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Daily Archive : Monday December 9, 2013

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    Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford is helped off the ice after suffering an injury during the first period Sunday against the Florida Panthers in Chicago.

    Weekend in Review: Girl gets her novel wish; Bears prep for Cowboys
    What you may have missed this weekend: Pearl Harbor survivors honored in Des Plaines; early retirement might not be wise after pension reform; suburban girl gets her wish to be published author; S. Elgin mom guilty of filing false abuse report; accident halts St. Viator festival; Blackhawks beat the Panthers despite Crawford's injury; not everyone is counting out the Bulls; Bears need to step up...

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    Actor Keith Szarabajka, formerly of Arlington Heights, has starred in dozens of well-known movies and TV shows, including “The Dark Knight, “Argo” and “Cold Case.”

    From wild child at Hersey to Hollywood actor

    After being the recipient of a few too many “paddles” at his private Jesuit high school in Wisconsin, Keith Szarabajka's parents enrolled him at Hersey High School in Arlington Heights, where he fell in with a wild, fast crowd. But he never cut drama class. Szarabajka became the school's star actor. Pursuing acting as a career not only led to a straightened out life, but led him to...

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    Pilgrims light candles and place flowers on Our Lady of Guadalupe shrine last December in Des Plaines.

    Up to 100,000 expected to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe

    More than 100,000 people are expected to make a pilgrimage to Maryville Academy in Des Plaines this week to celebrate the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The Rev. Marco Mercado, rector of the Our Lady shrine, says worshippers could celebrate the Virgin of Guadalupe at their home parishes, but increasingly they come to the Des Plaines campus, where a 12-foot tall replica of Our Lady of...

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    W. Dundee making progress on Randall Road development

    West Dundee officials have taken another step toward creating a presence on Randall Road with a proposed residential and commercial development. Monday night, the committee of the whole took approved a revised site plan for what’s known as the Galvin Property and sent it on to the planning and zoning commission for further review. Barrington-based Shorewood Property Investments, which devised the...

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    Rita Tungare

    St. Charles to alter approach to business recruitment, retention

    St. Charles to restructure department responsible for recrutiing new businesses to town, continue pattern of internal promotion.

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    Dist. 204 to begin band, orchestra one year later

    Instrumental music education will begin in sixth grade instead of fifth for future students in Indian Prairie Unit District 204 as the district works to make band and orchestra training more consistent and increase student retention. “The district’s music leaders believe the program will provide middle school instrumental teachers with the time needed to standardize and enhance curriculum,” teach...

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    Leaky pipe, bad smell to be fixed at Libertyville High

    An enormous generator will provide heat for Libertyville High School while crews fix a leaky steampipe, District 128 officials said Monday.

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    Glen Ellyn proposing $800,000 salt storage expansion

    An $800,00 expansion of the salt storage facility in Glen Ellyn is being proposed as the best solution to prevent a “snow emergency,” after the village nearly ran out of salt in recent winters.Public Works Director Julius Hansen, who first proposed the project at a November workshop, shared more information at Monday’s village board meeting.

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    Americans’ wealth reached an all-time this summer, buoyed by record-setting stock prices and a healthy recovery in home values.

    U.S. household wealth reaches record high

    Americans’ wealth reached an all-time this summer, buoyed by record-setting stock prices and a healthy recovery in home values. The Federal Reserve says to U.S. net worth, a measure of household wealth, rose 2.6 percent to $77.3 trillion in the July-September quarter.

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    Legendary “WarCraft 3” player, Manuel “Grubby” Schenkhuizen practices on a player vs. player match inside a special “isolation booth,” as eight of the world’s best “StarCraft II” video game players train at the Red Bull Training Grounds in Santa Monica, Calif. American and British intelligence operations have been spying on gamers across the world, media outlets reported Monday.

    Report: NSA spying on virtual worlds, online games

    American and British intelligence operations have been spying on gamers across the world, media outlets reported, saying that the world’s most powerful espionage agencies sent undercover agents into virtual universes to monitor activity in online fantasy games such as “World of Warcraft.”

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    Librarian Rachel Reinwald, right, helps 10-year-old Gisele Yousif of Lake Villa with an art project Monday during a program called Artful Inspirations at the Lake Villa District Library.

    Art imitators at Lake Villa library

    Glue sticks and scissors were the tools of the day for kids involved in an art program called Artful Inspirations on Monday at the Lake Villa District Library in Lake Villa.

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    Hundreds of fans funnel hot air from the computer servers into a cooling unit to be recirculated at a Google data center in Mayes County, Okla. Eight major technology companies, including Google, Facebook and Twitter, have joined forces to call for tighter controls on government surveillance, issuing an open letter Monday to President Barack Obama arguing for reforms in the way the U.S. snoops on people.

    Big tech companies lash out at government snooping

    Silicon Valley is escalating pressure on President Barack Obama to curb the U.S. government surveillance programs that vacuum personal information off the Internet and threaten the technology industry’s financial livelihood. A coalition that includes Google, Apple, Yahoo, Facebook and Microsoft lashed out in an open letter printed Monday in major newspapers and a new website.

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    Badges for sale with the image of late president Nelson Mandela in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa, Monday.

    World leaders to speak at massive Mandela memorial

    An eclectic mix of world leaders including President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro will eulogize Nelson Mandela before a crowd of nearly 100,000 mourners at a massive memorial service Tuesday in the World Cup soccer stadium where the anti-apartheid champion made his last public appearance.

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    In this Feb. 16, 2012, photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walks past his uncle Jang Song Thaek, left, after reviewing a parade of thousands of soldiers and commemorating the 70th birthday of the late Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang.

    Purge sends chilling message to NKorea’s elite

    While the rest of North Korea’s top brass leaped to their feet before Kim Jong Un, clapping wildly in a requisite show of respect at high-level meetings, his uncle, Jang Song Thaek, often seemed nonchalant, at times even bored. But by purging his own uncle, Kim has delivered a more chilling message: No one is beyond reach, not even family.

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    A teenager told Waukegan Police that a man driving this vehicle sexually assaulted her.

    Waukegan police investigate sexual assault

    Waukegan police continue to investigate a sexual assault that took place Thursday near Belvidere Road and Jackson Street.

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    This Sept. 10, 2012, file photo shows Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel visiting with students at Maranatha Church in Chicago, where students were being provided structured activities during a teachers strike. Mayor Emanuel has said if the Illinois Legislature — which passed a historic measure last week to address the stateís worst-in-the-nation public pension shortfall — doesn’t deal with Chicago’s own multibillion-dollar pension problem next, city services could suffer in the future, with more teachers losing their jobs.

    Pension crisis endangers Chicago’s future

    It’s not the vision of a world class city that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel typically likes to portray. More teachers losing their jobs, thousands fewer police and firefighters on duty, less frequent trash collection and miles of potholed roads going unrepaired — all as property taxes soar. But that’s the scenario Emanuel and others have said could befall the nation’s third-largest city if the...

