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Daily Archive : Wednesday March 6, 2013

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    Miriam Pike

    Buffalo Grove woman heads new private high school opening in Chicago

    Buffalo Grove resident Miriam Pike is on the ground floor of something she feels is unique in education in the Chicago area. Pike is the founding head of the Wolcott School, an independent college-preparatory high school for teens with learning differences, including dyslexia and other language-based learning issues. "We are a private school with a public purpose," said Wolcott Trustee Don...

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    Several area fire departments were at the scene of an explosion Wednesday at Fox Valley Systems Inc., 640 Industrial Drive in Cary.

    3 hurt in Cary factory explosion

    Multiple explosions at a Cary paint factory Wednesday injured at least three people and prompted the evacuation of more than 20 neighboring businesses. The injured were immediately taken from Fox Valley Systems, Inc., Cary Police Chief Steven Casstevens said, but he did not know the extent of their injuries. They were first taken to Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington but a hospital...

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    Gov. Pat Quinn's budget address will hit home in the suburbs.

    Quinn's cuts could hit suburban schools, towns

    Gov. Pat Quinn's budget proposal to lawmakers Wednesday presents potentially stark budget cuts that could come down hard on suburban schools and municipalities.

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    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn speaks to reporters outside the Governor's office at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield Friday, Jan. 30, 2009. Quinn who became governor after Rod Blagojevich was impeached, inherited a bevy of budget problems when he took over the job. Quinn is set to present his proposed budget today.

    Quinn budget begins 'at odds' with lawmakers

    Gov. Pat Quinn today will unveil a budget proposal he argues reflects the Illinois' financial crisis and is painfully austere but is already on track to conflict with lawmakers who want to spend less.

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    The U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America under the direction of Maj. Cristina Moore Urrutia perform for special guest Robert Geggie at Scott Air Force Base, Ill.

    Marine veteran gets personal concert

    In his hospice room at the Randolph County Care Center in Sparta, Robert T. Geggie dreamed about music, marching music mainly. "He was talking about having the Marine Corps Band play underneath his window," said Karie Freeland of Hospice Dreams, a group that grants wishes for adult hospice patients. She said they couldn't do that, but they did arrange for a concert by a top-notch military band,...

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    File photo Illinois lawmakers today started advancing a plan to legalize medical marijuana.

    House panel says OK to medical marijuana

    A panel of state lawmakers Wednesday approved legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Illinois. Supporters of the plan say it would be the most tightly regulated marijuana law in the country, restricting who can use the drug to people suffering from specific diseases and limiting the total number of pot dispensaries statewide to 60.

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    Boy gets juvenile prison for firing gun in school

    A central Illinois judge has sentenced a 15-year-old to state juvenile prison for firing gunshots into the ceiling at his high school in Normal.

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    Grayslake Dist. 46 nixes plan to raise school fees

    Grayslake Elementary District 46 board members have rejected a recommendation to raise school fees as part of an effort to close a projected $2.2 million budget hole for the next academic year.

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    Arlington Heights village hall.

    Arlington Hts. begins budget process

    Arlington Heights began the budget process for fiscal year 2014 Wednesday with the first in what will a series of public meetings. The proposed budget of more than $145.5 million represents a 1.4 percent increase over this year. "This is our best attempt to predict what the year beginning May 1 will require," said Village Manager Bill Dixon.

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    Naperville City Council members approved this site plan for the $95 million Water Street Development. Now developers and the city must figure out who's paying for it and how.

    Would-be Naperville council members weigh in on Water Street financing

    Naperville City Council members have approved a site plan for the long-touted Water Street Development in downtown. But some say a much tougher battle looms as developers assemble financing for the 2.4-acre development that will include a 166-room hotel, 71,000 square feet of commercial space, 26,000 square feet of office space, a 524-space parking deck, improvements along the south shore of the...

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    Cuts:
    Grayslake Elementary District 46 board members have rejected a recommendation to raise school fees as part of an effort to close a projected $2.2 million budget hole projected for the next academic year. District 46 Superintendent Ellen Correll at a meeting Wednesday night pitched the idea of a $10 fee hike for students in kindergarten through eighth grade starting in 2013-14.

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    Elgin gives preliminary OK to video gambling

    Elgin is in the final stretch of allowing video gambling to come to town, even though that might amount to a revenue loss for the city. The city council's committee of the whole on Wednesday night OK'd amending two ordinances — one in the municipal code, the other in the liquor code — that currently prohibit video gambling in Elgin.

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    Authorities suspect a buildup of snow from Tuesday’s winter storm caused the roof to collapse over a portion of Cafe la Cave in Des Plaines. The collapse destroyed one ballroom and damaged other portions of the banquet hall and restaurant.

    Roof collapses at popular Des Plaines banquet facility

    Though he's thankful no one was hurt, owner Gus Sutter said he's devastated by the roof collapse at the popular Cafe La Cave banquet facility in Des Plaines. "It's a total disaster," Sutter said. Des Plaines Fire Chief Alan Wax said everyone's best guess of what caused the roof above the baby grand ballroom to collapse was snow buildup.

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    Gov. Pat Quinn suggested Wednesday that new Illinois casinos could help pay for schools and the state’s nearly $100 billion in pension debt.

    Quinn says gambling could help pay for pensions, schools

    Gov. Pat Quinn, in his budget proposal to lawmakers Wednesday, suggested for the first time that money from new Illinois casinos could help pay for schools and the state's nearly $100 billion in pension debt.

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    Commission comes up with school closing numbers in Chicago

    A commission formed to determine how to reduce the number of Chicago schools says the school district has the capacity to close or consolidate 80 schools this year. The commission, created by Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, asserts closing an underutilized school "should be considered only if its students can transfer safely to a better-performing school."

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    Debra Vander Weit

    Lake Zurich downtown future an issue for nine village board trustee candidates

    Lake Zurich's nine village board trustee candidates are offering varying ideas on what type of movement they want to see on downtown redevelopment within a year. Downtown redevelopment has been a longtime issue in Lake Zurich

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    Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Wednesday called for swift approval of John Brennan’s nomination to become CIA director.

    Senator launches lengthy debate to block CIA pick

    A Republican critic of the Obama administration's drone policy mounted a self-described filibuster Wednesday to block Senate confirmation of John Brennan to take over as director of the CIA.

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    Sean O’Brien

    Police officer downplays ‘hero’ talk after saving boy

    Evanston police officer Sean O'Brien has been praised as a hero for rescuing a 7-year-old boy from the icy waters of the Des Plaines River on Tuesday afternoon, but he's reluctant to accept that label. "I'd like to think that any good citizen, certainly any police officer or firefighter, would have done what I did," he said.

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    Hundreds of gun owners and supporters march down Capitol Avenue during the annual Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day Wednesday in Springfield. The Illinois State Rifle Association, in partnership with IllinoisCarry.com and other groups, including the McHenry County Right to Carry Association, organized the event.

    Gun supporters lobby state lawmakers

    Throngs of gun rights supporters converged on the Illinois Capitol Wednesday afternoon to speak to lawmakers as part of the annual Illinois Gun Owner's Lobby Day, which is sponsored by the Illinois State Rifle Association.

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    Glenbard adjusting school day to help struggling students

    Glenbard High School District 87 plans to adjust its school day schedule starting in the fall that officials say would allow students struggling academically to get extra help. Those students would be able to get additional academic support during an extended lunch period that is proposed to be implemented at all four district high schools.

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    Jane Broten

    Elk Grove volunteer worked hard for children and families

    One of the founding members of WINGS, whose passion to help homeless women with children grew out of her community work in Elk Grove Village, has died. Jane Broten died Sunday after a courageous battle with breast cancer. She was 80.

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    Mt. Prospect man charged in drugstore thefts

    A Mount Prospect man faces multiple misdemeanor and felony retail theft charges in connection with thefts Sunday of hundreds of dollars in over-the-counter medications at four drugstores in Arlington Heights and Mount Prospect.

