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    McHenry County man wins appeal, gets reduced sentence

    A McHenry County man convicted of residential burglary for stealing copper piping from a vacant Woodstock home will have his prison sentence reduced after an appellate court ruled that because the home was vacant, and its owners living out of state while trying to sell it, it does not qualify as a residence under state law. Brett A. Roberts, 38, instead will be resentenced to a lesser charge of...

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    Ÿ Jaque M. Amphy, 22, of the 1700 block of Village Lane, Lockport, was arrested and charged with possession of less than 2.5 grams of marijuana at about 1:27 a.m. Sunday in the 400 block of South Farnsworth Road near Aurora, according to a sheriff report. Officers called to the area found him sitting on a lawnchair in a driveway in the rain asking for a ride to Naperville. The officer asked Amphy...

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    Limiting student debt a priority at Waubonsee

    The Institute for College Access and Success' Project on Student Debt reports that in 2011 four-year college graduates averaged more than $26,000 in student debt. Educational and financial experts are deeply concerned about the amount of debt students are incurring to complete bachelor's degrees.

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    Human heads, intended for research, were uncovered at O’Hare in late December.

    O’Hare human heads claimed, but FBI not releasing them yet

    The mystery of the human heads at O'Hare International Airport appears solved. A cremation service is claiming the remains that were used for medical research. U.S. Customers and Border Patrol officers discovered the heads and consfiscated them because missing paperwork left everyone in the dark as to who owned them.

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    Downstate school district considers arming administrators

    School officials in a central Illinois town are considering training a handful of administrators as auxiliary police officers and letting them carry concealed handguns at the local high school.

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    Yashesh Desai

    Woodridge man insane, not guilty in dad’s weed-trimmer slaying

    A Woodridge man was legally insane when he beat his father to death with a weed trimmer, a judge ruled at a bench trial Monday. Yashesh Desai, 22, was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the Aug. 14, 2011, slaying of his 47-year-old father Sanjiv.

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    Construction on the two-story, 90,846-square-foot Fountain View Recreation Center in Carol Stream is progressing, with completion expected by June.

    Pool taking shape at Carol Stream rec center site

    Construction crews on Monday began digging out space for what will become an eight-lane, 25-yard-long swimming pool in Carol Stream — one of the last pieces of the park district's new recreation center taking shape at the village Town Center. A construction season with little snow has enabled work crews to complete construction of the running track, 90 percent of the roof, drilling of holes...

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    Salvatore Tuzzolino

    Disbarred attorney jailed for theft from Bensenville firm

    A disbarred lawyer was sentenced to a month in jail Monday for stealing $30,000 from a Bensenville printing firm, prosecutors said. Salvatore "Sam" Tuzzolino, 46, of Mount Prospect, pleaded guilty to felony theft over $10,000. He was sentenced by DuPage County Judge John Kinsella to 30 days in jail and two years of probation. Tuzzolino, a former partner at a law firm in Skokie, was voluntarily...

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    Car hits Godfrey home, killing resident inside

    GODFREY — Authorities in southwestern Illinois say a man was killed inside his home when an SUV crashed into the house.Madison County authorities haven't publicly identified the driver or the man killed during the crash late Sunday in Godfrey, northeast of St. Louis. There's no word of any charges.

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    Nine-year-old Dylan Mount of Lindenhurst makes a charcoal drawing of an object he had on his table during the “Artful Inspirations” program Monday at the Lake Villa District Library. Students from grades 4-6 explored famous illustrators including illustrator Chris Van Allsburg, and tried their art mediums in class.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features children in class activities, people making the most of the weather, and Abraham Lincoln.

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    Two Winfield candidates fight to stay on ballot

    Winfield's electoral board is considering objections to the candidacies of two trustee hopefuls. The complaint? The candidates' nominating petitions said they are running for "trustee" and not "village trustee."

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    Term limits referendum thrown off Arlington Heights ballot

    Arlington Heights residents won't have the chance to vote on term limits for elected officials in April after a petition to place the issue on the upcoming ballot was thrown out Monday. However, proponents of the issue vowed bring the question back at a future election.

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    Hoffman Estates reviews road improvement impact fees

    The Hoffman Estates village board was presented Monday with an update of a road improvement impact fee program. The program, which has brought in about $1.4 million in the past five years, allows for the use of fee money to expand roadways when development occurs in two parts of the village.

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    St. Charles looking to lure RV company with $250,000 in incentives

    St. Charles aldermen gave a favorable review of a plan to offer the US Adventure RV company a $250,000 incentive package to relocate to the city.

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    Demolition opponents fear fate is sealed for old Geneva school

    People opposed to demolishing the old Coultrap Elementary School in Geneva said Monday they fear the school board had made up its mind even before public input was sought on the matter.

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    Dist. 300 plans to keep fees steady

    Community Unit District 300 parents and students should not expect any change to school fees next year. The Carpentersville-based district last adjusted its fees in the 2009-2010 academic year, five years after the previous increase, according to MeriAnn Besonen, District 300's finance director. Besonen told school board members Monday night she recommended the district maintain its fees for the...

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    More than 250 spectators listen Monday to Round Lake Area Unit District Superintendent Constance Collins discuss a need to restructure due to poor academic performance.

    School restructuring raises alarms at Dist. 116

    Round Lake Area Unit District 116 will let voters decide whether $36 million should be borrowed for expansion and other improvements at the high school. Voters will decide the referendum April 9.

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    Corky Card, a Prairie Ridge High School coach and PE teacher, is credited with saving the life of Daniel Pauling, a janitor at the school.

    Prairie Ridge coach saves janitor’s life

    Boys varsity basketball coach and Prairie Ridge High School P.E. teacher Corky Card forgot his keys at school Friday night. When he went to retrieve them, he found school janitor Daniel Pauling in distress — and saved his life.

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    Charles Amrich

    No decisions yet in Island Lake candidate objections

    A pair of Island Lake political candidates will have to wait at least 10 days to learn if they will stay on April 9 ballots. The attorney representing mayoral hopeful Charles Amrich and trustee candidate Tony Sciarrone filed motions to disqualify a member of the village's electoral board and to entirely dismiss the cases during well-attended hearings at village hall Monday night.

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    Hector Rubio

    Three charged in BB gun incident near Sugar Grove

    Three people were charged with reckless conduct Monday after police say they pulled up alongside a vehicle near Sugar Grove and shot at it with a BB gun that resembled a real pistol.

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    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will testify Jan. 23 next week before the House Foreign Affairs Committee about the deadly Sept. 11 assault on the U.S. mission in Libya, Rep. Ed Royce, chairman of the panel, said Monday.

    Clinton to testify Jan. 23 before House committee

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will testify Jan. 23 before the House Foreign Affairs Committee about the deadly Sept. 11 assault on the US mission in Libya.

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    Charlotte Jablonski, of Johnsburg, is held up by her mom in one of the portraits in “One Million Voices,” a photo exhibit opening Tuesday at Woodfield Mall. The exhibit aims to raise awareness about children with Down syndrome.

    Down syndrome photo exhibit to debut Tuesday at Woodfield

    An exhibit of black and white portraits of local children with Down syndrome and their families will be unveiled Tuesday at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg. The exhibit, ""One Million Voices," an initiative by Hoffman Estates-based GiGi's Playhouse Down Syndrome Awareness Centers and Alexian Brothers Health System — aims to change people's perceptions about Down syndrome.

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    Joseph Spitalli enters a DuPage County courtroom for his arraignment on murder charges. The Darien man is charged with the Nov. 16 slaying of Teymur Huseynli, who was dating Spitalli´s former girlfriend.

