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    Jason Hanenberger of Round Lake bounces up after flying off a mechanical bull and hitting an air-padded mat at the second day of Round Lake Beach BeachFest on Saturday at the Cultural & Civic Center.

    Mechanical bull a new draw at BeachFest

    A mechanical bull is at BeachFest in Round Lake Beach for the first time, according to Kevin Wallace, festival chairman. Jason Hanenberger of Round Lake rode the mechanical bull for over a minute before losing his grip. “Once the spinning starts, it’s hard to keep focus," Hanenberger said.

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    Hanover Park chamber hosts document shredding, recycling event

    Hanover Park residents can safely throw out electronics and paperwork at an event hosted by the village's chamber of commerce and state Rep. Michelle Mussman. The Hanover Park Community Bank will serve as the drop-off site from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

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    Volunteer Becca Urban, 24, left, Susan Grossman from the American Cancer Society, both of Arlington Heights, share a laugh at the annual Relay For Life Friday at John Hersey High School.

    Relay For Life brings hope to Arlington Heights

    More than a hundred cancer survivors and volunteers came together Friday night for the annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life at John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights.Their message was simple: Show love for each other and spread the message that nobody is alone in their struggles.

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    Chloe Fox, 5, of Libertyville dances along as Kathryn Tobias of Barefoot Hawaiian performs a Polynesian dance on the main stage at BeachFest on Friday in Round Lake Beach.

    Hawaiian dancers kick off Round Lake Beach BeachFest

    Dances from The Barefoot Hawaiian of Des Plaines performed Polynesian and Tahitian dances on the main stage at the Cultural and Civic Center Friday during the first day of the Round Lake Beach BeachFest. About 20 children, including Chloe Fox, 5, of Libertyville, danced in front of stage for the one-hour show. “I love all types of dancing, because I want to be a ballerina and princess when...

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    Genvea mourning longtime ‘valued’ police employee

    Geneva police mourn death of records clerk

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    The South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. The National Park Service is taking steps to ban drones from 84 million acres of public lands and waterways, saying the unmanned aircraft annoy visitors, harass wildlife and threaten safety.

    War zones: When drones fall from the sky

    Military drones have slammed into homes, farms, runways, highways, waterways and, in one case, an Air Force C-130 Hercules transport plane in midair. No one has died in a drone accident, but the documents show that many catastrophes have been narrowly averted, often by a few feet, or a few seconds or pure luck.

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    Gov. Pat Quinn is running for re-election against Republican Bruce Rauner.

    Event honoring Quinn raises ‘pay to play’ issues

    A lobbying firm with close ties to a key subcontractor hired to promote the nation’s health care law in Illinois is hosting a fundraiser for one of Gov. Pat Quinn’s top political donors, raising questions about “pay to play” politics amid the state’s highly competitive governor’s race.

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    Education board chief was paid $48K to leave quietly

    The Illinois Board of Higher Education paid a former executive director $48,000 to resign in the fall of 2012 while stating publicly — to avoid negative publicity — that he would be available for consultation during the transition to a new chief, the state’s inspector general said in a report released Friday.

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    Donald Trump is coming to Chicago to see his name in lights.

    Trump says he’s coming to Chicago to see his sign

    Donald Trump is coming to Chicago to see his name in lights. The billionaire developer has been in a spat with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel over the installation of 20-foot-tall letters that spell T-R-U-M-P on his skyscraper along the Chicago River.

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    Kane County confirms active TB case from Hesed House

    After more than a year of inactivity in a tuberculosis outbreak associated with an Aurora homeless shelter, the Kane County Health Department confirmed another active case found in April, and a new suspect case is under investigation. “We need to know the genesis of it,” said executive director Barbara Jeffers. “We don’t want it to continue to spread.”

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    Joe Walsh returned to his radio show a day after it was cut short.

    Walsh back on air: ‘I’m not going anywhere’

    Former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh was back on the air Friday afternoon a day after being pulled from his AM-560 show after using racially charged language, saying “I’m not going anywhere.” Walsh started his Friday show by revisiting the discussion about the controversial name of Washington, D.C., NFL team that led to him being cut off by commercials Thursday evening.

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    Ronald J. Wendt

    Gurnee man, 76, charged with child porn possession

    Gurnee police say a 76-year-old man has been charged with possessing child pornography.

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    Daniel T. Diomedes

    Appeal rejected in Geneva High School dean email threat

    An appellate court has upheld the conviction of a teen accused of threatening a Geneva High School dean in 2011. Daniel Diomedes, 21, who was issued two years of probation and a year of GPS monitoring, unsuccessfully argued that an email he sent was not authenticated at trial and even if it was, his venting about bullying was protected under the First Amendement.

