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    State investigators determined former Illinois Department of Labor amusement ride inspector Chuck Drager performed his “vocal impression” business while he was supposed to be working.

    Singing state worker kept on day job a year after filing false report

    Even after his supervisors at the Illinois Department of Labor discovered Chuck Drager fudged a safety inspection report for a ski lift at Villa Olivia in Bartlett, he was allowed to continue working for more than a year. Drager not only received almost $100,000 in pay while being investigated, but he continued to falsify safety reports, state inspectors said. He also sometimes left work early...

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    GOP gubernatorial candidates, from left, state Sen. Bill Brady, state Sen. Kirk Dillard, Bruce Rauner and Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford talk Thursday about issues important to them at a candidates forum in Mount Prospect.

    Rauner targeted by his opponents at Republican candidates' forum

    Winnetka businessman Bruce Rauner called a Daily Herald and ABC 7 candidate forum a “beat up Brucey” day after his three primary election opponents tried to question whether he's best to carry the GOP's hopes to win the Illinois governor's office for the first time in a decade. Rauner, state Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington, state Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale and Illinois Treasurer Dan...

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    The longtime absence of a concealed carry law in Illinois has helped lead to nearly 10,000 Chicago-area residents applying for licenses in the first 10 days.

    Demand for concealed carry keeps growing in suburbs
    Nearly 10,000 people in the Chicago area have applied to carry a concealed handgun in public, according to the first regional numbers released by the Illinois State Police. Cook County received more concealed carry licenses applications than DuPage, Lake, McHenry and Kane counties combined since Jan. 5, when applications became available under the new law. As a state, Illinois received more than...

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    Former Maine West High School soccer coach Michael Divincenzo talks to reporters after he was acquitted of a hazing charge Wednesday.

    Judge acquits ex-coach, saying he didn't know of Maine West hazing

    Former Maine West High School coach Michael Divincenzo was found not guilty of battery and hazing. The judge agreed that Divincenzo, 37, of Elk Grove Village, had no knowledge of the hazing. “It is obvious that some soccer players' conduct was bad and that's unfortunate,” said Divincenzo's attorney, Thomas Breen. “However, coach Divo had nothing whatsoever to do with that...

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    Aurora man charged in woman's murder

    An Aurora man has been charged with first degree murder in connection with the shooting death of a 22-year-old woman Monday. Police say Christopher Whetstone, 45, of the 500 block of Charles Street, shot Rachel Taylor multiple times in the abdomen after the two apparently argued down the street from Whetstone's home. He was arrested in the area of Plum and Westpark about 10 minutes after the...

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    Bolingbrook Police say a body found frozen in a vacant lot Tuesday morning maybe that of Jeffrey Talley, 50, of Geneva, who was last seen around Nov. 10 after being released from Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital.

    Police: Frozen body may be Geneva man

    A person found frozen in Bolingbrook Tuesday morning may be the Geneva man who went missing after leaving a nearby hospital in November, police said. “The preliminary investigation indicates the male subject to be a missing/endangered subject reported to the Geneva Police Department,” a release from the Bolingbrook Police Department said.

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    Local lawmakers back budget plan, tout local gains

    Suburban federal lawmakers of both parties unanimously backed the budget plan approved by Congress Wednesday, praising what they called an imperfect compromise. “As any football fan knows, you don't just score on perfect 50-yard passes, you work your way to the end zone running the ball for three yards and a cloud of dust,” U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, a Wheaton Republican, said.

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    Stephen Tomczyk

    More charges filed against Long Grove man in fatal DUI crash

    A Lake County grand jury on Wednesday approved additional counts of reckless homicide against a Long Grove man accused of being intoxicated during a crash that killed a woman. Stephen E. Tomczyk, 22, of the 3200 block of Middlesax Drive, was already facing three counts of reckless homicide for the crash that killed Jeewon Kim, 47, of Buffalo Grove on Sept. 5, 2013.

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    Ronald J. Brainer

    Three charged in Elgin home invasions

    Two suburban men and a juvenile were charged with felony home invasion after assaulting people during two separate break-ins at an Elgin home, police said. The home invasions took place Nov. 28 and Jan. 3 on the 900 block of Carl Avenue.

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    More than 400 people attended Wheaton Warrenville District 200’s first Engage200 community engagement session on Wednesday at Monroe Middle School in Wheaton.

    Hundreds attend first Engage200 session in Wheaton

    More than 400 community members gathered Wednesday at Monroe Middle School to discuss the current state, and future, of Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200’s schools and students. Many residents expressed surprise and concern with the sharp increase of students who receive free or reduced lunch, along with the need for more technology and flat student achievement in some areas.

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    Rick Olson of Montgomery listens to Bill Keck of Sugar Grove and Keith Wheeler of Oswego engage in a debate hosted by the Kane County Young Republicans on Wednesday in Aurora.

    50th House GOP debate features 2 of 4 candidates

    With only two of the four candidates attending, a debate Wednesday for people seeking the Republican nomination for the 50th state House district was a short and low-key affair.

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    Charles W. Walkanoff

    Police: Showboating teen accidentally shot partygoer

    A teen showing off a gun at an underage drinking party Tuesday in Beach Park accidentally shot another partygoer, according to the Lake County sheriff's office.

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    House Republicans: No support for graduated tax

    A collection of suburban Republican state lawmakers said Wednesday that no House GOP members will vote for a graduated income tax, a system that taxes people based on how much they earn. At a Chicago news conference, state Rep. David McSweeney of Barrington Hills touted his resolution opposing the idea, which has nearly garnered enough support so far in the Illinois House to block a change.

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    Passengers in an inflatable raft move away from US Airways Flight 1549 that went down in the Hudson River in New York on Jan. 15, 2009.

    ‘Miracle on the Hudson’ survivors mark 5 years

    The pilots and some passengers on a plane that made an extraordinary landing on the Hudson River marked the fifth anniversary of that remarkable event on Wednesday, giving thanks to those who kept everyone on the flight alive.

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    Kane officials oppose ComEd’s proposed power line path

    Kane County officials signaled Wednesday they will oppose the primary route ComEd envisions for power lines in the new Grand Prairie Gateway project. But when county board members put on their forest preserve commission hats Friday, they are likely to hear that opposition isn’t enough. “In the end, we have no power, as the county, to prohibit this from happening,” board member Kurt Kojzarek said.

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    Karlos Leath

    Warrenville man gets six years in fatal crash that killed 18-year-old

    A 32-year-old Warrenville man, Karlos Leath, was sentenced Wednesday to six years in prison for the April 2013 crash that killed his 18-year-old neighbor, Stephanie Pickett.

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    Party for hockey player:

    A fundraiser and send-off party for U.S. Olympic hockey player and Stevenson High School alumnus Megan Bozek will be held from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion, 1500 Abbott Court, Buffalo Grove.

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    Lincolnshire Garden Club taking requests for funding

    The Lincolnshire Garden Club is now taking applications for community-based, garden/plant/wildlife related requests for funding in 2014.

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    Group plans meeting about progressive income tax

    Americans for Prosperity will host a meeting in Grayslake regarding concerns about the possibility of a progessive income tax in Illinois on Thursday night.