    DuPage murder suspect accused of ordering hit on ex-girlfriend

    A DuPage County jail inmate plotted to kill his ex-girlfriend and make it look like an accident to prevent her from testifying against him in a murder case, according to prosecutors. The allegations against Joseph Spitalli were made in a weekend court filing, which also accuses him of hatching an escape plan. Spitalli “wished he had killed (her) when he had the chance,” the informant...

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    Jimmy Greene, foreground left, Nelba Marquez-Greene, center, parents of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victim Ana Marquez-Greene, and Nicole Hockley, right, mother of victim Dylan Hockley, were among Sandy Hook parents who joined a grassroots initiative to support solutions for a safer community.

    Conn. group launches anti-violence initiative

    Parents of children slain in the Connecticut school massacre held photos of their sons and daughters, cried, hugged and spoke in quavering voices as they called for a national dialogue to help prevent similar tragedies.

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    Elk Grove auto repair shop damaged by fire

    An Elk Grove Village auto repair shop was damaged extensively and one employee was injured when the building caught fire just before noon on Monday. Firefighters responded to the blaze at Quality Auto Works, 105 Gaylord St., and found heavy, black smoke and fire coming from the roof of the 50-foot by 150-foot building.

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    Bryan Roehr

    Wood Dale man gets 9 years for explosives, child porn

    A Wood Dale man has been sentenced to nine years in prison for possessing child pornography and explosives. Bryan Roehr, 25, was sentenced by DuPage County Judge George Bakalis on Monday after having pleaded guilty to both offenses in September.

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    Schaumburg Police Chief Brian Howerton

    Schaumburg police chief cleared of criminal wrongdoing

    The Cook County State's Attorney's office has found no basis to continue a nearly 10-month investigation into stalking allegations against Schaumburg Police Chief Brian Howerton brought by his estranged ex-girlfriend. Schaumburg officials received a letter Monday informing them that the Illinois State Police and state's attorney's probe of the stalking, harassment and intimidation claims was...

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    Dist. 33 teachers ‘angry, frustrated’ as contract showdown looms

    A showdown is looming in the increasingly bitter contract talks between the West Chicago Elementary District 33 school board and its teachers union. Union members will meet after class Wednesday to consider their options — including a possible strike — in the wake of the school board's announcement last week that it intends to implement its last contract offer if an agreement isn't...

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    Chicago might settle suits against police for $32 million

    A Chicago City Council committee is scheduled to consider proposals that would settle a pair of lawsuits against police for more than $32 million. In one case, Christina Eilman said police arrested and held her overnight before releasing her into a high-crime area of Chicago. She says she was abducted, sexually assaulted and fell from a public housing building, leaving her severely injured.

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    Bartlett library board candidate faces objection

    An objection has been filed challenging the candidacy of Ed Novak for trustee of the Bartlett Public Library District. Patricia Hanson, who is running for a seat on the Bartlett Fire Protection District board of trustees, filed the objection. She believes 14 of the 66 people who signed Novak's petition to be on the ballot are not residents of the library district.

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    Business leaders voice support for gay marriage

    A number of Illinois businesses and their leaders have banded together to write an "open letter" in support of gay marriage in an attempt to reestablish the issue as a priority in the new legislative session.

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    Rolling Meadows talks emerald ash borer

    The Rolling Meadows City Council will discuss the city's fight against the emerald ash borer Tuesday night. The city removed 165 trees by the end of 2012, plans to take out about 70 this month and expects as many as 250 more will need to be removed this year.

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    Reception planned for new Buffalo Grove deputy manager

    The village of Buffalo Grove will introduce its new deputy village manager, Jennifer I. Maltas, at an open house from 7-7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, in village hall, 50 Raupp Boulevard. Maltas is coming to Buffalo Grove after serving as assistant to the village manager in Deerfield.

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    Louis Bianchi

    Bianchi federal lawsuit dismissed — for now

    A judge has dismissed - for now - a federal lawsuit filed by McHenry County State's Attorney Louis Bianchi against a special prosecutor and investigators for a computer consulting firm, saying Bianchi's intitial lawsuit failed to show false arrest and conspiracy. However, the judge gave Bianchi's lawyer four weeks to refile the suit. Bianchi was acquitted in two misconduct trials in 2011.

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    Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez has asked for a warrant to search the housing complex where the late mother of convicted killer John Wayne Gacy once lived.

    Weekend in Review: Bull riding, search for Gacy victims

    What you may have missed over the weekend: thousands audition for "The Voice" in Rosemont; Ben Affleck has a big night at the Golden Globes; Grayslake Dist. 46 ready for teacher strike; bull riders compete in Rosemont; Naperville business closes after 120 years; Kane County gun show draws buyers; prosecutors OK search for new Gacy victims; "American Idol"-mocking website to shut down; and Hawks...

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    Blood drive at Rolling Meadows fire station

    The Rolling Meadows Fire Department and Lifesource are sponsoring a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at Station 16, 2455 Plum Grove Road. To schedule an appointment call Sarah at (847) 870-2988 or visit www.lifesource.org and use Sponsor code 572C.

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    John D. Brecht, 23, of Geneva, was charged with felony aggravated battery, four counts of misdemeanor domestic battery, and criminal damage to property, at 6 a.m. Jan. 5 at his home, according to a police report.

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    Public health director reports some flu shot shortages

    Illinois' top doctor says the demand for flu shots has created some spot shortages, but he says that's good news because it means people are getting the message to protect themselves and those around them.

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    Double slaying called ‘brutal, heinous’

    Police say the strangulation and attempted dismemberment of two men in Joliet is one of the most heinous cases they've seen. Three of the people arrested were playing video games when police arrived at the home, where the bodies of Eric Glover and Terrence Rankins were found Thursday.

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    Cliff McIlvaine

    Court gives McIlvaine until April 12 to show added progress

    A St. Charles man who has had a home improvement project languishing since 1975 has until April 12 to show that he has made significant progress on his roof. Otherwise, the city may proceed with a hearing to make repairs and bill Cliff McIlvaine for the work or demolish the home complelety. Both sides appeared in court Monday.

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    Marty Moylan

    Moylan seeks participants for advisory committees

    State Rep. Marty Moylan, a Des Plaines Democrat representing the 55th House District, is seeking participation from area residents in his community advisory committees on education, women's issues, economic development, veteran issues, senior issues, transportation and public safety. "These advisory committees are my eyes and ears in the district while I'm down in Springfield," Moylan said.

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    Bill Hybels, founder and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, is part of an effort to persuade conservative Christians and lawmakers they should support overhauling U.S. immigration laws.

    Evangelical coalition seeks immigration overhaul

    Prominent evangelical leaders announced a new effort Monday to persuade conservative Christians and lawmakers they should support overhauling U.S. immigration laws.

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    Dr. Daniel Checco sits in the critical care procedure room at Silver Cross Emergency Care Center in Homer Glen.

    Hospitals expand reach with stand-alone ERs

    The convenience of 24-hour emergency care may be coming to more Illinois communities as hospitals make plans to build stand-alone ERs up to 50 miles from their flagship facilities. For hospital executives, it's a way to expand turf, compete for patients and prepare for an aging population and more Americans gaining insurance under the federal health overhaul law. For families who live far from a...

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    Illinois man, sons die in freezing rain on Missouri trail

    On a weekend trip that was a surprise anniversary gift for his wife, an outdoors-loving Air Force veteran ventured out with two of his sons for a hike on a remote trail. Clad only in light jackets and sweaters, the three apparently didn't know how rapidly the weather would turn ugly, and that proved deadly.

