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Daily Archive : Sunday March 10, 2013

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    Joseph Kozenczak

    Write-in candidates hope to overcome hefty odds

    They're given little attention and even less chance of winning, so what drives people who mount campaigns as a write-in candidate for a local office? Candidates cite a variety of motivations for bucking the odds -- and express confidence that they will be among the rare write-ins to score a victory.

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    A man was killed and a woman severely injured Sunday afternoon when a car and minivan collided on Route 20 in Elgin. Police said it appears the car veered into oncoming traffic before the fatal crash.

    Victim of Elgin crash identified

    One man is dead and a woman severely injured in a two-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon on Route 20 just east of Shales Parkway in Elgin, police said.

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    Carol Trimble of Warren, a family member of the victims, views the pond in Warren, Ohio, where police said six teens were killed in the crash Sunday.

    Highway patrol: ‘High rate of speed’ in Ohio SUV crash

    Investigators were focused on speed as a key factor in the crash of a sport utility vehicle in northeast Ohio carrying eight teenagers that smashed into a guardrail and flipped over into a swampy pond, killing five boys and the young woman driving. While citing an unspecified "high rate" of speed, investigators wouldn't speculate on whether alcohol or drugs were involved in the crash that...

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    In his last appearance at halftime of a University of Illinois football game in 2006, Chief Illiniwek Logan Ponce poses at Memorial Stadium in Champaign. Facing NCAA sanctions, the school retired the controversial Chief in 2007.

    U of I can't move on if Chief still lightning rod

    Banned by the NCAA since 2007 but still beloved by some students and alums, Chief Illiniwek won't be put to rest at the University of Illinois until officials find his replacement. "People are going to cling to it as long as there is nothing in its place," says recent U of I graduate Thomas Ferrarell, a Hawthorn Woods native.

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    Death investigation in Round Lake Beach

    The Lake County Coroner’s office is conducting a death investigation on a body found early Sunday morning in Round Lake Beach, officials said. An autopsy was scheduled to take place Sunday, a coroner’s official said. Authorities declined to publicly identify the deceased, or give an age or gender of the person.

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    A snowman perched on a bench is the only sign of life at Ferson Creek Park in St. Charles Monday morning.

    Images:The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features flamenco dancers, more March snow, and shaved heads.

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    David Girolmo delivers a showstopping performance as Tevye in Paramount Theatre's stellar revival of “Fiddler on the Roof.”

    Triumphant 'Fiddler' closes out Paramount season

    Paramount Theatre's production of “Fiddler on the Roof” marks a triumphant conclusion to its second Broadway season. In fact, artistic director Jim Corti's production rivals almost anything the Chicago area has to offer — including big-budget Broadway tours. Heartfelt, humorous and deeply compassionate, Corti's “Fiddler” is stellar. The production gets right every...

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    Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday accused the Taliban and the U.S. of working in concert to convince Afghans that violence will worsen if most foreign troops leave as planned by the end of next year.

    Security risks, frayed relations dog US, Afghans

    A series of security problems and fractured relations with Afghan leaders plagued Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's first trip here as Pentagon chief, including the Afghan president's accusations that the U.S. and the Taliban are working in concert to show that violence in the country will worsen if most coalition troops leave.

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    Aurora woman killed after car plunges into Aurora pond

    One person was killed and three others injured after a car veered off Interstate 88 near Eola Road in Aurora and ended up in a retention pond Saturday night, state police said. Police have identified the victim as Emory Spulveda, 21, of Aurora. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday, according to the DuPage County coroner's office.

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    Dist. 121 pays $52,000 bill for boss' unused sick days

    Phil Sobocincki's ability to report to work as Warren Township High School's superintendent and not use 200 sick days that were part of his final three-year contract came at a direct cost to local taxpayers. Sobocinski's untapped sick-leave time that was converted into a cash credit when he retired last year resulted in a state agency billing more than $52,000 to Gurnee-based Warren District 121.

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    Sen. Tom Coburn, right, is seen with Sen. Rob Portman in the Capitol last month. Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican, commended president Barack Obama’s recent effort to deal more personally with congressional Republicans.

    Lawmakers: Obama wooing might break budget logjam

    Republican lawmakers said Sunday they welcome President Barack Obama's courtship and suggested the fresh engagement between the White House and Congress might help yield solutions to the stubborn budget battle that puts Americans' jobs at risk.

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    Fog, rain may create dangerous conditions Sunday night

    Rain and fog may make driving difficult in the suburbs Sunday evening. The National Weather Service has issued a dense fog advisory for much of the Chicago and Northern Illinois region through 11 p.m. Sunday. Warmer Sunday weather, combined with rain and cooling temperatures into the evening and Monday morning, created foggy conditions throughout the area.

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    Gina Barzso of Bartlett shaves the head and bread of her husband Dan Barzso during the St. Baldrick’s Day shaving event at Evergreen Elementary School in honor of third grader Jack O’Donoghue, who’s cancer is now in remission. This is Barzso’s first time volunteering to shave heads for a St. Baldrick’s Day event.

    Heads shaved as Carol Stream school honors student’s cancer fight

    Dozens of people had their heads shaved Sunday inside a Carol Stream school to raise money for the fight against pediatric cancer. The event was inspired by third-grader Jack O'Donoghue, who was diagnosed with cancer last year but is now in remission.

