Daily Archive : Monday June 9, 2014

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    Kenneth Zehnder is installed as the new president of the Elgin Lions Club.

    Kenneth Zehnder elected president of Elgin Lions

    At its regular meeting this month, the Elgin Lions Club installed officers for 2014-2015. The incoming president is Kenneth Zehnder. Assisting him are Bruce Williamson, Tom Wahl and Dave Gross as vice presidents, and Ed Bates and Craig Bradley will serve again as secretary and treasurer, respectively.

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    Lloyd Meyer is starting his 61st year of coaching American Legion baseball.

    State baseball championship in Arlington Hts. a tribute to coach of 61 years

    Lloyd Meyer is beginning his 61st season coaching the baseball team sponsored by Arlington Heights American Legion Post 208. Over his long career, the team has had eight state championships. And a number of players who made it to the Major Leagues cite him as their inspiration. I am extraordinarily grateful that 50 years ago he gave me the chance to play for him,” says a senior vice...

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    Shawn Jeffers, executive director of Little City, speaks to the Bloomingdale village board during its meeting Monday. Little City withdrew its application to create a group home at 116 Greenway Drive in Bloomingdale.

    Little City, Bloomingdale part ways on group home idea

    Little City Foundation didn't need a village board vote to know that Bloomingdale wouldn't be the site of its next group home. The Palatine-based organization said it is abandoning plans to create a group home for eight developmentally disabled men. “The reception that we have received (in Bloomingdale) has been shocking,” Little City Executive Director Shawn Jeffers said.

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    Miriam Douglass, left, and Ligia Rivera react to Monday’s announcement that marriage licenses would be granted, subject to a five-day waiting period, in Outagamie County, Wis. The two were given the first same-sex marriage license in the county.

    Gay couples get marriage licenses in 42 Wisconsin counties

    Gay couples across Wisconsin rushed to wed Monday, as more than half of the counties in the state began issuing licenses ahead of an expected hold on a ruling that the state’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional.

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    Suit filed over Dist. 34 kindergarten fee

    A lawsuit filed against Winfield School District 34 on Monday claims the district’s fee for all-day kindergarten is unconstitutional.

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    A new flag is raised at Pleviak Elementary School in Lake Villa during a ceremony Monday. District 41 officials are closing the school June 30 and leasing the building to Round Lake Area School District 116.

    Last day for 104-year-old Pleviak Elementary School in Lake Villa

    Bittersweet was the word of the morning Monday as Lake Villa Elementary District 41 teachers, students, board members and community members celebrated the start of summer break by closing Pleviak Elementary School. “We are all excited about the start of vacation, but today is sad because it’s the day we are closing Pleviak," said Board President Michael Conway.

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    From left, Franz Dychitan, Jimson Cyril and Allan Tad Y laugh together outside before going to the Maine East High School graduation.

    Images: Maine East High School Graduation
    Maine East High School held its graduation ceremony on Monday, June 9th, at the Rosemont Theatre.

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    Bill Price

    New deputy chief recommended in Lincolnshire

    A veteran Lake County police officer is in line to become Lincolnshire’s next deputy police chief. Bill Price, a former deputy chief with the Vernon Hills Police Department, has been recommended for the job by Police Chief Peter Kinsey and Village Manager Brad Burke.

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    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, an Illinois Republican, speaks during an interview in his office Monday, June 9, 2014, in Chicago. Kirk spoke of the recent investigation into wait times and the quality of care at Veterans Administration medical facilities and accused the VA of corruption and withholding information. An audit released Monday showed hundreds of veterans requested care at Illinois’ VA hospitals and never received it.

    Illinois’ worst average VA wait is 54 days

    Data released Monday shows the average wait time for a patient to see a primary care physician at a Veterans Affairs hospital in downstate Danville is nearly four times the federal administration’s target of 14 days. While the average 54-day wait for primary care at the east central Illinois facility pales in comparison to a national high of a 145-day wait for primary care in Honolulu, it...

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    Heather, left, and Natalie Starr, with daughter Libby, were married on the steps of the Outagamie County administration building on Monday in Appleton, Wis. They are the first same-sex couple to be married in the county.

    5 things to know about gay marriage in Wisconsin

    There has been some confusion in Wisconsin following U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb’s ruling because she did not order counties to issue same-sex marriage licenses. Instead, she asked the American Civil Liberties Union to submit a proposed order and said she would let both sides weigh in on that. Here are a few more things to know while the matter is being sorted out.

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    Motorcyclist hurt in collision near Lake in the Hills

    A motorcyclist was seriously injured after a collision with a car Monday afternoon near Lake in the Hills. The two vehicles collided at about 3:30 p.m. in the westbound lanes of Algonquin Road near Lake Drive, said John Greene, battalion chief for Algonquin Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District.

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    School districts take action after sexting, porn incidents

    Within months, four elementary and middle schools --- in Barrington, Batavia, Glen Ellyn and Wheaton --- reported instances of students sexting, looking at porn or creating obscene images. In two of the cases, students involved have been criminally charged. The districts have responded by trying to educate students about the appropriate use of the Internet and social meda.

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    President Barack Obama is introduced by Andy MacCracken, before signing a Presidential Memorandum on reducing the burden of student loan debt, Monday, June 9, 2014 in East Room of the White House in Washington. The president said the rising costs of college have left America’s middle class feeling trapped. He says no hard-working youngster in America should be priced out of a higher education. Obama signed a presidential memorandum he says could help an additional 5 million borrowers.

    Obama moves to extend student loan payment relief

    WASHINGTON — Dubbing it a “no-brainer,” President Barack Obama expanded a program Monday capping monthly student loan payments for 5 million more borrowers at an unknown cost to taxpayers. Obama also threw his support behind legislation that Democrats are using in an election year to paint Republicans as blocking relief for Americans inundated by student debt.

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    Pictures of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Officers Alyn Beck, left, and Igor Soldo are seen at a news conference Sunday, June 8, 2014 in Las Vegas. The two officers were killed in an ambush while eating lunch.

    Vegas shooters had anti-government views

    LAS VEGAS — A husband and wife who went on a deadly shooting rampage in Las Vegas harbored anti-government beliefs and left a swastika and a “Don’t tread on me” flag on the body of one of the two police officers they killed, authorities said Monday.

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    Rosanne Frieri, director of veterans services from Pittsfield, New York, gets to know one of the horses Monday at an equine-assisted therapy demonstration for veterans and military decision-makers at Reins of Change in Elgin.

    Horse therapy in Elgin ‘all about healing’ for veterans

    Scott Engel, a retired Navy officer, said he left the military with stress and anxiety issues. But as part of a demonstration Monday in Elgin, he showed the therapeutic value of horses. “My friends and family who have known me for years say that they see progress in me just by connecting with the horses,” he said. “Getting close to something that big, and breathing with it...

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    Adel Daoud

    Rare redo in terrorism records case gets combative

    The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals took a judicial mulligan Monday after staff members failed last week to follow standard practice and record what was supposed to be the only such hearing in a terrorist case touching on surveillance issues broached by Edward Snowden.

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    A large branch fell Sunday from a tree on the east side of the McCormick Museum at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, injuring three people and damaging a bench and a garbage can.

    Cantigny officials say tree branch collapse was ‘isolated incident’

    Cantigny Park officials say the collapse of a heavy tree branch and subsequent injury of three guests Sunday was an “isolated incident” that has heightened the park’s attention to the condition of trees on the property. McCormick Foundation spokesman Phil Zepeda said crews were planning to remove the 80- to 100-foot branch from the Wheaton park either Monday or Tuesday.

