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    Frances Hung of Naperville and her daughter Elizabeth, 11, mix ingredients for peppermint crunch puppy chow during Toasty Tales, Gregory Middle School’s first family reading night. The cooking activity challenged kids to use their reading skills to follow a recipe, said Esther Bevan, director of the school’s library media center.

    Toasty Tales celebrates fun of reading in Naperville

    Gregory Middle School in Naperville recently hosted its first family reading night, drawing roughly 275 people for Toasty Tales, an evening of literacy-themed activities. “Everything we do comes back in some way to reading,” Bevan said. “The variety of activities we had really showcased how important literacy is and that things that involve literacy are fun.”

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    College of Lake County will host a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald at its flagship Grayslake campus at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31. She is shown here in 1992.

    Ella Fitzgerald tribute coming to College of Lake County

    College of Lake County will present an Ella Fitzgerald tribute at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31.

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    Art and Hazel Clauter, both 95, have volunteered at the Pioneer Sholes School, an 1872 one-room schoolhouse in LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles, for the last 34 years. The Clauters were recognized for their efforts by the school’s board of directors.

    Longtime Pioneer Sholes volunteers honored

    Hazel and Art Clauter of Geneva have spent more than 30 years in a one-room schoolhouse. But not as students or teachers. The Clauters, now in their 90s, are longtime volunteers at Pioneer Sholes School, the 1872 one-room schoolhouse in LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve.

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    God’s answers can arrive in unexpected ways

    Page 2 - 11.44"When we are waiting for something in our lives, a healing, a mate, a job or a problem resolved, we start thinking how God should make this come about. But how God plans to make this delivery to us can be different, columnist Annettee Budzban says.

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    Republican candidates for DuPage County Forest Preserve President, Joseph Cantore, left, of Oak Brook and Mary Lou Wehrli, right, of Naperville.

    Candidates differ over DuPage forest preserve's transparency

    Joe Cantore wants to find ways to encourage more residents to use DuPage County's forest preserves. Mary Lou Wehrli wants the district to operate in ways that are more transparent for residents. Both Republican hopefuls for president of the DuPage County Forest Preserve Commission are looking to bring a fresh perspective to the position that's long been held by D. “Dewey” Pierotti Jr.

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    The last passenger pigeon, famously known as Martha of the Cincinnati Zoo, died in 1914. At one time, passenger pigeon populations ranged from 3 billion to 5 billion.

    100 years later: Lessons we can learn from the passenger pigeon

    In today’s world, the passenger pigeon, which became extinct in 1914, could be branded an “extreme” bird. Some ornithologists refer to this species as a “biological storm.” By all accounts, it was extraordinary. The story of its demise is extraordinary as well.

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    Police say this image taken from a surveillance video shows the man who robbed a Lisle Aldi store on Monday afternoon.

    Armed man robs Lisle Aldi

    An armed man robbed an Aldi in Lisle Monday afternoon, Lisle police say. The robber, a white man in his 20s, entered the store on the 5500 block of Route 53 at 2:35 p.m. and took money from an open cash register drawer, police said.

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    Automotive technology student Nathan Teske from Naperville Central High School works on the flywheel of his 1996 MG Midget in a class at the Technology Center of DuPage. Students are allowed to bring in their own vehicles to work on as long as the work fits what they are studying at the time.

    Technology Center of DuPage prepares high school students for changing workplace

    Some people call Technology Center of DuPage the best-kept secret in DuPage County. Juniors and seniors from DuPage County and Lyons Township high school districts go there to explore career pathways, earn free college credit and get a head start on their future. The center, which offers 21 career and technology programs, is holding an open house Jan. 22 for parents, students and the community to...

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    Only harsh wind chills, not more snow, are expected here tonight in Carpentersville, but there’s a risk of big snow closer to Lake Michigan.

    More cold coming, big snow in some places

    Forecasters say Illinois is poised to see more frigid weather. And lake-effect snow will hit some of the Chicago area hard. Wind chills are forecast at between 15 and 25 degrees below zero with winds of up to 20 mph. A wind chill advisory is in effect between 3 and 10 a.m. Tuesday for Lake, Kane and McHenry counties. “Frost bite and hypothermia can occur in a matter of minutes,” the...

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    Six-year-old Jonah Kolesar of Round Lake is held by his father, Mitchell, after being sworn in Monday night as a junior reserve police officer during a ceremony at the Round Lake village board meeting. Jonah suffers from an autoimmune disease called IPEX Syndrome.

    Round Lake grants sick child's wish to be a junior police officer

    Round Lake village government has made a dream come true for a 6-year-old boy suffering from a life-threatening illness who's wanted to become a police officer. Village Clerk Patricia Blauvelt swore in Jonah Kolesar as a junior reserve officer and had him sign his name on a document to make it official as part of a ceremony Monday night before a packed house.

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    Wheeling plans to limit video gambling sites

    The Wheeling village board approved a new sit-down restaurant that will apply for a video gambling license with the state, but the board also plans to add ordinances to limit the number of gambling establishments allowed in town.

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    Palatine considers exception for florist sign

    The Palatine village council is debating a plan to allow Kinsch Village Florist and Garden Center to install a sign on residential property that would point passers-by to the out-of-the-way, 76-year-old shop.

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    Non-English classes ‘foreign’ rather than ‘worldly’ in Dist. 303

    Some St. Charles school board members aren’t interested in being politically correct when it comes to non-English languages taught in their schools. In a divided vote, and calling it “political correctness run amok” the board recently voted to stop calling them “world languages” and revert to the term “foreign languages.”

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    Hoffman Estates approves 17-home subdivision

    After a long downturn in the housing market, Hoffman Estates officials Monday approved what they said could be the first of several single-family home developments in 2014. The 17-home Bradwell Estates subdivision is planned for the previously unincorporated 4.8-acre site of a former farm on the south side of Bradwell Road between Chambers and Kingston drives.

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    Police identify clerk killed in Bensenville robbery

    Police have identified the clerk who was shot and killed during an armed robbery Sunday at a Bensenville tobacco store as Hussein Saghir of Chicago. Police said they found the 36-year-old Saghir about 6 p.m. Sunday on the ground in front of Sam's Tobacco and Food Mart, 235 W. Irving Park Road.

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    Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer

    Christie aide: Hoboken treated no differently

    Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s administration on Monday pushed back against a claim that Superstorm Sandy relief funding was withheld from a severely flooded city because its Democratic mayor wouldn’t sign off on a politically connected real estate venture.

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    United Nations Ambassador from the Unites States Samantha Power addresses the Security Council at U.N. headquarters Monday on the situation in Syria and the Middle East.

    U.N. rescinds invitation to Iran to attend talks

    A last-minute U.N. invitation for Iran to join this week’s Syria peace talks threw the long-awaited Geneva conference into doubt Monday, forcing U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon to rescind his offer under intense U.S. pressure after the opposition threatened to boycott.

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    American missionary Kenneth Bae

    Family of man held in NKorea worried, encouraged

    The family of an American missionary held more than a year in North Korea was heartbroken and encouraged by a brief news conference in which Kenneth Bae, wearing a gray cap and inmate’s uniform with the number 103 on his chest, apologized and said he committed anti-government acts.

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    The International Nutrition plant is shown with wreckage in Omaha, Neb., where a fire and explosion took place Monday. Two people were killed and 10 others were seriously injured.

    2 deaths confirmed in Omaha plant explosion

    An explosion Monday morning that brought down part of an animal feed processing plant in Omaha left two people dead and 10 others seriously hurt, authorities said. The search for bodies in the crippled International Nutrition plant progressed slowly Monday, but the death toll wasn’t likely to get bigger.

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    Unidentified International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors and Iranian technicians are on hand to cut the connections between the twin cascades for 20 percent uranium enrichment at Natanz facility, some 200 miles south of the capital Tehran on Monday.