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    Man sues Aurora police over wrongful conviction

    A man who spent 11 years behind bars before his conviction in a 2000 murder was thrown out has sued Aurora police. Jonathan Grayson, 31, convicted under the name of Jonathon Moore, filed the lawsuit this week in federal court against the city and eight officers.He was convicted in 2002, but freed after investigators received new information and reinterviewed prior witnesses and 10 new people.

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    Supporters of Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez cry outside the military hospital where President Hugo Chavez, aged 58, died Tuesday in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday.

    A day of tears after Chavez death in Venezuela

    By the hundreds of thousands, Hugo Chavez's tearful supporters carried their dead president through streets still plastered with his smiling image, an epic farewell to a larger-than-life leader remembered simply as "our commander." In a display of raw, and at times, unruly emotion, generations of Venezuelans, many dressed in the red of Chavez's socialist party, filled Caracas' streets Wednesday.

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    Runners preparing for the Inaugural Naperville Marathon and Half Marathon now can view course maps online at naperville26.com. The maps were approved Tuesday by the Naperville City Council, then released Wednesday by race organizers.

    Naperville marathon to start, finish downtown

    The start, the finish and all the miles in between in the Inaugural Naperville Marathon and Half Marathon have been mapped out and approved, marathon officials said Wednesday, as they released course maps for the first time. "We're giving people the best possible view of Naperville we can give them," Race Director Bob Hackett said Wednesday.

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    Indiana Department of Transportation snowplows run side by side clearing snow off the US 35 overpass in LaPorte, Ind., Tuesday.

    Storm strikes Mid-Atlantic; 250,000 without power

    A winter storm marched into the Mid-Atlantic region Wednesday, dumping nearly two feet of snow in some places and knocking out power to about 250,000 homes and businesses. It largely spared the nation's capital, which was expecting much worse and had all but shut down.

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    Former Oprah dresser sentenced in friend’s death

    A man who reportedly once dressed Oprah Winfrey and guests on her talk show has been sentenced to prison for fatally stabbing a friend during a fight in their Chicago home. Herbert Van Stephens on Wednesday was sentenced to 39 years in prison in the March 2012 murder of 25-year-old John Atkinson.

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    Shahid Khan, owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars, has been a major donor to the University of Illinois. He’ll speak at commencement on May 12.

    U of I picks NFL owner as graduation speaker

    The owner of the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars will be the speaker at this spring's commencement ceremonies at the University of Illinois. Shahid Khan is a 1971 graduate of the university's Engineering School.

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    Angelo Christopher

    Carol Stream candidate wants to implement property tax

    The village of Carol Stream is one of the few municipalities in Illinois that does not have its own property tax — and many candidates for village offices regularly campaign on platforms expressing vehement opposition to instating one. But this election season, one candidate for village board, Angelo Christopher, says he favors a local property tax because he believes if residents don't...

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    Wayne trustee candidate suggests tax hike

    Ann Marie Tigges, a candidate for Wayne village trustee, believes the village must increase its property tax rate to help pay for road maintenance, village staff costs and police pensions. Other candidates - Michael Anastasio, Howard Levine and Richard Ruminski - in April 9 election aren't so sure.

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    Members of Whole Foods and Kildeer Mayor Nandia Black join in breaking bread during the Wednesday grand opening of the Whole Foods store 20281 N. Rand Road in Kildeer.

    New Whole Foods opens in Kildeer
    A new 40,000-square-foot Whole Foods supermarket opened Wednesday in Kildeer. The store at 20281 N. Rand Road replaces a Whole Foods operation in Palatine. It's among more than 325 stores in North America and the United Kingdom.

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    Schaumburg investigating report gun was displayed near business

    Schaumburg police are investigating a report that a gun was displayed by an occupant of a white car near the intersection of Schaumburg and Barrington roads Wednesday afternoon. The initial report came in as one of shots fired near a business at the intersection, but responding officers found no evidence or witnesses confirming that, police Sgt. John Nebl said.

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    Ruben Betance-Lopez

    Aurora man convicted of sexually assaulting child

    An Aurora man faces at least 12 years in prison after he was convicted Wednesday of sexually preying on a child he knew, according to Kane County state's attorney's office.

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    Lake Forest man charged with punching shopper in parking lot dispute

    A Lake Forest man was charged with aggravated battery after he punched a 61-year-old man outside of Costco in Mettawa, authorities said. Bruce Mordini, 49, of the 400 block of Ridge Road, is free after posting the required 10 percent of his $10,000 bail Wednesday afternoon.

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    US Airways CEO Doug Parker

    US Airways CEO agrees to meet with Emanuel

    The executive who will lead the new American Airlines after its merger with US Airways has agreed to meet with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel for discussions likely to include the massive modernization project at O'Hare International Airport. US Airways CEO Doug Parker has spoken with Emanuel and is working on setting up a meeting in person, airline spokeswoman Liz Landau said.

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    Kane Court security has tie vote, continues negotiations

    On the eve of a strike by Kane County court security officers, the county made a "substantial move" on a contract offer, but the officers tied in a vote to approve the deal, the union attorney said. "Half voted to accept it, half voted to reject it. I've never seen that before. We think that the county is finally starting to realize a serious issue here. Nobody wants to strike."

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    Accused Zion mom can retrieve items from home

    A Lake County judge has allowed a 19-year-old woman from Zion to enter her home to remove some personal belongings. Aurora Escamilla is allowed to return to the home where her five-month-old baby died in Zion last week, as long as she is accompanied by a Zion police officer and does not remove anything but the personal items from the home.

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    Cardinal Timothy Dolan arrives for a meeting Wednesday at the Vatican.

    Cardinal Dolan to give Notre Dame commencement address

    Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, considered a longshot to succeed Pope Benedict XVI, will be the principal commencement speaker at the University of Notre Dame in May. As head of the nation's largest Roman Catholic archdiocese and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Dolan is one of the best-known religious figures in the United States.

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    Former local housing boss:

    Former Lake County Housing Authority Executive Director David Northern has landed a simiilar job in Philadelphia.

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    Retired teachers meeting:

    The Lake County Retired Teachers Association will meet at noon on Monday, March 12, at Lambs Farm at Route 176 and I-94 near Libertyville.

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    Search for unclaimed assets:

    Illinois residents can search for property or cash that may be held by the state by visiting https://icash.illinois.gov/index.asp.

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    Joan Allen

    Steppenwolf planning a season of premieres

    Steppenwolf Theatre Company announces its 2013-2014 featuring several world and U.S. premieres and the return of company member and Academy Award nominee Joan Allen.

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    FBI searches NIU police station

    The FBI searched the campus police station at Northern Illinois University on Wednesday, weeks after a former NIU police officer was indicted on sexual assault charges and the department police chief was fired.

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    Report: Great Lakes cleanup plan making progress

    The Obama administration says a billion-dollar campaign to improve the Great Lakes environment is paying off. U.S. federal agencies taking part in the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative released a report card Wednesday with results from the 2011 fiscal year. The program's designed to make progress on some of the region's most pressing environmental problems.

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    Several area fire departments were at the scene of an explosion on Industrial Drive in Cary Wednesday.

    Images: Cary Explosion
    Images of the scene of an explosion and fire at Fox Valley Systems, Inc. in Cary on Wednesday afternoon. An initial scanner report indicated an explosion and structure fire at the address. That first report was quickly elevated to a second box alarm.A witness indicated one wall of the plant had been destroyed.

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    DuPage County State’s Attorney Bob Berlin speaks Wednesday to students from Heritage Lakes School in Carol Stream about avoiding illegal drugs. At right is police officer Pablo Castro.

    DuPage school programs get boost from drug money

    Nearly $18,000 derived from drug busts in DuPage County went to a better cause Wednesday, as prosecutors awarded the funds to 35 local school groups. The money will assist anti-drug programs such as Red Ribbon and Character Counts, and subsidize related curriculum and scholarships.

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    Linda Moore

    Did Grafton Twp. Supervisor have authority to void check?

    Outgoing Grafton Township Supervisor Linda Moore admits she recently voided a $300,000 check meant for the road district so she could make payroll and pay off township bills — including one that kept her from serving 30 days in jail for contempt of court.

