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    The Village Vocal Chords last competed in November in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, where they became the organization’s championship chorus for an unprecedented 19 times.

    Area competition has a harmonious ending

    Harmony Inc.’s Area 4 Contest and Convention was held recently in Aurora. The Glen Ellyn-based chorus, the Village Vocal Chords, were in attendance, along with other choruses from Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, and Wisconsin. While not competing this year, the chorus performed on multiple occasions and were on hand to celebrate the win by their "sister" chorus, the Misty River...

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    Bill Zars/bzars@dailyherald.com ¬ Joe Walsh a Tea Party Republican candidate for the U.S. Congress in the 8th distict.

    Walsh will be back on the air tonight

    Former Republican Congressman Joe Walsh says he’ll be back on the air tonight, the day after his 560-AM radio show was cut short for using racially charged language in a discussion about the controversial name of the Washington, D.C., NFL football team.

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    Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker speaks in Milwaukee. Newly released documents show prosecutors are alleging Walker was at the center of a nationwide “criminal scheme” to illegally coordinate with outside conservative groups.

    Wisconsin Gov. Walker launches attack against opponent
    Republican Gov. Scott Walker has launched an attack ad against Democratic challenger Mary Burke the day after documents were made public that show prosecutors say Walker was at the center of an illegal campaign fundraising and coordination scheme.

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    Storm clouds move through downtown Naperville on Wednesday.

    Hundreds of flights canceled, some still delayed at O’Hare

    Some 660 flights were canceled at O’Hare International Airport on Thursday due to low visibility brought on by Wednesday night’s severe weather, officials said.

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    Lightning strikes Glen Ellyn-area home

    A reported lightning strike caused a fire on the roof of a house Thursday night in an unincorporated area near Glen Ellyn, authorities said. The Glen Ellyn Volunteer Fire Company responded to the fire on Stratford Court, located west of Stratford Road, about 9:30 p.m.

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    John Franck

    Lisle man charged in burglaries

    A Lisle man is being held on $100,000 bond, charged with a series of crimes last month on Meadow Lane. John Franck, 23, of Dumoulin Ave., is charged with burglary to a motor vehicle, attempted residential burglary and criminal damage to property, authorities said.

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    Lightning strike damages home in Bartlett

    Bartlett firefighters extinguished a lighting strike fire in the 400 block of Timber Ridge Drive late Wednesday. The fire caused about $70,000 in damages.

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    Jakarre Brown

    Two accused of lying about kidnapping friend

    Two people are facing disorderly conduct charges after authorities say they lied about holding a friend for ransom in an attempt to get money from her grandfather. DuPage County prosecutors said Deanna Nolan, 19, of the 2000 block of Ogden Avenue in Lisle, and Jakarre Brown, 20, of the 1600 block of 21st Avenue in Maywood, were behind the false kidnapping report.

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    Yvette Calderon, right, a counselor for President Barack Obama’s new health care law, advises taxi driver David Bilewu, a 39-year-old Nigerian immigrant, in February in Chicago.

    Report details immigrants’ health insurance hurdles

    A poorly designed federal system prevented perhaps thousands of immigrants from enrolling in coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, according to a preliminary report from an Illinois advocacy group.

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    Freight train hits pedestrian in Lake Forest

    A freight train struck a pedestrian Thursday night near the Metra station in Lake Forest, officials said. Police responded to the scene about 8 p.m. near Everett and Waukegan roads.

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    U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam of Wheaton speaks with Republican Reps. Devin Nunes of California, left, and Pat Tiberi of Ohio before a leadership vote Thursday at the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

    Roskam could be out of leadership after losing whip bid

    U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam of Wheaton lost his bid to move up the House Republican power ladder today, losing the whip job to Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana. Roskam could be out of the leadership picture for now as Scalise gets to pick his right-hand lawmaker and could be expected to reward an ally who helped him rise.

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    President Barack Obama pauses Thursday while speaking about the situation in Iraq in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House.

    Back to Iraq: Obama sending military advisers

    Inching back into a fight he tried to leave behind, President Barack Obama announced Thursday he was dispatching 300 U.S. military advisers to Iraq to help quell the rising insurgency in the crumbling nation. He also challenged Iraq's embattled leader to create a more inclusive government or risk his country descending into sectarian civil war. "The test is before him and other Iraqi leaders as...

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    Wheeling and Prospect Heights residents voiced concerns this week about the potential noise impacts of a possible 2,000-foot extension of a runway at Chicago Executive Airport. Airport officials are launching a 12-month study to help determine whether they should move forward with the proposal, which backers say would allow the airport to accommodate more large corporate jets.

    Chicago Executive neighbors get noisy over possible runway extension

    Wheeling and Prospect Heights residents living near Chicago Executive Airport were seemingly louder Wednesday than the planes that fly over their homes every day. About 30 community members attended the airport board’s monthly meeting that quickly turned raucous, leading police officers to show up to monitor the crowd.

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    Chicago, AFSCME reach tentative 5-year contract

    The city of Chicago and the state’s largest public employees union have agreed on a tentative five-year contract. In Chicago, the union represents more than 3,400 employees working in city libraries, police precincts, health clinics and other locations.

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    Amber Kraus, 30, of Mundelein

    Former Grant High teacher pleads guilty to sex abuse of student

    A former Grant High School teacher avoided jail time Thursday by pleading guilty to one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse for having an inappropriate relationship with a male student last fall.

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    The Stars-n-Stripes Cafe offers fresh, nutritious lunches at the Hanover Township Senior Center in Bartlett.

    Hanover Township’s Stars-n-Stripes cafe offers inventive meals for seniors

    Since opening in January, Hanover Township's Stars-n-Stripes Cafe has drawn a following of loyal seniors. Next week, crews will expand the cafe's kitchen to meet the demand for fresh lunches. "There are very few senior centers who create their own meal programs as healthy and inventive as this," says Barbara Kurth-Schuldt, who helps manage the cafe.

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    Joe H. Alvarez

    Aurora child molester convicted

    A 32-year-old Aurora man was convicted Thursday by a Kane County jury of sexually abusing a young child he knew. Joe H. Alvarez, of the 0-99 block of Jackson Place, was found guilty of aggravated criminal sexual abuse after jurors deliberated for nearly four hours, prosecutors said.

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    $1.2 million gift to hospital from West Dundee couple

    Presence St. Joseph Hospital officials in Elgin announced Thursday the hospital received the largest family estate gift in the hospital’s history — a $1.2 million bequest from the late Thomas J. and Barbara A. Galvin of West Dundee. Barbara Galvin died in January; Thomas Galvin died in 2003.

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    Lawmakers want new hearings on O’Hare noise

    Three members of Congress are calling on the Federal Aviation Administration to hold new public hearings and redo an environmental impact study of the O’Hare International Airport modernization project. U.S. Reps. Mike Quigley, Tammy Duckworth and Jan Schakowsky accused the FAA of failing to focus on areas most affected by the changes during public hearings.

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    Parker Wolfsmith

    Teen’s death may have been a case of ‘breezing’

    Police in Maple Park believe a 14-year-old boy struck and killed by a freight train last month may have been playing a dangerous game known as “breezing.” The name refers to the thrill some people get from standing up close to a passing train.

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    Glen Ellyn considering regulations for rental properties

    Glen Ellyn is following the lead of several other suburban communities by considering policies to regulate the quality of multifamily rental properties. Officials say there are roughly 1,700 rental units in Glen Ellyn and some have been affected by issues with pests, mold, a lack of fire and smoke alarms, and poor maintenance. “We believe there are ... some apartment complexes that have...