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    Washington Rep. Cyrus Habib is his state’s first blind lawmaker in decades, and his life story is in many ways reflected in the policies he’s now championing. The care he received as a child is something he considers as the Legislature explores ways to provide medical coverage for children.

    For blind lawmaker, biography reflects in policy

    At just 31 years old, Cyrus Habib has mastered skills to bypass the limitations of his blindness, and that has allowed him to trace a remarkable life trajectory. Now he's Washington state's first blind lawmaker in decades, and his life story is in many ways reflected in the policies he's now championing.

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    Stone arrested, accused of violating order of protection

    Former Buffalo Grove Trustee Lisa Stone was arrested Friday by Mundelein police on allegations she violated an order of protection obtained by her stepmother last month. The charge accuses Stone of violating the order by contacting her father through a third party, Mundelein Police Chief Eric Guenther said.

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    Aurora police chill out for Special Olympics

    Aurora Police Officer Lisa Carter was one of more than 400 people who jumped in frigid waters this month for a good cause. "Once you get in, it's not so bad," she said of the 10th annual Special Olympics Law Enforcement Polar Plunge at Silver Springs State Park in Yorkville that raised nearly $93,000.

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    Mundelein police academy session

    The Mundelein Police Department's next Citizens Police Academy begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday March 28, at the station, 221 N. Lake St., Mundelein.

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    Teen summer programs available

    If you're a Stevenson High School student looking for something to do this summer, information is available about programs, camps and courses in the school's college and career center.

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    Grant Township budget meeting

    Grant Township officials will discuss the town and highway department budgets for 2013-14 during a meeting on Tuesday, March 19.

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    Open house on Route 45 plans

    The Illinois Department of Transportation hosts a public hearing on plans involving Route 45 from Route 132 to Route 173 from 4:40 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21 at Millburn West School, 640 Freedom Way, Lindenhurst.

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    U.S. Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley hoists a book of prayers as he celebrates Mass in his titular church of Santa Maria alla Vittoria in Rome, Sunday. O’Malley, the archbishop of Boston, is among those considered to have a credible shot at the papacy.

    Before the conclave, horse-trading has begun

    The Vatican insists that the cardinals participating in the upcoming conclave will vote their conscience, each influenced only by silent prayers and reflection. Everybody knows, however, that power plays, vested interests and Machiavellian maneuvering are all part of the game, and that the horse-trading is already under way.

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    Keigo O’Haru, left, of Palatine, and Shusaku Asai, of Naperville, will both be featured in an upcoming photography exhibit in Chicago marking the second anniversary of the tsunami.

    Naperville, Palatine students featured in Japan tsunami exhibit

    Two students from the suburbs will be featured in an upcoming photo exhibit that reflects on a devastating Japan tsunami that occurred almost two years ago. Fremd High School junior Keigo O'Haru and Naperville North High School junior Shusaku Asai visited Tohoku, Japan last summer in conjunction with the Chicago Sister Cities for a "Chicago Day." They will be featured in an exhibit called "Kizuna...

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    Fritz Gohl

    Barrington Hills hopefuls debate spending, police pension

    While agreeing that protecting the environmental character of Barrington Hills is of paramount importance, the five candidates vying for three village trustee seats have different perspectives on the village budget and the extent to which spending and taxes can or should be reduced. Incumbent Fritz Gohl is running in cooperation with newcomers Michael Harrington and Kelly Mazeski, while Colleen...

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    And in West Chicago. District 33 teachers walk a picket line in February.

    Strikes a lasting part of Senate Bill 7's legacy?

    An education reform package pushed through the state legislature in the spring of 2011 was hailed as nothing short of historic — among its components, limiting teachers' ability to strike. Or so its authors thought. But two years after Senate Bill 7's passage — and a year after its implementation — many more strikes are occurring, making them a lasting part of the education...

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    This male varied thrush, a rare visitor from the West, chose an Evanston backyard for a winter vacation.

    Quest for 500th “life bird” ends in Evanston

    Our Jeff Reiter's chase to add his 500th bird to his "life list" took him to Miami neighborhoods and led him to scour the Morton Arboretum before he spotted a visitor from the West in the yard of an accommodating Evanston couple.

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    Endorsements: Lonigro, Aguilar, Weaver for Lakemoor village board
    The Daily Herald endorses Alexis Aguilar, Phil Lonigro and Rick Weaver in the races for three seats on the Lakemoor village board.

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    Daylight saving time = replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

    Do you have working smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in your home?  If not, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) urges you to install them. Smoke and CO alarms add an important layer of safety to your home.

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    Strikes don’t add much heat to school board races

    Suburban school districts have seen an unusual number of teacher's strikes in recent months. Yet, those strikes — and the disagreements that led to them — have not been a major force in campaigns leading up to the April 9 school board election.

Sports

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    The Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews (19) and Duncan Keith skate to the locker room with teammates after the Blackhawks’ 6-5 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night at the United Center.

    Let’s face it, Blackhawks were due a couple stinkers

    After seven weeks of simply spectacular play, a couple bad games were likely, if not completely expected. The Hawks were playing every night with an unsustainable energy, not to mention just about every break imaginable, and there’s just no way it was going to continue for much longer.

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    Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery watches as Oilers left wing Ryan Smyth celebrates teammate Mike Brown’s goal Sunday night during the first period, when Edmonton took a 4-0 lead.