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    The roof at Aquascapes in St. Charles collapsed in February 2011. The company filed suit last week.

    St. Charles firm sues for $13M after green roof collapse in 2011

    St. Charles-based Aquascape has sued a Wisconsin-based firm and numerous other subcontractors for $13 million in damages after a part of the pond company's green roof collapsed on Feb. 13, 2011. No one was injured during the collapse at the company's headquarters, which caused workers to be relocated for a year while the roof was fixed.

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    Staff retention divides Villa Park president candidates

    As former police chief John Heidelmeier runs for Villa Park village president, he's hearing concerns about how he would work with the staff members in place when he was shown the door last year. Heidelmeier, who opposes Trustee Deborah Bullwinkel in the April 9 election, says he can work with anyone and he will retain staff members based on merit.

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    Brian Mooberry is a retired U-46 teacher and founding member of Northern Kane County Retired Educators. Mooberry serves as president of the IEARetired chapter, which has a goal of keeping retired educators politically active. The Northern Kane County Retired Educators group is looking for new members from northern Fox Valley districts.

    Retired teachers group seeks politically active members

    Brian Mooberry was an active member of state and national teachers unions for his entire career and he didn't stop for a minute once he retired in 2007, after 33 years with Elgin Area School District U-46. Now Mooberry and a group of other retired teachers are working to grow membership in Northern Kane County Retired Educators. "Our goal in the organization is to become politically active and do...

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    Boy rescued from Des Plaines River

    A boy was rescued from the Des Plaines River Tuesday afternoon by off-duty Evanston police officer Sean O'Brien, who was passing by.

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    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Two men battered a 37-year-old man in an alley on the 300 block of Oak Street, Des Plaines, and tried to rob him around 8 p.m. Feb. 27. He was dragging a garbage can toward Harding Street when the men demaned his wallet and car keys. They punched and kicked him when he told them he didn't have the items with him.

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    Richard Pickard

    Man accused in Lincolnshire theft wants personal items returned

    The attorney for a Bartlett man accused of stealing more than $100,000 in computer equipment from Walgreen Co. told a Lake County judge that police confiscated more items than they should have during the man's arrest in February. Attorney Michael Salvi said police officers took Richard Pickard's social security card, $24,000 in emergency cash, an I-phone and a Hewlett-Packard laptop computer...

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    Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, center, is joined by her husband Mark Kelly, left, and Emily Nottingham, mother of shooting victim Gabe Zimmerman, listening to a speaker as they returned to the site of a shooting that left her critically wounded to urge key senators to support expanded background checks for gun purchases Wednesday in Tucson, Ariz.

    Giffords urges support for background checks

    Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords returned to the scene of the horrific shooting that wounded her and killed six people two years ago, uttering only about a dozen words Wednesday in her first public event at the site since the rampage as she urged senators to pass background checks for gun purchases.

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    Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker and the character Yoda appear in this scene from “Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.”

    Disney working on standalone Star Wars movies

    Star Wars fans have more than just Episodes 7, 8 and 9 to look forward to. Disney CEO Bob Iger said at the annual shareholders meeting in Phoenix on Wednesday that the company is developing "some standalone movies" featuring Star Wars characters.

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    In this photo from Dec. 20, Syrian refugees, who fled their home in Idlib due to a government airstrike, load their belongings into a vehicle just after crossing the border from Syria to Turkey,

    U.N.: number of Syrian refugees reaches 1 million
    The number of Syrians who have fled their war-ravaged country and are seeking assistance has now topped the 1 million mark, the U.N. refugee agency said Wednesday, warning that Syria is heading toward a "full-scale disaster."

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    Joe Walsh

    Joe Walsh to start WIND talk show

    Former Congressman Joe Walsh will be working in the 8th Congressional District after all. While the ink's not quite dry yet, Walsh told the Daily Herald Wednesday that he will sign on as a Monday-through-Friday talk show host at Rolling Meadows-based WIND 560 AM beginning March 18. The McHenry Tea Party firebrand will have a 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. time slot, following the Steve Cochran show.

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    David Larson Inside District 87

    Glenbard considers how newest technology can change how students learn

    At its last meeting, the Glenbard High School District 87 school board heard a report on the district's new multi-year, comprehensive Instructional Technology Strategic Plan.

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    This is a sketch of what the Bartlett High School Activities Complex would look like.

    Bartlett High School kicks off fundraising campaign for athletic complex

    Bartlett High School has kicked off a $4.5 million fundraising campaign for an activities complex so that the school would no longer have to share facilities with Streamwood High School. At the suggestion of students, the campaign was launched with a video "Bartlett High School Needs a Home (Field)."

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    More than 42 percent of the former educators who have retired from Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 receive pensions of more than $100,000 a year, while statewide less than 4 percent of retired educators receive six-figure pensions.

    Pensions top $100,000 for 42% of District 211 retired educators

    In Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211, 42.5 percent of retired educators receive pensions of more than $100,000 a year, according to state retirement system data. Other suburban schools, including Stevenson High School District 125, Leyden High School District 212 and Fenton High School District 100, aren't far behind. Across the suburbs, 7 percent of retired public school educators get...

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    Buffalo Grove candidates forum will be missing the incumbents

    Three Buffalo Grove village trustees seeking re-election next month have withdrawn from a scheduled candidates forum this week, saying the village attorney warned them their presence would violate the Illinois Open Meetings Act. But the Illinois attorney general's office said Tuesday that, in general, a candidates forum would not constitute a violation of the state law meant to insure that public...

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    St. Charles mayor candidates are, clockwise from top from left, John Rabchuk, Ray Rogina, Jake Wyatt and Jotham Stein.

    St. Charles mayoral candidates tackle housing market wave of apartments

    Resentment about living next to apartments has been a major feature of just about every would-be residential development that has come to St. Charles in recent years. The four candidates for St. Charles mayor recently shared what their approach will be to new apartments in the city. Ray Rogina said any decision about letting new apartments be built would be based on where the developer wants to...

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    In this Nov. 4, 2012 photo Russian dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko as Ivan the Terrible, top, performs at a dress rehearsal of Ivan the Terrible in the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Russia. Three men are detained for an acid attack that severely burned the face and eyes of Bolshoi ballet director Sergei Filin.

    Dancer admits being behind Bolshoi chief attack
    A Russian ballet star who most recently played the title role in "Ivan the Terrible" at the famed Bolshoi Theater has confessed that he organized the acid attack on the theater's ballet chief, Moscow police said Wednesday. Sergei Filin, the artistic director of the Bolshoi ballet, suffered severe burns to his eyes and face on Jan. 17 when a masked attacker threw a jar of sulfuric acid in his face...

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    Cardinal Angelo Scola, Archbishop of Milan.

    Scola reaches youth through Kerouac and McCarthy

    To illustrate that life is a journey, one of the Italian cardinals touted as a favorite to be the next pope doesn't just turn to the Scriptures — but also to Jack Kerouac and Cormac McCarthy. Angelo Scola, the archbishop of Milan, is seen as Italy's best chance at reclaiming the papacy, following back-to-back popes from outside the country that had a lock on the job for centuries.

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    President Barack Obama walks across the South Lawn to the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday.

    Obama to meet with GOP senators on Capitol Hill
    President Barack Obama will meet with Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill next week. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's office says the president requested the meeting through his chief of staff. The meeting will take place next Thursday.

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    Enter the Daily Herald winter photo contest

    Your best winter picture could win you a trip to the Abbey Resort on Lake Geneva. You can enter the Daily Herald Winter Photo Contest, sponsored by Back to Bed, to win a two-night stay at the Abbey Resort overlooking Lake Geneva in Wisconsin. Voters are also eligible to win a two-night stay at the resort.

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    Charges dismissed against deputy marshal

    A federal judge has thrown out charges against a deputy U.S. marshal in Chicago who was accused of violating civil rights laws.

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    NE Ind. man, 21, dies in snowmobile crash
    Conservation officers say a 21-year-old northeastern Indiana man died when his snowmobile crashed into a wire fence enclosing a livestock pasture.

