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Daily Archive : Thursday November 21, 2013

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    Garran Sparks has been decorating his home for 13 years. The display at his home, at 943 Bluestem Lane in Batavia, starts in the front yard and fills up the backyard (seen here) as well. Sparks won the Editor’s Choice award for the Tri-Cities in the Daily Herald’s holiday lights contest.

    Tri-Cities Editor’s Choice: 943 Bluestem Lane in Batavia

    An interview with Garran Sparks of Batavia, winner of the Editor's Choice award for the Tri-Citites in the Daily Herald's holiday lights contest.

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    Mark Tarkowski’s display at 653 Walnut Road in Wauconda won the Editor’s Choice award for Lake County in the Daily Herald’s holiday lights contest.

    Lake County Editor’s Choice: 653 Walnut Road in Wauconda

    An interview with Mark Tarkowksi of Wauconda, winner of the Editor's Choice award for Lake County in the Daily Herald's holiday lights contest.

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    Ken Buckman and his son Sam with their holiday lights display at 197 Wrenwood Circle in Elgin. The Buckmans won the Editor’s Choice award for the Fox Valley in the Daily Herald’s holiday lights contest.

    Fox Valley Editor’s Choice: 197 Wrenwood Circle, Elgin

    An interview with Ken Buckman of Elgin, winner of the Editor's Choice award for the Fox Valley in the Daily Herald's holiday lights contest.

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    Robert Pechous stands in front of his brightly lit home at 913 E. Evergreen St. in Wheaton. His display won the Editor’s Choice award for DuPage County in the Daily Herald’s holiday lights contest.

    DuPage County Editor’s Choice: 913 E. Evergreen St., Wheaton

    An interview with Robert Pechous of Wheaton, winner of the Editor's Choice award for DuPage County in the Daily Herald's holiday lights contest.

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    Madhu Krishnamurthy

    McHenry Community College earns sustainability award

    McHenry County College is one of seven Illinois community colleges recently honored for setting and meeting environmental goals on their campuses.

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    Wheaton resident and volunteer Laurie Swanson Oberhelman is energized by volunteering and leading educational efforts throughout the city.

    Wheaton volunteer stands out as someone who gets things done

    You need a truck stuffed with 40,000 pounds of food for local food pantry? Laurie Swanson Oberhelman’s already working on it. A mural to celebrate your city’s diversity? She knows just the guy. Someone to lead Make A Difference Day? She’s done it. And those are just some of the reasons Wheaton is thankful to have her, not only as a resident, but as its lead volunteer.

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    This is the flier promoting the Community Education Foundation’s online auction.

    Signed jerseys among Dist. 214 foundation auction items

    The Community Education Foundation’s 2013 Online Auction goes live on eBay starting Black Friday, Nov. 29, and continues through Sunday, Dec. 8. The auction offers more than 100 holiday gift items including: autographed memorabilia, family fun packages, food and wine experiences, golf foursomes, health and fitness items, tickets to sporting events and theaters, fine arts pieces and travel...

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    Tom Leonard, Barrington Unit District 220 superintendent, stands with donor Joyce Taillon just before newly discovered photos of John F. Kennedy’s October 1960 visit to Barrington High School are unveiled Tuesday at the school.

    Photos of JFK visit draw crowd in Barrington

    Newly found photos of John F. Kennedy’s Oct. 25, 1960, visit to Barrington High School opened a window Thursday to a historic moment 53 years earlier — both for those who’d been there and students whose parents hadn’t been born yet. “I just opened (an album) up and said, ‘That’s John F. Kennedy!’” Taillon said. “I didn’t know they...

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    Winfield decides to borrow millions to fix roads

    Winfield property owners will pay higher taxes next year now that village board members have made a split decision to borrow up to $4.4 million to fix the town’s worst streets. The board voted 3-2 on Thursday night to approve the controversial proposal, despite the fact most of the residents who spoke before the vote urged trustees to reject it.

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    District 25, union reach contract agreement

    After working without a contract since August, more than 400 teachers and support staff at Arlington Heights Elementary District 25 have a new contract.

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    Daily Herald File Photo The Illinois Supreme Court issued a significant ruling affecting an RTA lawsuit against so-called tax havens.

    Tax ruling claimed as victory by both sides

    Both the RTA and Kankakee are claiming victory in Thursday's Supreme Court ruling on so-called tax havens downstate. The court found state regulations permit tax havens but said those rules are contrary to Illinois law.

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    Crews responded to a house fire on the 400 block of Cherry Creek Lane in Prospect Heights on Thursday night.

    House fire extinguished in Prospect Hts.

    Firefighters had to bring in trucks with water tanks to help extinguish a house fire Thursday night in a Prospect Heights subdivision that doesn’t have fire hydrants, authorities said.

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    Worker dies after falling from O’Hare roof

    A contractor working at O’Hare International Airport died after falling from the roof of the facility’s international terminal. The 59-year-old electrician, identified as Gary Beno of New Lenox, fell about 35 feet to a lower level at the airport.

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    Oak Brook attorney disbarred

    An Oak Brook attorney facing federal fraud charges has been disbarred by the Illinois Supreme Court. Kathleen Niew, 57, who lives in Burr Ridge, is accused by prosecutors of misappropriating more than $2.3 million of her clients’ funds over a two-year span. Her law license was formally revoked Wednesday by the Supreme Court.

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    New traffic patterns to begin along Route 137 in Libertyville.

    Libertyville soon could see relief from big road project

    A long, disruptive road project in the Libertyville area is coming to a close. The Illinois Department of Transporation hopes to open all lanes of a widened Route 21 (Milwaukee Avenue) and Route 137 by Dec. 23. "We're getting close if if the weather holds up, I think we'll be OK," said Stan Masnik, project engineer. Advance work began in fall 2011.

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    Federal regulators said Thursday that rules against making cellphone calls during airline flights are “outdated,” and it’s time to change them.

    Gov’t weighs permitting cellphone calls on planes

    Rules against making cellphone calls during airline flights are “outdated,” and it’s time to change them, federal regulators said Thursday, drawing immediate howls of protest from flight attendants, airline officials and others.

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    Stevenson High School officials will meet with a consultant Saturday morning to discuss improvements at the Lincolnshire school’s stadium. They’re thinking about better ticket booth and bathroom facilities, among other changes.

    Stevenson High stadium being eyed for improvements

    As the Stevenson High Patriots prepare for Saturday’s semifinal playoff game against the Loyola Academy Ramblers, officials are considering enhancing the Lincolnshire school’s stadium. A key goal is improving the ease of ticket sales and entry, Stevenson spokesman Jim Conrey said.

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    John Zaruba

    DuPage deputies sue sheriff alleging ‘retaliation’ practices

    Seven DuPage County sheriff's deputies filed a federal lawsuit Thursday accusing Sheriff John Zaruba of retaliating against them for supporting union efforts and refusing to fund his campaigns. “The retaliation against the plaintiffs continues to this day," the suit contends. Zaruba did not respond.

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    Former Cook County Commissioner William Beavers speaks at a news conference after being sentenced on Sept. 25.

    Beavers’ lawyers to ask judge to postpone jail

    Former Cook County Commissioner William Beavers will learn Monday if a federal judge will grant his attorneys’ request to let the outspoken ex-politician remain out of jail while they appeal his tax evasion case.

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    Ex-Crestwood officials avoid prison

    A federal judge has blamed an uncharged ex-mayor as she declined to imprison two former water officials for lying about mixing tainted well water into Crestwood’s drinking supply.

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    Unions plan ‘emergency days’ to lobby lawmakers

    As legislative leaders met Thursday to develop a plan to deal with Illinois’ $100 billion pension crisis, the state’s biggest public employee unions were planning a concerted lobbying push to oppose it.

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    A Boeing 747 “Dreamlifter” takes off Thursday, the day after it mistakenly landed at Col. James Jabara Airport in Wichita, Kan. The jet was supposed to land about 8 miles away, at the McConnell Air Force Base.

    After mistaken landing, cargo pilot was confused

    The pilot of a Boeing 747 jumbo jet mistakenly landed at a small Kansas airport not far from the Air Force base where it was supposed to deliver parts for the company’s new 787 Dreamliner.

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    Afghan President Hamid Karzai urged tribal elders Thursday to support a security deal with the United States, but in a surprising about-face said he would defer the signing of the agreement to the winner of next year’s presidential elections, which he is barred from contesting.

    Karzai: Sign U.S.-Afghan security pact next year

    President Hamid Karzai urged tribal elders Thursday to approve a security pact with Washington that could keep thousands of U.S. troops in Afghanistan until 2024, but he added a wrinkle that he prefers his successor sign the document after elections next April.

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    Chicago man gets prison time for third DUI

    A Chicago man arrested by Hoffman Estates police in June for his third DUI pleaded guilty to the charges this week. In exchange for his guilty plea, a Cook County judge sentenced Juan Adame, 28, to three years in prison.

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    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid speaks to the press after the Democrat majority in the Senate pushed through a major rules change, one that curbs the power of the Republican minority to block President Barack Obama’s nominations for high-level judgeships and cabinet and agency officials, Thursday.

    Democrats vote to curb filibusters on appointees

    Sweeping aside a century of precedent, Democrats took a chunk out of the Senate’s hallowed filibuster tradition on Thursday and cleared the way for speedy confirmation of controversial appointments made by President Barack Obama and chief executives in the future. Majority Leader Harry Reid, who orchestrated the change, called the 52-48 vote a blow against gridlock.

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    Palatine man charged in identity theft scheme

    A 45-year-old Palatine man has been charged with illegally obtaining bank information and withdrawing funds from more than 20 bank accounts, mostly belonging to people living overseas. Kiril Dinev, 45, was charged with financial institution fraud, continuing financial crimes enterprise and wire fraud, said a representative for the state attorney general's office.

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    This image provided by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center shows an artists rendering on how a gamma ray burst occurs with a massive star collapsing and creating a black hole and beaming out focused and deadly light and radiation bursts. Astronomers and space telescopes in April 2013 saw the biggest and brightest cosmic explosion ever witnessed, a large gamma ray burst. (AP Photo/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

    ’Monster’ cosmic blast zipped harmlessly by Earth

    Astronomers call it the monster. It was the biggest and brightest cosmic explosion ever witnessed. Had it been closer, Earth would have been toast. Orbiting telescopes got the fireworks show of a lifetime last spring when they spotted what is known as a gamma ray burst in a far-off galaxy.

