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    Joseph Berrios

    Amnesty ending to repay erroneous property tax exemptions

    Been taking multiple exemptions on the tax bill for your house in Cook County? Dec. 31 is the last day to repay those “mistakes” without penalties or interest.

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    “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” continues Friday and Saturday in the Naperville Central High School auditorium.

    Murder mystery to take stage at Naperville Central

    “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” opened its three-day run Thursday at Naperville Central High School and continues at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8 and 9, in the auditorium, 440 W. Aurora Ave. Tickets are $5 and available at the door for the show, which features a cast of 10 student actors and a crew of about 50.

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    Pam and Alfred Scaletta were among nearly 100 people locked down at a Los Angeles International Airport terminal Friday after a shooting there.

    First Boston for Hawthorn Woods man, then LAX

    Alfred Scaletta and his wife Pam, of Hawthorn Woods, had flown into Los Angeles early Friday morning and were in the process of picking up a rental car when they were forced into a lockdown at the airport after the shooting. They spent the next six hours there before they were allowed to leave. “I was at Boston earlier this year and finished the marathon before the bombing, and now it’s like it’s...

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    Police stand guard in Terminal 2 at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. A gunman armed with a semi-automatic rifle opened fire at the airport on Friday, killing a Transportation Security Administration employee and wounding two other people. Flights were disrupted nationwide.

    Gunman targets TSA in Los Angeles airport shooting

    A man toting a semi-automatic rifle, some 150 rounds of ammunition and a grudge against TSA workers shot his way past a security checkpoint at Los Angeles International Airport in a deadly rampage that sent hundreds of travelers fleeing in terror. When the shooting stopped, a Transportation Security Administration officer was dead. Gerardo I. Hernandez, 39, became the first TSA officer in the...

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    Two men charged after Elgin chase

    A 19-year-old Crestwood man is facing weapons charges after leading Elgin police on a foot chase Friday, authorities said. An Elgin police officer patrolling near Alison and Jane drives, just west of Larkin High School, conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle after noticing “suspicious activity” between a driver and passenger.

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    Lake Forest native Brian Ludmer, left, leads auditions in September for an upcoming play at the Performing Arts Centers at Calabasas High School in California.

    Lake Forest native recovering from LAX gunshot wound

    Brian Ludmer was about to board a flight at Los Angeles International Airport Friday morning, headed to Boston for a family wedding. But the 29-year-old Lake Forest native now finds himself at a Los Angeles-area hospital, recovering from a gunshot wound in the leg sustained when a gunman opened fire inside the airport. “He was telling my family don’t worry about coming (to Los Angeles),” cousin...

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    Elgin police seek man in home invasion, domestic attack

    Elgin police are searching for a 25-year-old man who is accusing of forcing his way into a woman's apartment and beating her on Oct. 23. Tyrone Jones has one felony conviction on his record for beating the same woman in 2010 and faces a minimum of six years in prison on the most serious charge of home invasion, records show.

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    Secretary of State John Kerry speaks Friday at the “SelectUSA Investment Summit” in Washington.

    Kerry: Some surveillance reached ‘too far’

    Secretary of State John Kerry’s remark that some National Security Agency surveillance “reached too far” was the first time a high-ranking Obama administration official acknowledged that U.S. snooping abroad might be seen as overzealous.

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    Fremd students spell out VIKINGS on the football field.

    Fremd featured on ABC 7’s ‘Friday Flyover’

    Fremd High School in Palatine was the featured school on ABC 7’s “Friday Flyover” this week. To celebrate high school sports, the station’s helicopter flies over the football field of a local school every Friday, where students and teachers make formations that are visible from the sky.

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    Daniel Cates

    Cates ‘elated’ to be next Dist. 211 superintendent

    After spending his entire working career in District 211, Daniel Cates said Friday, he is "elated" to be the school board's choice for superintendent. “I am extremely excited about the opportunity to lead us into the future years,” he said.

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    Arlington Heights police are seeking help in identifying this man, who they believe committed an armed robbery Thursday night at the Shell gas station at 3 W. Algonquin Road.

    Arlington Hts. gas station robbed at gunpoint

    Arlington Heights police are asking the public for help in finding the man who robbed a gas station at gunpoint Thursday night. The robbery occurred at 9:09 p.m. at the Shell gas station at 3 W. Algonquin Road, on the southwest corner of Algonquin Road and Arlington Heights Road, according to police.

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    Algonquin cops get 4-year deal, 2 percent raises

    Algonquin's 36 police officers have a four-year contract that gives them 2 percent raise each year. The agreement also provides annual “step” increases for certain officers that range from 5.5 to 19 percent. Those increases apply to the 10 officers who have been on the force for less than eight years.

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    Shannon D. Hill

    2nd lawsuit in fatal 2012 crash near Elgin

    A second lawsuit has been filed in response to a fatal rollover crash from September 2012 in which a 19-year-old from Elgin was charged with reckless homicide. Authorities say Shannon Hill was high on marijuana when he crashed a SUV, killing passenger Lawrence Echols and injuring Shandontre Smith of South Elgin. Smith has sued, seeking unspecified damages.

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    Hoffman Estates hosts free photo workshop

    The Hoffman Estates Arts Commission is hosting a free photography seminar on preserving old pictures in the digital age, 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, in the Frank Alexa Training Room at village hall, 1900 Hassell Road.

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    Hanover Twp. toy drive starts:

    From now until Dec. 17, Hanover Township is accepting new, unwrapped toys for this year’s toy drive. Check the list of drop-off locations at www.hanovertownship.org.

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    Registration open for Palatine Turkey Trot

    Preregistration is now available for the 33rd annual Palatine Turkey Trot, held Thanksgiving morning at Harper College, 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine.

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    Fatal accident closes Dan Ryan for hours

    Illinois State Police say one person was killed when an auto and dump truck collided on Chicago’s Dan Ryan Expressway, forcing the closing of northbound lanes for several hours.

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    Illinois EPA seeking court action on refinery fire

    Citgo says a fire at its refinery in Lemont did not cause any environmental damage. Earlier in the day, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency asked the state’s attorney general’s office to seek a court order to compel Citgo to do a cause analysis and submit other information for state review.

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    Jackson Jr. could be free by end of 2015

    Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. could be released from federal prison on Dec. 31, 2015 — if he behaves himself. The projected release date is listed on the Federal Bureau of Prisons website.

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    District 87 to discuss facilities plan, iPads for incoming freshmen

    Armed with feedback from four community forums, Glenbard High School District 87 officials will discuss a proposal to fund $35 million of a $100 million master facilities plan through a referendum question to extend expiring bonds.

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    Lake in the Hills reviews potential horse stable operators

    The Lake in the Hills village board is close to picking a new operator for the village’s horse stable, formerly leased and run by Dynasty Farm, at 1109 Pyott Road. Josiah and Samantha Kitchel of Rockford, with eight years equestrian experience, are looking to lease the stable, and within the first year of a lease complete stall repairs and general facility cleanup started by Dynasty Farm, which...

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    Billy E. Varner

    Second woman in Antioch ‘suspicious death’ identified as missing man’s wife

    The second victim in an Antioch “suspicious death” investigation has been identified as the wife of the missing man authorities want to question in the case, officials said Friday. The cause of death for Peggy Henderson, 61, remains under investigation.

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    Quinn to honor college students

    Gov. Pat Quinn has released the names of students being honored Saturday by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois. Many of them are from the suburbs.

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    Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford is seeking the Republican nomination for governor in 2014.

    Treasurer’s tweets show mix of work, politics

    Dan Rutherford’s Twitter account chronicles the Illinois treasurer fixing home appliances, jogging on the treadmill and eating his sister’s famous goulash. It also highlights the gubernatorial candidate’s regular practice of tacking political events onto official government travel funded by state taxpayers.