    Blackhawks fall into 4-0 hole they can’t escape

    After going 24 games without a loss in regulation, the Blackhawks have dropped two straight, getting edged by the Edmonton Oilers 6-5 on Sunday night at the United Center. The Oilers scored 4 goals in the first period, chasing starting goalie Ray Emery, and held off a furious comeback by the Hawks.

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    Purdue guard KK Houser, left, guard Chantel Poston, middle, and guard Torrie Thornton celebrate after their 62-47 win over Michigan State in Sunday’s Big Ten title game in Hoffman Estates.

    Big Ten women thinking bigger than conference tournament

    Purdue won yet another Big Ten women's tournament title on Sunday at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, but now what? Where does Purdue and every other Big Ten team bound for the NCAA Tournament go from here. It's been a while since the league has experienced a major postseason breakthrough.

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    Blackhawks still unsure on Montador situation

    The Blackhawks have yet to decide what to do with defenseman Steve Montador. Sending him to Rockford for a conditioning stint still is possible as he hasn’t played since last March 27 because of a series of concussions.

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    Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane takes the puck up ice during their game against the Edmonton Oilers Sunday night at the United Center in Chicago. The Blackhawks lost the game 6-5.

    Images: Blackhawks vs. Oilers
    Images of the Chicago Blackhawks vs. Edmonton Oilers at the United Center in Chicago Sunday. The Blackhawks lost the game 6-5.

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    Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau talks with forward Luol Deng, from left, guard Marco Belinelli and guard Nate Robinson during Sunday’s loss to the Lakers in Los Angeles.

    Shooting woes continue for Bulls in loss to Lakers

    The Bulls haven’t exactly been on fire offensively, shooting below 40 percent for the third straight game on Sunday. During the 90-81 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, the more important storyline was Derrick Rose’s hamstring on fire.

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    Blackhawks center Dave Bolland runs into the net as Patrick Kane scores in Sunday’s second period at United Center. It was a wild goal in a wild game that saw the Edmonton Oilers hold on for a 6-5 victory.

    A new streak begins: Hawks drop second straight

    Sam Gagner scored two of Edmonton’s four goals in the first period and the Oilers beat the Blackhawks 6-5 on Sunday night, sending Chicago to its second consecutive loss after a record-breaking start.Ryan Whitney and Taylor Hall each had a goal and an assist for Edmonton, which snapped a five-game losing streak. Captain Shawn Horcoff also scored as the Oilers went 3 for 4 on the power play.The Hawks set an NHL record by recording at least one point in the first 24 games of the season. The streak ended with a 6-2 loss at Colorado on Friday night, and coach Joel Quenneville said he was looking forward to seeing how his team responded.The Blackhawks then got off to their worst start of the season before putting together a spirited rally.Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa, Sheldon Brookbank and Brent Seabrook scored during a wild second period, and Kane added his team-best 14th of the season to get Chicago within one with 13 minutes left.The Blackhawks kept up the pressure for the last part of the game, but couldn’t get the tying goal. Yann Danis, who came in after Devan Dubnyk was hurt in the second period, finished with 21 saves.Dubnyk made a nice pad save on Hossa before the posts were dislodged when the right winger and Edmonton center Teemu Hartikainen converged on the goal. Hartikainen practically skated over the prone Dubnyk, who was down for several minutes before he was escorted from the ice.A trainer appeared to be examining Dubnyk’s head and neck.The Blackhawks looked slow and listless on defense as Edmonton skated free all over the ice. Ray Emery was pulled midway through the first, marking the second straight time that Quenneville yanked his starting goaltender from the game.The onslaught started with a pair of ugly goals just 36 seconds apart. First, Mike Brown’s turnaround wrister went in off the right post after the Blackhawks were unable to clear the puck out of their zone. Then a wide-open Gagner slammed in Magnus Paajarvi’s pass to make it 2-0 just three minutes into the game.It was only the beginning for the Oilers.Whitney got open along the left side of the goal and converted a cross-ice pass from Hall to make it 3-0 at 9:19, chasing Emery from the game. Corey Crawford came in and shut out the Oilers for three minutes before a streaking Gagner went to his backhand for a power-play goal with 7:38 left in the period.The sellout crowd at the United Center was mostly silent as the final seconds of the first ticked off. The four goals set a season high for a period for the Oilers, who have scored four or more goals in just four games this season. It also was a season worst for a period for Chicago.

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    Wolves top Rockford 3-2

    Goaltender Joe Cannata stopped 36 shots and forward Michael Davies buried a pair of first-period goals to spark the Chicago Wolves to a 3-2 Illinois Lottery Cup victory over Rockford on Sunday afternoon at the Allstate Arena.

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    Purdue players celebrate with the trophy after their 62-47 win over Michigan State in the Big Ten women’s basketball title game at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.

    Mingo leads Purdue women to Big Ten crown

    Drey Mingo, Purdue's 6-foot-2 graduate student forward, scored 24 points on 10 of 11 shooting and pulled down 8 rebounds as the third-seeded Boilermakers won their second straight tournament title, beating Michigan State 62-47. It is Purdue's conference-record ninth tournament crown.

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    As the assistant hitting coach, Harold Baines will take a more hands-on approach with White Sox hitters in 2013.

    White Sox hoping Baines can make a difference with hitters

    Bobby Thigpen is back with the White Sox this season, and he'll serve as bullpen coach. Keep an eye on Harold Baines, who is the Sox' new assistant hitting coach. Along with Jeff Manto, Baines will try to help the offense get up to speed with the pitching staff.