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    In this Dec. 1, 2013 photo, on a single breath of air, freediver Roberto Reyes begins his practice plunge to 65 feet deep off Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.

    Freediving grows in popularity despite risks

    The recent death of a New York man while freediving in the Bahamas highlights the dangers of the sport, with some 70 freediving deaths recorded worldwide last year. At the same time, freediving is growing in popularity as more people than ever seek to test the limits of human endurance despite the risks.

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    This photo provided by FX shows Denis O’Hare as Spalding in a scene from FX’s “American Horror Story: Coven.”

    Study: Erratic TV violence ratings fail parents

    Violent dramas on the broadcast networks carry milder parental cautions than cable shows like “The Walking Dead” but can equal them in graphic gore, a failure of the TV ratings system, a new study found.

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    2 Des Plaines men sentenced in dumbbell attack

    Two Des Plaines men convicted in October of aggravated battery of another Des Plaines man, were sentenced Monday. Nicholas Ungureanu, 22, who authorities say struck the victim with a dumbell, was sentenced to two years in prison. Bryan Fogell, also 22, was sentenced to 30 months probation, including 12 months intensive probation.

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    Maurice Thompson

    Man charged with supporting prostitution

    A Michigan man charged with supporting prostitution is expected to appear in a Rolling Meadows courthouse Tuesday morning.

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    Vacant site in Mundelein could see retail development

    Long-vacant land near Mundelein’s Oak Creek Plaza would be redeveloped for new retail stores under a deal being negotiated with the shopping center’s owner.

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    U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren works with 12-year-old Patrick Stephen of Elgin to create lines of code at Elgin Technology Center for a simulated computer game.

    Elgin tech center offers “Hour of Code”

    The Elgin Technology Center participated Monday in a national initiative that encourages students to learn how to write code. An “Hour of Code” event was held at the new home for the tech center on Riverside Drive. Participants included U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren and Elgin City Council member Terry Gavin.

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    Lottery decides ballot placement:

    A lottery on Monday decided ballot placement for a handful of Lake County candidates running inthe March 2014 primary election.

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    Village board considers Brainerd question:

    Libertyville officials on Tuesday will consider asking voters whether the village should be allowed to borrow $11.5 million to convert the former Libertyville High School, known as the Brainerd building, into a community center.

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    Keep red wreath in Lake Zurich:

    Lake Zurich Fire Department will join others in the “Keep the Wreath Red” program to raise awareness of fire dangers associated with decorating for the holidays.

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    Arlington Heights police issue phone scam alerts

    Arlington Heights police issued two alerts Monday after a pair of residents reported being victims of telephone scams. In one case, an 82-year-old woman said she wired more than $5,000 to people who called her home claiming to be her grandson and his lawyer in need of money because the grandson had been in an out-of-state automobile crash in which a person and an unborn child were killed.

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    Pawel Szymulewski

    Bartlett man receives 17 years for string of armed robberies

    A Bartlett man pleaded guilty to robbing three gas stations using a bludgeon. Pawel Szmulewski, 20, was sentenced to 17 years in prison. The sentence will run concurrent to sentences her received in DuPage and Kane counties.

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    Police and FBI officials are searching for this man, who they say robbed a Bensenville bank Monday morning.

    Familiar bank robber strikes Bensenville

    Officials believe a man suspected of robbing banks in Rolling Meadows and Wood Dale earlier this year has struck in Bensenville. Police Chief Frank Kosman said officials believe the suspect, believed to be around 65 years old, demanded cash at 10:40 a.m. Monday at the Chase Bank at 123 W. Main St. The man also is suspected of having robbed several other area banks this year.

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    Donald Schaefer

    Volunteer accused of stealing from Gurnee Youth Baseball

    A volunteer with Gurnee Youth Baseball has been charged with stealing at least $10,000 from the organization, police said. Donald Schaefer, 52, was taken into custody Monday morning at his home in 17000 block of West Windslow Drive in uncorporated Lake County.

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    Traffic around Maryville will be challenging: police

    With thousands of pilgrims coming to Maryville on Wednesday and Thursday, Des Plaines police have issued a traffic alert and designated off-site parking areas to deal with the crowds and congestion.

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    Jeff Swanson, far left, fire chief/administrator of the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District, is being joined in leadership positions at the newly created department by, from second to left to right, Ron Eilken, Scott Motisi, and Jeff Tress. The district announced Monday that Eilken, Motisi and Tress have been hired as battalion chiefs.

    Barrington fire district adds three battalion chiefs

    With barely three weeks before it formally launches its own fire department Jan. 1, the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District announced Monday it has hired three battalion chiefs to oversee operations, two of them who until recently served as lieutenants with the Barrington Fire Department. The new hires — Ron Eilken, Scott Motisi and Jeff Tress — will each command one of the fire...

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    Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk of Highland Park, shown in 2012 as he recovered from a stroke, had surgery to remove his gallbladder.

    Sen. Kirk has gall bladder removed

    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk had surgery to remove his gall bladder Monday and is recovering in the hospital, his office said. “This morning Senator Kirk underwent a successful surgery to have his gall bladder removed and is resting comfortably,” a statement from the Highland Park Republican’s office says. “His doctor expects a quick recovery.”

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    Robbery charges dropped against Palatine teens

    Cook County prosecutors on Monday dismissed armed robbery charges against three teenagers who authorities say confronted two people in two separate September 2012 incidents in Palatine.

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    Batavia police investigating vandalism, trespassing at city hall

    Batavia police are seeking the public's help identifying a man who wandered around closed areas of the Batavia Government Center late at night Dec. 7. And they wonder whether it is tied to some vandalism the same night, when somebody threw a Christmas decoration through a glass door.

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    Gold coin found in Naperville Salvation Army kettle

    The holiday season in Naperville has gotten a little brighter — and more shiny — thanks to an anonymous donor who dropped a 1-ounce gold South African Krugerrand into a Salvation Army kettle outside a grocery store. Salvation Army officials said the coin, valued at roughly $1,300, was placed in the kettle on Friday outside Casey’s Foods at the corner of Washington Street and Gartner Road.

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    German Reyes

    Cops: 6 pounds of pot mailed to Elgin man

    A 43-year-old Elgin man faces charges he had nearly 6.5 pounds of marijuana, an estimated value of $16,000, mailed from California to his home. A special unit of the Illinois State Police was waiting for German Reyes to accept the package and they arrested him on Friday. He is being held on $750,000 bail.

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    Doug Ray

    Daily Herald’s Doug Ray to be honored at King dinner

    Doug Ray, publisher of the Daily Herald, will be honored for his more than 40 years of leadership in the business community, at next year's Dr. King Remembrance and Celebration Dinner in Hoffman Estates. The event will remember the contributions of Martin Luther King.

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    Students and faculty play in the third annual “Holmes Helping Homes” Basketball Charity Event on Nov. 20. Money raised helps needy families in the Holmes Jr. High community.

    ‘Holmes Helping Homes’ basketball game benefits needy

    On Wednesday, Nov. 20, Holmes Junior High School in Mount Prospect hosted its third annual “Holmes Helping Homes” faculty/student Basketball Charity Event.This year’s events raised $2,500 for needy families in the Holmes Jr. High community.