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    State plans upgrades to National Guard centers

    Illinois officials are announcing upgrades costing $3.3 million for three Illinois Army National Guard “readiness centers” in Chicago. Gov. Pat Quinn said the repairs to the state-owned buildings will “prolong the life of these facilities and spur the local economies.”

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    Proposal would ban obscene T-shirt window displays in Dells

    An ordinance being considered in Wisconsin Dells would prohibit retailers from displaying obscene T-shirts in their store windows. Mayor Brian Landers said he’s been trying for years to get businesses to voluntarily remove offensive shirts from their storefront displays.

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    Markham man gets 6 years in prison for bribery

    A 48-year-old South suburban man has been sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to trying to get someone to pay him to lie in court.

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    State Farm likely to move some Bloomington jobs

    State Farm Insurance Co. says it will probably move its claims services employees out of Bloomington. Spokeswoman Holly Anderson said Friday that the company told employees this week that the potential move is being studied.

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    8 gang members charged with drug trafficking

    Eight members of the Black Disciples have been charged with trafficking heroin and cocaine in Chicago, authorities announced.

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    Judge clears way for domestic horse slaughter

    A federal judge in Albuquerque has cleared the way for horse slaughterhouses to begin operating in the U.S. again.

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    U of I to open office in China

    The University of Illinois will open an office in China by the end of the year. School officials said the Shanghai office is part of a plan to connect more with China. The school’s Urbana-Champaign campus has one of the largest Chinese student populations in the U.S.

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    Naperville man critical after being hit by car

    Naperville police are investigating a Halloween evening crash that seriously injured a man who was walking across Ogden Avenue and left him in critical condition Friday afternoon. 37-year-old Hemayat Shahrani apparently was struck by a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe about 6:25 p.m. Thursday on Ogen near Shandrew Drive, authorities said.

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    Police officers stand Friday near an unidentified weapon in Terminal 3 of the Los Angeles International Airport.

    NJ police: Dad called, worried about LAX suspect

    A motive wasn’t immediately clear. The shooter was wearing fatigues and carrying a bag containing a handwritten note that said he “wanted to kill TSA and pigs,” the official said.

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    Fox Valley police reports
    Fox blotter

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    Emily Woods, 10, attends Westgate School in Arlington Heights.

    Images: Weather Sketchers, Oct. 20-26
    Here's the artwork from our young Weather Sketchers for the week of Oct. 20-26.

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    Tri blotter

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    Kansas City Royals mascot “Sluggerrr” throws hot dogs into the crowd. The Missouri Supreme Court is weighing whether a legal standard that protects sports teams from being sued over fan injuries caused by in-game events should also apply to those caused by mascots or other team personnel.

    Fan injured by hotdog suing Royals

    If it had been a foul ball or broken bat that struck John Coomer in the eye as he watched a Kansas City Royals game, it’s unlikely the courts would have forced the team to pay for the surgeries and suffering he’s endured. But because it was a hot dog thrown by the team mascot — behind the back, no less — he just may have a case.

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    Penny Linneweh of Glen Ellyn does a little shopping Friday at the “Yuletide Treasures” sale at the DuPage Art League in Wheaton. Linneweh is also an art league member and contributor.

    ‘Yuletide Treasures’ unveiled at DuPage Art League

    Anita Brechtel of Wheaton was taking a break from her painting class Friday at the DuPage Art League when she found the perfect item in the gallery gift shop: a handmade tote bag made by seasonal crafter Louise Katonall. Brechtel’s find was just what organizers had in mind when they opened the annual “Yuletide Treasures” sale that runs through Dec. 24 in the art school and gallery at 218 W. Front...

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    Toys For Tots collection:

    The Lake County Farm Bureau, 70 Route 45, Grayslake, will serve as a drop off location for the Toys for Tots program through Friday, Dec. 13.

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    Help for homeless veterans:

    The new Walk-In Center for Homeless Veterans opens Monday, Nov. 4, at the Capt. James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago.

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    32nd annual holiday craft fair:

    Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirt, 30 Riverwoods Road, between Route 22 and Deerfield Road in Lincolnshire, will host its 32nd annual holiday craft boutique from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9.

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    Freedom Plaza brewpub seeks Naperville’s OK to sell growlers

    Retail restaurants and microbreweries in Naperville aren’t allowed to sell brews in growlers — the craft beer term for two-liter bottles — but that could change beginning with a discussion scheduled for Tuesday’s city council meeting. The council plans to start consideration of a new growler permit that would allow businesses with Class B restaurant liquor licenses to sell beer brewed on-site for...

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    Culinary fundraiser in Dist. 128:

    The District 128 Foundation for Learning invites the community to attend a culinary fundraiser called Food for Thought. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, at Café Pyrenees, 1762 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.

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    Erick Paulk

    Carol Stream man charged with child porn

    A Carol Stream man has been charged with one count of child pornography resulting from a traffic stop and arrest for DUI.

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    Charles Watkins

    Repeat offender gets 19 years for $40,000 cigarette robbery in Elmhurst

    A Chicago man is going back to prison for the seventh time after pleading guilty to robbing an Elmhurst store of about $40,000 in cigarettes. Prosecutors said Charles Watkins was one of two men who dressed like government inspectors for the May 2012 holdup at Little Shopper Cigarette Store, 697 N. York Road.

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    Adam M. Bileck

    Bond lowered for man in Hainesville DUI crash

    A Lake County judge lowered the bond for a Wisconsin man charged with driving under the influence after he crashed his vehicle into a Hainesville townhouse building. Despite the bond reduction, defense attorney Daniel Zeit said Adam R. Bileck, 32, of Kenosha, would not be able to post the 10 percent of the $250,000 bond required to be freed from custody.

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    Va. Tech families cite ‘legacy’ of campus safety

    The families of victims and survivors of the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech call campus safety measures instituted at colleges and universities nationwide a “living legacy” that won’t be diminished by a court decision involving two who were killed.

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    Attorney: Ohio execution changes not acceptable

    A death row inmate sentenced to die for raping and killing a 3-year-old girl was expected to testify at a hearing in federal court Friday as his lawyers challenge the state’s new, never-tried lethal injection system.

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    Doctor’s murder trial resumes with medical experts

    The murder trial of a Utah doctor charged in his wife’s death resumed Friday with an expert testifying the 50-year-old woman wasn’t at risk of a heart attack.

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    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A Lombard man was arrested at Rivers Casino and charged with endangering the life or health of a child. Police reports said his wife dropped off their youngest daughter at the casino because she had to work and a security video showed him running from the van with his daughter following him. She was almost struck by two cars, then stands alone by the casino entrance until a woman sees her and...

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    Opposition Greens lawmaker Hans-Christian Stroebele shows a letter he claims he received from Edward Snowden. Stroebele said he met Snowden in Moscow on Thursday, and that the National Security Agency leaker is prepared to help Germany investigate allegations of surveillance by U.S. intelligence.

    Snowden seeks world’s help against U.S. charges

    NSA leaker Edward Snowden is calling for international help to persuade the U.S. to drop the charges against him, according to a letter that a German lawmaker released Friday after meeting the American in Moscow. Snowden said he would like to testify before the U.S. Congress about National Security Agency surveillance, and may be willing to help German officials investigate alleged U.S. spying in...

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    Not long after Deborah Lielasus enrolled, the Department of Health and Human Services asked her to appear both in a video describing her experience and in photographs that could replace the stock photo on the insurance enrollment site.

    New faces of health overhaul: Still all smiles

    It didn’t take long for the friendly-looking young woman whose face was splashed across HealthCare.gov to spiral from smiling stock photo to laughingstock. As it scrambles to correct problems with the website, the Obama administration is now asking people who have successfully purchased health insurance to let their pictures be used instead.

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    Text of Snowden letter released by German lawmaker

    The text of a letter that German lawmaker Hans-Christian Stroebele says National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden gave him during a meeting on Thursday in Moscow. Stroebele released the letter Friday.

