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    Forest preserve program explores lives of fireflies

    The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County invites visitors to learn all about fireflies during a free evening program next month at the McKee Marsh in Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville. Participants will join a district naturalist to learn about the lives of DuPage County’s luminous insects during the program July 13.

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    A shopper picks out a Swiss chard plant at the Geneva Green Market at its former location off River Lane.

    Geneva Green Market on the move

    Puzzled as to where the Geneva Green Market has gone? The Thursday-morning sale has moved across the river, to Sixth and State streets, as its previous home in the parking lot for the RiverPark became unavailable.

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    Martin Powers, pictured with his students, was found dead Sunday at his Elgin home.

    Beloved Elgin middle school teacher dies at 50

    Martin Powers, a longtime and beloved Elgin teacher, has died at the age of 50. He taught English at Kimball Middle School for 24 years, and also coached basketball and directed plays at the school. His many admirers recall his passion for literature and film.

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    Teen killed in Gurnee crash

    One teen died from injuries suffered in a single-vehicle crash in Gurnee Monday night and three others were injured, police say. A 2004 two-door Honda was traveling east on Route 120 from Hunt Club Road about 8:15 p.m. when, according to witness reports, the driver lost control and went into the center median, police said.

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    The 2013-14 school year will be the last for Pleviak Elementary in Lake Villa.

    Lake Villa's Pleviak School to close

    J.J. Pleviak Elementary School will close after the 2013-14 school year concludes, the Lake Villa Elementary District 41 board decided Monday. “I don't think there's one of us that enjoyed that,” board President Michael Conway said after the 6-0 vote at the Palombi Middle School auditorium. “But it's a decision we had to make.”

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    Prospect Hts. moves on severance for airport manager

    The Prospect Heights City Council on Monday night approved a severance agreement with Dennis Rouleau, manager of the Chicago Executive Airport. Wheeling, co-owner of the airport, has taken no public action on Rouleau, and the airport board has a meeting scheduled Tuesday.

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    Large branches fell on power wires Monday evening on the 200 block of River Bluff Road in Elgin.

    Tens of thousands without power

    As of 8 p.m., ComEd estimated 187,000 customers were without power -- mostly in the South and Southwest suburbs -- after powerful storms swept through the area Monday.

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    Hawks fans react after Jonathan Toews' goal in the second period as people packed into Toby Keith's I Love This Bar to watch Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals Monday night in Rosemont.

    Blackhawks fans celebrate, await team's return

    Mondays just never feel this good! Though local Blackhawks fans would have loved to have been in Boston to see their heroes claim the Stanley Cup, Roadwatch Party headquarters at Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill in Rosemont was undoubtedly the next best place. Fans also were euphoric at pubs in Wheaton and Lincolnshire.

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    A Wauconda house was damaged by a large fire Monday afternoon, authorities said. The blaze was discovered at a single-family home on the 1000 block of Monroe Street.

    Wauconda house damaged in fire

    A Wauconda house was damaged by a large fire Monday afternoon, authorities said. The blaze was discovered at a single-family home on the 1000 block of Monroe Street.

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    Dist. 300 to launch app for ‘one-stop shop’ district info

    Community Unit District 300 will move to the forefront of mobile communications this summer as it launches a new app giving parents, students and community members a one-stop shop for district information. Superintendent Michael Bregy presented the app to board members Monday night, showing its comprehensive, user-friendly design. The app brings information from teacher grade books, cafeterias,...

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    Former Naperville man charged with sexual exploitation of a child

    A former Naperville man recently appeared in a DuPage court on charges that he sent sexually explicit images of himself to a 14-year-old relative, police say. Gregory Chambers, 26, now of Whiting, Ind., was living on the 500 block of Kiowa Drive when police say he sent sexually explicit text messages and photographs of himself to a 14-year-old female relative who lives in Arkansas.

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    Joseph M. Sheer

    2 Lombard men face drug charges

    Two Lombard men face drug-related charges after police say a search warrant uncovered drugs and paraphernalia. Villa Park and Lombard police conducted a search warrant on June 14 at a home on the 100 block of South Westmore in Lombard. Police say they recovered 391 grams of cannabis, 11 cubes of sugar laced with acid and numerous drug paraphernalia items.

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    St. Charles officials debate impact of concealed carry

    St. Charles officials showed little appetite Monday night for imposing any laws more restrictive than the concealed carry legislation awaiting Gov. Pat Quinn’s signature. However, some areas of existing city ordinance may become invalid when the pending state law comes online. At that time, aldermen will also have their one and only chance to regulate assault weapons.

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    Carlos Lopez-Almarez

    Prosecutor: Addison man shot train engineer with air rifle

    An Addison man was jailed Monday on charges he shot a freight train engineer with an air rifle after he apparently got tired of shooting at beer cans. DuPage County Judge Elizabeth Sexton set bail at $45,000 for 18-year-old Carlos Lopez-Almarez, who was charged with aggravated battery.

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    Kristina Kovarik

    Gurnee reviews flood performance

    Gurnee village board members Monday night received a presentation regarding how officials handled flooding near the Des Plaines River in April and possible future needs.

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    Don West, a defense attorney for George Zimmerman, addresses the jury as he points to a map during opening statements in Seminole circuit court, in Sanford, Fla., Monday.

    Zimmerman portrayed as vigilante in Fla. shooting

    George Zimmerman was fed up with “punks” getting away with crime and shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin “because he wanted to,” not because he had to, prosecutors argued Monday, while the neighborhood watch volunteer’s attorney said the killing was self-defense against a young man who was slamming Zimmerman’s head against the pavement.

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    Jefry Sutjito

    Man convicted in St. Charles sex case on probation — in Australia

    A man who pleaded guilty to a sex charge was granted probation, but is being allowed to serve the sentence in his native Australia. Jefry Sutjito, 24, pleaded guilty to felony attempted sexual assault of a co-worker while they were at a monthlong business conference in St. Charles.

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    Journalists stand next to Ecuador’s Ambassador’s car while waiting for the arrival of Edward Snowden, a former CIA employee who recently leaked top-secret documents about sweeping U.S. surveillance programs, at Sheremetyevo airport, just outside Moscow, Russia, Sunday,

    Snowden not on booked flight to Cuba, whereabouts unclear

    Confusion over the whereabouts of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden grew on Monday after a jetliner flew from Moscow to Cuba with an empty seat booked in his name.

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    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence addresses the Illiana Industry Forum on Monday in Rosemont. Pence was joined by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn at the event to promote a planned 47-mile expressway aimed at relieving traffic into the Chicago area.

    Illiana Expressway touted as ‘vital link’

    Governors from Illinois and Indiana kicked off a two-day forum Monday in hopes of attracting potential contractors, laborers and investors for a planned 47-mile expressway aimed at relieving traffic congestion into the Chicago area and creating jobs.

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    More Chicago schools close for good

    The remainder of the public schools slated to close in Chicago shut their doors Monday, bringing the total to 49. Many parents are resigned to the cost-cutting measures, but some have filed a lawsuit.

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    President Barack Obama ordered acting IRS commissioner Danny Werfel, seen here, to conduct a 30-day review of the IRS when he appointed him last month.

    Documents show IRS also screened liberal groups

    The Internal Revenue Service’s screening of groups seeking tax-exempt status was broader and lasted longer than has been previously disclosed, the new head of the agency acknowledged Monday. Terms including “Israel,” “Progressive” and “Occupy” were used by agency workers to help pick groups for closer examination, according to an internal IRS document obtained by The Associated Press.

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    Sen. James Inhofe, an Oklahoma Republican, left, speaks with Sen. Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat, outside the chamber after the immigration bill got more than 60 needed votes to advance in the Senate on Monday.