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    Alfonso Soriano acknowledges the cheering crowd in the left field bleachers as he takes his position during a game against Arizona in 2010. Soriano’s outfield play improved greatly in 2012 once he began to respect the Cubs’ new coaching staff.

    Soriano’s results inspire confidence in Cubs coaches

    The Cubs left their coaching staff largely intact for the 2013 season. From outfield coach Dave McKay to hitting coach James Rowson to pitching coach Chris Bosio, the staff has made significant strides with several players.

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    Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant shoots as he is defended by Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah and forward Luol Deng in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles Sunday, March 10, 2013.

    Bulls trampled by Kobe, Howard

    LOS ANGELES — Dwight Howard scored 16 points and grabbed 21 rebounds, Kobe Bryant chipped in with 19 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Bulls 90-81 Sunday.The Lakers improved to 33-31, the first time this season they have been two games over .500. They also moved one-half game of the Utah Jazz and into sole possession of the No. 8 and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.The Lakers led almost throughout, only briefly falling behind by two points in the second quarter, and led by as many as 18 in the third period.Steve Nash had 16 points for the Lakers.Nate Robinson led the Bulls with 19 points, and Joakim Noah had 18 points and 17 rebounds. Bryant was scoreless in the first quarter, but the Lakers maintained a lead behind Howard's play in the paint. He made 8 of 14 shots from the floor, but was 0 for 5 from the free throw line. His 21 rebounds marked the fourth time this season he's grabbed at least 20.After a sluggish first half by both teams, the Lakers came out hot to start the third quarter. Led by 10 points from Nash, Los Angeles went on a 21-7 run to begin the quarter, capped by a 3-pointer by Jodie Meeks that gave the Lakers a 65-47 lead. But the Bulls responded with an 8-0 spurt to narrow their deficit to 65-55.The Lakers finished the third quarter with a 73-61 lead when Earl Clark took a pass from Bryant and made a jumper at the buzzer.Bryant took only three shots in the first quarter, going scoreless in the opening 12 minutes. Metta World Peace was cold as well, missing four open 3-pointers, but the Lakers held an early lead thanks to Howard's efforts down low. Though he missed all three free throws he took in the quarter, Howard was 3 of 3 from the field for six points and grabbed seven rebounds.The Lakers never trailed in the opening period, leading by as many as six before the Bulls cut the margin to 20-16 heading into the second quarter.Bryant finally got into the scoring column on a jumper in the lane with 7:15 left until halftime, then quickly hit another outside shot. But the Lakers couldn't shake the Bulls, who pulled within 34-32 on a layup by Robinson, Howard picking up his third foul on the play.Howard remained in the game but the Bulls briefly pulled ahead, going up 36-34 on a basket by Carlos Boozer.The Lakers regained the lead shortly thereafter on a 3-pointer by Meeks, and led 44-40 at the half, but not without a little drama. After World Peace was called for a foul on an illegal screen, denying Bryant a chance to take the final shot of the half, Bryant and World Peace barked at each other as they made their way upcourt. Nash got between the two to calm them down.Howard led the Lakers with eight points and 11 rebounds, while Bryant finished the half with six points on 3 of 9 shooting. Robinson led the Bulls with 13 points.

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    Tiger Woods hits from the rough on the 18th holde during the third round of the Cadillac Championship golf tournament Sunday, March 10, 2013, in Doral, Fla. Woods won the Cadillac Championship with a score 19-under-par 269.

    Tiger wins another World Championship at Doral

    DORAL, Fla. — Tiger Woods is hitting his stride on his march to the Masters.Woods had full control of his game Sunday and never let anyone get closer than three shots until he had locked up his 17th World Golf Championship title. With a bogey that didn’t matter on the final hole, he closed with a 1-under 71 to win the Cadillac Championship.One year ago at Doral, Woods left after the 11th hole with tightness in his left Achilles tendon. He since has won five times in his last 22 tournaments worldwide, and can return to No. 1 in the world with a win in two weeks at Bay Hill.Woods won by two over Steve Stricker, who gave Woods a putting tip on the eve of the tournament.

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    Purdue forward Drey Mingo, right, celebrates with guard KK Houser after scoring a basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Michigan State in the Big Ten Conference tournament in Hoffman Estates on Sunday.

    Purdue takes Big Ten women’s title at Sears Centre

    Drey Mingo scored 24 points and Purdue won its second straight Big Ten tournament championship, beating Michigan State 62-47 on Sunday at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.The Boilermakers (24-8) led by as much as 23 in the first half and were up 19 at the break before things got tense down the stretch. The Spartans (24-8) pulled within nine, but back-to-back 3-pointers by Courtney Moses and a key turnover helped preserve the win for Purdue, giving the Boilermakers a league-best nine tournament titles.Mingo set the tone in the first half, scoring 14 points, and finished with eight rebounds and three blocks in the game.Moses scored 16, and the Boilermakers shot just under 49 percent.Jasmine Thomas led Michigan State with 15 points and seven rebounds.

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    Jonathan Toews, second from left, is congratulated by teammates Brandon Saad and Duncan Keith after giving the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead Friday night at Colorado. It was their last lead as the Avalanche scored 5 straight goals to give the Hawks their first defeat in regulation in the 25th game of the season.