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    A federal appeals court block of a judge’s ruling that found the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policy discriminated against minorities may be short lived, depending on the outcome of next week’s mayoral election.

    NYC stop-frisk ruling halted by appeals court

    A federal appeals court block of a judge’s ruling that found the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policy discriminated against minorities may be short lived, depending on the outcome of next week’s mayoral election

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    A new book asserts the idea of replacing Vice President Joe Biden with Hillary Rodham Clinton was floated in President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, but the former White House chief of staff denies it.

    Former Obama aide denies he weighed dropping Biden

    A new book asserts the idea of replacing Vice President Joe Biden with Hillary Rodham Clinton was floated in President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, but the former White House chief of staff denies it. “Not for a moment was there a serious discussion” of dumping Biden for Clinton, former White House chief of staff Bill Daley said in a nationally broadcast interview, suggesting no one...

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    Bill Johnston

    Dist. 116 studying possible Round Lake High School expansion

    Round Lake Area Unit District 116 board members plan to discuss the best way to borrow several million dollars that would go toward a high school expansion and improvements. District 116 officials will gather as a finance committee for discussion Monday at 5:30 p.m. at Round Lake High School.

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    Marklund client Ashley, who has severe developmental disabilities, sings along with Bartlett resident and recreation therapist Wesley Kochan, as he plays his guitar at the center in Geneva.

    Moving Picture: Bartlett guitarist also art therapist

    Wesley Kochan of Bartlett is a guitar hero to residents at Marklund in Geneva and Robin's Nest Senior Living in St. Charles. Or perhaps even to the fans who watch him perform as the Wes Lee "K" Experience at venues around the suburbs. Either way, his passion for music shines through. “I have to work on music, it's part of who I am,” Kochan says.

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    Chess master to play Cook County inmates

    One of the best chess players in the country will be at Cook County jail to challenge inmates. The Cook County jail has been running an inmate chess program. Ten prisoners have won internal jail tournaments to earn the right to play chess master Timur Gareev.

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    Midwest anti-war activists want FBI documents public

    Two anti-war activists whose homes were searched by the FBI in 2010 are asking a federal judge to end the secrecy surrounding their case. Jess Sundin and Mick Kelly are among 23 anti-war activists in Chicago, Minneapolis and Grand Rapids, Mich., whose homes were searched.

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    Former congressman hired as consultant on air base’s behalf

    A former longtime southwestern Illinois congressman and a retired Air Force general have been hired to be part of a consulting team intent on protecting downstate Scott Air Force Base from any potential closure.

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    Michigan man sentenced after fatal Ill. ATV wreck

    A Michigan man has been sentenced to six months in jail in connection with an all-terrain vehicle wreck that killed a woman last year in western Illinois.

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    Former downstate judge to plead guilty to heroin, gun charges

    An attorney for a former southwestern Illinois judge at the center of a courthouse drug scandal says his client plans to plead guilty next week to federal heroin and drug charges.

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    Members of Congress are governing themselves under President Barack Obama’s signature law, which means they have great leeway in how to apply it to their own staffs. For lawmakers, it is about a section of the law that may — or may not — require them to toss some staffers off of their federal health insurance and into the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges.

    Congress governs self under ‘Obamacare’

    Think you’re confused by “Obamacare.” It’s roiling Capitol Hill behind the scenes, too. Members of Congress are governing themselves under President Barack Obama’s signature law, which means they have great leeway in how to apply it to their own staffs. For lawmakers, it’s about a section of the law that may — or may not — require them to toss some staffers off of their federal health insurance...

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    A third of the abortion clinics in Texas can no longer perform the procedure starting Friday after a federal appeals court allowed most of the state’s new abortion restrictions to take effect. A panel of judges at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled Thursday evening that Texas can enforce its law requiring doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital while a lawsuit challenging the restrictions moves forward.

    Ruling halts abortions at third of Texas clinics

    A third of the abortion clinics in Texas can no longer perform the procedure starting Friday after a federal appeals court allowed most of the state’s new abortion restrictions to take effect. A panel of judges at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled Thursday evening that Texas can enforce its law requiring doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital while a lawsuit...

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    U.N.-Arab League envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, speaks during a press conference after his meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati, at the government house, in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. Brahimi warned on Friday in Damascus that there can be no peace talks without the opposition while making yet another plea for both sides in the civil war to come to the negotiating table in Geneva later this month. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

    Syria peace envoy: No talks without opposition

    The U.N.-Arab League envoy to Syria warned on Friday in Damascus that there can be no peace talks without the opposition while making yet another plea for both sides in the civil war to come to the negotiating table in Geneva later this month.

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    Chin Keomuongchanh, left, poses with state Rep. Keith Farnham at the Elgin Veterans Memorial Park. Keomuongchanh is working with Elgin and state officials to provide greater recognition for Lao veterans who assisted the United States during the Vietnam War.

    ‘Secret War’ veterans to be honored in Elgin

    The efforts of Lao soldiers during the Vietnam War are about to gain more attention in Elgin. On Friday, Nov. 1, a resolution signed by Gov. Pat Quinn recognizing the contribution of these soldiers will be read in Elgin. A week later a similar one will be read by Elgin Mayor David Kaptain at the Nov. 6 Elgin City Council meeting.

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    Dawn Patrol: Carjacker in custody; Dist. 211’s new chief

    DuPage carjacker who fled country now in custody; District 211 selects Daniel Cates as next superintendent; Cary man gets five years in fraud scheme; Arlington Hts. lawyer describes car crash into his building; Streamwood school staff save man with CPR, AED; Police: Naperville brawl suspect says cop uniform looked like costume; Palatine man charged with sexual assault

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    While the Libertyville village board will have the final say on a test program to allow residents to keep chickens, a negative recommendation from its special projects committee will carry considerable weight.

    Libertyville may let residents keep chickens

    The Libertyville village board will have final say on a pilot program that would allow residents to keep up to three chickens. The board's special projects committee recently recommended 2-1 against the idea. "If we allow chickens, what's next? Pigs? Goats? We're not an agricultural use, we're residential," said Trustee Todd Gaines.

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    Sam Yingling

    Local lawmaker’s role grows in same-sex marriage effort

    State Rep. Sam Yingling has increased his role in the debate over same-sex marriage during his freshman year in office. Lawmakers might or might not vote on the issue next week, and Yingling has tried to persuade suburban and downstate lawmakers to vote “yes” despite political worries, Mike Riopell says in his Suburban Political Recount column.

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    Roxanne Coble of California won the “Spooktacular” contest for her (ahem) well-executed headless Marie Antoinette costume at Hub Network's Halloween Bash on Oct. 20.

    Poll Vault: What was the best Halloween costume last night?

    What costumes impressed you or made you laugh? Were any so good that you just had to give out bonus candy or take a photo to post on Facebook?

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    The flooded Des Plaines River taken at night several months ago.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finlaists. Here are the finalists for the week of October 28th.

Sports

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    Batavia works overtime for 1st win

    It is not too likely Batavia’s basketball team will keep playing overtime games this season. For the second straight game, the Bulldogs (1-1) played a 4-minute overtime session against St. Francis (1-1) during Friday’s 38th annual Ken Peddy Windmill City Classic. Batavia began its season with an 81-74 overtime loss to Kaneland Wednesday night. This time around, however, the Bulldogs gained the upper hand and outscored the Spartans 9-3 in the extra period on the way to their 68-62 victory.

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    Fremd’s Garrett Groot scrambles for a 44-yard run in the second quarter against Notre Dame in Class 8A playoffs action at Fremd on Friday.

    Notre Dame surges past Fremd

    Fremd schemed to shut down Notre Dame running back Chris James. For the first half, the Vikings did just that, limiting the Division 1 prospect to 47 yards on 14 carries. But James erupted for 195 yards and 3 touchdowns in the second half as Notre Dame knocked off Fremd 28-14 in the opening round of the Class 8A football playoffs in Palatine.