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    Accident at Wisconsin mill burns worker

    Federal officials are investigating an accident at a Tomahawk area mill with a history of fatal injuries to workers.

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    Police have 3 in custody for possible shooting

    University of Wisconsin-Madison police have taken three people into custody after receiving numerous reports of gunfire near a campus housing complex.

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    Winter: March 20 technically end of season
    The Chicago suburbs are digging out from the largest snow event of the winter, just a few weeks after it looked like the area was on track for one of the driest seasons in history.Only 3.5 inches of snow were recorded at O’Hare as of Jan. 31, and comparisons were being made to the winter of 1920-21, when only 9.8 inches fell.

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    McHenry County State’s Attorney Louis Bianchi, center, shakes hands with his defense attorney, Terry Ekl, after being acquitted in March 2011 for 21 felony charges as Bianchi’s wife, Jean, looks on.

    Two years later, tables turned in Bianchi misconduct case

    In March 2011, McHenry County State's Attorney Louis Bianchi was acquitted in the first of his two misconduct trials. Two years later, Bianchi's defense attorney has been appointed to prosecute Thomas McQueen, one of two special prosecutors against Bianchi, for contempt of court. "Now, the tables are completely turned," said attorney Terry Ekl.

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    Ryan Weihofen

    Lakemoor mayor candidates discuss their key issues

    The future of Lakemoor economic development is among the key issues in the race for village president, the candidates say. Incumbent Ryan “Todd” Weihofen is running the April 9 election with Tina Asmus. Trustee Kimberly Beach has filed to be a write-in candidate.

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    Dawn Patrol: Snow adds up; boy saved from Des Plaines River

    Snow totals add up. March snow gets this winter caught up. Boy rescued from Des Plaines River. Quinn to give budget address. I-294 crash kills driver. Des Plaines man collapses and dies while snowblowing. Naperville's Water Street proposal gets new life. Blackhawks win again.

Sports

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    Bulls center Joakim Noah drives to the basket as the Spurs’ Tim Duncan defends during the first half Wednesday night.

    Spurs too much for depleted Bulls

    The shorthanded Bulls hung with San Antonio for a while, but were outscored 54 -31 in the second half, leading to a 101-83 victory at the AT&T Center. The Bulls fell to 0-8 this season against the top four teams in the West the Spurs, Clippers, Oklahoma City and Memphis.

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    West Aurora’s Josh McAuley (52) and his teammates rush to the fans to celebrate following their win over Geneva during Friday’s regional final in Wheaton. West Aurora faces Benet tonight for the Bolingbrook sectional title.

    Catch live boys basketball sectional action tonight

    Check basketball.dailyherald.com tonight for live video coverage powered by High School Cube from tonight's sectional semifinal games and later for postgame video highlights and play-by-play reruns. Featured games tonight include Stevenson vs. Mundelein, Glenbard East vs. Proviso East, Larkin vs. Rockford Jefferson and West Aurora vs. Oswego.

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    West Aurora reacts to its win over Oswego Wednesday at the Class 4 Bolingbrook sectional.

    West Aurora tips No. 1 Oswego in final seconds

    West Aurora boys basketball coach Gordie Kerkman set up detailed play in a timeout with 36 seconds left trailing Oswewgo, the sectional's top seed, by a point. The play involved three options. As Kerkman said in the locker room afterward, "we never got that far." The Blackhawks needed only one option, Spencer Thomas passing to Josh McAuley, who slammed home a right-handed dunk with 22 seconds left for a 61-60 win over Oswego in Wednesday's Class 4A Bolingbrook sectional semifinal.

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    Stevenson's Matt Morrissey gets high-fives from the bench during the Patriots' win over Mundelein in the Class 4A Waukegan sectional semifinals Wednesday night.

    Veteran Stempel paces Stevenson

    Andy Stempel scored 18 points and hit three clutch 3-pointers to help Stevenson pull out a 78-68 victory over Mundelein in the semifinals of the Class 4A sectional at Waukegan's old-school East Campus gym.

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    Darion Reddick of Oswego,left, and Joshua Mcauley of West Aurora go for a rebound during the West Aurora vs. Oswego game at the Bolingbrook sectional semifinals Wednesday.

    Soph Griffin helps save day for West Aurora

    When West Aurora reserve Roland Griffin entered the Class 4A Bolingbrook sectional Wednesday night, the first shot he put up from the left baseline missed everything, not even coming close to the rim. The sophomore admitted afterward to a bit of nerves, certainly understandable given the jam-packed crowd at Bolingbrook and the high level of basketball by both teams in a classic postseason game that featured 17 lead changes and 7 ties. But just when you would expect those nerves might show up at the most inopportune time — like the fourth quarter when the teams traded the lead seven times in the final three minutes — Griffin instead was a picture of poise under pressure.

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    Larkin’s Quentin Ruff wipes tears from his eyes as he walks with teammate Derrick Streety after the Royals’ loss to Rockford Jefferson.

    Rockford Jefferson ousts Larkin

    Larkin boys basketball coach Deryn Carter would like to say his Royals' missed free throws was what beat Larkin in its 71-63 Class 4A sectional semifinal loss against Rockford Jefferson. But it wasn't just the missed free throws Wednesday night in DeKalb. Although the Royals sank just 14 of 23 from the line and missed 5 in the second half, Larkin (23-6) turned the ball over 21 times, fell behind by 9 points at the half and struggled with a bigger, more physical J-Hawk squad that ran a 3-2 defense that somewhat stymied the Royals to shoot 22 for 57 from the field. Even as Larkin erased the deficit with a 13-2 run to begin the third quarter with menacing defense, and held a 2-point lead with 5:34 to go in the fourth, all the little things in the first half really came back and haunted the Royals. Antoine Pittman and Jared Mayes, the son of 1975 Elgin High graduate and former Maroons' and Illinois State standout Derrick Mayes, proved to be too much down low and a hot Jefferson team who's won 5 of its last 6 is moving on.

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    North Central, Wheaton face difficult tasks in second round

    It's hard to believe that a team with as much postseason success as North Central would go into the first round of the NCAA Division III men's basketball tournament and feel inexperienced. However, in their first home playoff game in more than two decades the Cardinals came out of the gates with some obvious jitters Saturday against Centre College. Fortunately for North Central, the overall talent was just too much for Centre to keep up with and the Cardinals won decisively 66-50 led by junior forward Landon Gamble. Coach Todd Raridon's team was steadied after a consistent post presence in the first half.

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    Larkin’s Brayden Royse (30) walks among celebrating teammates and fans from Rockford Jefferson, as his own teammate, Hannibal Marshall, 12, gets caught up in the crowd, after the Royals’ loss to the J-Hawks in the Class 4A DeKalb sectional semifinals on Wednesday.

    The good news is, Larkin has much to look forward to

    It was as uncharacteristic as it was unsatisfying for the Larkin Royals. Mistakes, highlighted by 21 turnovers, led to Larkin's downfall in a 71-63 loss to Rockford Jefferson in a Class 4A DeKalb sectional semifinal Wednesday, thereby ending the program's best season since 2006. "The turnovers were extremely disappointing," Larkin coach Deryn Carter said. "We've got too good a group of guards for that ... I just don't think tonight was our night." It wasn't as though the Royals (23-6) were blown away by the J-Hawks (20-12). In fact, Larkin was still within a point of the lead after Quantice Hunter split 2 free throws with 2:46 left in the game. Simply put, Jefferson was better in the post, stronger on the perimeter, and flat-out better down the stretch. Jefferson big men Jared Mayes and Antoine Pittman combined for 43 points. It was a tough pill to swallow for Larkin. Though the Royals hadn't been this far since the days of Dayvon Ellis and Carliss Henderson seven years ago, they weren't quite ready for this ride to end, particularly senior starters Quantice Hunter and Quentin Ruff, team leaders who helped restore basketball pride to Elgin's west side.

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    Blackhawks left wing Daniel Carcillo celebrates his winning goal during the third period against the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night in Chicago. The Blackhawks won 3-2.

