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    Holiday gifts needn’t be expensive

    Christmas is right around the corner. Do you find your budget getting slimmer and slimmer — you might say it’s as slender as a shoestring? Gift-giving doesn't have to be expensive, says columnist Annettee Budzban.

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    Homeowners to pay $21 more with ECC tax levy

    Elgin Community College will levy roughly $55.5 million in property taxes to fund operations next year, officials said Tuesday. That's a roughly 1 percent increase from last year's tax request. The owner of a home valued at $250,000 would pay an additional $21 yearly, said Sharon Konny, vice president of finance.

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    Arlington Hts. OKs liquor sales at drugstores, convenience stores

    Convenience and drugstores in Arlington Heights will be allowed to apply for licenses to sell liquor for the first time in more than 30 years under a policy change village officials approved Monday. “What this is doing is eliminating the struggle we have when there is a wine store that wants to sell fine cheese or a convenience store that wants to sell liquor,” said Trustee Joe...

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    Hoffman Estates Pop Warner team advances to national title game

    A youth football team from Hoffman Estates earned its way to the national Pop Warner Super Bowl in Orlando with a narrow win Tuesday over a squad from Arizona. The Junior Midget Redhawks, made up of seventh and eighth graders from Hoffman Estates, Schaumburg and Bartlett, defeated the Northeast Pride 15-12 and will take on the Jensen Beach, Fla. team at 1:15 p.m. Friday for the national title.

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    Linda Frahm gets a hug from a friend at the Haircuts For Hope event last year in Mount Prospect.

    Mt. Prospect school mourning loss of beloved teacher

    Organizers of a fundraiser for Mount Prospect teacher Linda Frahm said it would be a “miracle” if the guest of honor attended the event last Thursday. When she did, guests leapt to their feet in a prolonged standing ovation. “She worked very hard at making sure she was well enough to be there,” said her husband, Tim. Three days later, Frahm passed away. She was 49.

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    Housing Authority modifies plans, again

    Plans for new affordable housing for seniors in Elgin were modified a second time after neighbors and some city council members voiced concerns about aesthetics, parking and traffic.

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    Counselor Kat Pantke pours a strawberry smoothie under the direction of franchise owner Michael Schenk as teachers and staff members from Maine West High School work at the McDonald’s at 1101 Oakton St. in Des Plaines on Tuesday during a benefit for the Make-A-Wish foundation.

    Maine West faculty becomes ‘McTeachers’ for Make-A-Wish

    Maine West High School teachers moved from in front of their classrooms to behind the counter Tuesday for the school’s annual McTeacher’s Night, a fundraiser to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The teachers served customers at the McDonald’s restaurant just down Oakton Street from the school from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Fifteen percent of the money spent during that time by Maine West families...

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    Pedestrian accident in Grayslake halts Metra

    A pedestrian struck, but not killed, by a Metra North Central line train moving through Grayslake on Tuesday night.

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    Karl Warwick

    Lake Villa hires its first village administrator

    Lake Villa was incorporated in 1901 but has never had a village administrator. In a historic move, Gurnee resident Karl Warwick will become the first to hold that post. "The timing is perfect," said Mayor Frank Loffredo.

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    President Barrack Obama speaks to crowds attending the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto near Johannesburg, Tuesday.

    Obama’s eulogy for Mandela echoes his own agenda

    President Barack Obama’s eulogy was for Nelson Mandela, but it laid out for a global audience the work that Obama himself would like to be remembered for: an unending fight against injustice and inequality. Obama acknowledged he sometimes wonders whether he is doing enough to live up to Mandela’s historic legacy.

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    President Barack Obama kisses Nelson Mandela’s widow Graca Machel during the memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto near Johannesburg, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013.

    Obama hails Mandela as ‘last great liberator’

    Amid cheers and song for the prisoner who became peacemaker, President Barack Obama energized tens of thousands of spectators and nearly 100 visiting heads of state Tuesday with a plea for the world to emulate Nelson Mandela, “the last great liberator of the 20th century.”

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    ASSOCIATED PRESS House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, left, and Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray head a bipartisan budget panel that on Tuesday reached a modest budget agreement to replace tens of billions of dollars in spending cuts this year and next with longer-term savings and revenue from increased fees.

    Bipartisan negotiators reach modest budget pact

    Congressional negotiators reached a modest budget agreement Tuesday to restore about $63 billion in automatic spending cuts from programs ranging from parks to the Pentagon, with votes expected in both houses in the next several days.

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    In this 1980 photo, Federal Reserve Board Chairman Paul Volcker listens to a question as he appears before the Senate Banking Committee. The Federal Reserve and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. each unanimously voted to adopt the so-called Volcker Rule, taking a major step toward preventing extreme risk-taking on Wall Street that helped trigger the 2008 financial crisis.

    U.S. ban on high-risk bank trades approved

    U.S. regulators have taken a major step toward reining in high-risk trading on Wall Street, banning the largest banks from trading for their own profit in most cases. It took three years to write and adopt the Volcker Rule, one of the most critical changes to financial laws in the wake of the 2008 banking crisis.

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    Area police and Lake County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a man with a rifle barricaded in a house in Lake Villa on Tuesday. Local schools were in lockdown in response to the situation.

    Lake Villa armed standoff ends peacefully, man in custody

    A 52-year-old Lake Villa man is in police custody following a three-hour armed standoff Tuesday that forced the lockdown of three nearby schools. Lake Villa Police Chief Ron Roth said the distraught man surrendered peacefully at 2:05 p.m., ending the standoff outside a home in the 200 block of Burnett Avenue, and the lockdown at the schools. No shots were fire.

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    Kane County Chairman Chris Lauzen laid out a plan Tuesday for working with Coroner Rob Russell moving forward. It’s a plan, Russell said, that is wrought with misrepresentations.

    Kane chairman, coroner at odds again

    The verbal sparring between Kane County Chairman Chris Lauzen and Coroner Rob Russell continued Tuesday even as the county board unanimously approved $88,000 in additional funding for the coroner's office. Russell believes Lauzen is misrepresenting facts about the coroner's office during every public meeting. Lauzen believes Russell is deeply struggling to lead the coroner's office and used an...

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    Secretary of State John Kerry testifies on Capitol Hill Tuesday before the House Foreign Affairs Committee in the hope of persuading Congress not to forge any new economic sanctions on Iran that could break the recent historic agreement that would end Iranís progress toward weapons-grade uranium.

    Kerry, Congress spar over Iran nuclear deal

    The Obama administration and Congress clashed Tuesday over the historic nuclear deal with Iran, exposing deep rifts over a U.S. pledge to refrain from any new sanctions over the next six months in exchange for concessions on enriching uranium. The disagreement could have broad consequences for the U.S. diplomatic effort to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

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    The Senate confirmed Rep. Mel Watt, a North Carolina Democrat, to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency Tuesday. That bureau oversees the two giant taxpayer-owned home lenders, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

    Filibusters weakened, Senate Dems move Obama picks

    Democrats overwhelmed outnumbered Republicans and pushed a pair of President Barack Obama’s high-profile nominees through the Senate on Tuesday, the first to win confirmation since the chamber weakened the age-old filibuster.

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    Tony Valente

    Kaneland hires 2 as interim athletics directors

    Kaneland will spend up to $60,000 for two men to fill in as athletic director, while it looks for a permanent replacement. Only one board member, Tony Valente, voted against the measure Monday; he said it was too much to spend.

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    Montago Suggs of Kenosha, Wis., was sentenced Tuesday morning to 105 years in prison.