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    No injuries in Naperville apartment fire

    No injuries were reported Wednesday in a fire that caused about $30,000 damage to an apartment complex on the 0-100 block of South Naper Boulevard, authorities said. Authorities said the fire was confined to a single unit of the complex, but smoke spread to the second and third floors.

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    Kevin Blottiaux

    Two arrests in Lake County air conditioner thefts

    Two Wildwood residents face charges they stole 68 commercial air-conditioning units in Lake County, police said Wednesday. Ricki Lucas, 37, and Kevin Blottiaux, 36, both of the 32000 Block of Rolling Hills Road, were arrested Tuesday.

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    Traffic crosses the George Washington Bridge, in Fort Lee, N.J. The September lane closings near the bridge that caused huge traffic jams likely violated federal law and could be a cause for criminal prosecution.

    Experts see possible charges in N.J. bridge scandal

    The George Washington Bridge traffic jam that was apparently engineered by allies of Gov. Chris Christie as political payback could lead to criminal charges such as conspiracy or official misconduct, legal experts say.

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    New Schaumburg public works contract gives employees 2 percent raises

    Schaumburg trustees have approved a new three-year contract with the village’s public works employees’ union, retroactive to May 1, 2013. The 61 village employees who are members of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 will receive 2 percent raises as of May 1 in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

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    Former Elk Grove library building demolished

    The building that once housed the second Elk Grove Village library has been demolished. The building at 901 Brantwood Ave. will remain as open space. “It had mold. It had asbestos. It should never have been there to start with,” said Mayor Craig Johnson.

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    Teodoro Pulvirenti, an Italian who lives in New York, is an alleged victim of abuse by his priest in Italy when he was a teenager.

    Vatican facing U.N. showdown on sex abuse record

    The Vatican is gearing up for a bruising showdown over the global priest sex abuse scandal, forced for the first time to defend itself at length and in public against allegations it enabled the rape of thousands of children by protecting pedophile priests and its own reputation at the expense of victims.

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    Intelligence Committee released a report on the deadly assault on the diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, Wednesday, laying blame on the State Department, the late Ambassador Chris Stevens and the intelligence community for failing to communicate and heed warnings of terrorist activity.

    Benghazi attack was preventable, Senate panel says

    Both highly critical and bipartisan, a Senate report declared Wednesday the deadly assault on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, could have been prevented. The account spreads blame among the State Department, the military and U.S. intelligence for missing what now seem like obvious warning signs.

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    American English, a Beatles tribute band, will perform July 26 in Geneva before a Kane County Cougars game.

    Kane County Cougars unveil concert series lineup

    The Kane County Cougars on Wednesday announced a new summer concert series that will bring five local bands - including American English and Hi Infidelity - to the Geneva ballpark for pregame concerts before some Saturday night home games.

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    The Archdiocese of Chicago on Wednesday handed over thousands of pages of documents involving clergy sex abuse to victims’ attorneys, who plan to make them public next week as part of a yearslong attempt to hold the Church accountable for its handling of abuse allegations.

    Church releasing sex abuse files on Chicago clergy

    The Archdiocese of Chicago said Wednesday it will release 6,000 pages of documents detailing what it knows about decades of clergy sex abuse allegations and how it handled them, calling it an effort to “bring healing to the victims and their families.”

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    Glen Ellyn, country club annexation talks stuck on water rate

    Annexation talks between Glen Ellyn and Glen Oak Country Club, off and on for close to a decade, could be moving toward an agreement — but one sticking point remains. The snag is Glen Oak's request for a special water rate much lower than what is normally charged for property outside of village limits.

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    Metra commuters survived delays and cancellations during last week’s polar vortex, but the RTA thinks the agency could do better.

    RTA chief wants review of Metra after ‘polar vortex’ mess

    Metra dropped the ball during last week's extreme cold and snow, RTA Chairman John Gates said Wednesday. He asked RTA to review the agency's performance. Delays and cancellations frustrated riders when the weather was at its worst.

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    Barrington Hills principal returns from paid leave

    The principal of Countryside School in Barrington Hills will return from paid administrative leave Thursday with the full confidence of Barrington Unit District 220 officials, Superintendent Tom Leonard reported Wednesday. Kimberly Foster-Thomas went on leave in mid-December to help resolve a confidential personnel issue that did not concern any parent or student or require a police...

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    Area veterans attended a Veteran’s Entrepreneurship Workshop at Computer Systems Institute in Gurnee on Wednesday.

    Veterans attend entrepreneurship workshop

    About 13 veterans from Lake County showed up to Computer Systems Institute in Gurnee on Wednesday to participate in their first Veteran’s Entrepreneurship Workshop. Topics of discussion were skilled resume writing, starting a small business and job placement.

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    David Moore

    Husband of ex-Grafton official found not guilty of battery

    The husband of Grafton Township's ex-supervisor has been found not guilty of a dust-up that involved a former township trustee. David Moore, 51, of Huntley, had been charged with misdemeanor battery in 2010 after police said he shoved then-Township Trustee Gerry McMahon.

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    Marilyn Medina-Perez, 43, died of cancer Wednesday morning after being diagnosed the same day she gave birth to twin sons in June. She was a social worker in Northwest Suburban High School District 214 for 19 years.

    Dist. 214 mourns death of longtime social worker

    Northwest Suburban District 214 is mourning the loss of longtime social worker Marilyn Medina-Perez, 43, who died Wednesday morning after a six-month battle with cancer. “(Medina-Perez) was someone who positively impacted everyone she touched,” said Tom Scotese, assistant principal of student services at Wheeling High School.

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    Nicholas D. Jacquez

    DeKalb man was awaiting 8-pound pot package in Kane County

    A 29-year-old DeKalb man was sentenced to 90 days in jail and fined $9,600 after trying to accept an 8-pound package of marijuana. Nicholas D. Jacquez was arrested in November 2012 by Kane County Sheriff's Deputies and could be resentenced to up to 15 years in prison if he violates his two years of probation.

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    Fox Valley police reports
    Curtis D. Cathey, 19, of Elgin, was arrested at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and later charged with resisting/obstructing a police officer, criminal trespass to land and possession of under 2.5 grams of cannabis, according to a police report, which did not list his address.

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    Daily Herald File Photo RTA Director Pat Durante, left, and other board members approved a contract with a marketing firm to grow ridership in DuPage County Wednesday.

    Will $600,000 sell suburbs on transit?

    Will $600,000 increase transit ridership in DuPage County? The RTA is betting on it. But don't expect cash hand-outs at Pace bus stops. Instead, the agency hopes radio ads will snag the elusive reverse commuter.

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    Miguel C. Ruiz-Cruz, 22, of Naperville, was charged with obstructing identification, driving while license revoked, improper lane use and possession of a controlled substance after a traffic stop at 12:55 a.m. Monday at Mountain Street and Farnsworth Avenue near Aurora, according to a sheriff’s report.

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    Members of the Barrington School Employees Organization protested their lack of a contract outside the Barrington Unit District 220 Board of Education meeting Tuesday night. The two sides have been negotiating for a new deal since May, and are now in federal mediation trying to reach an agreement.