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    One of the vehicles involved in a multivehicle crash on eastbound Interstate 90 in Elgin is prepared for towing Thursday morning.

    Man cited in multivehicle accident on I-90

    A truck driver from Michigan was cited in a Thursday morning “chain reaction accident” on the Jane Addams Tollway that injured five people, kept the eastbound lanes closed for nearly two hours, and spilled fuel into Elgin’s sewer system authorities said.

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    Arlington Hts. library planning One Book program

    The Arlington Heights Memorial Library will be launching the village’s first “One Book, One Village” program later this summer. The library will host a big reveal at a special Arlington Heights library-card holders event on July 26, said Deb Whisler, director of communications and marketing.

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    Aaron B. Stoen

    Wisconsin man pleads guilty in fatal DUI crash, sentenced to seven years in prison

    A Wisconsin man was sentenced to seven years in prison for driving into and killing a pedestrian and injuring another in Waukegan while high on heroin in 2013. Aaron B. Stoen, 26, pleaded guilty Thursday to aggravated driving under the influence of drugs that resulted in death.

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    Marni Pyke/mpyke@dailyherald.com Construction on the Ontario/Ohio interchange with the Kennedy Expressway means lane closures this weekend.

    IDOT: Stay off the Kennedy again this weekend!

    Don't do it! Don't drive on the Kennedy Expressway downtown, IDOT once again is warning drivers as it prepares for the second phase of construction on the Ontario feeder. Lane closures are Friday night through early Monday morning.

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    Wauconda park jobs:

    The Wauconda Park District recently was awarded an Illinois Department of Natural Resource grant for the Illinois Youth Recreation Corps program.

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    Lake County health, resources fair:

    Reducing the number of undiagnosed people with HIV infections is at the center of a health and resources fair organized by the Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center and community partners in observance of National HIV Testing Day on Friday, June 27.

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    Christine Radogno

    Daughter of state Senate Republican leader Radogno dies

    Lisa Radogno, the daughter of Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno, died unexpectedly of a "massive pulmonary embolism," officials announced late Wednesday. Radogno announced the passing on her Facebook page.

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    A 12-foot long trailer, valued at $4,065, was stolen between 5 p.m. June 12 and 8 a.m. June 13 from the 39W900 block of Midan Drive near Elburn, according to a sheriff’s report.

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    Prairie Grass museum open house:

    Live bats, nature activities, games and giveaways are among the activities at the Prairie Grass Nature Museum open house from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 21.

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    Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn will be closed for several days next week to allow crews to finish work on the parking lot, but will continue to accept injured or orphaned animals.

    Wildlife center to temporarily close to visitors

    Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn will be closed to visitors for several days next week so crews can finish work on a new parking lot. But the native wildlife education and rehabilitation center will continue to accept injured or orphaned wild animals during the closure, which is scheduled to begin on June 24.

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    David Orr

    Cook County property tax revenues increase 1 percent collectively

    According to the annual property tax report issued by County Clerk David Orr’s office Thursday, the county’s 1,500-plus taxing bodies collectively raised property taxes by more than $122 million. The increase represents a little more than a 1 percent increase from 2012 to 2013. The agencies could have increased property tax levies by at least 1.7 percent, though.

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    Authorities investigating body of man found in preserve

    Authorities are investigating the death of a man whose body was found Wednesday evening in a wooded area along the Des Plaines River at the Lake Carina Forest Preserve near Gurnee.

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    A lightning strike triggered a house fire Wednesday night that officials said caused more than $500,000 damage and left the building uninhabitable.

    Lightning sparks house fire near Wheaton, causes near-miss for 3 firefighters

    Three firefighters were shocked by a nearby lightning strike but escaped serious injury Wednesday while battling a house fire outside Wheaton, authorities said.

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    Zervant S. Thomas

    Man pleads guilty but mentally ill in bizarre Gurnee stabbing attack

    A Waukegan man pleaded guilty but mentally ill to charges he stabbed and killed one man and wounded another during a bizarre car trip through Gurnee in 2011. Zervont Thomas, 21, was sentenced to 25 years in prison and will receive mental health care while incarcerated.

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    Phyllis Wise

    U of I chancellor believes med school should be small

    A new medical school being discussed for the University of Illinois’ Urbana-Champaign campus should be small and complement the school’s other operations, the campus’ chancellor said.

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    A young black bear rests in a tree Wednesday in Mount Morris.

    Wandering bear draws crowds

    A young black bear that has been roaming northwestern Illinois this spring drew dozens of curious onlookers when he took refuge in an oak tree after ambling through the small Ogle County town, prompting fresh pleas from wildlife officials to leave the youngster alone.

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    U-46 schools compete to conserve energy

    Elgin Area School District U-46 saved $79,800 in electricity costs after implementing the Energy Conservation Awards Program. The green-inspired competition pits schools against each other and offers incentives for those with the greatest reductions in electricity use.

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    South suburban boy drowns in park pool

    A 6-year-old boy drowned in a public swimming pool in South suburban Bridgeview.

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    Anthony W. Salemi

    St. Charles couple, son charged in marijuana, scheme

    A St. Charles couple has been charged in money laundering scheme involving marijuana shipped from California by their son, authorities said. Anthony and Gina Salemi, 56 and 52, respectively, were arrested last week after an investigaton of several agencies. Authorities say the couple's son in California mailed marijuana to the Salemis' home and money from selling the drugs was sent back to...

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    Drew Kraft, who lives outside of Wessington Springs, South Dakota, picks up around his grandfather’s rental property on Thursday after a tornado tore through the area Wednesday night.

    Tornado strikes S. Dakota town

    A timely warning allowed an entire South Dakota city to shelter from a tornado that razed dozens of homes and businesses but injured only one or two people in the area, officials said Thursday.

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    Schaumburg fire blamed on lightning strike

    Schaumburg firefighters quickly extinguished a fire at a single-family home on the 500 block of East Weathersfield Way that reportedly was sparked by a lightning strike at 1:45 a.m. Thursday. No residents of the home or firefighters were injured.

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    Mark Galer

    Lindenhurst man jailed on child porn charges

    A 55-year-old Lindenhurst man was being held on $250,000 bond Thursday on child pornography charges. The arrest on Wednesday was part of a statewide Operation Glass House initiative, authorities said.

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    Four DuPage towns get state loans for clean water projects

    State officials have announced nearly $69 million in funding to improve water treatment facilities in DuPage County. Projects in Bensenville, Wood Dale, Addison and Elmhurst are moving forward after the four communities received low-interest loans from the state, according to a statement released Thursday by Gov. Pat Quinn’s office.

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    Fox Valley police reports
    A motorcyclist was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries Thursday afternoon after his Harley-Davidson hit the side of a sport utility vehicle on northbound Randall Road at Fox Lane, Elgin Fire Department Battalion Chief Tim Michaels said. The motorcyclist was recovering at Advocate Sherman Hospital, Michaels said.

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    Man charged with Rosemont, Schiller Park burglaries

    A Cook County judge set bond at $300,000 Wednesday for a Schiller Park man charged with robberies in Schiller Park and Rosemont. Asking for a high bond, prosecutors called defendant Robin Wolves, who has multiple convictions in several states, "a danger to the community."

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    MARK WELSH/mwelsh@dailyherald.com, 2009 The Buffalo Grove Park District is planning major renovations for its 15-year-old golf dome, including a new heating system and possible new exterior. Officials say the work is likely to be done in the summer or early fall, and won’t disrupt normal dome operations.

    Renovations coming for Buffalo Grove golf dome

    The Buffalo Grove Park District’s golf dome is due for a makeover, including a new heating system and replacement of the exterior dome material. To allow that to happen, Buffalo Grove village board members said this week they would draft an ordinance extending the site’s special use permit. Trustees stopped short, however, of granting the park district’s request to grant the...