    Kenosha man sentenced to 105 years in prison for murder, robbery spree

    A Kenosha man convicted of "executing" a Round Lake Park woman during a theft at a Waukegan Check N' Go will spend the rest of his life in prison, a judge ruled Tuesday. Montago Suggs was sentenced to 80 years for killing Melinda Morrell during a robbery at the store in 2007, and another 30 years for trying to kill a store clerk in Beach Park five days later.

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    Palatine Sikh temple remembers Sandy Hook

    A Wisconsin police officer labeled a hero for his efforts to save lives at a mass shooting outside a Sikh temple last year will be among the speakers Saturday when the Sikh Religious Society Palatine hosts an interfaith candlelight vigil to mark the anniversary if the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. The public event, described as a display of American solidarity against senseless...

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    Moylan to host coffee shop stop in Des Plaines

    State Rep. Marty Moylan, a Democrat from Des Plaines, will host a coffee shop stop at the Frisbie Senior Center in Des Plaines on Wednesday, Dec. 18. Moylan said his coffee shop stops “are a great way to meet with residents in a relaxed environment and discuss both local and state issues.”

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    Dist. 207 planning $6 million of improvements at schools

    Maine Township High School District 207 officials are planning more than $6 million worth of facility improvement projects next summer at the district’s three schools as part of a 10-year capital plan. The work includes the installation of security cameras at all schools and the replacement of football stadium lights at Maine West and Maine East. “We’re starting to hear some themes, which is...

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    Doug Mains is credited with preserving both the Danada Forest Preserve in Wheaton and the historic St. James Farm in Winfield.

    DuPage mourns leading preservationist

    Douglas Mains is being remembered this week for his passion for preservation that helped spare the Danada Forest Preserve in Wheaton and St. James Farm in Winfield from development. One of DuPage County’s most influential environmentalists, the longtime Wheaton resident died Monday after a brief illness. He was 79.

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    Joe Costello

    What’s next for RTA with Costello out?

    A changing of the guard at the beleaguered Regional Transportation Authority raises new questions about who will be in charge after Executive Director Joe Costello retires in February. The agency has been under the microscope recently as a task force appointed by Gov. Pat Quinn examines the future of the region’s transit agencies.

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    DuPage rejects plan for gas station near Glen Ellyn

    Opponents of a proposed gas station and convenience store near Glen Ellyn were breathing easier Tuesday after the DuPage County Board rejected the developer’s plans. The board voted 14 to 4 to deny a request from Buchanan Energy to build a Mobil station and Bucky’s convenience store at the northeast corner of Butterfield Road and Route 53.

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    An April rainstorm flooded a subbasement at Libertyville High School. Here, Assistant Fire Chief Ken Komers surveys the damage.

    Libertyville High School flood repairs approved

    Eight months after a subbasement at Libertyville High School flooded during heavy rains, the District 128 board has approved a $650,000 repair plan. The Stuckey Construction Co. of Waukegan will perform the work during the upcoming winter break.

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    An image pulled from surveillance video shows a man suspected of trespassing in the Batavia Government Center, and breaking a glass door, around 3:30 a.m. Saturday.

    Reward offered for Batavia city hall intruder

    Batavia police say vandalism and trespassing at the Batavia Government Center Saturday are related, and they are offering $50 to the first person who identifies the suspect seen on surveillance video.

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    Mundelein park district gets 17 acres

    The Mundelein Park and Recreation District has acquired a new 17-acre site, officials announced Tuesday.

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    Jeremy Richman looks at a picture of his daughter, Avielle Richman, on his computer screen as he gives a lecture via Skype on behalf of the Avielle Foundation from his Newtown, Conn. home. Avielle was one of 20 Sandy Hook Elementary School students that were killed in a mass shooting Dec. 14, 2012.

    Newtown’s year: Horror, grief and tough choices

    A year later, inside the big house on Berkshire Road, dolls fill the shelves of a living room and flowers and rainbows decorate a kitchen window, next to a little girl’s name: Avielle. Outside, all around town, Christmas lights shimmer again. But so, too, do the 26 bronze stars that sit atop the local firehouse, one for each adult and child gunned down at a school one unimaginable day.

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    Deck the homes in Round Lake Beach

    Round Lake Beach residents are invited to join the annual holiday home decorating contest.

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    Have coffee with state Rep. Yingling

    Residents of House District 62 can talk to State Rep. Sam Yingling, D-Grayslake about issues while getting their morning coffee on Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 8 to 9 a.m., at Panera Bread Company, 254 E. Rollins Road, in Round Lake Beach.

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    Palatine man gets prison for baseball bat beating

    A Palatine man pleaded guilty to beating another man with a baseball bat last August in unincorporated Palatine Township. In exchange for his guilty plea to aggravated battery, Albino Damian-Lopez, 25, was sentenced to three years in prison, with credit for the 122 days he has been in custody since his arrest.

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    Arlington Heights man sentenced for robbery

    An Arlington Heights man pleaded guilty to robbing a man who thought he was buying used iPhones for resale. Brandon D. Timberlake, 27, was sentenced to four years in prison in exchange for his guilty plea.

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    Joe McMahon

    Kane group steps up child abuse reporting awareness

    Kane County authorities and other groups are stepping up awareness for people to report child abuse and neglect. Officials from CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocates, plan a greater push in 2014 at churches, schools and other community organizations as cases of abuse and neglect have risen during the recession.

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    79-year-old man dies after Elgin crash

    A 79-year-old man died Tuesday afternoon following a two-car crash in Elgin. The Elgin police and fire departments responded at about 12:05 p.m. to a crash involving two vehicles at the intersection of Airlite Street and Country Knolls Lane, Elgin police said in a news release.

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    Lake Zurich Middle School South was locked down Tuesday after reports of a student with a weapon.

    Police: Boy with weapon causes lockdown at Lake Zurich schools

    Lake Zurich police say a boy was taken into custody after it was believed he had an unspecified weapon inside a middle school and caused a lockdown of two buildings. Authorities said Lake Zurich Middle School South and Isaac Fox Elementary School, which are connected, were ordered into lockdown mode Tuesday morning. Police Cmdr. David Bradstreet said both Cuba Road schools no longer were locked...

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    Fire caused an estimated $150,000 damage to a home Tuesday morning at 308 S. Harrison St. in Batavia. Five people — including four firefighters — were slightly injured, the fire department said.

    Batavia house fire injures firefighters, occupant

    An occupant and four firefighters were injured, not seriously, in a house fire in Batavia Tuesday morning. The firefighters were injured when one slipped on ice, knocking the others down.

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    Fox Valley police reports
    A five-car pileup closed eastbound Route 20 at Liberty Street for less than an hour sometime overnight between late Monday and early Tuesday, Lt. Dan O’Shea said. O’Shea said a single air bag deployed inside one of the vehicles but that nobody was hospitalized.

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    Jeffery J. Wilson, 48, of St. Charles, was charged with driving under the influence, DUI with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or greater, and failure to reduce speed after a crash at 6:48 p.m. Nov. 30 at Randall and Bolcum roads near St. Charles, according to a sheriff’s report.

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    Arnold Biondo

    DuPage forest preserve district names executive director

    The longtime executive director of Carol Stream Park District, Arnold Biondo, has been picked to fill the top administrative post at the DuPage County Forest Preserve District. Biondo's selection as executive director was approved Tuesday by district commissioners. He replaces Brent Manning, who stepped down in June 2012 citing health and family concerns.

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    Events

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    DuPage County Board members have approved a rezoning request that allows Donven Homes to build apartments and townhouses on the 31-acre Ken-Loch Golf Links site near Lombard.