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    Eric Galarza Jr.

    Father of slain 5-year-old says he knew shooter but didn’t tell police

    The admitted gang member and father of a 5-year-old boy killed three years ago outside his Elgin home testified Monday that he believed he knew the identity of the shooter but did not tell police because “I was seeking revenge on my own. I wanted to take care of it myself,” said Eric Galarza Sr.

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    Anthony Marcus

    Waukegan man accused in deaths of wife, daughter left note

    A 53-year-old Waukegan man who in an apparent suicide note wrote that he was a failure was charged Monday with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his wife and disabled daughter. Anthony Marcus was held in the Lake County jail on $5 million bail. Waukegan police declined to discuss details. “The facts of the case and the totality of the circumstances have to be left up to...

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    Stanley Miller

    Rolling Meadows police seek home invasion suspect

    Rolling Meadows police are seeking a parolee they believe pushed his way into the home of an elderly woman over the weekend and took a substantial amount of cash after failing to scam another woman nearby

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    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel pushed for pension reform.

    Quinn signs partial Chicago pension overhaul

    Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Monday to help Chicago reduce a multibillion-dollar pension shortfall but urged Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the city council not to raise property taxes for additional revenues.

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    State Rep. Derrick Smith is accused of taking a $7,000 bribe from a day care operator seeking a state grant.

    Jurors begin deliberations in lawmaker’s trial

    Jurors in state Rep. Derrick Smith’s bribery trial have gone home after deliberating briefly. The panelists sat through several hours of closing arguments Monday before withdrawing to a jury room to start going through the evidence.

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    This April 28, 2014, file photos shows the Phoenix VA Health Care Center in Phoenix. The Veterans Affairs Department says more than 57,000 patients are still waiting for initial medical appointments at VA hospitals and clinics 90 days or more after requesting them. An additional 64,000 who enrolled in the VA health care system over the past 10 years have never had appointments.

    Audit: More than 57,000 still waiting for first VA appointment

    More than 57,000 veterans have been waiting 90 days or more for their first VA medical appointments, and an additional 64,000 appear to have fallen through the cracks.

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    Michael Wegrzyn was a Metea Valley High School teacher who urged his students to pursue learning with a passion — whether they were in his science classes or on his lacrosse team.

    Metea mourns loss of science teacher with passion for learning

    Michael Riley Wegrzyn was the kind of teacher who wanted his students to find their passion in life — and always was willing to help them pursue it. A science teacher at Metea Valley High School in Aurora since it opened in 2009, Wegrzyn, 32, died Friday after suffering a stroke several days earlier. “Mike truly enjoyed having a great time and had a tremendous sense of...

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    Quinn OKs additional $1.8 billion in spending

    Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation allowing the state to spend an additional $1.8 billion in the current budget year. The supplemental budget legislation allocates about $900 million to paying down Illinois’ backlog of unpaid bills.

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    Hanover Park Fire Department officials want to bring a largely industrial area — and the tax revenue it generates — into its jurisdiction. Bloomingdale Fire Protection District currently covers the coveted sites.

    Hanover Park, Bloomingdale fire in talks over boundary deal

    Hanover Park officials are in the early stages of negotiations with the neighboring Bloomingdale Fire Protection District to transfer a largely industrial area — and the tax revenue it generates — into the village’s fire jurisdiction. "We have to make sure it isn't detrimental to the rest of the district," said Tim Deutschle, who sits on Bloomingdale Fire's board of trustees.

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    Pet contest at Libertyville Days:

    The annual pet contest held during the Libertyville Days festival is set for Sunday, June 15.

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    CLC hosts benefit event:

    A benefit event featuring fashions from around the world, plus dance, live music, an art auction, world market vendors and fair trade products, is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, June 28, in the College of Lake County C Wing Auditorium, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake.

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    Wauconda noise rules proposed:

    Wauconda trustees will meet today to discuss proposed noise regulations. The committee-of-the-whole meeting is set for 7 p.m. at village hall, 101 N. Main St.

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    Fox Valley police reports
    Two engines were stolen, one on May 19 and the other May 26 or 27, from a farm in the 43W600 block of Bahr Road near Hampshire, according to a sheriff’s report.

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    There will be 80 varieties of brewed drinks available at the inaugural Lombard American Craft Ale Fest on Saturday, June 14.

    First Lombard Ale Fest to feature more than 80 beers

    It may be the first year for the Lombard American Craft Ale Fest, but organizers are confident beer afficionados will find it stands out among a growing number of beer festivals in the suburbs. Eight dozen stouts, lagers, ciders and other hoppy drinks from 40 breweries around the nation will be available for tasting at the event, which runs from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 14, at Lilacia Park...

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    Join 19th annual Tuna Kahuna contest June 14

    On Saturday, June 14, the South Elgin Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with the FUNdation, will host its 19th annual Tuna Kahuna fishing contest at Blackhawk Park, off Blackhawk Circle in South Elgin.

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    DNA lays off economic development director

    The Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin is restructuring its organization. It laid off its economic development director and intends to hire someone in charge of promotions.

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    Police continue to search for clues in tollway death

    Illinois State Police continue to investigate the fiery tollway crash that killed a cabdriver from Elgin early Sunday morning, but an official said Monday there is no reason to suspect alcohol or drugs played any role in the deadly collision.

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    Andrew Adler

    Gurnee man reported missing

    Gurnee police want help from the public in finding a man who went out for a bike ride Sunday morning and never returned.

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    John Starks/Daily Herald, August 2011 The bridge used by pedestrians and cyclists under the tollway’s I-90 Fox River bridge is closing in June.

    Fox River pedestrian bridge in Elgin closing

    The bike and pedestrian bridge below the I-90 Fox River Bridge is closing this month for two years as the Illinois tollway rebuilds the Jane Addams.

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    Boat captain convicted in Chicago barge explosion

    A federal judge in Chicago has found a tugboat captain involved in a deadly 2005 explosion guilty of negligent manslaughter.

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    Adult court sought for 3 teens in Elgin beating

    Kane County prosecutors requested Monday that three Elgin teens accused of beating and robbing an 87-year-old man Saturday, be prosecuted as adults. Judge Thomas Mueller did not rule on that issue Monday, but he did deny a request to let them out of the county youth jail, noting the seriousness of the crime. “Quite honestly, they don’t get more serious this, except for...

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    Quinn among Democrats at Chicago immigration event

    The Illinois Business Immigration Coalition hosted a Monday event in Chicago where speakers included Gov. Pat Quinn, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and several congressmen. They’ve called for an immediate vote on federal legislation that would tighten border security and outline a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the U.S illegally.

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    3 dead in apparent domestic shooting in Chicago

    Three people are dead in what appears to be a domestic-related shooting on Chicago’s Southwest Side. Chicago police say officers responded to the residence shortly before 9 a.m. Monday.

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    Orchard worker Rufino Rosas works to thin peach trees Saturday at Rendleman Orchards in Alto Pass, Ill.

    Southern Illinois peach crop withstands winter

    Southern Illinois peach farmers say their crops have weathered the cold winter but harvests could be delayed.

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    Unions say they’ll sue over Chicago pensions law

    A coalition of unions says it plans to file a lawsuit challenging the newly signed law aimed at overhauling two of Chicago’s pension systems.

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    CTA mechanic accused of selling homemade explosives

    A Chicago Transit Authority mechanic is facing federal charges for selling homemade explosives to an undercover federal agent, authorities say.