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    Forest board to discuss invasive plants

    The Lake County Forest Preserve District board will meet Tuesday to discuss contracts for controlling invasive plants and other business.

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    Activist hosting District 46 meeting

    Local activist Linwood "Lennie" Jarratt plans to host a town hall meetng regarding issues at Grayslake Elementary District 46 on Wednesday night.

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    Vote by mail in Lake County

    Registered voters, students away at school, and traveling snowbirds who live in North Chicago, Waukegan and Waukegan Township can vote by mail in the Feb. 26 Consolidated Primary Election.

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    Rosemont’s German-style beer hall to debut Jan. 21

    Rosemont is gearing up for a German-style shindig to debut Hofbräuhaus Chicago classic Bavarian beer hall, one of the final venues to open in the village's new entertainment district. Modeled after the famous establishment in Munich, Germany, the custom-built, 20,000-square-foot restaurant and brewery is scheduled to open Jan. 21.

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    Summer interns sought in Lake County

    The Lake County Stormwater Management Commission is seeking up to three interns to work in a few high-priority watersheds this summer.

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    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

    Emanuel orders Chicago pensions to review weapon holdings

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel ordered a review of city pension-fund holdings today to determine whether fund managers hold stakes in companies that manufacture or sell military-style guns. "We cannot support or invest in companies that profit from the proliferation of assault weapons and the violence these guns bring to our communities," Emanuel said in a statement released by his office.

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    Abbie Currie, a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing, works with seventh-grader Diego Mendez in her class at the John Powers Center in Vernon Hills. She engages students with an expressive style.

    Suburbs' Top Teacher: No 'disability' in her classroom

    Abbie Currie is a whirlwind in the classroom, unlocking the meaning of words for her deaf and hard-of-hearing students with a constant flow of gestures and expressions. See the child and not the disability, says Currie, who for the past nine years has taught at the John Powers Center in Vernon Hills. Currie has been recognized by the Daily Herald as one of the top teachers in the suburbs.

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    U.S. soldiers board a U.S. military plane, as they leave Afghanistan, at the U.S. base in Bagram north of Kabul, in 2011. Suicides in the U.S. military surged to a record 349 last year, far exceeding American combat deaths in Afghanistan.

    2012 military suicides hit a record high of 349

    Suicides in the U.S. military surged to a record 349 last year, far exceeding American combat deaths in Afghanistan, and some private experts are predicting the dark trend will worsen this year.

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    Former President George H.W. Bush, and his wife former first lady Barbara Bush, arrive for the premiere of HBO’s new documentary on his life near the family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine, last June 12.

    Ex-President Bush leaves hospital

    Former President George H.W. Bush was released from a Houston hospital and went home Monday after spending nearly two months being treated for a bronchitis-related cough and other health issues, a family spokesman said.

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    House Speaker John Boehner, seen here accompanied by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, right, admitted Monday that failing to lift the so-called debt ceiling would have bad consequences.

    Boehner: GOP will pass ‘responsible’ debt bill

    Speaker John Boehner says the GOP-controlled House will "do its job" and pass legislation to lift the nation's borrowing cap and keep the government running, but will insist that Democrats accept new spending controls.

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    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

    Chicago mayor addresses gun control in Washington

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel has ordered an analysis of Chicago's city employee pension funds to see if they hold companies that make or sell assault weapons. Emanuel spoke on Monday in Washington about his support for new gun control measures. He says legislation should focus on limiting criminal access to guns. Separately his office announced that Emanuel ordered the pension fund analysis as a "first...

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    Fifteen projects to improve water quality, reduce flooding funded

    The Lake County Stormwater Management Commission board has approved $141,112 in annual cost-share grants to local governments, homeowner associations and watershed groups for 15 projects focused on improvements to natural and man-made stormwater systems to reduce flood damage and improve water quality, and for watershed planning. The projects total value is estimated at over $385,000.

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    The Libertyville Golf Course near Riverside Park no longer will be operated by the village.

    New operator for Libertyville golf course will replace greens and tees with a synthetic surface

    After more than 30 years and continuing annual losses, Libertyville officials have decided to cut their losses and have agreed to lease the village's 9-hole course. The operator, Blair Subry of Libertyville, plans to replace the greens and tees with artificial turf and will establish putting and short game clinics.

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    Talking about ... Abigail Currie
    Read what others have to say about Abigail Currie, one of the suburbs' top teachers.

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    Tips from a great teacher
    Abigail Currie, a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing students in sixth through eighth grade at the John Powers Center in Vernon Hills, shares some tips for teaching middle school students with special needs.

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    Curriculum vitae: Abigail Currie
    Curriculum vitae for Abigail Currie, a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing students in sixth through eighth grade at the John Powers Center in Vernon Hills, which a part of the Special Education District of Lake County. She is the Lake County recommendation for top teacher, a new feature running monthly in the neighbor section.

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    Swartz’ death fuels debate over computer crime

    Internet freedom activist Aaron Swartz, found dead in his Brooklyn apartment Friday, struggled for years against a legal system that he felt had not caught up to the information age. Federal prosecutors had tried unsuccessfully to mount a case against him for publishing reams of court documents that normally cost a fee to download. He helped lead the campaign to defeat a law that would have made...

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    Jury selection begins Tuesday in the trial of former officials of the scandal ridden city of Bell, Calif., including Robert Rizzo, former city manager, in a massive corruption case that nearly bankrupted the working-class Los Angeles suburb.

    Corruption trial set for 6 Calif. city leaders

    Six former officials of the scandal-ridden city of Bell go on trial this week in a massive corruption case that nearly bankrupted the Los Angeles suburb. The former mayor and vice mayor and four former City Council members are charged with misappropriation of public funds in a 20-count felony complaint.

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    U.K. won’t let British veterans accept Russian medal

    Britain's Foreign Office said Monday that U.K. veterans who served on hazardous Arctic convoy duty during World War II may not accept bravery medals offered by Russia. The convoys that sailed from Britain to northern ports in what was then the Soviet Union provided vital support to Soviet troops fighting Hitler's forces on the eastern front.

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    Blind Russian girl criticizes adoption ban

    A blind Russian high schooler's impassioned criticism of the ban on adoption by Americans has added a new and compelling voice to the chorus of condemnation of the law. Since her Jan. 6 blog entry complaining about the ban, written as an open letter to President Vladimir Putin, Natasha Pisarenko has attracted the wide attention of Russian media and, she fears, drawn the disapproving notice of...

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    Pakistani Sunni Muslim cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri, 61, center, leaves Lahore to lead an anti-government march to the capital Islamabad, Pakistan, Sunday. After years in Canada, Qadri returned to Pakistan last month and gave a speech demanding that sweeping election reforms be implemented before elections this spring.

    Thousands of protesters rally in Pakistani capital

    Thousands of supporters of a fiery Pakistani cleric who has been calling for election reforms descended Monday onto the capital, as security officials girded for mass rallies by a movement that has virtually overnight become a powerful but still mysterious force on the political scene.

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    U.N. urges focus on North Korea human rights record

    The U.N.'s top human rights official said Monday that as many as 200,000 people are being held in North Korean political prison camps rife with torture, rape and slave labor, and that some of the abuses may amount to crimes against humanity.

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    Manohar Lal Sharma, lawyer for one of the accused, speaks to the journalists outside the Saket district court complex where the accused in a gang rape are to be tried in New Delhi, India, Monday. The lawyer for one of the five men charged in the fatal gang rape of a woman on a moving New Delhi bus said Monday that his client is a minor and asked a court to order a medical test to determine his age.