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    Mudy Munoz-Salgado

    Missouri man guilty of rape at Elgin hotel

    A Missouri man was convicted Thursday of raping a woman at an Elgin hotel in November 2012. Mudy A. Munoz-Salgado, 37, who was in Elgin working construction, faces up to 35 years in prison after the guilty verdict, which was reached despite the victim's absence from trial.

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    Library goers check out a Shelter Box, which includes a 10-person tent, in the middle of the Gail Borden Public Library rotunda Thursday. The Elgin Noon Rotary Club is raising money to send Shelter Boxes to the Philippines. The Shelter Box also contains bedding, utensils, cooking equipment, water purification assistance, tools and books.

    Gail Borden Library showcases Shelter Box survival kit

    A Shelter Box, which includes a 10-person tent, sits in the middle of the Gail Borden Public Library rotunda Thursday to show visitors how they can help survivors of the typhoon in the Philippines. The Elgin Noon Rotary Club is raising money to send Shelter Boxes to the Philippines.

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    Fox Valley police reports
    Sixto Jose Cortez, 19, of Elgin, was charged with felony trying to defraud a drug test, at 8:41 a.m. Nov. 12 at a drug testing facility at 333 N. Randall Road, according to a police report.

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    American Legion hands out turkeys in Des Plaines

    Des Plaines American Legion Post 36 is continuing its Thanksgiving tradition on Saturday, when members will hand out some 75 turkeys, with all the fixings, to families in need. “Too many people think of the American Legion and VFW as the places where the vets go to drink. I’d be surprised if we finish eight cases a year,” said Phil Campbell of Post 36. “We’re here to help not just veterans, but...

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    This is the text message Carpentersville resident Stacy Klodz said she received from Regina Rehberg, Trustee Kevin Rehberg’s wife, shortly after Klodz finished addressing the board about staffing issues within the Carpentersville Fire Department.

    Trustee’s wife texts woman over public remarks on firefighters

    As soon as Stacy Klodz sat down after speaking in support of Carpentersville’s full-time firefighters at a village board meeting Tuesday, she says she received a "harassing" text message from the wife of Trustee Kevin Rehberg. Regina Rehberg was watching a live stream of the meeting online and took Klodz to task via text message for failing to disclose to trustees her family connections in the...

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    Gilbert Gottfried to tap the keg Friday at Hofbräuhaus

    Comedian Gilbert Gottfried will tap the keg Friday night at Hofbräuhaus Chicago in Rosemont, officials said. Gottfried will participate in the traditional keg tapping ceremony at 7 p.m., tapping a keg of Hofbräuhaus Chicago’s November beer, Winterzwickel.

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    Daily Herald File Photo Should speed limits on local highways and tollways go up to 70 mph?

    Oberweis: Higher speed limit is ‘will of the people’

    Lawmaker Jim Oberweis wants the Illinois tollway to recognize that people drive faster than 55 mph on toll roads. But the agency says it's following the recommendations of state police and experts in keeping speeds lower in urban areas.

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    Jennifer Guevara loads up a trailer loaded with donations from a Wheaton parents’ Facebook site for tornado victims in Coal City.

    Wheaton mom rounds up help for tornado victims

    Jennifer Guevara of Wheaton took to social media to help the victims of last week's devastating tornadoes. On a Facebook page she manages, she put out a call for items that were needed in Coal City. People responded quickly and soon her living room was filled with clothes, food, baby items and toiletries.

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    Inverness resident to petition for fire-aid deal

    Inverness resident Kathy Feingold is no longer a bystander in the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District’s preparation of an independent fire department that will begin serving her neighborhood Jan. 1. She's planning to organize a petition among the 230 homes of her subdivision which she hopes will inspire fire district trustees to sign an automatic-aid agreement making the nearer...

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    Tyler M. Croy

    Second Lisle man charged in playground fire

    A second Lisle man is facing felony charges in connection with an August fire that destroyed playground equipment at a park near Lisle. Tyler M. Croy, 21, of the 5500 block of Elm Street in Lisle, has been charged with one count of damage to state-supported property and one count of criminal damage to property by fire or explosives.

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    Westfield principal moving to Glen Crest

    Kim Price is taking her next career step and returning to her administrative roots. Glen Ellyn Elementary District 89 officials announced this week that Price, currently the principal at Westfield Elementary School, will replace retiring principal Todd Schrage at Glen Crest Middle School effective July 1.

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    This is a surveillance camera photo of the suspect from a Nov. 5 Schaumburg armed robbery. The man is believed to have been involved in more than a dozen other robberies.

    Schaumburg issues alert of gas station robber

    Schaumburg police issued a community alert Thursday for a suspect believed to be responsible for as many as 15 armed robberies throughout the North and Northwest suburbs. One Nov. 5 robbery occurred in Schaumburg itself, but the remainder have occurred throughout the suburban region from Oct. 20 through Nov. 11.

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    Craft fair on Dec. 7:

    Fremont School District 79 will host a holiday craft boutique on Dec. 7. It will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fremont Intermediate School, 28754 N. Fremont Center Road, Mundelein.

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    Pavel Yemelyanov

    2 charged in Wheeling attempted residential burglary

    Two men have been arrested and charged with attempted residential burglary in Wheeling, police said Thursday. The attempted burglary occurred at 11:49 a.m. Tuesday on the 200 block of 5th Street when a homeowner heard someone trying to gain entry to the building through a rear door, police said.

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    Cashmere, a domestic longhair, male is about 9 years old.

    Loss of a pet is felt by everyone, even other animals

    The loss of a pet that is treated as a true family member can cause dramatic emotional consequences, even in the your other pets.

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    Cliff McIlvaine, who was sued by the city of St. Charles in an effort to get him to finish a project that he first pulled a permit for in 1975, has filed suit claiming damage was done to his home by a contractor hired by the city.

    City wants to take over languishing home project in December

    The city of St. Charles will ask a judge Dec. 19 for permission to remove vehicles, constructon debris and other material from the outisde of Cliff McIlvaine's home and move them to a storage facility at his expense. McIlvaine was sued in late 2010 by the city to finish a project he first received a building permit for in 1975.

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    Edgar Lema, 3, of North Chicago, sits with Santa Claus in Grange Hall at Gurnee Mills on Thursday. As many as 25,000 balloons make up Santa’s home through Dec. 24.

    Santa’s balloon home at Gurnee Mills

    More than 25,000 holiday balloons make up Santa Claus’ Gurnee Mills home through Dec. 24. The Grange Hall display is made of balloons in various shapes and sizes. They create a sleigh, reindeer, arches, Christmas trees, presents, ornaments, candy canes and snowflakes.

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    Get your work ready for publishing:

    Author Brenda Ferber demystifies the book revision process in a unique writing program, “Revising with Power and Purpose,” at the Vernon Area Library, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire, from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1.

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    Vice President Joe Biden

    Biden will be in Chicago Monday

    Vice President Joe Biden, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin will attend the groundbreaking of a new domestic violence shelter on Monday in Chicago.

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    Holiday gift drive:

    The Waukegan law firm of Daniels, Long and Pinsel host their 21st annual holiday gift drive. People are urged to stop in at the law office at 19 N. County St., and pull one of 500 ornaments from the Christmas tree.

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    Grayslake library holiday spirit:

    The Grayslake Area Public Library is partnering with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and the Avon Township Food Pantry to bring holiday spirit to those in need in the community, library officials said in a news release.

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    Amtrak train stalls for hours in northern Indiana

    An Amtrak passenger train traveling from Chicago to the Detroit area was stopped for more than five hours in northern Indiana because of mechanical troubles.

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    Term limit supporters halfway to 2014 ballot

    A group pushing to establish term limits for Illinois lawmakers said Thursday it’s more than halfway to its goal of putting the measure on the 2014 ballot. The Committee for Legislative Reform and Term Limits announced it has gathered more than 150,000 of the nearly 300,000 petition signatures needed.

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    Elgin to keep residential garbage fees on water bills

    Three council members in Elgin unsuccessfully tried to push for residential garbage fees to be tacked onto property tax bills, which would allow residents to deduct them from their income tax returns. The fees are currently part of residents' water bills. Councilman John Prigge made the motion Wednesday night.

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    Eric Francke

    Lake County Deputy facing obstruction of justice charge gets trial date

    The trial against a suspended Lake County sheriff's deputy is slated to start Dec. 2. Eric Franke, 33, faces three years in prison for obstructing justice - destroying evidence. Defense attorneys and prosecutors said they are ready to go to trial as planned.

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    Naperville City Manager Doug Krieger explains the type of emergency and community notifications the city now can send through the Naper Notify system, which launched Thursday morning. People can create a free account to receive alerts at napernotify.com.

    Naperville launches Naper Notify community alert system

    When the next blizzard, flood or emergency strikes, the city of Naperville will have an automatic way to provide information about safety and response activities to the public. The city's mass notification system is called Naper Notify and it launched Thursday morning as an enrollment website went live. “People in Naperville crave information and this is a system that's going to do exactly...

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    Daily Herald's holiday lights contest begins

    Wreath-making, home decorating how-tos and tips on photographing holiday lights displays were part of the fun at an event Wednesday at TreeTime in Lake Barrington. The event, sponsored by the Daily Herald for subscribers, also kicked off our annual holiday lights contest, with prizes for the best home holiday lights displays in the suburbs. You can enter at dailyherald.com/contest/holidaylights.

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    Officials to meet to assess tornado damage

    State officials say federal disaster assessment workers are expected to arrive in Washington and other areas hit by Sunday’s tornadoes starting today. And state spokesman Brian Williamsen said Thursday that Washington Community High School was open for the first time since one of those tornadoes tore through the central Illinois town.

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    Police: 3 women held for 30 years against will in London home

    London police say three women were held for at least 30 years against their will in a south London home. Metropolitan Police revealed Thursday the women had been rescued and announced the arrests of two people as part of an investigation into slavery and domestic servitude.

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    Last weekend for Arlington Hts. food drive

    This weekend is the last chance to contribute to the 4th Annual Arlington Food Drive. Sponsored by Lavelle Law, Ltd. the drive supports the Wheeling Township Food Pantry. Donations will be delivered to the pantry on Monday, Nov. 25.

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    Mount Prospect hires engineer for flood control work

    Mount Prospect has hired Downers Grove-based Burns & McDonnell to provide both design engineering and bidding assistance on the second phase of its flood control plan, at a cost not to exceed $407,540. “It is the opinion of staff that they are perhaps uniquely qualified to perform this work based on their experience in this particular problem and at this particular time,” Public Works Director...