    Iran, U.S., Europe start implementing nuclear deal

    Iran unplugged banks of centrifuges involved in its most sensitive uranium enrichment work on Monday, prompting the United States and European Union to partially lift economic sanctions as a landmark deal aimed at easing concerns over Iran’s nuclear program went into effect.

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    Gov. Pat Quinn hands a pen to state Rep. Lou Lang as he signs a bill legalizing medical marijuana in August.

    Governor hopefuls cool to more marijuana legalization

    Illinois may have a new medical marijuana law on the books, and two other states may have approved the drug’s recreational use, but the candidates for Illinois governor this year don’t support legalizing it outright in their state.

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    Announced nearly a year ago, Trader Joe’s in Libertyville will open at 8 a.m. Feb. 21.

    Trader Joe’s to join grocery mix in Libertyville on Feb. 21

    Trader Joe's officially will join the roster of grocery stores in Libertyville when it opens at 8 a.m. Feb. 21. The California-based chain announced it was coming to town about 11 months ago as its second location in Lake County.

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    Aurora police Chief Greg Thomas

    Naperville, Aurora both make safest mid-size cities list

    Two cities that share a border — but not necessarily an image — have been recognized as among the safest mid-size communities in America. It may not be a surprise Naperville was ranked fourth among the top 10 HYPERLINK "http://www.movoto.com/blog/top-ten/safest-mid-sized-cities-in-america/"safest mid-size towns in a list compiled by Movoto Real Estate. But Naperville’s neighbor to the west,...

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    Youth leader Toma Kpandeyenge, of South Elgin, poses questions about Martin Luther King Jr. to members of the Living Gospel Youth Group Monday afternoon in the Heritage Ballroom at The Centre of Elgin. Students were treated to lunch, a video about King, and engaged in conversation about the legacy of the civil rights leader, before heading to the pool to top off the day.

    Day of Service expanded to more than one day

    Day of Service in Elgin Monday marked the end to the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend celebration. People who took part were recognized at a luncheon at The Centre of Elgin.

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    Spots available in this year’s Edward Hospital Naperville Marathon and Half Marathon will double to 7,000, organizers said Monday. The second running of the races will be Nov. 9 and organizers are working to finalize the course.

    Naperville marathon doubling field to 7,000 runners

    Double the number of runners will be able to join the field for this year’s Edward Hospital Naperville Marathon and Half Marathon as the event lines up for its second running Sunday, Nov. 9. Organizers said 7,000 total spots will be available for the two races, which will start and finish from a different location. “We really want to give people a great tour of Naperville while they’re running,”...

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    Buffalo Grove Rotary hosts Pizza Fest Jan. 28

    Pizza connoisseurs will have an opportunity to sample some of the best Buffalo Grove has to offer when the Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove hosts Pizza Fest from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28 at Buffalo Grove High School, 1100 W Dundee Road. Diners will be able to try foods from local pizza establishments including Lou Malnati’s, Jets, Nino’s, Prairie House, Wa-Pa-Ghetti’s, Danny’s, Domino’s and more.

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    DuPage to sponsor heroin prevention forum

    A countywide effort to warn DuPage County residents about the dangers of heroin is beginning this week with a prevention forum in Wheaton. The session is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, in the auditorium of the county’s administration building, 421 N. County Farm Road.

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    A new federal program restricts the type of snacks that may be sold in schools beginning in the fall. Among the potential targets are cheese- and candy-flavored versions of popcorn, which was designated Illinois’ state snack food 11 years ago.

    New rules for schools could ban state snack

    New federal rules aimed at offering students healthier food options could mean Illinois schools won’t be able to sell some types of popcorn, the state’s official snack food.

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    NIU looking to attract international students

    Northern Illinois University is making an effort to attract more international students. “We believe higher education fails a student if we do not provide the global competencies,” said Raymond Alden, the school’s new vice president of international affairs.

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    Rockford judge convicts banker of fraud

    A Rockford federal judge has found a one-time bank CEO guilty of 20 fraud counts. Anthony D’Agostino is former owner, CEO and president of Commercial Mortgage and Finance Co.

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    Free solar energy info session in Grayslake

    A free solar energy information session is being held from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21 at the Byron Colby Barn at Prairie Crossing, 1561 Jones Point Road, Grayslake.

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    Wheeling town hall meeting

    State Rep. Carol Sente, Wheeling Village President Dean Argiris and State Rep. Elaine Nekritz will host a town hall meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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    Hearings on medical marijuana in Lake County

    Public hearings are planned on changes to the Lake County Unified Development Ordinance that would create regulations for the siting and operation of medical marijuana cultivation centers and dispensaries in the unincorporated area.

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    The Batavia City Council will decide Tuesday whether to give $25,000 and loan another $75,000 to bring an Italian restaurant to 15 E. Wilson St. The building most recently had the Rhino Room coffee and wine bar.

    Batavia considers incentives to get new downtown restaurant

    Batavia officials are considering giving $25,000 and loaning another $75,000 to get a Gaetano's restaurant to open in the downtown. The city council will vote on the matter Tuesday.

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    Author at Vernon Area library

    New York Times best-selling author Melanie Benjamin visits the Vernon Area Public Library, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire, at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 to discuss her historical fiction novel, “The Aviator’s Wife.”

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    Schaumburg On Stage presents ‘Anything Goes’

    Schaumburg On Stage, a local troupe of teen and preteen actors, will present Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes” over the next two weekends at Schaumburg’s Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Court.

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    Glen Ellyn officials and an architectural firm are expected Monday to unveil an updated facility needs analysis for the police department and civic center.

    Glen Ellyn to discuss proposals for new police station

    Glen Ellyn officials and an architectural firm are expected Monday to unveil an updated facility needs analysis for the police department and civic center. The consultant, Virginia-based Dewberry, originally was hired by the village in 2011. Its space needs analysis study found significant deficiencies in the amount of space in the police department and village offices at the three-story Glen...

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    Eric Nelson is the new executive director of Administer Justice in Elgin.

    Administer Justice looks onward, upward with new leader

    We talk to Eric Nelson, executive director of Administer Justice in Elgin, about how his first three months on the job have been, and what plans he's got in store for 2014.

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    Timothy W. Goodly, senior vice president of human resources for Turner Broadcasting System Inc., encourages more than 600 people at an annual Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast on Monday in Lisle to “ignite the hero within” and continue progress toward the civil rights goals of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The breakfast was sponsored by Benedictine University and College of DuPage.

    MLK speaker: ‘We will need heroes’ to continue King’s dream

    Leaders in education, charity, business and community gathered Monday morning at Benedictine University in Lisle to honor the words, actions and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The annual breakfast’s keynote speaker said King’s activism for equality created heroes out of everyday people who joined the civil rights movement. “He not only walked the hero’s journey, but he served as the...

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    Stevenson High School freshman Matthew Weiner checks expiration dates on pancake mixes Monday at the Vernon Township Food Pantry. Stevenson students fanned out across Lake County to work on community projects for Marting Luther King Jr. Day.

    Stevenson High students volunteer on day off

    With classes canceled because of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, dozens of Stevenson High School students tackled community service projects across Lake County on Monday.

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    Rosemont hosting pro beach volleyball event in July

    Some of the top volleyball players in the country will come to the Northwest suburbs this summer when the MB Financial Park at Rosemont hosts the EVP Pro Beach Volleyball tour. The EVP Rocks Rosemont 2014 will kick off July 10 with amateur matches in several sports leading up the professional tournament Friday, July 18 and Saturday, July 19.

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    Robbie Thompson participates in a march honoring Martin Luther King Jr., Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, in San Antonio. Parades and celebrations have been scheduled across Texas to honor Martin Luther King Jr. on the federal holiday in his name.