    Immigration bill clears Senate test

    Historic immigration legislation cleared a key Senate hurdle with votes to spare on Monday, pointing the way to near-certain passage within days for $30 billion worth of new security measures along the border with Mexico and an unprecedented chance at citizenship for millions living in the country illegally.

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    Dist. 15 reaches tentative contract with transportation union

    After months of contentious negotiations that at one point spilled into the public forum, Palatine Township Elementary District 15 has reached a tentative contract with its transportation union. The board will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday to vote on the agreement, which first needs to be ratified by a majority of the union’s roughly 200 members.

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    Randall Behning

    Trial starts for Elgin man charged with assaulting preteen

    Randall Behning, 52, of Elgin, goes on trial Monday in Rolling Meadows on charges he sexually abused a teenage girl. He also faces charges of child pornography, authorities say.

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    Abigail Fisher, right, who sued the University of Texas, walks outside the Supreme Court in Washington Monday. The Supreme Court has sent a Texas case on race-based college admissions back to a lower court for another look.

    High court sends back Texas race-based plan

    Affirmative action in college admissions survived Supreme Court review Monday in a consensus decision that avoided the difficult constitutional issues surrounding a challenge to the University of Texas admission plan.

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    U-46 promotes from within, fills administrative vacancies

    Vacant leadership positions in Elgin Area School District U-46 continue to be filled with internal talent. Kevin Wiland will take over as districtwide coordinator of math, after working at Larkin High School since 2009. Richard LeBron and Juanita Jimenez, interim principals for Bartlett High School and Liberty Elementary School, respectively, also have a history in the district.

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    Terry Link

    Quinn’s signature could help Waukegan gambling company

    Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Monday that would clear the way for a Waukegan-based slot machine maker to keep selling its wares in Illinois.

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    Gurnee police give seat belt awards

    Gurnee will honor some traffic crash survivors for wearing their seat belts at a ceremony Thursday.

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    School supply collection to start in July

    State Rep. Sam Yingling will host a school supply collection drive during July at locations throughout House District 62.

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    Glen Ellyn offering adopt-a-park program

    The Glen Ellyn Park District will soon be looking for community groups and other volunteers to help clean and green local parks as part of a new adopt-a-park program. According to the district’s draft plan introduced this month, groups interested in adopting a park will clean up trash and debris, assist with landscape improvements such as planting flowers and trees, work to restore native plant...

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    Wildfire smoke blankets a ridge Sunday near Alpine, Colo. A large wildfire near South Fork, a popular summer retreat in southern Colorado, continues to be driven by winds and fueled by dead trees in a drought-stricken area, authorities said Sunday.

    Change in weather needed at Colorado fire

    Crews defending small homes, a ski area and a handful of roads against an erratic wildfire in Colorado’s southwest mountains hoped Monday for a break — any break — in the weather that will allow them to launch a more strategic assault on the backcountry blaze. The West Fork Fire likely will burn for months, said the incident commander said.

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    Viking Park Singers offer free concert

    Gurnee Park District’s Viking Park Singers host a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 30.

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    Vista plan for Lindenhurst to be considered

    The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board on Wednesday is scheduled to decide the merits of building the $131 million Vista Medical Center Lindenhurst.

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    Vandals cause damage at Brookdale School

    Vandals damaged two signs and a new sculpture outside Naperville’s Brookdale Elementary School at 1600 Redfield Road, authorities said Monday.

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    Three windows were shattered on the caboose stationed outside the Depot Museum, 155 Houston St., it was reported to police at 8:31 p.m. Sunday.

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    Fox Valley police reports
    Awaan Woods of Elgin was charged Sunday with criminal damage to property and aggravated assault of a police officer in connection to an event Sunday, according to a police report.

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    Beverly Fawell

    Longtime DuPage County lawmaker Beverly Fawell dies

    Longtime former DuPage County lawmaker and advocate for the disabled Beverly Fawell died Saturday at age 82, Illinois Senate Republicans said.

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    Marissa Dub

    Streamwood grad attacked by tiger improving, family thankful

    A 2008 Streamwood High School graduate recovering from a tiger attack in Indiana last week has been upgraded to fair condition, officials said Monday. Marissa Dub's family issued a statement thanking people for their prayers and support.

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    Andrew Johnson of Bartlett shows David, 10, and Gabija, 7, Fedaravicius of Streamwood the Chicago Blackhawks logo he made using 756 Lego pieces. The design, which Johnson built in about a week, was on display Monday at Legoland Discovery Center in Schaumburg.

    Legoland catches Blackhawks fever

    Even Legoland has Blackhawks fever as the team prepares for a shot to clinch the Stanley Cup tonight in Boston. The Hawks’ famous logo made out of 756 Lego pieces was on display Monday at the Schaumburg Legloand Discovery Center. Andrew Johnson, 24, of Bartlett, spent about a week designing and building the logo, which was a big hit among Legoland visitors.

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    Prospect Hts. parks seek new commissioner

    The Prospect Heights Park District is accepting applications to fill a vacancy on its board of commissioners. The candidate selected will finish a term that ends in April 2015. Applicants must have lived within Prospect Heights Park District boundaries for at least one year, must be at least 18 years old and a registered voter.

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    Police say this surveillance image shows three men who tried to rob the C.D. Peacock jewelry store Sunday at Oakbrook Center mall in Oak Brook. A store security guard shot one of the men while the other two fled, authorities said.

    Oak Brook cops: Would-be robbers staked out mall for hours

    A Detroit man who was shot by a security guard at Oakbrook Center may have spent hours staking out the mall with two accomplices Sunday before they tried to rob a jewelry store with a sledgehammer, authorities said Monday. “It’s not like they came from the parking lot and walked right in,” Oak Brook Police Chief James Kruger said.

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    Police looking for suspect in 2 sexual assaults

    Chicago police are warning people to walk in groups after two women were sexually assaulted on the city’s Near North Side.

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    Riverdale man arrested in 2012 slaying

    The Cook County sheriff’s office says a 27-year-old Riverdale resident has been arrested in the 2012 shooting death of an Indiana man. Bail for Cleotha Watson was set at $1 million on a charge of first-degree murder and $100,000 on an unrelated drunken driving charge.

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    DuPage County Board members are scheduled to decide whether to issue a conditional-use permit that would allow a house near West Chicago to be converted into an Islamic prayer center.

    DuPage board to reconsider prayer center decision

    Facing a federal lawsuit for rejecting plans for an Islamic prayer center near West Chicago, DuPage County Board members Tuesday are scheduled to reconsider whether a conditional-use permit should be issued for the project. Depending on how the vote goes, the legal case filed by Islamic Center of Western Suburbs could be resolved.

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    Train Lady Elaine Silets stands in one of her many layouts.

    Lavish N. Barrington garden railroad open for benefit on June 29

    Elaine Silets, aka “The Train Lady,” is inviting visitors into her extensive private North Barrington gardens on June 29, to host her annual fundraiser for the Interlochen Center for the Arts. Silets is an internationally known designer and manufacturer of model railroads and garden railways.

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    Hawthorn Elementary District 73 bought 180 iPads for teachers to allow for more versatility and interactivity in the classroom. Teachers recently held training sessions on the devices, which will be put into use this coming school year.

    Hawthorn District 73 buys 180 iPads for teachers

    Hawthorn District 73 bought 180 iPads for teachers to allow for more versatility and interactivity in the classroom. Teachers recently held training sessions on the devices, which will be put into use this coming school year. “I'm excited about this because of what I think it will do for teachers and learning,” said Beth Pollock Burke, coordinator of technology. “You have this...

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    CN begins repairs at Fullerton crossing in Addison

    The Canadian National Railway began repairs Monday morning to the crossing on Fullerton Avenue, east of Route 53, in Addison. All traffic lanes will be closed at the crossing through Friday, June 28, officials said.

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    Sandra Aussem of Palatine, left, and Kim Firth, of Carpentersville plant tomatoes in the Willow Creek Community Church garden.