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    St. Patrick denies Geneva

    It had the makings of a last-team-with-the-football-wins epic. Then St. Patrick stepped up again to deny Geneva that glory.

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    Benet drops fourth straight

    Mt. Carmel rolled over and cut through Benet 49-6 in a Class 7A first-round playoff game Friday night at Gately Stadium.

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    St. Rita pulls away from Willowbrook late

    When Willowbrook scored first in Friday’s first-round playoff game and trailed by just a point at halftime, the Warriors could believe an upset of Chicago Catholic League powerhouse St. Rita was within reach.

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    Wheaton North quarterback Clayton Thorson looks for running room against Glenbrook North.

    Wheaton North eliminates comeback hopes

    Leading 28-7 at halftime, Wheaton North needed just four minutes to earn a running clock. By the time there was 7:54 left in the third quarter, the Falcons had managed three quick scores, including a 63-yard punt return touchdown by senior Matt Biegalski, leading to a 53-7 victory over Glenbrook North in the first round of the Class 7A football playoffs. The fifth-seeded Falcons travel to fourth-seeded Fenwick next weekend at a day and time to be announced Monday.

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    St. Edward’s Davontae Elam (34) moves upfield against Harvard during the IHSA Class 4A playoff game Friday in Harvard. Elam finished his St. Edward career as the program’s all-time leading rusher.

    St. Edward falls, but not without a fight

    The unbeaten Hornets dominated both sides of the line of scrimmage and won the turnover battle 5-1 to defeat No. 15 St. Edward 40-22 in a Class 4A first-round playoff game at Dan Horne Field Friday night. No. 2 Harvard (10-0) outgained St. Edward (5-5) 226 total yards to 107 in the first half to take a 24-7 lead at intermission. Christian Kramer rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown, quarterback Peyton Schneider threw for 155 yards and 2 scores and senior Fernando Carrera grabbed 2 of Harvard’s 4 interceptions, including a 73-yard touchdown return to cap the scoring in the fourth quarter. St. Edward senior running back DaVontae Elam was limited to 39 rushing yards on 12 carries, but he did have 5 receptions for 62 yards, including touchdowns of 25 and 11 yards.

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    After scoring a touchdown, Rolling Meadows’ Kevin Montero leaps into the arms of offensive lineman Greg Off in a Class 6A playoff opener at Grayslake North on Friday.

    Rolling Meadows marches at Grayslake North

    Rolling Meadows senior Matt Campbell had a conversation with his football teammate, Mustangs quarterback Bobby Suchecki, during the day Friday. “I was telling him at school today, ‘Throw me the ball. I’ll make it work,’ ” Campbell said. Odd request for a guy who wears No. 90, but don’t let the jersey number fool you. Campbell may have defensive end size (6 feet, 200 pounds), but he is indeed a wide receiver as well as a safety. “They give me a hard time about that (jersey number),” Campbell joked of his teammates. In Rolling Meadows’ Class 6A state playoff opener Friday night at Grayslake North, Suchecki acquiesced to Campbell’s request, throwing him a long pass on the Mustangs’ first snap from scrimmage. The play resulted in a 56-yard touchdown strike, setting the tone for the night, as No. 10 Rolling Meadows cruised to a 49-20 win over the No. 7 seed on a rainy night in Grayslake.

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    Prairie Ridge grinds out a win at Lakes

    Prairie Ridge, just two years removed from a state championship, ran over, around and through a scrappy and persistent Lakes team en route to a 21-14 first-round upset victory in the Class 6A state playoffs in Lake Villa.

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    Jackson runs for 340 yards in Glenbard North win

    When you’ve accomplished all that Justin Jackson has, you’ve set the bar pretty high.

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    Conant hangs on to beat Jacobs

    After last-second wins this season against Crystal Lake South and Cary-Grove, one might have thought another miracle in the waning moments was in the offing for host Jacobs during Friday night’s opening round Class 7A matchup against visiting Conant. But the magic finally ran out on the Golden Eagles. With the Cougars holding a narrow 7-point lead, Jacobs marched to the Conant 8-yard line with less than a minute to play. But on fourth down, Jacobs quarterback Bret Mooney was harassed by Conant’s defensive line and his pass to the end zone was intercepted by Graham Palmer with 18 seconds left. Conant ran out the clock to earn an exhilarating 42-35 win over Jacobs in Algonquin.

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    Marmion blows out Fenton

    There are good starts — and there are better than good starts. Marmion enjoyed the latter during Friday night’s 39-0 triumph over Fenton (6-4) in the opening round of the Class 6A state football playoffs at Fichtel Field in Aurora.

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    Batavia runs all over DeKalb

    Batavia coach Dennis Piron wants to put an end to talk about last year, when his Bulldogs’ failed to get past the first round of the football postseason playoffs. Piron had to endure at least a minute of flashbacks Friday night, because that’s about how long it took for DeKalb’s Dre Brown to bust out for a 69-yard touchdown run to put the visiting Barbs up 6-0 in the Class 6A playoff opener. After that, it was all Batavia in a 48-6 romp. The Bulldogs scored on each of their first six possessions, with senior halfback Anthony Scaccia leading the way with four touchdowns and a season-high 201 yards rushing on 14 carries.

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    Dundee-Crown can’t keep up with OPRF

    Ultimately when the Dundee-Crown football team reflects on its 35-13 loss to No. 4 Oak Park-River Forest Friday in a Class 8A first-round game, the No. 13 Chargers can be disappointed, but only for so long. They will have known how far up the mountain they climbed with head coach Vito Andriola over the last three seasons. They were in uncharted territory for the first time in almost 20 years and when they see it in a positive light, a play here or there could have advanced them to play either No. 12 Niles West or No. 5 Maine South next weekend.

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    Joe Schweikart of Naperville Central celebrates during the Redhawks’ win over Downers Grove South Friday.

    Naperville Central blanks Downers Grove S.

    You may think Naperville Central’s football team is officially back on track after Friday’s 36-0 playoff victory over visiting Downers Grove South. As far as the Redhawks are concerned, though, they never left the track. Regardless, No. 7 Naperville Central (7-3) distanced itself even further from a late-season three-game losing streak by opening the Class 8A playoffs with a dominating win over the 10th-seeded Mustangs (6-4). The Redhawks will hit the road next week to face No. 2 Homewood-Flossmoor (9-1), a 49-14 winner over Sandburg.

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    Neuqua Valley defense rises to the occasion

    When a football team’s offense is averaging 44 points a game and has not scored fewer than five touchdowns in any contest, it’s only natural that the defense gets overlooked at times.

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    Hampshire head coach Dan Cavanaugh is greeted by Nick Mohlman after their loss to Kaneland on Friday, November 1. Cavanaugh is retiring.

    Kaneland shuts out Hampshire

    No. 12 seed Hampshire wasn’t able to give No. 5 Kaneland a scare in the opening round of the Class 5A playoffs Friday in Maple Park — unfortunately for the Knights that came on a violent collision in the third quarter.

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    Schaumburg looking forward to Round 2

    Having done the expected, Schaumburg would now like to accomplish the extraordinary. The Saxons varsity football team will get its chance, too. Now that they’ve dispatched Chicago Schurz 49-3 in Friday’s playoff opener at home, the No. 2 seed in Class 7A will get to take on St. Patrick next weekend. The No. 10 Shamrocks surprised No. 7 Geneva and earned a home game in the process.

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    Kaneland’s Dylan Nauert signals a win for the Knights.

    Images: Hampshire vs. Kaneland football
    Kaneland hosted and won 35-0 over Hampshire in round one of playoff football action Friday night in Maple Park.

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    Fremd’s Stephen Walsh breaks up a pass play against Notre Dame’s Pat Cravens in the first half.