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    One injured, cited in Arlington Heights crash

    A three-vehicle accident shut down three lanes near the intersection of Arlington Heights Road and Golf Road for about an hour on Thursday morning. The driver of one of the vehicles was transported to Northwest Community Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening and the other drivers were not injured, an Arlington Heights police sergeant said.

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    Former AP writer Mike Cochran holds a photo showing him and other reporters serving as pallbearers for Lee Harvey Oswald.

    Ex-AP writer recalls serving as Oswald pallbearer

    On a gloomy November afternoon, AP writer Mike Cochran helped carry the inexpensive wooden casket of Lee Harvey Oswald to a grave on a slight rise dotted with dying grass. With no mourners around to serve as pallbearers, the task fell to the reporters covering the funeral of John F. Kennedy’s assassin. Fifty years later, Cochran remains a reluctant and minor footnote in American history.

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    Florida Republican Rep. Henry “Trey” Radel, who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession and received a year’s probation, is taking a leave of absence from Congress and donating his salary to charity.

    Florida congressman pleads guilty to cocaine charge, takes leave

    Florida Republican Rep. Henry “Trey” Radel, who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession and received a year’s probation, is taking a leave of absence from Congress and donating his salary to charity. Radel made the announcement Wednesday at a crowded news conference in Florida.

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    U.S. troops load relief supplies to a U.S. Marine MV-22 Osprey aircraft for airdrop to typhoon-ravaged remote places in central Philippines. The Marines’ newest and in some quarters most controversial transport airplane is showing the world what it’s got — for the sake of the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, and perhaps its own future.

    U.S. Ospreys show worth in Philippines aid effort

    The U.S. Marines’ newest and in some quarters most controversial transport airplane is showing the world what it’s got — for the sake of the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, and perhaps its own future. The MV-22 Osprey, which can tilt its rotors to fly like either a helicopter or a fixed-wing aircraft, is delivering tons of aid every day to people affected by the Nov. 8 storm.

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    Merrill Newman, an 85-year-old American veteran of the Korean War, has been detained in North Korea since last month. His son said his father was taken off a plane set to leave North Korea on Oct. 26.

    North Korea detains U.S. war veteran, 85, son says

    North Korean officials detained an 85-year-old American veteran of the Korean War last month as he sat in a plane set to leave the country, the man’s son said. A uniformed North Korean officer boarded the plane on Oct. 26 and asked Merrill Newman, a tourist from California, for his passport before telling a stewardess he had to leave the plane. “My dad got off, walked out with the stewardess, and...

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    AP: Companies may help destroy Syria arms

    The global chemical weapons watchdog is inviting private companies to get involved in the destruction of Syria’s stockpile of toxic agent and precursor chemicals.

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    EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton, left, and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif leave a photo opportunity Wednesday prior to the start of three days of closed-door nuclear talks in Geneva, Switzerland.

    Iran: Difficult differences at nuke talks

    Seven-nation talks on a deal meant to start a rollback of Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief were delayed Thursday as senior envoys from both sides wrestled with a draft they hoped would be acceptable to both Tehran and its six world powers negotiating with it. Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi suggested that the momentum characterizing much of a previous round had...

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    A Syrian refugee woman walks Monday near the tents of a refugee camp in the eastern Lebanese border town of Arsal. Thousands of Syrians have fled to Lebanon over the past days as government forces attack the western town of Qarah near the border with Lebanon.

    Roadside bomb in south Syria wounds 2 Jordanians

    Syria’s state-run media say gunmen have detonated a bomb in the country’s south, hitting a bus with visiting Jordanian writers and wounding two of them. The SANA news agency says Jordanian writers Issa Shattat and Jihad Obeidat were lightly wounded in Thursday’s attack in the southern province of Daraa. The bus was returning to Jordan.

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    Security officials close a road leading to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s office Thursday shortly after police subdued a man who was carrying a fake bomb in Ankara, Turkey. Police fired two warning shots in the air before overpowering and arresting him, said an aide to the prime minister. The 53-year-old man, identified as Tugrul B., was carrying a device made to look like a bomb, the official said. He was being questioned and the motive for his action was not immediately known.

    Turkish police subdue man with fake bomb

    Turkish police on Thursday subdued a man who arrived near Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s office carrying a fake bomb. Interior Minister Muammer Guler said the incident was not terrorism-linked and that the man was believed to be suffering from psychological problems.

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    Iraqis inspect the aftermath of a late-night bombing Thursday at a cafe in the Bayaa neighborhood of southwestern Baghdad. Officials in Iraq say scores have been killed in a wave of bombings on Wednesday mainly in Shiite commercial areas in and near the capital.

    Truck bomb kills at least 31 in Iraq

    A truck bomb tore through an outdoor vegetable market on Thursday in northeastern Iraq, killing at least 31 people, officials said. The explosion in the town of al-Saadiyah, some 90 miles northeast of Baghdad, is the latest in a wave of attacks that has swept across Iraq since April, pushing violence to levels unseen since the country teetered on the brink of civil war in 2006 and 2007.

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    Myanmar government: U.N. can’t force Rohingya citizenship

    A Myanmar government spokesman says the country will not be pressured by a U.N. resolution calling on it to grant citizenship to members of the Muslim ethnic minority that identify themselves as Rohingya.

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    A computer screen in Atlantic City N.J. shows an account summary that new users of the global partypoker.com site will experience. The site’s parent company, bwin.party, is partnered with Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa and will begin offering a test of Internet gambling to New Jersey residents today. Company officials say the global site is very similar to what New Jersey residents will experience when they log on.

    New Jersey becoming 3rd state to offer Internet gambling

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — For the first time, people in New Jersey will be able to click a mouse or swipe a screen to gamble online.A five-day trial period of Internet gambling begins at 6 p.m. Thursday when players invited by casinos to test their systems make real-money bets online.

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    Lake in the Hills expects budget surplus in 2014

    Lake in the Hills village officials this week are reviewing proposed expenditures of roughly $17 million for the 2014 calendar year, resulting in a surplus of $123,180 in the general fund by year end.

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    Dawn Patrol: Area gay couples reflect; helping tornado victims

    Suburban couples reflect at same-sex marriage signing. Prosecutor likens gang attack to a ‘pack of hyenas.’ Suburban efforts to help tornado victims. Elgin woman leaves court, gets arrested again. Bears’ Long to face off with brother. Injuries mounting, but Hawks still remain first.

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    Registration open for Walker summit in Pembine

    MADISON, Wis. — Registration is now open for Gov. Scott Walker’s economic development summit next month in Pembine.The two-day meeting starting Dec. 16 is designed to focus on the challenges and opportunities of northern Wisconsin’s economy, focusing on small business assistance and regulatory reform.

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    UW Health and Aurora explore partnership

    MADISON, Wis. — UW Health in Madison and Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee are exploring a partnership. The two health care providers are talking about how they could work together to better deliver affordable care to Wisconsin and the surrounding region.

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    Most storm power outages fixed across Indiana

    KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana’s major electric utilities say power has been largely restored in the areas hit by the severe storms that swept across the state Sunday.Duke Energy reports about 100 outages remained Thursday morning in the Kokomo area, down from more than 1,300 outages the day before.

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    Carbon monoxide sickens 6 in central Indiana building

    CARMEL, Ind. — Authorities say six people were taken to a hospital after carbon monoxide from a running SUV filled an apartment building in suburban Indianapolis.Firefighters reported finding carbon monoxide in all seven units of the Legacy Towns and Flats building in Carmel late Wednesday.

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    Southern Wisconsin man charged in burn-pit body case

    JANESVILLE, Wis. — A southern Wisconsin man is charged with two felonies after police say he burned the body of a missing Fitchburg woman in his backyard fire pit.Twenty-nine-year-old Nathan Middleton of Evansville was charged Wednesday with hiding a corpse and mutilating a corpse.Police say Middleton burned the body of 18-year-old Aprina Paul.

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    Wisconsin governor, DNR secretary post deer hunt video

    MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Scott Walker and Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp have posted a new video about how excited they are for next week’s gun deer season.

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    Donnelly donates shutdown pay to 10 food banks

    INDIANAPOLIS — Sen. Joe Donnelly has donated his take-home pay from the federal government shutdown to 10 food banks across Indiana. The Indiana Democrat earned $5,000 in take-home pay for the 16-day period, so he wrote $500 checks Wednesday to food banks in Evansville, Fort Wayne, Gary, Indianapolis, Lafayette, Muncie, New Albany, Richmond, South Bend, and Terre Haute.

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    Worker burned by power line in Terre Haute

    TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Several hundred homes and businesses in Terre Haute lost electricity after construction workers hit a power line with a boom lift.

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    U.S. prosecutor: Emanuel wrong on gun-law enforcement

    The new U.S. prosecutor for northern Illinois said Wednesday that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was wrong to say prosecutors haven’t done enough to crack down on guns that contribute to deadly violence in the nation’s third largest city.

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    Chicago Symphony to perform ‘Elegy for JFK’

    The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is honoring the legacy of President John F. Kennedy with a performance of “Elegy for J.F.K.” by Igor Stravinsky.The piece will be performed at the orchestra’s concerts Thursday through Sunday with guest conductor Michael Tilson Thomas to mark the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination.

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    Groups make biofuel from Thanksgiving cooking oil

    It turns out the used cooking oil from your Thanksgiving feast could end up fueling a bus.Naperville is among several communities in northern Illinois inviting residents to drop off used cooking oil at recycling events the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

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    15 Illinois counties get disaster declarations

    Fifteen Illinois counties now have state disaster declarations after strong weekend storms unleashed violent tornadoes. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn added Fayette and Vermilion to the list of counties getting the extra state aid.

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    DuPage County foundation launches school readiness initiative

    DuPage County is home to dozens of family and children’s service organizations but officials say a growing number of low-income households lack the resources or ability to access the help they need, especially when it comes to preparing children for school. A new not-for-profit initiative, called Bright & Early DuPage, launched Wednesday by the DuPage Community Foundation, aims to bring...

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    Russell Lissau/rlissau@dailyherald.com Wauconda Village Planning Director Chris Miller talks about the TIF plan’s history.

    Wauconda holds hearing on tax district plan

    Wauconda officials held a public hearing Wednesday night about a planned tax-increment financing district.

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    James Steinke, owner of Topnotch Tattoos in Elgin, now has more competition after the Elgin City Council approved a third tattoo parlor for downtown.