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    An 83-year-old Crete woman died Tuesday from multiple injuries caused by this fallen tree branch at Cantigny Park in Wheaton. Mildred Hetmanski and two other guests were hit by the branch June 8.

    Woman hit by fallen branch at Cantigny dies from injuries

    An 83-year-old woman has died from her injuries after a large tree branch fell and hit her earlier this month at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, authorities said. Mildred Hetmanski of Crete died Tuesday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital due to multiple injuries from the fallen branch, a spokesman for the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

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    Truth-telling develops like other cognitive and emotional skills

    Our Ken Potts knows parents would like their children - especially their teens - to tell the truth. But honesty is a learned skill, he says, and parents need to understand that their children's understanding of the morality of lying vs. telling the truth may not develop fully until after the teen years.

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    A lost class ring from Batavia High School has found its way back to its owner after more than 40 years, thanks to a Batavia Facebook page.

    44 years later, BHS class ring returned to owner

    A Facebook page titled "If u grew up in Batavia" has done more than just help residents and former residents share memories. It was recently instrumental in helping a class ring that had been lost for more than 40 years find its way back to its owner.

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    Volunteers form a “bucket brigade” to pass sandbags Wednesday while working to fight floodwaters from the Big Sioux River in Akron, Iowa.

    Cities fight Big Sioux River flooding in 3 states

    This the worst flooding the region has seen since 2011, when the Missouri River remained high for months, causing tributaries to back up and testing the levee system. The fact that the levee held for long at that time showed it’s effective, said Jade Dundas, assistant city manager for public works for Sioux City, Iowa.

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    Gail Wise of Park Ridge stands with her historic 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang, which is the earliest such car known to be sold. Her famous car was one of those featured at the inaugural Cruise Night at Randhurst Village in Mount Prospect.

    Auto enthusiasts share stories at Daily Herald event

    Auto enthusiasts got a chance to share stories at a Daily Herald subscriber event held in advance of Randhurst's first Cruise Night, which featured some 100 cars parked near the intersection of Rand and Elmhurst roads. “I love classic cars. I love muscle cars. But the thing that gets me out of bed every morning is that every car has a story,” said the Daily Herald's Matthew Avery, who...

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    Naperville library board member reappointed

    Kay Severinsen has been reappointed to the Naperville Public Library board by a 7-1 vote of the Naperville City Council. The reappointment was delayed two weeks while Naperville’s legal department reviewed whether any potential conflicts of interest might arise because Severinsen is married to council member Joseph McElroy.

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    Naperville commuter lot to close for resurfacing

    The Kroehler parking lot near Naperville’s downtown Metra station is scheduled to close for resurfacing from 5 a.m. Friday, June 20, through midnight Sunday, June 22. It is one of 15 parking lots the city will be resurfacing during a parking improvement project this year.

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    Car sales coming to 75th Street in Naperville

    Finish Line Car Wash at 1090 E. 75th St. in Naperville can begin selling cars from the back of its property after the city council approved a conditional use to allow the new line of business.

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    Naperville Public Library officials say patrons checked out more than 4 million items during the past fiscal year. That’s not a record for the library, but it is up from last year.

    Digital downloads help Naperville library circulation grow

    Naperville Public Library didn’t have a record year in terms of total circulation, but it did hit a mark officials call “kind of a big deal,” with patrons checking out more than 4 million items in fiscal 2013-14. Total materials checked out reached 4,088,625 as the library saw increased circulation of DVDs and Blu-rays as well as digital downloads, Deputy Director Lynn...

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    Trey A. Wright

    Cops: Arrests in drug deal that went sour in Antioch

    Antioch police announced Thursday two suspects have been charged in a case involving a man who claimed he was threatened while the trio tried to commence an illegal drug transaction on Main Street. The accused men remained in the Lake County jail.

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    The Lombard village board will consider lifting the village’s current ban on video gambling Thursday night.

    Lombard board to consider lifting video gambling ban tonight

    The Lombard village board will continue discussions Thursday night about the possibility of lifting a ban on video gambling. At 6 p.m., prior to the start of the regular village board meeting, a special workshop will be held at village hall to address specific policy issues related to video gambling.

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    Polish deli now open in Rolling Meadows

    Krakowski Market, a new Polish deli and food market at 2122 Plum Grove Road, Rolling Meadows, held its grand opening Thursday.

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    Raupp Museum in Buffalo Grove receives state grant

    The Buffalo Grove Park District’s Raupp Museum will be receiving a $51,000 grant from the Illinois Public Museums Capital Grant Program. The money will be used to add a gas station and a 1937 Ford truck to the museum’s Crossroads Gallery. The museum was one of two in Lake County and 47 statewide to receive the grants.

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    The Mix to perform in Hoffman Estates

    The Hoffman Estates Arts Commission and Hoffman Estates Park District will welcome the versatile band The Mix to the Virginia Mary Hayter Village Green at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 26 as part of the “Summer Sounds on the Green” concert series. The Mix combines a high-energy stage presence with the ability to cover nine decades of music. Admission is free.

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    Balloon artist Ryan Freemand, right, of R.C. Juggles in Woodstock makes a pig for 2-year-old Ben Lockowitz of Wauconda and his father, Matt, on opening day of the Libertyville farmers market Thursday on Church Street in downtown Libertyville.

    Libertyville farmers market kicks off its 34th season

    Shoppers shook off Thursday morning’s damp weather to attend opening day for the Libertyville farmers market, which is celebrating its 34th year of operation.

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    Barrington men go on a long ride for a very good reason

    The desire to spend the summer making a difference led a team of young men to go on a coast-to-coast bike trip across America to raise money for a school in Honduras. Perhaps most impressive is that before setting out on their journey, none of the cyclists, which includes two brothers from Barrington, had ever done any long distance riding before. But the group, called “Riding For a...

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    Sheri Scheidt of Wheaton will walk in Great Steps for NF to help fund research into neurofibromatosis. Her son, Alex, 16, has the disorder.

    Wheaton mom shares son’s experience with tumor-causing disorder

    People with neurofibromatosis learn repeatedly that they have tumors, never knowing whether a tumor will cause discomfort, impair their sight or movement, or even become cancerous. Sheri Scheidt of Wheaton is helping her son, Alex, navigate life with the disorder, and together they will walk in Great Steps for NF to raise money for research into treatments.

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    Spain’s King Felipe VI, left, is sworn in Thursday as the new Spanish King during ceremony at the Spanish parliament in Madrid. Felipe’s father Juan Carlos, who reigned during four decades, stepped down after signing an abdication law Wednesday so that younger royal blood can rally a country beset by economic problems, including an unemployment rate of 25 percent.

    Spain’s new King Felipe VI swears his oath

    Spain’s new King Felipe VI was proclaimed monarch at a formal ceremony in the country’s Parliament on Thursday, a deliberately low-key occasion for austere times and tarnished royal reputations. Felipe swore an oath of allegiance to democratic principles in front of lawmakers and senators, who shouted “Viva el Rey!” (Long live the king!).

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    Gavrilo Princip’s relatives, Nikola Princip, right, and his grandson, Novak Princip, 16, pay their respects at the Princip family plot in a cemetery in the village of Obljaj, near Bosansko Grahovo, Bosnia. A century later, Gavrilo Princip still provokes controversy from beyond the grave as his legacy has been molded time and again to meet political agendas in the Balkans, still a patchwork of ethnic and religious rivalries.