    Carcillo latest Blackhawks hero

    Even without Marian Hossa (a late scratch with an upper-body injury) or Patrick Sharp and Andrew Shaw (who left the game with injuries), the Hawks extended their various streaks with a dramatic 3-2 victory over Colorado on Wednesday night at the United Center. The Hawks trailed 2-1 entering the third period, but Jonathan Toews scored short-handed at 2:19, then Daniel Carcillo got the most dramatic goal of the night with 50 seconds to play.

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    Knar, like Kessel, sees a great prep career end at Waukegan

    Mundelein's Robert Knar broke the 2,000-point barrier in his final high school game, and another Mustangs all-time great, Kyle Kessel, was on hand to witness the feat.

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    Chicago Bulls' Marco Belinelli (8) drives to the basket past San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan (21) during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, March 6, 2013, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 101-83. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    Short-handed Bulls blasted by Spurs

    Tim Duncan had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Bulls 101-83 on Wednesday night in a matchup of teams missing their starting All-Star point guards.

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    Stevenson’s Connor Cashaw gets high-fives from the bench during their win over Mundelein.

    Images: Stevenson vs. Mundelein, boys basketball
    The Stevenson Patriots won 78-68 over the Mundelein Mustangs in the Class 4A Waukegan sectional semifinal boys basketball game on Wednesday, March 6 at Waukegan High School.

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    Junior standout Ore Arogundade leads St. Viator into Thursday’s Class 4A sectional semifinal against Zion-Benton at Waukegan.

    St. Viator eager for Zion-Benton’s challenge

    In order for St. Viator to make it farther than it did last season, the Lions will have to do two things against Zion Benton: rebound and contain Milik Yarbrough. When No. 3 seed St. Viator (20-8) meets No. 2 seed Zion-Benton (25-5) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Class 4A Waukegan sectional semifinal, the Lions will be aiming to reach their second sectional final in school history. But they won't do it without keeping the 6-foot-6 Yarbrough and others like 6-foot-9 Chris Moragne and 6-foot-2 Trenton Curry off the glass.

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    Chicago Blackhawks left wing Daniel Carcillo, bottom center, is mobbed by teammates as they celebrate Carcillo's winning goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche, Wednesday, March 6, 2013, in Chicago. The Blackhawks won 3-2. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Blackhawks win 11th straight, extend points streak

    Daniel Carcillo scored the tiebreaking goal with 49.3 seconds left in regulation and the Blackhawks won their 11th consecutive game, beating the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Wednesday night to extend the best start in NHL history.

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    Glenbard East’s Tahron Harvey, middle, tries to lead a fast break as Proviso East’s Jevon Carter, left, and Paris Lee look for a steal.

    Images: Glenbard East vs. Proviso East, boys sectional basketball
    The Glenbard East High School boys basketball team lost 63-50 to the Proviso East High School boys Wednesday, March 6th, in the Schaumburg sectional semifinals.

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    Chicago Blackhawks left wing Daniel Carcillo, left, celebrates his winning goal with Niklas Hjalmarsson and Johnny Oduya .

    Images: Blackhawks vs. Avalanche
    Images of the Blackhawks vs. Colorado Avalanche at the United Center in Chicago. With the 3-2 win , the Blackhawks added to their record of the best start to a season in the history of the NHL -and yet to suffer a loss in regulation through one half of this strike-shortened season..

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    Images from the Larkin vs. Rockford Jefferson Class 4A boys sectional semifinal in Dekalb Wednesday, March 6, 2013.

    Images: Larkin vs. Rockford Jefferson, boys basketball
    Larkin lost 71-63 to Rockford-Jefferson in a Class 4A boys basketball sectional semifinal Wednesday night in Dekalb.

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    Darion Reddick of Oswego,left, and Joshua Mcauley of West Aurora go for a rebound.

    Images: West Aurora vs. Oswego, boys basketball
    West Aurora won 61-60 over Oswego at the Bolingbrook sectional semifinals at Bolingbrook High School.

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    Water polo teams ready to pool their resources

    Four of the state's top girls water polo teams will dive into action this weekend for Naperville North's annual Kickoff Tournament.

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    Syracuse's C.J. Fair stops DePaul's Derrell Robertson from scoring during the second half in an NCAA college basketball game in Syracuse, N.Y., Wednesday, March 6, 2013. Syracuse won 78-57. (AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli)

    DePaul loses 78-57 to No. 17 Syracuse

    Brandon Triche and James Southerland combined for 37 points in the final home game of their careers, and No. 17 Syracuse beat the Blue Demons 78-57 on Wednesday night to snap a three-game losing streak.

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    Patrick Sharp, left, Patrick Kane and the rest of the Blackhawks have been a red-hot story, but it probably won’t mean much in the grand scheme of sports if history is any indication.

    Blackhawks story great, but not on a grand scale

    The Blackhawks are a great story, not a grand movement, so don't expect the NHL to leap into a glorious new era of widespread popularity in the United States.

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    Penn State coach Coquese Washington and her top-seeded Lady Lions open Big Ten tournament play Friday at 6 p.m.

    Team-by-team look at Big Ten women’s tournament

    Patricia Babcock McGraw takes a team-by-team look at the Big Ten women's basketball tournament, which starts Thursday at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.

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    Montador returns to Blackhawks; Bollig sent down

    Defenseman Steve Montador was cleared Wednesday to return to the Blackhawks' lineup. Winger Brandon Bollig was assigned to Rockford to make room for Montador.

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    Fishing suffers in adverse conditions

    Braidwood Lake is the annual "ice-breaker" body of water.It's the key waterway-reservoir for anxious fishermen suffering from cabin fever and has already opened to mixed reviews. I am still waiting for more reports from Braidwood Lake, but I can tell you from the people who have already e-mailed that fishing is slow. Small catfish and a few bass have been caught.But let's stop and examine just what's going on right now. We have winds that closely resemble January storm blasts. We have cold-water temperatures at Braidwood that are not exactly conducive to the best fishing conditions.

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    Alex Dumoulin

    Elgin CC on brink of trip to nationals

    Junior college athletics have an inherently transient component to them given the more rapid roster turnover with only freshman and sophomore classes. Thus, continuity sometimes can be a tricky proposition for teams. That hasn't been the case this season for the Elgin Community College women's basketball team. Team chemistry has played a major role in the Spartans having the best season in program history. ECC (25-6) finds itself one win from the NJCAA Division II national tournament. The No. 3 seed Spartans head to downstate Oglesby Saturday to face top-seeded Kishwaukee in the Region IV Division II District L final at Illinois Valley College. Game time is 2:30 p.m. The winner heads to the Division II national finals in East Peoria starting March 19.

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    It's a new year, and Addison Reed reported to spring training with a new attitude.

    Reed should grow under Thigpen's guidance

    After experiencing some expected ups and downs as the White Sox' rookie closer last season, Addison Reed expects to be better in 2013. The 24-year-old Reed has set his goal at "40 or 45 saves."

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    Carlos Marmol is the Cubs' closer until he isn't. There's no other way to put it until and unless the Cubs trade their up-and-down reliever. Marmol made big improvements in the second half of last year, when he started relying more on his fastball.

    Marmol the man, for better or worse

    Carlos Marmol is the Cubs' closer until he isn't. There's no other way to put it until and unless the Cubs trade their up-and-down reliever. Marmol made big improvements in the second half of last year, when he started relying more on his fastball.

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    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell delivers the Department of Exercise and Sport Science's annual Carl Blyth Lecture at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., Wednesday, March 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

    Goodell: NFL ‘can and must’ make football safer

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league will continue to do "everything we can" to make football safer.

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    Teixeira out 8 to 10 weeks with wrist injury

    Mark Teixeira will to be out at least until early May with a strained right wrist tendon, the latest major injury setback for the New York Yankees.

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    NIU’s Compher takes post at East Carolina

    Northern Illinois University has lost another key athletic figure to the East Coast. Jeff Compher, associate vice president and director of athletics at NIU for the last five years, is the new athletics director at East Carolina University. Compher was introduced Wednesday during a news conference at the Murphy Center on East Carolina's campus, according to a report by the ECU News Bureau.