    Lawyer in India rape case says client is a minor

    One of the five men charged with gang-raping and killing a woman is a minor, his lawyer said Monday as he demanded an age-determination test in what could be a tactic to delay the case from being tried in a fast-track court. The five charged in last month's attack of the 23-year-old student in a moving bus in New Delhi would face a possible death penalty if convicted. A sixth suspect says he is...

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    Associated Press Scovill Zoo director Dave Webster, left, and Decatur Park District director of operations Jim Kiefer show the work that has recently started for the new penguin exhibit at the Scovill Zoo in Decatur.

    Scovill Zoo readies penguin habitat

    DECATUR, — Three years after fundraising efforts began, a group of warm-weather penguins is set to find a home at Scovill Zoo this year.

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    Dismembered body found on Chicago train tracks

    Police are investigating the death of a man whose dismembered body was found on train tracks in downtown Chicago. Authorities say the conductor of a Chicago Transit Authority train discovered the body as the train pulled into the LaSalle station early Monday.

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    Karima el-Mahroug, the Moroccan woman at the center of ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi’s sex-for-hire trial, sits in a courtroom prior to to testifying as a witness for the first time, in Milan, Monday. Berlusconi is accused of paying for sex with woman, better known as Ruby, when she was 17, and then trying to cover it up. Both deny sexual contact.

    Court denies Berlusconi bid to halt sex trial

    A Milan court has rejected a bid by former Premier Silvio Berlusconi to halt his pay-for-sex trial because of Italy's general election campaign. The judges deliberated for four hours before delivering their decision on Monday.

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    France’s president Francois Hollande gives a speech focused on the Malian situation on Saturday at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris. Backed by French air power, Malian troops on Friday unleashed an offensive against Islamist rebels who, having seized control of the north of the country in March last year, were threatening to push south. France has asked the United Nations to “accelerate” implementation of a resolution that enables the deployment of an international force to Mali.

    No easy exit for French fighting terror in Mali

    France, breaking its own rules with a surprise military intervention in Mali, raises the specter of an African quagmire in a new theater of the West's war on terror just as France and other U.S. allies emerge from the old one in Afghanistan.

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    ‘A Beautiful Mind’ author sues Columbia University

    The Columbia University professor who wrote "A Beautiful Mind" has filed suit against the school over almost $1 million that she says she's owed.

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    Stratford, Conn., Mayor John Harkins is proposing to name a new school for Sandy Hook Elementary School teacher Victoria Soto, who died trying to shield her students from the gunman inside Sandy Hook Elementary School.

    Vote set to name Conn. school for slain teacher

    A proposal to name a school after a teacher killed in the Newtown, Conn., school shootings is set to go before a town council. Stratford Mayor John Harkins is recommending naming a new elementary school named after Victoria Soto, a 27-year-old Stratford resident who died trying to shield her students from the gunman inside Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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    Weekend bird strikes force 2 jets to return to JFK

    Authorities say bird strikes forced two planes to return to New York's Kennedy Airport shortly after takeoff over the weekend.

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    Rev. Charles Engelhardt is set to go on trial on charges he raped an altar boy in northeast Philadelphia in the late 1990s. Engelhardt has pleaded not guilty.

    Trial of priest, ex-teacher to begin in Philly

    A trial is expected to begin Monday for a Roman Catholic priest and a former Catholic school teacher accused of raping an altar boy. It's the second trial to stem from a landmark investigation of priest sexual abuse in the Philadelphia Archdiocese.

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    2 whales wash up on separate N.Y. beaches

    Marine officials say two whales washed up on New York's Long Island just hours apart. One was dead and the other was later euthanized. Newsday says they were discovered Sunday on separate stretches of East Hampton beaches.

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    Dawn Patrol: Guns sell big in Kane; ‘Idol’ mock site closed

    Guns sell big in St. Charles, Geneva; 'American Idol' mock website shut down; icy danger in Schaumburg; local dogs comfort Sandy Hook; Emery takes his time with Bears coach search; Argo,' Affleck anointed by Golden Globes.

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    We're looking for your help in deciding what comics we should drop.

    Talk to the editor: Comics a hot issue

    If you ever wondered how important comics are in a newspaper, consider the response to my request last week for help in deciding what ones to keep and what ones to drop. You didn't have to be asked twice.

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    Are term limits good for the suburbs?

    While Arlington Heights residents may get to vote in April on whether those on the village board should adhere to term limits, officials in other Northwest suburbs that created limits years ago are still debating whether its been a good thing. Some say term limits are the only way to give the booth to those who have been in office for a generation, while others complain that it pushes good people...

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    Traffic is heavy in both directions during the morning rush looking east on I-90, east of the Des Plaines Oasis. The Illinois State Toll Highway Authority will widen the tollway during the next four years.

    Readers lament Amtrak delays, baggage bedlam

    Judging from recent letters, it’s been a season of discontent for In Transit readers stymied in their simple desire to get from Point A to Point B without incident. Columnist Marni Pyke possesses neither an engineering degree nor a cement truck to fix everyone’s transportation woes, but she does provide answers to commuters' questions.

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    The Regional Transportation Authority is filing a lawsuit today, alleging United Airlines subsidy United Aviation Fuels is falsely claiming to buy jet fuel out of a small office in Sycamore to avoid paying tens of millions of dollars in taxes in Chicago, where the purchases are allegedly being made.

    RTA lawsuit claims United runs 'sham' business

    A transportation agency plans to file a lawsuit today alleging United Airlines is falsely claiming to buy huge amounts of jet fuel out of a small, rural office in Sycamore that doesn't even have a computer to avoid paying tens of millions of dollars in taxes in Chicago, where the purchases are allegedly being made.

Sports

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

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

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    Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) shoots a reverse layup past Atlanta Hawks’ Kyle Korver (26) and Josh Smith (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, in Chicago.

    Bulls get serious against Atlanta
    The Bulls set a franchise record for fewest points allowed during the regular season, smashing the Atlanta Hawks 97-58 on Monday at the United Center. The Hawks scored just 20 points in the first half, 1 off the all-time NBA low set by the Clippers against the Lakers in 1999.

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    Naperville Central escapes upset-minded Glenbard East

    Cierra Stanciel scored 15 points, including the tying and go-ahead baskets, and No. 6 Naperville Central survived an upset bid from Glenbard East 42-40 on Monday in Naperville.

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    Blackhawks GM ready for some reading

    Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said he just got the new collective bargaining agreement on Saturday and would need a few days to study it before identifying the biggest changes. "We haven't been able to dive into every little detail," Bowman said. "We certainly know the significant things that have changed. For the most part it's a similar CBA to the old one with a few new wrinkles. We'll spend our time making sure we know it inside out."

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    Korver says he enjoyed time with Bulls

    There's one thing Kyle Korver doesn't miss about Chicago, and it's predictable considering he spent his early life in Southern California before moving to Iowa. "I've worn my winter coat twice -- yesterday and today," he said before Monday's game.

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    Lake Park’s Linnae Capuder participates in the uneven bars competition during a gymnastics meet at St. Charles Gymnastics Academy on Monday night.

    St. Charles pushes scores higher again

    There were no cookies, cupcakes or pudding cups on Monday, nor were there were team-made posters decorated with glitter, photos and well wishes for the nine seniors on the St. Charles co-op girls gymnastics squad.

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    Bulls guard Marquis Teague drives past Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague, his brother, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, in Chicago. The Bulls won 97-58.