    Barrington schools contract dispute sparks protest

    About 75 Barrington Unit School District 220 support staff employees stood in silent protest outside Tuesday night’s board of education meeting to draw attention to the ongoing contract negotiations between their union and district officials The protesters formed a human tunnel in the Barrington High School hallway, arranging themselves so board members would have to walk past them on their way...

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    Thomas Poynton

    Lake Zurich takes action on liquor licenses

    Lake Zurich has shuffled the deck for its liquor licenses to accommodate businesses that have closed or are changing policy regarding alcohol sales to customers. Village board trustees recently took action on the licenses for Eng’s Tea House, Ania’s Polish Deli, Dominick’s Finer Foods, Papagus Enterprises Inc. and Sake Sushi.

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    Volo names Mike May new administrator

    Volo has a new village administrator, the town’s second since it incorporated in 1993. Mike May, now an assistant to Grayslake Village Manager Mike Ellis, was named to the Volo post Tuesday. He’ll start Monday, Jan. 20.

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    Girl Scout rally Saturday kicks off cookie season

    The Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana and the Chicago Wolves will host the fifth annual Girl Scout Cookie Kickoff event beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Allstate Arena, 6920 N Mannheim Road in Rosemont. All Girl Scouts and their families are invited to the kickoff, which will help Girl Scouts prepare for their 2014 cookie sales, and remain for the 7 p.m. Wolves game...

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    Relay For Life kickoffs volunteer efforts in Bartlett

    The American Cancer Society will host a kickoff event Jan. 24 in Bartlett to gear up for an annual fundraiser for cancer research. Relay For Life of Bartlett, Hanover Park and Streamwood will offer more information on ways to volunteer and recruit donors during the kickoff event, set for 6 p.m. in the Hanover Township Senior Center, 240 S. Route 59. Restaurants also will compete for the title of...

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    Doug Maxeiner

    Wauconda officials may shift public comment to start of meetings

    Wauconda residents would be able to share their opinions on political issues at the start of village board meetings, rather than at the end, under a proposal now being developed.

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    This image released by NBC shows Bruce Springsteen, left, and Jimmy Fallon performing during “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” on Tuesday.

    Fallon, Springsteen parody Christie’s traffic jams

    Gov. Chris Christie’s favorite rock star had something to say about the bridge scandal that’s cost a couple of Christie loyalists their jobs. Appearing on NBC’s “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” Bruce Springsteen joined the comedian in a “Born to Run” parody called “Gov. Chris Christie’s Fort Lee, New Jersey Traffic Jam.”

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    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivers his State Of The State address at the Statehouse Tuesday. The federal prosecutor who helped convict former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich of corruption was tapped Wednesday to investigate the apparent political payback scandal involving Christie’s administration.

    Blagojevich prosecutor to lead N.J. scandal inquiry

    The federal prosecutor who helped convict former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich of corruption was tapped Wednesday to investigate the apparent political payback scandal involving New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration.

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    Alan Hoyle, of Lincolnton, N.C., stands outside the Supreme Court in Washington Wednesday, where the court heard arguments on a state of Massachusetts law setting a 35-foot protest-free zone outside abortion clinics.

    Justices doubtful on Massachusetts abortion buffer zone law

    A 35-foot protest-free zone outside Massachusetts abortion clinics appeared unlikely to survive Supreme Court review after liberal and conservative justices alike expressed misgivings about the law in arguments Wednesday.

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    The Scouts of Boy Scout Troop 140 will celebrate the troop’s 50th anniversary this February.

    Buffalo Grove Troop 140 to celebrate 50 years

    For more than a half-century, Boy Scout Troop 140 in Buffalo Grove has contributed to the local community and helped train young men in leadership skills. The troop will commemorate its 50-year anniversary at a special Court of Honor celebration at 6 p.m. Feb. 8, 2014 at St. Mary Church in Buffalo Grove.

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    Edward Brubaker

    2 years probation for St. Charles man who slashed neighbor

    A 52-year-old St. Charles man was sentenced to two years probation and fined $1,400 after pleading guilty to slashing a neighbor during a dispute last year. Edward E. Brubaker, who has a history of burglary convictions, can be resentenced to up to five years in prison if he violates probation for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

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    LifeSource's new Red Line Express bus waits outside Christal Herbst's Lake Villa home after she organized a last-minute blood drive through Facebook for friends and neighbors. Blood donations are down 30 percent because of the polar weather, frigid cold and the holidays.

    LifeSource tests door-to-donor blood donations in Lake Villa

    Lake Villa resident Christal Herbst took to Facebook to organize a community blood drive Tuesday in front of her home after she heard blood donations had dropped recently, giving LifeSource a chance to test its new "door-to-donor" program called the Red Line Express.

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    Harper College President Ken Ender will take part Thursday in a higher education summit hosted by the White House. Harper's partnership with local high schools to better prepare graduating seniors for college will be highlighted at the event, which aims to create programs and share ideas to help more low-income and minority students attend college.

    Harper to be part of White House higher education summit

    Harper College's partnership with local high schools to get more students ready for college will be highlighted Thursday at a White House higher education summit. The summit is aimed at creating programs to help more low-income and minority students attend and complete college. Harper President Ken Ender will join higher education leaders from across the country in sharing best practices and...

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    District 54 to open new Early Childhood Center in fall

    Using $19.5 million already in reserves, Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 officials will consolidate their preschool sites into one Early Childhood Center and expand the administration building next door. Thet Rauch Center for Instruction and Technology, 520 E. Schaumburg Road,will be renovated to host early childhood classes beginning in August.

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    Dave Savini

    Kane County prosecutor called in Savini case

    DuPage County prosecutors have asked neighboring Kane County to help in the upcoming prosecution of CBS 2 Chicago investigative reporter Dave Savini. Court documents filed Wednesday state Savini is the brother-in-law of a supervisor in the DuPage state’s attorney’s office who could be called as a witness in the case.

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    Rolling Meadows is discussing plans for widening Meacham Road, increasing the number of lanes between Emerson Avenue and Algonquin Road, but some residents don't want any widening at all.

    Rolling Meadows residents protest Meacham Road plan

    Four Rolling Meadows residents criticized the proposal to widen a tree-lined stretch of Meacham Road to three lanes, and a also attacked the survey used to get opinions on the project. “Suppose I ask you, 'Shall I beat your dog for three minutes or five?'” one resident said. “Whatever conclusion came out of the recent Meacham Road survey is just as ridiculous as my example about...

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    A group of marijuana activists want another pot vote in Colorado, to loosen restrictions on who can have it. A proposed ballot measure up for state review Wednesday Jan. 14, 2014 would end criminal penalties for cannabis possession.

    Pot debates continue even where it’s legal

    Recreational marijuana may be legal in Colorado and Washington, but debates over the drug are far from over. Here’s a look at debates emerging in the states where the drug is already legal without a doctor’s recommendation.

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    Central African Republic has long teetered on the brink of anarchy, but the new unrest unleashed by a March 2013 coup has ignited previously unseen sectarian hatred between Christians and Muslims. More than 1,000 people were killed in December alone and nearly 1 million displaced.

    Nowhere to go for South Sudanese in Central African Republic

    Ibrahim Abakar sleeps with a machete at his side, terrified the darkness will bring death or disappearance as it did for his wife and young sons when armed Christian fighters showed up at their door in the capital of Central African Republic. Returning to the land of his birth isn’t an option though — South Sudan is now on the brink of civil war. “I can’t return and I can’t stay here,” the...

