village in...

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    N. Ind. woman sentenced for sleeping woman’s death

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — A woman has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for crashing her car into a South Bend house and killing a 56-year-old woman who was sleeping on her living room couch.

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    Bloomington woman describes choking mother-in-law

    BLOOMINGTON — A Bloomington woman on trial in the death of her mother-in-law tells a jury how she choked the other woman.The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports that Misook Nowlin on Monday described how she held her mother-in-law around the neck by a purse strap and sweater until the victim passed out.

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    2 accused in southern Ill. man’s heroin death

    METROPOLIS, Ill. — Two men are accused of playing a role in a southern Illinois man’s heroin death.A Massac County grand jury has indicted 41-year-old Bradley Dye of Brookport and 28-year-old Jerez Mayweather of Chicago on one count of drug-induced homicide. Mayweather also faces three counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.

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    Wisconsin to discuss eliminating same-day voter registration

    MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin election officials are scheduled to talk about the ramifications of eliminating same-day voter registration, a move supported by Gov. Scott Walker and other Republicans.

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    New I-69 interchange planned near Indianapolis

    Officials are planning a new interchange on an often-snarled section of Interstate 69 in suburban Indianapolis.

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    After Friday’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Gene Rosen took in six students who were sitting at the end of his driveway who had just run from the school to escape the deadly massacre. Rosen ran upstairs and grabbed an armful of stuffed animals he kept there. He gave those to the children, along with some fruit juice and sat with them as two of the students described seeing their teacher being shot.

    After shooting, neighbor took in 6 young survivors

    Gene Rosen heard the staccato sound of gunfire near his home Friday morning, but dismissed it as a hunter in the nearby woods. Then, 15 minutes later, he saw the children. There were six of them sitting in a neat semicircle at the end of his driveway. "We can't go back to school," one little boy told Rosen. "Our teacher is dead." That's when Rosen's grandfatherly instincts kicked in.

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    After Newtown, indulgences from grateful parents

    Parents around the country are letting the small stuff slide, indulging their kids just a little bit, relieved to have them safe only a few days after a gunman claimed the lives 20 students and six adults in Newtown.

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    Syrian rebels fight Palestinian pro-Assad group

    BEIRUT — Clashes between Syrian rebels and an armed Palestinian group loyal to President Bashar Assad raged inside a Damascus refugee camp Tuesday, as the Syrian military deployed tanks outside, activists said. Also Sunday, an American foreign correspondent and his crew escaped unharmed during a firefight after being held captive for five days, said the reporter, Richard Engel of NBC.

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    U.S. Rep. Tim Scott smiles during a press conference announcing him as Jim DeMint’s replacement in the U.S. Senate at the South Carolina Statehouse on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, in Columbia, S.C. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announced Scott, as Sen. Jim DeMint’s replacement, making him the only black Republican in Congress and the South’s first black Republican senator since Reconstruction.

    Scott plays up modest background, downplays race

    To U.S. Rep. Tim Scott, keeping his modest upbringing in the front of his mind has helped guide his swift ascent in South Carolina's business and political circles and will continue to serve him in the U.S. Senate. While race is certainly part of the man he has become, Scott hesitates to say it has anything to do with his status as a rising GOP star in a strongly conservative Southern state.

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    Brian Harrington owns EZ Breezee Car Wash in Elgin with his wife Donna. The Harringtons have made several improvements to the business since taking over earlier this year.

    Elgin car wash reopens with new owners, features

    Brian and Donna Harrington had been going to their local car wash along Randall Road in Elgin for five years as customers. They enjoyed it so much, that when they found out it was for sale, they negotiated a deal to buy it. The couple kept the staff, purchased new equipment and expanded the business to make the experience even better for their customers.

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    Ryan Bartolotta, 17, right, and Ray Massi, 18, light candles that were put out by rain at a makeshift memorial in Newtown, Conn., as the town mourns victims killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

    Why aren't guns regulated as much as driving?

    Before driving to the funerals of their children gunned down in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Connecticut, those grieving parents must adhere to a long list of rules set by our government and the auto industry. All drivers must pass periodic driving and vision tests, prove they have liability insurance, obey speed limits and wear seat belts. Our government and weapon manufacturers...

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    Dawn Patrol: Jury to resume deliberations; hazing charges filed

    A Cook County jury will return to deliberate today in the sex assault trial of Herbert Burgess. Several suburban NIU students are among the fraternity members charged in the wake of a Palatine teen's death. And the Bulls lost a defensive slugfest in Memphis.

Sports

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    Tuesday’s wrestling scoreboard
    Here are the varsity boys wrestling results from Tuesday as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Tuesday’s girls gymnastics scoreboard
    Here are the varsity girls gymnastics results from Tuesday's events, as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Tuesday’s girls bowling scoreboard
    Here are the varsity girls bowling results from Tuesday's events, as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Tuesday’s girls basketball scoreboard
    Here are the results from Tuesday's varsity girls basketball results as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Tuesday’s boys swimming scoreboard
    Here are varsity boys swimming results from Tuesday's meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Tuesday’s boys basketball scoreboard
    Here are the results from xxxday's varsity boys basketball results as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Lake Forest’s Evan Boudreaux is pressured by Stevenson players from left Andrew Stempel, Matthew Morrissey, and Adam Cohen during Tuesday night’s boys basketball game in Lake Forest.