    Sarajevo: The slaying that set off World War I

    A century after Gavrilo Princip ignited World War I with a shot from his handgun, the baby-faced Serb teenager who assassinated the Austro-Hungarian crown prince in Sarajevo in 1914 still provokes controversy. His legacy has been molded time and again to meet political agendas in the Balkans, which remains a smoldering patchwork of ethnic and religious rivalries.

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    Left alone with a sex offender, a teacher is raped

    A teacher at an Arizona prison was alone in a room full of sex offenders before being stabbed and sexually assaulted by a convicted rapist, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press about an attack that highlighted major security lapses at the facility.

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    Secretary of State John Kerry says in an interview broadcast Thursday that the administration has been “engaged” in efforts over the past several months and is now increasing its assistance to strife-torn Iraq.

    Kerry denies Obama has been too passive in Iraq

    Secretary of State John Kerry is brushing aside criticism of Obama administration Middle East policy, taking exception to assertions Washington has been doing too little to combating the surge of terrorism there. Kerry says in an interview broadcast Thursday that the administration has been “engaged” in efforts over the past several months and is now increasing its assistance to...

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    U.S. soldiers investigate the scene of an suicide attack Thursday in the Torkham, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan. Senior Obama administration officials insist Afghanistan is not Iraq, with a population far more receptive to a continued U.S. presence and the promise of a new unity government.

    Iraq crisis stirs fears Afghanistan could be next

    The deteriorating situation in Iraq is giving Congress pause about President Barack Obama’s plan to withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2016, with fears that hard-fought gains could be wiped out by a resurgent Taliban. Senior Obama administration officials insist Afghanistan is not Iraq, with a population far more receptive to a continued U.S. presence and the promise of a...

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    In this image taken from video uploaded to a militant social media account, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants arrive Tuesday to the country’s largest oil refinery in Beiji, some 155 miles north of Baghdad.

    Militants fly their black flags over Iraq refinery

    Sunni militants hung their black banners on watch towers at Iraq’s largest oil refinery, a witness said Thursday, suggesting the vital facility had fallen to the insurgents who have seized vast territories across the country’s north. A top Iraqi security official, however, said the government still held the facility.

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    Student expelled for handling pellet gun at school

    BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A southwestern Illinois teenager expelled from his high school for displaying a pellet gun on the school’s grounds says he disagrees with the punishment.The Belleville News-Democrat reports 18-year-old Vantezz Carter has been banned from attending Belleville West High School for his senior year.

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    Habitat wraps third post-tornado home in Gifford

    GIFFORD, Ill. — Habitat For Humanity plans to dedicate the last of three homes it has built in an eastern Illinois town hit hard by a tornado last November.Habitat said Wednesday the home on Plum Street in Gifford was built along with the group Paxton Area Churches. Paxton is a small town northwest of Gifford. Both are about 25 miles north of Champaign.

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    Quinn approves plan to fund Illinois Poison Center

    Gov. Pat Quinn has signed on to a plan to keep the Illinois Poison Center open after it has seen a number of budget cuts in recent years.The Chicago Democrat on Monday approved the funding plan that was included in legislation to restore some Medicaid cuts made in 2012.

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    Companies agree to ban ‘microbeads’

    The extinction of microbeads is taking shape as one of the unlikeliest events in the politics of nature: a low-stress compromise by interest groups that are often at each other’s throats.

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    Make-A-Wish tour ends with hard helicopter landing

    HONOLULU — An Illinois family of six making a Make-A-Wish trip to Maui is safe after a hard helicopter landing.The Fraser family from Belleville, which includes four-teenage daughters, was on a Sunshine Helicopters flight just before 10 a.m. Tuesday. The pilot lifted off from Kahului Airport for a tour of Waihee (WAY’-hee) Valley.

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    Latest Wisconsin, national jobs numbers coming

    MADISON, Wis. — The latest jobs numbers showing how well Wisconsin did in creating jobs compared with other states is set to be released.The numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics will show private-sector job creation for the state and nation for the 12-month period from the end of December 2012 through the end of 2013.

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    Wisconsin wants to scale back annual wolf hunt

    MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin wildlife officials want to dramatically scale back the state’s third annual wolf hunt this fall, saying the wolf population is decreasing as planned and they want to study the effects of last year’s harvest.

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    Wisconsin DNR warns of algae blooms

    MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Resources is urging boaters, anglers and swimmers to be on the lookout for blue-green algae in their favorite lakes.

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    13 Indiana students win savings for college

    INDIANAPOLIS — A program from the state’s Higher Education Commission is awarding a small group of students money to attend college.

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    ACLU of Indiana has new lawyer to help with cases

    INDIANAPOLIS — The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana is adding a third lawyer to its staff to help with its caseload.Kelly Eskew joined the ACLU’s office in Indianapolis this week. Eskew has 13 years of experience in trial and appellate work and teaches ethics and law at Butler University and the Indiana University McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis.

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    Sports memorabilia forfeited to repay Ball State

    MUNCIE, Ind. — A New York City man who pleaded guilty to wire fraud for his role in an investment fraud scheme that cost Ball State University $3.8 million has agreed to forfeit a baseball jersey autographed by Mickey Mantle and boxing gloves autographed by Mike Tyson to pay restitution.

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    Scattered outages remain from Indiana storms

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Most power outages have been restored around northern and central Indiana after thunderstorms moved across the state with winds topping 60 mph in some places.

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    NFL’s Peterson to address food allergy conference

    Two-time pro football Most Valuable Player Adrian Peterson will talk about his food allergies at the first FARE National Food Allergy Conference, which will be held in Rosemont. The Minnesota Vikings running back will address the conference sponsored by the Food Allergy Research and Education group Saturday in Rosemont.

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    White Sox players, from left, Jose Abreu, Alexei Ramirez, Adam Eaton and Alejandro De Aza celebrate their 7-6 win over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Dawn Patrol: Mundelein school leader retiring; Roskam could move up today

    MHS superintendent retiring. Roskam could ascend GOP ladder. Tollway approves wetlands restoration. Oak Brook wins appeal in pension case. Lightning sparks N. Aurora fire. The Sox are believers. Who will succeed Devin Hester?

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    Purchased with proceeds from a fundraiser, this new wheelchair-accessible van makes it easier for Jeff and Stacy Fulkerson of Schaumburg to go places with their son, James.

    When contest fails, friends come through for disabled Schaumburg child

    After their contest entry didn't win Jeff and Stacy Fulkerson a handicap-accessible van they need for their son, James, friends and loved ones organized a benefit. Wednesday, a new van arrived for James, who also is the 2014 face for the Epilepsy Warriors Foundation. “The Fulkersons are a wonderful family,” says Nikki Weiland, client relations manager for Mobility Works. “These...

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    An engineering consultant will develop final design plans for an estimated $3 million project to modify the Busse Woods Dam in Elk Grove Village to reduce the risk of flooding along Salt Creek.

    Plan to ease flooding along Salt Creek is coming

    Engineers will put together final blueprints for changes to the Busse Woods Dam in an effort to alleviate flooding along Salt Creek in Cook and DuPage counties. “Elk Grove has needed this for 55 years — almost 60 years — and will make sure it occurs,” Mayor Craig Johnson said.

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    Arnold Randall, the general administrator of the Cook County Forest Preserve District, addresses the audience at the forest preserve’s public meeting Wednesday night on what should be done with Horizon Farms at Countryside Elementary School. The forest preserve purchased Horizon Farms, a nearly 400-acre Barrington Hills equestrian estate, earlier this year for $14.5 million.