    Willow Creek Garden grows spirit, along with the vegetables

    Members of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington have been gardening for more than 15 years, but with the opening of the Care Center on its campus this month, the stakes have risen. “It’s given us more visibility,” says Sandra Aussem of Palatine, who coordinates volunteers for the church’s Giving Garden.

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    Structural engineers Nathan Liggett and Jacob Wolf take measurements they will need to design a temporary solution to safety concerns that have put a temporary halt to grinding programs at Graue Mill and Museum in Oak Brook.

    Shutdown of milling operations crippling Graue Mill

    Area bakers may need to make alternative arrangements this fall and winter if their secret cornbread recipe includes Graue Mill cornmeal. All grinding has ceased at the 161-year-old mill in Oak Brook after a structural analysis found the gear system and heavy timber supports used in the process to be unsafe.

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    Dist. 15 continues summer breakfast program

    Palatine Township Elementary District 15 is continuing its popular summer breakfast program for the fourth consecutive year. Last year, District 15 served nearly 8,500 meals through the program, which is federally funded and open to the public.

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    A power outage late Sunday afternoon forced Sunset Pool in Glen Ellyn to close, but it had reopened by Monday afternoon.

    Sunset Pool in Glen Ellyn reopens

    Sunset Pool in Glen Ellyn reopened Monday afternoon after a power outage closed it Sunday night, park district officials said. Power went out at the outdoor pool at 483 Fairview Ave. at 5 p.m. Sunday, but was restored by 10:30 the next morning, according to Dave Harris, executive director of the Glen Ellyn Park District.

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    Fox Valley Repertory’s production of “Why Do Fools Fall In Love?” features the cast, from left, Mary Margaret Roberts, Stephanie Herman, Carol Rose, and Carrie Weis.

    It’s girls’ day out at Pheasant Run

    Calling all women! Fox Valley Repertory is extending an invitation to all women of the Fox Valley area to join them as they celebrate girl strength and breast cancer survivors. The event will take place on Sunday, July 14, at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St. in St. Charles. It will include brunch, jazz music, shopping, and a musical in support of Susan G. Komen and Fox Valley Repertory.

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    Congregation Beth Am is moving out of its Buffalo Grove home since 1999 this month to make way for the Buffalo Grove Park District’s planned performing arts center. But the congregation recently announced it would be staying in the village with a new location at 1370 Abbot Court.

    Buffalo Grove synagogue moving to new location, but staying in town

    Buffalo Grove’s Congregation Beth Am will be leaving its longtime location at 225 McHenry Road this summer to make way for the Buffalo Grove Park District’s planned performing arts center. The Reform congregation, however, will remain in Buffalo Grove, and has signed a three-year lease for a space at 1370 Abbott Court.

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    The Puddle Pet AquaFitness and Nutrition recently opened in South Elgin, offering swim sessions for dogs, pet bodywork massage, a do-it-yourself dog wash, a healthy weight pet program and pet food.

    A swimming pool and spa for your four-legged friend

    A new business along the Randall Road corridor promotes overall well-being and fitness for your pet. The Puddle Pet AquaFitness and Nutrition, which opened last month in South Elgin, offers swim sessions for dogs, pet bodywork massage, a do-it-yourself dog wash, a healthy weight pet program and pet food.

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    A Milan court has convicted former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi of paying for sex with an under-age prostitute during infamous “bunga bunga” parties at his villa and then using his influence to try to cover it up.

    Berlusconi convicted in sex-for-hire trial

    A Milan court on Monday convicted former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi of paying for sex with an underage prostitute during infamous "bunga bunga” parties at his villa and then using his influence to try to cover it up.

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    Marseilles school sues barge company over flooding

    MARSEILLES, Ill. — A northern Illinois school district is suing a barge company for $6.4 million in flood damages.Marseilles Elementary District 150 officials say the school sustained significant damage in April when seven barges broke loose from a towing vessel on the flood-swollen Illinois River and hit a lock and dam, “sending unprecedented floodwaters into the city.”

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    Boy found dead in hot car remembered as happy kid

    Neighbors remember Nathan as a happy, energetic toddler who could be seen laughing and playing with his 32-year-old father outside their home along Joy Drive in southwest Illinois. Now the little boy is dead and his father, Wayne M. Hubert, is accused of involuntary manslaughter. Hubert is accused of placing his son in a sweltering hot car then passing out after drinking at their O’Fallon home.

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    In this Wednesday, July 18, 2012 file photo, former South African President Nelson Mandela celebrates his 94th birthday with family in Qunu, South Africa.

    Mandela now in critical condition, president says

    Nelson Mandela’s condition has deteriorated to “critical” after more than two weeks in a hospital in the South African capital, Pretoria, President Jacob Zuma said. Mandela, 94, was admitted to the hospital’s intensive care unit on June 8 to receive treatment for a recurring lung infection, the fourth time he’d been hospitalized since December. Known by his clan...

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    Stranded in her darkened 20th-floor apartment in Brooklynís Coney Island with two small children, Irina Medvinskaya, seen here, was feeling desperate in the bleak days after the storm. The elevators stopped working. The food in her refrigerator spoiled. Without the help of friends and family _ particularly her boyfriend, who lugged full water-cooler bottles up the stairs — she doesn’t know how she would have survived.

    Poll: Friends, kin key to Sandy survival

    A silver lining frames the cloud of destruction left by Superstorm Sandy. In their hour of greatest need, families and communities — not the government — were the most helpful sources of assistance and support.

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    Law enforcement officers wearing wet suits emerge from bushes Monday during a search for evidence along a road near the home of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez in North Attleborough, Mass. The body of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old semipro football player for the Boston Bandits, was found in a nearby industrial park on June 17.

    Police search again near home of Pats’ Hernandez

    Police again searched the area near the home of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, a week after his friend’s body was found about a mile away. Some law enforcement officers wore wetsuits Monday while searching near both Hernandez’s home and the industrial park where Odin Lloyd’s body was found.

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    District 25 makes administrative changes

    There will be several administrative changes in Arlington Heights Elementary District 25 for the next school year, officials announced Monday, including the departure of the district's assistant superintendent for personnel and planning.

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    Deb Seyller

    More than 1,000 Kane County DUIs not reported to state

    In the wake of news that the Kane County circuit court clerk’s office is way behind on notifying the state about DUI convictions, two former chairmen of the county board’s Judicial and Public Safety Committee are calling for an investigation into the office as it existed under former Clerk Deb Seyller.

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    Kids will have plenty of fun at the Round Lake Beachfest.

    9th Annual Round Lake Beach festival on new weekend

    BeachFest, hosted by Round Lake Beach, has a new chairwoman, a new date and new stages this year.The free admission event will be held from Thursday, June 27, to Sunday, June 30, at the Cultural & Civic Center of Round Lake Beach and on the surrounding festival grounds. The Festival kicks off Thursday with the Miss Round Lake Pageant n the banquet room of the Center.

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    Hong Kong upholds rule of law in Snowden case, Leung says

    Edward Snowden left Hong Kong as a normal airline passenger using the usual and lawful channels while the Hong Kong government was processing a request from U.S. for his provisional arrest, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying told reporters today.

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    Chemical plant fire burning southwest of Peoria

    Authorities have opened a state highway as they make progress in fighting a fire at a chemical plant southwest of Peoria. Peoria County communications supervisor Sandy Klatt said Monday that state Highway 24 has been opened through Mapleton and firefighters now have the fire at the Chemtura Corporation plant under control.

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    Lake Villa District 41 officials are expected to vote tonight in favor of closing J.J. Pleviak Elementary School after the next school year. What's less clear is how school board members will act on a proposal to realign the grade levels taught at the remaining schools.