    Brunson, Stevenson power past Lake Forest

    Stevenson boys basketball coach Pat Ambrose emerged from an emotional postgame talk with his players short of breath, his tie loosened and his hair a bit sloppy. A mentally and physically draining season for the Patriots continued Tuesday night, and this time there were only things to celebrate. Stevenson’s 59-53 victory over host Lake Forest in a key North Suburban Lake Division battle — highlighted by sophomore point guard Jalen Brunson’s career-high 35 points — was just one reason why smiles were pouring out of the visitors locker room.

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    Fremd shoots past Elk Grove

    Fremd was not meeting the high standard it set for itself defensively on Tuesday night, as 6 of Elk Grove’s 9 first-half field goals were layups. Fortunately for the Vikings, their offense more than picked up the slack. Using patience to get high-percentage shots, Fremd shot 63 percent (24-for-38) from the floor to defeat visiting Elk Grove 59-49 in a Mid-Suburban boys basketball crossover.

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    Big second half carries Burlington Central

    With freshman scoring leader Shelby Holt out sick, the Burlington Central girls basketball team knew it would have to step up its game Tuesday night when the Rockets hosted Richmond-Burton in a battle of Big Northern East unbeatens. Central did just that, especially in the second half when it outscored the visiting Rockets 30-12 to roll to a 52-30 victory. The win was Burlington Central's first over Richmond in the last six meetings between the two, dating back to Jan. 28, 2010. And, it put BC in the driver's seat, for the moment at least, in the BN-East as Central vies for its first conference title since 2006-07.

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    Stevenson wins eight in a row

    Stevenson’s girls basketball team continues to roll.The Patriots won their eighth game in a row Tuesday night, defeating visiting Mundelein 53-44 in North Suburban Lake Division action.Kari Moffat led Stevenson (8-4, 5-1) with a game-high 18 points, while Sophia Way added 17. Taylor Buford chipped in 8 points for the winners.Mundelein (2-10, 2-4) received 13 points from Maggie Mahar and 12 from Becca Woit.Stevenson has a key NSC Lake showdown Saturday at Zion-Benton.

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    Bulls center Joakim Noah defends the Celtics’ Paul Pierce as Pierce goes up for a layup Tuesday night. Noah finished with 11 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.

    Noah’s triple-double leads Bulls past Celtics
    When the Boston Celtics walked into the United Center on Tuesday, odds were small that anyone who get more assists than guard Rajon Rondo. Bulls center Joakim Noah accomplished the unlikely feat. He produced his second triple-double of the season, finishing with 11 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists as the Bulls rolled past Boston 100-89.

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    Jacobs’ Lake Ojo, center, splits the defense of South Elgin’s Robert Grant, left, and Brian Winsel at South Elgin on Tuesday night.

    Jacobs eases past South Elgin

    As the Jim Hinkle farewell tour rolls on, the classic one-liners just keep on coming. And one line he’ll never relinquish is that a win is never ugly. Hinkle used the quote 2 years ago after a win similar to Tuesday night’s 38-26 nonconference victory over the Storm in South Elgin, where the Golden Eagles shot a dismal 13 for 42 from the field and 2 of 12 from the 3-point line, compared to the Storm’s 0 of 14 shooting from the outside and 10 of 42 shooting overall on a night where South Elgin managed just 8 points in the first half.

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    VanderBrug’s 29 points not enough for Timothy Christian

    Two first-quarter fouls barely slowed Connor VanderBrug’s attack on Illiana Christian, and the scoreboard.

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    Grana paces another Palatine victory

    Palatine got a career-best 17 points from Greg Grana and had scoring contributions from 10 players in an 84-60 victory over Wheeling on Tuesday in a Mid-Suburban League divisional crossover game in Palatine.

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    Addison Trail falters at Downers North

    The Addison Trail girls basketball team got on the bus after Tuesday night’s 59-37 loss at Downers Grove North with the knowledge they battled for three quarters.

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    Glenbard South throws a scare into R-B

    Even in defeat on Tuesday, Glenbard South’s boys basketball team grew up a little bit. Playing perennial Metro Suburban Conference power Riverside-Brookfield is never a treat, but Glenbard South hung tough in a 76-69 loss to the Bulldogs in Glen Ellyn.

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    Glenbard West hangs with Hinsdale Central for a while

    Glenbard West went toe-to-toe with mighty Hinsdale Central for about 11 minutes Tuesday night in Hinsdale before the Red Devils began pulling away to a 63-41 West Suburban Silver victory. A 10-0 Hinsdale Central (8-2, 5-0) run broke open a 17-17 game midway through the second quarter, and the Hilltoppers never threatened again.

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    Ex-Bull Scalabrine has high praise for Rose

    Brian Scalabrine, back at the United Center as part of Boston's broadcasting crew, played to the home crowd on Tuesday, with a plug for injured Bulls guard Derrick Rose as the NBA's most dangerous player.

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    Girls basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    Cary-Grove 56, Jacobs 29: Olivia Jakubicek had 14 points and 7 rebounds as Cary-Grove won easily in the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division. Kiley Smith added 8 points for the Trojans (7-4, 2-1), while sophomore call-up Morgan Lee and senior Joslyn Nicholson added 7 each. Tiffany Frighetto and Jennifer Barnec led Jacobs (0-12, 0-3).Schaumburg Christian 26, Harvest Christian 23: Morgan Lockwood had 9 points and 7 rebounds to lead the Lions (2-6) in this nonconference loss. Sarah Kott added 8 rebounds for Harvest.Batavia 73, Elgin 25: Melanie Berg led Elgin (3-9, 0-6) in the Upstate Eight River.

