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Daily Archive : Wednesday December 4, 2013

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    Medline inks distributor deal with USPI

    United Surgical Partners International, a provider of surgical services for the local community and a leader in the ambulatory surgery center and short-stay hospital industry, has selected Medline Industries. as its preferred distribution partner for medical and surgical supplies.

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    Palatine will enter into negotiations with a Rockford-based real estate firm that hopes to buy and redevelop the former Menards site at 1775 N. Rand Road. The village bought the property in 2008 after Menards closed. It has been used since mostly for flea markets.

    Palatine and developer will negotiate for Menard’s property

    The Palatine village council this week authorized Village Manager Reid Ottesen to begin negotiating a contract with a Rockford-based real estate firm hoping to redevelop the former Menards site on Rand Road. First Rockford Group is proposing a deal to purchase the property at 1775 N. Rand Road for $3 million initially, plus another $3 million from revenue generated by the new businesses it develops there.

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    Carpentersville replaces vehicle stickers with sales tax hike

    Carpentersville leaders eliminated the village's vehicle sticker program Tuesday and replaced it with a one-half percent hike in the sales tax, a raise that retires in three years. The increase brings Carpentersville's sales tax to 9 percent, which officials won't begin collecting until July 1, 2014. Locally, that figure ties Carpentersville with most of East Dundee, which charges the same tax in 95 percent of its village.

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    U.S. stocks fell a fourth day, the longest slump in 10 weeks for the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, as investors weighed economic data for clues on the timing of Federal Reserve stimulus cuts amid optimism over a budget deal.

    Stocks struggle as investors weigh economic news

    The stock market continued its sluggish start to the month on Wednesday. Stocks fell as investors weighed conflicting economic reports and assessed the outlook for the Federal Reserve’s economic stimulus program.

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    Deerfield-based Walgreen Co. says revenue from its established stores rose 3.2 percent last month compared to November 2012.

    Key Walgreen metric climbs 3.2 percent in November

    Deerfield-basedWalgreen Co.’s revenue from established stores rose 3.2 percent last month compared to November 2012, when a wave of generic drugs hurt the top-line of the nation’s largest drugstore chain.

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    Sears shares fall after Lampert’s firm cuts stake

    Sears Holding Corp. shares fell Wednesday after CEO Eddie Lampert’s hedge fund disclosed that it distributed the retailers’ stock as payment to investors who wanted out of the fund this year. The move, in turn, reduced Lampert’s stake in the department store chain. Shares of Sears fell $4.87, nearly 9 percent, to $50.73 by early afternoon. The company’s shares are up 34 percent for 2013 as of Tuesday’s close.

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    Sysmex America appoints new CFO

    Lincolnshire-baed Sysmex America announced Alex Garini has been named Chief Financial Officer.Garini, formerly with Siemens Healthcare, reports directly to John Kershaw, president and CEO of Sysmex America.

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    SGK names new chief information officer

    Des Plaines-based SGK, formerly Schawk Inc., has appointed Robert Border as chief information officer. “Bob has significant experience in aligning IT-enabled business transformation initiatives and delivering technology solutions.

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    Four Chicago Sun-Times photographers to be rehired

    The union representing the Chicago Sun-Times photographers who lost their jobs when the entire photography staff was fired this year says the paper’s publisher has agreed to rehire four of them. Chicago Newspaper Guild executive director Craig Rosenbaum also says the agreement is related to a three-year collective bargaining agreement between five newspapers and the Sun-Times Media group.

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    Audit: former city official didn’t defraud Chicago

    An audit of a former state treasurer in Ohio facing money laundering, wire fraud and other charges has concluded that he did not engage in similar illegal activities while he was Chicago’s comptroller. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that after analyzing nearly 3 million records and conducting 31 interviews for the city, a law firm and an accounting firm found no evidence of wrongdoing by Amer Ahmad while he worked for Chicago.

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    Illinois Central Railroad cited for violations

    Illinois Central Railroad Co. has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor for a number of safety violations and faces more than $110,000 in fines. The department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it began an inspection after observing workers not wearing necessary safety gear while demolishing a Chicago bridge coated with lead-based paint.

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    Key Indiana panel OKs proposed Illiana Expressway

    A key regional planning group has given its OK to the proposed Illiana Expressway linking northwestern Indiana and Chicago’s south suburbs. The (Munster) Times and the Post-Tribune report the transportation policy committee of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission voted 18-8 with one abstention Tuesday to add the proposed $1.3 billion, 47-mile toll road to its master plan.