    Images: Fremd vs. Notre Dame playoff football
    The Fremd High School football team hosted and lost 28-14 to Notre Dame High School in the first round of the IHSA football playoffs on Friday in Palatine.

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    St. Edward’s Danny Favela reels in a long pass against Harvard .

    Images: Harvard vs. St. Edward football
    Harvard hosted St. Edward in round one of playoff football action Friday night in Harvard.

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    Fenwick enjoys the spotlight as Hersey bows out

    The bright lights of Friday night seemed to catch up with Hersey’s football team. Making their first postseason appearance in 10 years, the Huskies dropped a 28-6 decision to fourth-seeded Fenwick (9-1) in the first-round of the Class 7A playoffs at Elmhust College.

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    Barrington strikes it rich, advances to supersectional

    After returning with empty pockets last season, Barrington hit the jackpot the second time around. The Broncos moved one step closer to the final four of the Class 3A state tournament on Friday night in with a thrilling 3-1 victory in the Mundelein sectional championship over Buffalo Grove, which saw its tremendous storybook run come to an end.

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    Kevin Clifford of Naperville Central drives the ball.

    Images: Downers Grove South at Naperville Central playoff football
    Naperville Central hosted and won 36-0 over Downers Grove South in the first round of the IHSA football playoffs on Friday in Naperville.

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    Rolling Meadows quarterback Bobby Suchecki throws the ball.

    Images: Grayslake North vs. Rolling Meadows football
    The Grayslake North Knights hosted and lost 49-20 to the the Rolling Meadows Mustangs for Class 6A football playoff action on Friday, Nov. 1.

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    Wheaton Academy’s experience wins out

    Rain and cold put a damper on the evening, especially for the home team. Wheaton Academy probably didn’t notice the weather that much. The Warriors created their own storm, raining goals on the way to a 6-2 win and the championship of the Class 2A Burlington Central boys soccer sectional Friday on Rocket Hill.

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    Scouting Mid-Suburban League swimming

    Here's a look at Saturday's Mid-Suburban League girls swimming meet, in which Fremd will try to defend its championship against a quality team from host Barrington.

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    Prospect’s Liva dives to third straight MSL title

    Make that a three-peat in Mid-Suburban League girls diving for Prospect’s Dana Liva. The standout junior again rose above some fine competition, finishing her 11-dive performance with a score of 409.40 to win the event for the third straight year on Friday at Barrington.

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    WW South rolls past Dunbar

    The Wheaton Warrenville South Tigers pounded the Dunbar Mightymen, 48-16, in an opening-round game of the IHSA Class 7A playoffs Friday at Gately Stadium. The Tigers’ defense roughed up the Mightymen with 3 interceptions and held the Dunbar offense to 129 yards in the first half.

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    Penn State wide receiver Geno Lewis, right, is knocked out of bounds by Ohio State cornerback Doran Grant during the second quarter of last Saturday’s game in Columbus, Ohio. The Nittany Lions host Illinois this weekend.

    Penn State will try to move on against Illinois

    Ohio State’s 63-14 win over Penn State was a setback for a team coming off an emotional four-overtime win against undefeated Michigan. Much like the Nittany Lions couldn’t build off that victory, they can only hope their epic defeat doesn’t linger into Saturday against Illinois at Beaver Stadium. Both teams need a confidence boost for the final weeks of the Big Ten season.

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    Nebraska wide receiver Kenny Bell pulls in a pass in front of Minnesota defensive back Eric Murray for a 42-yard gain last Saturday in Minneapolis.

    Nebraska looking for bounce-back win vs. Northwestern

    Nebraska lost its first Big Ten game at Minnesota last week but remains in control of its destiny in the Legends Division. Northwestern has dropped four straight after a 4-0 start and bowl eligibility hangs in the balance. Interestingly, more positive vibes were coming out of the Wildcats’ camp than Nebraska’s in advance of their game Saturday.

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    Joakim Noah, left, reacts after Derrick Rose scored during the first half of Thursday’s game against the Knicks in Chicago.

    It’s early, but Bulls not clicking

    The Bulls have gone 1-1 against two projected Eastern Conference contenders. But that 8-0 preseason probably obscured the fact that the Bulls starting lineup never played together until the opener in Miami. “I wouldn’t say we’re lost, but the chemistry part, it can always get better,” Derrick Rose said Friday at the Berto Center.

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    Coach Doug Bruno’s DePaul Blue Demons were hurt by injuries last season, but this year’s team is picked to win the Big East.

    DePaul looking to shake its injury-prone past

    The college basketball season is upon us, and the DePaul women have been picked to win the new Big East. Patricia Babcock McGraw takes a closer look at the Blue Demons and talks with head coach Doug Bruno in this edition of Women's Watch.

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    Chicago Fire owner Andrew Hauptman, left, introduces Frank Yallop as the new head coach and director of soccer of the MLS soccer club during a news conference, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, in Chicago.

    Key for Yallop: Lay down a solid foundation

    The best way for new Fire coach Frank Yallop to succeed is if new director of soccer Frank Yallop succeeds.

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    Patrick Sharp, right, says he's impressed with the skills of center Brandon Pirri (37), who will start on the second line against Winnipeg on Saturday.

    Pirri’s skills, hard work gain attention

    Center Brandon Pirri’s teammates are in full support of him getting more minutes on the second line. Pirri will start Saturday’s game at Winnipeg in the middle on the second line between Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad.

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    Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews brought the Stanley Cup last July 19th to the Jonathan Toews Community Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, his hometown. On Saturday, he's bringing the rest of the Blackhawks to play the Jets, the team he cheered as a young boy.

    A special homecoming for Hawks’ Toews

    Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith all were born in Winnipeg, but only one of them will get a hero’s welcome when he returns on Saturday with the Blackhawks. Toews already has a community center named for him, a lake in his name, and is heavily involved in the area’s French Canadian community. He grew up a big Jets fan back when Teemu Selanne and Thomas Steen played there. Tim Sassone has more on the emotional homecoming.

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    Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan talks about the progress his team is making during an interview with The Associated Press on Friday.

    Jordan says tanking games not in his plans

    Michael Jordan says tanking games to gain higher draft picks is not in his game plan for Charlotte. In an extensive interview with The Associated Press, he also said he would be happy to sit down and share his basketball knowledge with LeBron James, who has said he'd liike to connect with Jordan . Jordan, a six-time NBA champion and the owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, said he’s mentored other players but has kept it on the “down low” because he doesn’t like to publicize his efforts.

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    Here's a preview of the jerseys that will be worn by the Northern Illinois University Huskies during their Mid-American Conference game against Ball State on Wednesday, Nov. 13. The jerseys will be auctioned to benefit Active Heroes, a charity that supports veterans, active military and their families.

    NIU jersey auction to benefit Active Heroes

    Special game jerseys to be worn by the Northern Illinois University Huskies during their Mid-American Conference football game against Ball State on Wednesday, Nov. 13, will be auctioned to benefit Active Heroes, a charity that supports veterans, active military and their families.

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    Mundelein’s Karrie Kozokar, right, will swim the 100-yard freestyle in the state series.She’s pictured here at state last year with, from left, Amy Klink, Jennifer Kordik and Erin Falconer after they placed eighth in the 400 freestyle relay.

    Team-first Kozokar embraces the 100 free for Mundelein

    There was nothing personal about the big change Karrie Kozokar made for her senior swimming season at Mundelein. In fact, the reason behind trading a spot on a relay team to swim in an individual event is a move she made for Mundelein. That’s why Kozokar is focusing on the 100-yard freestyle for one of her four events instead of the 200 medley relay.

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    Cubs officials have confirmed that Brad Ausmus has interviewed for the managerial job. Ausmus has not managed a major league club, but he has been a special assistant with San Diego.