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    Hampshire gets past Crystal Lake S.

    Hampshire’s 54-49 Fox Valley Conference boys basketball crossover victory against visiting Crystal Lake South on Thursday bordered on the surreal, but it was hardly a work of art. The Whip-Purs won their eighth straight game despite shooting 19 of 55 from the field (34.5 percent), outdone by CL South’s 17 of 53 shooting struggles (32.1 percent). “Boy, that was just ugly,” Hampshire coach Bob Barnett said. “As my assistant said, we came in second in the ugly contest.”

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    Boys basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    Burlington Central 64, Genoa-Kingston 41: Moter Deng had 14 points and Bryce Warner and Duncan Ozburn added 12 each as the Rockets won their second straight, taking this Big Northern East game. Ryan Ritchie added 11 points for Central (2-7, 2-0).Harvest Christian 47, Schaumburg Christian 35: Stuart Wolff had 14 points and Noah Fox added 13 to lead the Lions (4-5) to a nonconference win. John Vislisel added 10 points for Harvest Christian.

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    WW South jumps on St. Charles North

    After playing 3 games in as many days last week, Wheaton Warrenville South girls basketball coach Rob Kroehnke wasn’t quite sure what to expect from his team Tuesday night.

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    Batavia goes inside for win

    Batavia 73, Elgin 25: The Bulldogs (10-4, 3-1) got off to a quick start against Elgin, hitting 6 of their first 7 shots from the field to lead 25-4 after one quarter of play.

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    Balanced Aurora Christian wins easily

    Aurora Christian 67, Newark 38: Cory Windle led the Eagles (5-4) with 14 points, Wes Wolfe had 12 and Jonathan Harrell had 10.

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    Timothy Christian’s Sara Hodges, left, moves past Lisle’s Kelly Urban, right.

    Images: Timothy Christian vs. Lisle, girls basketball
    Lisle High School hosted Timothy Christian High School Tuesday night for girls basketball.

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    Daniel White/dwhite@dailyherald.com Lisle's Skyler Tomko passes in the paint against Timothy Christian during girls basketball action at Lisle.

    Lisle notches 9th straight win

    For two girls that played a lot on the perimeter in the past, Lisle’s Kristina Fernette and Kelly Urban aren’t afraid to mix it up inside. Hard work comes with incentive. “It’s like at practice, we have three different rebounding drills that we always do,” Fernette said. “There’s always consequences if we don’t do them well.” Lisle did just about everything well Tuesday. Fernette had 12 points and 11 rebounds, Urban 11 points and 8 boards and the Lions beat Timothy Christian 45-24 for their ninth straight win.

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    Kaneland’s Caroline Heimerdinger chases a loose ball.

    DeKalb slows down Kaneland

    A schedule flaw for Kaneland forced the Knights to make a change and play the same Northern Illinois Big 12 East opponent for the second time in a week Tuesday in Maple Park. Unfortunately for the Knights that opponent was DeKalb. The Barbs aren’t much fun to play once these days, let alone a second time so soon. While Kaneland’s defense made the Barbs work, the Knights had too little firepower to keep up, going scoreless in the second quarter to fall behind 19-7 at halftime of an eventual 38-22 loss.

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    Prospect’s Devin O’Hara takes a shot while being defended by Hoffman Estates’ Trevor Pye during Tuesday’s game.

    Prospect holds off Hoffman Estates

    Hoffman Estates gave Prospect its best shot Tuesday in a Mid-Suburban League boys basketball crossover. The Hawks bolted out to an 11-0 lead with 5:45 left in the first quarter. But Hoffman gave way late as the Knights escaped with a 58-54 record to improve to 8-2.

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    Hoffman Estates boys basketball coach Luke Yanule pleads with an official.

    Images: Prospect vs. Hoffman Estates, boys basketball
    The Hoffman Estates High School boys basketball team hosted and lost 58-54 to the Prospect High School boys on Tuesday, Decembert 18th.

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    Dundee-Crown dumps Larkin for 1st win

    Dundee-Crown's girls basketball team wasn't about to let a season-starting 9-game losing streak reach 10. Sparked by a 20-point effort from Jillian Weichmann, the Chargers claimed their first win of the 2012-2013 season with a convincing 59-28 victory over Larkin in nonconference action in Carpentersville Tuesday night.

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    Hersey displays winning perspective

    It was a special day for the Hersey girls basketball team. First, the players shared their time with students at the Kirk School, part of the Northwest Suburban Special Education Organization, in Palatine. Then they shared the basketball at the Glenbrook South Titan Dome in Glenview where they posted a 37-32 victory over the Titans, who came into the game with a 10-2 record and are top-seeded in the Wheaton North Tournament next week.

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    Fremd shows flair in win at Wheeling

    Fremd's girls gymnastics team delivered another impressive performance in winning a Mid-Suburban League triangular meet Tuesday at Wheeling. Led by all-around winner Christine Jensen, the Vikings produced a score of 144.15.

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    Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green fouls Bulls forward Luol Deng on Deng’s drive to the basket during Tuesday’s third quarter at United Center.