    Bulls hold Atlanta to 58 points

    Carlos Boozer had 20 points and 13 rebounds, Luol Deng scored 18 points and the Bulls held Atlanta to a franchise-low 20 points in the first half of a 97-58 victory over the Hawks on Monday night at United Center. Reserve forward Mike Scott scored nine points to lead Atlanta as none of the starters reached double figures. Josh Smith and Kyle Korver had nine points each. Jeff Teague had a layup with 7.9 seconds left to prevent the Hawks' lowest scoring total in franchise history.

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    Montreal Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman

    Bears narrow search for new coach

    Bears general manager Phil Emery reportedly has narrowed his search for a new head coach down to three candidates.

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    Eventually, free throws favor Burlington Central

    It was ironic that free throws ended up playing a huge role in Burlington Central's 42-32 double-overtime win against Rockford Christian on Monday. Neither team even attempted a foul shot for more than 31 minutes, but Christian's Jaclyn Lindquist made the only free throw of regulation with 6.6 seconds left to force the first overtime. Then, after going 0-for-1 from the line in regulation, the Rockets made 10 of 11 freebies in the extra sessions. The Rockets went ahead to stay on Camille Delacruz's basket at the start of the second overtime, their only field goal in the final 12 minutes. They then made 8 straight free throws to finally ice the Big Northern East matchup in Rockford.

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

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    Images from the St. Charles East vs. Batavia girls basketball game Tuesday, January 8, 2013.

    Soccer skills come in handy for St. Charles East backcourt

    Like any Batavia-Geneva basketball game, the two student sections tossed numerous chants back and forth at each other Friday night trying to one-up the other.

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    Najee Smith of Neuqua Valley moves in front of Ellen Nighbor of Glenbard West to make a basket in girls basketball action Tuesday in Naperville.

    Smith twins double trouble for Neuqua Valley opponents

    Malia and Najee Smith are twin sisters not identical in looks, temperament or basketball skills. Put together, their contributions to Neuqua Valley are invaluable

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    Naperville North’s Kayla Sharples looks to pass the ball.

    Images: Naperville North vs. Glenbard North, girls basketball
    The Naperville North Huskies hosted and lost 53-45 to the Glenbard North Panthers in girls basketball action on Monday.

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    Fremd’s Haley Gorecki draws a foul in the fourth quarter as she is covered by Loyola Academy’s Maggie Nick and Egan Berne.

    Images: Fremd vs. Loyola, girls basketball
    The Fremd High School girls basketball team hosted the Loyola Academy girls on Monday, January 14th, in Palatine

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    Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville, bottom left, speaks to his team during Monday’s practice.

    Blackhawks have the same questions to answer

    It's not as though the Blackhawks have lost ground to the division since last we saw them in April, but whether they're built to play in the brutal Western Conference postseason remains a question.

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    Fellow countrymen Marian Hossa and Michael Frolik share a laugh during Blackhawks informal practice at Johnny’s Ice House Thursday.

    Blackhawks’ Hossa ‘happy’ with where he is

    Marian Hossa took a hit from teammate Brandon Bollig in practice last week that let him know he was OK in his rehab from the concussion suffered on that devastating hit by Phoenix' Raffi Torres in Game 3 of the Blackhawks' first-round playoff series last spring. The next test will come Saturday when the Hawks open the season at Los Angeles against the physical Kings and the hitting goes to another level.

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    Chicago Soul adds assistant soccer coach

    The Chicago Soul has hired Jeff Kraft as assistant coach and director of soccer operations, club officials announced Monday. Kraft, who brings over 25 years of indoor soccer experience to the club, will serve as assistant to Novi Marojevic, who was promoted to head coach in December for the Major Indoor Soccer League franchise.

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    LZ’s Kunz leads the way at Augustana

    Former Lake Zurich standout Brandon Kunz is the leading scorer for the Augustana College men's basketball team. The senior center averages 12.4 points and 6.6 rebounds for the Vikings, who were recently ranked No. 17 among Division III schools.

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    Northwestern receives $15 million athletics gift

    J. Landis (Lanny) and Sharon Martin have committed $15 million to support Northwestern University's campaign for athletics and recreation, bringing the total of major gifts pledged in support of this campaign to more than $70 million, university officials announced Monday.

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    Wolves add 4 players to AHL roster

    The Chicago Wolves have recalled right wing Alexandre Grenier and defenseman John Negrin from the ECHL's Kalamazoo Wings and goaltender Matthieu Corbeil from the Central Hockey League's Missouri Mavericks. In addition, the Vancouver Canucks have reassigned center Alex Mallet from Kalamazoo to the Wolves.

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    Viator’s Aboona keeps his shooting touch at Washington University

    Former St. Viator High School sharpshooter Alan Aboona hasn't lost a step in his college career. Or his touch from the perimeter. While scoring a game-high 35 points, the junior guard set a Univeristy Athletic Association single-game record with 10 three-pointers, including the game-winner with nine seconds left to lead the No. 12-ranked Washington University (St. Louis) men's basketball team to an 86-84 win at Emory University.

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    Gandolfi assembles winning IHSBCA coaching clinic

    The 2013 Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association coaches clinic will be held Jan. 25-26 at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center. It will feature World Series champion manager Tony LaRussa as well as a host of other outstanding speakers.

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    Lance Armstrong spoke to the Livestrong staff on Monday before he slipped away for an interview at a hotel with Oprah Winfrey.

    Source: Armstrong tells Livestrong staff ‘I’m sorry’

    Lance Armstrong apologized to the staff at his Livestrong cancer foundation before heading to an interview with Oprah Winfrey, a person with direct knowledge of the meeting told The Associated Press.Stripped last year of his seven Tour de France titles because of doping charges, Armstrong addressed the staff Monday and said, "I'm sorry." The person said the disgraced cyclist choked up and several employees cried during the session.The person also said Armstrong did not make a direct confession to the group about using banned drugs.

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    The Chicago Golf Show will celebrate its 30th anniversary when it returns next month to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. The show also will have a presenting sponsor thanks to the BMW Championship at Conway Farms.

    WGA takes a swing with Chicago Golf Show

    The Chicago Golf Show will get a big boost for its 30th anniversary staging next month. Rarely has the show, to be held Feb. 22-24 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, had a presenting sponsor. The last time was in 2009, when South Carolina golf mecca Myrtle Beach took the leadership role. This time the show will be presented by the BMW Championship, the Western Golf Association's premier event, and golf writer Len Ziehm calls it a win-win situation.

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    Katie Yohn

    Meaningful milestone for Yohn at Bradley

    St. Edward alum Katie Yohn had a night to remember on two different fronts recently. Yohn, now a senior on the Bradley University women's basketball team, not only broke the program's all-time record for 3-pointers made, but also hit a game-winning 3-pointer. Yohn's 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds to play gave Bradley an 80-79 Missouri Valley Conference win over Missouri State at Renaissance Coliseum in Peoria.

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    Mike North video: NFL Playoff Questions

    Mike North admits he was wrong about San Francisco 49er's quarterback Colin Kaepernick, but he still feels we need to wait to see how they finish out the season before we determine if it was a good move by head coach Jim Harbaugh to play him.

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    Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly just did what any good coach would do when he interviewed with the Philadelphia Eagles about their opening.

    Notre Dame’s Kelly just did what coaches do

    Brian Kelly stayed at Notre Dame because doing so was in his best interests, which is the movivation that drives most decisions by most big-time football coaches.