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    District 54 names new asst. superintendent for teaching and learning

    The Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 school board has appointed Erin Knoll as the district’s new assistant superintendent for teaching and learning. Knoll has been with the district since 2003, working as a reading recovery teacher, literacy coach and teacher prior to her 2007 appointment as director of literacy.

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    Allen Garcia of Rolling Meadows says he “loves the snow” as he cleans off his cars Monday, a day after the Northwest suburbs saw about three inches fall on the region.

    What Bears fans should do to avoid freezing at tonight’s game

    Interceptions, bad calls, fumbles — if the Chicago Bears lose their game against the Dallas Cowboys tonight, you could blame the weather. Intense cold at its worst can cause fatigue or confusion, which are symptoms of hypothermia, DuPage County Health Department Medical Officer Rashmi Chugh said. But while the football players will have heaters and trainers standing by, fans braving the...

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    Dist. 204 may move beginning music to sixth grade

    Indian Prairie Unit District 204 is considering changes to its music program that could shift the year students begin playing an instrument from fifth grade to sixth grade beginning next fall. Music educators have been considering changes to the curriculum for about a year and a half, looking for ways to maintain the musical excellence of a district that has won Grammys for high school music...

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    Supervisor Joe Zajac of Niles works with Owen Laatsch, 22, center, and Anthony Bossart, 23, left, placing cheesecake slices on plates for the holiday party at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.

    LGH volunteer program a boon for hospital and volunteers alike

    At Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, several young adults from its Adult Down Syndrome Center are volunteering at the hospital. “When he gets up on Tuesdays, he’s just giddy,” says Owen Laatsch’s mother, Cathy Laatsch. “He loves coming here and the teamwork involved.”

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    This weekend, Santa will make the rounds at Algonquin and Geneva Commons, visiting stores and posing for photos.

    See Santa at Algonquin and Geneva Commons

    There is still is plenty of time to squeeze in holiday fun up and down the Randall Road corridor before Christmas comes this month.

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    Serving students who served our country

    Waubonsee Community College considers it a privilege to serve members of our community through its educational programs and services, and is also honored to be able to serve many students who have served our country.

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    Students exit a school bus Monday morning after it came to rest in a ditch along Butterfield Road near Route 59 in Warrenville. The bus, carrying students from Metea Valley and Waubonsie Valley high schools, was struck by a Ford Explorer and sent spinning off the road. None of the students were injured, but the driver of the Explorer was transported to Central DuPage Hospital complaining of neck pains.

    No students injured in school bus accident in Warrenville

    No students were injured Monday morning when the school bus in which they were riding was struck by another vehicle along Butterfield Road in Warrenville and sent spinning into a ditch, authorities said. The First Student bus was carrying students from Metea Valley and Waubonsie Valley high schools in Aurora to an event at Elmhurst College when the accident occurred, Warrenville police Sgt. Brian...

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    This is a self portrait of the Mars rover, Curiosity. NASA’s Curiosity rover has uncovered signs of an ancient freshwater lake on Mars that may have teemed with microbes for tens of millions of years, far longer than scientists had imagined, new research suggests.

    NASA: Ancient Mars lake may have supported life

    NASA’s Curiosity rover has uncovered signs of an ancient freshwater lake on Mars, which scientists say could have been a perfect spot for tiny primitive organisms to flourish if they ever existed on the red planet.

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    The tubing hill at Mount Hoy at Blackwell Forest Preserve near Warrenville offers rides down an 800-foot run.

    DuPage forest preserves ready for winter sports

    Fans of winter activities, including snow tubing, cross-country skiing and ice fishing, will find plenty of opportunities this season at DuPage County forest preserves.

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    The B.R. Ryall YMCA operates before- and after-school child-care programs as well as day care. Scholarships are available to help families use the child-care programs.

    Christmas tree sales support YMCA scholarships for families in need

    B.R. Ryall YMCA of Northwestern DuPage County aims to provide “programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all” through its fitness programs, swim lessons and teams, child care, arts and humanities classes and community events, says Dee Dee McDevitt, Ryall’s vice president of membership and marketing. Scholarships, funded in part by Christmas tree sales, help ensure the programs really...

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    President Barack Obama, accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama, waves prior to boarding Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Monday before traveling to South Africa for a memorial service in honor of Nelson Mandela.

    Obama heads to South Africa for Mandela memorial

    President Barack Obama headed to South Africa on Monday to speak at a national memorial service for anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela. He was joined on Air Force One by former President George W. Bush and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Obama and his wife, Michelle, boarded the plane under cold, rainy skies for the long flight. Bush and his wife, Laura, and Clinton, already...

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    DuPage forest preserve leader to be named soon?

    DuPage County Forest Preserve commissioners could vote as early as this week to hire a new executive director for the district. The board is scheduled to consider an employment contract during its Tuesday morning meeting, according to a posted agenda.

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    The male Periplaneta japonica. The new strain of cockroach can withstand harsh winter cold. Although, it has never been found in the United States before, the hardy insect has invaded New York City.

    Invasive cockroach found in NYC can take the cold

    The High Line, a park that turned a dilapidated stretch of elevated railway on Manhattan’s West Side into one of New York’s newest tourist attractions, may have brought a different kind of visitor: a cockroach that can withstand harsh winter cold and never seen before in the U.S.

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    Mt. Prospect chamber to host discussion of gun law

    The Mount Prospect Chamber of Commerce, together with American Chartered Bank and the Mount Prospect Police Department, will host a discussion of the state’s concealed carry gun law at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at American Chartered Bank, 111 E. Rand Road, Mount Prospect. Speakers will include representatives from the police department and the bank. The goal of the program is to provide an...

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    The tollway board is expected to vote on whether to adopt the Route 53 extension in 2014.

    Tollway explains why some ramps are I-Pass only

    Why are certain tollway ramps I-PASS only? We answer that question and share your provocative comments on the Route 53 extension plan. "By the time anything gets started on Route 53, I'll be in the ground taking a 'dirt-nap,'" one driver says. Readers rule in this week's In Transit column.

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    Dawn Patrol: Wintry mix makes for dangerous driving; NIU's bowl game

    Wintry mix makes for dangerous driving; NIU going to Poinsettia Bowl; Accident halts finale of St. Viator festival; Blackhawks top Panthers; It's beginning to look like (an 1890s) Christmas at Kline Creek; Bears' offense needs to step up the short game tonight

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    Lombard resident Mark Rusin, a former agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, has turned his experiences into a crime novel called “Justice for Dallas.” The book is getting good reviews from former colleagues and readers for its fast-paced action and authenticity.

    Former federal agent Mark Rusin turns experiences into crime novel

    Lombard resident Mark Rusin is a former cop and federal agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. He was a first responder to the Las Vegas MGM Grand hotel fire in 1980 and has worked in the White House. His crime novel, "Justice for Dallas," is based on his real-life experiences.