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    White Sox starter Chris Sale has “a great delivery,” says Don Cooper, his pitching coach.

    White Sox' Cooper not worried about Sale, young staff

    White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper is aware of the conversation regarding Chris Sale and his young kids, but he doesn't fear for their health or the future. Speaking from Sox camp Tuesday, Cooper made it clear that the club isn't concerned about projections for Sale, or predictions about his future. "If weight had anything to do with velocity,” said White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper, “I'd have a good fastball right now.”

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    Rush single-game tickets on sale Friday

    Single-game tickets for the 2013 Chicago Rush regular season in the Arena Football League will go on sale at 11 a.m. Friday, team officials have announced.

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    Cougars release radio broadcast schedule

    The Kane County Cougars organization has announced the team's 2013 radio broadcast schedule with Aurora-based WBIG 1280-AM again slated to carry nearly every Cougars game this season.

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    Dakota Golde is making her mark as a freshman defenseman on the PREP varsity boys hockey team.

    Golde’s standard is meeting hockey challenges

    Dakota Golde is a stay-at-home defenseman for the co-op PREP hockey team, comprised of players from Palatine, Rolling Meadows, Elk Grove and Prospect. Golde played in 24 of the team's 29 North Central Division games this season, and Golde's lone season statistics are four penalty-minutes — a two-minute tripping penalty last October against Crystal Lake South and a two-minute roughing in December against Carmel Catholic. But Golde certainly has scored big in overcoming obstacles. First, Golde is one of only two freshmen on the team, and second, Golde is the lone girl on the team, one of the few girls playing for a boys varsity team in the state.

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    Wolves to feature St. Patrick’s jerseys

    Once again the Chicago Wolves will celebrate St. Patrick's Day by wearing commemorative jerseys that will be used to support important charities. The Wolves will wear specially designed jerseys for their home games this Saturday and Sunday and again on March 17. The jerseys will be available via auction and raffle as part of the team's 17th St. Patrick's Day fundraiser.

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    Sky invites ex-DePaul guard Quigley to camp

    The Chicago Sky has signed 5-foot-10 guard Allie Quigley of DePaul to a training camp contract, team officials announced Wednesday. Sky head coach and general manager Pokey Chatman said she has been impressed by Quigley's play at DePaul and, most recently, in Europe. "Her ability to stretch the defense and score the ball has helped her lead her team, not only in scoring, but to it's first ever Euro-league Final 8 appearance," Chatman said.

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    Mike North video: Advising Derrick Rose

    Mike North tells Derrick Rose don't pay attention to what everyone is saying. Play when you think you are ready, because you could get hurt again like Danny Granger and where will you be then?

Business

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    Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and 11 other Republican senators were invited to dinner by President Barack Obama Wednesday to address political gridlock.

    House votes to prevent March 27 federal shutdown

    Republicans pushed legislation through the House on Wednesday to prevent a government shutdown this month while easing the short-term impact of $85 billion in spending cuts — at the same time previewing a longer-term plan to erase federal deficits without raising taxes.

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    European Commissioner for Competition Joaquin Almunia pauses before answering a question during a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday.

    EU fines Microsoft $733M for breaking browser pact

    The European Union has fined Microsoft $733 million for breaking a pledge to offer personal computer users a choice of Internet browsers when they install the company's flagship Windows operating system. The penalty imposed by the EU's executive arm, the Commission, is a first for Brussels: no company has ever failed to keep its end of a bargain with EU authorities before.

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    Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez, left, and Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wave to the press after inaugurating an oil drill in San Tome, Venezuela, in 2006. Following Tuesday’s death of Chavez, Venezuela faces near-term political uncertainty that could bring further turmoil to its oil industry.

    Chavez death brings uncertainty, hope to oil patch

    Following Tuesday's death of Hugo Chavez, Venezuela faces near-term political uncertainty that could bring further turmoil to its oil industry.The country's oil exports fell by nearly half during Chavez's 14 years as president and that kind of decline is not easily reversed. It will take years of investment to turn around the country's beleaguered oil sector.

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    U.S. stocks rose, extending the Dow Jones Industrial Average’s record high, as a private jobs report showed companies took on more workers than estimated and the Federal Reserve said the economy is growing.

    US stocks edge up following Dow’s record day
    After barreling through a record the day before, the Dow Jones industrial average meandered higher on Wednesday. The Dow edged up 42.47 points, or 0.3 percent, to close at 14,296.24. An encouraging job-market report helped nudge the stock market up and pushed bond prices lower.

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    House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan and fellow House Republicans asserted their budget priorities Wednesday, approving legislation to prevent a government shutdown at the end of the month and giving the Pentagon some relief from a cash crunch that’s harming military readiness.

    House OKs bill to avoid government shutdown

    The House has approved legislation to prevent a government shutdown at the end of the month and give the Pentagon some relief from a cash crunch that's harming military readiness.

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    UL acquires Brazil’s Testtech UL acquires Brazil’s Testtech

    Northbrook-based Underwriters Laboratories said it has acquired Testtech Laboratorios, a Brazil-based electrical safety and energy efficiency testing laboratory that is relied upon by many of the world's leading appliance manufacturers. Terms of the acquisition were not announced.

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    Kraft Foods declares 50 cent quarterly dividend

    The board of directors of Kraft Foods Group declared a regular quarterly dividend of 50 cents per share of common stock, payable on April 12 to shareholders of record as of March 29.

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    OfficeMax named among World’s Most Ethical Companies

    OfficeMax Inc. has been named one of 2013's World's Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute, an international think-tank dedicated to the creation, advancement and sharing of best practices in business ethics, governance, anti-corruption and sustainability.

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    Quadrant 4 Systems completes three acquisitions

    Quadrant 4 Systems Corp. said it has completed the acquisition of assets being sold by three separate technology companies for a total cost of $12.2 million.

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    ACCO Brands names Europe division leader
    ACCO Brands Corp. said James "Jay" Mitchell has been named senior vice president, ACCO Brands and president, ACCO Brands Europe, with full responsibility for the general management of the company's European business.

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    Exxon Mobil expects production to decline by about 1 percent this year due to weaker output of natural gas.

    Exxon Mobil predicts lower production this year

    Exxon Mobil expects production to decline by about 1 percent this year due to weaker output of natural gas. Over the next five years, however, the oil and gas giant expects production to rise by 2 percent to 3 percent per year.

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    Demand for durable goods, items expected to last at least three years, dropped 4.9 percent.

    U.S. factory orders that signal investment surge

    U.S. orders for machinery and other factory goods that signal business investment surged in January, indicating confidence in the economy. The Commerce Department says businesses increased their orders for so-called core capital goods 7.2 percent from December. It was the best showing in more than a year and represented an upward revision from a preliminary estimate the government made last week of a 6.3 percent gain.

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    France starts shaking up labor laws

    France's Socialist government has unveiled a plan to relax and simplify labor laws in hopes of stemming job losses that are threatening Europe's second-largest economy. The plan now goes to the Socialist-dominated parliament, and the government is hoping it can be in place by the end of April.

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    Ysabella Ortegon, 16, reads about Leonardo da Vinci’s painting “The Last Supper,” while working on her new iPad at McAllen Memorial High School in McAllen, Texas.

    Schools shift from textbooks to tablets

    Schools no longer have to wait for textbook companies to print new editions to get the latest events. In some cases, it's as simple as a teacher hitting refresh."Welcome to the new digital bookcase, where traditional ink-and-paper textbooks have given way to iPads or similar handheld tablets. Publishers can update students' books almost instantly.

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    Coca-Cola puts new sweetener in U.K. Sprite
    Finding a can of regular Sprite in the United Kingdom is about to get difficult. Coca-Cola says it's replacing Sprite in the country with a version that uses the sweetener stevia and has 30 percent fewer calories. The move is in response to a government push calling on companies to address obesity. Coca-Cola already offers Sprite with stevia in France.