Business

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    West Dundee to reconsider video gambling

    West Dundee officials are starting to rethink the village's ban on video gambling and are scheduled to take another vote on the matter in February. Monday night, Village President Larry Keller said allowing it into town would level the playing field for its merchants, as most of the towns that surround the village allow video gambling. West Dundee decided against it in 2010. "We didn't really have a lot of knowledge of what was going on ... and it was a lot easier to say no," Keller said.

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    A look at the ready-made foods at the new Walgreens on State Street in downtown Chicago.

    Walgreens' own Rx alters drugstore theme

    A hair salon. Salad bar. Vitamin deficiency testing. Sounds like an eclectic mix for a retailer to have inside one store, especially Walgreen Co. Yet that's part of some upcoming plans, including the hair salon now being tested in a New York store, to help boost the Deerfield-based drugstore chain. “We're moving from being just a drugstore to a health and daily living destination,” said Joe Magnacca, Walgreen president of daily living products and services.

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    Mark Michalak is owner of Jersey Mike’s Subs in Lake in the Hills and Crystal Lake. Jersey Mike’s likes to partner with local organizations to hold fundraisers.

    Jersey Mike’s welcomes fundraisers

    Compared to some of the old standby sandwich shops, Jersey Mike's is relatively new to the sandwich market and the communities along the Randall Road corridor. But since they opened along the corridor in the past couple of years, they've done their best to become an integral part of the community, including giving back to the communities they serve.

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    This is the door for United Aviation Fuels Corp., a subsidy of United Airlines, located in a small office building in Sycamore, Ill.

    Can RTA prove its case against United?

    The lawsuit filed against United Airlines, alleging that the company falsely claims to buy jet fuel in a rural Illinois community in order to skirt tens of millions of dollars in sales taxes, hinges on whether a transportation agency can prove the monumental purchasing task couldn't have been done from inside the airline's tiny office 70 miles from Chicago.

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    Nike said Monday that it signed a sponsorship deal with No. 1-ranked McIlroy for a reported $200 million.

    Nike announces sponsorship deal with McIlroy

    Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods are on the same team now — at least when it comes to sponsorship. McIlroy officially made the switch to the swoosh on Monday as Nike confirmed one of the worst-kept secrets in golf, announcing it had signed a multi-year deal with the top-ranked Northern Irishman.

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    President Barack Obama warned Congress against using the debt ceiling as leverage in the spending debate, saying on Monday “markets could go haywire” and government payments, from Social Security checks to military salaries, will be held up if the limit isn’t raised.

    Obama demands quick action to raise debt limit

    President Barack Obama demanded Monday that Congress raise the federal debt limit quickly, warning that "Social Security benefits and veterans' checks will be delayed if they don't," and cautioning Republicans not to insist on concessions in exchange."They will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the economy," he said at the final news conference of his first term.

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    The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index declined from near a five-year high as Apple Inc.’s slump amid concern about iPhone sales offset a rally in Dell Inc.

    Stocks little changed on Wall Street; Apple slides

    Apple held down the Standard & Poor's 500, pushing it further below the five-year high it reached last week, after the technology giant's stock sank following a report that demand for the iPhone 5 may be weaker than expected. The Dow Jones industrial average edged higher.

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    Coca-Cola on Monday said it will start airing a two-minute spot during the highest-rated shows on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC in hopes of flexing its marketing muscle in the debate over sodas and their impact on public health. The ad lays out Coca-Cola’s record of providing drinks with fewer calories over the years and notes that weight gain is the result of consuming too many calories of any kind, not just soda.

    Coca-Cola to address obesity for first time in ads

    Coca-Cola became one of the world's most powerful brands by equating its soft drinks with happiness. Now it's taking to the airwaves for the first time to address a growing cloud over the industry: obesity.

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    Picasso portrait of lover boosts $240 million Sotheby’s auction

    A Pablo Picasso painting of his lover Marie-Therese Walter is estimated to sell for as much as $56 million at an auction next month in London.The artist's canvas "Femme assise pres d'une fenetre," showing a serene Marie-Therese seated in a black armchair, is among 61 works being offered by Sotheby's in its Feb. 5 auction of Impressionist, modern and Surrealist art. The auction is valued at as much as $240 million..

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    PayPal expands retail store payments service

    PayPal says it is expanding its payment service to more brick-and-mortar retailers, including RadioShack and Dollar General stores. EBay Inc.'s payments subsidiary is announcing Monday that as of the end of 2012 it had agreements with 23 retailers to accept PayPal in their stores.

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    Quinn: ‘Divergent’ to film in Illinois

    Gov. Pat Quinn says filming will begin in Illinois in April on “Divergent” — the movie version of a novel by Chicagoan Veronica Roth.In a statement Monday, Quinn says the movie production is expected to bring 1,000 jobs and more than $30 million in spending to Illinois. Quinn says one of the reasons Illinois is an ideal place for filmmakers is that Chicago boasts one of the country’s largest soundstages. Cinespace opened in May 2011 and was built with $5 million from the Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program, as well as tens of millions of dollars in private investment. The studio currently hosts the TV series “Chicago Fire.”“Divergent” is scheduled for release in March 2014.

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    Eurozone industrial output down for 3rd month
    Industrial output across the 17 European Union countries that use the euro fell in November for the third straight month, official figures showed Monday, in a further sign that the region will likely remain stuck in recession for the fourth quarter of 2012.

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    Report: Apple cutting orders for iPhone 5 parts

    Apple shares are falling in premarket trading after The Wall Street Journal reported that the company has cut its orders for iPhone 5 components due to weaker-than-expected demand.

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    Oil rises near $94 on China, US recovery hopes

    BANGKOK (AP) — Oil prices rose to near $94 on Monday, supported by signs of economic recovery in the U.S. and China.Benchmark oil for February delivery was up 33 cents to $93.89 per barrel at late afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract dropped 26 cents to finish at $93.56 a barrel in New York on Friday.Gordon Kwan, head of energy research at Mirae Asset Securities Ltd. in Hong Kong, said oil prices were rising on signs that the fragile economic recoveries in the world's two biggest economies appeared to be gaining traction. The U.S. housing market has shown steady improvement, while China's trade growth rebounded strongly in December."China and the U.S. appear to be on a very solid track of economic recovery. This supports oil prices at much higher levels." He said that prices were also moving up because of increased energy consumption in China, which is enduring its coldest winter in nearly three decades."There is the possibility that West Texas Intermediate could reach $95 per barrel in the coming days and Brent could go to $115," Kwan said. Brent crude, used to price international varieties of oil, was up 27 cents to $110.91 per barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.In other energy futures trading on Nymex: — Wholesale gasoline was almost unchanged at $2.755 a gallon.— Heating oil rose 1.5 cents to $3.023 a gallon.— Natural gas rose 3.8 cents to $3.365 per 1,000 cubic feet.———Follow Pamela Sampson on Twitter at http://twitter.com/pamelasampson

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    Ram 1500, Cadillac ATS win auto show awards

    The Cadillac ATS and Ram 1500 pickup are the North American Car and Truck of the Year winners. The winners were unveiled Monday morning at Cobo Center in Detroit. Car finalists were the Cadillac ATS, Ford Fusion, and Honda Accord. Truck and utility vehicle finalists were the Ford C-Max, Mazda CX-5, along with the Ram.

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    Valpak coupons now offered in some vehicles

    The company that sends you blue envelopes stuffed with coupons also wants you to save money while you're driving.Valpak has partnered with Roximity, a Denver-based app developer, to bring coupons and deals to drivers of newer-model Fords and Lincolns who use the voice-controlled Sync AppLink connected to their mobile phone.