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    Kevin Echevarria and his father, Pedro, own Rria Foods in Elgin. Charlestowne 18 movie theater in St. Charles began selling the company’s empanadas last week, and the fledgling company eventually hopes to get its empanadas into grocery stores.

    Elgin father, son changing your movie snack menu

    There’s nothing like sitting down in a dark movie theater, getting ready to watch a great film while chowing down on some popcorn, hot dogs and ... empanadas? That's the hope for Elgin businessman Kevin Echevarria, 26, and his father, Pedro, whose Rria Foods are marketing empanadas as the latest movie snack.

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    Buffalo Grove Theater owner Debbie Benjamin discusses the new digital movie projectors the theater needed to continue showing first-run films. She said the theater will conduct a number of fundraisers over the months ahead to assist charitable causes and help fund the cost of the new projectors.

    Buffalo Grove Theater looks to survive digital age

    The screens at the Buffalo Grove Theater seemed on the verge of going permanently dark last year. The theater faced closure unless it installed digital equipment needed to show new films. One year later, the theater has made a smooth transition to digital, but it’s future is not yet certain.

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    Will Hogan, a physical education teacher at the Ridge Family Center for Learning in Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59, is being recognized by the Daily Herald as one of “The Suburbs' Top Teachers.”

    Elk Grove P.E. teacher helps make school healthy

    Colleagues of Will Hogan at the Ridge Family Center for Learning in Elk Grove Village say more kids are choosing healthy lifestyles thanks to him. The P.E. teacher is the driving force behind the school's efforts to promote daily physical fitness and nutritional awareness — efforts that have been recognized nationally by first lady Michelle Obama and others.

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    During the past few years, Lakemoor officials have been working to change its image to that of a progressive community with a vision for the future. Among their leading efforts is development of the well-traveled intersection of routes 12 and 120.

    Lakemoor looks to intersection to spur development

    Over the past few years, Lakemoor officials have been working to change the town's image to that of a progressive community with a vision for the future. It is aggressively pursuing development for the busy intersection of routes 12 and 120. “We'll use any tools necessary. Anything at our disposal,” said Mayor Todd Weihofen.

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    Third-grade literacy teacher Michelle Spratt helps students Kennedey Brandt, left, and Sophia Brown learn about relationships at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School in Glen Ellyn. The school recently was honored for its innovative approaches to learning.

    Glen Ellyn school lauded for ‘engaged learning’

    Innovative approaches to learning are the norm around Glen Ellyn's Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, and that's one of the reasons it recently was named an Exemplar School by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. “It affirms that we’re moving in the right direction,” Assistant Superintendent Karen Carlson says.

Sports

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    Monday’s girls bowling scoreboard
    Here are the varsity girls bowling results from Monday's events, as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Monday’s boys swimming scoreboard
    Here are varsity boys swimming results from Monday's meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Bears quarterback Josh McCown runs for a touchdown in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys on Monday at Soldier Field.

    Bears QB McCown stars in win over Cowboys

    Bears quarterback Josh McCown is making it very difficult to consider him the backup to injured Jay Cutler, who missed his fourth straight game with a high ankle sprain. McCown, who had been superb in each of his previous six games — whether relieving Cutler or starting in place of him — turned in his best performance yet at frozen Soldier Field on Monday night, where the game-time temperature was 8 degrees with a wind chill of minus-9.

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    Wind chill a hot topic for Bears game

    Through 13 weeks, Brandon Marshall was fourth in the NFL with 78 receptions, on pace for 104, which would be his fifth with more than 100. But Marshall is also one of the league’s best-blocking wide receivers.

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    Bears quarterback Josh McCown did it all again in Monday night’s victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

    So is Cutler still the Bears’ starting quarterback?

    After quarterback Josh McCown's performance in the Bears' victory over the Cowboys on "Monday Night Football," would head coach Marc Trestman dare even consider going back to Jay Cutler next week in Cleveland if Cutler's high ankle sparin is healed?

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    Chicago Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett celebrates his first quarter touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys Monday at Soldier Field in Chicago. The Bears would go on to win 45-28.

    Bears beat Cowboys 45-28 on Ditka Day

    Josh McCown threw for a career-high four touchdowns, and the Chicago Bears scored on their first eight possessions to grab a share of the NFC North lead with a 45-28 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on a frigid Monday night.

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    Mike Ditka's jersey number is waved on a flag Monday at Soldier Field in Chicago.

    Images: Mike Ditka's #89 Retirement
    Images of Mike Ditka's number 89 retirement ceremony at halftime of the Chicago Bears decisive victory over the Dallas Cowboys in Monday Night Football at Soldier Field in Chicago.

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    Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery keeps his feet inbounds as he hauls in a late first-half touchdown pass as Dallas Cowboys strong safety Jeff Heath covers.

    Images: Bears vs. Cowboys
    Images of the Chicago Bears decisive victory over the Dallas Cowboys in Monday Night Football at Soldier Field in Chicago. See images in a separate gallery of Bears Hall of Fame legend Mike Ditka's number 89 retirement in a halftime ceremony.

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    Monday’s girls bowling scoreboard
    Here are the varsity girls bowling results from Monday's events, as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Monday’s girls basketball scoreboard
    Here are the results from Monday's varsity girls basketball results as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Monday’s boys basketball scoreboard
    Here are the results from Monday's varsity boys basketball results as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Former Bears player and coach Mike Ditka speaks to fans at Soldier Field as his No. 89 is retired during Monday’s halftime ceremony at Soldier Field.

    Ditka ceremony warms up the night

    Mike Ditka may have had his jersey retired Monday night, but Da Coach continues to prove that he's far from the retiring type.

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    Bears coach Marc Trestman, who has worked wonders with backup quarterback Josh McCown, walks on the sidelines during the second half of Monday night’s victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

    On Ditka Day, Bears’ Trestman proves a point

    While Marc Trestman has made great progress turning Jay Cutler into a consistent NFL quarterback, the more amazing feat is what Trestman has done with Josh McCown, a career backup who was coaching high school two years ago.

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    Taylor White of Addison Trail drives around Bryan Knoedler of Wheaton North, left, on Monday in Addison.

    Biegalski hits game-winning shot perfectly

    Wheaton North’s boys basketball team couldn’t have drawn it up any better. The perfect play at the perfect time. Definitely the perfect player. Matt Biegalski’s 3-pointer at the buzzer powered the Falcons to a 63-62 victory over Addison Trail in Monday’s opening-night action from the Blazers’ preholiday tournament.

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    BG’s perfect at the line, and at the finish

    Buffalo Grove girls basketball coach Steve Kolodziej wasn’t too happy with his team's start in Monday’s nonconference game against visiting St. Viator. But he had no complaints about the end. That’s when the Bison, who came into the game shooting 58 percent from the free throw line, made 10-of-10 in the final 3:37 to put away a 45-38 triumph and improve to 5-4 overall.

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    St. Francis football coach Greg Purnell announced his retirement from that position on Sunday. He has been coaching for 47 years.