    Lake Villa Dist. 41 board will decide Pleviak's fate; grades could be realigned, too

    After months of consideration and public discussions, the Lake Villa Elementary School District 41 board is expected to vote tonight to close Pleviak School. Three other schools' grades could be realigned, too. The proposed changes are designed to save the financially struggling district money. If approved, they would be effective ahead of the 2014-15 term.

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    A mass grave and a monument in the village of Chlaniow, Polandand holding the bodies of Poles killed in an attack on the village by the Nazi SS-led Ukrainian Self Defense Legion in 1944. Forty four villagers and one visitor were killed. An investigation by the AP revealed that a commander in the legion, Michael Karkoc, 94, is living in the United States.

    Germany investigates commander of Nazi-led unit

    German prosecutors have opened a formal preliminary investigation of a Minnesota man who was a commander of a Nazi-led unit during World War II, to determine whether there is enough evidence to bring charges and seek his extradition.The Associated Press found that 94-year-old Michael Karkoc entered the U.S. in 1949 by lying to American authorities about his role in the SS-led Ukrainian Self...

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    Lebanese Army soldiers monitor during clashes that erupted between followers of a radical Sunni cleric Sheik Ahmad al-Assir and Shiite gunmen in Sidon, Lebanon, Monday.

    Lebanon clashes rage near mosque; 16 soldiers dead

    Lebanese army units battled followers of a hard-line Sunni cleric holed up in a mosque complex in a southern port city on Monday, the second day of fighting that has left at least 16 soldiers dead, the military said. The clashes in Sidon, Lebanon’s third-largest city some 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Beirut, are the latest bout of violence in Lebanon linked to the conflict in neighboring...

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    The Zippin Pippin roller coaster in Green Bay

    Oswego woman is millionth rider on Green Bay ride

    GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Zippin Pippin roller coaster in Green Bay reached a milestone this weekend, as an Oswego, Illinois woman became the one millionth rider to ride the replica of Elvis Presley’s favorite roller coaster.

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    Inbound Metra BNSF train canceled

    Inbound riders on Metra's BNSF line may experience some delays this morning. According to the Metra website,a train scheduled to depart from Aurora at 7:22 a.m. and arrive Chicago at 8:15 a.m. will not operate today due to manpower issues. The website says a train scheduled to depart Aurora at 7:42 a.m. and arrive Chicago at 8:34 a.m. will accommodate passengers of the earlier train that was...

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    In this photo provided by the Discovery Channel, aerialist Nik Wallenda walks a 2-inch-thick steel cable taking him a quarter mile over the Little Colorado River Gorge, Ariz. on Sunday, June 23, 2013. The daredevil successfully traversed the tightrope strung 1,500 feet above the chasm near the Grand Canyon in just more than 22 minutes, pausing and crouching twice as winds whipped around him and the cable swayed.

    Images: Tightrope walk across the Grand Canyon
    Daredevil Nik Wallenda walked a tightrope 1,500 feet above the Little Colorado River Gorge in the Grand Canyon on Sunday. The walk across the canyon took 22 minutes.

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    A super moon sets behind the top of one of the minarets at the University of Tampa Sunday, June 23, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. The larger than normal moon called the “Supermoon” happens only once this year as the moon on its elliptical orbit is at its closest point to earth and is 13.5 percent larger than usual.

    Images: The Supermoon
    The supermoon lit up the sky over the weekend. The moon appeared up to 14 percent larger than normal and thirty percent brighter when it was at its closest distance to earth. The next supermoon will be in August of 2014.

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    A full moon rises behind the Jefferson Memorial in Washington Saturday, June 22, 2013. The larger than normal moon called the “Supermoon” happens only once this year as the moon on its elliptical orbit is at its closest point to earth.

    Dawn patrol: One shot during Oak Brook armed robbery; Streamwood grad recovering from tiger attack

    One shot during failed Oakbrook Center robbery. Streamwood high school grad recovering from tiger attack. Blackhawks ready to finish it. Mundelein to consider resuming Seavey ditch work. Fire damages Mt. Prospect coach house. Young Eagles take flight in Sugar Grove. Hit that injured Toews won’t draw disciplinary action.

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    West Dundee has forged a Sister City partnership with Dundee, Scotland, the fourth largest city in Scotland. West Dundee hopes to promote cultural exchanges and economic opportunities with its new sister. West Dundee got its name from a Scottish settler in 1837.

    West Dundee partners with its Scottish namesake

    West Dundee has formed a sister partnership with its Dundee, Scotland, namesake, one officials hope encourages cultural exchanges and econonic opportunitites between the two towns. When Village President Chris Nelson worked as an administrative consultant in Schaumburg, the Sister Cities relationship between that village and Namerikawa, Japan, led to direct foreign investment that resulted in...

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    J. J. Pleviak School, originally Central School, has been part of Lake Villa for more than a century. It was built in 1910 on land the village purchased for $300.

    The history of Pleviak Elementary School

    When school officials vote Monday night to shut the doors at J. J. Pleviak School in Lake Villa, they'll be closing the book on a building that's been part of the community's history for more than a century.

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    Arnold Randall, superintendent of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, talks about his vision to improve Camp Reinberg in Palatine and other county forest preserves in the Northwest suburbs.

    Cook County launches plan to attract more visitors to forest preserves

    To draw members of the public back to the woods, the Cook County Forest Preserve District is embarking on a three-year campaign to open up camping sites to families, direct people to trails, overhaul conservation practices and educate visitors about natural features. “There are things going on beyond the picnic grove that are pretty cool and interesting,” said Arnold Randall,...

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    Kathleen Ryg

    Group seeks referendum to get legislators out of redistrictring

    Every 10 years Illinois legislators are required to remap the state’s Senate and House district lines through a process that provides the party in power an opportunity to draw boundaries in their favor. Now a citizen group is out to change that with a possible referendum next year seeking to amend the state constitution. “It’s rigged, it’s broken and it’s bad for...

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    Brian Townsend

    St. Charles in tough negotiations with city administrator

    The man who runs the day-to-day operations in St. Charles has only had month-to-month job security since a new mayor and city council was elected. Officials said last week they don’t foresee a need to start seeking a new city administrator, yet the city council and City Administrator Brian Townsend are not on the same page regarding his next contract.

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    Weekend in review: Casino forced to close; Rape sentence upheld

    What you may have missed this weekend: Streamwood HS grad recovering from tiger attack; “technical difficulties” Saturday close Rivers Casino; lawsuit makes U-46 hesitant about boundary changes; cemetery worker accused of stealing vases

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    Tom Sutter, shown with his wife and children, created Cal’s All-Star Angel Foundation to help families like his who have a child battling blood cancer.

    New fundraising efforts help South Elgin cancer charity expand aid

    Other customers at Best Buy probably didn’t give a second thought about the excited 13-year-old getting a new iPad. But for Logan Williams of Bartlett, it was more than just a birthday gift. Logan wanted it for the long hours of chemotherapy he regularly had to treat his leukemia. Logan's gift came courtesy of a sponsor who found out about him through Cal's All-Star Angel Foundation, a...

Sports

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    The Blackhawks pose with the Stanley Cup after beating the Boston Bruins 3-2 in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Monday, June 24, 2013, in Boston.

    Hawks live up to lofty expectations

    The Blackhawks lived up to the lofty expectations their spectacular regular season placed on their shoulders Monday by stunning the Boston Bruins 3-2 at TD Garden to capture their second Stanley Cup championship in four seasons. Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland scored 17 seconds apart in the final two minutes to pull off one of the most stunning endings in Stanley Cup history. Bickell poked in a pass from Jonathan Toews at 18:44 and Bolland scored during a scramble at 19:01 and — poof — instead of getting ready for a Game 7 on Wednesday, the Hawks were hoisting the Cup.

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    This team has similarities to 2010 Hawks

    In Tim Sassone's Hawks notebook, Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville talks about the media's comparisons with this Blackhawks team and the 2010 Stanley Cup champs. He also shares his thoughts on the heavy minutes played by defenseman Duncan Keith, and both teams weigh in on the ice conditions in the series.