    Downtown Elgin to get a third tattoo shop

    In a rare move, the Elgin City Council reversed its previous decision and approved a permit for a third tattoo parlor downtown, citing the threat of litigation. A 6-3 vote approved a conditional use permit for Big Head Tattoos at 210 DuPage St. “I just look forward to being in the Elgin community,” owner Marco Muniz said.

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    Jim Shaffer of Aurora, the Arcada Theater's volunteer organist, was the “resident rock star,” the theater's president says.

    Arcada Theater mourns volunteer organist, historian

    The iconic marquee of the Arcada Theater in downtown St. Charles typically announces the upcoming shows of traveling performers. On Wednesday, that sign made a different sort of announcement: “So long to our resident rockstar, organist and friend Jim Shaffer.” Shaffer, 78, a longtime volunteer who played the theater's historic pipe organ before each show, died Tuesday at his Aurora...

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    Crystal Lake spa worker again charged with prostitution

    An employee at Spring Spa in Crystal Lake has again been charged with prostitution after a recent undercover operation by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office

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    Naperville fire causes $50,000 in damages

    Naperville fire officials say oily rags and construction materials may have started a garage fire Wednesday morning. Firefighters were called just before 7 a.m. for the garage fire on the 2700 block of Pennyroyal Circle, according to Naperville Fire Department news release.

Sports

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    Bears quarterback Josh McCown (12) celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass to running back Matt Forte (22) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Chicago.

    Everything going right for Bears’ McCown
    Teammates say backup quarterback Josh McCown, with his Texas drawl, sounds a lot different than Jay Cutler, but the offense has continued to be the strength of the team, even with the No. 1 QB sidelined by injuries.

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    Foes rushing right past Bears defense

    The Bears' run defense has been horrible lately, but it has a chance to show improvement this week against a Rams running game that hasn't been very potent, even with the improved production provided by rookie Zac Stacy.

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    Stevenson's Jason Vravick celebrates a second-quarter interception during Saturday's Class 8A playoff football game against Barrington.

    Prep football recap: Seven area teams in playoffs

    The semifinalists are set for the IHSA state football playoffs. After Saturday's quarterfinals, area teams still standing include Stevenson and Naperville Central in Class 8A, Lake Zurich and Glenbard West in Class 7A, Batavia in Class 6A, Montini in Class 5A and Aurora Christian in Class 3A.

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    Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose, left, drives against Denver Nuggets point guard Nate Robinson, right, in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)

    Robinson sparks win for Nuggets

    Playing without injured guard Jimmy Butler, the Bulls tried to find a way to slow down a high-scoring Denver squad late Thursday night in the circus road trip opener. Mike Dunleavy started in Butler's place and the Bulls lost 97-87.

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    Marc Trestman has made a few tough calls this season on fourth-and-short. One that failed against the Lions earned the Bears coach plenty of criticism after a 21-19 loss.

    What’s with all the second guessing?

    “What was he thinking???” “Moron!” “Clown!” “IIIIdiot!”These are the kind of reactions we’re all accustomed to hearing after NFL coaches make tough, gutsy decisions that fail in a game’s key moment.What kills me is the second-guessing that goes on after the play fails. Then, everybody’s an expert.Case in point: Two weeks ago, Bears coach Marc Trestman decided to go for a first down on fourth-and-1 from the Lions’ 27-yard line in a 7-7 game in the second quarter. Michael Bush was stuffed for no gain and Detroit took over.Of course, we all remember the final score: Detroit 21, Bears 19.Those of you listening to the postgame on WSCR 670-AM may recall plenty of moaning and groaning about this decision.And why? Because it didn’t work. Obviously, if Bush picked up the yard, you wouldn’t have heard a peep.Trestman wasn’t any crazier for making that decision than he was making two other gutsy calls earlier in the season against the Bengals and Packers.Those plays both worked and Trestman was deemed a genius.Sorry, but you can’t have it both ways. Form an opinion of the call as it is happening and have the guts to stand behind that opinion whether the play succeeds or fails. For instance ...In 2009, when Pats coach Bill Belichick — leading 34-28 with 2:08 left in the game — went for a first down from his own 28-yard-line against Peyton Manning and the Colts, I thought, “Great call. New England’s defense is never going to stop Manning, and a first down here essentially ends the game.” Well, the play failed, Manning got the ball back and the Colts won. But before the play, my gut said it was the right decision. Just because it failed doesn’t mean Belichick was stupid for making that call.Ex-Bears linebacker and Panthers coach Ron Rivera went from being a conservative, play-it-by-the-book coach to one willing to pull out all the stops. His Panthers are 5-for-7 on fourth-and-1 plays since Rivera played it safe against the Bills in Week 2 and watched Buffalo score the winning TD with two seconds left.The change in philosophy has earned Rivera the nickname Riverboat Ron, a name he doesn’t particularly like but is obviously fitting.So what does all this have to do with fantasy football?Well, we’ve reached the point of the season where I think it’s OK to be your own Riverboat Ron, Maniac Marc or Wild Bill Belichick.While remembering that we never, ever, ever sit our studs, it’s OK to take some chances. Got a gut feeling about Eli Manning, Carson Palmer or Josh McCown? Go for it!Thinking Shane Vereen might have a huge day as New England tries to catch up to Denver this week? Take a shot!Have faith in Anquan Boldin, James Jones or Rueben Randle based on their easy-as-pie matchups? Run ’em out there!If your guy explodes — or even just outscores your regular starter — you can sit back and bask in the glow of your fantasy football genius.If things don’t work out, who cares? Nobody will be calling into a radio show screaming, “What was he thinking? Moron!”Have some fun and roll the dice during the last few weeks because the end is right around the corner.My teams: The auction-league team (6-5) prevailed 67-59 thanks to nice games from Matt Forte (14 points), Demaryius Thomas (8), Rob Gronkowski (8) and the Giants defense (9). The regular squad (4-7) got thumped 120-93. The issue there is total points for the season, and I’m 11 behind the final playoff qualifier.Good betsŸBucs QB Mike Glennon at Detroit. Since Week 6, no team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks than the Lions.

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    Hersey settles in with another Hoffman win

    For most of the last three decades, Hersey’s girls basketball team had made its home in the Maine West Tip-Off Classic in Des Plaines to start their season. When that tournament ended its long run last season, the Huskies moved into the inaugural Hoffman Estates Thanksgiving Tournament. They are right at home again. Hersey won its second straight game with a 58-31 victory over Maine West on Thursday night. Freshman Claire Gritt led the Huskies with 14 points and 4 steals while junior Annie Korff added 12 points with 6 rebounds.

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    SIU earns first win of season

    Desmar Jackson scored 24 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as Southern Illinois cruised over Missouri Science & Technology 96-74 on Thursday night.

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    Addison Trail sees improvement

    Two Addison Trail offenses made appearances Thursday against Chicago’s Lane Tech on the opening day of the Fenton/Addison Trail Thanksgiving Tournament in Bensenville. The first one struggled, managing only seven points during the first eight minutes and trailing 18-7 after it. The second offense exploded for 26 points in the second quarter, helping the Blazers lead for most of the second and third periods. Although the Indians (1-1) won 62-59, the Blazers (0-2) were pleased at the progress made offensively compared to Monday’s 27-point season-opening loss to Riverside-Brookfield. The team stressed, though, that the defense needs to improve.

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    St. Francis’ Corky Hart and Willowbrook’s Olivia Domin scramble for control of the ball during girls basketball in Villa Park, Thursday.

    Teamwork, hustle help Willowbrook roll to victory

    Willowbrook coach Terry Harrell has no problem with his team getting “hustle baskets.” When the Warriors struggled to sink the good shots at the start of Thursday’s Thanksgiving Invite matchup at Willowbrook, it was those “hustle baskets” that helped break the girls basketball game open. Willowbrook defeated St. Francis 60-22 in Villa Park.

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    Rolling Meadows’ Alexis Glasgow is all smiles after Thursday’s season opener against Cary-Grove, during which the Northwestern recruit eclipsed the 1,000-point mark in a 75-59 Mustangs triumph.

    Banner night for Glasgow, Rolling Meadows

    The curtain fell on Thursday night. Then, it was raised. It fell to unveil two banners on the east wall of the gymnasium — one to signify Rolling Meadows guard Jackie Kemph winning the 2012-13 Gatorade Illinois Player of the Year award, the other a team picture to honor the Mustangs’ Class AA state girls basketball runner-up finish in the same season. Then it was raised — figuratively, at least — on the Mustangs’ 2013-14 season. And taking center stage was senior guard Alexis Glasgow. Less than four minutes into Lake Zurich Turkey Thriller game against Cary-Grove, the Northwestern recruit scored 8 points to join Kemph in Rolling Meadows’ 1,000-point scoring club. Glasgow finished with a team-high 19 points as the Mustangs posted a 75-59 triumph over a Trojans squad that fought hard to the end, despite falling behind 26-5 in the first quarter.

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    Indiana’s Noah Vonleh dunks the ball during the first half of Thursday’s game against Washington in New York.

    Indiana dominates Washington, 102-84

    Freshman Troy Williams scored 22 points and sophomore Yogi Ferrell had 20 to lead Indiana to a 102-84 victory over Washington on Thursday night in the semifinals of the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Wounded Warrior Project.

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    Minnesota center Elliott Eliason, left, and guard Austin Hollins go up to block the shot of Wofford forward Lee Skinner in the second half of Thursday’s game in Minneapolis.

    Minnesota blows out Wofford 79-57

    Elliott Eliason had 11 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high seven blocks to lead Minnesota to an easy 79-57 victory over Wofford on Thursday.

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    Aurora Christian tops Timothy

    Aurora Christian made it two straight wins in its own Hoops Happening Tournament on Thursday with a 53-43 victory over Timothy Christian.

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    Long Beach State’s Mike Caffey, left, and Kris Gulley pressure Michigan’s Nik Stauskas in Thursday’s game in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

    No. 14 Michigan runs past Long Beach State, 85-61

    The 14th-ranked Wolverines knocked down a tournament-record 14 3-pointers and held off a late rally Thursday in an 85-61 victory over Long Beach State in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

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    Vernon Hills forward Sydney Smith drives around Lake Forest forward Grace Torkelson on the way to the basket Thursday at Vernon Hills.