    Forest district gathers input on Horizon Farms

    The Cook County Forest Preserve District hosted its first public meeting Wednesday night to get input on what should be done with Horizon Farms, the nearly 400-acre Barrington Hills equestrian estate it recently purchased.

Sports

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    Boomers win rain-shortened game

    The host Schaumburg Boomers claimed the rubber match with the River City Rascals by posting a 1-0, five-inning rain shortened victory Thursday night.

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    Cougars win rain-shortened game

    The Cougars picked up the season right where they left off as they started off the second half with a 7-0 victory over the Cedar Rapids Kernels in a rain-shortened game Thursday at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark. The Cougars (46-25) saw all their runs come with two outs in the third inning as the Kernels (31-40) had trouble finding the scoreboard all day.

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    Joe Mauer drove in two runs, including the go-ahead double in the eighth inning, to push the Minnesota Twins past the White Sox 4-2 Thursday night.

    Quintana gets little support in Sox 4-2 loss

    Joe Mauer drove in two runs, including the go-ahead double in the eighth inning, to push the Minnesota Twins past the White Sox 4-2 Thursday night. Jose Quintana has had another solid season for the White Sox, his third, but a lack of assistance has persisted. His average run support, 4.11 per nine innings, is the second-lowest in the American League since his debut in 2012. Quintana struck out six in seven innings while allowing six hits and a walk.

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    Quarterback Jimmy Clausen, going through quarterback drills at minicamp this week, has competed and done a good job, according to coach Marc Trestman.

    Clausen appears to have won trip to Bears’ camp

    Free-agent quarterback Jimmy Clausen picked up enough of the Bears' offense in a two-week crash course to earn an invitation to training camp next month.

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    Two time U.S. Open winner Hale Irwin gets a round of high-fives from the fans surrounding the 18th green after sinking a 60-foot putt during the U.S. Open at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill., Sunday, June 17, 1990. The play put Irwin in the clubhouse at 8-under for the tournament. Irwin won the championship in playoffs with a score of 280. (AP photo/Charles Bennett)

    Even at 69, Hale Irwin doesn't like to lose

    The big spontaneous moments are long behind Hale Irwin, who just days ago celebrated his 69th birthday and beginning Friday will be part of a stellar field competing for the top prize at the Encompass Championship at North Shore Country Club in Glenview. Nah, these days, things are a little different for the man who won 20 times on the PGA Tour, including three U.S. Open titles. Still the competitive spirit hasn't left him.

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    Travis Wood sure looks like the real keeper in the Cubs’ rotation these days.

    Spellman’s Scorecard: Never a shortage of Bears news

    If you want random, well, you’ve come to the right place - Spellman's Scorecard. Some musings on Bears OTA's, Cubs pitchers and why Mike is still mad at Steve Coburn.

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    Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker said he thinks the line play this season will get a big boost from the addition of experienced veterans.

    Bears’ new toughness starts with defensive line

    Coach Marc Trestman believes the Bears need to be tougher across the board this season than they were during an 8-8 campaign in 2013, and that toughness begins up front on the defensive line, which has undergone extensive rebuilding since last season.

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    Bears cut Israel Idonije

    The Bears terminated defensive lineman Israel Idonije’s contract Thursday.

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    Greece's Jose Holebas, right, pulls down Japan's Yoshito Okubo while chasing the ball during the group C World Cup soccer match between Japan and Greece at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil, Thursday, June 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)

    Scoreless draw keeps Japan and Greece alive

    Reduced to 10 men after captain Costas Katsouranis was sent off in the 38th minute with his second booking, Greece held on for a 0-0 draw with Japan on Thursday that kept both alive in Group C and sent rival Colombia through to the knockout round of the World Cup.

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    The Cubs reportedly have made another attempt to get starter Jeff Samardzija to agree to a long-term deal, but he has said he wants to test the market as a free agent.

    Samardzija wants to be paid like an 'ace'

    The name of Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija is going to be one of the hottest in baseball between now and the July 31 nonwaiver trading deadline. Daily Herald Cubs writer Bruce Miles points out the Samardzija has morphed into the ace of the staff, and all he wants is to be paid like an ace.

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    Uruguay's Luis Suarez celebrates scoring 2-1 during the group D World Cup soccer match between Uruguay and England at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday

    Suarez pushes England to edge of World Cup exit

    Before the World Cup, Uruguay was worried about Luis Suarez's knee and Colombia was fretting over injured Radamel Falcao. Less than a month after surgery, Suarez came back Thursday to score two vital World Cup goals, and Colombia hasn't lost despite missing its star striker. Both South American teams won 2-1 Thursday, Uruguay pushing England to the brink of elimination.

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    Carolina hires former Ice Hogs coach Peters to lead ‘Canes

    The Carolina Hurricanes have hired former Rockford Ice Hogs coach and Detroit Red Wings assistant Bill Peters as their new coach.

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    Kristufek’s Arlington selections for June 20

    Joe Kristufek's selections for racing at Arlington International for June 20

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    FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2010, file photo, Shelly Sterling sits with her husband, Donald Sterling, right, during the Los Angeles Clippers' NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Los Angeles. Shelly Sterling's attorneys have asked a court on Thursday June 19, 2014, to hold a hearing on allegations that Donald Sterling and his attorneys have threatened her legal team and the doctors who assert that the Los Angeles Clippers co-owner is mentally incapacitated.(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

    Judge rejects Shelly Sterling’s bid for injunction

    A judge Thursday rejected an urgent request by Shelly Sterling’s attorney asking that husband Donald Sterling and his lawyers be ordered to stop harassing her legal team and doctors in their dispute over the planned sale of the Los Angeles Clippers.

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    Colombia’s James Rodriguez (10) celebrates with teammate Colombia’s Juan Cuadrado Thursday after scoring his side’s first goal against Ivory Coast during a Group C World Cup soccer match at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil.

    Colombia beats Ivory Coast 2-1 in World Cup

    Colombia scored twice in six minutes in a lively second half to beat Ivory Coast 2-1 at the World Cup on Thursday and move to the brink of the knockout stage. James Rodriguez’s powerful header from a corner in the 64th minute was quickly followed by a low finish by substitute Juan Quintero, securing the South American team’s second straight win in Group C in front of a partisan pro-Colombian crowd.

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    Kristufek’s Arlington selections for June 19

    Joe Kristufek's selections for racing at Arlington International for June 19

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    Mike North video: Where will LeBron end up?
    If LeBron James came to the Chicago Bulls, Mike North would become a fan. But shouldn’t LeBron just stay with the Miami Heat?

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    Uruguay national soccer team player Luis Suarez laughs Wednesday during a squad training session at Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Uruguay plays England in group D on Thursday.