    Images: Martin Luther King Jr. Day across the country
    Martin Luther King Jr. Day was celebrated around the country on Monday.

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    Vanessa Meeks, of the Sears Holdings Associate Gospel Choir, sings a solo during the Hoffman Estates Cultural Awareness Commission’s 12th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Breakfast.

    Hoffman Estates honors King’s legacy

    Community and business leaders gathered in Hoffman Estates Monday morning to honor and celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. The Hoffman Estates Cultural Awareness Commission’s 12th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Breakfast held at village hall featured a performance by the Sears Holdings Associate Gospel Choir and guest speaker Asa Gordon, a social studies teacher at...

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    Shannon Winter rides a taxi to her wedding in New Orleans after her limousine failed to arrive last Oct. 12.

    Wedding insurance expands as nuptials get pricier

    Worried about the groom getting cold feet? There’s an insurance policy for that. With the cost of the average American wedding reaching about $26,000, insurers have been selling a growing number of policies to protect against losses from extreme weather, illness and, in one firm’s case, even a sudden change of heart.

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    Officer Chris Bauman redirects traffic due to closed roads in Sioux Falls, S.D., Thursday. Temperatures plunged below zero in North Dakota and northern Minnesota on Monday morning. The cold front was expected to sweep south into Iowa and and Illinois.

    Frigid air settling in Dakotas, moving eastward

    Another band of arctic air began creeping into the northern U.S. on Monday, bringing a wave of frigid temperatures that could linger for most of the week across the upper Midwest and New England.

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    First lady Michelle Obama, center, with daughter Malia Obama and presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett, make burritos at DC Central Kitchen as part of a service project in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday in Washington. Also helping were President Barack Obama and daughter Sasha Obama.

    Obama celebrates MLK day, visits soup kitchen

    President Barack Obama honored Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of service Monday by helping a soup kitchen prepare its daily meals and a host of administration figures fanned out across the capital to appear at holiday events.

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    Vanessa Meeks, of the Sears Holdings Associate Gospel Choir, sings a solo during the Hoffman Estates Cultural Awareness Commission’s 12th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Breakfast.

    Images: Suburban Martin Luther King Jr. events
    Martin Luther King Jr. Day was celebrated over the weekend and Monday with a variety of servics throughout the suburbs.

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    Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin is the only hospital in Illinois selected for the American College of Cardiology's new patient navigator program. Pictured here are Dr. Azmey A. Matarieh, medical director of acute myocardial infarction, left, and Dr. Raminder P. Singh, medical director of congestive heart failure.

    New Sherman program addresses heart patients' rehospitalizations

    Elgin's Advocate Sherman Hospital is the only hospital in Illinois selected to kick off a new program that aims to prevent heart patients from being rehospitalized within 30 days of discharge, as it so often happens. Fifteen hospitals in the nation have been selected so far for the American College of Cardiology's patient navigator program.

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    Sente, Nekritz to meet constituents in Wheeling on Tuesday

    Illinois state Reps. Carol Sente, a Democrat from Vernon Hills, and Elaine Nekritz, a Democrat from Northbrook, will meet with constituents from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Wheeling Village Hall, 2 Community Boulevard, Wheeling. The state lawmakers and Village President Dean Argiris will update attendees about plans for 2014, then take comments and questions from the audience.

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    Former congressman Bob Dold and U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider meet in a rematch in November.

    10th District ballot will look familiar to voters

    If the rematch for Congress in the northern suburbs' 10th District sounds unusual to voters, they don't have to look far to find a similar example. Republican Bob Dold of Kenilworth is trying to return to Congress after losing the seat to Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider of Deerfield two years ago. Not far away, Democratic U.S. Rep. Bill Foster of Naperville pulled off a return trip to...

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    A sign has been posted at the Millennium Trail entrance along Gossell Road near Wauconda alerting people about coyote activity in the area of the Orchard Hills subdivision.

    Coyote activity spotted near Wauconda prompts warnings

    Coyote activity along the Millennium Trail near Wauconda has prompted safety warnings. Lake County Forest Preserve District staff are posting signs along the trail near the Orchard Hills subdivision to alert people about the predators. The action was prompted by two civilian complaints about coyotes along the trail, which runs through the Wauconda area and into other parts of Lake County.

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    A full house listens raptly to Amy Gail Hansen talk about her story and the process of getting it published.

    Popular Arlington Hts. book club brings authors to readers

    A unique book club held at Tuscan Market & Wine Shop in downtown Arlington Heights is packing them in - not just for the wine and hors d’oeuvres but for a chance to meeting the authors and hear firsthand about the publishing process.

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    In a 2011 game, left-hander Doug Davis pitches for the Chicago Cubs against the Boston Red Sox while right-handers shortstop Starlin Castro and left fielder Alfonso Soriano watch. Handedness is determined during early childhood, but no one really knows how.

    It’s important to understand how your body works

    Students in Elise Diaz’s fifth-grade class at Prairie Trail School in Wadsworth asked these questions about how the body works: “What determines traits like eye color? Why am I right-handed? How does your body grow taller?”

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    Boomers offer ‘21 and Over Night’ May 29

    The Schaumburg Boomers are inviting their adult fans to leave the kids at home and join them for an evening of grown-up fun at the ballpark at a special “21 and Over Night” game at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 29 at Boomers Stadium, 1999 S. Springinsguth Road in Schaumburg. From live music and Jell-O shots to shot girls (and guys) serving you drinks, “21 and Over Night” will have a little something for...

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    An artist’s impression of the Philae lander.

    Scientists hope comet-chaser spacecraft wakes up

    Europe’s Rosetta probe is due to wake up from years of hibernation Monday, but scientists face an agonizing wait of several hours until the first signal reaches Earth and they can celebrate a new milestone in their unprecedented mission to land a spacecraft on a comet.

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    Court to decide on child porn victim restitution

    A woman whose childhood rapes by her uncle were captured on camera and widely traded on the Internet wants the Supreme Court to make it easier for victims of child pornography to collect money from people who view the brutal images on their computers.

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    Municipality workers remove debris while civilians inspect the site of a car bomb attack at an outdoor market in Baghdad al-Jadidah district, Iraq, Monday.

    Bombings kill 28 in Iraq as offensive continues

    A series of bombings in central Iraq killed 28 people on Monday, as a government official claimed that al-Qaida-linked fighters have dug in to a city they seized last month and possess enough heavy weapons to storm into the country’s capital.

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    Naperville City Council will discuss a proposal Tuesday to add three downtown charging stations for electric vehicles.

    Riverwalk, electric vehicles, liquor licenses on Naperville agenda

    Topics including a southern expansion of the Naperville Riverwalk, the addition of more downtown electric vehicle charging stations and a possible new liquor license category for movie theaters all could be discussed when the Naperville City Council meets Tuesday night for the first time in about a month.

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    Follow our advice to avoid that painful battery jump-start in freezing weather.

    Mice under the hood and other winter car issues

    How do you keep rodents from nesting under your car's hood? Readers offer tips, plus more advice from experts on getting you and your car through the winter in one piece.

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    Lexie Kamerman

    Chicagoan killed in Kabul 'sought a better world'

    Friends and family of a Chicago woman killed in Kabul, Afghanistan, say the 27-year-old was committed to helping others despite potential dangers, telling friends it was “something she was meant to do.” Lexie Kamerman was among 21 people killed Friday in a Taliban suicide bomb and gun attack at a Kabul restaurant popular with foreigners.

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    Associated Press Gov. Pat Quinn is using the holiday weekend honoring Martin Luther King Jr. to continue pressing for raising Illinois' minimum wage to at least $10.

    Governor presses bid to raise minimum wage

    Gov. Pat Quinn is using the holiday weekend honoring Martin Luther King Jr. to continue pressing for raising Illinois' minimum wage to at least $10. The Democratic governor said while visiting a Chicago church Sunday that raising the state's minimum wage from $8.25 would be a key component in what he called the “war on poverty.”