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    Children’s Advocacy Center 5K Walk June 22

    The Children’s Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County in Hoffman Estates hosts its 7th annual Champions for Children 5K Walk on Sunday, June 22. The organization hopes to draw hundreds of participants to help raise $35,000 for programs and services benefiting children affected by sexual abuse or severe physical abuse.

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    Downers Grove cops hunting armed robber

    Downers Grove police are hunting for an armed robber who stole purses from two women as they sat in their vehicle early Monday morning in the north parking lot of McCollum Park at 6801 S. Main St. Police say the women lost a wallet at the park and had returned to look for it.

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    Four new hotels under way in Schaumburg

    The long paralyzed growth of the hospitality industry in Schaumburg will break its shackles this summer as construction gets under way on four new hotels. Among these are a TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Hampton Inn & Suites and a Radisson that's replacing a planned Cambria Suites delayed since 2006.

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    Lottery to choose participants in Naperville energy system test

    Naperville electric customers can throw their names in the hat for the chance to test an online energy management system the city could use with its smart grid electric meters. “We’re just trying to find out if the portal is a good fit for our utility customers,” city spokeswoman Linda LaCloche said.

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    The Elgin Police Department is inviting the community to conduct Craigslist-related transactions in its lobby, open 24 hours a day. Deputy Chief Bill Wolf said police won't get involved in transactions, but having them take place there will help ensure the safety of buyers and sellers.

    Do your Craigslist business at Elgin police lobby

    The Elgin Police Department is inviting the community to conduct Craigslist-related transactions in its lobby, open 24 hours a day. Deputy Chief Bill Wolf said police won't get involved in transactions, but having them take place there will help ensure the safety of buyers and sellers.

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    Martin Bourke

    Bourke out as Bloomingdale administrator

    Bloomingdale has parted ways with former village administrator Martin Bourke after less than four years. Village President Franco Coladipietro said Monday that the village finalized Bourke’s “settlement package” at last month’s village board meeting. “It was just a mutual decision between us to go separate ways,” Coladipietro said. “That’s all I can...

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    U.K. phone hacking trial set to go to jury

    LONDON — The last lawyer has argued. The final witness has been heard.

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    This Sept. 25, 2007 file photo shows an Iraqi traffic policeman inspects a car destroyed by a Blackwater security detail in al-Nisoor Square in Baghdad, Iraq. After years of delays, four former guards from the security firm Blackwater Worldwide are facing trial in the killings of 14 Iraqi civilians and the wounding of 18 others in bloodshed that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe. Whether the shootings were self-defense or an unprovoked attack, the carnage of Sept. 16, 2007 was seen by critics of the George W. Bush administration as an illustration of a war gone horribly wrong. A trial in the nearly 7-year-old case is scheduled to begin with jury selection on Wednesday, barring last-minute legal developments.

    Blackwater guards go on trial

    WASHINGTON — After years of delays, four former guards from the security firm Blackwater Worldwide are facing trial in the killings of 14 Iraqi civilians and the wounding of 18 others in bloodshed that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe.

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    This combination of two photos shows graffiti of a woman with the words “no harassment,” in Arabic, taken on June 23, 2012, left, and the addition by another artist, on Nov. 6, 2012 of a stick figure touching her backside, under a bridge in the upscale Zamalek neighborhood in Cairo, Egypt. Egyptian police on Monday, June 9, 2014 arrested seven men for sexually assaulting a 19-year-old student during celebrations marking the inauguration of the country’s new president in Cairo’s central Tahrir Square the day before, security officials said.

    Sexual assault on student sparks outrage in Egypt

    CAIRO — A string of sexual assaults on women during celebrations of Egypt’s presidential inauguration — including a mass attack on a 19-year-old student who was stripped in Cairo’s Tahrir Square — prompted outrage Monday as a video emerged purportedly showing the teenager, bloodied and naked, surrounded by dozens of men.

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    Smoke rises above Karachi airport terminal Monday, June 9, 2014 in Pakistan. Gunmen disguised as police guards attacked the terminal with machine guns and a rocket launcher during a five-hour siege that killed 13 people as explosions echoed into the night, while security forces retaliated and killed all the attackers, officials said Monday.

    Pakistan Taliban claim deadly airport attack

    KARACHI, Pakistan — The Pakistani Taliban on Monday threatened more attacks after claiming responsibility for a brazen five-hour assault on the country’s busiest airport in which gunmen disguised as police guards stormed the international airport in Karachi, set off explosions and killed 18 people.

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    Melrose Park man identified as Pistakee Lake drowning victim

    A 49-year-old man from Melrose Park was identified as the swimmer who died Sunday in Pistakee Lake near Johnsburg, authorities said. McHenry County Coroner Anne Majewski said William L. Trybula drowned about 3:30 p.m. in unincorporated McHenry County.

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    Former Bloomingdale employee suing for harassment, discrimination

    A former Bloomingdale employee is seeking more than $50,000 from the village in a lawsuit that claims he “felt compelled to resign” because he faced discrimination and retaliation. David Meimers, who served as assistant finance director for the village from January 2008 to May 2012, filed the lawsuit in DuPage County.

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    Cub Scout Keegan Carver, 7, of Elgin Pack 67, peeks out at the row of flags during a previous Elgin Flag Day ceremony.

    Batavia resident was the ‘father of Flag Day’

    Flag Day celebrates its 65th anniversary on Saturday, June 14. Much of the credit for the celebration of our nation’s symbol falls to a former Batavian, Bernard J. Cigrand.

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    An apparently intimate moment is witnessed by thousands during “The Great Kiss Off” kissing contest at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg in June 1974.

    When Woodfield, KISS and the '70s collided

    Forty years ago this week, Schaumburg's Woodfield Mall became the national epicenter of 1970s pop culture with a combined celebration of KISS and PDA (public display of affection). The “Great Kiss Off” was both a promotion for fans to come and meet the world's most theatrical rock and roll band, as well as a kissing contest that took an epic 114 hours and 1 minute to settle.

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    Natalie Saia and Tony Leva team up to teach seventh-grade language arts at Walter Sundling Junior High in Palatine.

    Teachers bring teamwork to Palatine classroom

    Natalie Saia and Tony Leva started teaching together this school year, creating a collaborative classroom for students with special needs and ones without them. That atmosphere springs from their own example. Two teachers who treat each other as equals. Two teachers who learn from each other. “Words can't describe how awesome these teachers are,” said Brandyn Manzek, 12.

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    Ron Burke of the Active Transportation Alliance explains how to make streets safer for less experienced cyclists.

    Group aims to make suburbs safer for bike riders

    You can bike for miles on trails all over the suburbs, but can you bike to the library or train station? There's a new campaign to serve the 90 percent of us who aren't expert cyclists but need better ways to get to our destinations. “We want to help the suburbs develop next-generation bike facilities that accommodate the average person,” Active Transportation Alliance Executive...

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    ‘Star Spangled Hometown’ theme of Libertyville Days festival

    The summer season of events in Libertyville kicks off on Thursday, June 12, with the Libertyville Days festival with the theme “Star Spangled Hometown.”

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    Associated Press Carl Pusser, of East Peoria, owner of Walkin’ Tall Cycles in Tremont on a custom built bike that he’s been working on for over a year for a man in Pekin.

    Mechanic competing in bike competition

    Almost every day, Carl Pusser can be found at his motorcycle shop, Walkin’ Tall Cycles, working on at least six custom motorcycles. He and his crew of mechanics, friends and locals are looking to finish all the bikes and get ready for the 2014 Rat Hard Great American Blue Collar Build Off.