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    Jobless aid available for those hit by Illinois tornados

    Illinois’ Department of Employment Security says people who lost jobs as a direct consequence of the Nov. 17 tornadoes and high winds could qualify for federal unemployment aid. That option arose after President Barack Obama recently designated parts of the state disaster areas.

Life & Entertainment

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    Parkers' Restaurant and Bar offers specialty cocktails like the St. Germain, made with St. Germain, sparkling wine and lime juice.

    Night life events: Parkers adds 3 cocktails to menu

    Parkers' Restaurant and Bar in Downers Grove boasts three new specialty cocktails: the St. Germain cocktail, Caitlin's Peachy Dreamin' of the Beachy cocktail and the By the Seat of Your Pants drink.

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    Members of the rock band, Plain White T's, which performs on the bill of Miracle on State Street at the Chicago Theatre on Friday, Dec. 6.

    Weekend picks: Plain White T's, Backstreet Boys headline Miracle concert

    The Plain White T's, Backstreet Boys and Colbie Caillat headline the Miracle on State Street concert at the Chicago Theatre Friday night. Also, Don McLean and Judy Collins team up at the Arcada Theatre. And take your pick of comedians Eliot Chang and Steve Rannazzisi, playing at Zanies this weekend.

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    Universal Pictures has shut down production on “Fast & Furious 7” following the death of its star Paul Walker.

    Autopsy: Actor died from impact, fire in crash

    “Fast & Furious” star Paul Walker was killed by impact and fire in a crash that occurred while he was a passenger in a Porsche driven by his friend, according to an autopsy released Wednesday.Walker died Saturday when the high-performance car smashed into a light pole and tree, then exploded in flames.

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    No-bake Cranberry Coconut Bites

    No-bake Cranberry Coconut Bites
    No-bake Cranberry Coconut Bites

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    The dough for Stawberry Pistachio Icebox Cookies is easily prepped ahead of time.

    Holiday cookies draw on fruity inspiration

    Associated Press recipe developers looked toward fruit for inspiration when coming up with ideas for their annual holiday cookie package. Strawberry Pistachio Icebox Cookies and No-bake Cranberry Coconut Bites are just a couple of the delicious ideas they share today.

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    Social skills practice eases anxiety for children with autism

    According to the organization Autism Speaks, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is the fastest-growing developmental disability in the United States. There is a wide range in how children are affected and the level at which they can function, but one commonality is that they may have difficulty with social interaction.

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    December is a popular month for sparkling wine.

    Bubbly for the holidays — and any old day

    Bubbly has become so identified with celebrations rather than daily drinking that in this country, the vast majority of sparkling wine is bought and drunk in December. Yet, you don't need a major celebration to enjoy a glass of this fizzy treat.

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    Christian Slater

    Christian Slater marries girlfriend in Florida

    Christian Slater has married his girlfriend in an impromptu ceremony. Slater’s spokeswoman says the 44-year-old actor wed his girlfriend of three years, Brittany Lopez, on Monday at the courthouse in Coral Gables, Fla.

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    Dad will miss these small annoyances

    My four kids have turned out OK. They have their strengths, their weaknesses, their quirks. They are at times hilarious, kindhearted, mean-spirited or just weird. They are always loved, even when they are temporarily hated.

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    Brownies dress up for the holiday dessert table with raspberry, peppermint and bacony fillings.

    Bourbon Bacon Caramel Brownie Bites
    Holiday Brownie Buffet: Bourbon Bacon Caramel

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    Brownie bites topped with mousse and garnished with raspberries and crushed candy canes are a welcome addition to any holiday treat table.

    Peppermint Mousse Brownie Bites
    Holiday Brownie Buffet: Peppermint Mousse

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    Wrapping shrimp around a nugget of sausage is a clever trick and the proteins bake into the perfect appetizer or hors d’oeuvres for a holiday party.

    Italian Surf and Turf with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
    :Italian Surf and Turf with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

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    Wrapping shrimp around a nugget of sausage is a clever trick and the proteins bake into the perfect appetizer or hors d’oeuvres for a holiday party.

    Pair shrimp, sausage for easy holiday party food

    Sara Moulton's Italian take on surf and turf — will comes to your holiday party food rescue. It is ridiculously easy to make (especially if you use jarred roasted red peppers) and involves just seven ingredients (not counting salt and pepper).