    Purnell retires as St. Francis football coach

    Age did not deter Greg Purnell from jump-starting his career as a football coach at St. Francis High School. The coach, who had built a hall of fame career in Iowa, led the Wheaton prep school to the 2008 Class 5A state football title and directed the capital campaign which resulted in this fall’s unveiling of the Kuhn Memorial Stadium, which had the Spartans playing home games after three years on the road.

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    Lakes’ Ellie Haviland, middle, gets trapped by Carmel’s Cassidy Kloss, left, and Leah Lach on Monday night at Carmel Catholic.

    Carmel’s intensity too much for Lakes

    Lakes High School’s girls basketball coach, Pete Schneider, knows all about those Carmel girls basketball players. That’s because he was a feeder coach for years and watched those players get better over time. On Monday night in Mundelein, those same players once coached came back to haunt him a little, especially in a first quarter that saw the once-beaten Corsairs race to a 19-0 lead. It was also a bad time for his winless Eagles to run into Carmel giving its first deployment of its half-court trap. Carmel (8-1) led 38-10 at halftime and coasted to a 58-29 win over the young Eagles.

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    Taylor White of Addison Trail drives around Bryan Knoedler of Wheaton North.

    Images: Addison Trail vs. Wheaton North boys basketball
    Addison Trail High School hosted Wheaton North High School Monday Dec. 9 for boys basketball.

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    Girls basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    Westminster Christian 58, Luther North 24: Maddie Versulys recorded a double-double and the Warriors (8-1, 4-0) cruised to another Northeastern Athletic Conference victory on the road. Versulys finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds while teammate McKaila Hayes scored 11, going 7-for-7 from the free-throw line. “We came out strong tonight and controlled the boards really well,” Westminster coach Ken Flickinger said.Prairie Ridge 57, Jacobs 31: The Golden Eagles (2-7, 1-1) could not move the ball offensively as they fell on the road in a Fox Valley Conference Valley Division matchup. Glenita Williams was the leading scorer for Jacobs’ offense with 8 points, including a 3-pointer. Tiffany Frighetto and Carly Sidor each finished the night with 5 points apiece.

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    Huntley’s Ali Andrews (50) looks for a shot while being defended by Cary-Grove’s Karisa Wilczynski (5) during Monday’s game in Huntley.

    Huntley makes it a 10-0 start

    There’s no secret, really, to the offense of Huntley’s girls basketball team. It starts and ends with the Andrews sisters, Sam and Ali. But since the game is played at both ends of the floor, what the Red Raiders needed against Cary-Grove Monday night was a stellar defensive effort on Trojans’ junior scoring machine Katie Barker. And that’s exactly what Huntley got from senior Bethany Zornow in its 58-48 Fox Valley Conference Valley Division win in Huntley, the Red Raiders’ 10th straight win without a loss.

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    Batavia takes Tri-Cities football to new heights

    It is fast becoming a habit. For the sixth time in 8 years, an area football team has played for all the marbles on state championship weekend.

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    Matt Salerno of Metea Valley swims toward a sixth-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke during the boys state swimming finals at New Trier High School in Winnetka Saturday.

    Scouting DuPage County boys swimming

    Here's a look at what to expect from the boys swimming and diving programs in DuPage County this winter.

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    The proceeds from this year’s rivalry football game between Dubuque and Loras College (the Key City Clash) were presented to ‘Opening Doors: Maria House & Teresa Shelter.’ From left, Loras interim football coach Steve Helminiak, Loras student-athlete Will Tumberger (St. Viator), accepting check is the development and marketing director of Opening Doors, Maria House and Teresa Shelter, Ann Lorenz, Dubuque AD Dan Runkle, Dubuque student-athlete Bryan Bradshaw (Prairie Ridge), Dubuque student-athlete Blaine Snitker and Dubuque football coach Stan Zweifel.

    Minner’s a winner in sportscasting

    Barrington grad Mark Minner is making his hard work pay off in the sportscasting world.

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    Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich has stayed healthy this season, which has been vital with limited options to replace him.

    Bulls’ Hinrich staying in the game

    Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich has been hit with a number of injuries the past two seasons. So far this year, he's been healthy and that's a good thing, since the options to replace him right now are limited.

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    Deng, Butler still not practicing with Bulls

    Luol Deng skipped Monday's practice, but there may be a chance he can return from a sore Achilles to play against Milwaukee on Tuesday. This game begins a stretch of four in five nights for the shorthanded Bulls.

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    Bulls game day
    Bulls vs. Milwaukee Bucks at the United Center, 7 p.m. TuesdayTV/radio: Comcast SportsNet/ESPN 1000-AMAt a glance: As of Monday morning, the Bucks (4-16) had the second-worst record in the NBA ahead of Utah. Milwaukee is missing Larry Sanders, Zaza Pachulia, Caron Butler and Gary Neal due to injuries. SG O.J. Mayo is the leading scorer at 15.3 ppg, followed by PF John Henson and PF Khris Middleton at 11.3 ppg, among the healthy players. The Bucks rank second-to-last in scoring offense at 90.8 points. Last season the Bulls lost twice to Milwaukee at the United Center.Next: New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, 7 p.m. Wednesday— Mike McGraw

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    Images from the Cary-Grove vs. Huntley girls basketball game Monday, December 9, 2013.

    Images: Cary-Grove vs. Huntley girls basketball
    Huntley hosted Cary-Grove in a girls basketball matchup Monday night in Huntley.

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    The Blackhawks will be relying on Antti Raanta to get the job done until starter Corey Crawford returns from a leg injury.

    Blackhawks have faith in Raanta

    While there was no official word from the Blackhawks on Monday regarding the severity of goalie Corey Crawford’s apparent groin injury, the Hawks did recall goaltender Kent Simpson from Rockford and announce Crawford would not accompany the team to Dallas for Tuesday’s game against the Stars. In the meantime, they are confident Antti Raanta can cover the net until Crawford returns.

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    Will Blackhawks’ Shaw, Dallas’ Roussel go for Round 2?

    Andrew Shaw of the Blackhawks and Antoine Roussel of the Stars had any interesting fight last week at the United Center, and Shaw is ready for anything when the two teams meet again Tuesday night in Dallas. Tim Sassone has that and more in today's Blackhawks notebook.

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    Signing Paulino gives White Sox some trade options

    The White Sox signed right-handed starter Felipe Paulino to a one-year contract Monday, and the deal includes a club option for 2015. Sox general manager Rick Hahn also addressed trade rumors involving Chris Sale at baseball's winter meetings.

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    Chicago Fire officials declined to pick up the contract option for midfielder Logan Pause, right, for the 2014 season. The club could opt to bring him back under a new contract, however.

    Rebuilding of Fire roster under way

    New Chicago Fire coach Frank Yallop took the first steps toward remaking the Fire roster when he declined contract options on eight players, including some popular veterans.

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    Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch is one of six finalists to win the Heisman Trophy honoring college football’s best player.