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    Quinn, Emanuel attend gay marriage celebration

    A swanky brunch paying tribute Sunday to those who helped pass Illinois’ new same-sex marriage law wasn’t free from election-year politics as organizers deemed Gov. Pat Quinn “the most pro-gay governor in the history of Illinois” and knocked his Republican re-election challenger.

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    Jared Carter escaped last summer from a prison work crew. He was found four days later and was sentenced in March to 11 more years behind bars.

    Illinois has 22 fugitive escaped inmates

    An analysis shows there are nearly two dozen inmates who escaped from Illinois prisons or halfway houses over the years and haven’t been caught. The Associated Press collected and analyzed prison data for the number of escaped inmates. It also found 11 who were on the lam have been snared in the past two years. Three died while on the loose.

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    Babies found dead in Illinois mom’s car to be buried

    A northern Illinois coroner says her office is burying the remains of two baby girls found beneath garbage in the trunk of their mother’s car to “give them some dignity.” Winnebago County Coroner Sue Fiduccia tells the Rockford Register Star they’d been “thrown away like trash.”

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    Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a law he says makes Illinois the first state nationwide to ban products containing so-called microbeads.

    Illinois bans microbeads in cosmetics and soaps

    Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a law he says makes Illinois the first state nationwide to ban products containing so-called microbeads. Synthetic plastic microbeads are found in soaps and cosmetics and billed as a way to exfoliate. But experts have raised concerns of plastic pollution in waterways.

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    Fox Habitat for Humanity partners with family to help autistic son

    Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity is raising money to provide Joey Genovese of Aurora, who is autistic, with a service dog.

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    Dawn Patrol: Double murder in Waukegan; Cab driver dies in crash

    Woman, daughter, dog killed in Waukegan; cab driver killed in fiery I-90 crash in Hoffman Estates; man drowns in Pistakee Lake; Mt. Prospect bids farewell to retiring police chief; three injured by falling branch at Cantigny Park in Wheaton

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    Students and sex images

    Within a month, four schools --- in Barrington, Batavia, Glen Ellyn and Wheaton --- reported instances of students sexting, looking at porn or creating obscene images. In two of the cases, students involved have been charged.

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    Neil Patrick Harris trades in hosting duties this year for some hardware as he accepts the award for best performance by an actor in a leading role in a musical for “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” on Sunday at the 68th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

    10 stories you may have missed this weekend
    10 stories you may have missed over the weekend: Waukegan man arrested after police say he killed his wife and daughter; 20 University of Illinois studetns are biking 4,000 miles to fight cancer; a cab driver was killed Sunday on I-90 in Hoffman Estates; Maine East High students designed and built a press box for the baseball diamond; Wauconda residents detained a man police say hit some parked...

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    I was sent to The Range Grill & Tap on Water St. in Batavia recently for a restaurant review for our Time Out Section. And though I was told not to shoot the front porch for the story since it was still under construction, as I approached the front door, I saw a Perspective picture possibility. I couldn’t resist the silhouettes and glowing colors beyond the plastic tarps where garage doors where going to be installed. This picture was published in the Perspective column in the print edition.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features veterans being honored and re-enactors portraying soldiers, and the opening of summer festivals.

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    Some multitasking is inevitable during the nearly five-day “Great Kiss Off” kissing contest at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg in June 1974.

    Images: Woodfield’s ‘Great Kiss Off’
    Schaumburg’s Woodfield Mall became the national epicenter of 1970s pop culture with a combined celebration of KISS and PDA (public display of affection). The “Great Kiss Off” of June 1974 was both a promotion for fans to come and meet the world’s most theatrical rock and roll band, as well as an actual kissing contest that took an epic 114 hours and 1 minute to settle.

Sports

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    The White Sox celebrate after defeating the Detroit Tigers 6-5 on Monday night.

    White Sox still seeking their identity

    While trying to figure out what this week's four-game series with the Tigers means in the wider scope of the season, the White Sox won the opener to pull within 3.5 games of first place.

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    South Elgin's players celebrate after the final out of a 7-6 win over Evanston during the Class 4A supersectional baseball game at Boomers Stadium in Schaumburg on Monday night.

    South Elgin rallies, heads to state

    Who was worried? The South Elgin baseball players will tell you they weren't. But as they were saying that they were also still in shock, as was just about everyone who had just witnessed the Storm's improbable comeback. Down 3 runs going into the bottom of the sixth inning, their senior ace knocked out of the game in the top of the inning, the Storm did what they do best — “Storm” back. South Elgin scored 4 runs in the bottom of the sixth then rode the right arm of senior reliever Tyler Brown in the top of the seventh to come away with a dramatic and thrilling 7-6 win over Evanston Monday night in the Class 4A supersectional at Boomers Stadium in Schaumburg.

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    From the darkness, South Elgin emerges a winner

    They say it’s always darkest before the dawn. Maybe so, but it can get quite dark right before a once-in-a-lifetime Storm hits. For the South Elgin baseball team, the top of the sixth inning in Monday’s Class 4A Schaumburg Boomers supersectional against Evanston was darker than watching a lunar eclipse on an overcast night from a windowless room.

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    Baseball: Monday, June 9 results
    Results of area high school baseball games for Monday, June 9.

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    Softball: Monday, June 9 results
    Results of area high school softball games for Monday, June 9.

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    Downers Grove South nearly pulls upset

    Downers Grove South’s baseball team knew it could play with anyone. On Monday, the Mustangs nearly proved they can beat anyone. Downers South broke a scoreless tie in the top of the sixth inning, but favored St. Rita scored twice in the bottom of the inning to pull out a 2-1 victory in the Class 4A Standard Band Stadium supersectional in Crestwood.

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    White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu is greeted by Adam Dunn at home plate after hitting a 2-run homer against the Tigers in the fifth inning Monday night.

    Win over Tigers a little sweeter for Sox

    The White Sox aren't putting too much importance on a big four-game series with the first-place Tigers this week, but they were feeling better than worse after beating Detroit 6-5 Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

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    Dopart, Glenbard North going to state

    Glenbard North got timely hits and a strong pitching effort from Cece Dopart to defeat the Oak Park-River Forest 4-0 in the Class 4A supersectional on a chilly Monday night in Rosemont.

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    Warren celebrates its 3-1 win over Barrington in the Class 4A Barrington supersectional Monday.

    Wagner, Warren find a way

    Jana Wagner has been a four-year varsity pitcher for the Warren softball team. On Monday night at Barrington’s Fields of Dreams, the senior right-hander saved her best for last, pitching her team to the state finals for the first time since 1980. Wagner, whose team lost in the same game against the same team on the same field a year ago, tossed a 5-hitter to lead the Blue Devils to a 3-1 triumph over Barrington in the Fillies own supersectional.

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    White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu hits a two-run home run against the Detroit Tigers during the fifth inning of Monday’s home game.

    Sox stop slide with 6-5 win over Tigers

    Jose Abreu hit a two-run homer in Chicago’s three-run fifth inning, and the White Sox snapped a three-game losing streak with a 6-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night. Gordon Beckham had three hits as Chicago bounced back from a sluggish trip to Southern California.

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    Cougars pop Kernels

    The Kane County Cougars completed their first-half home schedule with a 28-7 record after defeating the Cedar Rapids Kernels 2-1 on Monday night in Midwest League action at Fifth Third Ballpark in Geneva.