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    Markets up further as investors remain confident

    The new year rally in global markets showed few signs of abating Monday ahead of a speech on monetary policy from Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke.

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    Shares in package delivery company TNT Express NV were knocked as much as 50 percent lower Monday on news that United Parcel Service Inc. has ditched its $6.9 billion takeover of the struggling Dutch company, citing objections from European regulators.

    UPS abandons $6.9 billion takeover for TNT Express

    Shares in package delivery company TNT Express NV were knocked as much as 50 percent lower Monday on news that United Parcel Service Inc. has ditched its $6.9 billion takeover of the struggling Dutch company, citing objections from European regulators.

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    Samsung’s Galaxy S III

    Samsung sells 100 million Galaxy S smartphones

    Samsung Electronics Co. said Monday that global sales of its Galaxy S smartphones surpassed 100 million units since the first model in the series was released less than three years ago.Samsung said it has sold more than 25 million Galaxy S smartphones, 40 million Galaxy S II smartphones and 41 million Galaxy S III smartphones. Samsung launched the first Galaxy S model at the end of May 2010, scrambling to catch up with Apple, which was reshaping the market with the iPhone.

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    German automaker Volkswagen AG says its 2012 group sales hit a record high as growing demand around the world more than offset sluggish sales in Europe.

    Volkswagen reports record sales for 2012
    German automaker Volkswagen AG says its 2012 group sales hit a record high as growing demand around the world more than offset sluggish sales in Europe.It says Monday that more than nine million vehicles were delivered for the first time. The total of 9.07 million was up 11.2 percent from the 8.16 million delivered in 2011. December sales were also up 20.7 percent over the same month last year.

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    Mike Evans

    New Naperville chamber CEO aims internationally

    Kukec's People features Mike Evans, who is seeking a more international shift in thinking for Naperville area business leaders.

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    Despite budget woes, government market remains an option

    How much of a problem the lack of fiscal management becomes for small and mid-size businesses that seek to sell goods and services to government agencies remains to be seen. Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall looks at the trend.

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    Two Men and a Truck owners Paul and Kristy Brown with their children, from left, Jamie, 4, Luke, 7, and Haley 10.

    Two Men and a Truck franchise grows

    Despite the current housing market and business climate, Two Men And A Truck has experienced continuous double digit growth the last consecutive 36 months and is expanding, according to local franchise owners.

Life & Entertainment

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    This undated publicity photo provided by PBS shows, from left, Elizabeth McGovern as Lady Grantham, Hugh Bonneville as Lord Grantham, Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley, Penelope Wilton as Isobel Crawley, Allen Leech as Tom Branson, Jim Carter as Mr. Carson, and Phyllis Logan as Mrs. Hughes, from the TV series, “Downton Abbey.” On Jan. 29, the final three episodes of Downton Abbey Season 3 will be available to iTunes Season Pass holders in the US and Canada before the episodes air on TV.

    Last 3 episodes of ‘Downton Abbey’ released early on iTunes

    Select "Downton Abbey" fans are in for an early viewing treat and bragging rights. Apple said Monday that people in North America who hold iTunes season passes will be able to see this season's last three episodes of "Downton" before they air. The period drama's second season was the best-selling TV series on iTunes last year, Apple said, without disclosing the numbers. The exclusive preview of a TV series is the first for iTunes, the company said.

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    Natural holiday decor can be recycled into your mulch pile. Remember to first remove unnatural items such as tinsel and wire.

    Seed, bulb and nursery catalogs will help you plan for new year

    Order seed, bulb and nursery catalogs to assist in planning your garden for the new year. To help you choose the best plants, take advantage of the Chicago Botanic Garden's online resource, Illinois' Best Plants (find the link on the left-hand side of chicagobaotanic.org/plantinfo).

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    Nutritional yeast flakes lend a savory, cheesy flavor to pumpkin and white bean soup. The flakes season the soup and the sourdough croutons.

    Off the Beaten Aisle: Nutritional yeast pumps up soup

    It's awfully hard to get excited about a food called “nutritional yeast flakes.” It sounds like something you either need a prescription to get. Or a prescription to get rid of. But it can add loads of savory flavor to a variety of foods. Associated Press Food Editor J.M. Hirsch explains more about this powerhouse ingredients and shares some ways to use it.

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    Nutritional yeast flakes lend a savory, cheesy flavor to pumpkin and white bean soup. The flakes season the soup and the sourdough croutons.

    Pumpkin and White Bean Soup with Sourdough Croutons
    Pumpkin and White Bean Soup

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    A new report Monday shows that coroner’s officials amended Natalie Wood’s death certificate based on unanswered questions about bruises on her upper body.

    Coroner releases new report on Natalie Wood death

    A newly released report shows coroner's officials amended Natalie Wood's death certificate based on unanswered questions about bruises on her upper body but were lacking several pieces of evidence and could only conclude that she drowned under undetermined circumstances more than 30 years ago. Los Angeles County coroner's officials state in a 10-page addendum to Wood's autopsy report that some of the bruises may have occurred before she went into the water and drowned, but that could not be definitively determined.

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    A teen Carrie Bradshaw (AnnaSophia Robb) goes to high school — and lives at home with her recently widowed dad (Matt Letscher) — in “The Carrie Diaries” on The CW.

    CW turns back the clock for ‘Carrie Diaries’

    When viewers met Carrie Bradshaw 15 years ago in HBO's hit comedy "Sex and the City," Carrie was a self-styled "sexual anthropologist" who wrote a New York newspaper column based on her ongoing "research." Now comes a new series, "The Carrie Diaries," premiering Monday on the CW, which turns back the clock to the high school blossoming of Carrie (AnnaSophia Robb) as a writer and passionate would-be Manhattanite.

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    Jodie Foster, recipient of the Cecil B. Demille Award during Sunday's 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards, said during her speech, “I hope you're not disappointed that there won't be a big coming-out speech tonight. I already did my coming-out about a thousand years ago back in the Stone Age.”

    Foster reveals she's gay, suggests she's retiring

    Jodie Foster came out without really coming out, and suggested she was retiring from acting without exactly saying so, in a rambling speech at Sunday night's Golden Globe Awards. Foster took the stage as this year's winner of the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award. "I hope you're not disappointed that there won't be a big coming-out speech tonight. I already did my coming-out about a thousand years ago back in the Stone Age."

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    Angus T. Jones is expected back at “Two and a Half Men” next week, with CBS accepting his apology for calling the popular comedy “filth” and “very inappropriate” in an interview last year.

    CBS welcoming actor Angus Jones back to comedy

    The teenage actor Angus T. Jones is expected back at "Two and a Half Men" next week, with CBS accepting his apology for calling the popular comedy "filth" and "very inappropriate." "We move on," CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler said on Saturday. After a break for the holidays, actors on "Two and a Half Men" are about to begin rehearsals for new episodes.

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    Miss New York Mallory Hytes Hagan reacts as she is crowned Miss America 2013 on Saturday in Las Vegas.

    Miss America: I understand hardships women face

    The newly crowned Miss America says she understands the hardships facing average women. Speaking on ABC's "Good Morning America" Monday, Mallory Hagan says she went to school and worked full time before winning Miss New York and clenching the Miss America crown.

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    Some people think certain cultural foods might help ward off sickness — or at least make you feel better. SHNS photo

    When you're sick, comfort foods can help

    It's that time of year. The nights are long, the mornings are chilly, and rain-soaked days test our resolve. Maybe you're sniffling and sneezing, coughing and clammy and ready to be done with your all-too-common cold. Wouldn't it be nice if you could have a bowl of soup, a cup of tea or a box of chocolates and make it all go away?