    Things to watch for Thursday at the World Cup

    NATAL, Brazil — The must-win World Cup encounter between England and Uruguay could boil down to which team best targets Luis Suarez. Both former champions realize a loss Thursday could signal the end of their World Cup campaign after just two matches.Uruguay, semifinalists in 2010, will be desperate to have Liverpool striker Suarez back after he missed the opening loss to Costa Rica with a knee problem. He has declared himself fit, and if he starts Uruguay will be trying to feed him as many balls as possible.England, all too familiar with Suarez’s goal-scoring abilities from the Premier League, will be aiming to shut him down.The other matches on Day Eight at the World Cup are in Group C, with Colombia taking on Ivory Coast — both winners in their opening group matches — and Japan against Greece in a struggle to stay alive.Things to watch for Thursday:Focusing ForwardThere are six Liverpool players on England’s squad, and they know better than most the threat that Suarez can pose.Having Suarez consigned to the bench was a major setback for Uruguay in its opening 3-1 loss to a rampaging Costa Rican team. Even if he plays, Uruguay has a weakened defense because of the loss of captain Diego Lugano. He was ruled out of the England match due to a left knee strain.Suarez had surgery on his left knee immediately after the Premier League season, and while Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez is happy to have him back, he’s lowering expectations.“In the case of whether Luis plays, there is a possibility that he won’t be like the Luis Suarez that was the top goal scorer of the Premier League,” Tabarez said.Suarez scored 31 goals to help Liverpool finish second in England’s top flight, somewhat reviving his image after bans for racism and biting, and his blatant handling of the ball on the goal-line that deprived Ghana a winning goal in the 2010 World Cup quarterfinals.Uruguay will be relying on Diego Forlan and Edinson Cavani to take some heat off as Suarez finds his feet.England lost its opener 2-1 to Italy, but took some consolation from the impressive performances of Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge.England’s biggest concern remains Wayne Rooney’s inability so far to score a goal in three World Cups. Rooney played out wide against Italy, and there’s been speculation in Britain that the Manchester United star may not start against Uruguay.Venue: Sao Paulo. Kickoff: 4 p.m. local time (3 p.m. in New York, 8 p.m. in London, 4 a.m. in Tokyo).Like A FinalIvory Coast coach Sabri Lamouchi believes his team’s second match against Colombia is shaping up as “a final of the group.”Both teams won their openers, with Colombia beating Greece 3-0 despite the absence of star striker Radamal Falcao and Ivory Coast scoring a 2-1 comeback win over Japan.Teofilo Gutierrez has stepped in as Colombia’s chief striker — scoring the second goal against Greece — while playmaker James Rodriguez had an outstanding game against Greece.Didier Drogba’s entry against Japan sparked the turnaround — the Ivorians scored twice within four minutes after he went on as a second-half substitute.Despite Drogba’s impact, Lamouchi is again likely to keep the 36-year-old on the bench at the start, with Wilfried Bony likely to start.Venue: Brasilia. Kickoff: 1 p.m. local time (noon in New York, 5 p.m. in London, 1 a.m. in Tokyo).Must-Win MatchThe famed Greek defense that carried it to the 2004 European Championship title and in qualifying for Brazil was unstitched by Colombia, which opened the scoring in the fifth minute.

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    Wheeling siblings Luis, 15, and Alondra Arreola, 14, have their sights set on careers as professional soccer players. Luis is in the player pool for the U.S. national team, and Alondra has caught the eye of scouts for the Mexican national squad.

    Wheeling siblings have World Cup dreams

    As the World Cup plays on the Brazil this month, young soccer players from across the suburbs are dreaming that they might one day represent their country on the international stage. For siblings Luis and Alondra Arreola of Wheeling, those dreams might just come true. Both are soccer standouts who've already caught the eye of national team recruiters from the U.S. and Mexico.

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    Clayton Kershaw pitched his first no-hitter Wednesday night, striking out a career-high 15 and allowing his only baserunner on a throwing error by shortstop Hanley Ramirez in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 8-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies. Kershaw’s gem gave the Dodgers the only two no-hitters in the majors this season. Josh Beckett tossed one May 25 in Philadelphia. “I am so amazed,” Kershaw said. “Beckett told me he was going to teach me how to do that, so I have Josh to thank.”

    Kersahw throws no-hitter for Dodgers
    Clayton Kershaw pitched his first no-hitter Wednesday night, striking out a career-high 15 and allowing his only baserunner on a throwing error by shortstop Hanley Ramirez in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 8-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

Business

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    Tony Barilich, a sales associate at Glenview-based Abt Electronics & Appliances, shows off the new Samsung 110-inch HDTV that weighs 304 pounds. The price tag is just as hefty at $150,000.

    Samsung’s 110-inch TV with hefty weight, price tag

    As technology changes, so do televisions. And perhaps one of the biggest and costliest now on the market is featured at Glenview-based Abt Electronics and Appliances. The Samsung ultra high-definition LED TV, which is 110 inches and 3-D enabled is on display at Abt. And despite a price tag of $150,000, one already has been sold. Read about it in Kukec's eBuzz column.

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    Northfield-based Kraft is recalling Velveeta cheese from Walmart stores in as many as 12 states, including Illinois, because the cheese lacks the proper amount of preservatives.

    Kraft Foods recalls 260 cases of Velveeta

    Northfield-based Kraft is recalling Velveeta cheese from Walmart stores in as many as 12 states, including Illinois, because the cheese lacks the proper amount of preservatives.Insufficient levels of sorbic acid has led to the recall of 260 cases of Velveeta original pasteurized recipe cheese product because it could cause the cheese to spoil prematurely or cause food-borne illnesses.

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    FILE - In this April 6, 2014, file phot, NCAA President Mark Emmert answers a question at a news conference in Arlington, Texas. Testifying in a landmark antitrust lawsuit filed against his organization, Emmert said Thursday, June 19, 2014, he believes there is a clear difference between the proposal to pay athletes a few thousand more dollars a year and giving them the equivalent of a salary. Emmert's testimony came in a much-anticipated appearance as the NCAA tries to convince U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken that its system of so-called amateurism is not anti-competitive and is the best model for regulating college sports. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

    NCAA president: Pay could destroy college sports

    NCAA President Mark Emmert stuck to his contention that amateurism is the core of college athletics, saying any effort to pay players would destroy a framework that has been in place for more than a century and cause many schools to either abandon sports or refuse to play other schools that do pay.Emmert said college athletes themselves wouldn’t want to play against other athletes who were getting paid

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    Two buildings associated with what used to be the Milk Specialties Co. in Carpentersville, are undergoing an extensive renovation that should be done by the end of 2015.

    Renovation underway at Milk Specialties Co.

    A major restoration is underway in Carpentersville at Milk Specialties Co., a project owner Tom Roeser says will cost "millions." "It continues the restoration of the tri-city riverfront here," Roeser said of his latest project. "You've got East Dundee, West Dundee and Carpentersville and they’ve got this beautiful riverfront that used to only have old, dilapidated buildings and so I’ve got an opportunity to fix them up."

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    Associated Press/Oct. 8, 2013 A sign marks the entrance to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,in Atlanta. The CDC said Thursday, that some of its staff in Atlanta may have been accidentally exposed to dangerous anthrax bacteria.

    75 CDC scientists possibly exposed to anthrax

    About 75 scientists may have been exposed to live anthrax bacteria in U.S. government laboratories in Atlanta and are being treated to prevent the infection, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.The scientists at the CDC in Atlanta were working in lower-security labs not equipped to handle live anthrax and received samples of the bacteria from a higher-security lab, the agency said.

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    Trader John Panin works Thursday on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Late recovery gives S&P 500 another record close

    The string of record highs has the S&P 500 index running ahead of its 50-day moving average. That suggests it could be in for a pullback, said Jim Russell, senior equity strategist at U.S. Bank Wealth Management. Russell still expects the market to move higher in coming months.

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    American Airlines Group Inc. signage is displayed Friday during a media event to inaugurate the company’s Hong Kong-Dallas route at Hong Kong International Airport in Hong Kong.

    Security fee on airline tickets set to rise
    The proposed changes will be published Friday in the Federal Register and take effect 30 days later.Congress approved higher TSA fees as part of a December budget deal. Despite protests against the TSA’s proposal, Congress dictated that the security fee rise to $5.60.

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    A new poll finds that most people who signed up under President Barack Obama’s health care law rate their insurance highly, but a substantial number are still struggling with the cost.