    Streak over, Blackhawks set sights on Cup

    While the streak was extraordinarily entertaining for Chicago fans, and a post-lockout gift for the NHL that Gary Bettman didn't deserve, in some ways it's probably a relief for Blackhawks players and coaches that the focus is now back on the goal of winning the big prize.

Business

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    Hanover Township, Crespo host job fair

    State Rep. Fred Crespo and Hanover Township are hosting a job fair from 2 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, at the Hanover Township Senior Center, 250 S. Route 59 in Bartlett. Attendees should bring multiple resumes and be prepared to interview with local companies.

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    This image provided by Marvel Entertainment shows the cover of the first issue of “Uncanny Avengers.” Marvel, home to the Fantastic Four, the X-Men and the Avengers, among others, made more than 700 first issues available to digital readers on Sunday via its app and website.

    Marvel releasing some 700 No. 1 issues digitally

    Marvel Entertainment, home to the Fantastic Four, the X-Men and the Avengers, among others, is making more than 700 first issues available to digital readers starting Sunday for free through the Marvel app and the company's website. After Tuesday, they'll be sold for $1.99 to $3.99 per issue.

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    Time Warner Inc. said Wednesday it will spin off the magazine unit behind Time, Sports Illustrated and People into a separate, publicly traded company by the end of the year.

    Time spin-off highlights risks facing magazines

    From Sports Illustrated to People to its namesake magazine, Time Inc., was always an innovator. But now when the troubled magazine industry is facing its greatest challenge, the company Henry Luce founded is struggling to find its way in a digital world.

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    The creators of “SimCity” are hoping players don’t move on after connectivity issues plagued the game’s launch last week.

    EA apologizes for ‘SimCity’ launch woes

    The creators of "SimCity" are hoping players don't move on after connectivity issues plagued the game's launch last week. The updated entry in the 24-year-old metropolis-building franchise released last Tuesday requires players to be online — even if they're constructing virtual cities in the single-player mode.

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    The San Onofre nuclear power plant stands along the Pacific Ocean coastline in San Onofre, Calif. Two years after Japan’s nuclear crisis, Alison Macfarlane, the top U.S. regulator, says American nuclear power plants are safer than ever, but not trouble-free.

    Nuclear chief: US plants safer after Japan crisis

    Two years after the nuclear crisis in Japan, the top U.S. regulator says American nuclear power plants are safer than ever, though not trouble-free. A watchdog group calls that assessment overly rosy.

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    A crew works on a gas drilling rig at a well site for shale based natural gas in Zelienople, Pa.

    Cause of off-color, fetid water eludes Pa. town

    What causes clear, fresh country well water to turn orange or black, or smell so bad that it's undrinkable? Residents of a western Pennsylvania community have been trying for more than a year to get that question answered in their quest to get clean water back.Some of them say the water was spoiled by drilling deep underground for natural gas.

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    U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk speaks at the Singapore Management University in Singapore on the subject of U.S. and Asia-Pacific trade. The Obama administration has embarked on an aggressive trade agenda that could lower trade barriers and increase exports to many of the economic giants of Asia and Europe.

    Congress wants role as Obama pushes trade agenda

    The Obama administration is embarking on an aggressive trade agenda that could lower barriers and increase exports to Asia and Europe. To make that a reality, though, it may first have to negotiate a little closer to home — with Congress.

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    Peeps move through the manufacturing process, at the Just Born factory in Bethlehem, Pa.

    Hot chicks: At 60, Peeps more popular than ever

    It's Easter morning. A boy rouses his younger brother, and they run to the living room to find their baskets filled with — what else? — Peeps. "Peeps are THE candy of Easter," the excited boy tells his wide-eyed sibling, who pops a yellow marshmallow chick in his mouth. "You can eat em, smash em, microwave em, deep fry em, roast em on a stick," the boy explains. That's not all.

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    Performance Reviews Actually Dull Your Brain

    Among the hundreds of reasons to hate performance reviews, here's another: They dull certain parts of our brains. Temporarily, at least.Research shows that when a person's status is threatened — something that often happens when we're told in a performance review how we need to improve — activity diminishes in certain regions of the brain. When that occurs, says David Rock, the author of “Your Brain at Work,” “people's fields of view actually constrict, they can take in a narrower stream of data, and there's a restriction in creativity.”Not exactly a state of mind anyone wants to have. But we don't need neuroscience to tell us why the annual performance review song-and-dance is so universally reviled. We have our own reasons: the endless paperwork, the evaluation criteria so utterly unrelated to our jobs, and the simplistic and quota-driven ratings used to label the performance of otherwise complex, educated people.What makes this annual rite of corporate Kabuki so baffling is that those of us getting and giving reviews aren't the only ones who hate them. Corporate leaders apparently aren't big fans, either. In surveys of managers and human resource professionals, leadership advisory firm CEB found that performance reviews, well, get pretty bad reviews themselves.They're wildly inaccurate, for one: CEB's research finds that two-thirds of employees who receive the highest scores in a typical performance management system are not actually the organization's highest performers. Go figure. The reviews are ineffective, too: Managers told CEB that conventional reviews generate only a 3 to 5 percent improvement in performance.Our collective distaste of the process worsened as the economy has stagnated, workplace dynamics have changed and a new generation of workers has emerged with different expectations. Managers are supervising more people and spending less time interacting with each. Making matters worse, raises are so paltry that the difference between getting a “4” or a “5” on your review might mean little more than taking the kids out for pizza every couple of weeks.Meanwhile, in workplaces that have moved from command-and-control hierarchies to ones that value teamwork and matrix-style management, performance edicts from on high are a terrible fit. “They're designed as though they're Russia in the '60s,” management adviser Marcus Buckingham says.That's especially the case for workers of a younger generation, who have come to expect immediate feedback in nearly every other aspect of their lives. “They put something on Instagram, and in 15 to 20 seconds they're expecting to know if it's any good or not,” he says. “So it's crazy for them to come into a workplace that's like, 'We don't care about you, and twice a year we're going to tell you what the company wants.' “So why then, pray tell, do we still do performance reviews?One answer: We always have. An “imperial rater” was apparently used as far back as the Wei Dynasty in third-century China to make performance evaluations of people at the imperial court. The Navy used performance ratings during the Civil War, says Kevin Murphy, a consultant. “These are large-scale, complex systems for making people unhappy,” he says. “They're not a new problem.”By the time the 1980s rolled around and General Electric's Jack Welch fueled the rank-and-yank craze, in which companies rank-ordered employees and culled the bottom 10 percent, it was hard to imagine a world without them.