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    Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews celebrates his goal with winger Patrick Kane in Monday’s second period.

    No way Toews would miss out on Game 6

    With the Stanley Cup at stake, there was no way Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews was going to miss Game 6 tonight at TD Garden. “That’s for sure,” Toews said after taking part on the Hawks’ morning skate. “The way I felt out there I’d say it was my best morning skate I’ve had all series. I feel great and I’m excited. There’s no question about where I am physically.”

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    Blackhawks left wing Viktor Stalberg hoists the Stanley Cup Monday alongside goalie Corey Crawford after the Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Boston.

    Stan’s the man as Hawks construct a winner

    You can’t blame Scotty Bowman for feeling like a proud papa. Not after all his son has been through rebuilding a Stanley Cup winning team and being criticized frequently along the way. “To win two Cups at his age? He’s going to be 40 on Saturday,” Scotty Bowman said. “He’s made tough decisions and they’re not always popular, but you have to make those decisions based on what’s right, not on emotion.” And this time no one say can it’s not Stan Bowman’s team.

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    The Blackhawks celebrate their 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins Monday in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Boston. The Hawks won the series 4-2.

    These Hawks are a team for the ages

    The 2013 Blackhawks completed their wire-to-wire run to the Stanley Cup and now their season can be compared to the best by a Chicago sports team in the past half-century.

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    Blackhawks left wing Viktor Stalberg hoists the Stanley Cup alongside goalie Corey Crawford after the Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 in Game 6 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final Monday in Boston.

    Blackhawks win in true Blackhawks fashion

    The Blackhawks showed the heart of a true champion in overcoming so much trouble on their way to winning the Stanley Cup for the second time in four seasons. Appropriately, it was another comeback that got the job done.

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    Shawn Vercillo of Elmhurst made the trip to Boston to take in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden. The Hawks season-ticket holder said he regretted not going to Philadelphia in 2010 when the Blackhawks won the Cup.

    Hawks fans showed their colors in Boston

    Fans wearing Blackhawks jerseys had several things in common as they strolled down Legends Way Monday afternoon outside TD Garden, aside from their obvious bravery. They had made the decision to travel to Boston regardless of expense, difficulty or companionship, because they were going to be in the building for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. Barry Rozner talks with a couple of brave Hawks fans, including Shawn Vercillo of Elmhurst.

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    Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews hoists the Stanley Cup after beating the Boston Bruins 3-2 in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals Monday in Boston.

    Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup

    Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland scored 17 seconds apart in the final 1:16 of the third period and the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup for the second time in four seasons with a stunning comeback, 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Monday night. Patrick Kane of the Blackhawks won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

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    These are not the best of times for White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez.

    Anderson could be on Sox’ fast track

    As White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez continues to struggle, especially on defense, keep an eye on top draft pick Tim Anderson and see how rapidly he can develop. “I see myself as a shortstop,” he said on draft day. “A lot of people doubt me, but I want to prove them wrong and stay at shortstop. I’m not a complete player yet, but one day I will be in the White Sox organization.”

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    Louisville center Gorgui Dieng could be available when the Bulls make their first-round pick in Thursday's NBA draft, and could give Chicago a nice backup to Joakim Noah.

    Bulls may look to center with first-round pick

    With the No. 20 pick in Thursday's NBA draft, the Bulls could fill either of their greatest needs, a backup center or 3-point shooter. Here's a look at the centers that might be available.

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    This March 1, 2012 file photo shows former NBA player Scottie Pippen during an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore. Authorities are investigating a fight involving the former Chicago Bulls star and a man outside a popular Malibu sushi restaurant Sunday, June 23, 2013.

    Ex-Bull Scottie Pippen investigated in fight

    Former Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen was questioned Monday about a fight that occurred over the weekend between him and an autograph seeker outside a Malibu restaurant, authorities said. Investigators were interviewing several witnesses who apparently saw what transpired. Criminal charges could be filed.

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    In addition to his struggles at the plate, Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro has a team-high 14 errors this season.

    A catchall on the Cubs’ struggles so far

    If you've been following the exploits of the Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup playoffs, you might have missed a few things going on with the Cubs. No worries. Daily Herald Cubs writer Bruce Miles catches you up on a few developments.

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    Big Ten, Pac-12 announce new bowl affiliations

    The Big Ten and Pac-12 are strengthening their postseason ties with a pair of matchups in California bowl games. The Holiday Bowl in San Diego and the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco announced six-year agreements Monday for teams from each conference to play each other starting in 2014.

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    Rafael Nadal shakes hands with Steve Darcis Monday after he lost in their first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon.

    Nadal loses to 135th-ranked player at Wimbledon

    In one of Wimbledon’s greatest upsets, an ailing Rafael Nadal was knocked out in straight sets Monday by a player ranked 135th — the Spaniard’s first loss in the opening round of a Grand Slam event. Steve Darcis of Belgium stunned the two-time champion 7-6 (4), 7-6 (8), 6-4. He ended Nadal’s 22-match winning streak and eliminated one of the Big Four of men’s tennis on the very first day of the grass-court Grand Slam.

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    Buffalo Grove native Megan Bozek has been named to the 2014 Olympic team. The Minnesota co-captain completed her college career with back-to-back national championships.

    Bozek makes U.S. women’s Olympic hockey team

    Buffalo Grove native Megan Bozek has been named to the 25-player roster for the U.S. Women’s National Team that will compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The Stevenson graduate is one of three Illinois natives to make the roster.

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    Mike North video: Hawks Won’t Be Denied

    Mike North, wearing his old Jeremy Roenick cap and Chicago Blackhawk jersey, predicts the Blackhawks will win tonight. But even if they don't, he still believes Hawks fans will be celebrating with the Stanley Cup very soon.

Business

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    U.S. stocks fell Monday, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to a nine-week low, after Chinese equities entered a bear market amid concern a cash crunch will hurt growth and as investors weighed the impact of a possible reduction in the Federal Reserve’s monetary stimulus.

    China slump, higher bond yields weigh on markets

    More signs of distress in China’s economy and rising bond yields led to a broad sell-off in stocks Monday, leaving the market down 5.7 percent from its all-time high last month. It’s the first pullback of 5 percent or more since November.

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    Livia Maas, left, and Khrystan Policarpio, both from Berkeley, Calif., stand under umbrellas to shield themselves from the sun in front of the Supreme Court in Washington Monday, as they queue for the court’s session.

    Court makes it harder to sue businesses

    A sharply divided Supreme Court on Monday decided to make it harder for Americans to sue businesses for retaliation and discrimination, leading a justice to call for Congress to overturn the court’s actions.

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    This photo taken June 20 shows a sign advertising no ethanol gasoline available at a station in Oklahoma City. A high blend of ethanol gasoline, E15, which contains 5 percent more ethanol than the 10 percent norm sold at most U.S. gas stations, is sold in just 20 stations in six Midwestern states.

    Boost for cars or bust? Ethanol debate heats up

    It’s a dilemma for drivers: Do they choose a gasoline that’s cheaper and cleaner even if, as opponents say, it could damage older cars and motorcycles? That’s the peril and promise of a high-ethanol blend of gasoline known as E15. The fuel contains 15 percent ethanol, well above the current 10 percent norm sold at most U.S. gas stations.

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    Dr. William Yates

    Hair restoration business ‘raises the bar’
    An interview with Dr. William Yates, owner of Dr. Yates Hair Science Group in Vernon Hills. "As a hair loss sufferer myself, I saw the need for someone with empathy and exceptional skills," he says.