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    Illinois woman's car hit in apparent Indiana road-rage shooting

    State police say a driver fired several shots at a woman's car on Interstate 80/94 in northwestern Indiana in the second apparent road-rage shooting on the highway within a week.

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    Environmental Protection Agency scientists use ground-penetrating radar equipment at Mount Baldy at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in August 2013, near Michigan City, Ind. They were gathering data to determine the safety of a northern Indiana sand dune that collapsed onto a 6-year-old Illinois boy.

    Mount Baldy remains closed 6 months after collapse

    Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore hasn't determined if and when it will reopen a popular sand dune along Lake Michigan after part of it collapsed and buried a young boy under 11 feet of sand more than six months ago, a park spokesman says.

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    Police: Intruder of historic Lincoln home arrested

    A Springfield man is in custody after authorities say he was found in the basement of the Lincoln Home National Historic Site. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that police believe the 23-year-old man was intoxicated early Saturday when he threw a brick through the basement window of the historic site and crawled inside.

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    Schaumburg library’s Digital Production Studio open to all

    Did you know you have free access to a production studio where you can record music, create videos and transfer VHS tapes to DVDs? The Digital Production Studio at the Schaumburg Township District Library (STDL) is completely free and loaded with state-of-the-art equipment available to STDL cardholders in good standing.

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    Dawn Patrol: Cold temps this week; King’s legacy celebrated

    Dawn Patrol: Below-zero wind chills expected this week. Suburban singers try out for ‘The Voice.’ Elgin celebrates King’s legacy. Arcada pays tribute to mainstay, organist Jim Shaffer. Fans, friends flock to greet Buffalo Grove Olympian. Kane breaks shootout slump as Hawks beat Bruins. Seahawks, Broncos heading to Super Bowl.

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    Camille Eiseman of Crystal Lake waits in line Sunday before auditioning for the TV show “The Voice” at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

    Weekend in Revew: ‘Voice’ tryouts; Olympian meets fans
    What you may have missed over the weekend: Fans greet Buffalo Grove Olympian; same-sex couples prep for religious wedding ceremonies; Arlington Hts. man fights for military salute at Super Bowl; Judd mansion in St. Charles may not see wrecking ball; Elgin Tower pays bill, expects water service back on; suburban singers tryout for a spot on 'The Voice'; Kane lifts Blackhawks over Bruins.

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    Liz Biondi

    Two Warren Twp. High board members say no to iPads and email

    As more local goverments provide personal tablet computers and email accounts for elected officials to use for business, two board members are taking a pass for now at Warren Township High School in Gurnee. Liz Biondi and Catherine Campbell are the iPad and email holdouts on the seven-member Warren District 121 board, citing cost and security reasons.

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    Thomas Armstrong, now of Naperville, was arrested on June 23, 1961, in Mississippi after waiting to board a bus in a room reserved for whites. Thomas Armstrong continues to speak at suburban schools. He often reminds students that he was their age when he stood up against repression. “They can work to change the world,” the Naperville man said.

    Naperville man looks back on segregation, Freedom Rides

    In 1961, Thomas Armstrong was arrested simply for sitting down in a room reserved for whites in a Mississippi bus station. The black college student faced death threats in a time when protesters were brutally beaten or killed. Now living in Naperville, the veteran of the Civil Rights Movement works to inspire students across the suburbs to better the world around them. “They can work to...

Sports

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

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

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    Joakim Noah, right, celebrates with teammate Taj Gibson after Gibson made the game-winning shot in overtime to defeat the Lakers on Monday night at the United Center.

    Bulls get back to .500 with OT win

    Taj Gibson followed his lead blocker and finished a layin off an inbounds pass at the buzzer, sending the Bulls to a 102-100 overtime victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday at the United Center. D.J. Augustin led the Bulls with 27 points.

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    Neuqua Valley overcomes fear of Trinity

    The Neuqua Valley coaches may not have liked the expressions on their players’ faces at halftime Monday night, but they sure had to like all the smiles they saw afterward.

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    Smith, Vernon Hills handle Fenwick at Willowbrook

    Vernon Hills’ Sydney Smith shot 5-for-8 on 3-pointers to help the Cougars past Fenwick 60-46 in the 24th Annual McDonald’s Shootout on Monday at Willowbrook High School in Villa Park. Smith finished 10-for-16 from the field and 4-for-4 at the foul line on her way to a game-high 29 points.

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    Carmel’s Jack George (21) drives on Lake Zurich’s Jeff Zahery, left, and Mike Travlos on Monday at Lake Zurich.

    Carmel attacks the basket, bounces Lake Zurich

    Carmel didn’t attempt many 3-pointers, or even many mid-range jump shots for that matter. But with all the points in the paint the Corsairs got in a 58-47 victory over Lake Zurich, offense from the perimeter wasn’t necessary. The Corsairs, who won the Martin Luther King tournament at Lake Zurich with a perfect 5-0 record, scored 18 of their 21 field goals from inside the paint.

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    Millender, Marian too much for Rolling Meadows

    Dan Murray watched Marian Catholic edge Rolling Meadows for the Class 4A state girls basketball championship from home on television last March. When the two team met Monday night, he had a much better seat. He was on the Spartans bench calling the shots. And Marian Catholic made plenty of them for their first-year coach. Led by senior Ashton Millender’s career-tying 29 points, No 6-ranked Marian Catholic ran past No. 2 Rolling Meadows 75-59 in a showcase game of the 24th annual McDonald’s Shootout at Willowbrook High School in snowy Villa Park.

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    Bouchard, Li into Australian Open semifinals

    MELBOURNE, Australia — Eugenie Bouchard has reached the semifinals in her first trip to the Australian Open, beating 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic 7-5, 5-7, 6-2 on Tuesday to set up a showdown with fourth-seeded Li Na.The result means two-time Australian Open finalist Li, who beat Flavia Pennetta 6-2, 6-2 in an earlier quarterfinal featuring two women who’ll turn 32 next month, will have to face a teenager for the third time in the tournament. The 19-year-old Bouchard, the first Canadian to reach the Australian Open semifinals, played with composure against former No. 1-ranked Ivanovic, who started the season with a title at Auckland, New Zealand, and produced a major upset to eliminate top-ranked Serena Williams in the fourth round here.Bouchard went to the net 24 times and won 19 of those points. She broke Ivanovic’s serve seven times, including the last game, and had to sit through a lengthy time out when she was trailing 4-3 in the second set while her opponent received treatment.The WTA Tour’s “Newcomer of the Year” in 2013, Bouchard is playing just her fourth Grand Slam tournament, having lost in the second rounds at the French Open and U.S. Open last year and reached the third round at Wimbledon — the only previous major where she’d managed back-to-back victories. The second of those was against Ivanovic, in straight sets — their only previous meeting.Bouchard, who is from Montreal, has a growing group of supporters at Melbourne Park. After each match, fans have presented her with a different kind of stuffed, fluffy Australian animal — she now has a kangaroo, a kookaburra and a wombat in her collection.Li is also a crowd favorite in Australia, where she lost the finals last year to Victoria Azarenka and in 2011 to Kim Clijsters and has reached the semifinals four times in the last five years. Azarenka, the two-time defending champion, is in the other half of the draw.Li won her only previous match against Bouchard in straight sets at Montreal in 2012.“We had a tough battle last time, and I think I didn’t have a lot of experience back then,” Bouchard said. This time I think I’ll be ready.”Li beat two 16-year-olds in the opening rounds and had to save a match point against Lucie Safarova in the third. Against No. 28 Pennetta, she was relentless, keeping the mistakes down while going for her winners. “After saving the match point, I think I got a lot of confidence,” Li said of her close call in the third round. “Even more belief in myself.”Li lost her serve just once — while leading 5-0 in the opening set — and finished off the 67-minute match with an easy forehand to the open court.Later Tuesday, No. 3 David Ferrer was to play No. 7 Tomas Berdych in the first men’s quarterfinal. In a night match on Rod Laver Arena, Novak Djokovic continues his quest for a fourth consecutive Australian Open title with a quarterfinal match against No. 8 Stanislas Wawrinka.