    New look, new lineup for Vernon Hills

    Sydney Smith is sporting a new look. And the four-year varsity starter isn’t alone. Vernon Hills’ girls basketball team took the court Thursday night for its second game in its own fifth annual Cougar Classic without some familiar faces. While center Meri Bennett-Swanson is off playing Division I basketball at DePaul after four varsity seasons, and Brie Bahlmann (Appalachian State, soccer) and Alina Lehocky (Illinois Wesleyan, basketball) have also graduated after helping the Cougars place second in the state in Class 3A, Lauren Webb is watching from the bench. The captain of last season’s Daily Herald Lake County All-Area team, Webb has been diagnosed with a navicular fracture in her right foot. One constant: Vernon Hills is still tough to beat, as the Cougars topped Lake Forest 42-18 to improve to 2-0.

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    Wisconsin’s James White eludes Indiana’s Brandon Grubble during the second half of last Saturday’s game in Madison. White had 208 yards in Wisconsin’s 51-3 win.

    No. 16 Wisconsin ready to roll into Minnesota

    Saturday's forecast calls for what run-game devotees like to call “ground-and-pound” weather, and few teams can work their way down the field on the ground quite like Wisconsin. It’s the only team in the country with a pair of 1,000-yard rushers in James White and Melvin Gordon.

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    Rosary steamrolls IMSA

    IMSA never stood a chance in its home gymnasium Thursday night. In second-round action of the Hoop Happenings Girls Basketball Tournament, which IMSA co-hosts with Aurora Christian, Rosary scored the first 14 points of the game. The Titans would fail to match the Royals’ game-opening run for the entire contest as Rosary employed a swarming combination of defenses in its 55-11 victory in Aurora.

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    Winnipeg’s Evander Kane and Brandon Saad collide as the Jets’ Mark Scheifele, back, and the Blackhawks’ Michal Rozsival stand by during the first period in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Thursday.

    Hawks more boss with Hoss

    The Blackhawks are a different team with Marian Hossa in the lineup — different as in better. After playing three games without Hossa, two of which they lost, the Hawks had their veteran star back in the lineup on Thursday against Winnipeg and the Hawks beat the Jets 6-3 at MTS Centre.

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    West Aurora’s Joslyn Noel (20) shoots over Kaneland’s Vanessa Gould (14) during Thursday’s game in Maple Park.

    West Aurora runs by Kaneland

    West Aurora junior point guard Alexis Wiggins lit up Kaneland for 13 first-half points Thursday in Maple Park, sparking the Blackhawks to a 60-43 victory in the season-opener for both teams.

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    Girls basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    Emma Benoit scored 15 points and Sarah Finn added 12 as Hampshire’s girls basketball team rolled to a 60-18 win over Kirkland Hiawatha Thursday at the Elgin Academy Thanksgiving Tournament.The Whip-Purs (1-1) made their first 10 field goal attempts and ran out to a 27-4 lead after one quarter.Haley Seaton added 7 points for Hampshire, while Becky Dumoulin, Hannah Detiveaux and Claudia Lazar had 6 points each.The Whips will play Alden-Hebron at 6:30 p.m. today in the semifinals.Willows Academy 58, Elgin 54: Melanie Berg had 14 points to lead the Maroons, who fell behind 28-18 at halftime and couldn’t recover in a semifinal loss at the Elgin Academy tournament. Abby Pierre-Louis added 10 points for Elgin, while Jess Ramirez and Tamara Milosevic added 8 each. Elgin will play either Hampshire or Alden-Hebron at 2 p.m. Saturday for third place.Westminster Christian 44, Somonauk 25: Maddie Versluys had 15 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Warriors (3-1) at the Somonauk tournament.

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    Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (20) celebrates a goal against Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov (1) from Russia during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, in Denver. Colorado beat Chicago 4-1. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

    Hossa scores in Blackhawks’ 6-3 win over Jets

    Marian Hossa returned to the lineup and put the Blackhawks ahead for good with a third-period goal as the Hawks beat the Winnipeg Jets 6-3 Thursday night.

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    Conference craziness works back into football season

    Wouldn’t you know it? Here we were enjoying a fantastic football postseason when conference craziness again forced its way into our sporting lives.The tug of war drones on between the DuPage Valley Conference and the Upstate Eight Conference and — even with state football title berths on the line this weekend — Eyes on Five can’t help but look at what’s on the horizon.

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    FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2012, file photo, Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Michael Weiner speaks during a news conference in New York. Weiner, the plain-speaking, ever-positive labor lawyer who took over as head of the powerful baseball players' union four years ago and smoothed the group's perennially contentious relationship with management, died Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, 15 months after announcing he had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. He was 51. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

    MLB players’ union head Michael Weiner dies at 51

    Michael Weiner, the plain-speaking, ever-positive labor lawyer who took over as head of the powerful baseball players’ union four years ago and smoothed its perennially contentious relationship with management, died Thursday, 15 months after announcing he had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. He was 51.

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    Kirkland Hiawatha head girls basketball coach Jenna Araujo speaks with her team early in the game Thursday against Hampshire in the Elgin Academy Thanksgiving Tournament. Araujo, nee Real, is a former Burlington Central standout and coach.

    Former all-area standouts making their mark as coaches

    One of the coolest things about covering girls basketball in the Fox Valley for as long as I have is being able to watch former standout players return to the game as coaches. So, walking into Elgin Academy’s quaint gymnasium Thursday afternoon to watch the Hampshire vs. Kirkland Hiawatha game, I knew I was going to see one former Daily Herald All-Area honorary captain coaching. But the look on my face when I saw a second former all-area captain running a team had to have been priceless. Former Hampshire standout Jackie Heine was the one I knew I’d see. After a stellar career at Saint Xavier University and then four years as a graduate assistant coach for the Cougars, Heine is back home and is first-year Whip-Purs’ coach Mike Featherly’s assistant. That much I knew, and I arrived early enough to catch Jackie grading math papers in the bleachers, so we were able to chat and catch up. While doing so, she pointed over to the Kirkland Hiawatha bench where the Hawks’ head coach had her back turned to us. “Is that Jenna Real?” Jackie asked me. Startled, my response was a dumbfounded, “huh?”

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    Libertyville’s Staci Herchenbach powers ahead in the 100-yard butterfly in the Vernon Hills sectional last weekend.

    Stevenson eyes top-five prize at state meet

    Stevenson hopes it wrangle a top-five finish in this weekend's girls swimming state meet, and if everything goes perfectly a top-three finish isn't out of the question.

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    Scouting Stillman Valley at Aurora Christian football
    Preview of Class 3A semifinal between Stillman Valley and Aurora Christian.

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    Nolan Dean of Neuqua is pulled down by Naperville Central defenders during the Neuqua Valley at Naperville Central Class 8A football quarterfinal Saturday.

    Scouting Marist at Naperville Central football
    Previewing the Class 8A semifinal football game between Naperville Central and Marist

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    Montini Catholic quarterback Alexander Wills looks to the endzone against Joliet Catholic.

    Scouting Sycamore at Montini football
    Preview of the Class 5A semifinal football game between Montini and Sycamore

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    Glenbard West running back Scott Andrews celebrates running for a touchdown against Schaumburg in a quarterfinal playoff game on Saturday, November 16th, in Schaumburg.

    Scouting Lake Zurich at Glenbard West football
    Previewing the Class 7A semifinal football game between Glenbard West and Lake Zurich

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    Jerry Jones: Garrett will be Cowboys coach in 2014

    Jason Garrett will start the stretch run in pursuit of his first trip to the playoffs on the same field where he debuted as coach of the Dallas Cowboys three years ago.

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    Supporters for Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriquez arrive to rally on his behalf on Thursday outside Major League Baseball offices in New York.

    A-Rod grievance hearing completed

    Alex Rodriguez’s lawyers rested their primary case Thursday without calling the player as a witness at the grievance hearing to overturn his 211-game suspension, a person familiar with the proceedings told The Associated Press. Major League Baseball started its rebuttal, and it was possible the hearing would conclude Friday.

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    Notre Dame nose guard Louis Nix III has one year of playing eligibility left.

    Nix undecided on whether he’ll be back for Irish

    Notre Dame nose guard Louis Nix III knows loves to have fun with people, so it’s hard to tell how serious he is when he says he’s considering returning for one more year.

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    Barrington’s Kirsten Jacobsen, left, gets a victory hug from teammate Emma Barnett after Jacobsen won the 200-yard freestyle in the Mid-Suburban League meet. Both competitors will race in the 200 and 500 freestyles in this weekend’s state meet; Jacobsen is the defending state champ in the 500.

    Barrington, Fremd thinking big

    With one last meet on the girls swimming and diving calendar this fall, there’s every reason to expect a big finish from the Mid-Suburban League’s representatives in this weekend’s state meet. The action begins with diving preliminaries Friday morning at New Trier High School in Winnetka, followed by swimming prelims at 3:30 p.m. One finals session takes the top 12 finishers from Friday’s action in a Saturday session which begins at 1 p.m. Barrington and Fremd both hope to be players in the team race, and both will have plenty of point-scoring opportunities, both individually and in relays.Wheeling, Palatine and Buffalo Grove are smaller in numbers but have compelling storylines of their own, along with Prospect and standout diver Dana Liva.

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    Scouting Westminster Christian Warriors

    Scouting Westminster Christian Warriors

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    Michael Cooper

    Atlanta Dream picks Cooper as new coach

    The Atlanta Dream named former NBA star Michael Cooper as its new head coach on Thursday, hoping he can lead the team to a WNBA championship after three winless trips to the finals.

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    Scouting Streamwood Sabres

    Scouting Streamwood Sabres

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    Scouting South Elgin Storm

    Scouting South Elgin Storm

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    Scouting St. Edward Green Wave

    Scouting St. Edward Green Wave

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    Scouting Larkin Royals

    Scouting Larkin Royals

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    Scouting Jacobs Golden Eagles

    Scouting Jacobs Golden Eagles

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    Scouting Huntley Red Raiders

    Scouting Huntley Red Raiders

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    Nebraska’s David Rivers goes up for a shot against Massachusetts’ Maxie Esho, left, and Cady Lalanne during the Charleston Classic tournament Thursday in Charleston, S.C.

    UMass downs Nebraska 96-90

    Derrick Gordon had 20 points to lead five Massachusetts players in double figures and the Minutemen held on in the final minute to open the Charleston Classic with a 96-90 victory over Nebraska on Thursday.

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    Scouting Harvest Christian Lions

    Scouting Harvest Christian Lions

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    Scouting Elgin Maroons

    Scouting Elgin Maroons

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    Scouting Elgin Academy Hilltoppers

    Scouting Elgin Academy Hilltoppers

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    Boston’s David Ross tugs the beard of teammate David Ortiz after Ortiz hit a two-run home run in Game 1 of the World Series against the Cardinals last month.