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    White Sox GM Hahn optimistic on signing Rodon

    Carlos Rodon, the White Sox' first-round draft pick (No. 3) last week, is being represented by Scott Boras and will not be easy to sign. Sox general manager Rick Hahn is taking an optimistic outlook and hopes to have a deal with Rodon done before the July 18 deadline.

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    Naperville Central’s Courtney Giebel, right, tags out Brianna Soltis of Sandburg, left, after she got caught between third base and home plate in the 6th inning during Class 4A supersectional softball at North Central College in Naperville on Monday.

    Sandburg knocks out Naperville Central

    Asked her pitching record after warming up, Sandburg left-hander Sarah Herold said she didn’t know. “We didn’t have a very good season,” she said. The Eagles were good enough Monday to oust Naperville Central from the state softball playoffs.

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    Montini falls in bottom of 7th

    St. Ignatius did what few teams could do this season: slow Montini hitters.

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    Grayslake Central makes another state finals

    When Grayslake Central winning pitcher Justin Guryn racked up a strikeout for the third out, that was the finishing touch in Monday’s 2-1 win over Fenwick in the Class 3A North Central College supersectional in Naperville. The Rams’ gloves were tossed in the air and the team piled on each other in celebration. And they’re getting good at this of outpouring-of-joy stuff. For the second straight season and third time since 2009, Grayslake Central is headed to state. The Rams (29-10), who finished third in state last season and in 2009, face Springfield’s Sacred Heart-Griffin at noon Friday in a state semifinal at Silver Cross Field in Joliet.

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    Wauconda’s Angie Exline reacts as the team gathers after losing to Sterling in the Class 3A Barrington supersectional Monday.

    Future’s bright, but Wauconda’s playoff exit stings

    Wauconda's Kayla Wedl lost a pitchers’ duel to another young talent, as freshman right-hander Lexy Staples fired a 3-hitter, striking out a pair and walking three, as Sterling held off the Bulldogs 3-1 in a Class 3A supersectional for the second year in a row. Wauconda, which last year won its first sectional championship in school history, finished 29-9, while Sterling (30-8) earned a berth downstate.

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    Jordan Spieth talks to the media Monday for the U.S. Open golf tournament in Pinehurst, N.C.

    Impatient Spieth wants major now

    Talk about the impatience of youth. For 20-year-old Jordan Spieth, it’s no longer good enough to be in contention for a major championship. He’s ready to win one.

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    Amy Van Dyken holds her gold medal after winning the women’s 50 meter freestyle at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta.

    Olympic star Van Dyken severs spine in accident

    Six-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Amy Van Dyken severed her spine in an all-terrain vehicle accident over the weekend, and she told emergency workers she could not move her toes or feel anything touching her legs.

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    Steve Coburn says he’s “very ashamed of myself. Very ashamed. I need to apologize to a lot of people, including my wife, Carolyn.”

    California Chrome owner apologizes ‘to the world’

    NEW YORK — California Chrome co-owner Steve Coburn apologized Monday for his bitter remarks after his horse failed to win the Triple Crown.Coburn said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” he was “very ashamed of myself. Very ashamed. I need to apologize to a lot of people, including my wife, Carolyn.”She tried to intervene as Saturday’s interview got out of control, explaining that her husband was “very emotional and I was trying to calm him down.”Coburn also apologized to the connections of winning horse Tonalist, saying: “I did not mean to take anything away from them.”On Saturday, he said Tonalist took “the coward’s way out” by skipping the first two legs of the Triple Crown. Sunday, he doubled down by pointing out that “it wouldn’t be fair if I played basketball with a child in a wheelchair because I got an unfair advantage.”By Monday, though, he tried to make amends.Coburn’s lower lip quivered at times during the interview in which he apologized to co-owner Perry Martin and trainer Art Sherman, among others.“I need to apologize to the world and America, our fans that have written us, given us so much support. I apologize, I sincerely apologize,” Coburn said. “This is America’s horse. I wanted this so much, for this horse to win the Triple Crown for the people of America.”If the Belmont had been open only to horses that ran in the Derby and Preakness, there would have been just three horses in Saturday’s race, making it unlikely the third-largest crowd of 102,199 would have shown up or that a record $19,105,877 would have been wagered on-track.California Chrome, General a Rod and Ride On Curlin were the only horses to run in all three. General a Rod finished seventh in the Belmont, and Ride On Curlin did not finish. California Chrome beat them both but finished tied for fourth, possibly as a result of a cut foot that he apparently sustained after bumping another horse leaving the starting gate.“He’ll be able to race again,” Coburn said.

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    Jablonsky, Prairie Ridge jolt Mundelein

    For a high school baseball player, it doesn’t get any more “pinch-me-is-it-real” magical than what Timothy Jablonsky did on Monday night at Aviators Stadium in Rockford. His pinch-hit grand slam was the key blow as the Wolves ousted Mundelein 9-6 in a Class 4A supersectional.

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    Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick follows the rebound after blocking a shot against the New York Rangers in the second period Monday during Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals in New York.

    Kings on brink of winning Stanley Cup

    Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings are finishing off the New York Rangers in a big hurry. The Connecticut native, who grew up a fan of the Rangers and 1994 Stanley Cup-winning goalie Mike Richter, had his best game of the finals by far. He made 32 saves and put the Kings on the cusp of another coronation with a 3-0 victory over New York in Game 3 on Monday night.

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    Donald Sterling agreed last week to sign off on selling the team he has owned for 33 years to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion, but now he reportedly has told his lawyers to proceed with fighting the sale.

    Attorney: Donald Sterling says no deal, lawsuit is on

    Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has pulled his support from a deal to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and will pursue his $1 billion federal lawsuit against the NBA, his attorney said Monday. “We have been instructed to prosecute the lawsuit,” said attorney Maxwell Blecher. He said co-owner Donald Sterling would not be signing off on the deal to sell.

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    The Pirates’ Starling Marte gets to second base ahead of the tag by Cubs second baseman Emilio Bonifacioto during the sixth inning of Monday’s game in Pittsburgh.

    Road woes continue for Cubs in Pittsburgh

    Andrew McCutchen hit his eighth homer and drove in three runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Monday night. McCutchen drove a two-run shot to right field in the third inning, then added an RBI-double in the fifth off Edwin Jackson (4-6). Starlin Castro went 3 for 4 with his eighth home run and two RBIs for the Cubs, who fell to 10-22 on the road, the worst mark in all of baseball.

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    Jeremy Bauer

    Bauer to take over as Jacobs’ new AD

    Jeremy Bauer figured the time would come when he had to make a choice between continuing to coach and moving into administration. That time has arrived. Bauer, Jacobs’ boys golf and girls softball coach, was approved Monday night by the District 300 board of education as the Golden Eagles’ new athletic director. He takes over for Dan Vosnos, who left Jacobs after two years to be the new AD at Homewood-Flossmoor.

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    Paul DeJong, here making a play during his high school days at Antioch, is a unanimous choice on the Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Scholar-Athlete First Team.

    Antioch’s DeJong earns scholar-athlete acclaim

    Former Antioch standout Paul DeJong has excelled in the classroom and on the diamond during his collegiate career in Normal. His efforts have hardly gone unrecognized as the Illinois State redshirt sophomore second baseman was the lone unanimous selection on the 2014 Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Scholar-Athlete First Team. DeJong, who also received the MVC Elite 18 Award after the Redbirds won their way into the championship game of the 2014 MVC Tournament, has amassed a 3.79 cumulative grade-point average in bio-chemistry while starting 54 of ISU’s 55 games.

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    Joe Saccomanno aced hole No. 13 recently at Palatine Hills Golf Course.