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    The Bulls’ Jimmy Butler celebrates while Los Angeles Lakers’ Nick Young looks on after Taj Gibson made the game-winning shot in overtime to defeat the Lakers 102-100 during an NBA basketball game in Chicago, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014.

    Bulls outlast Lakers in overtime

    Taj Gibson made a layup at the buzzer in overtime, lifting the Bulls to a 102-100 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night at United Center.With nine-tenths of a second left, Mike Dunleavy inbounded from underneath the basket and found Gibson cutting down the middle. The athletic forward then muscled toward the hoop for the winning basket, which was confirmed by a video review by the officials.Joakim Noah had 17 points, 21 rebounds and six assists for Chicago (20-20), which has won eight of 10 to get back to .500 for the first time since Nov. 27. D.J. Augustin had a season-high 27 points, and Jimmy Butler finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds.Nick Young had 31 points for the Lakers (16-26), including a tying baseline jumper with 6 seconds left in overtime. The streaky sub also made three free throws with 4.1 seconds left in regulation, tying it at 93.The Lakers scored the first five points in overtime, but Augustin led the Bulls right back. After Gibson made two foul shots, Augustin hit a tying 3-pointer and drove inside for a layup that gave Chicago a 100-98 lead with 1:30 left.Augustin was 10 for 16 from the field, including a 5-for-7 performance from beyond the arc. He shouldered the load at the point for most of the game after Kirk Hinrich departed in the third with a hamstring injury.Pau Gasol had 20 points and 19 rebounds for Los Angeles, which had won two in a row after a six-game losing streak. Jodie Meeks added 16 points and seven assists.The Lakers’ visit to Chicago had none of the usual luster that had been a staple of the games between two of the NBA’s most successful franchises over the years. The best players on each team are sidelined by serious injuries, making it next to impossible for Los Angeles to keep up in the loaded Western Conference and casting doubt on Chicago’s goal of winning the title.Los Angeles is playing without star guards Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash, the headliners of a long list of injuries for the Lakers, especially in the backcourt. Bryant broke a bone in his left knee Dec. 17 at Memphis, and Nash is out with a back problem.“Just been riding the bike, trying to stay in shape that way,” Bryant said before the game against Chicago. “Not much I can really do in terms of running and things of that nature. Mainly just focused on doing bike work.”While Bryant and Nash could return in the next couple of weeks, the Bulls will play the rest of the season without star point guard Derrick Rose. The 2011 NBA MVP had surgery on Nov. 25 after he tore the medial meniscus in his right knee in a game at Portland.Chicago also traded All-Star Luol Deng to Cleveland on Jan. 7 for draft picks and Andrew Bynum, and then promptly waived the enigmatic center in a salary dump. Bryant knows how Rose is feeling. Rose also missed all of last season while recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, and Bryant was sidelined for the end of last season and the beginning of this one due to a torn left Achilles tendon.“There’s really nothing you can do about it. It is what it is,” Bryant said. “It’s unfortunate but you have two options and one is to lay down and not do anything about it and the second is to get up and get to work. I think the second one is more appealing to him, for sure.”With Bryant watching from the sideline, the Lakers rallied after a slow start. Young had 13 of his 17 first-half points in the second quarter as Los Angeles erased a five-point deficit on their way to a 52-49 lead at the break. Meeks also had 12 points in the first half.Noah had 11 points and 10 rebounds at halftime, continuing a career-best run that could lead to a second straight All-Star appearance for the post player. He has grabbed at least 10 boards in 13 straight games for the franchise’s longest streak since Tyson Chandler also had a 13-game run during the 2006-07 season.

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    Now that Tom Thibodeau has joined Mike Krzyzewski’s Team USA coaching staff, some reporters were wondering if he’d make a pitch for Kobe Bryant to play in the 2016 Olympics. “He can try all he wants,” Bryant answered. “I love Thibs. We go way back.”

    Kobe Bryant on Bulls coach: ‘I love Thibs’

    Lakers star Kobe Bryant is out indefinitely with a broken leg, but he met with reporters before Monday's game at theUnited Center and talked about the old days of working with Tom Thibodeau and better, rougher days in the NBA.

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    York wins tournament title

    York improved to 18-2 and won Wheaton Warrenville South’s second annual MLK Tournament, 61-55 over Bartlett in the title game. The Dukes, who beat Metea Valley in the semifinals, were led by 24 points from Frank Toohey, who made 14 of 16 free throws. Charlie Rose added 10 points for York. Bartlett (13-8) got 22 points from Ryan DiCanio.Metea Valley 66, Oswego 58:Winning the third-place game at WW South, Metea Valley (10-8) sent four players in double figures. The Mustangs were led by Mark Konkle with 14 points, Marquell Oliver with 13 and Justin Kuehn and Nick Dodson with 11 apiece. Dodson did not score in Metea’s semifinal loss against York. Zach West scored 18 to lead Oswego (7-9).WW South 54, Oak Lawn 39:Ending a five-game losing streak and taking seventh at its tournament, WW South (3-14) got 13 points by Matt Kienzle and 10 by Keishawn Watson. Earlier, the Tigers went down to the wire in a 49-46 loss to Clemente, headed by Kienzle’s five 3-pointers and 19 points, and 12 from Aidan Hernandez.

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    Jacobs picks up 2 wins at Hononegah

    The Jacobs boys basketball team bounced back from two losses on Saturday at Hononegah’s MLK Shootout to win twice on Monday in Rockton.

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    Batavia’s Liza Fruendt (5) puts up a shot over Joliet Catholic’s Jasmine Lumpkin (21) during Monday’s game at the 24th annual McDonald’s Shootout at Willowbrook High School in Villa Park.

    Batavia battles but can’t topple No. 2 Joliet Catholic

    Batavia’s season-long quest to be better prepared for the postseason continued in big way Monday at the 24th annual McDonald’s Shootout against undefeated Joliet Catholic, the No. 2 ranked team in Class 3A.

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    Second option lifts York past Metea

    In basketball several scoring options is a plus. York’s Frank Toohey is a strong one, a 6-foot-8 forward headed to Air Force. Out of a timeout with the score tied late against Metea Valley, the tall redhead wasn’t open. Enter option No. 2.

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    Daniel White/dwhite@dailyherald.com Montini's battles Bolingbrook's during the 24th annual McDonald's Shootout, a girls basketball tournament at Willowbrook High School.

    Montini lets up, still wins big

    The Montini girls basketball team accomplished its mission Monday at the 24th annual McDonald’s Shootout at Willowbrook High School by beating Bolingbrook, a top 10 team in Class 4A, 56-40.

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    Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, who will retire a year from now, seems to be doing all he can lately to help secure a spot in the Hall of Fame.

    Steroids secured Selig legacy long before A-Rod

    Bud Selig will always be known as the man who presided over the proliferation of steroids and profited from it more than anyone during baseball’s steroids-era. His legacy in that regard is secure, and taking down Alex Rodriguez doesn’t change that.

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    Tim Jennings was able to hold some of the best receivers in the league this season.

    Bears CB Jennings, OG Long going to Pro Bowl

    Bears cornerback Tim Jennings will make it to the Pro Bowl for the second straight season after being added Monday to the game as a replacement for Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, who will be busy Sunday preparing for Super Bowl XLVIII. Rookie guard Kyle Long was also a late addition.