    DuPage OKs multifamily housing for Lombard-area golf course

    A developer can buy a Lombard-area golf course and build multifamily housing on the site now that DuPage County has signed off on the project. County board members voted 15-2 Tuesday to approve a request to rezone and redevelop the Ken-Loch Golf Links along Finley Road north of 22nd Street. The plan to build apartments and townhouses on the 31-acre property won county board support even though...

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    Donor pledges help to Naperville-area Salvation Army drive

    An anonymous donor, who supported Salvation Army programs in the past, is promising to match all donations up to $5,000 at three red kettles in Naperville and Bolingbrook beginning Dec. 13, officials said Tuesday.

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    Sen. Mark Kirk is pictured in the first photo of him released after he suffered a stroke nearly two years ago.

    Kirk leaves hospital after gallbladder surgery

    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk left the hospital Tuesday a day after having surgery to remove his gallbladder. Kirk first went to Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital Saturday because of abdominal pain and had the surgery Monday.

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    Glen Ellyn adds water bill fee to fund fire company

    Glen Ellyn residents will see an additional fee on their water bills beginning in May to help fund the village’s volunteer fire company. The village board voted 3 to 1 Monday to implement a monthly service fee that will cost homeowners $7.50 and apartment dwellers $3.

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    Hoffman Estates officials this week gave preliminary approval to an estimated $188,000 in improvements at the Virginia Mary Hayter Village Green. The changes will allow vendors to operate at the Green during the Northwest Fourth Fest and make the area more accessible to patrons of the village’s Summer Sounds on the Green concert series.

    Hoffman Estates plans improvements for Village Green

    Hoffman Estates trustees gave preliminary approval Monday to nearly $200,000 in improvements to make the Virginia Mary Hayter Village Green more accessible to concert goers and user-friendly for vendors who will operate on the site during upcoming Northwest Fourth Fests. Trustee Michael Gaeta said putting the vendors in one spot would be a huge improvement for the festival.

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    Libertyville resident Rocky Hakanen shovels snow off his driveway Monday morning after the first significant snowfall of the year in Lake County.

    Cold, then snow, expected in next 24 hours

    It’s cold outside. People in the suburbs should pull out their heavy coats and gloves after arctic temperatures continued to put the deep freeze on the area Tuesday morning. AccuWeather forecasters have said temperatures will climb to 17 degrees this afternoon, but the wind chill will make it feel like zero degrees outside.

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    Though not to scale, this is an artist’s impression of the Rosetta orbiter deploying the Philae lander to comet 67P/ChuryumovñGerasimenko. The European Space Agency has set a tentative date for the first landing of a spacecraft on a comet: next Nov. 11.

    European probe on course for a landing on a comet

    The European Space Agency is planning to land an unmanned spacecraft on a comet next year in an unprecedented and exquisitely tricky mission that has been underway for almost a decade and is about to enter a critical new phase.

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    Retired Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu speaks at the memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto near Johannesburg, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013.

    Quotes from leaders, family at Mandela memorial

    World leaders, family, friends and thousands of mourners who queued for hours to secure a seat in Johannesburg’s FNB stadium paid tribute to South Africa’s anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela. Here’s a selection of quotes from the speeches at the memorial service and from mourners attending the event compiled by The Associated Press.

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    Volunteers Rich Heneberry of Lake Villa, right, and Matt Bohmann of Lindenhurst load boxes of gifts on trucks Tuesday at One Hope United in Lake Villa. The annual drive gathered nearly 2,700 gifts for children in need.

    One Hope United collects gifts for children in Lake Villa

    Volunteers from Great Lakes Naval Station and One Hope United loaded holiday gifts on three trucks at the historic Richardson House in Lake Villa on Tuesday to deliver to needy children.

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    BACOA distributes materials for life-saving IDOT program

    The Barrington Area Council on Aging is a distribution site for the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Illinois Yellow Dot program.

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    The 50 lighted holiday trees made this year by welding students at Sheridan Correctional Center are set up in groups of five throughout Phillips Park.

    If you go

    What: Festival of LightsWhen: 5 to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 26Where: Phillips Park, 1000 Ray Moses Drive, AuroraCost: Free; donations acceptedInfo: www.aurorafestivaloflights.com

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    In this image from TV, U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Cuban President Raul Castro at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, South Africa, in the rain for a memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela, Tuesday Dec. 10, 2013.

    Obama shakes hands with Cuba’s Raul Castro

    President Barack Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro Tuesday at a memorial service for Nelson Mandela, a simple gesture that signaled possible thawing between the leaders of two Cold War foes. The brief encounter between the U.S. and Cuban president came during a ceremony that celebrated the former South African president’s legacy of reconciliation.

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    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Thieves stole credit cards and a card holder Dec. 7 out of a customer’s purse at Marshalls in Arlington Heights. Someone used two credit cards to charge $6,000 at the Apple store and $2,000 at Macy’s, both in Woodfield Mall. The offenders tried but failed to make an additional $2,500 purchase at the Apple store. The victim was not aware that the cards were stolen until she received a call from...

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    The rendering of the waste transfer station proposed at Porter Drive and Route 120 in Round Lake Park.

    Waste transfer station decision pending in Round Lake Park

    After months in the process and dozens of hours of public hearings, the Round Lake Park village board will decide whether an application by Groot Industries Inc. for a garbage transfer station in town meets state criteria. Objectors have questioned the need for the facility as well as the impact of noise, odors, traffic and property values from what would be the first such operation in Lake...

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    Arlington Heights Target may soon sell liquor

    Under Arlington Heights code, liquor cannot be sold within 100 feet of a school, but on Monday the village committee of the whole agreed to waive the rules for the Target on Rand Road across the street from Hersey High School.

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    Dist. 204 board wants say in school calendar

    An on-again, off-again schedule for the first two weeks of November next year caused one board member to ask for board input during the schedule-setting process for the 2015-16 school year as a condition of his approval Monday night for the district’s 2014-15 calendar. “I struggle with seeing how the focus is on student achievement those first two weeks” of November, board member Justin Karubas...

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    7 car crash shuts down Lake Street in Elgin

    A 7-car pile up has shut down the intersection of Lake Street and Route 25 in downtown Elgin. Authorities remain on the scene to investigate the crash and remove the vehicles involved in the accident.

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    Lincoln letters to, from San Marino found

    A country can’t be too small or too far away, apparently, to get in on the craze for Lincoln memorabilia. Springfield’s Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum says in a statement that the tiny European nation of San Marino has helped turn up letters to Lincoln.

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    Chicago Police: 6,500 guns seized so far this year
    Chicago Police say they have seized more than 6,500 illegal firearms this year. The department routinely leads the nation in the number of guns seized by a wide margin. The latest totals put the force on pace to confiscate about 7,000 illegal guns for the year.

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    Richard Salisbury Williamson

    Illinois GOP leader, envoy Rich Williamson dies at 64

    A former U.S. Senate candidate and diplomat described as one of the Illinois Republican Party’s most influential minds has died of complications from a cerebral hemorrhage. Richard Salisbury Williamson was 64. He died Sunday, according to a family friend, Alan Holmer, who was a Princeton classmate of Williamson’s and former ambassador.

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    Small Wisconsin community mourns deaths of elderly couple

    A small community in Bayfield County is mourning the deaths of an elderly couple who were killed in an attack at their home. Sheriff’s officials identified the couple as Jim Crain, 79, and Eunice Crain, 76, of Iron River. A 44-year-old man who sustained injuries that were not life-threatening during the attack is a suspect in the homicides and is being held under guard at a Duluth, Minn.,...