    NIU’s Lynch among Heisman finalists

    NEW YORK — Jameis Winston will have plenty of company at the Heisman Trophy ceremony, though he’s not expected to have much competition.The Florida State quarterback was among a record-tying six Heisman finalists revealed Monday, along with Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, Alabama’s AJ McCarron, Auburn’s Tre Mason and Boston College’s Andre Williams.Six finalists invited to New York for the presentation are the most since 1994. The winner will be announced Saturday night.Winston is the overwhelming favorite to win the award now that a sexual assault complaint against him in Tallahassee, Fla., has been closed without charges being filed. He could also become the second freshman to win the award.Manziel was the first last year. The Aggies quarterback is trying to join another exclusive Heisman club by becoming the second player to win the award twice. Ohio State’s Archie Griffin won the award in 1974 and `75.Lynch led No. 24 Northern Illinois (12-1) to within a victory of a BCS bid and has set the major college record for yards rushing for a quarterback this season with 1,815. He also tweeted that he was a finalist about five minutes before the official announcement was made on ESPN by former winner Danny Wuerffel.“NYC here I come!! Thanks to the coaches teammates and media relation couldn’t of did it wt out them!” the record-setting senior posted.McCarron completed 67 percent of his passes for 2,676 yards and 26 touchdowns for the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide (11-1).Mason has made a late push into the Heisman conversation as No. 2 Auburn reached the BCS title game. He ran for 304 yards and four TDs in the SEC championship game, and is ninth in the country in rushing (124 ypg) with 22 touchdownsWilliams is the nation’s leading rusher at 175 yards per game, the 16th player in FBS to run for 2,000 yards in a season and the first since 2008.Winston’s arrival as Florida State’s starting quarterback was being touted as a major event in the spring and he has surpassed the hype. The Alabama native is on pace to break the NCAA record for passer efficiency rating (190.1) and has already set records for yards passing (3,820) and TD passes (38) for a freshman.Winston’s only issues have come off the field. About a month ago, a year-old sexual assault complaint against him made by a female Florida State student was given by police to the state attorney’s office for a full investigation.A woman claimed Winston raped her. Winston’s lawyer said the sex was consensual. Winston continued to play, and play well, during the investigation. Last week, the state attorney announced there would be no charges filed in the case, and two days later Winston threw for three touchdown passes and ran for a score as No. 1 Florida State won the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game 45-7 against Duke and wrapped up a spot in the BCS title game.In the latest straw poll released Monday by HeismanPundit.com, which has correctly predicted the last seven winners, Winston received seven of the 10 first-place votes and 26 points to easily outdistance Lynch (eight points and two first-place votes).Winston is also a finalist for the Maxwell and Walter Camp player of the year awards.All six finalists are expected to attend the ceremony, which would match `94 for the most in Heisman history. That season Colorado tailback Rashaan Salaam won the Heisman, and Penn State’s Ki-Jana Carter and Kerry Collins, along with Alcorn State’s Steve McNair, Alabama’s Jay Barker and Miami’s Warren Sapp were finalists.In 1989, eight players were invited to the ceremony, but only four attended. Among the missing was Houston’s Andre Ware, who won the award but was preparing for a game.

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    St. Patrick edges St. Charles North

    St. Charles North boys basketball coach Tom Poulin could have used the excuse that the North Stars were playing their third game in four days, but he would have none of it. “These are strong kids, “ said Poulin. “ I don’t think fatigue was a factor.” After coming off an emotional win over rival St. Charles East Saturday night, the North Stars traveled to Norridge to take on St. Patrick from Chicago in the Ridgewood High School Shootout Sunday. The Shamrocks cashed in at the free throw line, hitting 23 of 29 including 13 of 16 in the fourth quarter, to eek out a 66-62 win.

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    Elgin hands Carmel its first loss

    The Elgin boys basketball team has played a handful of games and is now starting to show signs of getting healthy. Isaiah Butler, working his way back into the lineup from an ankle injury, poured in 23 points and Desmond Sanders added 16 for the Maroons but it took the right bounce from Ryan Sitter on a free throw that gave Elgin a 64-63 victory over Carmel Catholic in the Hoops Classic held at Ridgewood High School in Norridge on Sunday afternoon.

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    Larkin's Christian Negron slams home a dunk against Morgan Park in the first half Saturday in Elgin.

    Morgan Park denies Larkin in OT

    Larkin senior guard Derrick Streety sent Saturday night's Mac Irvin Diabetes Classic finale against Morgan Park to overtime with a 3-pointer with 3 seconds left in regulation, but the gutty Royals ran out of magic at the end of an 84-82 overtime loss to the defending Class 3A state champs.

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    Mike North Video: Congrats to Coach Ditka
    Mike Ditka finally gets his number retired by the Bears. Along with Michael Jordan, Ditka ranks right up there as two of the most popular Chicago icons.

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    It's highly fitting Mike Ditka will have his No. 89 retired by the Bears on Monday night.

    Like him or not, Ditka synonymous with Bears

    Love Mike Ditka or hate him, it's difficult not to miss him and the entertaining rock 'em-sock 'em attitude he brought to the Bears as both a tight end and a head coach. Monday night the Bears will reward him by retiring the No. 89 he wore here as a player for six seasons.

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    The one and only Mike Ditka will be honored at halftime of Monday night’s Bears-Cowboys game at Soldier Field.

    A special Bears Bites edition with Da Coach

    Coach, analyst, endorser, actor, philosopher, agitator, motivator, clipboard tosser, shoulder-pad grabber, quote machine … but Monday night at Soldier Field it’s supposed to be all be about one thing: Ditka, the football player.

Business

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    Allegion Chairman, president and CEO Dave Petratis, center, visits a post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange as his company’s stock makes its debut as a stand-alone, publicly-traded company following its spinoff from Ingersoll Rand on Monday

    S&P 500 index notches another record close

    The stock market notched another record close Monday after a big acquisition in the food industry. Hope for a longer-term budget deal in Washington also helped.

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    American Airlines emerges from bankruptcy protection and US Airways culminates its long pursuit of a merger partner when the two complete their deal Monday and create the world’s biggest airline.

    New American Airlines to emerge as deal closes

    American Airlines emerged from bankruptcy protection and US Airways culminated its long pursuit of a merger partner as the two completed their deal Monday to create the world’s biggest airline. It’s the latest in a series of mergers that will leave four airlines controlling more than 80 percent of the U.S. air-travel market.

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    Sysco has local facilities in Des Plaines.

    Sysco to buy US Foods in Rosemont

    One of the largest food supply companies is buying one of its key rivals, creating an even larger, global distribution company. Sysco is buying privately held US Foods for about $3.5 billion in cash and stock. When the deal closes, Sysco expects the addition of US Foods to boost its annual sales by about 46 percent to around $65 billion.

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    ASSOCIATED PRESS Oak Brook-based McDonald’s said Monday that a key sales figure rose 0.5 percent in November, even as the world’s biggest hamburger chain faced tough competition and basically flat traffic in the U.S.