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    Aside from Sunday’s shootout score, it’s been a long time since we’ve seen Patrick Kane celebrate a goal like this one against Minnesota in October — 10 games, in fact.

    10 games, no goals for Blackhawks’ Kane

    Patrick Kane still hasn’t scored a goal in 10 games, although he is hoping the fact he finally converted a shootout attempt Sunday to give the Blackhawks a 3-2 win over Boston will help get his game back on track. “Usually games 40 to 60 are the hardest to get through,” he said.

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    Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman celebrates after the NFL football NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 23-17 to advance to Super Bowl XLVIII.

    Seahawks vs. Broncos should provide great theatre

    Super Bowl XLVIII is almost two weeks away but it's not too soon to wonder if the Broncos and quarterback Peyton Manning can shut down and shut up the Seahawks and trash-talking cornerback Richard Sherman.

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    Bryan Bickell, stopped here by Colorado’s Semyon Varlamov last week, has only 2 goals in his last 15 games.

    Despite goal, Hawks’ Bickell still struggling

    Despite scoring a big goal in Friday’s victory over Anaheim, Blackhawks winger Bryan Bickell still is trying to regain the form he had before hurting his knee at Colorado in the first game of the circus road trip. Bickell has 2 goals in 15 games since returning to the lineup that includes a seven-game point drought.

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    Montini plays Bollingbrook Monday, Jan. 20 at Willowbrook High School in Villa Park for girls basketball.

    Images: Montini vs. Bollingbrook at Willowbrook High School girls basketball
    Montini vs. Bolingbrook at Willowbrook High School Monday, Jan 20 for girls basketball.

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    John Starks/jstarks@dailyherald.com Harvest Christian's Gabi Rodriguez, left, and Westminster Christian's Libbie Atchinson reach for a rebound Monday in Elgin.

    Westminster Christian on its game

    Harvest Christian girls basketball coach Kelly Friestad knew it would take a monumental effort by her team to beat talent-laden Westminster Christian Monday afternoon in the final round of the Elgin City Classic. But Friestad couldn’t help but be proud of the way her team fought like the Lions they are. Westminster continued its two-year dominance of the Elgin City Classic with a 60-41 win over Harvest. but instead of wilting after falling behind 23-7 at the end of the first quarter and 35-15 at halftime, the visiting Lions fought to the bitter end.

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    Images from the Batavia vs. Joliet Catholic girls basketball game Monday, January 20, 2014 in Villa Park.

    Images: Batavia vs. Joliet Catholic Academy girls basketball
    Batavia took on Joliet Catholic Academy in a girls basketball matchup Monday afternoon in Villa Park.

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    Harvest Christian’s Gabi Rodriguez, left, and Westminster Christian’s Libbie Atchinson reach for a rebound Monday in Elgin.

    Images: Harvest Christian vs. Westminster Christian girls basketball
    Harvest Christian visited Westminster Christian in a girls basketball matchup Monday afternoon in Elgin.

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    Lakes’ Baker makes her mark at Illinois Wesleyan

    The key for any athlete is making strides in his or her sport. So for Lakes High school graduate Jenna Baker, she seems right on course in her collegiate soccer career. The sophomore midfielder was named the “Most Improved Player” for Illinois Wesleyan’s women’s soccer team.

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    Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, left, holds the trophy after the AFC Championship NFL playoff football game against the New England Patriots in Denver, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. The Broncos defeated the Patriots 26-16 to advance to the Super Bowl.

    Top offense, defense will clash in Super Bowl

    Peyton Manning’s Denver Broncos and Richard Sherman’s Seattle Seahawks were the NFL’s best all season, so it’s fitting that they’ll meet in the Super Bowl. Nobody scored as many points or gained as many yards as the Broncos. Nobody allowed as few points or gave up as few yards as the Seahawks. And nobody won as many games as those clubs, either.

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    Willowbrook’s Lauren Carroll has her shot blocked by Providence’s Anne Corso during the McDonald’s girls basketball shootout at Willowbrook High School.

    Images: Providence at Willowbrook in Villa Park for girls basketball
    Providence vs. Willowbrook at Willowbrook High School Monday, Jan. 20 for girls basketball.

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    Mike North video: MVP Sherman not the only one deserving
    Seattle Seahawks’ Cornerback Richard Sherman could have acted more professionally in his post game speech, but Mike North thinks running back Marshawn Lynch or quarterback Russell Wilson could just as easily been named MVPs of the game.

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    Cubs prospect Javier Baez, a shortstop with power by trade, will get a look-see at other positions during spring training and at Class AAA Iowa this year.

    Baez forcing Cubs to consider their options

    Javier Baez will make it to Chicago sometime this summer, and when he arrives he will probably play somewhere other than shortstop, at least until the Cubs can figure whether Starlin Castro is still part of their young core.

Business

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    Arlington Downs developers have purchased an additional 2 acres that will allow more room for restaurants on the site.

    Arlington Downs project grows, moves forward in 2014

    The year 2014 will be a big one for the Arlington Downs project just west of Arlington park racetrack. The former hotel is being converted into luxury apartments and a new hotel will be built on the site, said Bill Enright, deputy director of planning and community development. Enright said he knows developers have been in talks with several restaurants, but no names of specific eateries coming to the site have been released yet.

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    The recent security breach involving Target is believed to have involved 40 million credit and debit card accounts and the personal information of 70 million customers.

    2 nabbed at Texas border in credit card fraud case

    Account information stolen during the Target security breach is now being divided up and sold off regionally, a South Texas police chief said Monday following the arrest of two Mexican citizens who authorities say arrived at the border with 96 fraudulent credit cards.

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    Audience members hold signs appealing for jobs as they attend a Democratic news conference about extending unemployment insurance benefits which expired Dec. 28, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Unemployment in America has gone down in the last several years, but it remains a serious drag on the economy.

    U.N.: More than 200 million jobless last year

    The United Nations’ labor agency says the number of unemployed people around the world rose above 200 million last year as job opportunities failed to grow at the same pace as the global workforce.

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    Entrepreneurial stress: ‘We do too much out of fear’

    When entrepreneurs are feeling stressed, the typical response is "I’ll do more," but it’s often better to do less. Small business columnist looks at this topic in his weekly column.

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    The opening of Postal Service retail centers in dozens of Staples stores around the country is being met with threats of protests and boycotts by the agencyís unions.

    Unions angered by Postal Service's Staples outlets

    The opening of Postal Service retail centers in dozens of Staples stores around the country is being met with threats of protests and boycotts by the agency's unions. The new outlets are staffed by Staples employees, not postal workers, and labor officials say that move replaces well-paying union jobs with low-wage, nonunion workers.

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    Chicago-based aircraft maker Boeing Co., Etihad Airways, the oil company Total and others say they will work together on a program to develop an aviation biofuel industry in the United Arab Emirates.

    Boeing, Etihad to develop aviation biofuels

    Chicago-based aircraft maker Boeing Co., Etihad Airways, the oil company Total and others say they will work together on a program to develop an aviation biofuel industry in the United Arab Emirates.Boeing says in a news release Sunday that the program will involve research and development and investments in production of fuels derived from plants that can power aircraft.

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    Jose Garcia

    Credit union CEO to help Hispanics, younger people

    Kukec's People features Jose Garcia, president and CEO of Northwest Community Credit Union, who has spent most of his career in finance and found his niche in credit unions, living by its philosophy of “people helping people.” That’s why he aims to boost awareness of how credit unions can help more people, especially Hispanics, aim to increase membership and even focus more on social media to draw in the younger generation.

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    A man stands in front of his car, with the trunk lid popped up to avoid being photographed by traffic camera for illegal parking, near a propaganda advertisement, center, showing a slogan “Move Forward,” outside a construction site in Beijing’s Central Business District Monday.