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    Dow’s recovery is old news to these top funds

    The stock market keeps pushing higher. The Dow Jones industrial average climbed to a record on Tuesday, finally recovering to surpass its October 2007 high. The momentum continued as stocks piled on more gains the next two days. To the managers of a select group of mutual funds, that's not a big deal. They crossed the recovery milestone some time ago. They needed just two or three years to make up for the losses they incurred after the market peaked in October 2007.

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    Career Coach: Women have to learn to say ‘no’ at work

    Recently, I was invited to conduct a workshop for working women on the topic of saying no at work. We talked about the fact that many women have trouble saying no and take on numerous activities, way beyond what they want. Yet, taking on so many activities at work may result in exhaustion and feelings of deprivation in sleep, emotional support, physical energy, and time to themselves, as well as feeling empty and resentful.

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    Work advice: Don’t hate me because i’m a mother

    Karla L. Miller writes an advice column on navigating the modern workplace. Each week she will answer one or two questions from readers. This week's questions include one from a mother whose co-workers resent her for not staying late, even though she's done with her work and offers to help others finish tasks.

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    Customers wait to buy Cold Stone ice cream in Lagos, Nigeria. As Nigeria’s middle class grows along with the appetite for foreign brands in Africaís most populous nation, more foreign restaurants and lifestyle companies are entering the country. And the draw on Nigeriansí new discretionary spending has also put new expectations on providing quality service in a nation where many have grown accustomed to expecting very little.

    As middle class grows, global brands hit Nigeri

    Inside this 1950s-style American diner, waitresses softly sing along to Aretha Franklin as they sling hamburgers and whip up milkshakes. The jukebox belts out Ritchie Valens as a customer wearing a Muslim prayer cap and flowing blue robes ambles in. This isn't the U.S., where the kitsch restaurant chain Johnny Rockets has several hundred locations, but instead Nigeria, where foreign companies have hesitated to invest because of logistical challenges, poor electricity and government corruption.

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    A woman pushes a child’s buggy past a boarded up shop front on Trafalgar Road in Greenwich, London.

    A nation of shopkeepers? UK seeks to keep its soul

    The small shopkeepers in Greenwich are running out of time. In the London borough that gave its name to Greenwich Mean Time, businesses like Lorraine Turton's are endangered by online shopping, cut-price competition from giant supermarkets, changing tastes and, increasingly, the protracted recession. Her Internet cafe on Trafalgar Road is a rare hive of activity on a "high street" — the British name for a town's main business district.

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    Knowing about your condition will help you calm any angst about being in the hospital.

    How to avert problems for a happy hospital stay

    Hospital stays can be scary, but they don't have to be. A stay in the hospital can be stressful, whether it's an emergency visit, a birth of a child or a planned surgery. But there are a number of things patients and their relatives or friends can do in order to make stays in the hospital more comfortable.

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    Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, listens to a witness at Senate Banking Committee hearing on anti-money laundering on Capitol Hill in Washington. Warren rose to national prominence as an outspoken consumer advocate decrying Wall Street abuses and became the progressive movement’s darling candidate in last fall’s Senate elections. Like most freshman lawmakers, the Massachusetts Democrat has maintained a low profile during her first few months in office, but that’s starting to change.

    Elizabeth Warren starts taking on banks and regulators

    Elizabeth Warren rose to national prominence as an outspoken consumer advocate decrying Wall Street abuses and became the progressive movement's darling candidate in last fall's Senate elections. Warren, who championed the creation of the new Consumer Financial Protection Board after the mortgage-led financial meltdown five years ago, is beginning to use her Senate Banking Committee perch to push regulators for tougher actions against errant banks.

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    Terri Slater is feeling the impact of the uncertainty in her public relations business. Two clients put marketing campaigns on hold after they lost venture capital funding and prospective clients are taking longer to decide whether to hire her.

    Seeking small business relief? Get ready to wait

    If you're looking for relief from surveys and reports that say small business owners are feeling bleak: Stop. The data is everywhere. It comes from small business associations and advocacy groups seeking to get the attention of lawmakers and big business. It's commissioned by companies hoping to use the information they collect to draw attention to the products and services that they sell.