    Deng, Boozer lead Bulls over Celtics

    Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer scored 21 points apiece, Joakim Noah had a triple-double and the Bulls beat the Boston Celtics 100-89 on Tuesday night. Noah had 11 points, 13 rebounds and a career high-tying 10 assists for his second career triple-double, and the Bulls evened a 101-95 home loss to Boston on Nov. 12.

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    Images from the Jacobs vs. South Elgin boys basketball game Tuesday night, December 18, 2012 in South Elgin.

    Images: Jacobs vs. South Elgin boys basketball
    South Elgin hosted and lost 38-26 to Jacobs High School in a boys basketball matchup Tuesday night in South Elgin.

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    Senior winger Manny Ballestero, “The Warren Rocket,” has helped fuel the Blue Devils this hockey season.

    Ballestero’s thrusts: hockey and LDRS

    Manny Ballestero is excelling in hockey at Warren. His other passion is rocketry, and he's on a trajectory to study aerospace engineering at Iowa State.

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    Boys basketball: Top 20 rankings
    West Aurora, Neuqua Valley and Benet have earned the top three spots in the Daily Herald's most recent rankings boys basketball teams in the area.

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    Bears fans had to sit and take it Sunday as a Green Bay Packers fan exchanges taunts at Soldier Field in Chicago. Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, who didn't play in the game, said Chicago fans didn't get loud until they began booing the Bears.

    Contrary to what Urlacher says, Bears have earned the boos

    Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher's criticism of fans is difficult to understand given the support they have shown him for 13 years, especially considering the team's poor performance over the past six weeks, when it has lost five games.

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    Former Bears running back Kahlil Bell was signed Tuesday to replace Michael Bush, who was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a rib injury.

    Bears re-sign Bell, put Bush in IR

    After not playing Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, the Chicago Bears placed running back Michael Bush on injured reserve and signed former Bears back Kahlil Bell. Bush was slowed by a rib injury.

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    Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent, center, was in court Tuesday and ordered to wear an electronic monitor pending his trial on an intoxication manslaughter charge in the one-car crash that killed a teammate.

    Judge orders Cowboys’ Brent to wear monitor

    A judge ordered Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent to wear an electronic monitor pending his trial on an intoxication manslaughter charge in the one-car crash that killed a teammate. State District Judge Fred Tinsley also lowered Brent's bond from $500,000 to $100,000 on Tuesday. Prosecutors say Brent was driving with a suspended license on the night of the Dec. 8 crash that killed friend and former Illini teammate Jerry Brown, who was a member of the Cowboys practice squad.

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    Sox, Cubs finish middle of payroll pack

    NEW YORK — The Chicago White Sox finished 13th and the Cubs finished 14th on Major League Baseball's payroll rankings for the 2012 season, with the New York Yankees again leading the way with a payroll nearly equal to the White Sox and Cubs combined. The White Sox spent $114,459,560, and the Cubs spent $112,711,841 while the Yankees totaled $223,439,158.

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    Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) has captured The Associated Press Player of the Year award. The freshman collected 31 votes, which were were more than twice that of second-place finisher Manti Te’o of Notre Dame.

    A&M’s Manziel wins AP Player of the Year

    Johnny Manziel, the sensational freshman quarterback at Texas A&M, picked up another major award for his spectacular debut season. He was voted The Associated Press Player of the Year. As with the Heisman Trophy and Davey O'Brien Award that Manziel already won, the QB nicknamed Johnny Football is the first freshman to collect the AP award.

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    Chicago Fire opens season vs. MLS champs

    The Chicago Fire will begin its 16th season on the road against two-time defending MLS Cup champions LA Galaxy on March 3, 2013, then return to host the New England Revolution for Opening Day at Toyota Park on March 9, club officials announced Tuesday.

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    Former Chicago Blackhawks player Jeremy Roenick, left, recently talked with Mike North about his new book, “J.R.: My Life as the Most Outspoken, Fearless, and Hard-Hitting Man in Hockey.”

    Did you see Bears’ six-week slide coming?

    Like most fans, Mike North can't believe how far the Chicago Bears have slipped in the last six weeks. Their record went from 7-1 to 8-6 in the blink of an eye after North predicted they would be in the NFC title game. Now he wonders if it will really matter how Lovie Smith and the team finish the season.

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    Grayslake Central’s Malcolm Reed cheers after getting fouled during Tuesday game against Cary-Grove in Grayslake.

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

Business

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    A shopper uses her smartphone at a Best Buy in Pembroke Pines, Fla. Shoppers’ actions on Facebook and elsewhere online help dictate what’s in stores during this holiday season.

    Facebook users hit ‘like,’ stores jump into action

    Facebook isn't just for goofy pictures and silly chatter. Whether shoppers know it or not, their actions online help dictate what's in stores during this holiday season.

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    Stocks advanced, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to the highest level in two months, amid signs of progress in efforts by President Barack Obama and Republicans to reach agreement on a new budget in Washington.

    Stocks gain on optimism that a budget deal is near

    Stocks climbed on Wall Street Tuesday, pushing the Standard and Poor's 500 to its highest level in two months, on optimism that lawmakers are closing in on a budget deal that will stop the U.S. from going over the "fiscal cliff" at the beginning of next year.

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    Outgoing Chair Rich Augustine of RJ Augustine and Associates speaks at the Schaumburg Business Association breakfast meeting at Chicago Improv of Schaumburg at Woodfield Mall.