    China’s economy grows 7.7 percent in 2013

    China’s economic growth decelerated in the final quarter of 2013 and appears set to slow further, adding to pressure on its leaders to shore up an expansion as they try to implement sweeping reforms. The world’s second-largest economy grew by 7.7 percent over a year earlier, down from previous quarter’s 7.8 percent, data showed Monday.

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    A florist works on a flower display inside the Congress Center ahead of the World Economic Forum 2014 (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland Sunday.

    Survey finds distrust in government growing

    Trust in elected leaders has fallen sharply, a global survey revealed Monday, citing the protracted budget battle in Washington that nearly saw the U.S. default on its debts and Europe’s stuttering response to its debt crisis as key reasons for the drop. Ahead of the gathering of political and business leaders in the Swiss resort of Davos, the public relations firm Edelman found that only 44 percent of university-educated people participating in the survey trusted government.

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    Dan Mataragas is the owner of Sweet Berry Cafe in South Elgin.

    South Elgin pancake house offers array of options

    An interview with Dan Mataragas, owner of Sweet Berry Cafe in South Elgin.Q: Describe your business. What do you do? A: Sweet Berry Cafe offers an array of freshly made to order breakfast/lunch entrees, vegetarian choices, gluten free choices and healthy meals. We use the freshest fruits and vegetables, farm fresh extra large AA grade eggs and high quality meats such as roast prime rib for our beef sandwiches, certified black Angus burgers, real roasted turkey breast, extra thick cut maple smoked bacon and savory thick cut bone-in ham. We serve Hawaiian Kona coffee. Each pot is freshly ground. Our homemade soups are prepared every morning with fresh ingredients, never canned. We offer half-priced soups to-go everyday from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Q: What made you start your business?A: I was at a turning point in my career and was looking for a job. I was being offered positions from area restaurants. I decided to try and get financed and open my own restaurant to have the creative freedom that would be denied to me by working for some other restaurant. I met my executive chef Hector Hernandez and we opened Sweet Berry Cafe. Hector is very innovative and creative in his dishes. Our customers have been totally amazed at our creativeness and our constantly changing featured specials. Q: What has been the most difficult obstacle in running or starting a small business?A: One of the first and most important obstacles was trying to get financing. In this economy it was not easy, but I made it happen. Now my biggest obstacle is to not forget to keep challenging myself and my staff to hold ourselves to a higher standard of service and quality. Q: What do you enjoy most about operating your business?A: Watching as we serve our food to our guests and they immediately say “Wow!” and then pull out their phones to take pictures and post them online. Q: Is this what you pictured yourself doing when you were young? A: I grew up in restaurants in the family business. Can’t say I thought I would own my own place one day, but I definitely have it in my blood.Q: If you could give one tip to a rookie business owner, what would it be? A: Don’t believe anyone that tells you you can’t do something in life. Sure there will be obstacles to get by, but if you have a dream or a vision of what you want to do. Just do it. Everything will fall in place if you keep moving forward. Life is Sweet! Enjoy It!Ÿ Every Monday we feature a small suburban business. We want to hear about yours. Contact us at kmikus@dailyherald.com.

Life & Entertainment

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    Jon Heffron headlines at Schaumburg's Improv Comedy Showcase.

    Weekend picks: John Heffron hits Improv

    John Heffron brings his stand-up comedy to Schaumburg's Improv Comedy Showcase for a weekend of gigs. Tony Award-winning Savion Glover presents his latest tap show "STePz" at Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance. And Lake Villa's Ribfest will be serving up grilled deliciousness Saturday afternoon.

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    Dress right, stay dry to reduce chances of frostbite

    Q: My kids love to play outside, even in the cold and snow. How can I protect them from frostbite?

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    This Jan. 19, 2014 photo shows, from left, Monica Pederson,, Nate Berkus, and Eddie George from “American Dream Builders” at the NBCUniversal Press Tour, in Pasadena, Calif. George, a former NFL player, is turning a critical eye to home building and design as a judge on a new reality television show. He joins designer Berkus and interior decorator Pedersen on “American Dream Builders” debuting March 23 on NBC.

    Eddie George tears up turf on new reality show

    Eddie George was too busy charging through defenses as an NFL running back to stop and inspect the stadium turf. Now retired, he’s turning a critical eye to home building and design as a judge on a new reality television show. George joins designer Nate Berkus and interior decorator Monica Pedersen on “American Dream Builders” debuting March 23 on NBC.

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    This photo released by PBS and Carnival Film and Television Limited shows Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary in a scene from the Masterpiece TV series, “Downton Abbey.” As it returns Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, for its much-awaited fourth season, “Downton Abbey” remains a series about elegance, tradition and gentility, and the pressures of preserving them.

    PBS won’t move up ‘Downton’ run

    Despite some fans eager to see it earlier, “Downton Abbey” will continue to begin its new seasons on PBS in January, the system’s chief executive said on Monday. The return of “Downton Abbey,” which began its fourth season on Jan. 5, is becoming a post-holiday tradition for the show’s fans, said Paula Kerger, PBS president. The British series began presenting new episodes in late September back home, but PBS holds it back. The drama had more than 10 million viewers for its fourth-season debut, she said.

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    British singer George Michael has announced his sixth solo album “Symphonica” is due for release in March.

    George Michael to release new album, ‘Symphonica’

    George Michael announced Monday that his sixth solo album, “Symphonica,” is due for release March 17. It includes his own songs as well as covers including Nina Simone’s “My Baby Just Cares for Me.” It was produced by Michael and Phil Ramone, who died in March.

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    In this Sept. 22, 2011 file photo, 2011 Clinton Global Citizen Award recipient Sting performs at the Clinton Global Initiative awards dinner in New York. Sting is rehearsing for his upcoming tour with singer-songwriter Paul Simon.

    Sting and Paul Simon rehearsing for upcoming tour

    Sting and Paul Simon are rehearsing for their upcoming tour, a couple of longtime friends and neighbors preparing to take turns singing some of each other’s biggest hits. It was Simon’s idea for the tour, hatched when he came downstairs in their New York apartment building to ask if Sting would be interested.

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    The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in London is a reproduction of a Jacobean playhouse and it seats 340 people with two tiers of galleried seating with an historically accurate pit seating area.

    London’s new theater offers tragedy by candlelight

    Shakespeare’s Globe in London is adding a couple of innovations in its quest to give audiences a sense of theater as it was 400 years ago: a roof and candles. Hundreds and hundreds of candles. They flicker in sconces and chandeliers inside the Globe’s brand-new indoor venue, which stands alongside its Elizabethan-style open-air playhouse beside the River Thames. The oak-framed, wood-paneled theater will allow the Globe to stage plays year-round for the first time.

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    Her lies add up to a surprise pregnancy

    She thought she wanted a child "above all else." So, she lied to her recent boyfriend about being on birth control and now finds herself pregnant ... and regretting the deceit. What should she do?

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    Bill Haskell (Richard Madden), left, and Byron Epstein (Augustus Prew) seek adventure and gold in the Discovery Channel miniseries “Klondike.”

    Discovery mines history, adventure in 'Klondike'

    When an avalanche roars down a mountain, it's clear this is not CGI. It's too real, dramatic and consuming. That pretty much describes “Klondike,” the Discovery Channel miniseries airing Jan. 20 through 22. The cablenet's foray into scripted drama focuses on the Yukon Gold Rush. The six-hour production features characters based on real people, including a braying Jack London. It's a drama, though, not a documentary.

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    Actress Kate Hudson supports good friend Director/Co-Writer Zach Braff at the premiere of his film “Wish I Was Here” during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Saturday.

    Hudson has emotional connection to Braff movie

    Kate Hudson is not only a co-star of Zach Braff in his second movie, “Wish I Was Here,” she’s also a good friend. So she feels a special connection to the film. She also says the film’s script, co-written by Braff and his brother Adam, struck a chord. “Just something about it just really resonated with me and made me quite emotional.”