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    Sweet-and-Salty Kitchen Sink Cookies

    Sweet-and-Salty Kitchen Sink Cookies
    Sweet-and-Salty Kitchen Sink Cookies

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    Stawberry Pistachio Icebox Cookies

    Strawberry Pistachio Icebox Cookies
    Strawberry Pistachio Icebox Cookies

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    Apple Orange Spice Drops

    Apple Orange Spice Drops
    Apple Orange Spice Drops

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    Honey Apricot Tassies

    Honeyed Apricot Tassies
    Honey Apricot Tassies

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    AP Mango marshmallow bars.

    Mango Marshmallow Bars
    Mango Marshmallow Bars

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    Dining events: Sullivan’s offers up lunch combo ‘Mixer’

    Sullivan’s Steakhouse intriduces new lunch menu items; TL’s in Bartlett whips up a new chocolatey, minty holiday dessert wonton; Jason’s Deli’s charitable water.

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    Grilled lamb chops take on an Asian flare at Spice Restaurant and Lounge in Gurnee.

    Gurnee's Spice fuses American pub grub, Indian flavors

    Its location inside the Holiday Inn Gurnee Convention Center makes Spice a tad hard to find. But for those looking for a welcome break from the chain restaurants that dot the area, Spice offers a unique mix of American pub grub and Indian fare.

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    Handling the holidays after a loss

    For families who are facing significant loss, the holidays can feel especially painful and overwhelming. Memories of our loved ones have a way of attaching themselves to music, movies, smells, foods and traditions, and if you have lost a family member, a friend or even a pet, it’s easy to feel bombarded this time of the year with emotions.

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    Frank Darabont, left, with Bix Barnaba, directs a shot during the production of “Mob City.” The drama series from the writer-director Darabont debuts Wednesday, Dec. 4, for a three-week run.

    ‘Mob City’ brings Frank Darabont back to series TV

    At first glance, it appears that Frank Darabont has shifted gears big time from “The Walking Dead” to TNT’s new drama series “Mob City,” debuting Wednesday, lurching from grisly zombies to the dolled-up danger of film noir. But the writer-director doesn’t see it that way. Just as horror and sci-fi movies enthralled him as a young TV watcher, so did the classic midcentury noir of “Double Indemnity” and “Sunset Boulevard.” Darabont says that while the artifice of genre films is appealing, what matters is a story’s honesty.

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    Festive and easy-to-make brownie bites add sparkle to holiday treat tables.

    Easy brownie bites add sparkle to holiday treat table

    Holiday baking means cookies. Lots of cookies of various styles, shapes and sparkles. At least that's what I thought before my life became a carnival. It's not that I don't like to bake, but I no longer have the time to pull all my favorites from the recipe box, clip new recipes and spend the weekends leading up to Christmas elbow deep in flour and butter.

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    This “gun site” is where the bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima was assembled. The iconic areas scattered in and around the modern day Los Alamos National Laboratory are being proposed as sites for a new national park commemorating the Manhattan Project.

    Los Alamos working to create national park

    Tucked away in one of northern New Mexico’s pristine mountain canyons is an old log cabin that was the birthplace not of a famous person, but a top-secret mission that forever changed the world. Pond Cabin, along with a nearby small and stark building where the second person died while developing the nuclear bomb, are among a number of structures scattered in and around the modern day Los Alamos National Laboratory that are being proposed as sites for a new national park commemorating the Manhattan Project.

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    The butterfly bush is a pollinator-attracting, low-maintenance shrub that once established can tolerate weather extremes and gardener neglect.

    Novice gardeners: Try these bulletproof plants

    Gardening is a forgiving pursuit. Get it wrong one year and you can start fresh again the next, wiser, with lessons learned. Study up between planting seasons. Scan the seed catalogs for bulletproof plants that anyone with the blackest of thumbs can grow. “Start small,” said Claire Watson, Wave brand manager for Ball Horticultural Co. in West Chicago.

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    Kids who want to help their parents get ready for a holiday party can put together these cheesy mini quiches. This is a very easy-to-follow recipe.

    Party Bites
    Party Bites: Jerome Gabriel

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    Kids who want to help their parents get ready for holiday parties can put together these cheesy mini quiches. This is a very easy-to-follow recipe.