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    Dunkin’ Donuts, Jersey Mike’s eye Palatine location

    More than 18 months after the Palatine village council narrowly turned down a Starbucks and sub shop to fill a long-vacant lot on Northwest Highway, officials soon will consider a Dunkin’ Donuts and sub shop there instead. Jersey Mike’s Subs and Dunkin’ Donuts have requested to open locations near the southwest corner of Northwest Highway and Smith Street.

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    Quinn tries to connect big companies with startups

    The governor announced that he is launching a program that he calls the Illinois Corporate/Start-Up Challenge that calls for big companies to mentor, partner find business opportunities between them and the smaller companies. Four companies — Allstate Corp., Molex Inc., Motorola Mobility and Walgreen Co. — have agreed to take part.

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    TreeHouse Foods to acquire Cains Foods for $35 million

    Treehouse Foods said it plans to acquire Cains Foods, LP. for approximately $35 million in cash.

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    FDA approves Astellas’ Mycamine for injection

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration as approved a supplemental new drug application for the use of Astellas Pharma U.S. drug Mycamine for injection by intravenous infusion for the treatment of pediatric patients four months and older with candidemia, acute disseminated candidiasis, Candida peritonitis and abscesses, esophageal candidiasis, and prophylaxis of Candida infections in patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplants.

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    Bilingual signs in English and Arabic at a McDonald’s restaurant in Dearborn, Mich., announce they no longer sell halal products. The only two McDonald’s restaurants in the nation serving food prepared according to Islamic law have stopped doing so after a $700,000 legal settlement.

    2 Mich. McDonald’s drop halal food after suit

    The only two McDonald’s restaurants in the United States that serve food prepared according to Islamic law have stopped doing so. The fast food giant and a Michigan franchise owner agreed to a $700,000 legal settlement in April after a customer sued.

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    US Cellular names Meyers as new CEO
    Associated PressWireless carrier U.S. Cellular Corp. has named longtime executive Kenneth Meyers as president and CEO.Meyers succeeds Mary Dillon, who has resigned to become CEO of Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance Inc.Meyers most recently served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Telephone and Data Systems Inc., U.S. Cellular’s majority owner. He is a board member for both companies. Meyers joined U.S. Cellular in 1987 and has held other positions there, including executive vice president and CFO.Its shares hit a 52-week low of $32.25 on Friday. They are down 22 percent from their 52-week high of $41.54 last July.

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    Boeing to compensate Polish airline for 787s

    Boeing will offer compensation to Poland’s national airline for the months-long grounding of its 787 planes, a Polish government official said Monday.The world’s fleet of 50 Boeing 787s was grounded in January after batteries smoldered on two planes owned by two Japanese airlines. Two among the grounded planes were owned by Poland’s LOT airline. They have all resumed flying since Boeing fitted all 787s with redesigned batteries.

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    Another Boeing 787 flight cut short on United

    HOUSTON — United Airlines says another Boeing 787 flight was cut short by a mechanical problem.On Monday a plane leaving Houston bound for Denver turned back to the Houston airport because of a brake indicator issue. United says passengers were put on other planes after Sunday’s aborted flight, and the 787 is being checked out.The 787, which Boeing calls the Dreamliner, was grounded for three months earlier this year after lithium-ion batteries overheated on two planes.

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    Neiman Marcus plans to raise up to $100M in IPO

    Luxury retailer Neiman Marcus plans to raise up to $100 million from an initial public offering of its common stock.That amount is likely to change, though, as bankers gauge investor interest. The plan to go public comes about eight years after private equity firms TPG Capital and Warburg Pincus bought Neiman Marcus for $5.1 billion.

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    Kevin Bella, top left on screen, talks with Mission San Jose head football coach Sam Baugh using the help of a sign language interpreter on a television screen at home in Fremont, Calif.

    High-tech gains get disabled people into workforce

    When high school football coach Kevin Bella needs an intense, heart-to-heart with a player, he goes home and sits on his couch. That's because Bella, who is deaf, communicates with his hearing players most clearly with a new technology that brings a live sign language interpreter to his television screen. The player, on a phone elsewhere, hears the interpreter give voice to Bella's signs.

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    8 percent of Ill. workers made over $100K in 2012

    SPRINGFIELD — More than 6,200 Illinois state employees earned more than $100,000 in 2012, according to a published report. GateHouse Media Illinois newspapers reported this weekend that 8 percent of the 76,000 employees surveyed made six-figure salaries. The group includes doctors, judges, nurses, police officers and more.And it includes the state's CEO, Gov. Pat Quinn. But the Democrat's salary is $177,412, ranking him in only 687th place.The analysis looked at all compensation, including overtime pay, unused sick and vacation time routinely cashed in upon retirement, and back-wage claims earned by each employee in 2012. The review included just agencies that have their payrolls processed by the Illinois state comptroller, excluding state university and community college workers.The 6,215 workers topping $100,000 cost the state a total of $781 million, or 17 percent of the $4.5 billion payroll.According to the analysis, the number of earners making more than $100,000 in 2012 grew by 1,131 from the previous year. Burgeoning overtime pay for workers at short-staffed agencies appears to be one reason.GateHouse cited a 2008 study by the Illinois Policy Institute, a conservative research organization, that found average state employee compensation, including benefits, was $69,500 — 23 percent more than the private-sector average of $56,000.“The number of people with high salaries dispels the old notion that to work in the public sector is a lot of sacrifice,” Ted Dabrowski, vice president for the Illinois Policy Institute, told GateHouse. He said that high salaries and accompanying pensions precipitate the “need to think about reforming our overall compensation for government-sector workers.”But Ralph Martire, executive director of the bipartisan Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, said studies concluding government work brings higher salaries are skewed because they don't adjust for higher qualifications and more education needed for public-sector work.“There aren't a lot of jobs in the public sector that are the equivalent of someone working in retail or at a restaurant,” Martire said.The top salary in 2012 went to Robert Rupnik, chief investment officer for the Teachers' Retirement System, at $357,500. TRS executive director Richard Ingram made $239,170.“The job that our investment officer and our executive director do are very specialized tasks,” TRS spokesman David Urbanek said. “If they were out in the private sector, they would each be earning at least seven figures. They have been successful in what they do.”Sixteen of the top 20 salaries belong to physicians at state-run mental health hospitals for the Department of Human Services, with compensation ranging from $255,000 to $300,000.“They do provide a vital service, and again, we do have to be competitive if we're going to keep skilled medical professionals,” Human Services spokeswoman Januari Smith said.Compensation examined was not just base salary, but total payments in the fiscal year. For example, the top earner at the Department of Transportation in 2012 was Nicholas Ndoca, a bridge mechanic who totaled $218,000. His base salary was $72,000, he received $1,800 in overtime and was paid $144,000 for a back-wage claim.At the Illinois State Police, where GateHouse found that more than one-third of the payroll earned more than $100,000 in 2012, the list was topped by Lt. Robert Bodemer at $219,000. Much of his pay was from unused vacation and compensatory time that officers are paid upon retirement.

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    Archer Daniels Midland Co. said it is launching a tender offer to buy the rest of Australia's GrainCorp, after other bidders failed to submit better offers.

    ADM launches bid for Australia's GrainCorp

    Archer Daniels Midland Co. said it is launching a tender offer to buy the rest of Australia's GrainCorp, after other bidders failed to submit better offers.ADM last month offered 12.20 Australian dollars ($12.63) a share in cash for the remaining 80 percent of GrainCorp Ltd. that it doesn't already own, giving all of the Australian grain handler a value of 3.4 billion Australian dollars.

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    Justin Farman, a nursing student from Watertown in upstate New York, at his Watertown apartment. Farman was diagnosed with a blood cancer last fall, when he was uninsured, and is now fending off collection agencies pursuing some of the approximately $50,000 in bills he has accumulated due to his illness.