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    Dawn Patrol: Bears win big; Our Lady of Guadalupe to draw thousands

    Glen Ellyn proposes salt storage expansion. Our lady of Guadalupe to draw thousands. More than 6 pounds of marijuana mailed to Elgin home, police say. NIU quarterback a Heisman finalist. Da Bears, da Bears, da Bears. McCown smoking hot against Dallas.

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    Mount Prospect officials this month gave a qualified endorsement to a new plan outlining future development of the community’s downtown. The village board’s decision to “accept” rather than “adopt” the plan reflects reluctance and concerns about locking in a vision for the downtown.

    Downtown Mount Prospect plan gets lukewarm endorsement

    In what appears to be a lukewarm endorsement to a new plan outlining the future of Mount Prospect’s downtown, village trustees earlier this month voted to “accept” the report prepared by consultant, rather than adopt it. Mayor Arlene Juracek suggested the softening of the language to accept rather than adopt, adding that the plan’s ideas are “not cast in stone.”

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    Hoffman Estates will inspect rental homes

    Hoffman Estates will inspect and license rental properties -- single-family homes, townhomes and condominiums, according to preliminary approval by the village board Monday.

Sports

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    Cubs manager Rick Renteria answers a question from reporters during baseball’s winter meetings.

    Cubs’ Renteria talks shop to the media
    New Cubs manager Rick Renteria had his national coming-out party Tuesday at baseball's winter meetings in Orlando, Fla. Renteria addressed many topics, including shortstop Starlin Castro,the closer's situation and what kind of camp he will run when spring training opens in two months.

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    The White Sox get a much-needed left-handed hitter in a three-team trade with Arizona and the L.A. Angels. The Sox gave up pitcher Hector Santiago and get 25-year-old center fielder Adam Eaton from the Diamondbacks.

    Sox acquire Eaton in three-way deal

    The White Sox have been looking for a gritty hitter to fill the leadoff spot, a hitter capable of taking pitches, putting the ball in play and keeping the strikeouts to a minimum. They believe they've found their guy in Adam Eaton. In a three team deal, the White Sox sent left-handed pitcher Hector Santiago to the Angels and the Angels sent power-hitting outfielder Mark Trumbo to Arizona.

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    Bears quarterback Josh McCown targets wide receiver Brandon Marshall on Monday night on his way to 348 yards passing. It was McCown's third straight 300-plus game, the first time that has happened in franchise history.

    Bears' big win over Cowboys a team effort

    The final score may have looked like a blowout, but there were some critical moments in the Bears' 45-28 Monday night victory that turned the tide in their favor and stoked their smoldering playoff hopes. “I thought the big change in the game came when our defense made a stop late in the second quarter,” coach Marc Trestman said, “and then we were able to get Alshon (Jeffrey) the ball late in the half to score.”

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

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

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

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

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

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    Dierking showing North Central the way to semifinals

    It takes a total team effort to get to be able to keep playing football this deep into the postseason.

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    Walsh, Harper solve Oakton

    Harper men’s basketball coach Tony Amarino doesn’t mind a little contact in the games he’s overseeing. In Tuesday’s case, specifically, he appreciated the game’s hard-nosed nature. “I’m kind of glad we were in a physical game,” Amarino said. “That’s what were going to see in Freeport (in the upcoming Highland tournament).” Even better is that the Hawks weren’t thrown by the nature of the contest Tuesday, as Harper extended its winning streak to eight games with a 76-65 win over visiting Oakton Community College (5-7).

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    Batavia tops Larkin behind Fruendt’s 29

    Senior guard Liza Fruendt scored a game-high 29 points while sophomore forward Hannah Frazier added 10 points and 15 rebounds as Batavia’s girls basketball team earned a 62-42 Upstate Eight Conference River Division victory over Larkin Tuesday night in Batavia.

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    St. Charles North handles Hoffman Estates

    St. Charles North jumped to a 17-7 after one quarter Tuesday at Hoffman Estates and never looked back on its way to a 61-37 victory.

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    Wheaton Academy defense surrounds Kilian Brown of St. Francis as he tries to shoot the ball during boys basketball in West Chicago on Tuesday.

    Wheaton Academy takes another step forward

    The Wheaton Academy boys basketball team put lessons learned in the second half of Friday night’s 25-point loss to St. Viator to good use Tuesday night against Suburban Christian Blue rival St. Francis and it meant a 59-55 home victory.

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    Gunderson, Barrington get win No. 8

    Barrington’s girls basketball team ran its record to 8-1 on Tuesday night with a 59-52 victory at Grayslake North. Senior Brooke Gunderson led the Fillies with 14 points while also adding 4 assists, 3 steals and 3 rebounds.

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    Photos from the Wheaton Warrenville South at Naperville North girls basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 10.

    Images: Wheaton Warrenville South vs. Naperville North girls basketball
    Naperville North hosted Wheaton Warrenville South Tuesday, Dec. 10 for girls basketball.

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    Photos from the St. Francis at Wheaton Academy boys basketball game on Tuesday, Dec. 10.

    Images: St. Francis vs. Wheaton Academy boys basketball
    Wheaton Academy hosted St. Francis Tuesday, Dec. 10 for boys basketball.

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    Zeitz tallies 23 leading West Aurora past Yorkville

    Taylor Jacobsen and the rest of the experienced West Aurora starters have been in enough tense moments the past four years not to panic when a game gets tight. On Tuesday night in Yorkville, the Blackhawks saw their 13-point lead sliced to 4 with six minutes left in the game. Jacobsen and her sister Erin made sure the Foxes got no closer.

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    Kaneland’s Bailey Crimmins shoots past a block by Rochelle’s Lizzie Miller in the second quarter on Tuesday, December 10.

    Kaneland slips past Rochelle

    Ally VanBogaert failed to dent the scoring column in the opening half Tuesday night in Maple Park. “I didn’t have any confidence,” the Kaneland forward said. But the junior had back-to-back field goals on the Knights’ opening pair of possessions against Rochelle in Northern Illinois Big XII East girls basketball action. VavBogaert would not score again until it was crunch time, but her 3-pointer was a dagger against the Hubs in the Knights’ 44-38 victory.

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    The Bulls’ Mike Dunleavy drives to a basket on his way to 24 points in Tuesday night’s loss to the Bucks.

    Bulls’ mystery continues with loss to Bucks

    With just one opening-night starter on the floor, the Bulls played a miserable second half and lost to Milwaukee 78-74 on Tuesday at the United Center. The season of mystery continues for the home team. The Bulls own wins over Indiana and Miami, but have lost to Utah and Milwaukee, the NBA's two worst teams.

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    Elgin’s Ryan Sitter passes the ball around Burlington-Central’s Duncan Ozburn Tuesday in Elgin.

    Burlington Central upends Elgin

    Senior guard Reed Hunnicutt and the Burlington Central boys basketball team played the final four minutes of Tuesday’s 74-68 victory at Elgin’s Chesbrough Field House like they wanted to leave a lasting impression. Beginning with a jumper by Elgin senior Desmond Sanders with 16 seconds left in the third quarter, the Rockets and Maroons traded leads 10 times until they found themselves knotted at 59-59, courtesy of a 3-pointer by Elgin senior post Ryan Sitter. An immediate counter for a driving layup by Hunnicutt, who then sank 4 straight free throws on Central’s next 2 possessions, ignited a 10-2 run that helped the Class 3A Rockets improve to 6-1 with a quality road win against, arguably, the most athletic team they will face during the regular season.