    Schaumburg Business Association mixes humor with recognition

    A comedian, music video and Santa added a splash of humor at the Schaumburg Business Association's final breakfast meeting of the year. New board members were sworn in and awards were presented to outgoing mambers.

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    This historic Wheeling building at 115 S. Milwaukee Ave. will be demolished.

    Wheeling will buy Milwaukee Ave. building

    A doomed historic Wheeling building came closer to demolition Monday when the village board voted to purchase its neighbor to create an property attractive for development. Village Manage Jon Sfondilis said the action "will remove two blighted buildings that have been vacant for quite some time. This is exactly what TIF funds are meant for, the purchase of land and removal of blighted buildings."

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    AmericanEagle.com buys Des Plaines office building

    AmericanEagle.com has purchased an office building in Des Plaines for $3.8 million.

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    Instagram, the popular photo-sharing service that Facebook bought this year, is the target of a storm of outrage on Twitter and other sites after a change in its user agreement hinted that it might use shared photos in ads.

    Opaque Instagram ad policy change riles users

    Instagram, the popular photo-sharing service that Facebook bought this year, is the target of a storm of outrage on Twitter and other sites after a change in its user agreement hinted that it might use shared photos in ads.

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    Amgen to pay $762M settlement over drug marketing

    Amgen will pay $762 million to settle litigation that accuses the drugmaker of marketing the anemia drug Aranesp for unapproved uses.

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    Equity firm selling stake in firearms after Newtown

    The private equity firm Cerberus will sell the firearms company that produced one of the weapons believed to have been used in the shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., calling it a "watershed event" in the national debate on gun control.

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    Facebook rejects German demand to allow fake names

    Facebook will fight a German privacy watchdog's demand to allow users to register with fake names, insisting Tuesday that its current practice fully complies with the law.

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    Chrysler considers production boost at Ind. plants

    KOKOMO, Ind. — Chrysler Group is planning to potentially add 400 jobs at three existing central Indiana factories while also starting up a new plant nearby with perhaps 850 workers.The Kokomo City Council voted Monday night to approve property tax breaks requested by Chrysler for $212 million in new equipment for its factories in the city. Tipton County officials also endorsed a similar request on Chrysler’s $162 million plans to complete a vacant factory along U.S. 31.The Kokomo Tribune reports Chrysler vice president Brian Harlow says the projects are planned because its Kokomo transmission plants have reached production capacity.The company isn’t giving specifics on the projects, saying final decisions haven’t been made.Chrysler’s request to Kokomo officials says the investment will help retain 3,400 jobs in the city.

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    Carol Stream offering financial support to two hotels

    Two Carol Stream hotels will get financial support from taxpayers to help fund marketing efforts of the DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau for at least the first six months of 2013. The marketing agency, founded in 1987, is changing how it collects its membership fees and, as a result, is asking municipalities countywide to contribute to its tourism promotion efforts.

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    Wisconsin jobs-creation board to discuss audit
    $PHOTOCREDIT_ON$Associated Press$PHOTOCREDIT_OFF$MADISON, Wis. — The quasi-private board charged with creating jobs in Wisconsin is meeting to discuss a highly critical audit of its first year in operation.The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. board meeting Tuesday in Eau Claire comes the day after an audit by accounting firm Schenck SC cited numerous problems with the new agency including sloppy bookkeeping, poor accounting practices and critical staff vacancies.The board was receiving a second independent report looking at its Tuesday meeting by Financial Institution Products Corp. That subsidiary of the Wisconsin Bankers Association was looking at the operations of WEDC and what improvements could be made.Creating WEDC to replace the Commerce Department in July 2011 was one of Gov. Scott Walker’s top priorities.

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    Project boosting East Chicago steel mill’s energy efficiency

    EAST CHICAGO, Ind. — The startup of equipment at ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor to recycle blast furnace gas for electricity production was lauded at the integrating steelmaking complex as a tribute to partnerships between the public and private sector.Officials from several entities including ArcelorMittal, the U.S. Department of Energy and the United Steelworkers celebrated the completion of a $63.2 million project to install a new energy efficient boiler and upgrade facilities on the east side of Indiana Harbor.Operators have been producing steam from the boiler system for about three months, said Wendell Carter, vice president and general manager of ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor. But a small group of company personnel led officials and media on a short tour of the operation Monday and orchestrated a ceremonial ribbon cutting at the No. 5 boiler house.“ArcelorMittal is committed to investing in projects which will hopefully green the environment,” Carter told The Times of Munster.Through grant funding made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Department of Energy committed to provide ArcelorMittal with half of the $63.2 million project cost in 2009. Major project work began in early 2011 to build a new water system and upgrade the boiler house to add a new boiler, which would reduce the need for flaring gas produced by the No. 7 blast furnace. The company said the project also helps lower greenhouse gas emissions and reduce its reliance on electricity from coal-fired power plants.Gil Sperling of the Department of Energy said without the assistance from the federal government, the project at ArcelorMittal would not have happened. Sperling, senior adviser in the department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, also said President Barack Obama signed an executive order in August to facilitate investments in industrial energy efficiency projects because of their potential for cost savings and strengthening American manufacturing.“This says to me that when you’ve got great leadership in the White House, great leadership in the Congress and in state and local governments working with the genius of the private sector, great things happen,” Sperling said.About 78 percent of gas produced at the blast furnace is used to heat stoves at the blast furnace and to make steam at the No. 5 boiler house. The remaining 22 percent was flared into the atmosphere prior to the project. Carter said the portion of gas that will be flared should soon shrink to about 5 percent of what is produced.The blast furnace gas, which will be about 46 billion cubic feet of gas per year, will be captured and transported to a new boiler where it will generate 350,000 pounds of steam per hour. The steam is then used to produce electricity through existing generators. Company officials estimate the process can produce enough electricity to power 30,000 homes annually and save $20 million in energy costs.Carter said the boiler project is among $286 million spent on various capital improvement efforts at Indiana Harbor.“Hopefully we can continue doing investments in Northwest Indiana for a long time to come,” said United Steelworkers Local 1010 President Tom Hargrove, who represents hourly production and maintenance workers at Indiana Harbor.