    McDonald’s key sales metric rises in November

    Oak Brook-based McDonald’s said Monday that a key sales figure rose 0.5 percent in November, even as the world’s biggest hamburger chain faced tough competition and basically flat traffic in the U.S.

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    Gallery owner Deborah Sponder walks her dog in the Design District neighborhood of Miami. It’s not just the wealthiest 1 percent: Fully 20 percent of U.S. adults become rich for parts of their lives, wielding outsized influence on America’s economy and politics.

    Rising riches: 1 in 5 in US reaches affluence

    It’s not just the wealthiest 1 percent. Fully 20 percent of U.S. adults become rich for parts of their lives, wielding outsize influence on America’s economy and politics. This little-known group may pose the biggest barrier to reducing the nation’s income inequality.

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    Jamie Pritscher

    Elk Grove CEO aims to stamp out hunger for kids

    Kukec's People features Jamie Pritscher, co-founder and CEO of Elk Grove Village-based ThatsCaring.com, which aims to eliminate hunger among school children.

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    Sue Markgraf, founder and president of GreenMark Public Relations Inc. in Mundelein.

    GreenMark Public Relations grows in suburbs

    The founder and president of Mundelein-based GreenMark Public Relations Inc. grew up in her father's grocery store. She now runs her own business that is exclusively dedicated to increasing awareness about sustainable spaces, places and issues.

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    Plan to sell the business to fund retirement? Plan long-term

    Planning matters for entrepreneurs starting up. It turns out, however, that planning may matter even more if you’re nearing the other end of the spectrum and looking at retirement.

Life & Entertainment

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    Watch out for poison in these popular houseplants

    Q. Can you tell me which houseplants are poisonous? I am concerned when my grandchildren come visit me.

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    Compassion? For vitriolic mother-in-law, or husband?

    Q. As I write, my husband is halfway across the country taking care of his ailing mother. We have had a terrible “text” fight over the past few days, and it revolves mostly around the fact that he thinks I am “compassionless” about his mother’s situation.

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    3 headliners cancel music performances at SeaWorld

    Three headliners have canceled their performances at a SeaWorld music series, citing a recent documentary that raises questions about the effects of captivity on whales. The group Heart is the latest act to cancel an appearance at SeaWorld Orlando’s Bands, Brew & Barbecue music series in February. Country singer Willie Nelson and the rock group Barenaked Ladies also have canceled.

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    Make 2014 the year you finally lose weight and stay healthy for good.

    Now is the time to set fitness goals for next year

    Now is the perfect time to look back over the past year and evaluate what you’ve accomplished and what you may have missed out on. Then, set your fitness goals for 2014.

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    Gift books for your design-savvy friends: left to right, “Remodelista: A Manual for the Considered Home”; “Mario Buatta: Fifty Years of American Interior Decoraton”; “Love Where you Live: At Home in the Country”; and “Thomas Pheasant: Simply Serene.”

    Books for the stylish coffee table

    Throughout the fall, the stack of design books on my desk just kept getting taller and taller. It now measures more than three feet. My job was to select eight books that were either worth buying for the home library or wrapping up as presents for design-savvy friends. It was a heavy task.

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    The Sportsman Channel said Monday it has hired Sarah Palin to be host of a weekly outdoors-oriented program that will celebrate the “red, wild and blue” lifestyle. The program, “Amazing America,” will debut next April.

    Sarah Palin to host outdoors show

    Sarah Palin will be the host of a weekly outdoors-oriented program starting next year on The Sportsman Channel. The network said Monday that Palin’s program, “Amazing America,” will debut in April and will celebrate the “red, wild and blue” lifestyle.

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    Decorators move back to the blues for 2014

    All indications point to indigo, cobalt and rich peacock hues popping up on the pages of shelter magazines, fashion runways and home furnishing retailers in 2014. “Like a great blazer, dark blue makes its appearance on the popularity poll every 40 years,” says Gale Steves, author of “Right-Sizing Your Home: How to Make Your House Fit Your Lifestyle.”

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    New country music fan Danica Patrick will co-host the American Country Awards Tuesday on FOX with Trace Adkins.

    Danica Patrick revs up for ACAs hosting gig

    When her agent pitches a new project, Danica Patrick usually makes her decisions on the spot. When the producers of the American Country Awards called and asked if she’d co-host the show, the NASCAR driver took her foot off the gas pedal. “This is one of the first things where I said, ‘You know, let me think about that,’” Patrick said. She said yes. She'll co-host the live Fox broadcast with Trace Adkins at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Las Vegas.

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    A fan places a poster during a memorial rally and car cruise in Valencia, Calif., Sunday to remember actor Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas, who died in a fiery car crash last Saturday.

    Paul Walker memorial in California draws thousands

    The sounds of high-performance car engines filled the air Sunday as thousands of fans, friends and car enthusiasts headed to the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Clarita to pay tribute to Paul Walker at the site where the “Fast & Furious” actor died in a car crash. The memorial, planned through social media, was scheduled to begin at noon, but mourners began arriving hours beforehand to leave flowers, candles, stuffed animals and other tributes. By afternoon, about 5,000 people, including entire families with children, dropped by, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Capt. Mike Parker said.

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    Authorities say Barron Hilton, the brother of socialite Paris Hilton, was assaulted at a Miami Beach party Friday. A police report says Hilton, 24, told authorities a man struck him in the face after the two had an argument at a party.

    Paris Hilton’s brother assaulted at Miami party

    Authorities say the brother of socialite Paris Hilton was assaulted at a Miami Beach party. A police report says 24-year-old Barron Hilton told authorities a man struck him in the face after the two had an argument at a party Friday in a Miami Beach home.

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    Susan Boyle told the Observer newspaper in an interview published Sunday that she has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism, after seeing a specialist a year ago.

    Susan Boyle says Asperger’s diagnosis was a relief

    Singer Susan Boyle says she has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism — and feels relief at finally having the right label for her condition. Boyle told the Observer newspaper that she saw a specialist a year ago, who told her she had Asperger’s and an above-average IQ.

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    HBO pays tribute to Broadway great Stephen Sondheim in “Six by Sondheim.”

    'Six by Sondheim' brings Broadway legend's works to HBO

    “Gypsy.” “A Little Night Music.” “Sweeney Todd.” “Follies.” “Company.” Stephen Sondheim's credits — and that's a sampling — are staggering. And though he has been an incredible force since he burst on the scene with his first Broadway project, “West Side Story,” Sondheim, 83, is reserved about himself. HBO's “Six by Sondheim” on Monday, Dec. 9, though, manages to paint an intimate portrait of the man, examining his career through six signature songs.

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    'Beauty sleep' is no myth

    People often joke about needing their “beauty sleep,” but researchers in Sweden have provided scientific evidence that we really do.

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    Food writer, journalist and broadcaster Nigella Lawson of Britain poses during the 28th International Film and Programme Market for TV, Video, Cable and Satellite in Cannes, southeastern France. In summer 2013, photos of her husband appearing to choke her surfaced. Then two former employees accused of using the coupleís credit cards for more than $1 million in fraudulent charges claiming she had sanctioned their spending to hush them up about her heavy drug use.