    Ortiz, Victorino shavings being auctioned off

    It’s the ultimate display of Red Sox fandom: owning strands of David Ortiz’s World Series-winning beard. The hairs that Ortiz and Shane Victorino shaved off earlier this month are being auctioned for a men’s health charity.

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    Scouting Dundee-Crown Chargers

    Scouting Dundee-Crown Chargers

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    Scouting Crystal Lake South Gators

    Scouting Crystal Lake South Gators

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    Scouting Cary-Grove Trojans

    Scouting Cary-Grove Trojans

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    Scouting Burlington Central Rockets

    Scouting Burlington Central Rockets

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    Ohio State safety Christian Bryant strips the ball from Illinois quarterback Reilly O’Toole during the second half of last Saturday’s 60-35 win in Champaign, Ill.

    Buckeyes fans struggle with team’s BCS plight

    Ohio State fans can’t figure out what the Buckeyes have done wrong. Ever since coach Urban Meyer took over, they’ve won every game — 22 in a row, the longest streak in the nation. But still it doesn’t look as if the Buckeyes can elbow their way into the BCS title game ahead of top-ranked defending champion Alabama or No. 2 Florida State.

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    Scouting Bartlett Hawks

    Scouting the Bartlett Hawks

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    Long makes quick transition into coaching

    The adage is the best players don’t make the best coaches. Lyndsie Long is putting that to the test.

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    Mike North video: Tiger better toe the line with Lindsey Vonn
    Lindsey Vonn seems to have Tiger Woods in check and goes everywhere with him, and she is expecting him to attend the Olympics with her. Will she break up with him if he doesn’t?

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    Huntley sophomore Ali Andrews moves with the basketball against Rolling Meadows during the Class 4A state semifinals at Redbird Arena last season.

    With taste of success as guide, Huntley back for more

    Success can be a pretty huge motivator, in both sports and life. Huntley’s girls basketball team came across some unexpected success last season when the Red Raiders went on one of those magical postseason runs coaches dream about all summer long. After losing their last two regular-season games, the Raiders figured to have a tough opener in the postseason but they got past a good DeKalb team before beating Belvidere North for the regional title. After knocking off Machesney Park Harlem in the sectional semifinals, Huntley was destined to play Cary-Grove, a team it had lost to twice during the season, in the sectional title game. But Streamwood upset the Trojans in the sectional semis and then Huntley fought to a 45-41 win over the Sabres to win the program’s first sectional championship.

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    Semifinal pairings and game times

    Here are the semifinal pairings with game times for this weekend's IHSA football playoffs.

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    Palatine point guard Chris Macahon gets to the basket for a layup against Schaumburg last season.

    Boys basketball: Scouting the MSL West

    Here's a look at what to expect from boys basketball teams in the Mid-Suburban West this season.

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    Prospect’s Bobby Frasco drives for a basket during last season’s Mid-Suburban League championship game. Frasco, back for his senior year, averaged 15 points last season.

    Boys basketball: Scouting the MSL East

    Here's what to expect from teams in the Mid-Suburban East in the upcoming boys basketball season.

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    Boys basketball: Scouting Maine West

    Here's what to expect from Maine West in the upcoming boys basketball season.

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    John Bongiorno is beginning his first year of coaching at Maine West, but he brings a deep background to the task at hand.

    Bongiorno accepts the challenge at Maine West

    Maine West's new basketball coach, John Bongiorno, is ready to jump into leading the program despite being hired relatively late, in August. That doesn't bother him - he's used to challenges.

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    Steve Lundy/slundy@dailyherald.com ¬ Antioch's Paige Gallimore, left drives on Lakes' Amanda Beetschen last seasaon. Gallimore returns for her third varsity season.

    Girls basketball/Scouting Antioch Sequoits

    Here's what to expect from Antioch's girls basketball team this season.

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    Washington-Sacred Heart game will be on live TV

    The Illinois High School Association and its broadcast partners at the NFHS Network and PlayOn! Sports announced Wednesday that Saturday’s IHSA semifinal football playoff game between Washington High School and Sacred Heart Griffin High School will be broadcast on statewide television, as well as streamed free online at www.IHSA.tv for a national audience. The contest, scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday at Sacred Heart Griffin’s campus in Springfield, will be aired live by Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Springfield’s WCIX and WAOE and WYZZ in Peoria. Viewers are encouraged to use the hashtag #TeamIL in social media to help raise awareness.

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    Warren guard Sammi Jo Nixon passes the ball around Palatine forward Erin Mayer last season. Nixon is one of the Blue Devils’ top returning players.

    Girls basketball: Scouting Warren

    Here's what to expect from Warren's girls basketball team this season.

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    Wauconda’s Jessie Wood fights for a rebound against Grant’s Kaylie Kanzler last season. Wood, a junior, enters her third season on varsity.

    Girls basketball: Scouting Wauconda

    Here's what to expect from Wauconda's girls basketball team this season.

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    Girls basketball: Scouting Round Lake

    Here's what to expect from Round Lake's girls basketball team this season.

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    Guard Haley Lieberman and her Vernon Hills teammates figure to be kissing postseason hardware again this winter.

    Girls basketball: Scouting Vernon Hills

    Here's what to expect from Vernon Hills' girls basketball team this season.

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    Stevenson’s Sophia Way returns after an all-area campaign as a sophomore.

    Girls basketball: Scouting Stevenson

    Here's what to expect from Stevenson's girls basketball team this season.

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    Mundelein’s Jamie Hemmer, left, drives on Prairie Ridge’s Maddie Drain during their game Tuesday night at Mundelein High School.

    Girls basketball: Scouting Mundelein

    Here's what to expect from Mundelein's girls basketball team this season.

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    Girls basketball: Scouting Lake Zurich

    Here's what to expect from Lake Zurich's girls basketball team this season.

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    Libertyville’s Rosie Lynch, right, drives on Carmel’s Nicole Bitter during action last season. Lynch is one of seven seniors on the Wildcats’ roster.

    Girls basketball: Scouting Libertyille

    Here's what to expect from Libertyville's girls basketball team this season.

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    Pete Schneider coached Lakes to a school-record 17 wins last season.

    Girls basketball: Scouting Lakes

    Here's what to expect from Lakes' girls basketball team this season.

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    Southern Indiana-bound Morgan Dahlstrom is set for a big season in her fourth on varsity for Grayslake Central.

    Red-letter day for Southern-Indiana bound Dahlstrom

    Grayslake Central's Morgan Dahlstrom, known for her red hair and basketball skills, recently had a red-letter day as she signed a letter of intent to play for Southern Indiana.

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    Kaylie Kanzler is playing her fourth season on varsity for Grant.

    Girls basketball: Scouting Grant

    Here's what to expect from Grant's girls basketball team this season.

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    Grayslake North guard Kendall Detweiler races down the court against Carmel Catholic before the end of the third quarter Monday at the Mundelein High School Turkey Tournament. Carmel players Emily Casale, right, and Kathleen Felicelli are following behind.

    Girls basketball: Scouting Grayslake North

    Here's what to expect from Grayslake North's girls basketball team this season.

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    Grayslake Central’s Maddy Miller, left, drives on Grayslake North’s Emily Dugan during action last season. Miller is one of four returning starters for the Rams.

    Girls basketball: Scouting Grayslake Central

    Here's what to expect from Grayslake Central's girls basketball team this season.

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    Carmel guard Sam Melillo tries to take the ball from Grayslake North forward Ella Swanson during the girls basketball game between Carmel and Grayslake North on Monday at Mundelein.

    Girls basketball: Scouting Carmel Catholic

    Here's what to expect from Carmel's girls basketball team this season.

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    Boys basketball: Scouting the NSC Prairie

    Here's what to expect from the boys basketball teams in the North Suburban Prairie this season.

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    Boys basketball: Scouting the North Suburban Lake

    Here's what to expect from the boys basketball teams in the North Suburban Lake this season.

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    Boys basketball: Scouting Grayslake North

    Here's what to expect from Grayslake North's boys basketball team this season.

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    Boys basketball: Scouting Grayslake Central

    Here's what to expect from Grayslake Central's boys basketball team this season.

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    Ceola Clark gets to the basket for Warren in the 2007 supersectional at the Sears Center in Hoffman Estates.

    Warren’s Clark returns to the North Suburban Conference

    The joke's on the rest of the North Suburban Conference: Former Warren star and big-time practical jokester Ceola Clark has returned to the North Suburban Conference ... as a coach at former rival Mundelein.

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    Scouting South Elgin Storm

    Scouting South Elgin Storm

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    Scouting Streamwood Sabres

    Scouting Streamwood Sabres

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    Scouting Westminster Christian Warriors

    Scouting Westminster Christian Warriors

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    Scouting St. Edward Green Wave

    Scouting St. Edward Green Wave

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    Scouting Huntley Red Raiders

    Scouting Huntley Red Raiders

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    Scouting Harvest Christian Lions

    Scouting Harvest Christian Lions

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    Scouting Jacobs Golden Eagles

    Scouting Jacobs Golden Eagles

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    Scouting Larkin Royals

    Scouting Larkin Royals

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    Larkin’s Kendale McCullum soars as he makes a shot against Rockford Jefferson in the Class 4A DeKalb sectional semifinals last season.

    All the pieces appear to be in place for Larkin

    A high school boys basketball program is officially deep in talent when it graduates its two leading scorers from a team that won conference and regional titles yet still harbors higher expectations than the year before. That’s the state of Larkin hoops these days. Led by third-year varsity players Kendale McCullum and Drew Jones, fourth-year guard Derrick Streety and returning starting forward Brayden Royse, the Royals are poised to build on last year’s 23-6 season, the program’s highest win total in 19 years.

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    Scouting Dundee-Crown Chargers

    Scouting Dundee-Crown Chargers

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    Scouting Elgin Maroons

    Scouting Elgin Maroons

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    Scouting Elgin Academy Hilltoppers

    Scouting Elgin Academy Hilltoppers

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    Scouting Hampshire Whip-Purs

    Scouting Hampshire Whip-Purs

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    Scouting Cary-Grove Trojans

    Scouting Cary-Grove Trojans

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    Scouting Burlington Central Rockets

    Scouting Burlington Central Rockets

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    Scouting Bartlett Hawks

    Scouting the 2013-14 Bartlett Hawks

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    Scouting Crystal Lake South Gators

    Scouting Crystal Lake South Gators

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    Alyssa Andersen averaged over 16 points a game as a junior for Aurora Christian last year.