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    Laurel Pereira of Naperville North takes one to the net during the Wheaton Warrenville South at Naperville North girls basketball gameTuesday.

    Franke, WW South control boards against Naperville N.

    Wheaton Warrenville South basketball forward Melinda Franke just loves rebounding. On Tuesday the Tigers senior expressed her love of the task with 16 rebounds, half of them on the offensive boards to lead Wheaton Warrenville South to a 64-51 win over host and DuPage Valley Conference rival Naperville North

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    North Chicago stops Vernon Hills

    Zyaire Strowder-Butler and Tinee’sha Coleman each scored 16 points, and North Chicago’s girls basketball team ended Vernon Hills’ North Suburban Conference Prairie Division winning streak at 31 games, edging the visiting Cougars 52-50 in overtime Tuesday night.

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    Downers N. catches WW South by surprise

    Downers Grove North boys basketball coach Jim Thomas didn’t talk to his team about Xs and Os at halftime of Tuesday’s game at Wheaton Warrenville South. He stressed competing, something Thomas felt the Trojans didn’t do enough of during a ho-hum first half. That all changed in the second half as Downers North rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat the Tigers 47-45 in action from the Addison Trail preholiday tournament.

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    St. Francis stays cool, claims win

    Before a minute had even elapsed in Tuesday’s girls basketball game, IC Catholic Prep held a 7-0 lead, scoring on the first three possessions after three St. Francis turnovers.

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    Girls basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    Crystal Lake Central 46, Hampshire 31: Only scoring 9 points in the second half, the Whip-Purs (5-4, 1-2 Fox Valley Conference Fox Division) are still looking for consistency from game to game after another loss in which they failed to score more than 40 points. Emma Benoit was the most efficient player for Hampshire, hitting 4 baskets, going 3 for 3 from the line for 11 points and grabbing 7 rebounds, while Becky Dumoulin and Nikki Dumoulin had 11 and 7 points respectively.Elk Grove 44, Bartlett 42 (OT): Despite sending Elk Grove to the line 12 more times than themselves, the Hawks (4-5) almost scrapped out a nonconference win on the road in overtime. Leading Bartlett with 12 points, Ally Giampapa scored 9 in the fourth quarter to force the extra period. Kaitlin Brohan had 9 points for Bartlett, while Kelly Harris added 8.Burlington Central 41, Rockford Christian 35: To remain unbeaten, and to pick up their first conference win, the Rockets (7-0, 1-0) used a big second half from a sophomore in this Big Northern East tilt on the road. Samantha Pryor had 10 points on the night, with 8 coming in the third quarter, to help erase what was a 3-point halftime deficit. Another sophomore, Shelby Holt, led Central with 13 points.

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    Boys basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    St. Edward 66, Guerin 53: Perfection is still a valid term for the Green Wave (9-0, 1-0) as they downed Guerin in Suburban Christian crossover action in Elgin. Nick Duffy led all scorers with 19 points while DaVontae Elam added 11. St. Edward outscored the Gators 56-43 in the final 3 quarters. Jacobs 54, Woodstock 35: New head coach Jimmy Roberts collected his first win as Golden Eagles’ head coach in Fox Valley Conference crossover action. Junior Chris Orange led Jacobs (1-3) with 15 points and Ben Murray chipped in 12 to halt the Blue Streaks. Jacobs also hit 21 free throws. “It’s a good feeling with our experience,” Roberts said. “With a new group together it’s tough to get that first win.” Crystal Lake South 70, Johnsburg 44: The Gators used a 21-point second quarter to break away from Johnsburg and stay undefeated in FVC crossover action at The Swamp. Chris Mahoney led CLS (7-0) with a game-high 19 while Austin Rogers chipped in 14. Caleb Johnson also scored in double figures with 10.Huntley 73, Crystal Lake Central 24: Huntley (3-3) scored more points in the fourth quarter (26) than the Tigers had in the Fox Valley Conference crossover game and 12 Red Raiders touched the scoring column. Belmont-bound Amanze Egekeze led the Raiders with 15 points and senior Kyle Slonka managed 12. Eight Red Raiders had at least 5 points.Bartlett 57, Oswego East 49: Ryan DiCanio led Bartlett (6-1) with 20 points in this nonconference win.

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    Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) is helped off the ice after suffering an injury against the Florida Panthers last Sunday. Team officials said Tuesday he will miss three weeks.

    Blackhawks make things easy for Raanta

    With Corey Crawford out for three weeks with a right-leg injury, it’s going to be Antti Raanta’s net for the Blackhawks. The Hawks made it as easy as possible for the rookie Tuesday night with a 6-2 rout of the host Dallas Stars, who had 4 shots in the first period. The Hawks gave Raanta a 5-0 lead in the second period. Crawford is expected to be out three weeks.

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    Fast start puts Grant past Dundee-Crown

    After losing to North Chicago this past Friday after falling behind by 15 points in the first quarter, it was important to the Grant girls basketball team to get off to a good start Tuesday night. That’s exactly what the Bulldogs did, parlaying an 18-4 lead after one quarter into a 56-39 nonconference win in front of a sparse crowd at Dundee-Crown.

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    Warren’s Kristen O’Brien, left and Stevenson’s Taylor Buford battle for a rebound Tuesday night in Gurnee.

    Sharpshooting Stevenson grabs a win

    The lumberjack handshake by Sophia Way isn’t by accident. “It comes from basketball,” Stevenson’s 5-foot-8 junior guard said. Translation: lots of shooting and ball-skill drills. Way’s hard work and that of her teammates was evident in the Patriots’ 60-32 win against host Warren in Gurnee on Tuesday night. Stevenson sank a season-high 11 3-pointers, including four by Way, in improving to 5-2 overall and 2-0 in the North Suburban Lake Division.

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    Milwaukee Bucks forward John Henson (31) blocks the shot of Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson (22) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, in Chicago.

    Henson helps Bucks rally past Bulls, 78-74

    John Henson had 25 points, 14 rebounds and six blocked shots, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Chicago Bulls 78-74 on Tuesday night in a matchup of injury-riddled teams trying to break out of a slump. Brandon Knight added 19 points and 10 rebounds for Milwaukee, which had dropped three of four. O.J. Mayo was just 2 for 12 from the field, but had seven assists and made a couple of big plays in the fourth quarter.

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    Dallas Stars goalie Dan Ellis (30) gives up a goal to Chicago Blackhawks left wing Patrick Sharp (10) Tuesday night in Dallas. The Blackhawks defeated the Stars 6-2.

    Sharp, Saad each net 2 as Blackhawks top Stars 6-2

    Patrick Sharp scored twice, extending his domination of the Dallas Stars, and the Chicago Blackhawks cruised to a 6-2 victory Tuesday night. Brandon Saad also scored two goals for Chicago, which has won three of the four games between the teams. One victory was in a shootout.

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    Johnston leads Meadows victory

    Sophomore Kelly Johnston led the as Rolling Meadows’ girls gymnastics team earned a 127.15-123.25 victory over host Buffalo Grove on Tuesday, while Palatine earned a victory over Hoffman Estates and Prospect topped Wheeling.

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    Gregoire leads Cary-Grove past Hampshire

    Jason Gregoire scored when it counted the most. Tallying 12 of his game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter, Gregoire’s efforts propelled Cary-Grove to a 52-47 boys basketball win over Hampshire in Fox Valley Conference crossover action in Cary Tuesday night.

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    Prospect’s Taylor Will drives to the basket against Hersey defender Juliette Vainisi during Tuesday’s game.