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    Agency recalls LG, Kenmore washing machines

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is recalling more than 450,000 LG and Kenmore Elite Brand top-loading washing machines.

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    Lisle-based Navistar International said Monday it has started shipping the first commercial trucks with EPA-compliant diesel engines built by Cummins Inc.

    Navistar begins shipping trucks with Cummins engines

    Navistar International said Monday it has shipped its first trucks equipped with EPA-compliant diesel engines built by Cummins Inc. ahead of schedule. "Reaching its OK-to-Ship' milestone on December 14 — 5 days ahead of schedule — demonstrates the tremendous progress we're making," said Troy Clarke, Navistar president and chief operating officer.

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    Dev Patel, 5, lives in Naperville and attends Chesterbrook Academy Elementary School.

    Dev Patel, 5, lives in Naperville and attends Chesterbrook Academy Elementary School.
    Dev Patel, 5, attends Chesterbrook Academy Elementary School in Naperville.

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    Navistar sells stake in India joint ventures
    Navistar International said it will sell its stake in Mahindra Navistar Automotives Ltd. and Mahindra Mahindra Navistar Engines Pvt Ltd to Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. of India for approximately $33 million.

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    Berlin Packaging wins WorldStar packaging award

    Berlin Packaging has been honored with a 2013 WorldStar Packaging Award for its work on the custom package for Mission Athletecare's Court Grip, a shoe traction product for basketball courts and other indoor court surfaces.

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    Honeywell UOP’s CEO receives engineering achievement award

    Honeywell UOP President and CEO Dr. Rajeev Gautam has received the 2012 Chemical Engineering Personal Achievement Award from Chemical Engineering magazine.

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    Chinese employees pose for photographers at the newly opened Apple Store at the MixC mall in Chengdu in southwest China's Sichuan province on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. Apple Computer currently has eight stores in mainland China. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT

    Judge denies Apple request to ban Samsung phones

    A federal judge on Monday denied a legal request by Apple Inc. to ban U.S. sales of Samsung smartphone models that a jury in August said illegally used Apple technology. The decision is part of a series of rulings that U.S. Judge Lucy Koh says she is releasing over several weeks to address the many legal issues raised in the case.

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    Israeli authorities say they have put 5,000 fragments of the ancient Dead Sea scrolls online in a partnership with Google.

    Google launches Dead Sea Scrolls library

    Israeli authorities say they have put 5,000 fragments of the ancient Dead Sea scrolls online in a partnership with Google. The digital library launched on Tuesday, with important texts like the Book of Deuteronomy, which includes the Ten Commandments, and a portion of the first chapter of the Book of Genesis, dated to the first century B.C.

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    Indications that U.S. politicians are inching toward a budget deal that will avoid the imposition of potentially damaging tax increases and spending cuts gave markets a boost Tuesday.

    Optimism over U.S. budget deal shores up markets

    Indications that U.S. politicians are inching toward a budget deal that will avoid the imposition of potentially damaging tax increases and spending cuts gave markets a boost Tuesday. Investors are hopeful that progress is being made between the White House and Congress on a budget deal before a year-end deadline.

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    General Motors is offering generous deals to clear a growing inventory of Chevy and GMC pickup trucks. ItÌs matching or beating deals offered by Ford and Chrysler. That, plus low interest rates, sweet lease deals and abundant financing, is good news for truck buyers.

    GM boosts pickup truck deals to shed inventory

    With Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks piling up on dealer lots, General Motors is offering generous deals to thin the stock. It's matching or beating discounts from rivals Ford and Chrysler, offering up to $9,000 off remaining 2012 models and close to $4,500 off 2013s. That, plus low interest rates, sweet lease deals and abundant financing, is good news for people in the market for a truck.

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    The U.S. government has slapped Toyota Motor Corp. with a record $17.4 million fine for failing once again to quickly report problems to federal regulators and for delaying a safety recall.

    U.S. fines Toyota again for delayed safety reports

    The U.S. government has slapped Toyota Motor Corp. with a record $17.4 million fine for failing once again to quickly report problems to federal regulators and for delaying a safety recall. The fine from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the agency that monitors vehicle safety, is the maximum allowed by law.

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    As the nation inches toward the economic ìfiscal cliff,î anxiety is growing in farm country about a separate looming deadline, one that reaches into the dairy industry and, indirectly, into the household budgets of consumers who buy milk and cheese.

    Farmers worry about dairy prices as deadline nears

    As the nation inches toward the economic "fiscal cliff," anxiety is growing in farm country about an obscure tangent of the Washington political standoff that reaches into the dairy industry and, indirectly, into the household budgets of consumers who buy milk and cheese. Little noticed in the struggle over major looming tax increases and spending cuts is that the outcome could also affect the farm bill, on which Congress didn't complete action this year after it expired in September.