    Koester eager for success at Hoffman Estates

    As a high school athlete, Mike Koester was used to success. He was a receiver for two football teams at Marengo High School that advanced to the IHSA state semifinals and he played on a basketball team that advanced to the Sweet 16. “By having that level of success in my high school career taught me some very important lessons I still carry with me today.” Koester said. Now he hopes to carry that success into his new job as the head coach for the Hoffman Estates girls basketball team.

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    Workers put the final touches in the press box Monday at the Arena Castelão in Fortaleza, Brazil. The Brazil 2014 World Cup soccer tournament is set to begin in just a few days.

    Brazil grapples with joy, frustration of World Cup

    As Brazilians raise the curtain this week on what’s arguably the world’s most popular sporting event, the country’s fervent love of soccer is butting up against public anger over charges of wasteful spending, corruption, traffic jams, strikes and a litany of other complaints.

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    Arjen Robben, left, and Bruno Martins Indi from the Netherlands soccer team run after the ball during a training session Sunday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. There is no love lost between the two players.

    Team tensions already emerging at World Cup

    The World Cup hasn’t even begun, and already there’s been a training ground run-in between two Dutch players and Cameroon’s entire team delayed its flight to Brazil in a dispute over their tournament bonus.

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    The United States’ Geoff Cameron reacts to the reception at the team hotel Monday in Sao Paulo, Brazi. The U.S. will play in group G of Brazil’s 2014 soccer World Cup.

    U.S. team arrives in Brazil for World Cup

    The Americans landed in Sao Paulo on Monday morning on an overnight commercial flight from Miami and reached their downtown hotel on a bus with the American flag and the slogan “United by team, driven by passion.” Motorcycled police with the Stars and Stripes sticking out of their wheels preceded the bus, and a helicopter hovered.

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    Mike North video: Ventura pulls Sale too late
    Mike North wonders why White Sox manager Robin Ventura waited to pull pitcher Chris Sale so long against the Los Angeles Angels, especially after his recent return from the disabled list.

Business

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    Jim Mooney plays tennis at Lions Park in Mount Prospect. The Arlington Heights resident found that retiring to a different state and community was not for him.

    Retirement begins another stage of discovery

    No one teaches you how to retire and grow older. Everyone just sort of blunders their way into it and figures it out as they go along. Virtually everyone discovers something about their new stage of life that surprises them, experts say.

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    Silicon Valley interns-5 things to know

    With summer’s arrival comes an influx of thousands of Silicon Valley interns, and these kids aren’t just fetching coffee.Well paid and perked, young up-and-comers from around the world who successfully navigate the competitive application process are assigned big time responsibility at firms, where executives hope they someday will come back to launch careers.Here are five things to know about Silicon Valley internships.BIG BUCKS: Tech firms pay interns more than any other sector in the U.S., according to a Top 25 list of 2014 intern pay by online career website Glassdoor. Palo Alto-based Palantir Technologies, a cybersecurity firm, topped the list with $7,012 average monthly base pay, followed by social media and software firms including Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, eBay, Google and Apple, which pay more than $5,000 a month, the equivalent of $60,000 a year for full time jobs.PERKS: Benefits differ from company to company, but they include free meals, bikes to borrow, commuter buses, massages, swimming pools, dance and language classes, nap pods, parties and paid flights and hotels.THE COMPANIES: Virtually every major tech firm including Apple, eBay, Cisco, Facebook, Google, Hewlett Packard, and Intel, as well as many startups, offer internships. HOURS: Interns put in long hours; the requirement is 40 hours a week, but the reality is they are immersed in projects they want to produce, and often put in longer hours. THE WORK: While most positions are for computer science, programming and developing, there are plenty of non-tech internships for designers, bankers, marketers, public relations workers, artists and more.

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    Google interns, from left, Rita DeRaedt, Alfredo Salinas, Alex Rodrigues, Steve Weddler, and Lizzy Burl on the Google campus in Mountain View, Calif.

    Silicon Valley’s interns enjoy perk-filled summer

    Sitting in a kitchen stocked with free food, a handful of 20-something Google summer interns weigh their favorite perks, but where to begin? With bikes, buses, massages, swimming pools, dance classes, nap pods, parties and access to their tech heroes, it’s a very long list. “Unlimited sparkling water?” someone says.

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    Company creates blanket for tornado protection

    An Oklahoma company has created a protective blanket that developers say could give children a better chance of surviving debris from a tornado — or bullets from a 9 mm handgun.

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    Peter Hong, merchandise manager for adidas, with the company’s Battle Pack collection of soccer boots and the Brazuca, the official ball of the 2014 World Cup, at the conpany’s headquarters in Portland, Ore.

    Boots on the ground: A look at World Cup cleats

    Nike, adidas, Puma and other shoemakers are all trotting out new and innovative looks for this summer’s World Cup. Gone are the old-school black boots like the fabled Puma Kings worn by Pele. Legend has it that Pele was paid $125,000 for his deal — a paltry sum by today’s standards — to wear the boots starting with the 1970 World Cup.

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    Oak Brook-based McDonald’s says its global sales rose slightly in May as sales in China rebounded after last year’s worries about avian flu.

    McDonald’s global sales edge higher in May
    Oak Brook-based McDonald’s says its global sales rose slightly in May as sales in China rebounded after last year’s worries about avian flu. Global sales at established restaurants grew 0.9 percent for the world’s largest hamburger chain.

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    Tyson Foods Inc., the largest U.S. meat company, agreed to buy Chicago-based Hillshire Brands Co. for about $7.7 billion after outbidding Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. to gain control of the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages and Ball Park hot dogs.

    Tyson to buy Chicago’s Hillshire for $7.7 billion

    Tyson Foods Inc., the largest U.S. meat company, agreed to buy Chicago-based Hillshire Brands Co. for about $7.7 billion after outbidding Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. to gain control of the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages and Ball Park hot dogs.

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    How to protect your business from hackers

    Apparently there’s no such thing as being too small a business to be hacked. Columnist Jim Kendall looks at this trend and what to do to prevent hacking.

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    Tony Wuebker, left, and AJ Alfrey are lead trainers and fitness consultants Cross Kicks Fitness in Roselle.