    Prospect puts it all together

    Prospect’s girls basketball team may have gone into its Mid-Suburban East opener undefeated on Tuesday night but that was the least of its concerns. “It’s very nice being undefeated but that isn’t one of goals,” said junior forward Catherine Sherwood. “Our goal is to the best we can be.” Well, they sure seemed to accomplish that goal. In what Knights coach Ashley Graham called the “best-executed game plan” she’s seen as a high school coach, Prospect built an 18-6 lead after one quarter and never looked back in a 54-42 victory over Hersey at the Ken Carter Gymnasium.

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    Illinois guard Rayvonte Rice (24) stops his drive defended by Dartmouth Big Green forward John Golden (23) during Tuesday night’s game in Champaign. The Illini beat Dartmouth 72-65.

    Balanced Illinois defeats Dartmouth 72-65

    Illinois didn’t play quite as rough as it did in its last home game, a 57-55 escape against Indiana Purdue-Fort Worth on Nov. 29, but the Illini still have some ragged edges in their game. Tuesday, John Groce’s club had to hold off a late charge against Dartmouth for a 72-65 win in Illinois’ last nonconference home game of the season.

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    Images from the Hersey vs. Prospect girls basketball game on Tuesday, December 10, in Arlington Heights.

    Images: Hersey vs. Prospect, Girls Basketball
    The Hersey High School girls basketball team hosted the Prospect High School girls on Tuesday, December 10, in Arlington Heights.

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    Augustin reportedly on his way to Bulls

    The Bulls appear to be on the verge of signing point guard D.J. Augustin, who was released recently by Toronto. He doesn't figure to be the late-game closer the Bulls need, but Augustin might be able to give Kirk Hinrich some more rest.

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    Images from the Burlington Central vs. Elgin boys basketball game Tuesday, December 10, 2013.

    Images: Burlington Central vs. Elgin boys basketball
    Elgin hosted Burlington Central in a boys basketball matchup Tuesday.

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    Big second half propels Dundee-Crown

    It took 16 minutes for Dundee-Crown to get going, but the Chargers took control in the second half. Juwan Stewart scored 16 points and the Chargers downed DeKalb, 62-52, in nonconference boys basketball action in nDeKalb Tuesday night.

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    Oakton tops Harper

    Harper College fell short against visiting Oakton 61-47 on Tuesday in a nonconference women's basketball game.

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    Bears quarterback Josh McCown carries the ball for a first down during Monday night’s victory over the Cowboys.

    Maybe it’s best not to mess with Bears’ McCown

    Readers have e-mailed with the message that neither Marc Trestman nor I should mess with Josh McCown. At this point in time it's hard to argue that they're wrong.

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    Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch will be in New York on Saturday for the Heisman Trophy ceremony.

    Heisman trip fitting tribute to wide-eyed Lynch

    For NIU and Jordan Lynch, an invite to New York as a Heisman finalist seems a fitting tribute to one of the best players in college football.

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    Bears head coach Marc Trestman said he was proud of the way the Bears went back to tornado-ravaged Washington, Ill., last week after a tough loss to the Vikings.

    Trestman impressed by players’ giving spirit

    The Bears could have moped around in the week after they lost in overtime to the Vikings and saw their playoff hopes take a turn for the worse. But they didn't, showing coach Marc Trestman the character that he's witnessed all season.

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    No longer hurt, motivated Purta having fun

    His drive this season is anchored on the sorrow he endured last season. Kamil Purta, a senior at East Leyden who skates for the co-op Leyden Eagles, is in his third season on the team that also features players from West Leyden, Elmwood Park and Ridgewood. And based on an injury last season, he's got a healthy outlook on how important it is to have fun playing hockey.

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    Jack Nicklaus, left, and Tony Jacklin of Great Britain combined for one of the most endearing moments in golf history in the 1969 Ryder Cup when Nicklaus made his putt on the final hole to knot the team score at 16-apiece and then picked up Jacklin's marker as he faced a two-foot putt.

    Concession Cup stirs Nicklaus-Jacklin memories

    Golf columnist Len Ziehm takes a closer look at The Concession, the spectacular golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin, and their plans for a new event, The Concession Cup, which will stir memories of their famous Ryder Cup match in 1969.

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    Jim Corno

    CSN president Jim Corno passes away at 66

    Jim Corno, president of Comcast SportsNet Chicago, passed away Tuesday morning at the age of 66 after fighting a long battle with cancer.

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    Olympic figure skating champion Evan Lysacek announced Tuesday that a torn labrum in his left hip will keep him from competing in the Winter Olympics in Sochi. (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri, File)

    Tearful Lysacek drops out of Olympic chase

    Evan Lysacek woke up every morning praying this would be the day the excruciating pain in his left hip would subside. And every day when he stepped on the ice, the searing throb of pain reminded him that passion alone can’t fuel a dream. The reigning Olympic figure skating champion and Naperville native announced Tuesday that a torn labrum in his left hip will keep him from competing in Sochi.

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    Quarterback Jay Cutler is expected to draw interest from several NFL teams, but the Bears have to determine whether to move forward with him first.

    Lots of time to decide if Cutler should go

    With the satisfactory play of Josh McCown, do the Chicago Bears even know what their plan is for a Jay Cutler return?

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    Carmel’s Emily Casale, left, and Marian Central’s Ellen Koscielniak fight for a rebound during Monday’s game in Mundelein.

    Images: Daily Herald prep photos of the week
    The Daily Herald Prep Photos of the Week gallery includes the best high school sports images by our photographers featuring boys and girls basketball, gymnastics and wrestling.

Business

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    Bittersweet Golf Club in Gurnee is doing better financially, according to a management company hired by the village board.

    Gurnee’s Bittersweet Golf Club finances on upswing

    Finances are on the upswing at Bittersweet Golf Club in Gurnee, according to a recent presentation given to the village board. Mayor Kristina Kovarik said she was “tickled pink” after hearing the long-struggling course did not lose money.

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    The OfficeMax headquarters in Naperville.

    Office Depot will leave Naperville OfficeMax HQ

    Office Depot Inc. announced today the newly formed company will put its headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla., not at the existing OfficeMax offices in Naperville. That puts roughly 1,600 workers in the Naperville headquarters at a fork in the road, potentially facing a move to the new headquarters or a severance package.

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    Mary Barra, formerly General Motors’ senior vice president, Global Product Development, will be the company’s next CEO.

    GM names Barra as CEO, 1st woman to head car company

    General Motors picked Mary Barra, its product development chief and a 33-year company veteran, as its next CEO. She will become the first female head of a major U.S. car company.GM said Tuesday that Barra, 51, will replace Dan Akerson, who moved up his retirement plans by several months because his wife is ill.

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    U.S. stocks fell Tuesday, after the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index reached a record, as investors weighed federal budget negotiations and better-than-estimated economic data to gauge the timing of any Federal Reserve stimulus cuts.

    Stocks lower after hitting record; banks in focus

    Stocks fell modestly Tuesday as investors took a breather from a market that notched yet another record high the day before. The market has hit several all-time highs in recent months, but with the holiday season and end of the year approaching many investors expect the market to be calm as 2013 winds down.

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    Chicago-based Boeing Co., the world’s largest aircraft maker, said capital markets will provide increasing levels of financing to airlines around the world as they look to fund an anticipated $112 billion in jet deliveries next year.

    Boeing sees capital market expansion in $112 billion jet funding

    Chicago-based Boeing Co., the world’s largest aircraft maker, said capital markets will provide increasing levels of financing to airlines around the world as they look to fund an anticipated $112 billion in jet deliveries next year. Capital markets this year will provide 14 percent of the $104 billion in required financing, increasing to about 22 percent in 2014.