    Cubs interview former catcher Ausmus

    The Cubs' managerial search grew by one Friday, when they interviewed former major-league catcher Brad Ausmus. Ausmus does not have big-league managerial experience, but he carved out a reputation as a cerebral player during his days as a catcher.

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    NIU wide receiver Da’Ron Brown catches a touchdown pass off the head of Eastern Michigan defensive back Quan Pace during the second half of last Saturday’s game in DeKalb.

    High-scoring Huskies face weak UMass

    Low-scoring Massachusetts got a good look this week at how to get into the end zone. It came from studying video of Saturday’s opponent, high-scoring Northern Illinois. The No. 21 Huskies are averaging 41.9 points per game. The Minutemen have scored a total of 85 all year as they continue to struggle in their second season of FBS play.

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    Wide receiver Justin Blackmon was the Jaguars’ first-round pick in the 2012 draft.

    Jaguars WR Blackmon suspended indefinitely

    Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon has been suspended indefinitely without pay for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. Blackmon was previously suspended the first four games of this season for violating the same policy.

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    Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon goes 71 yards for a touchdown against Northwestern on Oct. 12.

    Wisconsin’s Gordon returns to face Iowa

    Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon nearly went to Iowa. The Hawkeyes will soon get to see what they missed out on. Gordon, a sophomore who verbally committed to Iowa before joining the 22nd-ranked Badgers, has emerged as the nation’s most productive running back heading into Saturday’s game in Iowa City.

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    Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard (31) celebrates with defensive end Marcus Rush after Rush’s fumble recovery during the second quarter of last Saturday’s road win over Illinois.

    Wolverines say they’re ready for physical Spartans

    Michigan and Michigan State had a little extra time to antagonize each other this season. Not that this matchup is ever lacking in anticipation, but when the 24th-ranked Spartans host the 23rd-ranked Wolverines on Saturday, it will be only their second November meeting in the last 10 years.

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    Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees passes against Air Force during Saturday’s road win. With Notre Dame (6-2) trying to make a push for a BCS bowl berth, Rees seems to have regained his touch.

    Rees playing well as Notre Dame prepares for Navy

    Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees has been making teams pay lately for challenging his arm. Rees was 17 for 22 passing last week against Air Force for 284 yards and five touchdowns, including eight completions of 15 yards or more as he took advantage of the Falcons’ defense crowding the line of scrimmage.

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    Iowa linebacker dismissed from team

    Iowa reserve linebacker Marcus Collins has been kicked off the team after being charged with drunken driving.

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    Mets pitcher Johan Santana had surgery April 2 for a tear in the capsule in the front of his left shoulder.

    Mets decline $25 million option on Santana

    Johan Santana, twice a Cy Young Award winner and the only pitcher to throw a no-hitter in Mets history, is now a free agent. The Mets declined a $25 million option on the injured pitcher Friday and will pay the left-hander a $5.5 million buyout.

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    Kaneland’s Brianna Bower takes fifth place at the Kaneland Invitational cross country meet in Elburn on Saturday, September 21.

    Family ties run deep in the Kaneland cross country program

    Look at a family with children and there is probably a sibling rivalry, no matter what age. Kaneland has a couple of them crisscrossing its boys and girls cross country teams. Each unit as a whole actually seems to motivate the other.

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    Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter wound up hitting .190 (12 for 63) with one homer and seven RBIs in a 2013 season marred by injuries.

    Jeter and Yankees reach $12 million, 1-year deal

    In a sign of confidence Derek Jeter will return to shortstop next season, the New York Yankees agreed Friday to a $12 million, one-year contract with their captain. Jeter, who turns 40 next June, was limited to 17 games this year after breaking his ankle in the 2012 playoffs. He spent four stints on the disabled list in the most frustrating season of his 19-year career.

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    Game video: St. Charles East vs. Lake Park boys soccer
    St. Charles East takes on Lake Park Friday night in a boys soccer sectional championship game. Follow the game here with video from High School Cubs, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

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    Game video: Larkin vs. McHenry boys soccer
    Larkin takes on McHenry Saturday in the Class 3A Huntley boys soccer sectional championship game. Follow the game here with video from High School Cubs, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

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    Game video: Hampshire vs. Kaneland
    Hampshire takes on Kaneland Friday night in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs. Follow the game here with video from High School Cubs, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

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    Game video: Barrington vs. Evanston
    Barrington takes on Evanston Saturday in the first round of the Class 8A playoffs. Follow the game here with video from High School Cubs, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

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    Bears backup quarterback Josh McCown, left, will start Monday against the Green Bay Packers while Jay Cutler recovers from his injured groin.

    Will contract year play into Cutler’s return?

    If Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler comes back early from his groin injury, will it be because it’s a contract year or because he is actually healed? Mike North shares his concerns about Cutler.

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    Maine South edges out Maine West

    It was a heartbreaking end for Maine West’s girls volleyball season but coach Randy Tiller was proud of his Warriors’ progress throughout the season.The No. 7-seeded Warriors led 24-23 and 25-24 in Game 3 but the No. 3 Hawks rallied for a 25-11, 25-27, 27-25 victory in the Class 4A Maine South regional in Park Ridge.

Business

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    Larry Bossom, 41, who lost his job a few month ago, leaves the St. Ignatius food pantry Friday with bags of items. Bossom is relying on food stamps and the food bank to help him until he finds work again.

    Food stamp cuts worry Illinois residents

    The change will affect about 47 million Americans. In Illinois, about 349,000 seniors and disabled people and roughly 886,000 children statewide will be see reductions, according to the Illinois Hunger Coalition.

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    Wilmette lawyer convicted in massive tax fraud case

    Paul Daugerdas, 63, a Chicago lawyer and certified public accountant, was convicted Friday for his role in a 10-year tax fraud that generated $7 billion in phony tax losses, a scheme authorities have called the largest tax fraud in history.

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    Mundelein’s NorthStar Pickle Co. may move into this 14,000-square-foot building on Donata Court in an industrial area east of Midlothian Road in Lake Zurich.

    Pickle plant proposal up for Lake Zurich village board vote

    Lake Zurich’s elected officials will decide whether to approve a pickle manufacturer’s request to move into the village from Mundelein. Citing the need for a larger facility due to growth, NorthStar Pickle Co. proposes occupying a 14,000-square-foot building on Donata Court in an industrial area east of Midlothian Road.

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    Associated Press/May 6, 2013 Warren Buffett smiles during an interview with Liz Claman of the Fox Business Network in Omaha, Neb. The Berkshire Hathaway company reported quarterly earnings on Friday.

    Berkshire profit advances 29 percent on gains at railroad, investments

    Net income rose to $5.05 billion, or $3,074 a share, from $3.92 billion, or $2,373, a year earlier, the Omaha, Nebraska- based company said today in a statement. Operating earnings, which exclude some investment results, were $2,228 a share, missing the $2,403 average estimate of 3 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.

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    Energy stocks lagged the market after Chevron reported that its third-quarter income fell 6 percent, missing analysts’ estimates, due to weakness in the company’s oil refining business. Chevron fell $1.95, or 1.6 percent, to $118.01.

    Stocks start November on a positive note

    The S&P 500 is up 23 percent so far this year, while the average annual return on the S&P 500 is around 8 percent. Stocks are also starting to look expensive by some measures. Investors are paying more than $16 for every $1 of earnings in the S&P 500, the highest that ratio has been since February 2011.

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    Nasdaq shuts options venue for last five hours

    Today’s breakdown was also triggered by Nasdaq’s computers being unable to handle the amount of information being sent their way. Nasdaq didn’t disclose who sent the data.

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    Central Bark Doggy Day Care offers services for dogs and their owners in Gurnee.

    Gurnee’s Central Bark offers array of services for dogs

    Central Bark in Gurnee is a new interactive day care facility for dogs where they get to socialize with other dogs and people and exercise in supervised indoor and outdoor play groups, based on their size and temperament. In addition to doggy day care, we offer overnight stays, grooming, training and a retail boutique.