    Nigella Lawson: A brand blemished but unbowed

    When celebrity chefs cut themselves, how much they bleed is a matter of brand. Nigella Lawson made unsavory admissions about her past, but will survive because of how she handled the scandal. Paula Deen was not so lucky.

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    Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence in a scene from “American Hustle.” While shooting in Boston, David O. Russell’s upcoming fictionalization of the Abscam investigation, “American Hustle,” found itself caught up in the Boston Marathon bombing. When the city was essentially shut down for the manhunt, the production had to be stopped for a day. The experience, Russell says, was felt closely by the production.

    Boston Marathon bombing affected ‘American Hustle’

    While shooting in Boston, David O. Russell found his film “American Hustle” caught up in the Boston Marathon bombing. When the city was essentially shut down for the manhunt for suspect Dzokhar Tsarnaev in April, the production — which had been shooting in the area — had to be stopped for a day. The experience, Russell says, was felt closely by the filmmaking crew and actors. “It was hanging over us the whole time,” Russell said in a recent interview.

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    John Keller leads a senior fitness class in resistance band exercises. Keller and Bernie Klos have opened Rehabitations, Inc. in Libertyville, which offers fitness classes for seniors, priced at just $3 a class.

    New Libertyville business caters to boomers and beyond

    Two local seniors recently opened a boutique fitness business in Libertyville with classes tailored to the over 55 age group. Classes cost just $3 each.

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    In a 2005 survey of 1,506 Americans by the National Sleep Foundation, 54 percent reported at least one symptom of insomnia at least a few nights a week over the previous year, and 33 percent said they had experienced symptoms almost every night.

    Can't fall asleep? Over-the-counter aids have a mixed record

    About 10 to 20 percent of Americans take over-the-counter sleep aids each year, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. But, how effective are these medicines?

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    Would you eat fewer cookies off a red plate? A recent study shows you might.

    Your health: Eat off a red plate?
    According to a new study, people tend to eat — or use — less of things presented on red dishes, whether it’s chocolate or hand cream.

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    This 1967 Chevrolet Nova was raced for years during the summer months by Terry Getzelman.

    A life’s passion is preserved in Hampshire showroom

    After pouring so much into their hobby, many classic car enthusiasts worry about what will become of their automotive passions and possessions. Terry Getzelman's family has preserved his collection in a Hampshire auto shop.

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    This publicity photo released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Sandra Bullock, left, as Dr. Ryan Stone and George Clooney as Matt Kowalsky in “Gravity.” The space odyssey “Gravity” and the futuristic romance “Her” have tied for best picture from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. The LA critics announced their picks Sunday with voting culminating in a tie for the group’s top honor. “Gravity” led with a total of four awards, including picks for best directing, best editing and best cinematography.

    ‘Gravity,’ ‘Her’ tie for LA Film Critics top honor

    The Los Angeles Film Critics Association split between the space odyssey “Gravity” and the futuristic romance “Her,” lending no more certainty to an awards season that’s so far been full of contenders. The two films shared best picture in the awards announced Sunday by the L.A. critics, but “Gravity” was the top award-winner. The innovatively made, lost-in-space drama won for best director (Alfonso Cuaron), best editing (Cuaron and Mark Sanger) and best cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki).

Discuss

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    CN should help pay for over- or underpass at Route 14
    Letter to the editor: Maureen Yates of Barrington says it is absurd that CN is not helping to pay for the over- or underpass that will built where the tracks cross Route 14.

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    Workers deserve to earn a living wage
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: There is a lot of debate these days concerning the minimum wage. Some say we should raise it; others say that would eliminate jobs and drive up prices. A more meaningful debate would be to ask, what is the value of work? Is the job essential to the operation?

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    Objectors to gay marriage surrender rights
    A Carol Stream letter to the editor: It is only objectors to same sex marriage whose rights are eroded.

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    Press is missing value of talent
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: After reading The Associated Press coverage of the American Music Awards, reprinted in your Nov. 25 article, I wondered: Is artistry no longer valued?

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    Madigan has mismanaged government too long
    A Naperville letter to the editor: Seeing the huge, beaming smile on Mike Madigan’s face as he celebrated passage of Illinois’ pension “reform” bill, front page, Dec. 4, did not do much to assuage my concerns of Illinois’ indebtedness and overall nightmare scenario.

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    ‘Will not’ Congress hurting the nation
    An Elgin letter to the editor: The 113th session currently in office should be labeled the “will not” Congress. Barring a totally unforeseen change in their pattern, they will be the least productive in history in their first year.

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    Health care changes hurt the elderly
    An Elgin letter to the editor: I agree with Donald Berger’s letter of Nov. 22 about the fraud going on in Medicare/ Medicaid programs. The solution, cut Social Security and cost of living calculations.

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    Correct numbers, facts crucial to pension debate
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: Much has been written and commented on during the past several months concerning state pensions and the proposed changes. Regrettably there are simply too many incorrect, politically motivated or just plain wrong statements made which tend to diminish any sound or at least honest proposal.

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    Did some lawmakers break their oath?
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: Our legislators in Illinois take a sworn oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States and that of the state of Illinois. So if the pension bill is found to be unconstitutional, will all those voting yes be removed from their seat in the legislature?

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    Pension fix is a huge step forward
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor:

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    Retirees are unfairly paying the price
    A letter to the editor: The Illinois Retired Teachers Association will join other public worker organizations in filing suit to stop enactment of illegal and radical changes to the Illinois public pension laws.The Illinois Constitution protects public workers’ pensions as sacrosanct, enforceable

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    Violating Constitution is violating oath
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: Our legislators in Illinois take a sworn oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States and that of the State of Illinois.

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    Consider environment while holiday shopping
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: The holiday season means lots of shopping. Please consider using reusable shopping bags while you shop.

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    Autism Speaks is recruiting advocates
    Letter to the editor: Mike Baker of Autism Speaks says the nonprofit is recruiting advocates to help persuade state and national leaders on the need for educational support for people on the autism spectrum.

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    NW Fest Orchestra concert blew writer away
    Letter to the editor: Lawrence Thome of Mount Prospect is enthusiastic about the Northwest Festival Orchestra after their latest concert at Harper College.

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    Caregivers feel a range of emotions
    Letter to the editor: In honor of National Caregiver Month, Dennis Depcik of Buffalo Grove talks about the range of emotions that surrounded him as his wife slowly passed away.

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    D211 fund balance is way out of balance
    Letter to the editor: Mark Evenson urges the District 211 school board to adhere to the district's own policy on how much of a fund balance is prudent to have - versus how much is just plain excessive.

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    City needs to get replacement trees planted
    Letter to the editor: Des Plaines should spend some of its casino proceeds on replacing parkway trees that had to be cut down, says Steven Haworth.

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    Oh, for the days when Christmas followed Thanksgiving
    Letter to the editor: Gloria LaBerg of Des Plaines reminisces about the days when Christmas still came after Thanksgiving.

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