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    West Nile case is first of year in Kane County

    Kane County's first case of West Nile was found in a dead bird May 30 in Campton Township. Seven counties in Illinois have reported finding the virus in mosquitoes or birds so far this year. Public health officials advise residents to take extra precautions when spending time outdoors.

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    Arlene Mulder

    Mulder, Schaffer exit Metra board

    Outgoing Metra board Directors Arlene Mulder and Jack Schaffer were serenaded by colleagues Friday. Chairman Martin Oberman told Schaffer he'd need to appoint a "chairman of outspokenness" in his absence.

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    Swim instructor Jenni Delvecchio gives a high-five to Christopher Mitchell, 4, Gurnee, and Madeleine Strean, 5, Lindenhurst, after completion of their lesson during the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson at the Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center in Gurnee.

    Suburbs part of try to set record for World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

    Children and adults plunged into pools across the suburbs Friday as part of an effort to break a world record for the largest lesson. It was the fifth consecutive year for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson. Organizers said the event spanned 13 countries and is meant to call attention to research showing formal swimming lessons and water safety training can reduce the risk of drowning by...

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    Leutrim Imeri, 19, of Mattoon, Ill., was charged with underage consumption of alcohol and unlawful use of an identification card at 7:18 p.m. Tuesday on the 100 block of South Third Street, according to a police report.

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    Fox Valley police reports
    Derf Reed, 22, of Cicero, was charged Thursday with aggravated domestic battery, two counts of domestic battery and attempting to escape from a peace officer in Elgin, according to court records.

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    Hawthorn Woods self-defense class:

    Hawthorn Woods Police will host a women’s self-defense program, with classes on July 10, 15, 22 and 29. The classes are from 6 to 8 p.m. at the village barn, 2 Lagoon Drive, and the cost is $10 for residents and $12 for nonresidents.

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    Library launching new service:

    The Libertyville-based Cook Memorial Public Library District is launching a new service that will give patrons free online and mobile access to movies, TV shows, music and other media.

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    Library trustee quits

    Cook Memorial Public Library District board member Marti Gorun has resigned, effective immediately, officials said Friday.

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    Nerheim honored:

    The Illinois State Crime Commission has named Lake County State’s Attorney Michael Nerheim as the 2014 State’s Attorney of the Year for what it said was his significant contributions and efforts in promoting positive interaction between law enforcement and the community.

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    Police believe this man may have attacked a woman Sunday near Libertyville.

    Police release photos of possible suspect in attack

    Police on Friday released photos of a possible suspect in a recent attack of a runner near Libertyville. The images depict a man with dark hair who could be in his 20s. He was seen driving a white, four-door Chevrolet Blazer, which also was caught on video.

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    Cicero man charged in Palatine burglary spree

    A Cook County judge set bond at $100,000 Thursday for a Cicero man who authorities say went on a burglary spree in Palatine last January. Vantrell Jackson, 24, is charged with stealing money, a TV and an iPad from several businesses on Palatine Road, Baldwin Drive nad Bothwell.

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    Work on the BNSF Line has caused commuters grief the last two months.

    BNSF pledges better communication in light of train delays

    Sorry your train moved like a snail earlier in June, BNSF Railroad executives said at a Metra meeting. The slowdowns, caused by repairs, followed after a May filled with BNSF delays in order to replace rail ties.

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    More Des Plaines streets to be resurfaced thanks to back sales taxes

    A Des Plaines business that owed the city millions in back sales taxes is helping fund a $2 million street resurfacing project this summer. “We’re not only able to spend $1 million, we can in fact spend $2 million and get more resurfacing done,” said Tim Oakley, the city’s director of public works and engineering.

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    The Elk Grove Village Public Library is looking for a new library director following the retirement of Lee Maternowski.

    Elk Grove Village library searches for new director

    The Elk Grove Village Public Library is searching for a successor to longtime library director Lee Maternowski, who retired Friday. “We’re looking for a lifer rather than someone looking at Elk Grove as a steppingstone. We’re willing to take a few months to do that,” said Board President Bruce Barnett.

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    Stephanie Kwolek, 83, wears regular house gloves made with the Kevlar she invented.

    Kevlar inventor Kwolek dies at 90

    “I knew that I had made a discovery,” Kwolek said in an interview three years ago as part of the Chemical Heritage Foundation’s “Women in Chemistry” series. “I didn’t shout ‘Eureka,’ but I was very excited, as was the whole laboratory excited, and management was excited because we were looking for something new, something different,...

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    Tourists enter the Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices in Springfield, where Abraham Lincoln practiced law from 1843 to 1852.

    Springfield project to overhaul Lincoln law office

    Plans are underway to overhaul the historic Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices site in downtown Springfield, including a working version of an 1840s dry goods store similar to one that was below Abraham Lincoln’s law practice.