Life & Entertainment

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    In this undated photo provided by NBC, Valerie Harper is interview by Savannah Guthrie of NBC’s “Today” at Harper’s home in Los Angeles. In her first TV interview since disclosing her diagnosis last week, the 1970s sitcom star tells Guthrie that “’incurable’ is a tough word.” It is scheduled to air on Monday, March 12, 2013.

    Valerie Harper to talk about ‘incurable’ cancer on ‘Today’

    She has incurable cancer, but Valerie Harper says she's not ready to say good-bye and she's keeping herself open to a miracle. "I'm not dying until I do," she says. "I promise I won't."

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    This film image released by Disney Enterprises shows James Franco, left, and Michelle Williams in a scene from “Oz the Great and Powerful.”

    Disney’s ‘Oz’ bewitches box office with $80M debut

    "Oz the Great and the Powerful," Disney's 3-D prequel to the classic L. Frank Baum tale "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" debuted in first place and earned $80.3 million at the weekend box office in the U.S. and Canada and $69.9 million overseas, according to studio estimates Sunday.

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    Ex drives a wedge between spouses at events

    Trust your husband to be the person he has shown himself to be over the years, of course — but more important, trust yourself to handle this single, isolated, upsetting-but-ultimately-inconsequential thing in your relationship.

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    Three sets of papal outfits — small, medium and large sizes — are displayed in the window of the tailoring shop Gammarelli in Rome.

    Tailors to the popes pray for perfect fit
    The favorite guessing game in Rome these days is who will be the next pope. Few take it more seriously than the Gammarelli family, tailors to the Vatican for over 200 years. For the past seven conclaves, Gammarelli has prepared three identical white outfits in small, medium and large for the new pontiff's first appearance on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica. Here's a look at what goes into making a new pope look fabulous for the historic moment.

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    Classically trained garage rock band Time for Three will make a guest appearance with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra this weekend.

    Sunday picks: ESO welcomes garage band Time for Three

    Classically trained garage band Time for Three joins the Elgin Symphony Orchestra for a performance of music by Estacio, Higdon and Tchaikovsky at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin. Fly along a 200-foot indoor zip-line, bounce on inflatables and enjoy carnival rides and attractions for all ages at Chicago Fun Family Palooza at Pheasant Run in St. Charles. Get in the mood for spring at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show at Navy Pier.

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    Despite cast changes, Catherine Bell returns as Denise Sherwood in Lifetime's new season of "Army Wives."

    New stars reporting for duty on 'Army Wives'

    As happens on actual military bases, the names and faces of some “Army Wives” are changing. When the Lifetime drama series begins its seventh season Sunday, March 10, an obvious absence will be that of founding cast member Kim Delaney ... with the departure of her character, Claudia Joy Holden, explained very early in the run. Longtime co-stars Sally Pressman and Sterling K. Brown are recurring now, but at the same time, the show is getting an influx of performers both new and familiar.

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    “Truth in Advertising” by John Kenney

    Novel set in ad world offers laughs, lessons

    As expected, John Kenney's debut novel, "Truth in Advertising," reads at times like a laugh-out-loud standup routine. What sustains it, though, is much more substantial: an engaging, believable plot, a fascinating if jaundiced view inside the contemporary world of New York advertising, and most of all, a lead character you're glad you get to know, even if doing so becomes infuriating at times.

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    The statuesque saguaro cactus is the symbol of the Mesa region.

    More to Mesa than just Cubs’ spring training

    Mesa, Ariz., is best-known to die-hard Chicago fans as the home of the Cubs' spring training camp. But the team isn't the only game in town. The third largest city in Arizona, located 15 miles east of Phoenix, Mesa and the neighboring communities of Gilbert and Queen Creek offer everything from spectacular desert scenery to countless urban amenities.

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    Glowworms create a spectacular display at the Field Museum's Creatures of Light exhibit.

    Field Museum exhibit lights up glowing creatures, plants

    You can swim with the fishes and float with the fireflies at the Field Museum's larger-than-light exhibit -- Creatures of Light. Adults and kids will give glowing reviews to the displays of fish, insects, mushrooms and other creatures that naturally light up.

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    Take in the exhibit “Welcome to the Universe” at the Adler Planetarium.

    On the road: Seeing stars at the Adler

    The Adler Planetarium offers extended hours for spring breakers to experience the state-of-the-art Grainger Sky Theater. There's also the upcoming St. Patrick's Day Parade in the Quad Cities that travels from Rock Island to Davenport.

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    These blue and white plates are marked “Wedgwood & Co. Ltd”, but which Wedgwood is it?

    Valuing ‘Wedgwood’ plates

    Q. I am enclosing photos of two plates that I received from my grandmother's estate. Each plate is about 10 inches in diameter. Both pieces are marked "Wedgwood & Co. Ltd," "Made in England" and "Countryside." One, however, carries the number "9 81," while the other has "12 61." There is also a notation that Wedgwood was founded in 1835. Can you date these plates and tell me what the value might be?

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    Primer helps when painting dark paneling

    Q. I have wainscot wood paneling around the perimeter of the kitchen and would like to paint it white or cream to brighten up the area since we have so much other wood in there — wood floors and cabinets.

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    Researchers from the University of Georgia and University of Minnesota select Monarch butterflies to be tested for the ophryocystis elektroscirrha parasite that attaches to the butterflies and inhibits their flight, at El Capulin reserve, near Zitacuaro, Mexico.