    Easy mini quiche recipe lets kids help prepare for your holiday party

    Quiche is pretty much just eggs and anything else you want to put in it, like cheese or bacon, ham, broccoli, cheese. So when my mom asked for helped getting ready for a holiday party, I said I'd make the mini quiches.

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    Jake Owen’s fourth album is “Days of Gold.”

    Owen struggles to define self at the party

    Since his first album in 2006, Jake Owens has struggled to separate himself from the deluge of good-time male rockers to emerge in country music in recent years. His fourth album, “Days of Gold,” continues his streak of inconsistency, blending effective slice-of-life songs with generic tunes about partying and drinking.

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    Keeping it simple for the holidays a smart thing to do

    When I told my extroverted 15-year-old daughter that we were going to be having a simple, quiet Christmas at home, she said that sounded terrible. She wants the house full of relatives, kids running all over the place, lots of food, music and noise, late nights of movie watching and late mornings of sleeping in.

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    Peanut Butter Brownie Cups

    Peanut Butter Cup Brownies
    Peanut Butter Brownie Cups

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    IfOnly.com is a website where you can buy encounters with stars in the culinary, sports and entertainment world, with part of the proceeds going to charity.

    IfOnly.com grants unique experiences for charity

    Sure, you could buy that flat-screen TV. But wouldn’t it be a bit more exciting to have a private dinner cooked for you by celebrated chef Tyler Florence? San Francisco tech entrepreneur Trevor Traina certainly thinks so, which is why he’s launched IfOnly.com, a website where you can buy encounters with stars in the culinary, sports and entertainment world, with part of the proceeds going to charity. The recently launched site has already seen more than $500,000 in donations to charity.

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    The new “Futurama” box set includes all 124 episodes, plus four feature-length adventures.

    10 video releases to give for the holidays

    Tired of staring at your Christmas tree or flickering menorah — or at legions of rival shoppers at the mall? Here are 10 home-video releases to give or get this holiday season. All are available online (to spare you another shopping expedition) and are typically available for less than the suggested list price.

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    Talk-it-out works better than timeout

    Many parents use timeouts to deal with undesirable behavior in children younger than 5. Sounds simple, right? Too bad experts say it doesn't really work.

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    When traveling with gifts, think small, convenient

    If you will be traveling over the holidays and plan to fly somewhere for your gift exchange, these tips can help get your gifts there with the least possible hassle.

Discuss

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    Editorial: ‘Divorcing’ fire districts need time to find common ground

    A Daily Herald editorial says the the breakup of two rural fire districts is posing complex challenges that need to be addressed without delay.

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    The Hillary alternative

    Columnist Richard Cohen: A recent issue of the New Republic had Elizabeth Warren on the cover with the headline “Hillary’s Nightmare?” It was one of a spate of such stories, all of them saying that the Democratic Party was moving to the left (and away from Hillary Clinton and yes, Barack Obama) to which I, in uncharacteristic silence, vowed a solemn, “Oh, no, not again.” Warren, like the old saying about second marriages, could well be the triumph of hope over experience.

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    Older drivers and rules of the road
    A Round Lake letter to the editor: It’s about time the authorities did something about older drivers. For too long they have caused havoc as they hog the right lane, stick to the speed limits and stop at stop signs.

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    Still waiting for responsible gun laws
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: I am getting fed up how quickly concern for mass-murder victims fades with time.

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    Baldwin has a promise to keep
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: Several years ago, Alec Baldwin received wide press coverage when he vowed to move to Canada if George Bush was elected president. Bush won, but unfortunately Baldwin remains in the United States.

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    All benefit from paying taxes for schools
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: I take issue with a recent letter suggesting that since they don’t use the schools, seniors shouldn’t have to pay full taxes to support them. If you draw this reasoning to its logical extension, perhaps my taxes shouldn’t go toward paying for the senior center since I don’t use it.

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    A questionable model for Obama?
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: The recent article regarding the pushback on the Iran nuclear test treaty stated that President Obama wanted to give diplomacy a chance to work. I wonder if he has ever studied the success Neville Chamberlain had with diplomacy.

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    President overstepping limits of his office
    A Palatine letter to the editor: What part of Article II, Section 3, of the Constitution, which states, “he shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed,” doesn’t President Obama understand? On Nov. 14 he issued his fix for the very broken Affordable Care Act, suspending the enforcement of the law for a year.

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