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    UN says pace of Israeli settler attacks up fourfold

    The annual rate of Israeli settler attacks against Palestinians has almost quadrupled in eight years, U.N. figures show, buttressing claims that Israeli security forces have largely failed to stem the so-called “price tag” campaign in which thugs cut down trees, deface mosques and beat Palestinian farmers.

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    The medieval portable altar of Eilbertus a part of the Welfenschatz, at the Bode Museum in Berlin. One of Germanyís most precious collections of medieval Christian art is at the center of a complicated ownership dispute between the foundation that oversees the Berlin museums and the heirs of Jewish art dealers who claim their ancestors had to sell the objects to the Nazis under pressure in 1935.

    Berlin museums, Jewish heirs in dispute over art

    It’s a medieval treasure trove worth an estimated quarter of a billion dollars, filled with gold crosses studded with gems and intricate silverwork. For years, it’s been at the center of a dispute between a Berlin museum foundation and the heirs of Holocaust-era Jewish art dealers.

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    Civilians and security forces gather at the site of a car-bomb attack near the Technology University in Sinaa Street in downtown Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. A wave of bombings across Iraq striking busy markets and a funeral north of Baghdad killed tens of people Wednesday, authorities said.

    Bombings in Iraq striking markets, funeral kill 44

    A wave of bombings across Iraq striking busy markets and a funeral north of Baghdad killed at least 44 people Wednesday, authorities said, as the country remains gripped by violence after al-Qaida-linked militants took control of two cities in western Anbar province.

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    Foreign tourists sit in the lobby of Hotel Amax Inn in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. A 51-year-old Danish tourist lost her way and asked for directions back to this hotel was gang-raped Tuesday near a popular central shopping area in the Indian capital, police said Wednesday.

    Danish tourist gang-raped, Indian police say

    A 51-year-old Danish tourist was gang-raped near a popular shopping area in New Delhi after she got lost and approached a group of men for directions back to her hotel, police said Wednesday. The attack is the latest crime to focus attention on the scourge of sexual violence in India.

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    Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.

    Metropolis needs changes to survive

    A report put together by a volunteer task force outlined numerous problems with the way Metropolis Performing Arts Centre is being run, but officials for the Arlington Heights theater said the organization is already in much better shape than when the report was written. “The proof is where we're at today; there has been a tremendous upswing since that report was done,” said...

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    President Barack Obama is expected to endorse changes to the way the government collects millions of Americans’ phone records for possible future surveillance, but leave many of the specific reforms for Congress to sort out, according to three U.S. officials familiar with the White House intelligence review.

    Officials: Obama likely to OK phone record changes

    President Barack Obama is expected to endorse changes to the way the government collects millions of Americans’ phone records for possible future surveillance, but he’ll leave many of the specific adjustments for Congress to sort out, according to three U.S. officials familiar with the White House intelligence review.

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    The National Security Agency has implanted software in nearly 100,000 computers around the world — but not in the United States — that allows the U.S. to conduct surveillance on those machines, The New York Times reported Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014.

    Report: NSA maps pathway into computers

    The National Security Agency has implanted software in nearly 100,000 computers around the world — but not in the United States — that allows the U.S. to conduct surveillance on those machines, The New York Times reported Tuesday. The Times cited NSA documents, computer experts and U.S. officials in its report about the use of secret technology using radio waves to gain access to computers that...

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    Curtis Reeves appears via video conference before Circuit Judge Lynn Tepper in Wesley Chapel, Fla. on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. Tepper ordered Reeves, 71, held without bond on a charge of second-degree murder in the death of 43-year-old Chad Oulson on Monday. An argument over texting in a movie theater ended with Reeves, a retired police captain fatally shooting Oulson, authorities said.

    Fla. theater suspect had commendable police career

    A Florida sheriff says a retired Tampa police officer’s praiseworthy career doesn’t offset the severity of the charge that he shot and killed another man after an argument at a movie theater over texting. Curtis Reeves, 71, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 43-year-old Chad Oulson on Monday.

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    Roswell residents attend a prayer vigil for the victims of the Berrendo Middle School shooting in Roswell, N.M., Tuesday Jan. 14, 2014.

    Student of New Mexico shooting: ‘Blood everywhere’

    It was supposed to be like any other day. Students escaping New Mexico’s chilly temperatures congregated in the Berrendo Middle School gym before class started. Then students heard a loud pop. When they looked up, they saw blood and a fellow student on the floor, the victim of a gunshot wound to the face. A 12-year-old classmate holding a 22-gauge sawed-off shotgun stood nearby.

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    Newtown High School Counselor Deidre Croce holds Isaiah, a 9-week-old puppy in training, while surrounded by other golden retrievers sent by Lutheran Church Charities. The Addison-based group is teaming up with Harper College to train handlers of Comfort Dogs.

    Harper College pairs up with Comfort Dogs to train handlers

    As K-9 Comfort Dogs Ministry expands its reach -- more than 400 handlers are spread across about a dozen states -- the Addison-based organization is teaming with Harper College to train volunteers to work with golden retrievers. "We just feel it will make them a better, more well-rounded handler," said Rich Martin, a Comfort Dogs director, said of the training.

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    The Liberty 1 & 2 Theater in downtown Libertyville will soon have new digital projectors and screens.

    Libertyville's Liberty theater to join digital age

    The old-school Libertyville 1 & 2 Theater is going digital. Two digital cameras and screens will be installed in coming weeks to stay competitive and show first run movies as the industry phases out 35 millieter film. “It had to be done. There are no ifs, ands or buts,” said owner Scott Dehn.

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    Don’t shoot! Kane County sheriff’s deputies had to tell a resident not to take out the icicles off his house with a gun.

    Dawn Patrol: 80-year-old shoots icicles; Homicides investigated

    Aurora cops still investigating two unrelated shooting deaths. Kane County sheriff's deputies tell man, 80, to stop shooting at icicles. Trial begins in death of Addison girl, 9. Inappropriate conduct by Lake County courthouse guards alleged. Metra offers mea culpa as riders continue to face problems. Hawks fall to Avs in OT 3-2.

Sports

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    Purdue guard Ronnie Johnson (3) glides past Illinois guard Tracy Abrams (13) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday in Champaign. Purdue won 66-58.

    Illini bested by Boilermakers, 68-58

    A.J. Hammons scored 17 points to lead Purdue to a 66-58 win over Illinois on Wednesday.The Boilermakers (12-5, 2-2 Big Ten) trailed 33-29 at halftime, but they opened the second half with 10-5 run to regain the lead and held off the Illini (13-5, 2-3).

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    Westminster Christian nails down NAC title

    A banner hangs in the Westminster Christian girls basketball team’s locker room stating goals for the season. One was to become the school’s first girls sports team to win back-to-back undefeated Northeastern Athletic Conference titles. The Warriors accomplished that with authority on Thursday night in Arlington Heights where they rolled to a 67-35 victory over host Christian Liberty Academy.

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

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

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    Jimmy Butler, taking a shot over Orlando’s Glen Davis on Wednesday night, set at Bulls record by play 60 minutes, 20 seconds in the Bulls’ triple-overtime victory over the Magic.