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    Nick McGill wears the Titan Arm as he poses at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

    Pa. students’ robotic arm can make you stronger

    Need a hand lifting something? A robotic device invented by University of Pennsylvania engineering students can help its wearer carry an additional 40 pounds. Titan Arm looks and sounds like part of a superhero’s costume. But its creators say it’s designed for ordinary people — those who need either physical rehabilitation or a little extra muscle for their job.

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    This Sept. 10, 2012 photo shows Chicago teachers walk walking a picket line outside a school in Chicago, after they went on strike for the first time in 25 years.

    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 state Legislature doesn’t deal with Chicago’s own multibillion-dollar pension problem.

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    A woman walks past the Lululemon Athletica store at Union Square in New York.

    Lululemon founder stepping down as chairman

    The founder of Lululemon is stepping down as chairman after raising ire with his comments about the body types of potential buyers of the retailer’s yoga pants. The company also said Tuesday that it is appointing Laurent Potdevin as its next CEO. He succeeds Christine Day, who announced in June that she planned to resign.

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    Quinn: Illinois to build, renovate affordable housing

    Gov. Pat Quinn says Illinois will build or rehabilitate nearly 1,500 affordable housing units statewide. The Chicago Democrat said in a statement Monday the apartments will ensure working families, seniors and people with disabilities have quality, affordable housing.

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    Sticker shock may await health insurance buyers

    The next big challenge for the nation’s health care law may be sticker shock, when consumers find they’re still paying high medical bills after buying low-cost insurance for the first time. With a Dec. 23 deadline looming for anyone who wants health insurance by Jan. 1, people may hurry to choose plans with cheap monthly payments on a new insurance marketplace.

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    ICC tells Ameren to lower electricity rates

    Utility regulators say Ameren Illinois needs to lower its electricity delivery rate in 2014. The (Decatur) Herald & Review reports the Illinois Commerce Commission says the utility needs to cut its delivery rate by $45 million.

Life & Entertainment

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    The head louse is a six-legged wingless insect known as an ectoparasite, meaning that it makes its home on a host’s surface. “Seeing (lice) in their kid’s hair makes a normally sane person insane,” says M.J. Eckert, a former school nurse.

    Untangling the myths about head lice

    Head lice: The idea alone is enough to make your scalp itch. Each year, there are 6 million to 12 million lice cases in U.S. children ages 3 to 11, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s a year-round scourge, though the number of cases seems to peak when kids go back to school in the fall and again in January, possibly due to familial mingling during the holidays.

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    Omit the tears by using frozen chopped onion in this quick recipe for Parsnip Soup With Orange and Ginger.

    To be happier in the kitchen, cook better by cooking smarter

    Experts share ideas and strategies for being a smarter cook, and therefore a better, happier cook.

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    Daily Herald Movie Critic Dann Gire talks about lighting in movies during a Total Subscriber Access program at Littman Bros. Lighting in Schaumburg Tuesday.

    Daily Herald critic talks lighting in Schaumburg

    Daily Herald subscribers met film critic Dann Gire and saw his program “Enlighten Me!”, all about movie lighting, Tuesday night at Littman Bros. Lighting in Schaumburg. Gire talked about the ways lighting techniques tell a story, and used film clips to demonstrate.

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    Deborah Rutter, currently the president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, will lead the Kennedy Center, replacing Michael Kaiser who is stepping down next year after more than 13 years as president.

    Kennedy Center names CSO’s Rutter to lead arts group

    The head of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra was named the next president of the Kennedy Center and will become the first woman to lead the performing arts center since it opened in 1971, officials said Tuesday. Deborah F. Rutter, 57, will join the Kennedy Center in September. Rutter has led the Chicago Symphony since 2003.

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    Winter squash comes in a number of varieties and each is packed with nutrients and fiber.

    Ask the nutritionist: Winter squash a great source of carotenoids

    Winter squash comes in many sizes, shapes and varieties; almost all are great sources of compounds called carotenoids.

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    Family’s obsession with weight is too heavy to bear

    Reader says her family has always been obsessed with weight loss, to the point of being mean spirited about it. Carolyn Hax says tell them how you really feel about the pressure.

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    MTV’s college channel has gone in two wildly different directions in naming Pope Francis and pop singer Lorde as its man and woman of the year.

    Pope, pop singer share MTVU award

    MTV’s college channel has gone in two wildly different directions in naming Pope Francis and pop singer Lorde as its man and woman of the year. MTVU said Tuesday that both figures challenged their followers with unexpected stands.

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    The makers of “The Bible” on TV, Roma Downey and Mark Burnett are going back again in time for a CBS miniseries.

    CBS orders miniseries based on ‘The Dovekeepers’

    The makers of “The Bible” on TV are going back again in time for a CBS miniseries. The network announced that it will air a four-hour miniseries based on the historical novel “The Dovekeepers,” sometime in 2015.

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    Johnny Cash’s newest album, “Out Among the Stars,” will be released March 25, 2014. The new album is comprised of 12 studio recordings by Cash that were recently discovered.

    New Johnny Cash album to be released next spring

    There’s new never-before-heard music coming from Johnny Cash. Cash’s estate is releasing “Out Among the Stars,” an album he recorded with Billy Sherrill in the early 1980s that was never released by Columbia Records, then disappeared when the company dropped Cash in 1986. Turns out Cash and his wife, June Carter Cash, stashed the tapes — along with just about everything else that came into their possession.

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    MTV has declared that Miley Cyrus is the best artist of the year.

    MTV declares Miley Cyrus its artist of the year

    Here’s something to wag a tongue at: MTV says Miley Cyrus is the best artist of the year. The former child star twerked her way to the top. Her eye-popping duet with Robin Thicke on the MTV Video Music Awards was one of the year’s most talked about cultural events.

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    Tracy Spiridakos as Charlie Matheson, Billy Burke as Miles Matheson, Daniella Alonso as Nora and Paras Patel as Albert star in NBC’s “Revolution.” Violent dramas on the broadcast networks carry milder parental cautions than cable shows but can equal them in graphic gore.

    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. Scenes of stabbings, shootings, rape, decapitation and mutilation invariably received a TV-14 “parents strongly cautioned” rating on network TV, according to the Parents Television Council study released Monday. But similar fare on cable typically was given the most stringent label, TV-MA for mature audiences only, researchers for the media watchdog group found.

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    The head louse is a six-legged wingless insect known as an ectoparasite, meaning that it makes its home on a host’s surface. “Seeing (lice) in their kid’s hair makes a normally sane person insane,” says M.J. Eckert, a former school nurse.

    Untangling the myths about head lice

    Head lice: The idea alone is enough to make your scalp itch. Each year, there are 6 million to 12 million lice cases in U.S. children ages 3 to 11, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s a year-round scourge, though the number of cases seems to peak when kids go back to school in the fall and again in January, possibly due to familial mingling during the holidays.

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    Bacon adds savory notes to Annie overboe’s toffee cookie without being overpowering.

    A holiday treat tailor-made for bacon lovers

    Annie Overboe reviews tips for successful holiday baking and gives us a bacony toffee cookie that's as rich in texture as it is in flavor. Your mouth will be as surprised as mine with the chewy texture and how the savory salty flavors exquisitely balance against the caramely in this cookie. The big secret to success lies in cooking the bacon evenly to prevent burning and enhance crispiness.

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    Bits of bacon add a flavor surprise to holiday cookies.