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    Walton Goggins, left, as Boyd Crowder, and Karolyna Wydra as Mara, in a scene from "Justified," airing Tuesdays at 9 p.m.

    'Justified' actor calls on Elmore Leonard's memory

    Walton Goggins says he relied on the memory of Elmore Leonard to help him through a tough day on the set of TV's "Justified." Goggins, who plays Boyd Crowder on the crime drama, described a chair left empty on the set after the author died in August. "Justified" has its roots in Leonard's colorful fiction. When he struggled with one scene, as Goggins described it Tuesday to the Television Critics Association, he decided, "'I'm just going to sit down in your chair, Leonard.' ... Without getting spiritual, it was very special, very comforting."

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    Neal Patrick Harris, Alyson Hannigan, Cobie Smulders and Josh Radnor star in "How I Met Your Mother." Producers filmed the climactic scene of CBS' "How I Met Your Mother" finale eight years ago for fears that the actors involved would become unrecognizable, and have kept it under wraps ever since. The Monday night comedy concludes after nine seasons on March 31 with a one-hour episode.

    Climax to 'Mother' filmed 8 years ago

    Producers filmed the climactic scene of CBS' "How I Met Your Mother" finale eight years ago, fearing the actors involved would become unrecognizable, and have kept it under wraps ever since. The Monday-night comedy concludes after nine seasons on March 31 with a one-hour episode. The comedy's central conceit is that it's a story told by actor Josh Radnor's character, Ted, to his teenage children about how their mom and dad met. The children, played by David Henrie and Lyndsy Fonseca, were depicted in the series' early days sitting on a couch, shifting uncomfortably in boredom as their dad narrated the long-winded story.

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    1957 Chevrolet Corvette

    Teenage flame turns into lifelong love of 1957 Corvette

    Of all the people living near Bob Drews in Des Plaines during the 1960s, one neighbor in particular left a lasting impression. His name was Frank and he had a 1957 Corvette parked in his garage.

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    This artist's rendering proposes a toboggan slide be set up in Times Square in New York. A stretch of Broadway from 34th Street to 48th will be closed to traffic, renamed "Super Bowl Boulevard," and converted into a rollicking theme park, merchandise shop and concert venue.

    Broadway tries to take advantage of Super Bowl

    With the eyes of the nation on the New York area during next month's Super Bowl, Broadway naturally wants some of that attention. The shows "Jersey Boys" and "Rock of Ages" will perform special outdoor concerts, and a Broadway discount ticket deal has been launched. There will also be public performances by The Boys Choir of Harlem and the Rockettes from Radio City Music Hall. Uptown in Harlem, the Apollo Theatre plans special concerts.

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    Jake Schellenschlager, 13 at the time, was the youngest competitor at the 2013 Musclemania Capitol Tournament of Champions last May 18 in Silver Spring, Md.

    Should a 14-year-old try to deadlift 300 pounds?

    The freckle-faced Wonder Kid moves through a gym packed with powerlifters, gliding past the grunting, straining, muscle-bound adults. This 14-year-old can lift more than twice his weight — a feat that impresses powerlifting aficionados and worries pediatricians who believe the sport poses risks to developing bodies. How much is too much?

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    Lynne Beliveau had a series of strokes in 2005 after a chiropractor worked on her to address back pain from a car accident. She still suffers from vertigo.

    Consider safety of chiropractors’ vigorous neck manipulations

    Approximately 20 million Americans visit chiropractors each year, according to the American Chiropractic Association, seeking relief from back pain, neck pain, headaches, sinus problems, ringing in the ears and more. For many, the manipulations provide relief. But one of the techniques chiropractors use, called cervical neck manipulation or “cracking the neck,” has raised concerns that it can cause serious harm.

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    Chiropractors need 4,200 hours of study

    The course of study to become a chiropractor includes 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience.

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    Some couples, as part of a fresh start to the new year, are heading to divorce attorney offices.

    Your health: Is January National Divorce Month?
    Is January National Divorce Month? Divorce attorneys are seeing an uptick in clients this month. But, be advised: Experts say divorces can cost up to $20,000 depending on how long and drawn out the process is. Their advice for couples is to make divorce your absolute last option.

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    Gates’ rogue memoir

    Columnist Michael Gerson: Some autobiographies emerge from careful reflection, others from career calculation. Robert Gates’ “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War” seems the result of a good, long seethe.

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    Business of the year happy to be in Mt. Prospect
    Letter to the editor: Dr. Linda Murray, owner of Vista Linda Eye Care in Mount Prospect, is grateful to the chamber for being named Business of the Year.

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    Fast-food workers deserve a break, too
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: I’ve stopped using deprecating slogans about fast food workers. I know I’d have a hard time doing their jobs. Instead, I’ve tried to compliment the workers at McDonald’s, Wendy’s, pizza parlors, Burger King, and hot dog places.

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    Let’s pay our politicians last
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: I believe that the better solution would be to teach the politicians how to correct their errors and run government on a sound fiscal basis. It would mean that the politicians would have to rethink their policies, and put fiscal responsibility first.

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    Front-page decisions missing the mark
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: Sometimes I scratch my head in bewilderment at which stories make front-page news at the Daily Herald and which stories don’t. Last week’s front-page story on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie apologizing for his subordinates causing a traffic jam on the Washington Bridge a few months ago is a good example.

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    Dr. King a mighty influence on my life
    A letter to the editor: I want to encourage everyone to take a moment to reflect on the immeasurable contributions and philosophy of Dr. King — a great man and visionary who stood for equality, rejected discrimination and segregation, and who did so in a nonviolent fashion.

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    The reason the young bear is bare
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: A friend of mine told me that Clark, the Cubs mascot, has no pants because they were beat off of him.

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    Juvenile offenders need special consideration
    A letter to the editor: The Catholic Conference of Illinois in August joined other faith-based organizations in an amicus brief to Adolfo Davis’ case, pointing out the high court noted that juveniles lack maturity, are far more impressionable than adults, and still have the capacity to change.

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    Labels do nothing toward peaceful communities
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: I read David E. Smith’s letter of Jan. 13. There was nothing unusual about it. What caught my attention was his reference to “homosexual” state Rep. Greg Harris.

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    Support change in FHA rules
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: The financial recession that we are still trying to crawl out of was in large part connected to the mortgage policies of our federal government that we are still spending billions each month to bail out our government.

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    Seeing Coleridge in American politics
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Perhaps Chris Christie should have read Samuel Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere” before he decided to run for governor of New Jersey again. Likewise, Richard Nixon. The poem, Coleridge’s longest, was written and published in 1798, 175 years before Watergate and 215 years before Bridgegate.

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    At least Christie accepts responsibility
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Within 48 hours The Governor completed an internal investigation into “Bridgegate,” made targeted terminations, held a lengthy press conference answering all questions and, gasp, took responsibility. Other than “bad messaging,” Obama has never known or been responsible for anything. Ever. And Clinton is no different.

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    Cuba Twp. bubbles over with gratitude
    Letter to the editor: Kate Formichella and Cheryl Tanaka, Cuba Township community liaisons, are deeply grateful for the continous support they get from businesses, residents and schools - people and organizations who never stop giving to their community.

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    What’s the real story behind village TIF?
    Letter to the editor: Tim Costin believes that Schaumburg expanded the convention center TIF so it could entice a corporation to locate there. "This exposes this TIF as wholesale abuse of the TIF Act," he writes.

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    BG has no need to widen Weiland Rd.
    Letter to the editor: John Billis of Lincolnshire lives in the unincorporated area near Weiland Road, which he says Buffalo Grove is attempting to destroy by widening the road and eliminating some houses there.

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