    Promise of price cut on hospital bills is in limbo

    Huge list prices charged by hospitals are drawing increased attention, but a federal law meant to limit what the most financially vulnerable patients can be billed doesn’t seem to be making much difference. A provision in President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul says most hospitals must charge uninsured patients no more than what people with health insurance are billed.

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    Business owner’s summer challenge: Four half-days

    I need four half-days of your time. Actually, it’s your business that needs those four half-days, time you spend away from the company contemplating its present, future and how to make both better. How nice that summer days are ideal for reviewing and strategizing.

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    Naperville retiree launches new frozen desserts

    Kukec's People features Lou Toste O'Brian, a 73-year-old entrepreneur from Naperville, who had retired after establishing some hair salons. But she wanted to do something more than just travel the world and play bridge during retirement. Now, she uses all her free time to make cannoli cakes and frozen desserts that can be found in local grocery stores.

Life & Entertainment

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    In this June 16, 2013 file photo, George Lucas, left, and longtime girlfriend Mellody Hobson arrive at the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. A Lucasfilm spokeswoman on Monday confirmed the “Star Wars” creator married Hobson in a weekend ceremony at Skywalker Ranch north of San Francisco.

    ‘Star Wars’ creator George Lucas weds

    A Lucasfilm spokeswoman confirms “Star Wars” creator George Lucas married longtime girlfriend Mellody Hobson in a weekend ceremony at Skywalker Ranch north of San Francisco.

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    This Feb. 7, 2008 file photo shows Gary David Goldberg, producer of the “Family Ties” television series during his appearance on the NBC “Today” television show in New York. Goldberg died of brain cancer in Montecito, Calif., on Sunday, June 23, 2013, two days before his 69th birthday, The New York Times reported. Goldberg’s TV successes also included “Spin City,” reuniting him with “Family Ties” breakout star Michael J. Fox.

    ‘Family Ties’ creator Goldberg dies at 68

    Gary David Goldberg, who created the 1980s sitcom hit “Family Ties” and expanded into feature films, has died. Goldberg died of brain cancer in Montecito, Calif., on Saturday, days before his 69th birthday, The New York Times reported. “With a full heart I say goodbye to my mentor, benefactor, partner, second father and beloved friend,” actor Michael J. Fox said in a statement on Monday.

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    This 2004 photo shows writer Richard Matheson. Matheson, the prolific sci-fi and fantasy writer whose “I Am Legend” was transformed into a film three times, died Sunday, June 23, 2013. He was 87.

    ‘I Am Legend’ author Richard Matheson dies at 87

    Richard Matheson, the prolific sci-fi and fantasy writer whose “I Am Legend” and “The Shrinking Man” were transformed into films, has died. He was 87. A spokesman for the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films said Matheson died Sunday in Los Angeles. No other details were provided.

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    Brad Pitt stars as retired U.N. investigator Gerry Lane in the action thriller “World War Z.” A sequel and possibly a third installment of the film are expected.

    A sequel for Pitt’s ‘World War Z’?

    Brad Pitt is getting his action franchise after all. A source close to Pitt’s “World War Z” told The Associated Press on Monday that Paramount Pictures is likely to develop a sequel to the apocalyptic zombie thriller. The person was not authorized to announce the plans and spoke on condition of anonymity.

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    “The Minutes” by Alison Moyet

    Alison Moyet's 'The Minutes' impresses

    Alison Moyet is not trying to impress you. True to her punk roots, the English artist didn't make “The Minutes,” her first studio album since 2007, to please anyone. And, by doing so, she has created a remarkable collection that takes her rich contralto to new edges.

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    In Pixar’s “Monsters University,” Sully (John Goodman) triumphantly hoists one-eyed Mike (Billy Crystal) during the Scare Games contest.

    ‘Monsters’ scares up box-office success

    Turns out zombies and Superman are no match for monsters. Disney’s “Monsters University” is the weekend box-office winner, according to studio estimates released Sunday. The animated family film, which reunites stars Billy Crystal and John Goodman and their characters from the 2001 hit “Monsters, Inc.,” debuted in first place with $82 million, beating out swarming zombies in “World War Z” and Superman himself in “Man of Steel.”

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    Just how low can Don Draper (Jon Hamm) sink before it all ends with wife Megan (Jessica Pare)? Viewers might find out in the next season of AMC’s “Mad Men.”

    A wake-up call heeded as ‘Mad Men’ season ends

    We have now left Don Draper in a state ripe for rehab — both literally and figuratively. Airing Sunday night, the season finale of “Mad Men” found its troubled hero reeling from one bender too many. “I realized it’s gotten out of control,” he told his wife, Megan, after a night in a drunk tank after punching out a priest who ticked him off in a bar. “I’ve gotten out of control,” he added. No kidding. In its penultimate sixth season spanning the turbulent year of 1968, this AMC drama charted Draper’s downward spiral, cheating on his wife with a downstairs neighbor and wreaking havoc at the Manhattan ad agency where he used to be golden.

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    Bobby “Blue” Bland, center, is honored with a standing ovation as he is named as an inductee to the Memphis Music Hall of Fame during a ceremony at The Warehouse in Memphis, Tenn., in 2012, Bland’s son Rodd said his father died Sunday at his Memphis home. He was 83.

    Blues singer Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland dies at 83

    Singer Bobby “Blue” Bland, who blended Southern blues and soul in songs such as “Turn on Your Love Light” and “Further on up the Road,” has died. He was 83. His son said he died from complications from an ongoing illness.

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    Bursts of energy in your workouts will help your fitness routine and metabolism.

    High-intensity exercise helps get the heart pumping

    Cardio comes in many different forms and intensities depending on your fitness level. No matter what your cardio routine consists of, never get complacent with the same monotonous routine. A great way to energize your cardio routine is to practice HIIT (high-intensity interval training). Adding high-intensity workouts to your exercise routine can speed up your metabolism and help your overall fitness routine from becoming mundane.

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    Take care of your hearing early in life so you still have it as you age.

    Your health: Advances in hearing aids
    Technology has improved the use and capability of hearing aids. Also, learn how to improve your memory as you age.

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    Brain atlas reaches new levels of detail

    A 65-year-old woman’s brain was cut into 7,400 slices to create the most detailed three-dimensional atlas of the human brain ever made, bringing researchers one step closer to reverse-engineering the brain’s convoluted circuitry. Brain atlases are essential reference tools for researchers and physicians, to determine which areas are “lighting up” during a task or thought process, or during image-guided surgery. The better the atlas resolution, the better doctors can target ever-smaller parts of the brain and their individual function.

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    Many foot problems can be attributed to regularly wearing high heels, podiatrists warn.

    High-heeled shoes not toeing the line, doctors warn

    Now is the season when women take their freshly pedicured toes al fresco, often courtesy of strappy high-heel sandals or open-toed pumps that look fabulous but sometimes feel like the masochistic torture tools that many podiatrists insist they are.

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    Steve Newport drinks a mixture of coconut oil and liquid yogurt at his home. The liquid yogurt is just one of several ways his wife, Dr. Mary Newport, has found to make the oils easier to consume.

    Couple inspire study of coconut oil, Alzheimer’s disease

    In those first two years, her husband used chopsticks again. He also oiled door hinges, slow-danced at a party, remembered his hairdresser’s name. He re-watched “When Harry Met Sally” and blurted “I’ll have what she’s having!” before the woman in the diner did. Mary Newport, who is a physician, didn’t think she had found a cure to reverse her husband’s early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. But she was convinced the coconut oil she had begun giving Steve in May 2008 had eased his symptoms.

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    Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. is experimenting with various ways to create replacement organs for human implantation like in this “scaffolding” for a replacement nose.

    Growing organs in lab could ease shortage

    By the time 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan finally got her recent lung transplant, she’d been waiting for months, and her parents had sued to give her a better shot at surgery. Her cystic fibrosis was threatening her life, and her case spurred a debate on how to allocate donor organs. Lungs and other organs for transplant are scarce. But what if there were another way? What if you could grow a custom-made organ in a lab?