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    FDA approves new leukemia drug from Roche

    The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a new drug from Roche to help treat patients with a type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow.

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    Chevron said Friday that net income fell 6 percent in the third quarter as weak refining results and higher operating costs offset higher oil and gas production and prices.

    Chevron profit falls on refining weakness

    Chevron said Friday that net income fell 6 percent in the third quarter as weak refining results and higher operating costs offset higher oil and gas production and prices.

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    Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Nissan and Toyota all posted October sales increases as the U.S. auto industry rebounded from a lackluster September.

    Chrysler, Ford, GM, Nissan post big October gains

    Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Nissan and Toyota all posted October sales increases as the U.S. auto industry rebounded from a lackluster September. The gains signal that automakers made it through the 16-day partial government shutdown relatively unscathed. Chrysler even predicted stronger industry sales for the month than most analysts.

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    U.S. factory activity expanded in October at the fastest pace in 2½ years, suggesting that the 16-day partial shutdown of the government had little effect on manufacturers.

    U.S. manufacturing expands at best pace in 2½ years

    U.S. factory activity expanded in October at the fastest pace in 2½ years, suggesting that the 16-day partial shutdown of the government had little effect on manufacturers. Instead, overseas demand and healthy U.S. auto sales appear to be supporting factory output. The housing recovery is also lifting the furniture and wood products industry despite a recent slowing in home sales.

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    Associated Press International regulators are likely to follow in the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s footsteps in loosening restrictions on the use of smartphones and other electronics during takeoff and landing.

    In-flight phones: Others likely to follow FAA lead

    International regulators are likely to follow in the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s footsteps in loosening restrictions on the use of smartphones and other electronics during takeoff and landing. Several airlines and an academic who has studied the issue say European and Asian regulators will probably relax their own similar rules that bar the use of phones, movie players, and laptops in the first and final stages of a plane’s flight.

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    The proposed merger of Office Depot and Naperville-based OfficeMax has received clearance from the Federal Trade Commission, removing a key regulatory hurdle from the process.

    Office Depot, OfficeMax get FTC clearance for deal

    The proposed merger of Office Depot and Naperville-based OfficeMax has received clearance from the Federal Trade Commission, removing a key regulatory hurdle from the process. The office supply companies agreed to a $1.2 billion combination in February. The agency said its seven-month investigation showed that the combination isn’t likely to cause competitive harm.

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    Brookfield boosts General Growth stake for $1.4B

    Commercial real estate company Brookfield Property Partners LP is increasing its stake in Chicago-based General Growth Properties Inc. by paying $1.4 billion for some additional shares and warrants. General Growth’s portfolio includes 123 U.S. malls.

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    AT&T Inc. executives are laying the groundwork internally for a potential takeover of Vodafone Group Plc next year, mapping out a strategy for a complex deal with Europe’s largest mobile carrier, people familiar with the situation said.

    AT&T said to explore Vodafone takeover next year

    AT&T Inc. executives are laying the groundwork internally for a potential takeover of Vodafone Group Plc next year, mapping out a strategy for a complex deal with Europe’s largest mobile carrier, people familiar with the situation said. While the companies haven’t entered formal negotiations, the largest U.S. phone company is intensifying work on which Vodafone assets it would retain after a deal and who could buy others.

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    Singapore newspaper blog site hacked by Anonymous

    A purported member of the Internet hacking group Anonymous breached a blog linked to Singapore’s leading newspaper Friday, heightening concerns about cybersecurity among the city-state’s government agencies.

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    Twitter Inc. has attracted more than enough demand to sell all of the shares in its initial public offering, people with knowledge of the matter said.

    Twitter said to get more than enough demand to sell IPO shares

    Twitter Inc. has attracted more than enough demand to sell all of the shares in its initial public offering, people with knowledge of the matter said. Banks managing Twitter’s market debut were getting sufficient interest from investors for the IPO to be oversubscribed even before they started taking orders, said one of the people.

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    Nissan reports quarterly earnings on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013.

    Nissan cuts profit outlook as recalls add to costs

    Nissan Motor Co., Japan’s second-biggest automaker, cut its earnings forecast Friday to reflect tougher than expected conditions in many markets and expensive recalls. The company posted a 107.8 billion yen ($1.1 billion) net profit for the July-September quarter, a meager 2 percent increase from 105.7 billion yen a year earlier. Quarterly sales rose 16 percent to 2.5 trillion yen ($25.4 billion).

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    Electronics and entertainment giant Sony Corp. is reporting a 19.3 billion yen ($196 million) loss for the latest quarter on weakness in its movies division.

    Sony loses $2.2 billion in market value

    Sony Corp. lost $2.2 billion in market value today after Chief Executive Officer Kazuo Hirai cut his earnings forecast and posted a loss because of stalling demand for Bravia TVs, Cyber-shot cameras and Hollywood movies.

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    Surveys show China manufacturing rose in October

    Two measures of China’s manufacturing improved in October in a possible sign of economic recovery. HSBC Corp. said Friday its monthly purchasing managers’ index showed its best improvement in seven months, rising to 50.9 from September’s 50.2 on a 100-point scale on which numbers above 50 show expansion.

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    Mexico’s congress increased a proposed junk food levy as it passed a tax bill championed by President Enrique Pena Nieto to reduce the nation’s dependence on oil revenue and promote growth. The vote would impose an 8 percent tax on high calorie foods, such as PepsiCo Inc.’s Cheetos.

    Mexican Congress passes higher junk food tax

    Mexico’s congress increased a proposed junk food levy as it passed a tax bill championed by President Enrique Pena Nieto to reduce the nation’s dependence on oil revenue and promote growth. The vote would impose an 8 percent tax on high calorie foods, such as PepsiCo Inc.’s Cheetos.

Life & Entertainment

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    How late can I plant perennials in my garden?

    Q. How late can I plant perennials in my garden? What should I do if I have perennials that I wasn’t able to get planted in time?

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    When you are signing up your young child for a youth sport, what goal do you have in mind? What is the child's interest level, or athletic ability? These are factors to keep in mind when deciding how much of your budget to devote to youth sports.

    Parent to parent: Where to spend money in youth sports

    Parents with a son or daughter interested in playing competitive sports will quickly learn there's no shortage of options — from travel teams to personal trainers to showcase events — that will be glad to take your money.

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    Allow latex paint to cure fully to avoid sticky situations

    Q. I have a pine board that is mounted inside in my family room. About two months ago, in warm, dry weather, I painted this new board after lightly sanding it, with two coats of Benjamin Moore Super Spec Interior latex Semi-gloss, allowing the first coat to dry for 24 hours. Everything seemed fine with the finish. I did not put any objects on the board for another three days.

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    Hip-hop/rap artist Too Smooth, also known as William McClam, just released a new album, “The Come Up, Vol. 3.” McClam moved to Schaumburg as a teen and is a Conant High School alumnus.

    TooSmooth’s hip-hop career began in the suburbs

    Hip-hop/rap artist TooSmooth, also known as William McClam, started singing after he moved from Chicago's South Side to Schaumburg as a teen. “In Chicago, you’re trying to fit in to survive," he said. "In Schaumburg, I could just be me." TooSmooth's just released a new album, "The Come Up, Vol. 3 (Signed)."

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    Theater events
    Michael Mmilligan brings his solo piece "Mercy Killers" to Maerican Theater Company for a brief run; John Lithgow tells stories at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts; and the 1970s rock band The Rascals bring their bio-revue to the Cadillac Palace this week in Chicago area theater.

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    “Call of Duty: Ghosts,” the latest installment in the lucrative military video game franchise, hits stores Tuesday, Nov. 5.