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    Little reaction in oil market to Chavez death

    Reaction in the oil market to the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was muted Tuesday, with the price of crude rising slightly in electronic trading in New York.Chavez battled cancer for two years. In December of 2012, he underwent what officials described as a complicated six-hour, cancer-related surgery.

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    Rebel Dell shareholder demands more information

    Dell's largest independent shareholder is turning up the pressure against the proposed $24.4 billion sale of the struggling personal computer maker to a group of investors that includes its CEO. In a letter Tuesday, Southeastern Asset Management demanded that Dell Inc. provide a list of the company's other stockholders. Obtaining that information could help Southeastern rally support for a shareholder mutiny to block the deal.

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    Staples’ fiscal fourth-quarter net income dropped 72 percent, dragged down by charges related to store closings and other matters. Its adjusted results topped Wall Street’s view, but its forecast for this year was below analysts’ estimates.

    Staples 4Q hit by charges, adj. results top Street S

    Staples' fiscal fourth-quarter net income dropped 72 percent, dragged down by charges related to store closings and other matters. Its adjusted results topped Wall Street's view, but its forecast for this year was below analysts' estimates. The office products company also announced Wednesday that it is increasing its quarterly dividend by 9 percent.

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    An investor looks at the stock bulletin board at a private securities company on Wednesday.

    Markets keep rising after Dow hits record high

    The Dow's new all-time high and better economic data from the United States propelled world markets Wednesday, with European stocks hitting a four-year high.Investors are cheered by major central banks' commitments to keep supporting growth in the world biggest economies — the U.S., China, the 17-country eurozone, Japan and Britain.

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    Roky 3. Roku is plugging headphones and several other new features into its latest set-top box for streaming Internet video to TVs, a move that amplifies its effort to upstage Appleís better-selling player.

    Roku adds headphones to latest online video player

    Roku is plugging headphones and several other new features into its latest set-top box for streaming Internet video to TVs, a move that amplifies its effort to upstage Apple's better-selling player. The Roku 3 box going on sale Wednesday also includes a more powerful search engine to find movies, TV shows and music more quickly and new menu for perusing the more than 750 online services available through the device.

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    Martha Stewart testifies at the New York State Supreme Court Tuesday.

    Martha Stewart says JC. Penney designs ‘absolutely allowed’

    Martha Stewart said she believed her namesake company was "absolutely allowed" to design home goods for J.C. Penney Co. in exclusive categories even though it had a contract with Macy's Inc. "We thought, and appropriately so, that we were absolutely allowed to do such a thing," Stewart testified yesterday in Manhattan in a nonjury trial as Macy's fights to block parts of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc.'s agreement with J.C. Penney.

Life & Entertainment

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    Olympic gold medal champion Dorothy Hamill, center, is set to appear in the cast of "Stars On Ice: Now and Then" at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

    Weekend picks: Hamill, Browning grace the ice at Allstate

    Olympic gold medal champion Dorothy Hamill joins other skating celebrities and champions in “Stars on Ice: Now and Then” at the Allstate Arena Friday. The glory days of Queen will come alive Friday during “One Night of Queen” at the Rosemont Theatre. Be on hand at Schaumburg's Legoland Friday when they unveil the first Lego “Star Wars” interactive miniland.

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    Made with spinach, artichokes and Greek yogurt, this slimmed down dip boasts a fraction of the fat and calories found in restaurant versions.

    Gather Round Artichoke, Spinach Dip
    Gather Round Artichoke and Spinach Dip

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    Frozen spinach goes into these stuffed shells from Southern Living’s “Fix it & Freeze it Heat it & Eat it.

    Stuffed Shells Florentine
    Stuffed Shells Florentine

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    Spinach, red pepper and feta come together in a Mediterranean-inspired strata; serve it for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

    Mediterranean Strata
    Greek Strata

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    Make a big batch of mini spinach quiches then freeze some so you have them on hand for spring brunches.

    Spinach Quiches
    Spinach Quiche

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    Ashley Monroe, “Like a Rose”

    Ashley Monroe displays Dolly-sized persona

    “You Ain't Dolly (And You Ain't Porter),” a single from Ashley Monroe's album, “Like a Rose,” finds her trading tongue-in-cheek lines with country star Blake Shelton on a witty duet soaked in Nashville traditions. Despite what the lyrics contend, Monroe shares many traits with Dolly Parton.

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    Stephenie Meyer says she wrote “The Host” as an escape from editing of one of the books in her popular vampire series. She will be signing books on Monday, March 11, at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville.

    Book notes: Meet Stephenie Meyer, 'Host' actors at Anderson's

    Stephenie Meyer signs copies of the movie-related edition of her book "The Host" from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday, March 11, at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville. Meyer visits the bookstore with actors Max Irons and Jake Abel, who appear in the film version. The author will sign a maximum of two books per customer.

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    Linguine With Mushrooms Stroganoff Style updates the classic beef stroganoff by adjusting the sour cream and ditching the meat.

    Stroganoff gets meatless update

    This healthful version updates the classic beef stroganoff by reducing the amount of sour cream and ditching the meat. Its mix of mushrooms and herbs tossed with linguine (instead of heavier egg noodles) creates a main course that seems indulgent.

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    Linguine With Mushrooms Stroganoff Style updates the class beef stroganoff by adjusting the sour cream and ditching the meat.

    Linguine with Mushrooms, Stroganoff Style
    Linguine with Mushrooms

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    Valerie Harper, who played Rhoda Morgenstern on television in the 1970s, has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, according to a report Wednesday. She’s 73.

    TV star Valerie Harper diagnosed with brain cancer

    Valerie Harper, who played Rhoda Morgenstern on television's "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and its spinoff, "Rhoda," has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. People magazine reports on its website Wednesday that the 73-year-old actress received the news on Jan. 15. The report says she has as little as three months to live.

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    Erin Merryn

    Schaumburg woman to appear on Katie Couric show

    Erin Merryn, the Schaumburg woman behind the Erin's Law bill recently signed by Gov. Pat Quinn, will appear on the "Katie" talk show airing on ABC 7 at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 7. Host Katie Couric is dedicating a "girl-power hour" to the celebration of International Women's Day on March 8.

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    Film director Sam Mendes and actors Dame Judi Dench and Daniel Craig worked together on the last James Bond film “Skyfall.” Mendes says he won’t be directing the next Bond film.

    Sam Mendes says no to next James Bond film

    Never say never again? Sam Mendes says he won't be directing the next James Bond film — but may work on the series again in the future. Mendes has been praised for his work on "Skyfall," the first Bond film to rake in more than $1 billion in revenue.

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    Cast members from “Community,” from left, Yvette Nicole Brown as Shirley, Joel McHale as Jeff, Gillian Jacobs as Britta, Danny Pudi as Abed, and Alison Brie as Annie. It’s turbulent times for the NBC comedy.

    Turbulent times for NBC comedy ‘Community’

    Nothing's certain in network television, but things have been especially uncertain on the set of "Community," the quirky college sitcom that's been a cult favorite, but never a mainstream hit. "Near cancellation," actress Gillian Jacobs said. "On the schedule, off the schedule. Tell us one night. We never air on that night. We lose a creator of our show. Reduced episodes. Everything that can happen has happened to us."

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    Kate Nash, “Girl Talk”

    Kate Nash’s 3rd album is desultory

    Kate Nash, “Girl Talk” (Have 10p Records/Fontana)It must be tough enough going through your 20s without worrying whether the pop machinery that built you up at age 20 has spit you out completely.Seems that way for Kate Nash, one of a number of strong young British artists to emerge in the last decade and a writer with sass, who now sings lines like “I’m a waste of space.” Courtney Love’s grungy rock provides the musical blueprint for “Girl Talk,” and a fresh romantic breakup gives Nash material to mine in her third album. The result is desultory, often tuneless, and the kind of disc that would be forgotten in a long career.Trouble is, she may never get the chance for one.

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    “A Place at the Table”

    Civil Wars, Burnett team up for soundtrack

    Think of the soundtrack for the documentary “A Place at the Table” as something of an appetizer. Yes, there’s new music from The Civil Wars in collaboration with producer T Bone Burnett. But there’s not a lot — just a few original songs. The rest are instrumental swatches, which are beautifully done — and just a little bit heartbreaking — but leave you wanting something more satisfying.