    Scouting Tri-Cities girls basketball

    A preview of the girls basketball seaon for Tri-Cities area teams.

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    John Pruett is expected to be a key part of the Kaneland offense.

    Scouting Tri-Cities boys basketball

    A preview of the season ahead for Tri-Cities area boys basketball teams.

Business

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    U.S. stocks rose Thursday, sending the Dow Jones industrial average to its first close above 16,000, as data showed improvement in the job market and companies including Union Pacific, Johnson Controls and Ace said they would repurchase shares.

    Dow average closes above 16,000 for the first time

    The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 16,000 for the first time Thursday as encouraging news on the job market pushed stocks higher. The Dow has been on fire lately, propelled higher by a combination of solid corporate earnings, a steadily strengthening economy and easy-money policies from the Federal Reserve.

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    Solution Specialist Felipe Eguiguren demonstrates the Amplify It smart zone at Verizon Wireless’ new Smart Store in Woodfield Mall.

    Verizon starts transforming suburban stores into lifestyle centers

    Kukec's eBuzz column features Verizon Wireless' newly remodeled and enlarged Smart Stores, including those in Schaumburg, Wheaton, Oswego and Lake in the Hills.

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    Apple Inc. won more than $290 million in damages from Samsung Electronics Co. for patent infringement on Thursday in a do-over trial that restored most of the amount cut from the iPhone maker’s jury victory in 2012.

    Jury orders Samsung to pay Apple $290 million

    A Silicon Valley jury has ordered Samsung Electronics to pay Apple $290 million for copying vital iPhone and iPad features. The verdict Thursday covers 13 older Samsung devices that a previous jury found were among 26 Samsung products that infringed Apple patents.

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    Sears’ third-quarter loss widened as the ailing department store operator’s results were hurt by weaker sales at its Kmart and Sears stores. The quarterly results underscore the challenges Sears faces as it heads into the critical holiday shopping season.

    Sears 3Q loss widens as sales soften at stores

    Sales declines at Kmart and Sears stores led to a widened loss in the third quarter for parent company, Hoffman Estates-based Sears Holdings Corp. The ailing department store chain also was hurt because it had to do some heavy discounting to get shoppers to spend.

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    Since Jim Bergeron bought the former BlackFinn American Saloon in downtown Naperville and turned it into the Wise Boxer Pour House, police have not responded to any fights or violent incidents at the restaurant and bar.

    Naperville's Wise Boxer '180-degree change' from previous bar

    A year ago, BlackFinn American Saloon was serving a four-day suspension of its late-night liquor permit, a product of several fights. Now, Wise Boxer Pour House, which replaced BlackFinn in that location, has brought an end to the late-night trouble. “I think it's taken a 180-degree change,” said Mayor George Pradel, who serves as the city's liquor commissioner and imposed the sanctions on BlackFinn last year.

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    A Senate panel has advanced Janet Yellen’s nomination to lead the Federal Reserve, setting up a final vote in the full Senate.

    Senate panel advances Yellen’s bid to lead Fed

    A Senate panel has advanced Janet Yellen’s nomination to lead the Federal Reserve, setting up a final vote in the full Senate. The timing of a Senate vote isn’t clear, but Yellen is widely expected to win confirmation. The Senate Banking Committee approved the nomination on a 14-8 vote.

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    New owners for Kampai Japanese Steak House

    Kampai Japanese Steak House, 2330 S. Elmhurst Road, will have a new liquor license, to reflect the change in ownership. The steakhouse’s head chef and manager, Inseok Suh and his wife, Gu Lim Kim, will take over the business, which has been a Mount Prospect fixture for 38 years.

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    The production line of the General Motors 3.6-liter, 302 horsepower (224 kW) V6 engine at GM’s Flint Engine in Flint, Mich. The U.S. government expects to sell the last of its stake in General Motors by the end of the year, bringing an end to a sad chapter in the 105-year-old company’s history.

    Gov’t expects to finish GM stock sale by year end

    The U.S. government expects to sell the last of its stake in General Motors by the end of the year, bringing an end to a sad chapter in the 105-year-old company’s history. The Treasury Department, in a statement issued Thursday, said it still owns 31.1 million shares of the auto giant, less than 2 percent. It plans to sell the shares by Dec. 31, as long as the price holds up.

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    Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages declined this week after two weeks of increases, keeping home-buying affordable.

    Average U.S. rate on 30-year mortgage at 4.22%

    Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages declined this week after two weeks of increases, keeping home-buying affordable. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate on the 30-year loan fell to 4.22 percent from to 4.35 percent last week. Rates had spiked over the summer and reached a two-year high in July on speculation that the Federal Reserve would slow its bond purchases later this year.

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    Target’s third-quarter net income dropped 47 percent, stung by costs related to its expansion into Canada. The discount store operator’s adjusted profit beat analysts’ estimates, but revenue fell short.

    Canada costs weigh on Target results

    Target’s third-quarter net income dropped 47 percent, stung by costs related to its expansion into Canada. The discount store operator’s adjusted profit beat analysts’ estimates, but revenue fell short.

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    U.S. wholesale prices fell in October for the second straight month, driven down again by cheaper gasoline costs.

    U.S. wholesale prices dip for 2nd month on cheap gas

    U.S. wholesale prices fell in October for the second straight month, driven down again by cheaper gasoline costs. The Labor Department said Thursday that the producer price index, which measures prices before they reach the consumer, dropped 0.2 percent in October. That followed a 0.1 percent decline in September. The cost of gas plunged 3.8 percent last month, lowering the index.

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    NAI Hiffman represents Special Olympics Illinois in lease

    LOMBARD — NAI Hiffman represented Special Olympics Illinois in its new lease for 5,905 square feet of furnished office space in Lombard.The space is located within a 40,500-square-foot building at 500 Waters Edge, just west of Finley Road. Special Olympics Illinois will use the space for its Northern regional office; the building was selected due to its central location, furniture and first floor presence providing convenience for its frequent deliveries.Aubrey VanReken, Vice President of NAI Hiffman’s office services group, represented Special Olympics Illinois in the transaction. Caroline Colnon of Golub & Company represented ownership, Oak Creek Center TT, LLC.

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    General Employment expands Omni One services in Naperville
    General Employment Enterprises has expanded its engineering staffing services to Naperville, under its Omni One division, to serve the Chicago Metropolitan area.

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    Quality Werks Collision receives certification

    Quality Werks Collision Center has been awarded Assured Performance Certification for meeting the organization’s business standards of excellence.

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    U.S. Tax Advantage rebrands as Forte International Tax

    U.S. Tax Advantage LLC has renamed the firm Forte International Tax LLC as part of a rebranding campaign to better position and differentiate the firm as a provider of international tax services and software solutions.

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    Jimmetta Smith of Lithonia, Ga., right, the wife of a U.S. Marine veteran, holds her resume while talking with Rhonda Knight, a senior recruiter for Delta airlines, at a job fair for veterans and family members at the VFW Post 2681, in Marietta, Ga.

    U.S. unemployment benefit applications drop to 323,000

    The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits fell 21,000 to a seasonally adjusted 323,000 last week, the lowest since late September and further evidence of an improving job market. The Labor Department said Thursday that the less volatile four-week average fell for the third straight week to 338,500.

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    Restaurant bartender, Anais Delattre, serves Beaujolais Nouveau wine Thursday in Lille, northern France. The wine world’s best-known party is beginning, the ritual uncorking of Beaujolais Nouveau every November. That’s both a curse and a blessing for the famed French region and its lesser-known yet finer wines.

    Beaujolais vineyards aim to be more than ‘Nouveau’

    The wine world’s best-known party is beginning — the ritual uncorking of Beaujolais Nouveau every November. That’s both a curse and a blessing for the famed French region and its lesser-known yet finer wines. Beaujolais Nouveau is easy to drink, but everything a fine wine is not: young, poor in tannins and not suited to storage.

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    The new 2015 Kia K900 is introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday in Los Angeles. Kia Motors Corp. is recalling nearly 80,000 minivans in the U.S. because a suspension part can break and cause drivers to lose control of the vehicles.

    Kia recalling about 80,000 vans to fix suspensions

    Kia Motors Corp. is recalling nearly 80,000 minivans in the U.S. because a suspension part can break and cause drivers to lose control of the vehicles. The recall affects Sedona minivans from 2006 through 2012. They were sold or registered in 20 states and Washington, D.C., where salt is used to clear roads in the winter.

Life & Entertainment

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    The annual family photograph goes awry in Fox Valley Repertory’s “Making God Laugh,” starring clockwise from bottom left: Michael Joseph Mitchell, Jesse Dornan, Christina Gorman, Tom Moore and Caron Buinis.

    Dysfunction fuels forced ‘Making God Laugh’

    The poet Robert Frost wrote: “Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.” But they don’t have to make it pleasant, as anyone who has experienced the forced joviality and underlying tension that can underscore some family holidays can attest. Chicago native Sean Grennan (“Married Alive!”) mines that treasure trove of angst and dysfunction in the holiday-themed dramedy “Making God Laugh,” running at Fox Valley Repertory in St. Charles.

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    This savory butternut squash not only is it easy to make, it even can be prepared ahead of time, then briefly reheated just before serving.

    Savory Butternut Squash Tart
    Butternut Tart

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    This savory butternut squash not only is it easy to make, it even can be prepared ahead of time, then briefly reheated just before serving.

    Make-ahead butternut squash in tart form

    J.M. Hirsch decided to reinvent the Thanksgiving squash dish. He wanted something with a bit of backbone. Something that stood out and didn’t resemble every other — or any other — dish on the table. What he came up with is a simple, savory squash tart.

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    James McBride has the won the National Book Award for fiction for his novel “The Good Lord Bird.”

    James McBride wins National Book Award

    James McBride’s The Good Lord Bird,” the comic and terrifying adventures of a disguised black child caught up in John Brown’s abolitionist crusade, was the winner Wednesday night of the National Book Award for fiction. George Packer’s brutal examination of the modern class wars, “The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America,” won for nonfiction during a dinner ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street in downtown Manhattan. Cynthia Kadohata’s “The Thing About Luck” won for young people’s literature and Mary Szybist’s “Incardine” won for poetry.

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    Craft beer, or crafty pretenders?