    Cross Kicks Fitness opens in Roselle
    An interview with Timothy Patrick, co-owner of Cross Kicks Fitness in Roselle. Q: Describe your business.A: Cross Kicks Fitness offers a 40-minute power workout inspired by cross training, boxing and kickboxing. Our workouts are normally 10 stations, which last four minutes at each station, and are led by a certified trainer. There are never specific class times, and workouts change daily. Q: What made you start your business?A: In 2009 I was nearly 450 pounds, with high blood pressure, and a 63-inch waist. One day at a doctor visit my physician told me if I didn’t change my life I wouldn’t live very long. I was told that I would start having health problems, and all that was keeping me healthy was my age. I was 31 at that time. Not being a stranger to fitness I went back to my old routines at my local gym. I started eating lean and green, and eliminating refined sugars, processed carbohydrates, wheat, and some grains. Within no time at all I was losing weight and inches, but I started experiencing the plateau stage. By this time I had lost about 125 pounds, and needed the assistance of a professional. Frustrated and willing to do whatever it took to lose the rest of the weight, I hired a personal trainer. The weight started coming off again, but at price. I was going broke trying to get healthy, so then I started paying for classes, which was more affordable. What I found frustrating about the classes was the class times. The gears in my head started turning, and I thought; why isn’t there a facility with no class times, a trainer always included, and for a reasonable price? I recognized a void in the market for this service. I was the target customer, and I started putting a plan together.In summer of 2013 I enlisted longtime friend and co-founder Brad Goldstein as my business partner. I knew Brad is what I needed to take this to the next level. Initially we talked about our passion for fitness as kids. As the conversations evolved we saw the void in the market place, and how we could make an impact on people’s lives by delivering a new concept in the fitness space. While Brad living in Miami, and Tim in the this area it was a tossup of where the first location would be. Eventually we decided to put our corporate location in Roselle. Locations in Florida and California will be next.Q: What has been the most difficult obstacle in running or starting a small business?A: Handling the transition from entrepreneur to business owner. There aren’t enough hours in the week anymore.Q: What do you enjoy most about operating your business?A: Being able to help people, teach what I learned about fitness, and watch them succeed.Q: Is this what you pictured yourself doing when you were young?A: Yes. As a child I was an athlete, and extremely competitive. I still have those qualities. I hate losing more than I like winning. When I was young I wanted to play professional golf. I never made to the PGA, but I still found ways to win in other aspects of life. Now I’m helping people reach their goals. That’s winning.Q: What keeps you up at night? A: I always strive to improve. Weather its personally or professionally, I want to get better.Q: If you could give one tip to a rookie business owner, what would it be?A: Plan for error. There will always be unexpected hurdles. Plan for that. -Kim Mikus

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    Dwight Sherman, owner of Berland’s House of Tools in Lombard, Palatine and Joliet.

    Sherman, Berland’s on the move again

    Kukec's People column features Dwight Sherman, owner and President of Berland's House of Tools in Lombard, Palatine and Joliet. The family business has survived a tough recession, along with the construction industry, and will now mark 100 years of his family selling tools.

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    Regular exercise is important for a healthy brain

    Q: I’m in my late 60s. I’ve read that regular exercise helps prevent memory loss. I find that hard to believe. How does it do that? And how much exercise do I need to reap this benefit?

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    Aaron Neville is a headliner at the 31st annual of the Chicago Blues Festival in Grant Park.

    Weekend picks: Feel the blues at Chicago's Blues Fest

    Aaron Neville, Bettye LaVette and Dr. John are just a few of the stars performing at the Chicago Blues Festival this weekend. See classic cars, attend concerts and sample a variety of fare at the Elk Grove RotaryFest at Lions Park in Elk Grove Village. Singer and Latin-American heartthrob Romeo Santos performs Friday at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

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    Mike Smithson, born in Woodstock, applies cosmetics to an actor on the set of the Johnny Depp western comedy “The Lone Ranger.”

    Woodstock-born makeup artist creates memorable TV, movie looks

    “I’m Hollywood’s best kept secret,” Mike Smithson admitted. He could be right. The Woodstock-born makeup artist’s impressive resume reads like a pop culture album of greatest hits: Tim Burton’s movies (including “Alice in Wonderland,” “Big Fish” and “Planet of the Apes”), TV’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Spider-Man” films and “Men in Black II.” Those are just some of his credits.

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    Ralph Fulton, Playground Games Founder and Creative Director, presents “Forza Horizon 2,” an upcoming video game for the Xbox One during the Xbox presentation ahead of the Electronic Entertainment Expo at the University of Southern California's Galen Center on Monday in Los Angeles. With the launch of the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Wii U in the video game industry's rearview mirror, the spotlight at E3 is expected to shift back to games.

    Microsoft teases new 'Crackdown,' 'Halo' at E3

    It's all about the games for Microsoft at E3. Microsoft focused exclusively on hyping titles coming to its Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles during its presentation Monday ahead of the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the video-game industry's annual trade show.

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    Kevin Roper, a Wal-Mart truck driver from Georgia, was charged with death by auto and four counts of assault by auto in the wake of a deadly chain-reaction crash on the New Jersey Turnpike early Saturday.

    Prosecutor: Trucker in Morgan crash hadn’t slept

    The truck driver from Georgia accused of triggering the highway crash that injured Tracy Morgan and killed another comedian hadn’t slept for more than 24 hours before the accident, authorities said Monday as the actor recovered in a New Jersey hospital.

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    Casey Kasem poses for photographers after receiving the Radio Icon award during The 2003 Radio Music Awards in Las Vegas. A Los Angeles judge on Monday ruled that Kasem should receive food, hydration and medication while a court-appointed attorney travels to Washington state to evaluate the ailing radio personality and make a recommendation about his ongoing care.

    Judge: Casey Kasem should be fed, hydrated

    A judge ruled Monday that Casey Kasem should be fed, hydrated and medicated while a court-appointed attorney evaluates the health of the ailing radio personality after his daughter moved to implement end of life measures.

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    British comedian Rik Mayall, one of a generation of performers who injected post-punk energy into British comedy, has died.

    British comedian Rik Mayall dies at 56

    Rik Mayall, one of a generation of performers that injected post-punk energy into British comedy, has died. In the 1980s Mayall was part of the Comic Strip, a hugely influential group of alternative young comics that included Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders and Mayall’s writing and performing partner, Adrian Edmondson.

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    A few people walk an empty midway at Playland amusement park in Rye, N.Y.

    Park where end of ‘Big’ was filmed is in trouble

    Playland, a collection of modest coasters, rides and attractions that evokes a simpler time and even holds a place in Hollywood history, is in trouble. The 86-year-old Art Deco landmark north of New York City is the nation’s largest government-run amusement park, and it’s been a money loser for suburban Westchester County for years.

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    An employee of Okuta Corp. in Saitama takes a nap at his desk during work hours using the company’s power-nap system.

    Japanese companies encouraging power naps at work

    It was a little after 1:30 p.m. and a male employee at Okuta Corp., a housing renovation firm in Saitama, Japan, placed a small pillow on his desk. He buried his face in the pillow and went to sleep while other employees continued working at their computers.He wasn’t shirking his responsibilities, he was using the company’s “power-nap system,” which grants employees the right to take a nap.

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    Robert De Niro, left, honors his father, right, in the documentary “Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr.,” airing on HBO.

    De Niro pays tribute to his artist dad in HBO special

    Relatively few sons have the opportunity to honor their dads the way Robert De Niro does. The two-time Oscar winner and modern screen legend recalls his abstract-expressionist-painter father (1922-93) in the documentary “Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr.,” which has its HBO premiere Monday, June 9.

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    ‘Swimmer’s itch’ caused by allergic reaction

    Itchy red spots had appeared after the boy’s swim, subsided a bit with a dose of an oral antihistamine, but then spread out to cover the boy’s arms and legs in a variety of welts and pimple-like lesions.The happy camper was suffering from swimmer’s itch — fancy name, cercarial dermatitis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains that swimmer’s itch is most common during the summer months and is actually the result of an allergic reaction to microscopic parasites which have been released into fresh and salt water by infected snails.

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    Jim Breen is one of the two lead chaplains who works in the Edward Heart Center.

    Naperville hospital chaplains provide an oasis of support

    “The eye of the hurricane” — that’s how Chaplain Karen Swiderski, manager of spiritual care and pastoral education for Edward and Linden Oaks hospitals in Naperville, describes a hospital chaplaincy. “We are not just people who come and pray, instead we have the gifts, education and skill sets needed to de-escalate the life-altering medical events and bring comfort to the patients in this hospital setting,” she said. “No matter the trauma — no matter what is going on, the chaplain is standing there calmly and making the connection, defusing fear and other concerns.”