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    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet artist Paul Emsley after viewing the newly commissioned portrait of The Duchess of Cambridge at the National Portrait Gallery in central London on Friday. Kate has resumed public appearances after being treated for acute morning sickness last month.

    Palace: Prince William and Kate’s baby due in July

    The former Kate Middleton is due to give birth to her first baby in July, and her health is improving after a bout of severe morning sickness, palace officials said Monday. The child of Kate and Prince William will be third in line to the British throne. The 31-year-old Duchess of Cambridge, as she is formally known, spent several days in the hospital last month being treated for acute morning sickness.

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    Children are encouraged to drink more water and less soda and juice, and now there’s a website to help families achieve that goal.

    Your Health: How much sugar is in your drink?

    A website helps parents and kids choose better drink options and cut back on juice and soda. Also, a Facebook page encourages group activity and exercise.

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    Flu leads list of scary health-risk scenarios

    The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it's the flu that can cause real health havoc for people, especially the weak and vulnerable.

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    Picky young eaters can grow up to like variety
    When I trained in pediatrics in medical school, I was amazed by how many parents brought their kids to the doctor because the kids were picky eaters. The good news? By the time most children reach the age of 10, they’re digging into a wide spectrum of foods.

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    Actress Jane Fonda not only has a new CD on yoga for beginners and a new book, she also plays Nancy Reagan in an upcoming movie called “The Butler.”

    Jane Fonda still has a healthy outlook

    Jane Fonda has been in the public eye for more than 50 years, as an Oscar-winning actress for the films “Klute” and “Coming Home,” an activist against the war in Vietnam and an exercise guru who has made more than 20 workout videos (now DVDs). Her first video came out in 1982 and helped start the aerobics craze. Now 75, Fonda is in the middle of what she calls her third act of life.

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    Vaccination schedules provide best protection

    A few — and thankfully only a few — parents ask that pediatricians follow alternate vaccine schedules when immunizing their children. I have yet to find any medical evidence that staggering vaccines is beneficial, but continue to encounter some parents who just feel more comfortable spacing out vaccinations.

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    Technology raises ‘body hacking’ to a new level

    Adherents call this “body hacking” or the “quantified self” movement, and at the Consumer Electronics Show, this year, it got quite a boost. A wireless armband tracks the calories you burn and the length of time you sleep. A Wi-Fi enabled scale can check your body fat and heart rate. In perhaps the most buzzworthy unveiling of all, Hong Kong-based Hapilabs announced a “smart fork” that knows how fast you eat — and graphs that questionably useful data on a phone or web-based dashboard.

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    Emily Scherpf, left, and Kate Rahman negotiate a personal training package at the Lifestyles Family Fitness in Valrico, Fla.

    What to look for in a health club

    This is the time of year when many of us notice that our waistlines are expanding, but our energy level is declining. It’s the time of year when we resolve to do something about it. Health-club memberships tend to spike in January. There’s no shortage of advice on how to choose. A few things to consider include location, cost and staff at a health club.

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    Dave Voss typically doesn’t think of himself as a master triathlete. More of a hard worker. He’s been fairly active all his 51 years — a little soccer, baseball, jogging, biking and chasing after bad guys as a Minneapolis cop.

    For this triathlete, it’s a love of training, competing

    At age 51, Dave Voss doesn’t talk about himself as a master triathlete. More like a conscientious worker: “I’m pretty good, but I love it, I work at it, and I just never quit.”“Some people think I’m nuts,” he added. “Look at my face at Mile 22, say, and maybe all you see is the pain and the strain. But I’m on such a high. Even if I’m not doing well, I’m figuring out how to get on track.”

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    1958 Chrysler Imperial Crown convertible

    Finned convertible a good fit for former fighter pilot

    When Jimmy Reaney straps into his 1958 Chrysler Imperial Crown convertible, it's reminiscent of a very familiar setting. Design cues for his drop top mimic the F-16s and F4 Phantoms the retired Air Force pilot from Palatine has flown countless times before.

Discuss

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    Editorial: The need for prudence in early release
    As the state Department of Corrections begins its new early release program, public safety must be foremost in a well-thought-out implementation, a Daily Herald editorial says.

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    The balancing act of parenting

    Columnist Ruben Navarrette: I often describe it as my most important job. It’s the one that is the most difficult, and yet the most fulfilling. The job is being a parent to my three young children — ages 3, 5 and 7. And in 2013, my resolution is to do it better.

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    On crying at the movies

    Columnist Michael Gerson: Following the “Les Miserables” incident on Christmas Day, I suspect I will never convince my teenage sons to attend a movie with me again. At various moments of high emotion — and there are few other kinds in the movie — their father was a sobbing, embarrassing mess.

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    Politicians shouldn’t control pensions
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Have the politicians join the same programs for retirement and health services that are being proposed for the working people. Then, let's see what they come up with.

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    Medicaid drug limits hurt us all
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: While it’s always prudent to look at where we’re spending public money, complicating and restricting medications to an already vulnerable population will not only hurt the patient, but also the state’s long-term fiscal health.

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    Refusal to collect data spurred lawsuit
    An Elmhurst letter to the editor: Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka is responsible for paying the state’s bills. She is also the only public official in Illinois to reject our Freedom of Information Act request for the line-by-line state checkbook information showing these transactions.

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    Be aware of games kids are playing
    A Deerfield letter to the editor: As a pediatrician, I advise parents to become familiar with the video games their child is playing and discuss the role of violence. I commend Kevin Slota of Algonquin for removing violent video games from his arcade.

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    Help us revise D15 plan for late arrival
    Letter to the editor: Lisa Beth Szczupaj of Palatine is urging parents in District 15 to support a change in the proposal for late student arrivals on Wednesdays to an early dismissal on Fridays.

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    Palatine Twp. says ‘thank you’ for help
    Letter to the editor: Supervisor Linda Fleming says Palatine Township extends its sincere thank you to the residents and businesses of the Palatine Township community for their overwhelming participation in the annual Thanksgiving Basket program.

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    Act of kindness is much appreciated
    Letter to the editor: Joan Gall of Mount Prospect was surprised by an act of kindness while shopping recently.

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    What will street look like without shade?
    Letter to the editor: Carrie Brooks is upset that Mount Prospect is marking ash trees to be taken down, tress she thinks can be saved. "Please call the Village of Mount Prospect and tell them that you, the homeowner, will treat your tree," she writes.

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    Many families made happy this holiday
    Letter to the editor: "On behalf of the Hanover Township officials and all the staff and volunteers of our Welfare Services department, I would like to thank the community for their outpouring of support during this past holiday season," writes Supervisor Brian P. McGuire.

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    Hats off to Fecarotta for a job well done
    Letter to the editor: Schaumburg Township Highway Commissioner Robert Fecarotta is not running for another term this April and writers James and Ryan Melchin celebrate all he has accomplished.

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    Is contract really in 220’s best interests?
    Letter to the editor: Willard Bishop of Barrington Hills says that the contract extension given to the District 220 superintendent has more to do with protecting his pension than offering stability to the community. "There was no reason to reopen a contract that had two years to go except to protect the value of the superintendent's pension," he writes.

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    Our money just keeps flowing out
    Letter to the editor: Carol Schubert complains that if you live in the Barrignton area, your tax money is like a river flowing away from you. "When will we wake up and complain loud and often to those in charge?" she asks.

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