    Craft or crafty? Big companies make specialty beers

    Perched in the beer aisle, with their foil-wrapped necks and labels sporting tranquil nature scenes, Golden Knot and Crimson Crossing look like refugees from the wine shelf, misplaced by a clerk. In fact, the brands are beer-wine hybrids. Coming from a small regional brewery, such beers wouldn’t raise eyebrows. But Golden Knot and Crimson Crossing are part of the new Vintage Ale Collection from Blue Moon Brewing.

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    Sparkling wines and Rieslings are safe choices to pair with the Thanksgiving feast.

    Thanksgiving wine strategy is as easy as one, two, three

    A traditional turkey feast is a cacophony of flavors, says wine writer Dave McIntyre. "That's why wine nerds fret over what to pour. So I always say, 'Open one of everything.' Any wine is going to match well with something on the smorgasbord of a Thanksgiving table."

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    Hermey the Elf (Glenbard West High School sophomore Michael Saguto), Yukon Cornelius (Michael Accardo) and Rudolph (Cody J. Bolithon) try to escape the Abominable Snow Monster.

    ‘Rudolph’ a gleeful musical take on holiday favorite

    "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical," which just opened at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, is a faithful, lively and entertaining adaptation of the classic animated television special.

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    Peter Billingsley, right, witnesses the result of a dare in the holiday classic “A Christmas Story.”

    Get in on Classic Cinemas' free holiday movies

    Dann reports that the Chicago City Council proclaimed Friday, Nov. 22, as “Music Box Theatre Day in Chicago.” So to celebrate, the theater will devote two weeks to the sort of programming it did 30 years ago: Each day will offer a double-feature of two movies connected by a similar theme. Meanwhile, Dann reports that Classic Cinemas will offer special holiday movies starting in December.

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    Amaro, a bittersweet Italian liqueur, is hot right now.

    That’s amaro: Falling for an Italian liqueur

    Amari are hot right now: on all the post-prandial drinks lists at upscale Italian restaurants, lurking in your craft cocktails. And while amari share certain qualities, there’s a great variety among them, from the warm, caramelly Averna to the minty, saffron-laced Darth Vader of amari, Fernet Branca.

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    Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope wears a Christian Dior coat in the political drama series “Scandal.” The series, about a Washington fixer, airs at 9 p.m. Thursdays.

    Washington’s ‘Scandal’ closet holds many outfits

    Notice anything different about Olivia Pope’s look this season on “Scandal”? It’s still full of the very best designer labels, and her suits — a good chunk of her wardrobe — blend an aggressive edge with a sexy shape while staying professional. But in Season 3, there’s a hint more color, and many of the silhouettes are asymmetrical, showing her just a bit off-kilter.

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    Police officers in Hillsborough, Fla., interrogate two occupants of a car for suspicious drug activity in an episode of “Cops.” The documentary-style crime series has found the freedom to be edgier since moving to cable.

    ‘Cops,’ Spike TV call themselves a happy match

    “Cops” and Spike TV are having a mutual love affair, in a bad-boys manner of speaking. The documentary-style crime series has found the freedom to be edgier since moving to cable from its 25-year broadcast TV home on Fox. And Spike, which decided it needed to grow beyond its young male target audience, has seen a hoped-for increase in female and older viewers that it attributes in part to “Cops” joining its schedule in September.

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    Woody (Bruce Dern), left, travels to Nebraska with his son David (Will Forte) in Alexander Payne’s drama “Nebraska.”

    With ‘Nebraska,’ Payne enters state of hilarious seriousness

    The hilariously serious “Nebraska,” photographed in glorious black-and-white imagery, tells the slow-moving story of an elderly man on the cusp of dementia chasing a phony million-dollar sweepstakes prize he will never collect. Will it be a bigger commercial hit than “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”? Probably not.But Alexander Payne’s excellent drama offers its own brand of quirky joys.

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    New York meat delivery guy David Wozniak (Vince Vaughn) addresses many of his 533 children in the comedy “Delivery Man.”

    Vince Vaughn stretches his comedy wings in ‘Delivery Man’

    In the pro-fatherhood comedy “Delivery Man,” Vince Vaughn’s New York meat delivery guy David Wozniak fathers 533 children without even realizing it. Those numbers would be impressive even to King Solomon with his 700 wives and 300 concubines. “It’s impossible to be the father of 533 children!” Dave says. “It’s impossible to be the father of four children!” says his best pal (Chris Pratt).

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    In this 2011 photo, Rabbi Marc Rudolph of Congregation Beth Shalom in Naperville poses with a traditional Menorah. As Hanukkah coincides with Thanksgiving this year, Rudolph could use a “Menurkey,” a turkey-shaped Menorah with candles serving as the tail feathers that’s being sold online.

    Thanksgivukkah open to latkes, gravy and Menurkeys

    Sweet potatoes and latkes, gravy ladles and menorahs, dreidels and wishbones; it's all good when Hanukkah and Thanksgiving make a rare joint appearance. “We think it’s a lot a fun and a wonderful coincidence,” says Rabbi Marc Rudolph, the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Shalom in Naperville since 2008.

Discuss

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    Editorial: A tale of two scandals

    Both recovering from a year of scandal, the Schaumburg Police Department has taken the right steps to win back the public's confidence while Metra so far has not, a Daily Herald editorial says.

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    Clinging to a memory that still ‘tingles’

    Guest columnist Paul Green: John F. Kennedy captured the moment with his wit, personality, style and substance, and no research, pro or con, about his life will alter the memory of this man who still gives millions of Americans the “tingle” when they think about him and his presidency.

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    Harry Berman is executive director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

    Steps toward a more educated Illinois workforce

    Guest columnist Harry Berman: More than 140,000 high-skilled jobs are unfilled within the state of Illinois because workers lack the necessary skills. With declining numbers of high school students and increasing numbers of low-income young people who are the first in their family to pursue a college education, our colleges and universities have great challenges to make sure their students succeed.

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    GOP must get on the side of immigrants
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Immigrants are in agreement with Republicans in the following areas: family values with a strong paternal family ties, a hard-work ethic, pro-life values and seeing children as assets, not liabilities.

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    Lawmakers didn’t think through gay marriage vote
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: The legislature voted for increased intimidation, bullying, and general hostility toward students, teachers and parents who don’t embrace the sin of homosexuality. They also voted for an increasing negative impact on conservative religions, politics, the media, public health, hospitals, domestic violence, business and employment, law and the judicial system and virtually everything in the “public square.”

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    Leaders covering up, ignoring problems
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor:The Democrats don't want Obamacare for themselves. family and friends. This is why Americans are fed up with the royalty in Washington. No one is ever accountable and problems are covered up or ignored.

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    Thanks for NIU; what about EIU?
    A Naperville letter to the editor: In addition to Northern Illinois University and Jordan Lynch, Illinois has another successful top ranked team and quarterback but never gets mentioned in the Daily Herald Sports Section. Eastern Illinois University has a 9-1 record and is currently ranked second in the nation in the FCS.

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    City, suburban school rankings flawed
    A Downers Grove letter to the editor: Chicago high schools are segregated by test scoring ability. That is, schools such as Walter Payton and North Side Prep, top scorers on the PSAE, admit only top test scorers — students with naturally high scoring test ability, excluding naturally average and low test scorers which the suburban schools do not exclude.

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    Cash awards to spot flaws in legislation
    A Woodstock leter to the editor: On March 9, 2010, prior to the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, former speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, said, “But we have to pass the (health care) bill so that you can find out what’s in it.” What an indictment of the legislative process of an incompetent Congress. The bill was passed and signed into law by a president who, based on his assertions that you can keep your doctors and health plan if you liked them, didn’t know what was in it either.

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    Health care law reins in the insurersThe Affordable Care Act solved three huge problems that people of all economic levels encountered. It does away with “pre-existing conditions.” It does away with “lifetime policy limits.” It gives all individuals access to “mental health coverage.”Prior to the ACA, the insurance industry came up with these three ingenious exclusions to allow them to make more money. They wrote policies for healthy people and then would raise their rates at renewal causing the healthy people to look for new coverage at a lower price. They would fill out a new application and get a better rate because they were healthy. This caused only the sick people to stay with their old company, and each year their premiums would go up and up until they couldn’t afford to keep their insurance. Those people then would not go to their doctor or get their medicine because they didn’t have insurance. They would became sicker and sicker until they would get so sick that they had to go to emergency room (the most expensive point of care). The individual states are charged with regulating the insurance industry. If they had done their job and prevented all of these exclusions, we wouldn’t be arguing about a “website response time.” Insurance was originally meant to be about the “law of large numbers” where you covered a lot of people and the policy was there to cover you when you needed it. The goal was never to make the CEO wealthier than they needed to be. Jack Halpin Arlington Heights Obama has never worked with GOPPresident Obama is the master of playing politics. At the end of your Nov. 17 editorial article you state that politicians should work across the aisle. Obama has never worked with Republicans, and my observation is that he never will. The health care problem could have had some fixes without the government trying to run health care. Media, Daily Herald included, keep saying the Republicans had no ideas. This was not true but truth did not fit liberals’ agenda.Bob GrensElginHealth care changes driven by politics?The presidential favoritism merry-go-round keeps on turning Obamacare waiver favors for “friends of the President.” This time it is the $63 fee per head.About 20 million union members and their families with self-administered Taft-Hartley plans may not have to pay the per participant head tax. For union members with a family of four, they could save $252 in health costs in 2014.The Affordable Care Act requires that a reinsurance fund be developed to protect insurance companies if their actual costs to provide insurance turn out to be more than expected. The legislation specified that $12 billion be set aside in 2014 along with $8 billion and $5 billion in the next couple years.Earlier this year Health and Human Services issued regulations saying the cost will be charged on a per head basis. For 2014 HHS determined the per-head fee would be $63 for every American with a private health plan.While this tax by statute is supposed to be universal, Administration officials previewed a regulation this month in the Federal Register indicating the fee would be waived for self-insured (Taft-Hartley) plans. The AFL-CIO along with the Teamsters helped lobby for ACA.As a quid pro quo following months of lobbying from those same union organizations the administration has arranged for a carve-out as a favor for their support. By the way, everyone else will have to pay more the following year to cover the nut of the reinsurance pool going forward.What new executive order or administration regulation will rewrite the provisions of the Affordable Care Act next month and into the future? Will the changes be driven by political favor or sound health care and insurance industry practices?Somebody stop the Obamacare merry-go-round, I’m getting dizzy and noxious.Mike TennisSleepy Hollow

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