    Toffee and Bacon Cookies
    Toffee and Bacon Cookies

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    Cook of the Week Louis Margiotta of Streamwood shows off his raspberry pound cake and his pasta with chicken gravy.

    Cook of the Week: Octogenarian shares recipes, tips on social media

    For Louis Margiotta of Streamwood, Facebook is just one way he shares his love for cooking. On his page you may find a photo of his latest, scrumptious cake, or a post about the merits of Italian cooking. But Louis does not spend a lot of time online because he’s usually in the kitchen.

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    Louis Margiotta’s pound cake boasts a raspberry filling, but he says the recipe is adaptable to a multitude of fruit fillings and icings.

    Whatever you wish Poundcake
    Whatever You Wish Pound Cake: Loius Margiotta

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    You'll need a big skillet to cook up Louis Margiotta's chicken and pasta sauce.

    Chicken Pasta Sauce
    Chicken Pasta Sauce: Loius Margiotta

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    Zucchini Pasta
    Zucchini Pasta: Loius Margiotta

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    Cambria Hankin talks to her three dogs — Buddy, left, Riah and Stitch — at the Sepulveda Basin Dog Park in Los Angeles. Dr. Gary Weitzman, president of the San Diego Humane Society, has worked with tens of thousands of stray dogs over the last quarter century and says there is no question that pets and people communicate.

    Wags and barks speak volumes when talking to dogs

    Wags and barks speak volumes when it comes to understanding what a dog is saying, but there are also clues in a dog’s eyes, ears, nose or the tilt of its head. Are humans getting the right messages? Dr. Gary Weitzman, president of the San Diego Humane Society and former CEO of the Washington Animal Rescue League, has worked with tens of thousands of stray dogs over the last quarter century and says there is no question that pets and people communicate, but some are getting more out of it than others.

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    Tabata routines can incorporate a variety of exercise movements including squats, lunges, push-ups, situps and working with weights. In Tabata, an exercise is done at a high intensity for 20 seconds, followed by 10 seconds of rest. Then, you repeat that cycle eight times.

    Pressed for time? Try a Tabata workout

    Tabata is the name of a form of interval training that relies on a simple pattern of 20 seconds of exercise followed by 10 seconds of rest. The American Council on Exercise recently conducted its own Tabata study and deemed that even a 20-minute routine was strenuous enough to qualify as an effective cardiovascular workout. (And subjects burned between 240 and 360 calories in that short session.)

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    Jason Derulo is on the bill for the 2013 Jingle Bash at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

    Best bets: Pop goes the Jingle Bash at Allstate

    The Jonas Brothers, Jason Derulo, Armin Van Buuren, Pitbull, Ariana Grande, Austin Mahone, Avicii and Emblem3 are just some of the bands on the bill for the 2013 Jingle Bash Saturday at Rosemont's Allstate Arena. The X-Treme Fighting Organization (XFO) 49 Mixed Martial Arts brings a series of fighting bouts to the Sears Centre. Or, for the kids, Yo Gabba Gabba! rings in the season with a very awesome show at Rosemont Theatre.

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    A Tabata workout to try

    This Tabata combination torches calories. Repeat each exercise for 20 seconds, take 10 seconds to rest, and repeat four times.

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    Mario and friends can transform into cats in “Super Mario 3D World.”

    Mario back on the prowl in ‘3D World’

    The new “Super Mario 3D World” for Nintendo's Wii U evokes memories of “Super Mario 64.” While not genius, it is a charming, occasionally brilliant addition to a 30-year legacy of video-game excellence. Mario’s latest adventure is designed to accommodate up to four players. The four available characters have different skills: Luigi can jump higher, Princess Peach can float, Toad can run faster and Mario more or less averages them out.

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    “My Mistake,” a memoir by Daniel Menaker, gives readers a glimpse into the less-than-rarefied world of fiction — publishing, marketing, buying and selling.

    Menaker’s ‘My Mistake’ is enjoyable book

    Don’t bother using it to convince others of the legitimacy of your passion or to persuade those whose money you spend buying book after book that your enterprise is valid. Instead, just read “My Mistake.” And enjoy it. Daniel Menaker only shares as much of his life as is necessary to tell this story, a book story.

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    Plants given as gifts during the holidays, like the cyclamen pictured, often are wrapped in colorful foil, which traps water in the roots. Be sure to remove the foil, or at least punch holes in the bottom to allow water to drain.

    How to care for houseplants in the winter

    During the winter, most houseplants need less water and little if any fertilizer because their growth has slowed down. They are not in an active growth phase because of short days, reduced humidity and lower temperatures.

Discuss

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    Answers needed after freezer failure

    Kane County Coroner Rob Russell and board Chairman Chris Lauzen need to join forces to find out a way to keep standards high and costs contained, a Daily Herald editorial says.

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    Putting the pope’s words in context

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: We have reached a new level of political absurdity when the right is mad at the pope and the left wants to anoint his head with oil.

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    Fr. Pat’s words, influence will live on
    A South Barrington letter to the editor: On Nov. 30, a local man with a global footprint died: Fr. Patrick J. Brennan, prolific author, lecturer, sought-after homilist and innovative priest who brought the light of faith to the hearts of the people.

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    Living, dying with dignity is goal
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Although I don’t know exactly when my time will come, I do have a pretty good idea. Odds are I’ll be around for my 80th birthday in April, but the odds aren’t good for my 81st. To paraphrase Alfred Lord Tennyson, “God’s finger will touch me and I will sleep”. I’m OK with that.

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    Not teachers’ fault state fell down
    Not teachers’ fault state fell downSo, let’s get this straight.I have contributed into the state retirement system for my 38 years of teaching in Illinois. Eight percent of every check went to the state. The state did not match the funds as they were supposed to. Then came a state income tax that was supposed to fix the problem, but it didn’t. Where did the money go?Next came the lottery, which was supposed to fix the problem, but it didn’t. Where did the money go?Next came casino gambling to fix the problem, but it didn’t. Where did the money go?It is not the teacher’s fault that the state didn’t live up to their pledge.Let’s fine all the elected officials $10,000 from the past 50 years who didn’t live up to their pledge.Another solution might be to make Cook County a separate state and let them sink into Lake Michigan. The rest of Illinois keeps bailing them out. We would be in the black without Cook County.Ron KellerNaperville

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    No need to separate kids from football
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: On Oct, 8, Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada published a book titled “League of Denial,” in which they discuss a history of brain injuries in the National Football League. Head injuries in the NFL have been a hot topic for decades, but recently, parents are beginning to restrict their kids from playing football due to long-term health risks.

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    Increased minimum wage helps everyone
    Increased minimum wage helps everyoneRaising our unconscionably low minimum wage to at least $15 an hour — it is around $20 or more in Australia and some Western European countries — is not only moral, it is good for our country’s economy. To refute Republican propaganda, consumers are the job creators, not the 1 percent super rich elite.An unreasonably low minimum wage weakens the middle class, which lowers demand for good and services, which in turn weakens the economy.After all, everyone is better off when everyone is better off.Lanlan HooWheaton

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    Create an online store for low-income
    An Algonquin letter to the editor: The cuts to SNAP benefits will create greater difficulties for low-income families in the Carpentersville area when it comes to purchasing healthy foods.

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    More reasons to trust each other
    A Marengo letter to the editor: Regarding the story, “In God we may trust but not each other,” it is saddening to read that, but it is something we must work on. When we are united we spread the greatest light to the rest of the world. We may disagree on religion, politics and others, but there are more reasons that we should trust each other.

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