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    HSBC avoided a legal battle that could further savage its reputation and undermine confidence in the global banking system by agreeing Tuesday Dec. 11, 2012 to pay $1.9 billion to settle a U.S. money-laundering probe.

    Too big to jail? Execs avoid laundering charges

    When the Justice Department announced its record $1.9 billion settlement against British bank HSBC last week, prosecutors called it a powerful blow to a dysfunctional institution accused of laundering money for Iran, Libya and Mexico's murderous drug cartels. But to some former federal prosecutors, it was only the latest case of the government stopping short of bringing criminal money laundering charges against a big bank or its executives.

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    Ex-Home Diagnostics CEO spared prison for insider trading

    Former Home Diagnostics Inc. Chief Executive Officer and Chairman George Holley avoided prison when he was sentenced to three years of probation for insider trading.

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    Power wholesaler files for bankruptcy in Illinois

    Power wholesaler Edison Mission Energy and its Chicago-based subsidiary Midwest Generation filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday to try to restructure about $5 billion in debt.

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    German gummy bear in legal battle with competitor

    erman gummy bear is taking on a foil-wrapped Swiss chocolate teddy in a legal showdown. Cologne's regional court decides Tuesday on a complaint brought by Germany's Haribo GmbH against Switzerland's Lindt & Spruengli AG over alleged trademark violations.

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    Microsoft Corp.’s policy changes for its Internet products including Hotmail and Bing are being formally examined by European data protection regulators for potential privacy issues.

    Microsoft scrutinized by EU privacy watchdogs for policy changes

    Microsoft Corp.'s policy changes for its Internet products including Hotmail and Bing are being formally examined by European data protection regulators for potential privacy issues. Updates to Microsoft's services agreement, which took effect Oct. 19, are being formally reviewed, EU privacy regulators wrote to Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer and the head of Microsoft Luxembourg.

Life & Entertainment

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    Elmhurst native Nick Celozzi, left, and director Dimitri Logothetis accept accolades for their documentary “Momo: The Sam Giancana Story.”

    Elmhurst's Celozzi driven to Hollywood success

    Nick Celozzi II started out as the son of Nick Celozzi, famous for building the successful Celozzi-Ettleson Chevrolet dealership in Elmhurst. Today, young Celozzi has become an established filmmaker who produces, acts, directs, writes, and whatever he needs to do to create movies and TV shows. His new documentary on his great uncle, mob boss Sam Giancana, might come to Chicago in February.

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    Make this rolled spinach souffle on Christmas Eve and enjoy an easy and elegent Christmas morning meal.

    Make-ahead souffle roll the perfect Christmas present

    Christmas morning is magical for kids; not so much for moms who have to feed a hungry bunch. Culinary Adventures columnist Penny Kazmier realized the key to morning bliss for everyone is a make-ahead breakfast. She shares her favorite, a rolled spinach and cheese souffle.

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    Souffle Roll
    Christmas Souffle

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    Illinois Youth Dance Theatre presents its 13th annual production of "The Nutcracker" at the Lake Zurich Performing Arts Center.

    Best bets: Last chance for 'The Nutcracker'

    Time is running out to catch "The Nutcracker" ballet this season. Options include shows in Chicago, Crystal Lake and Lake Zurich. Mark the shortest day of the year today with a Winter Solstice Walk, which features a King and Queen of the Solstice, storytelling and a procession around Meadow Lake at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle. Catch the Geneva Underground Playhouse comedy revue “Scenes From the End” at The Geneva Underground Playhouse.

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    Stop in Tuscany or Stefani Restaurants' Chicago locations for aMerry Martini.

    Night life events: Tuscany mixes up merry martinis

    Ho, ho, ho — Merrrrry Martinis! Stefani Restaurants are in the holiday spirit with several seasonal martinis for $10 each. Try one at Tuscany in Oak Brook or Wheeling. Keep it special with new daily drink offerings at John Barleycorn Schaumburg.

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    A federal judge sentenced Christopher Chaney, 35, of Jacksonville, Fla., to 10 years in prison on Monday after he broke into the personal online accounts of celebrities and posted revealing photos on the Internet.

    Hollywood hacker sentenced to 10 years in prison

    A federal judge sentenced a hacker to 10 years in prison on Monday after he broke into the personal online accounts of Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera and other women and posted revealing photos and other material on the Internet.

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    Court records show a Los Angeles judge finalized Zooey Deschanel and Ben Gibbard’s divorce on Wednesday.

    Zooey Deschanel, rocker husband finalize divorce

    A judge has finalized Zooey Deschanel's divorce from Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard of roughly three years on Wednesday in Los Angeles.

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    Tom Cruise is heading to Pittsburgh for a scaled-down screening of his new action movie, “Jack Reacher,” after it was postponed over the weekend because of the deadly school shooting in Connecticut.

    Cruise returning to Pittsburgh for movie premiere

    Tom Cruise is heading to Pittsburgh for a scaled-down screening of his new action movie, "Jack Reacher," after it was postponed over the weekend because of the deadly school shooting in Connecticut.

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    Christoph Waltz as Schultz, left, and Jamie Foxx as Django in the film, “Django Unchained,” directed by Quentin Tarantino. Foxx says Hollywood should take some responsibility for tragedies such as the deadly school shooting in Connecticut last week.