    Butler a marathon man in Bulls’ win

    Jimmy Butler set a new franchise record by playing more than 60 minutes and the Bulls made the effort pay off by beating Orlando 128-125 in triple overtime on Wednesday. Jokaim Noah led the Bulls with 26 points and 19 rebounds.

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    Antioch’s Amy Reiser, right, and North Chicago’s Alexis Means scramble for a loose ball on Wednesday night at Antioch.

    Reiser, Antioch take charge

    Charged up like no one else to start Wednesday night’s first-place showdown against North Chicago, Antioch point guard Ashley Reiser finished the game, ppropriately enough, by taking a charge. With North Chicago trailing by two points, Warhawks 6-foot sophomore Tinee’sha Coleman came barreling into the lane. Reiser stepped into the paint to meet her and drew the foul with 7.4 seconds on the clock. Paige Gallimore then hit 2 free throws with 3.8 seconds to go, and Antioch held on for a 58-54 win on its home court.

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    DePaul players celebrate after defeating beating Butler in an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, in Indianapolis. DePaul won 99-94 in double overtime.

    DePaul hoops worth watching again?

    DePaul basketball has won two straight exciting games and been watchable the past week for the first time in awhile. A tough test at No. 6 Villanova on Saturday will provide the next indication of whether the Blue Demons are progressing or merely teasing again.

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    Rhashaun Epting of IC takes a shot over Shane Murray of Lisle during the Lisle at IC Catholic Prep boys basketball game Wednesday.

    With Taylor back, ICCP piles up stats vs. Lisle

    Recently injured IC College Prep senior point guard Anthony Taylor hasn’t lost a step as a passer. In his third game back from a sprained ankle, Taylor delivered a season-high 8 assists Wednesday as part of the Knights’ blistering start in a 67-48 nonconference victory over Lisle in Elmhurst.

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    Monumental comeback for Crystal Lake South

    Rarely does momentum swing as thoroughly from one side to the other as it did in the second half of the Crystal Lake South boys basketball team’s 67-55 victory over Jacobs at Gator Alley Wednesday night.

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    Despite OT loss, Warren likes the outlook

    After coming tantalizingly close to a huge upset at Zion-Benton on Wednesday night, Warren’s girls basketball players could have hung their heads and muttered about what might have been. Instead, with heads held high, the Blue Devils wondered aloud what still might be. Warren (5-14, 1-6) hung tough with the Zee-Bees (15-3, 7-0) all night in the North Suburban Conference Lake contest, finally succumbing 57-55 in overtime after Zion’s Auri Hampton sank a pair of free throws with 3.7 seconds remaining following a crucial turnover by the Blue Devils.

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    Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah, front, looks to go up for a shot off a rebound in front of Orlando Magic’s Tobias Harris during the first half Wednesday in Orlando. The Bulls beat the Magic 128-125 in triple overtime.

    Bulls hold off Magic 128-125 in triple overtime

    Joakim Noah had a season-high 26 points, Carlos Boozer scored 23, and the Chicago Bulls held on to beat the Orlando Magic 128-125 in triple-overtime on Wednesday night. The Magic had a chance to win the game with less than 10 seconds to play, but Glen Davis’ jumper was partially blocked and rebounded by the Bulls with just 1.5 seconds remaining. The Bulls have now won the last seven matchups with the Magic played in Orlando and improved to 4-1 since trading Luol Deng.

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    Michigan State guard Gary Harris, right, drives to the basket as Northwestern guard JerShon Cobb defends against him during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday in Evanston.

    Harris leads Spartans past Northwestern 54-40

    Gary Harris scored 14 points and No. 4 Michigan State beat Northwestern 54-40 on Wednesday night for its ninth straight win.The preseason favorite to win the Big Ten, the Spartans (16-1, 5-0 Big Ten) continue to roll along, although it was hardly an easy night for them. They overcame a sluggish start and pulled away down the stretch even though they struggled in a big way from the outside.

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    Boys basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    Cary-Grove 66, Lake Forest Academy 48: The Trojans (9-7) used a balanced attack as they easily handled visiting Lake Forest Academy in nonconference action. Justin Blair and Jason Gregoire paced the Trojans with 17 points apiece while Devin McDonough and Tyler Szydlo added 13 and 12 points, respectively.Lake Zurich 56, Streamwood 34: The Sabres (1-14) could not get the offense going as they fell to Lake Zurich in this nonconference game at home, which was a part of the MLK Shootout. Cole Seeger was the lone Sabre in double figures with 13 points. Antonio Harris chipped in 9 points and Jacob Siewert added 8 points in the loss.

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    IC Catholic Prep head coach Jean Field reacts to her team’s win over Deer Creek-Mackinaw in Class 2A state girls semi-final volleyball.

    Field leaving a champion

    It would be great if all of us could be as fortunate as Jean Field. On Tuesday at IC Catholic Prep’s girls volleyball awards dinner, Field announced her retirement after 39 years as the Knights’ coach. She ranks sixth all-time on the Illinois High School Association victories list with 885, which includes a 25-15, 25-19 victory over Edwards County in the Class 2A championship in November.

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    Burlington Central’s Brett Rau grabs the loose ball as teammate Duncan Ozburn and Woodstock’s Damian Stoneking reach from the floor Wednesday in Burlington.

    Burlington Central wins with defense

    On a night when its offense was as frigid as the temperature outside, the Burlington Central boys basketball team relied on defense to win. The Rockets, who made just 13 of 56 shots for 23 percent, wreaked havoc on Woodstock defensively and pulled away late in the fourth quarter for a 37-28 nonconference win on Rocket Hill.“We battled and found a way to get the W,” said Central coach Brett Porto. “It wasn’t pretty and there were a lot of people shaking their heads but someone had to win and we won.”

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    Images from the Lisle vs. IC Catholic Prep boys basketball game on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2012.

    Images: Lisle High School at IC Catholic Prep boys basketball
    Immaculate Conception High School hosted Lisle High School Wednesday, Jan 15 for boys basketball in Elmhurst.

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    Albert Almora is in town for this week’s minicamp for Cubs minor-leaguers.

    Cubs’ top prospects get a lesson from Hawks

    The Cubs are holding their second annual rookie development camp for top minor-leaguers this week. The agenda has included taking in a Blackhawks game, going through media training and working on some baseball skills at the indoor football facility at Northwestern University.

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    Antioch’s Ashley Reiser, right, and North Chicago’s Tiara Garrett go after loose ball.

    Images: Antioch vs. North Chicago basketball
    Antioch hosted North Chicago for girls basketball action on Wednesday, January 15.

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    Burlington Central’s Sean Fitzgerald and Woodstock’s Damian Stoneking compete for a rebound.

    Images: Woodstock vs. Burlington Central boys basketball
    Woodstock visited Burlington Central for a boys basketball matchup on Wednesday, January 15.

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    Much riding on St. Charles East-St. Charles North tilt

    Will the Saints march in? They’ll soon find out. St. Charles East hasn’t lost in the Upstate Eight Conference River Division since Dec. 7, when it fell 68-58 to St. Charles North to stand at 2-4 overall and 0-2 in the league. Now at 10-7, 4-2, on Friday St. Charles East its rival, the 10-win North Stars in a pivotal contest that will dictate whether anyone can give Larkin, unbeaten in the River, a run for the money.