    War at home and Middle-earth

    Ah, autumn. A wonderful time of year. Beautiful colors, a pleasant chill in the air ... and the sounds of a million n00bs getting lit up by rocket-propelled grenades. Yes, America’s favorite celebration of devastating global warfare begins anew on Tuesday with the release of “Call of Duty: Ghosts” on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U and Windows.

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    Bulldog Ale House in Roselle has a massive selection of beers on tap.

    With 72 options on tap, Roselle’s Bulldog Ale House offers a bounty of beer

    Part of a mini-chain of sports bars including Wild Bull Bar & Grill in Schaumburg and another location in Carol Stream, Bulldog Ale House in Roselle has been successfully drawing in sports fans since 2011 with plenty of TVs and a massive selection of craft brews such that you can be drinking something new all season long.

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    Comic Gilbert Gottfried is one of the headliners taking part in the monthlong 35th anniversary celebration for Zanies comedy club.

    Zanies marks 35th anniversary with city, suburban shows

    Zanies, the oldest stand-up comedy club in Chicago, is celebrating 35 years of laughter with a simple concept — more laughs. Throughout November, comic headliners like Richard Lewis, Gilbert Gottfried, Patti Vasquez and Emo Philips, will take to the stage for special anniversary performances at Zanies locations in Chicago, Rosemont and St. Charles.

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    Emma (Lea Seydoux, left,) and Adele (Adele Exarchopoulos) build a life together in the French film “Blue Is the Warmest Color.”

    Controversial ‘Blue’ a bold, immersive coming-of-age drama

    Once in a while a movie comes along that doesn’t just affect how you think or feel, it performs its own kind of physical alchemy, burrowing its way into your consciousness. “Blue Is the Warmest Color,” Abdellatif Kechiche’s long, boldly immersive coming-of-age drama, works just this sort of magic. This controversial NC-17 film, a portrait of the sexual and romantic awakening of a teenage girl, features an astonishing breakout performance by newcomer Adele Exarchopoulos.

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    Glinda (Jenn Gambatese) and Elphaba (Alison Luff) argue in “Wicked,” opening tonight at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago. The musical is the first in the Short & Sweet review series sponsored by the Daily Herald and Broadway in Chicago.

    From directing to dialogue: A look at theater reviewing

    “Everyone's a critic.” What had been an expression is now reality for anyone with an opinion and access to the Internet. It's a big tent, and it's about to get bigger now that the Daily Herald and Broadway in Chicago have teamed up to offers readers a chance to review BIC productions as part of Short and Sweet, an online video series featuring theater reivews from audience members.

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    Andrea Guthmann spends a fun day on the ski slopes with her family during a recent vacation in Colorado.

    Colorado skiing offers mountains of fun for Midwesterners

    Life in the Midwest has a lot to offer, but mountains aren’t one of them. Looking to take your family on a world-class ski trip, but don’t want to break the bank? Flights into Denver are plentiful and affordable. Chicagoans can get a round trip ticket for just $150.

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    Theater events: Celeb breakup woes in New Colony’s ‘Kate and Sam’
    Suburban natives star in New Colonoy's world premiere "Kate and Sam are not Breaking Up" and Fox Valley Rep goes "Home for the Holidays" this week in Chicago-area theater.

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    Night life events: Catch game day specials at JJ’s Prime Time
    Settle in for JJ’s Prime Time Sports Pub's game day specials; Hopvine now open in Aurora; EvenFlow invites rockers Tricky Mission for Halloween party.

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    Server Brittany Hester runs food out from the kitchen at the Home grown restaurant in Atlanta. Home grown offers locally sourced Southern dishes for breakfast and lunch in a quirky, no-frills setting that feels comfortable no matter who you are.

    Go for the food: Home grown in Atlanta

    A couple of miles east of downtown Atlanta on the fringe of a historic blue-collar neighborhood, Home grown serves up satisfying Southern fare in an eclectic atmosphere. Home grown offers locally sourced Southern dishes for breakfast and lunch in a quirky, no-frills setting that feels comfortable no matter who you are. The generous portions, low prices and dependably good food attract a delightful cross-section of Atlanta residents and people passing through the area.

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    Visitors can view dinosaur skeletons and much more at Discovery Park of America, a new museum and educational venue in Union City, Tenn.

    New in rural Tennessee: Discovery Park of America

    The gleaming white building with curved exteriors and a spaceshiplike tower emerges from the flat landscape of West Tennessee like something out of science fiction. It’s Discovery Park of America, a new museum, education center and tourist attraction opening Friday in Union City, Tenn., located a few hours’ drive from Memphis, Nashville and St. Louis. With exhibits about natural and regional history, dinosaurs, Native Americans, energy, transportation, science, the military and space flight, the museum can be described as a mini-Smithsonian Institution.

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    The best time to plant or transplant trees and shrubs is the fall.

    Transplant trees, shrubs in fall for best results

    When is the best time to plant or transplant trees and shrubs? The absolute best time is fall. The cool air and warm soil temperatures are the perfect combination for establishing roots in a new environment.

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    For a parent wondering if their child should take the leap from their local park district recreational team to a travel team, the options can be overwhelming.

    Costs vs. gains: Taking youth sports to the next level

    Brian Touro used a line from a baseball movie to let Mike Seberger know what he thought of the idea to start a girls basketball travel program. “If you build it, they will come,” Touro said.

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    Wingfoot Park offers open space and recreation in the Banbury Ridge subdivision in North Aurora.

    Neighborhood spotlight focuses on Banbury Ridge

    When Michelle and John Ven Huizen chose to live in Banbury Ridge 11 years ago, an array of amenities attracted them to the small subdivision in North Aurora. “We liked the mixture of new and old, the park and the (Fox) river, the proximity to I-88. It was a variety of things,” Michelle Ven Huizen said.

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    Editorial: Awareness key to battling heroin use

    Efforts like a forum this week in Bartlett and a website for parents are key as communities across the suburbs raise awareness for the fight against heroin, a Daily Herald editorial says.

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    Hypocrisy abounds in government
    A South Barrington letter to the editor: The letter writer needs to study the Constitution. He should know that all bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives. Since many Americans favor eliminating Obamacare, then it is entirely appropriate, and constitutional, for the House not to fund it (Article. 1, Section. 7).

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    Facts are clear on climate change
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Richard Francke’s letter of Oct. 23 made me wonder yet again, what is the Daily Herald’s policy on printing letters to the editor containing errors of fact? In his letter denying climate change, Mr. Francke refers to the NIPCC report. This is a report created by The Heartland Institute, which has a long history of opposing science in the interest of its free-market funders, including ExxonMobil.

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    Schakowsky’s arrest demeans herself, her office
    A Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Instead of drawing effective attention in support of the rally’s cause, our representative’s decision to intentionally break a law reflects a lack of respect for the structure of our civil democracy and her position of authority within it. Her actions have diminished her voice as an advocate for all the issues affecting the 9th District

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    A simple idea to help travelers with kids
    A Wheeling letter to the editor: Here’s a no brainer for whoever is in charge of such stuff — when a rest stop is closed on a major highway, like I-55 or I-57, post the “Closed” notice on the sign for the rest stop that comes before the closed one. This way a traveler can make an informed decision about whether to pull into the open rest stop.

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    Obamacare disaster to middle class
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: Obama likes to control people and to distribute their wealth and so he lied about Obamacare. He said “If you like your health care plan you can keep it” and “If you like your doctor you can keep him” and “your premiums will go down $2,500,”

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    Foster meeting a waste of time
    A Naperville leter to the editor: A friend of mine and I recently attended a Bill Foster meeting at Independence Village. If the meeting lasted 30 minutes, congressman Foster used 25 of it giving us his successful business background and telling of the company he and his brother founded that is now located in Wisconsin.

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    Reversing the GOP ‘death spiral’

    Columnists Steven and Cokie Roberts: But instead of recognizing that demographic reality, instead of appealing to new voters, many Republicans are following a very different strategy: stop them from voting.

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