    Poll: Many still struggle to pay health premiums

    Most people who signed up under President Barack Obama’s health care law rate their new insurance highly, but a substantial number are struggling with the cost, according to a new poll. “The critics’ view of the law as an unmitigated disaster is far from true, but it’s not what advocates might have hoped for either because many people still have concerns about affordability,” said Drew Altman, CEO of the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation.

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    Finding the 1 in 10 who insure themselves

    The group most directly affected by the implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s insurance markets — those who buy insurance on their own directly from an insurer or through one of the exchanges — is a difficult group to survey.

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    A gauge designed to predict the economy’s future health increased for a fourth month in May, providing further evidence that the economy is gaining strength after a harsh winter caused activity to go into reverse.

    Gauge of U.S. economy gains 0.5 percent in May

    A gauge designed to predict the economy’s future health increased for a fourth month in May, providing further evidence that the economy is gaining strength after a harsh winter caused activity to go into reverse.

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    The Supreme Court on Thursday tossed out an Australian company’s patent for business software in a closely watched case that clarifies standards for awarding patents.

    Supreme Court tosses out software patent

    The Supreme Court on Thursday tossed out an Australian company’s patent for business software in a closely watched case that clarifies standards for awarding patents. The justices ruled unanimously that the government should not have issued a patent to Alice Corp. in the 1990s because the company simply took an abstract idea that has been around for years and programmed it to run through a computer.

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    KONE products win Red Dot Awards

    KONE has won awards in the “Red Dot Award: Product Design 2014” for its RL 20 elevator ceiling light and KSP 858 destination operating panel.

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    Horizon secures $300 million finacing for Vidara acquisition

    Horizon Pharma has secured $300 million in financing to aid in its acquisition of Vidara Therapeutics International. The financing agreement with a group of lenders will replace the $250 million bridge loan commitment received from Deerfield Management Company, L.P., according to Horizon.

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    Camping World/Good Sam plans market expansions in 2015

    Lincolnshire-based Camping World and Good Sam announced plans to expand its operations in three Eastern U.S. markets in 2015.

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    Jewel is in its final stages of opening a Lake Zurich store in the former Dominick's at Route 22 and Rand Road.

    Jewel-Osco plans galas when it opens 5 former Dominick's

    Jewel-Osco plans grand opening celebrations Tuesday for five stores it acquired from the now-defunct Dominick's Finer Foods, including those in Fox River Grove and Lake Zurich. “The store will have a fresh, new appearance with a variety of goods never seen before,” Jewel-Osco spokeswoman Allison Sperling said. “We've revamped all of the fresh departments with signature items and store-made specialties.”

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    Quad/Graphics to close Woodstock printing plant

    About 500 workers in Illinois will lose their jobs when Quad/Graphics closes its printing operation in Woodstock later this year.

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    Harley-Davidson’s sleek, futuristic LiveWire has no need to shift gears and can go from 0 to 60 mph in about 4 seconds.

    Harley-Davidson introduces electric motorcycle

    Harley-Davidson will unveil its first electric motorcycle next week, and President Matt Levatich said he expects the company known for its big touring bikes and iconic brand to become a leader in developing technology and standards for electric vehicles.

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    World markets rise on Fed rate plans

    HONG KONG — Most world stock markets rallied Thursday after the Federal Reserve signaled that U.S. interest rates would remain at record lows. Equity investors had been awaiting the Fed’s economic updates and statements by Chair Janet Yellen, who made clear that although the world’s largest economy was seeing a steadily improving job market and modest inflation, there was no need to raise short-term rates from record lows anytime soon.In early afternoon European trading, France’s CAC 40 rose 1.1 percent to 4,578.45, while Germany’s DAX gained 0.9 percent to 10,019.14. The FTSE 100 index of leading British stocks added 0.8 percent to 6,829.56. U.S. stocks were poised to open marginally higher as Dow futures edged up 0.1 percent to 16,830 and the broader S&P 500 futures rose 0.1 percent to 1,950.50. “The Fed managed to navigate through what some had expected to be a potentially tricky announcement by providing further fuel for both equity and Treasury market bulls,” strategists at Rabobank said in a report. Stan Shamu, market strategist at IG Markets in Melbourne, said, “With inflation picking up and unemployment falling, many investors out there were beginning to feel perhaps the Fed might be looking to raise rates sooner.” Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 jumped 1.6 percent to end at 15,361.16 as the dollar slipped to 101.86 yen from 101.91 in late trading Wednesday. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 also gained strongly, adding 1.6 percent to 5,468.20. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was little changed at 23,167.73 while South Korea’s Kospi edged up 0.1 percent to 1,992.03. In mainland China, the Shanghai Composite Index lost 1.5 percent to 2,023.73. In energy trading, benchmark crude oil for July delivery fell 2 cents to $105.95 in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell 39 cents on Wednesday.The euro strengthened to $1.3620 from $1.3587 in late trading Wednesday.

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    Violence in Iraq is pushing U.S. gasoline prices higher during a time of year they usually decline. The national average price of $3.67 per gallon is the highest price for this time of year since 2008, the year gasoline hit its all-time high.

    Turmoil in Iraq is pushing up U.S. gasoline prices

    Violence in Iraq is pushing U.S. gasoline prices higher, depriving drivers of the usual price break between Memorial Day and July Fourth. The national average price of $3.68 per gallon is the highest price for this time of year since 2008, the year gasoline hit its all-time high. The good news is that gasoline is not likely to spike above $4 as it did 6 years ago. Or even cross $3.90, as in 2011 and 2012.

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    Job seekers attend a job fair held by Sheetz to staff their under-construction distribution center, in Burlington, N.C. The Labor Department reports the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week on Thursday, June 19, 2014.

    Fewer Americans applying for jobless aid

    Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, as the number of people collecting jobless aid fell to its lowest level in more than six years. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for unemployment benefits fell 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 312,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, declined to 311,750.

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    Illinois among states with biggest jumps in unemployment claims

    Illinois was among the states with the biggest increases in unemployment benefits applications, up 3,248 due to layoffs in transportation, construction and trade.

Life & Entertainment

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    Lyricist Gerry Goffin with his wife Michelle at the opening night of “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” in New York.

    Lyracist Gerry Goffin dies at 75

    Lyricist Gerry Goffin, who with his then-wife and songwriting partner Carole King wrote such 1960s hits as “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” and “Natural Woman,” has died at his home in Los Angeles. He was 75.

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    Katie Cundiff, left, Brittany Stock and Carol Rose play The Andrews Sister, the best-selling sibling trio from the 1930s and 1940s, in Fox Valley Repertory’s revival of the bio-musical “Sisters of Swing.”

    Gorgeous vocals sell Fox Valley Rep’s ‘Sisters of Swing’

    The brief, a cappella snippet that opens “Sisters of Swing” makes clear where the strength of Fox Valley Repertory’s Andrews Sisters bio-musical resides: with the pristine vocals of leading ladies Kellie Cundiff, Carol Rose and Brittany Stock. Their sweet voices and endearing presence recall the titular siblings LaVerne, Maxene and Patty Andrews, the best-selling trio from the 1930s and 1940s known for “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and more.

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    Netflix said Thursday that Chelsea Handler will host a new talk show that will begin in early 2016. Handler will end the seven-year run of “Chelsea Lately” on Aug. 26.

    Chelsea Handler heading to Netflix with talk show

    Netflix is expanding its empire of original content with a talk show to be hosted by Chelsea Handler. The online TV network said Thursday that the outspoken comedian’s new show will begin in early 2016. It will update the format of her current E! talk show, “Chelsea Lately,” but retain the comedic focus on entertainment and cultural issues, Netflix said.

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    Harrison Ford is recuperating after surgery to heal a broken leg suffered during production on “Star Wars: Episode VII.”