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    Patrick Sharp is putting together quite a season for the Hawks, with 25 goals and 24 assists in 49 games.

    As Hawks attest, no one can doubt Sharp now

    While the arrival of Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane in Chicago couldn’t have been splashier, the arrival of Patrick Sharp a few years earlier was just a titch more low-key. Now Sharp, a third-round round pick sans the pedigree of Toews and Kane, has worked his way from obscurity into one of the game’s top offensive performers, garnering 224 goals and 454 points in his career, and 49 points in 49 games this season, second on the Blackhawks to Kane.

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    FILE - IN this Sept. 17, 2013 file photo, Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer watches from the sidelines in the second half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, in Cincinnati. The Minnesota Vikings have chosen Zimmer as their new head coach, according to multiple media reports. Zimmer will replace Leslie Frazier, who was fired after the team finished 5-10-1 this season. (AP Photo/David Kohl, File)

    Source: Vikings pick Mike Zimmer as new coach

    Mike Zimmer is finally a head coach in the NFL. The Minnesota Vikings think now is the time for the veteran defensive coordinator.The Vikings have hired Zimmer for their top coaching job, according to a person with knowledge of the process.

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    ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND OF JAN. 11-12 - FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2013, file photo, Mikaela Shiffrin smiles while standing on the podium after the women's World Cup giant slalom skiing event in Beaver Creek, Colo. The 18-year-old Shiffrin could very well be the face of the Sochi Olympics, especially now that Lindsey Vonn is out with a knee injury. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati, File)

    Lindsey Vonn: Surgery on right knee ‘successful’

    Lindsey Vonn announced on her Facebook page that she had surgery on her right knee. The knee injury has prevented the reigning Olympic downhill champion from competing in the Sochi Games next month. The 29-year-old Vonn posted Wednesday that her surgery was “successful!” She also attached a picture with her new puppy, Leo.

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    Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo stretches prior to an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors, in Boston, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. Rondo took a step toward returning to action on Wednesday, working out with members of Boston's NBA Development League team at the Celtics' practice facility earlier in the day. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Source: Warriors acquire Crawford, Brooks

    The Boston Celtics traded guards Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks to the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday as part of a three-team deal, a person familiar with the situation said.

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    Novak Djokovic of Serbia makes a forehand return to Leonardo Mayer of Argentina during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014.(AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

    Williams, Djokovic into 3rd round at Aussie Open

    Serena Williams wore a fitted pink blazer into her second-round match at the Australian Open, giving the impression she wasn’t feeling the heat.And after her 6-1, 6-2 win over Vesna Dolonc on Wednesday, the second consecutive scorching day at the season’s first major, Williams said she could remember hotter matches.

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    Take a break, and head for the Show

    If you need a break from winter, Mike Jackson has a remedy: come meet some new faces and angling legends at the Chicago Outdoors Sports Show Jan. 22-26 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

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    The Chicago Fire traded Jalil Anibaba to Seattle for two veteran central defenders.

    On eve of SuperDraft, Fire trades Anibaba
    The MLS SuperDraft on Thursday was never going to happen without the Chicago Fire. It just seemed like it.

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    Lacy replaces Peterson in Pro Bowl

    Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy will replace Adrian Peterson at the Pro Bowl later this month. The Minnesota Vikings running back can’t participate because of an injury.

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    New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (37) and safety Kanorris Davis (36) loosen up during a stretching and drills session before practice begins at the NFL football team's facility in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. The Patriots will play the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship game Sunday in Denver. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

    Tom Brady not spotted at Patriots practice

    Tom Brady has taken time off from practice before the New England Patriots play the AFC championship game against the Denver Broncos.Backup quarterback Ryan Mallett says Brady missed the full practice Wednesday. But Mallett says but he’s not worried about the star quarterbacks’ availability for Sunday’s game in Denver.

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    FILE - This Jan. 7, 2014 file photo shows Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw at the end of an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks in Dallas. A person familiar with the deal says Kershaw has agreed to a $215 million, seven-year contract with the Dodgers, a deal that makes the two-time Cy Young Award winner baseball's first player with a $30 million average salary. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 because the agreement had not yet been announced. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, file)

    Source: Kershaw, Dodgers agree to $215M deal

    Pitcher Clayton Kershaw agreed Wednesday to a $215 million, seven-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press, a deal that makes the two-time Cy Young Award winner baseball’s first player with a $30 million average salary.

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    Mike North video: Expect success from Chris Collins at NU
    Former Northwestern men’s basketball coach Bill Carmody was given more than 10 years at NU, but Mike North says you can expect Chris Collins to make things happen there in 3 years.

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    Chavarria paces decisive Leyden win

    Leyden’s girls basketball team improved to 6-8 with a 54-35 nonconference victory over visiting Ridgewood on Tuesday night.

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    LoGrande’s giant effort helps HP past Wheeling

    Highland Park senior Lizzy LoGrande said the Giants weren’t too happy about their start on Monday night in a 49-37 loss to Maine East. “We didn’t want to feel like that again,” said the 5-foot-7 guard. “So we all came out with a lot of energy.” The energized Giants led 25-21 at intermission and extended the lead to as many as 15 points late in the fourth quarter before registering a 55-46 triumph over visiting Wheeling in the nonconference girls basketball game. LoGrande scored a 14 points while classmate Lucy Hoffman tossed in a career-high 17 as the Giants improved to 6-11.

Business

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    The Elgin City Council last week approved issuing business licenses without charging fees. Kevin Bunte of Bunte Auction Services was among business owners who spoke against the business license in fall 2011.

    No fee, but businesses still have to get license in Elgin

    Businesses in Elgin are no longer required to pay a fee to obtain a business license, an anticipated victory for those who've been fighting for that since 2011. The city council approved doing away with the fee last week after giving a preliminary thumbs-up during budget discussions in the fall. Businesses are still required to get annual licenses at no cost.

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    J.C. Penney Co. plans to close 33 stores and eliminate about 2,000 jobs to help save $65 million a year. The only store in the Chicago area designated to close is the one at Stratford Square Mall in Bloomingdale.

    Stratford Square J.C. Penney to close

    Department-store operator J.C. Penney said Wednesday it will cut 2,000 jobs and close 33 stores as it tries to turn around results. The only store in the Chicago area designated to close is the one at Stratford Square mall in Bloomingdale.

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    House Speaker John Boehner leaves the House chamber on Capitol Hill Wednesday after the final vote on a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill. The measure sailed through the House with no suspense and little dissent — fueled additionally by lawmakers’ desire to avoid an election-year replay of last fall’s widely unpopular 16-day federal shutdown.

    House passes $1.1 trillion bill to fund government

    A $1.1 trillion spending bill for operating the government until just before next fall’s election steamed through the battle-weary House on Wednesday over tepid protests from tea party conservatives, driven by a bipartisan desire to restore painful cuts in domestic and defense programs and show disaffected voters that Congress can do its job.

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    Janet McCarthy is owner of Lucky Junk, a store specializing in vintage items that is opening at 405 S. Arlington Heights Road in Arlington Heights.