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    The collection includes this Shaw race car.

    Passion for Hudsons preserved in museum collection

    The Hudson Motor Car Co. may be best known for its racing successes. However, there’s much more to learn about this innovative brand than its checkered-flag past. One place that delivers a robust education is Hostetler’s Hudson Auto Museum in northern Indiana.

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    Could nutrition play a role in Alzheimer’s disease?

    Is it possible that one of the most serious medical conditions of our age, Alzheimer’s disease may to be the result of chronic nutritional deficiencies? Number of years ago we discovered that some very serious illnesses were correctable through proper nutrition. Among these are: scurvy, a serious lack of collagen production as a result of a deficiency in vitamin C; beriberi, a form of congestive heart failure related to a deficiency of vitamin B1; and rickets, a bone wasting disease in children caused by a deficiency of vitamin D. There is increasing research to suggest that the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease can improve with specific nutritional interventions.

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    Men with higher resting heart rates may be at risk

    I'm a man in my 50s. I'm in good shape and I exercise regularly, but I have a high resting heart rate. Is this cause for concern?

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    Good wine: German wine tour leads to dry Riesling

    Mary Ross used to think she knew all there was to know about German wine. Riesling. It took a recent trip to Germany to open her eyes to the dynamic ideas shaping the wine industry in this Old World land and to dry, or trochen, Riesling.

Discuss

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    Support president’s nominee for EPA
    A Chicago letter to the editor: Illinoisans deserve to have a proven public health champion working for them as the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and President Obama’s nominee, Gina McCarthy, is exactly that. McCarthy has a stellar record of winning real results for our environment and public health

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    Defined-benefit system unfair to taxpayers
    A letter to the editor: The Daily Herald Editorial Board missed the mark when it argued that "Illinois lawmakers find themselves on the eve of a rare opportunity to redeem themselves" by supporting a House-backed pension bill.

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    Thanks for help in fight against ALS
    A Skokie letter to the editor: Founded in 1977, the Les Turner ALS Foundation serves more than 90 percent of the ALS population in the Chicago area. To those who donated through Tag Days and to those who served as the manpower behind this effort, thank you. Your support allows us to continue providing help and hope to people with Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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    Too little being done about Wooster Lake
    A Ingleside letter to the editor: Yet another year has again gone by, making it 10 years since Lakes Management headed by now-Director Mike Adam of Lake County Health Department recorded extreme levels of lake-killing phosphorous spilling into and polluting Wooster Lake.

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    A special memory of a great man
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Bob Atcher, as former mayor of Schaumburg, is responsible for Woodfield and the village being the metropolis they are today, and I am honored to have known him for that short amount of time.

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    Secure the borders first
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: Granting illegals a path toward citizenship will only encourage 10 million more people to come here illegally. This is why securing the borders first is so important today.

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    Fair services for fair payment of taxes
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: A couple of the arguments that the anti-immigration folks offer to support their positions are 1) illegal immigrants do not pay taxes (which is generally absurd since the legitimate businesses that hire them are generally withholding taxes) and 2) the proposed covered undocumented workers should not be eligible for benefits (welfare, unemployment, health care etc.). How delightfully idiotic opposing position these are.

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    Beautification plan is just irresponsible
    Letter to the editor: David Krein is unhappy with the plan by the Schaumburg village board to beautify the Roselle and Meacham road I-90 interchanges to bring them up to the village's standards. "Why don’t they change the standards, save the money and lower the property tax?" he writes.

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    Planners ignored Gardens opponents
    Letter to the editor: Elizabeth Picchiotti writes that the Palatine Plan Commission seemed to have its mind made up in favor of the Catherine Alice Gardens project, even before the hearing was held.

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    If you’re going to dream, dream big
    Letter to the editor: James Mooney of Arlington Heights says (tongue in cheek) his village board needs to kick up the size of their dreams.

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    Orchard hasn’t been cooperative at all
    Letter to the editor: Don Rowley, who says he and his wife sold their house to Orchard Evangelical Free Church in 1999, suggests the church has not been "neighborly" at all.

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    Draft-age deserve the right to vote
    A Lombard letter to the editor: In response to a recent “Your View” commentary regarding putting the voting age back to 21, I think the writer needs to research why the voting age was lowered in the first place.

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    Real crime is failure to care for vets
    A Hampshire letter to the editor: I would like to take this moment to point out one of the true tragedies of this NSA spying fiasco. While thousands of veterans pass away every week, many without benefits they are owed due to the inability of the Veterans Affairs to implement a basic computer system to log and maintain the records of these brave vets, we seem to have no problem finding the money to build super computers to track phone calls and emails of the citizenry.

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    Mandela set a standard for us all

    With Nelson Mandela, the devil would not like the details. We all know that he spent 27 years in jail, much of it on Robben Island. We all know about his remarkable strength, intellect and tolerance. But I for one did not know that when he was in prison, he studied Afrikaans, the language of his jailers, so he could get to know them better and possibly convert them to his cause. Physically he was a big man. But it was how he conducted himself that made other men seem so small. Mandela is no demigod. He had his faults, but rage, anger, jealousy, egotism and the need for revenge were not among them. He was born into tribal nobility — the son of a chief — and an easy life was his for the asking. But he chose the path of rebellion against racist apartheid, which is to say he chose to be on the run, to live underground, to forsake the love of astonishingly attractive Winnie — and yet all the time to pursue knowledge. It seems he did not waste a moment in prison. He was forever studying something.On Robben Island, where he spent 18 years, he was largely confined to a fetid cell. He slept on a straw mat. He was persecuted by the guards. He spent his days breaking rocks. He was forbidden to wear sunglasses, so his eyes were damaged. On occasion, he was put into solitary confinement for the infraction of reading a smuggled newspaper. At night, somehow, he studied for advanced degrees and when, eventually, he got out of prison, he brimmed with forgiveness and demanded a colorblind society.When Frank Lautenberg died, we noted that he was the last World War II veteran in the U.S. Senate. Not many of our politicians have been to war, fewer still have been in solitary and few of those have chosen to forsake the easy life for the deprivations of a cause. They talk — and so do we journalists — about the bravery of this or that political position, but to my knowledge only John McCain and Texas Republican Rep. Sam Johnson, both POWs in Vietnam, know the utter terror of hearing the approaching footsteps of the torturer.I remember when Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin met with Ronald Reagan in 1981. The contrast could not have been more vivid. Here was the amiable movie actor, a man who had had an easy, fortunate life. And here was a man who had been a terrorist, a guerrilla fighter, who had lost his family in the Holocaust and had been imprisoned in the Soviet Gulag. At night, “after 12 or 14 or 16 hours of work, we had to dig ourselves deep into the snow and go to sleep,” Begin wrote in “White Nights,” a memoir of those days. In the morning, he would awake to find some of his fellow prisoners frozen to death. Reagan probably told Begin some Hollywood story. Begin probably kept his mouth shut.Most of us are like Ronald Reagan. What do we know of such travails? Could we be as brave, as indomitable, and as averse to self-pity? Could we rise above it all as Mandela has or, less successfully, as Begin did? When Mandela’s mother died in 1968, he was not permitted to attend the funeral. When his son died a bit later, again he was not allowed to attend the funeral. When his wife Winnie cheated on him, he stood by her, divorcing her only later. When Reagan and Margaret Thatcher sided with the apartheid regime and refused to join the calls for Mandela’s release, he forgave them and later met with them. He is not merely a big man. He is bigger than any man.What you find often in insurgents is a bitter hatred and the need to carry on the struggle even after it’s over. This is not what happened with Mandela. He was not a freedom fighter looking to continue the fight — a Yasser Arafat unable to put down his gun and take yes for an answer. Mandela was able to administer, to turn to politics, to plead for racial understanding and tolerance.

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