    School shooting compels entertainment changes

    The Connecticut school shooting rampage compelled Hollywood to air disclaimers before violent television shows, swap some programs for others, cancel film openings and present somber specials on daytime TV shows that are usually more focused on entertainment. The responses came in addition to news specials on Friday's killing of 27 people, most of them school children, in Newtown, Conn., by a gunman who later took his own life.

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    ‘Jersey Shore’ calling it a day

    After three years and six seasons of boozy, rowdy wrecktitude, "Jersey Shore" concludes its MTV run Thursday. Can it really be just three years since Snooki and memes like "smoosh" and "G.T.L." drilled their way into our consciousness? Since a group of millenial party animals challenged Speaker of the House John Boehner as the nation's reigning orange public figure?

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    Artisan Table's house-made chips come topped with crumbled blue cheese and caramelized bacon.

    Ingredients speak for themselves at Naperville's Artisan Table

    Hotel dining rooms tend to be formulaic. However, newly opened Artisan Table in the revamped Marriott Naperville takes a decidedly different approach. Emphasizing farm-to-table fare, the menu is comfortable but interesting at the same time. And the restaurant is pleasant and modern with high ceilings and plenty of natural light.

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    Squash Bisque
    Squash Bisque: Carol Burkart

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    Candice Burkart prefers homemade jams and jellies from hand-picked fruit, but turns to canned cherries for her easy cheesecake recipe.

    Cook of the Week: Grandmother hopes for jam session with grandchildren

    Candice Burkart recalls picking wild blueberries with her mother and how some of the berries didn't make it into the jams. "We would take the golf cart to the fruit trees and pick the berries and eat them right off the tree," she said. "Our fingers would be stained with the fruit. It's hard for me to remember not having a garden."

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    Candice Burkart spikes the berry topping for her cheesecake with a bit of Amaretto.

    Berry Cheesecake
    Berry Cheesecake: Carol Burkart

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    Strawberry Rhubarb Jam
    Strawberry Rhunbarb Jam: Carol Burkart

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    A Christmas Eve buffet at Shaw's includes both cold and hot seafood and a carving station.

    Eating out: Get your holiday seafood at Shaw's

    Await Santa in Schaumburg at Shaw's Crab House's Christmas Eve buffet from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24. It includes a cold seafood bar with oysters, jumbo shrimp cocktail, hand rolled sushi and chilled snow crab.

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    “Political Suicide” by Michael Palmer

    ‘Political Suicide’ won’t disappoint

    Michael Palmer brings back his doctor-hero, Lou Welcome, from "Oath of Office," to help a friend involved in a huge scandal in his new novel, "Political Suicide." Palmer writes terrific medical suspense, and he has thrown political intrigue into the mix with his last few books. While "Political Suicide" relies more on the thrills and the mystery, it still resonates.

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    T.I., “Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head”

    T.I. returns with stellar ‘Trouble Man’

    After a lackluster response to 2010's "No Mercy," some questioned whether T.I.'s rap presence was still strong. But the Grammy winner shows he hasn't lost a step, delivering an assortment of quality songs on his eighth album, "Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head." The self-proclaimed "King of the South" lives up to his billing with one of his best pieces of work.

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    Editorial: Disclosure bill misses target of corporate tax reform

    A proposal that would require corporations in Illinois to reveal their income tax liability is too broad and would further damage the state's business reputation, a Daily Herald editorial says.

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    Michigan’s watershed moment

    Columnist George Will: If you seek a monument to Michigan's unions, look, if you can without wincing, at Detroit, where the amount of vacant land is approaching the size of Paris.

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    Wonderland on a cliff

    Columnist Eugene Robinson: Are you as sick of the "fiscal cliff" as I am? Actually, that's a trick question. You couldn't possibly be.

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    Tax funds shouldn’t pay for abortions
    A South Barrington letter to the editor: Today, PP does 27 percent of the abortions in the United States and has ended the lives of over 6 million beings in its own facilities since 1970. At the same time, it collected over $6 billion in taxpayer money.

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    Bears player’s cause a worthy one
    A Prospect Heights letter to the editor: While waiting to watch the Bears game on a recent Sunday, I saw a pregame interview with player Kyle Adams in which he spoke about a project to help the orphans of Haiti. This undertaking is all about housing, schooling and training children with jobs skills they can use in their later lives.

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    A perspective on Arab-Israeli conflict
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: President Obama saying that the militarily indestructible Israel has a right to defend itself from impoverished Gaza is analogous to Mike Tyson beating up one of Jerry's kids and people saying that Mike Tyson has a right to defend himself!

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    Nation headed for a communist system
    A Winfield letter to the editor: Our president is a redistributionist, a euphemistic term for a Marxist. Given Obama's lifelong friendships with Marxist colleagues, teachers and his minister, it seems one would not insult him in the least by saying that he embraces this political ideology. So, what's wrong with Marxism?

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    Losing ideals as ‘old white men’ pass on
    A Napervillle letter to the editor: It was interesting to read the comments from Joe Triolo, the World War II and Pearl Harbor survivor, particularly regarding his fear that future generations will not be taught about the sneak attack and the lessons it taught him and most of the other members of the "Greatest Generation." It won't be long before he and most of the other men who fought in World War II, Korea and Vietnam will be gone.

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