    Arlington Hts. couple make others’ junk their business

    Three years ago Janet and Bill McCarthy set up a yard sale at their Arlington Heights home to try and make enough extra money to go on a vacation. The two had been going to vintage shops and estate sales for years collecting the most interesting items they could find. Now the couple is moving from their front yard to a store front with The Lucky Junk, 405 S. Arlington Heights Road, opening on Thursday.

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    Federal Trade Commission Chair Edith Ramirez on Wednesday announces Apple will refund $32.5 million to consumers to settle a federal case involving purchases that kids made without their parents’ permission while playing on mobile apps.

    Apple will refund at least $32.5M in app case

    Kids gleefully snapped up virtual pet food, gems or other items while playing games on their mobile devices, while the bills from Apple Inc. mounted, often without parents’ knowledge. Now, the tech giant has agreed to refund the money.

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    U.S. stocks rose Wednesday, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index erasing a loss for 2014 to close at a record, as the World Bank lifted its global growth forecast and Bank of America Corp.’s profit spurred a rally in financial shares.

    S&P 500 finishes above all-time closing high

    It was a stock market squeaker. After piercing its all-time high in early trading, then yo-yoing below and above that level several times during the day, the Standard and Poor’s 500 index on Wednesday managed to eke out a record at the close, besting the old one by just two-hundredths of a point.

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    Gorman & Co. entered into an agreement to buy the Elgin Tower Building.

    Elgin Tower Building tenants moving out after water leak

    The iconic Elgin Tower Building — whose sale to a Wisconsin-based company is still pending — is down to six tenants, after a water leak last Friday prompted two tenants to move out. The Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin moved out Tuesday from the 1929 art deco building at 100 E. Chicago St., DNA Executive Director Deirdre White said.

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    A spending bill crafted by congressional leaders would allocate $300 million to a Great Lakes cleanup that had been threatened with a massive cut during last year's budget fight, supporters said Tuesday.

    Bill would spend $300M on Great Lakes restoration

    A spending bill crafted by congressional leaders would allocate $300 million to a Great Lakes cleanup that had been threatened with a massive cut during last year's budget fight, supporters said Tuesday. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is a program dealing with some of the lakes' most serious environmental problems such as invasive species, loss of wetlands and other wildlife habitat, toxic pollution and runoff that causes algae blooms.

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    The San Francisco city attorney and New York state attorney general have joined forces to investigate whether Monster Beverage Corp. is marketing its highly caffeinated drinks to children.

    Prosecutors join forces to eye Monster drinks

    The San Francisco city attorney and New York state attorney general have joined forces to investigate whether Monster Beverage Corp. is marketing its highly caffeinated drinks to children. The joint probe began last month just before a federal judge in California tossed out a lawsuit filed by Monster seeking to stop an investigation by San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera.

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    A sign outside the Comcast Center, left, in Philadelphia. On Tuesday a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit affirmed that the FCC had authority to create open-access rules. But in a setback for the Obama administration's goal of Internet openness, the court ruled that the FCC failed to establish that its 2010 regulations don't overreach.

    Major change unlikely despite open-Internet ruling

    Don't expect major changes to how you access your favorite websites and services despite a federal appeals court's decision to set aside rules meant to ensure equal access to entertainment, news and other online content. Major cable providers already have pledged not to do the kinds of things the rules were designed to ban.

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    A third person in the cockpit of a Southwest Airlines plane that landed at the wrong Missouri airport was a company dispatcher who had authority to be there, airline officials said Tuesday.

    Southwest: 3rd person authorized to be in cockpit

    A third person in the cockpit of a Southwest Airlines plane that landed at the wrong Missouri airport was a company dispatcher who had authority to be there, airline officials said Tuesday.

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    Administrators at the University of Illinois are asking trustees to consider extra pension funding for employees who are losing benefits under new state pension rules.

    UI looking into sweetening pensions for workers

    Administrators at the University of Illinois are asking trustees to consider extra pension funding for employees who are losing benefits under new state pension rules. UI chief financial officer Walter Knorr tells The News-Gazette that the school wants to make sure it’s attracting and retaining high-quality workers.

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    Six groups that include investors, engineering firms and contractors have shown interest in designing, building and financing the Indiana portion of the Illiana Expressway. The highway would connect Interstate 65 near Lowell with Interstate 55 south of Chicago.

    6 groups interested in Ind. part of Illiana road

    Six groups that include investors, engineering firms and contractors have shown interest in designing, building and financing the Indiana portion of the Illiana Expressway.The highway would connect Interstate 65 near Lowell with Interstate 55 south of Chicago.

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    Bank of America Corp. said Wednesday that its fourth-quarter profit jumped from a year earlier, as the loans on the bank’s balance sheet continued to improve.

    Bank of America 4Q earnings jump nearly five-fold

    Bank of America Corp. said Wednesday that its fourth-quarter profit jumped from a year earlier, as the loans on the bank’s balance sheet continued to improve. The nation’s second-largest bank earned $3.44 billion in the October to December period, up from $732 million a year earlier. On a per-share basis, the bank made 29 cents, beating the 27 cents expected by financial analysts.

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    Chinese shoppers walk through entrance doors decorated for the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year at a shopping mall in Beijing Wednesday. The global economy is slowly picking up steam, led by advanced economies appearing to turn the corner after five years of financial crises and recession and a continued good performance by China, the World Bank said.

    World Bank sees global economy picking up

    The global economy is slowly picking up steam, led by advanced economies appearing to turn the corner after five years of financial crises and recession and a continued good performance by China, the World Bank said Tuesday.

Life & Entertainment

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    Tenderloin tips are served in a red-wine sauce at Johnny's Chophouse in Antioch.

    Welcoming Johnny's Chophouse worth the trip

    Cheerful service appears to be the norm at Johnny's Chophouse in downtown Antioch. Although the owners have added a slight Greek flair to the menu, steak, seafood, chicken and pasta entrees with subdued spice will satisfy everyone in your party and work for any occasion.

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    Ashlee Simpson is engaged to boyfriend Evan Ross, who is the son of Diana Ross. The pair announced the news on Twitter Monday.

    Ashlee Simpson engaged to marry Diana Ross’ son

    Ashlee Simpson is ready to give marriage another try. The actress and singer is engaged to boyfriend Evan Ross, who is the son of Diana Ross.

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    Kevin James, left, Adam Sandler and Chris Rock star in “Grown Ups 2,” which is up for a worst picture Razzie.

    ‘Grown Ups 2’ leads Razzies worst-of list

    “Grown Ups 2” is making the most noise at this year’s Golden Raspberry Awards. The silly comedy sequel about four childhood friends starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock and David Spade led the Razzie lineup Tuesday with eight nominations, including worst picture, sequel, ensemble, screenplay, lead actor for Sandler, supporting actor for Taylor Lautner, supporting actress for Salma Hayek and director for Dennis Dugan.

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    Pork Burgers With Caraway

    Pork Burgers With Caraway
    Pork Burgers With Caraway

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    The deep flavors of Pork Burgers With Caraway belies the fact that it comes to the table in just 30 minutes.