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    Five-year-old Elias O’Keeffe has no problem keeping up with his mom, Deanna Ortiz, during a family yoga class at Circle Yoga in Washington on a Saturday morning

    Turn family time into fitness time

    We all know the benefits of exercise. It can improve our physical and mental health and help expand our social circles. It’s as close to a panacea as we’re likely to get.It’s also the best way to get children to use that boundless energy for personal good rather than public destruction. So, how can families exercise together? We spoke to experts in six types of exercise that parents can do with their children. They shared tricks to keep the whining to a minimum and their favorite places to work up a sweat. Here are their suggestions on how to try biking, hiking, rock climbing, running, stand-up paddling and yoga as a family.

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    1950 Dodge Coronet

    Reliability is a given for owners of 1950 Dodge

    It’s an intimidating thought to embark on a long road trip in a vintage vehicle. That fear is the furthest thing from the minds of John and Barb Weiser. The Elmhurst couple have a proven track record with their 1950 Dodge Coronet.

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    Jamie Lynn Spears, the former teen star of “Zoey 101,” has been working behind the scenes in Nashville learning the craft of songwriting. She’s already got a music video and put out an EP called “The Journey” on iTunes with five new songs.

    Another Spears singer: Jamie Lynn goes country

    Expect to see a lot more of Jamie Lynn Spears this summer, but not in her former role as an actress. She’s putting out new music, getting radio play and introducing herself to country music fans all over the country. Spears understands why some people might be a little puzzled — the little sister of one of the world’s biggest pop star’s singing country? But Spears says once people get a chance to listen to her, they understand it.

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    Be sure to slather on the sunscreen this summer to avoid damaging your skin.

    Your health: Which sunscreen works best?
    Consumer Reports recently issued its annual sunscreen rankings. The consumer magazine ranked Coppertone Water Babies and Walmart’s Equate SPF 50 highest for lotions in terms of price and protection from UV rays; for sprays, Bull Frog WaterArmor Sport and Target’s Up & Up took the top rating.

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    Taye Diggs investigates in TNT’s new drama “Murder in the First.”

    Taye Diggs plays it tough, tender in new TV drama

    Taye Diggs can claim an actor’s version of scoring a hat trick: He’s worked with a trio of television’s most innovative writer-producers. Diggs, who visited David E. Kelley’s “Ally McBeal” as attorney Jackson Duper and played Dr. Sam Bennett on Shonda Rhimes’ “Private Practice,” is starring in a new drama, “Murder in the First,” co-created by veteran Steven Bochco. In the latest instance, he was eager to be part of a project “where it’s about relationships and not just catching crooks and jumping over buses and whatnot,” said Diggs.

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    Emily Blunt stars as Rita in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ sci-fi thriller “Edge of Tomorrow.”

    Blunt reveals new toughness in ‘Edge of Tomorrow’

    What’s more scary, fighting aliens with Tom Cruise or singing in front of Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp? Both brought butterflies to Emily Blunt’s stomach, which is how the 31-year-old actress knows when to take a role. “I like asking myself, ‘How on Earth am I going to do this?”’ Blunt said as she sipped an iced latte at a coffee shop in the artsy L.A. neighborhood of Los Feliz. In her latest film, “Edge of Tomorrow,” the lithe British beauty wields big guns as Rita Vrataski, tasked with turning Cruise’s character from a scared pencil pusher to a skilled warrior.

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    How things change in a generation
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: Some 35 years ago we had Ronald Reagan, Johnny Cash and Bob Hope. Now we have Barack Obama — and no cash and no hope!

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    Many thanks due for Longmeadow Pkwy.
    An Algonquin letter to the editor: The village of Algonquin is extremely happy to see the news of the funding of Longmeadow Parkway.

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    Why do we resort to ritual murder?
    An Elgin letter to the editor: I see that a couple of states have bungled their executions by lethal injection causing considerable agony to the recipients. The drug used for lethal injections is no longer available in the United States and Europe won’t supply the drug on moral grounds as they all have banished executions.

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    Public schools need parental involvement
    An Ingleside letter to the editor: You printed my February 2006 letter about our ineffective public schools. Eight years later, I regrettably cannot cite improvement because of continued, growing family disintegration. So long as public schoolchildren receive no love and security at home, they shall be underserved at school.

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    Elitists fear giving up power
    A Wauconda letter to the editor: Mr. George Blinick’s June 3 letter to the editor motivated me to respond to something I’ve been thinking about for years. Why can’t the liberal elitists ever admit that they are wrong or admit to making a mistake?

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    Extraditing killer would be costly, unneeded
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: I continue to read about Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim’s efforts to bring Jorge Torrez back to Illinois for trial to face first-degree murder charges in the deaths of two young girls in Zion.

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    Be ready for higher electric bills
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: President Obama unveiled his clean air initiative last week. I hate to disappoint everyone, but it won’t amount to anything but higher electric bills and could also lead to rolling blackouts. I understand the technology doesn’t even exist today for power plants to meet the demands of the EPA. It will do nothing but kill jobs and growth and push this nation further into a recession.

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    EPA should also target meat industry
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: I am delighted that EPA has finally moved to abate the disastrous impacts of climate change by regulating carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. But, given the adverse reaction from the coal industry, the agency should have issued parallel regulations on emissions from meat industry operations. Each state could than determine its own optimal strategy for curbing greenhouse gases.

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    Problems with coal outweigh any benefits
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: In a sluggish economic recovery, the EPA’s new carbon rules aimed at eliminating coal as an energy source are a welcome relief. According to a 2010 Harvard study, “Full cost accounting for the life cycle of coal,” published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, the cumulative costs from pollutants associated with coal combustion add 27 cents to the cost of a kilowatt-hour of energy, costing the United States over a half-trillion dollars a year, far in excess of what coal contributes economically.

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    Township grateful for 8,000 lbs. of food
    Letter to the editor: Residents and postal carriers of Schaumburg and Hoffman Estates combined to collect 8,000 pounds of food for the Schaumburg Township Food Pantry at the annual Letter Carriers drive on May 10.

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    Soured on theater after parking tickets
    Letter to the editor: Regarding the financial problems at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, Judy Byrne writes it was the parking tickets, not the programming, that caused her to give up her season tickets to the theater.

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    Mt. Prospect wrong to reject Wage Act
    Letter to the editor: Ray Lenberg chastises the Mount Prospect Village Board for publicly rejecting the Prevailing Wage Act, saying the act assures good quality work.

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    Next ‘conversation’ let’s have numbers
    Letter to the editor: Debra Klein liked the first Community Conversation held in Arlington Hts., but suggests next time the government agencies talk about their projections for taxpayer spending.

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    Another memorable Memorial Day event
    Letter to the editor: Anne Drew says no one puts on a Memorial Day event like Arlington Heights.

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    2014 Misercordia drive a big success
    Letter to the editor: The coordinators of this year's Misercordia Candy Days drive are delighted with all their volunteers and a helpful public, who helped fund Misericordia's work with 600 children and adults.

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    How much clearer could it get?
    Letter to the editor: Arlene Toman writes that if the aldermen of Rolling Meadows believe a referendum to build two new fire station would never pass, why are they pursuing the new stations?

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    Rolling Meadows treats veterans right
    Letter to the editor:Ed Berge and the Plum Grove Village Veterans express their gratitude for the Rolling Meadows Memorial Day event.

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    A secret jewel in Arlington Heights
    Letter to the editor: What a wonderful experience the Arlington Heights Citizens Police Academy was, say Larry and Tem Williams. The classes were enormously interesting and they appreciate the work everyone involved put into it.

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