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    Kelly Clarkson will join co-hosts Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan in performing at this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards.

    Luke Bryan, Kelly Clarkson to perform at ACM Awards

    Already busy co-hosts Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan also will perform during this year's Academy of Country Music Awards. Pop star and former "American Idol" champion Kelly Clarkson, a two-time ACM winner in 2012 and a nominee this year, also will perform as she continues to increase her country profile since moving to Nashville.

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    Spring Arugula Salad gets an antioxidant boost from sliced apricots and almond-crusted goat cheese.

    Eat right, live well: Arugula, apricots, almonds add excitment to spring salads

    March ushers in a new season and brings with it a new crop of fruits and vegetables. One way to bring those fresh ingredients to the table is in a lively salad. By selecting a variety of colors, flavors and textures you can give an otherwise ordinary salad the kick it needs to be satisfying while also being packed with antioxidants.

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    You don’t have to wait for spring to dine outdoors. Casa Bonita’s patio stays 75 degrees all winter long.

    Dining events: Eat outdoors ... even in the winter

    Casa Bonita’s outdoor dining is delicious ... even in the cold weather where the outdoor patio reads a toasty 75 degrees daily. Ravioli Oli in Oak Brook celebrates its first birthday party. And Tuscany offers National Pi Day discounts.

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    “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood & the Prison of Belief” by Lawrence Wright

    A clear look at Scientology and its believers

    Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright’s book about Scientology, its origins, its evolution and its believers, is a powerful piece of reportage. It is detailed, intense and at times shocking. But it’s not merely an indictment of one of the world’s newest faiths — Scientologists deny many parts of the book — it’s also a reminder of the dangers of combining faith with fear. “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief” traces Scientology’s history through a variety of characters, the most important being L. Ron Hubbard, the seafaring world explorer and prolific science-fiction writer who founded the religion.

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    Las Vegas-based rock band Imagine Dragons – from left, Ben McKee, Wayne Sermon, Dan Platzman and Dan Reynolds – has reached gold status with its debut album, “Night Visions.”

    Imagine Dragons making moves up the charts

    When he first started working with Imagine Dragons, music producer Alex da Kid was looking for some inspiration for the Broadway musical, “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.” There was just one problem: The demos they recorded were too good. So instead of using the alternative band to collaborate on the score by Bono and The Edge, Alex da Kid immediately signed the Las Vegas-based foursome to his label imprint KIDinaKORNER Records.

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    Spring Arugula Salad gets an antioxidant boost from sliced apricots and almond-crusted goat cheese.

    Spring Arugula Salad with Apricots and Quinoa-Almond-Crusted Goat Cheese
    Arugula Salad with Apricots and Quinoa-Crusted Goat Cheese

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    Endorsement: Weihofen for Lakemoor mayor
    The Daily Herald endorses Lakemoor Mayor Ryan "Todd" Weihofen for re-election over two opponents

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    Endorsement: Mulcahy for Lake in the Hills village president
    The Daily Herald endorses Paul Mulcahy for Lake in the Hills village president.

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    Endorsement: Kaplan for Cary village president
    The Daily Herald endorses Bruce Kaplan for Cary village president.

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    Endorsement: Clark for Mettawa village president
    The Daily Herald endorses Jeffrey Clark for village president of Mettawa.

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    Endorsement: Roth for Streamwood village president
    The Daily Herald endorses Billie Roth for four more years as Streamwood village president.

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    Endorsement: Kelly for Bartlett president
    The Daily Herald endorses Patricia Kelly for Bartlett village president.

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    Endorsement: Soto for Bensenville village president
    The Daily Herald endorses Frank Soto for another term as Bensenville village president

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    Endorsement: Lentz for Mundelein village president
    The Daily Herald endorses Trustee Steve Lentz for Mundelein village president.

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    Killing the messenger as a tactic

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: The Obama White House is, to put it politely, fudging as it tries to place the onus of the sequester on Congress. And, as has become customary, officials are using the Bob Woodward spat to distract attention.

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    A reporter’s remembrance: Straight shooter Netsch will be missed

    Guest Columnist Madeleine Doubek: I had the pleasure of covering Democrat Dawn Clark Netsch of Chicago when she was a state senator, a comptroller and the state's first woman major-party nominee for governor in 1994.

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    Water cooler springs innovation

    Columnist Richard Cohen: We can assume that the data-driven Marissa Mayer studied the data and algorithmed everything in sight — before deciding that Yahoo employees would henceforth cease telecommuting and report to the office.

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    Laughable feature on Opinion page
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: When looking for new comics for your paper, I think columnist Eugene Robinson would have been a good choice. Between his views on global warming and his constant trashing of Republicans, I think he’s a real joke.

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    ‘Kill list’ is unconstitutional
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: All Americans no matter how we feel about them are guaranteed due process under the law. To have one person become judge, jury and executioner merely expands this president’s contempt for the Constitution he has sworn to uphold.

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    Reduce incentives to come here illegally
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: There must be enforcement by all police agencies, punishment by detainment (think internment camps) and other deterrents to entering the U.S. illegally or illegal immigration will continue to be a revolving door.

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    Marriage should be allowed to evolve
    An Island Lake letter to the editor: The requirement of marriage partners to be of the opposite sex in order to procreate is unnecessary. Many same-sex couples adopt and create effective family units, complete with children

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    We need fighters like Joe Walsh
    A Lake Zurich letter to the editor: We used to be a country of mustangs. Now we are just sheep being told lies.

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    Praise for Ela Township roads
    A Lake Zurich letter to the editor: On the night of the Feb. 26 snowstorm, I couldn’t help but notice how well the roads were maintained in Ela Township.

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    Concealed carry all about ‘may,’ ‘shall’
    A Carol Stream letter to the editor: Our elected officials in Springfield are working to implement exactly how the concealed carry of firearms will work in Illinois in compliance with a previous Supreme Court ruling. At this writing the two general options they are considering are, “may issue” versus “shall issue.”

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    Temporary pay cuts in government?
    Temporary pay cuts in government?I was gainfully employed by a reputable international company for 27 years. During that time I received three pay cuts and several raises. The pay cuts resulted from falling about 2 to 3 percent behind the company’s budgeted yearly business plan. Hence everybody got an equitable 2 to 3 percent pay cut; nobody lost their job or got laid off. These cuts remained until by increased revenues and/or expense controls put the company back on the projected budgeted yearly plan.Not so surprising a combination of Esprit de Corps and PYA backside insurance resulted in everybody working efficiently, harder and smarter until we got back on plan and restored the previous pay levels usually in about two to three months.Perhaps this type of incentive in all types of government bodies would also be effective; and the words layoffs, furloughs, cuts, etc. would be unneeded?Richard TriebelGlen Ellyn

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    Sequester isn’t an asteroid
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: Dear Representative (last name): The sequester isn’t an asteroid about to collide with the Earth, it is an act of Congress. Since majorities of both (your party) and (other party) agree it is a bad idea, you should easily have the votes to just repeal it.

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    Time for change in Sugar Grove
    A Sugar Grove leter to the editor: Sugar Grove politics has grown stagnant and it is time for a change. We need a fresh perspective. The presidency of the United States is limited to eight years to prevent a potential for a monopoly. Historically it has been limited to prevent a “presidency for life” situation.

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    Where is Dondi when you need him?
    A Hntley letter to the editor: Notwithstanding the country’s poverty, disease, rebellions, earthquakes, draughts, snowstorms, Kardashians, Cubs, Sox and Bears, the Herald’s two newest “cartoon features” (SoupToNutz and ThatABaby) are dreadfully awful.

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    Don’t forget: Congress failed you
    A Huntley letter to the editor: Pay close attention to politicians who say, from the beginning of sequestration on through the early spring months, that sequestration is not having the dire affects alleged prior to March 1, or that, while they do not like it, sequestration was the fault of the “other” party.

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