    Harrison Ford healing after surgery on broken leg

    Harrison Ford is recuperating after surgery to heal a broken leg suffered during production on “Star Wars: Episode VII.” The actor’s publicist said Thursday that Ford is doing well after surgery and will soon begin rehab.

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    Clint Eastwood's disappointing translation of the Broadway musical “Jersey Boys” stars John Lloyd Young as Frankie Valli, Erich Bergen as Bob Gaudio, Vincent Piazza as Tommy DeVito and Michael Lomenda as Nick Massi.

    Disappointing 'Jersey Boys' hangs on to stage feel

    Your eyes may adore this film, but it can't lay a hand on a uniform approach to its pop culture subjects. Clint Eastwood's mish-mash of a movie musical, based on the nostalgia-driven Tony winning Broadway show, gives us a disappointingly restrained performance by Christopher Walken, key scenes played with emotional flat notes, and powerful performances from only two of the Four Seasons.

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    HBO announced Thursday that it will air segments of Beyonce’s concerts ahead of “True Blood” starting June 29.

    HBO to air segments of Beyonce concerts

    Beyonce is headed back to HBO. The network announced Thursday that it will air four 10-minute segments of her concerts ahead of “True Blood.” Dubbed “Beyonce: X10,” the segments will air at 7:55 p.m. Sundays starting June 29, when the final season of “True Blood” premieres.

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    A federal judge has dismissed a copyright lawsuit against Lady Gaga filed by a Chicago songwriter who accused her of stealing parts of one of her songs.

    Chicago judge tosses copyright lawsuit against Lady Gaga

    A federal judge has dismissed a copyright lawsuit against Lady Gaga filed by a Chicago songwriter who accused her of stealing parts of one of her songs. Rebecca Francescatti filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Chicago in 2011, alleging that Lady Gaga had copied music and the title lyric from her 1998 song “Juda.” Gaga’s 2011 song is called “Judas.”

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    Cedric (Kevin Hart), center, does double duty in Tim Story’s “Think Like A Man Too” by both narrating and being in the story.

    ‘Think Too’ pulls its comic punches with PG-13 rated restraint

    Tim Story’s lame comedy sequel “Think Like a Man 2” plays like a neutered version of “The Hangover.” Performers in Las Vegas strip clubs don’t really strip. Shaky, out-of-focus shots constitute a hallucinogenic drug trip. Richard Pryor-level language has been filtered to meet network TV standards. Topless women have been carefully choreographed so that the camera captures only their backs.

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    Eric (Guy Pearce) roughs up Rey (Robert Pattinson) on a quest to recover a stolen car in the post-apocalyptic drama “The Rover.”

    Artistically crafted ‘Rover’ a bleak post-apocalyptic vision

    David “Animal Kingdom” Michod might be completely correct in how his post-apocalyptic drama “The Rover” depicts the world — at least Australia, the story’s setting — 10 years after a great but vaguely sketched “collapse” destroys society and its financial systems. But the film is so dark and the characters so inaccessibly calloused that the drama becomes as arid as the Aussie countryside.

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    Brooklyn, which could be partially attributed to Brooklyn Decker, is now one of the nation’s most popular baby names. But one thing is clear, of the 41 states where Brooklyn is now the most popular girl’s name beginning with B, New York is not among them.

    Brooklyn a hit as a baby name, except in N.Y. state

    Maybe it’s the ultimate sign that New York City’s up-and-coming borough has finally arrived. Brooklyn is now one of the nation’s most popular baby names. Over the past two decades, Brooklyn as a name for girls has surged from No. 912 to the top 30 in each of the last three years. One thing is clear: Of the 41 states where Brooklyn is now the most popular girl’s name beginning with B, New York is not among them.

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    Country superstar Martina McBride will perform on Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan.

    Martina McBride brings tour to Genesee in Waukegan
    Tickets for country superstar Martina McBride's Saturday, Sept. 13, concert at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Friday, June 20.

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    Dining events: Westwood Bistro to open in Lake Forest
    A new contemporary American restaurant with French and Asian influences, Westwood Bistro, is set to open in Lake Forest in July. And in other restaurant news, PM Prime hired Robert B. Bansberg as general manager and sommelier of its steakhouse slated to open later this summer in Highwood.

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    The Chicago Film Critics Association presents a special screening Wednesday, June 25, of “The Invention of Lying,” starring Jennifer Garner, Rob Lowe and Ricky Gervais.

    Reel life: Catch special movie screenings in the suburbs

    Dann’s film notes highlights the upcoming showing of Ridley Scott’s classic “Alien” at the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove. (It’s the 35th anniversary!) Plus, the Chicago Film Critics Assn. presents RIcky Gervais’ underrated 2009 comedy “The Invention of Lying” June 25, at Wheaton’s Studio Movie Grill. And the After Hours Film Society presents “Finding Vivian Maier” June 23 at the Tivoli.

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    Editorial: New life for remap initiative appropriate

    Giving more time to a citizens group to prove it has enough valid signatures for a referendum question changing how Illinois remaps legislative districts was appropriate, a Daily Herald editorial says.

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    The useful distinction between analysis, opinion

    Columnist Jim Slusher: Is there a difference between analysis and opinion? Yes, there is, and it’s an important distinction for news consumers to think about.

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    The reality conservatives must face

    Columnist Michael Gerson: There is a reason Sen. Marco Rubio and House Speaker John Boehner have sometimes prioritized immigration reform in ways that seemed divisive within the conference — because they think that the Republican future depends on overcoming a durable impression of suspicion toward new Americans. And they are correct.

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    Partisanship not inherently undesirable
    An Inverness letter to the editor: Many Daily Herald letter writers bemoan “partisan politics” — usually meaning that someone on the other side objects to what their side has done, is doing, or is proposing. But what’s so bad about partisanship? It’s what keeps the other side in check, if not honest (they are, after all, politicians).

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    Left behind? Just look to Benghazi.
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: President Obama emphatically said “no soldier/American will be left behind.” Apparently that doesn’t apply to our people in Benghazi.

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    Town-size embassy deserves concern
    A Barrington Hills letter to the editor: Regarding the summertime music from Dock’s in Wauconda, I have to drive five hours to my Michigan rustic retreat for that pleasure. If you’re lucky enough to live on the lake, you’re lucky enough!

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    Are voters willing to take back Illinois?
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: Although we are a country that prides itself on a government elected by the people, evidence continues to mount that the electorate is considered unable to rule itself, without the direct hand of Michael Madigan.

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    Disconnect Ogden from rest of world
    A Lisle Township letter to the editor: I found your June 14 article regarding Lisle seeking input (again) how to attract new business on its stretch of Ogden Avenue amusing. Improving the appearance of utility boxes was particularly creative as was more benches.

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    I am a veteran of World War II and am 88 years old.In the past 15 years I have been in the care of the medical facilities of the V.A. I have found their services equal or superior to those of the private sector.The personnel are courteous, prompt and professional. Appointments are readily available and discharged with a grateful and thoughtful “thanks for your service.”God bless the V.A. and thank you for the good work you do.Clyde KreggerSt. Charles

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    Ask attorney general to probe energy deal
    A Geneva letter to the editor: We are concerned that the confidentiality terms, which are legal, set up the purchase of Prairie State Energy make it impossible for us to see where our public moneys are going. Asking for an Illinois Attorney General investigation would merely allow some new eyes to look at the situation.

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    Thanks, Geneva letter carriers
    A Geneva letter to the editor: The National Association of Letter Carriers held their annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive May 10. The Geneva letter carriers collected 4,417 pounds of food that was donated to St. Peter Community Food Pantry in Geneva.

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