    Pork burgers on the table in 30 minutes

    This week's Dinner in Minutes column pays homage to a chef who made his mark on American cooking. This one’s from a 1994 memoir with recipes by the late Pierre Franey, who was born in Burgundy, France, 93 years ago this month.

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    Anna Gunn will star in “Gracepoint,” Fox’s adaptation of the British crime series “Broadchurch.”

    Fox plans changes for U.S. version of ‘Broadchurch’

    Fox’s entertainment chairman says a remake of the British police drama “Broadchurch” for U.S. viewers will be faithful to the original, to a point. Network executive Kevin Reilly said Monday that the Fox series, titled “Gracepoint,” will be 10 episodes instead of the eight for “Broadchurch.” It also will feature a different lead actress and a twist in the ending.

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    Dining events: Big Chef Burgers now open
    Chef Cristiano Bassini, owner of the popular Bapi Ristorante in Arlington Heights, recently opened Big Chef Burger in Schaumburg. The casual, full-service restaurant serves gourmet burgers as well as brick-oven pizzas and milkshakes. Fresh produce from downstate Spence Farm will take the spotlight at a family-style feast starting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Found Kitchen and Social House in Evanston.

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    A model wears a creation for Giorgio Armani men’s Fall-Winter 2014 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Tuesday.

    Armani evolves the 3-piece suit

    Giorgio Armani has evolved the three-piece suit for next winter. For next winter’s menswear collection, previewed Tuesday on the last day of Milan Fashion Week, Armani has reworked that jacket, taking structural cues from cardigans. The result is a look that maintains the emblematic Armani tailoring while at the same time being relaxed with gently sloping shoulders.

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    Chiara de Blasio stands with her father, then Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio, and her brother, Dante, left, after her father voted in Brooklyn, New York. On Christmas Eve, Chiara, 19, bared her soul on YouTube about her history of depression and substance abuse, and urged others to get help.

    Chiara de Blasio tells all. Should your teen?

    Chiara de Blasio helped get her dad elected mayor, flaunting quirky head gear and joking from the podium on primary night. But on Christmas Eve, the 19-year-old did something else: She bared her soul on YouTube about her history of depression and substance abuse. The idea, she said, was to urge others to get help. Fiercely protective of her privacy while allowing her front and center on the campaign trail, her parents released a statement of support when the surprise video dropped.

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    Longtime crossword constructor Bernice Gordon was born on Jan. 11, 1914. The New York Times is scheduled to publish one of her puzzles, making her the first centenarian ever to have a grid printed in the paper. Gordon’s feat comes not long after the centennial of the puzzle itself.

    Crossword creator marks 100th birthday with puzzle

    What’s a nine-letter word for a significant event? Try MILESTONE.Longtime crossword constructor Bernice Gordon is marking two big ones: She turned 100 on Saturday, and The New York Times will publish another one of her puzzles on Wednesday — making her the first centenarian to have a grid printed in the newspaper. “They make my life,” Gordon said. “I couldn’t live without them.”

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    Keith Urban, left, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. preview “American Idol” at the FOX Winter 2014 TCA on Monday. The producers of the show say the new season includes changes to freshen it, including an expanded song list for contestants.

    ‘American Idol’ hopes for a lucky 13th season

    Keith Urban, newcomer Harry Connick Jr. and Jennifer Lopez, who’s returning after a season’s absence, have the task of helping Fox's singing contest, "American Idol," find its footing and stop a ratings slide in its 13th season that begins Wednesday. “American Idol” is “still the best format in the world. ... Our job is to go back to basics,” producer Per Blankens said. That includes “a panel that’s good, and like what they’re doing, and could consider eating lunch together, because it all starts there.”

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    Ask the nutitionist: Learn to recognize your hunger cues

    Karen Collins answers readers' questions about learning to read your body's hunger cues and fresh vs. frozen spinach.

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    Barley and tofu add protein to a vegetarian spinach salad tossed with miso dressing.

    Whole grains add protein to vegetarian meals

    Protein is the bugaboo of the vegetarian diet. The most common question I hear, tinged with anxiety, is: “Where do you get your protein?” The thing is, protein comes from many more plant-based sources than you might think. It’s not just from tofu, tempeh, beans and seeds. The category that home cooks seem to forget all too easily is that of whole grains.

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    Barley and tofu add protein to a vegetarian spinach salad tossed with miso dressing.

    Barley, Tofu and Spinach Salad with Miso Dressing
    Barley, Tofu and Spinach Salad

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    Mark Aleckson is bringing well-known music acts to Sharky's inside Lakes Bowl in Round Lake. Aleckson, who was a partner and manager at the once-popular Shades near Lincolnshire, club hopes to create the same relaxed, live music lover's atmosphere.

    Former club owner makes comeback in Round Lake

    An entertainment entrepreneur best remembered for his popular Shades nightclub in southern Lake County is making a live-music comeback. Mark Aleckson is bringing well-known acts to his hometown at Sharky's inside Lakes Bowl on Railroad Avenue in Round Lake. “There's a lot of new, great bands out there that will be performing,” Aleckson said.

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    "Fine Rude Thing" by Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound

    Ramshackle R&B from Cebar on new album

    Within the narrow confines of 1960s R&B, Paul Cebar throws a lot at the wall. And most of his shtick sticks. “Fine Rude Thing” lives up to its title from the pickup to the first measure, with Cebar screaming something unintelligible before the baritone sax joins in. The tune quickly settles into a satisfying groove, and that’s where Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound remains for the rest of the 11-song set, ramshackle yet super-tight.

Discuss

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    Editorial: Watch how gun law works before making changes

    A Daily Herald editorial says changes to the state's newly implemented concealed carry law should wait for a thorough review of the process, perhaps in the spring or summer.

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    The coming test for Christie

    Columnist Michael Gerson: There is something inherently absurd about a political scandal resulting from an event that could also have been caused by a stray deer and a truck filled with watermelons. Instead, the closing of two access lanes to the George Washington Bridge last fall was the result of stupidity and swagger in close proximity to one of the GOP’s most promising presidential prospects.

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    What the boycotts tell Israel

    Columnist Richard Cohen: Yet another academic group is mulling censuring Israel. This time it is the Modern Language Association. Just recently, it was the American Studies Association, which called for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. Before that, similar resolutions were passed by European academic associations, much concerned with Israel’s occupation of the West Bank.

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    Daughter now has affordable coverage
    A Barrington Hills letter to the editor: Thank you, President Obama. For the first time in her life, our daughter has her own health insurance policy that covers her pre-existing conditions and she can afford with her limited income. After she received the welcome call from her insurer, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, the first thing she did was send me a text message: “I feel so freeeeee!!”

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    Hold politicians to their promise on income tax
    A letter to the editor: Instead of increasing taxes again, politicians should be held accountable for the 2011 tax increase. That means all of us need to hold politicians to their promise to reduce the income tax rate in 2015.

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    Another victory for gun owner rights
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: In another victory for the people of Chicago and Cook County, U.S. District Judge Chang struck down Chicago’s ban on the retail sale of guns in the city.

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    Does library really need the money?
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: I find it very difficult to understand how the Glen Ellyn library, who self admittedly “had sufficient funds to cover the whole thing,” the April flood loss, is accepting state aid and even applying to FEMA for additional help. What is their need?

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