    Monarchs by the millions in Mexico's butterfly country

    Every year, millions of monarchs migrate from the eastern United States and Canada to central Mexico, a journey of 2,000 miles and more into a wooded land under attack by loggers in a region bloodied by drug traffickers. The tiger-striped butterflies arrive in late October and early November to hibernate in fir trees, clinging together like great clusters of fall leaves. Come February, they start to awaken in the warm sun, turn glittering somersaults in search of their mates, and begin to couple.

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    Since toilets come in two basic sizes, check out your space before you buy one.

    Elongated toilet may still fit tight space

    Q. I enjoy your take on plumbing and hope you can help me. We're replacing our old round front toilet and I would like to put in an elongated toilet. My husband says that the space is too tight for an elongated. Is there another option we can look into before he runs out and buys the same type of toilet?

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    Buyers, sellers often continue negotiates after the deal

    Q. We are attempting to sell our home. We signed a contract and thought everything was fine. Since then, their attorney has raised many issues with the contract and their home inspector raised some issues with the condition of our home.

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    Charlie and Barbara Majeski’s rock-studded landscape begins inches from their lanai. Between the lush growth and mounds of soil, it creates the illusion of a Caribbean botanical garden.

    Instead of a fence, a lush landscape

    Shrinking yards and zero lot lines became the norm during the housing booms, making the 6-foot privacy fence a common sight. But fencing wasn't an option for Charlie and Barbara Majeski when they bought the first house built in Palm Harbor's Falcon Ridge subdivision 28 years ago.

Discuss

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    Endorsements: Bajor, Blackburn and Olson for Winfield village board
    The Daily Herald endorses Jack Bajor, Tom Blackburn and Jay Olson for Winfield village board.

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    Endorsement: Bruno for Geneva City Council, Ward 1
    The Daily Herald endoses Michael Bruno for 1st Ward alderman on the Geneva City Council.

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    Endorsements: Allen, Barry for Warrenville council
    The Daily Herald endoses Scott Allen in Ward 3 and Clare Barry in Ward 4 for Warrenville City Council.

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    Endorsements: Silkaitis, Carrignan, Turner, Malay for St. Charles council
    The Daily Herald endoses Ron Silkaitis, Cliff Carrignan, William Turner and Kim Malay for St. Charles City Council.

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    Endorsements: Hood, Balmes, Wilson for Gurnee village board
    The Daily Herald endorses Thomas Hood, Jeanne Balmes and Don Wilson in the races for three seats on the Gurnee village board.

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    Endorsements: Hein, Brady, Papantos for Wheeling board
    The Daily Herald endorses Bill Hein, Ken Brady and Mary Papantos for Wheeling village board.

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    Is flare of anger enough to lose an endorsement?

    The face-to-face interviews we hold with candidates for local office shed a fair amount of insight on them -- and also make for some tough calls on whom to endorse, says Jim Davis, news director for the DuPage and Fox Valley editions.

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    Where our government’s money goes

    Guest columnist Lee Hamilton: As painful as the sequester might be, most policy makers know that it is not the main event when it comes to our fiscal challenges. Discretionary spending, the kind getting cut in the sequester, amounts to less than a third of federal spending.

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    Some taxes up, and the sky’s still there

    Columnist Froma Harrop: It's obvious that Obama tax increases, including a few fees on health care, are not blowing up the economy. It's amazing that guys like Jim DeMint can go on Fox year after year and make the same crashingly silly predictions

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    Take action to preserve housing assistance
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: Elected officials need to act now to shut off the sequester, return to regular order, achieve deficit reduction in a balanced fashion and, most importantly, finally pass a 2013 spending bill that enables local housing and redevelopment agencies to fulfill their mission in a responsible fashion.

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    Entice residents to spend locally
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Aspiring office holders can do very little about vacant stores, which is why you hear vague answers to such questions.

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    Lawmakers will be exempt from cutbacksWhen the federal budget cutbacks take effect, how many legislative aides and staffers will lose their jobs?Right — none because our representatives at all levels will exempt themselves as they always do from the effects of their actions.Greg StimpsonWood Dale

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    Why no press scrutiny in Libya?
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: Is it my imagination that the current president specifically stated in 2009 that "If you make under $250,000 you will not see your taxes increase by a single dime, not your income taxes, payroll taxes — nothing." Payroll taxes increased 2 percent on everyone.

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    Lombard’s ‘common sense’ candidate
    A Lombard letter to the editor: I have known Dave Kundrot for over 25 years. I worked with Dave on the Lombard Police Department for over 20 years. Dave has considerable knowledge in administrative tasks. He is a forward thinking individual who has a great deal of "common sense" when dealing in budgetary issues.

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    Time to propose some spending cuts
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: President Obama has repeatedly campaigned on a message of hope and change, promising to reform the way Washington, D.C. operates.

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    Who’s to blame for sequestration?
    A Woodstock letter to the editor: The sky is falling, the sky is falling. That's the message shrieked by President Obama about those mandated federal spending cuts called "sequestration."

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    A caring leader for West Dundee
    A West Dundee letter to the editor: As a longtime resident of West Dundee and of the Fox Valley, I have seen many changes over the years — some positive and some negative. Recently, though, the village has lost major taxpayers such as Best Buy and JC Penney's.

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