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    Report: NIU official had worker clean boss’s home

    A state investigation has determined a former Northern Illinois University official required an employee to clean the house of the official’s boss.

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    A car show will again be part of the annual Wauconda Fest event.

    Food, fun, music highlight the annual Wauconda Fest celebration

    The annual Waucondafest event launches Thursday and runs through Sunday night at Cook Park.

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    Family of man killed by beanbag gun sues police

    The family of a 95-year-old man who was fatally shot with a beanbag gun by a South suburban police officer has sued six officers and the town where they work.

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    Durbin asks Corinthian Colleges to stop enrollment

    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Illinois’ attorney general are calling on a for-profit education company to stop enrolling students and notify current students at its Illinois campuses that it is subject to heightened government oversight. In Illinois, Corinthian operates under the name Everest College and has six campuses in the Chicago area.

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    Members of Korea’s SK Telecom T1 team celebrate with their trophy after defeating China’s Royal Club at the League of Legends Season 3 World Championship Final last October in Los Angeles.

    University offers scholarships for slaying video game foes

    Note to parents: All those hours your kids spend blazing a trail of destruction in video games may not be a complete waste of time, after all. Robert Morris University is offering hefty scholarship for players of one game in particular, League of Legends, which has become one of the most popular games for organized team competitions.

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    Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor in Newark, Del. Sotomayor, who previously collected more than $3 million in advance for her memoir “My Beloved World,” said she received no royalty payments last year even as the book shot to the top of best-seller lists and remained there for several weeks.

    Roberts investing in children’s college funds

    Chief justice John Roberts plowed at least $100,000 into a college savings plan last year, according to financial disclosure reports for the justices that were made available Friday. Roberts and his wife, Jane, had previously saved more than $250,000 in the college accounts for their 13-year-old children, Jack and Josie.

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    Eric Francke

    Lake County deputy loses job

    A suspended Lake County sheriff’s deputy found not guilty of criminal obstruction of justice and solicitation of a sex act has lost his appeal of his firing.

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    Michael Jordan

    Judge off Jordan case, denies calling legend ‘hog’

    A federal judge in Chicago has removed himself from a civil case involving Michael Jordan, but denies his use of the term “hog” was aimed directly at the former Bulls star. Jordan is suing grocery chain Dominick’s for using his name without permission in an advertisement.

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    People protest outside a hospital as Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf visits the area Tuesday after Ebola deaths in Monrovia, Liberia.

    Doctors Without Borders: Ebola ‘out of control’

    International organizations and the governments involved need to send in more health experts and increase public education messages about how to stop the spread of the disease, Bart Janssens, the director of operations for the medical group in Brussels, said Friday. “The reality is clear that the epidemic is now in a second wave,” Janssens said. “And, for me, it is totally...

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    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko talks Friday with Ukrainian soldiers at a military base close to Slovyansk, in the Donetsk region, Ukraine.

    Ukraine president orders 1-week cease-fire

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko ordered his forces to cease fire Friday and halt military operations for a week against pro-Russia separatists in the country’s east — the first step in a peace plan he hopes will end the conflict that has cost hundreds of lives.The Kremlin dismissed the plan, saying it sounded like an ultimatum and lacked any firm offer to open talks with...

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    Probe finds ‘inappropriate comments’ in Naperville workplace

    The city of Naperville has completed three internal investigations into employee behavior launched by a former employee’s complaints of harassment and discrimination, officials said Friday. One investigation found the complaint of a hostile work environment to be partially substantiated, “specifically pertaining to some inappropriate comments,” spokeswoman Linda LaCloche said.

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    Responding to feedback from residents, Lombard’s village board has agreed to keep the town’s ban on video gambling in place.

    Lombard keeps ban on video gambling

    Lombard’s ban on video gambling won’t be going away anytime soon. Responding to feedback from residents, the village board on Thursday night decided to keep the ban, which was enacted more than four years ago. “The issue has been put to rest,” Village President Keith Giagnorio said on Friday.

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    Charles Scott

    Chicago man gets 3 years in Naperville marijuana bust

    The second of two men charged in a 2012 drug bust at Naperville’s downtown train station pleaded guilty Friday and was sentenced, just days before his trial was scheduled to start. Charles Scott, 44, of Chicago, pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver more than 5,000 grams and was sentenced to three years in prison.

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    JoAnn Osmond

    State Rep. JoAnn Osmond to resign July 1

    State Rep. JoAnn Osmond will resign effective July 1, which will give her choice for successor a chance to get time in as an incumbent before the November general election. Osmond, a lawmaker since 2002, announced last year she wouldn’t seek re-election. She said she’s stepping down early because her son is getting married in September.

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    Volunteer coordinator Jack Nowak of Grayslake, left, and volunteer Diane Rosenberg of Riverwoods observe the great blue heron nests as they work at the Almond Marsh Rookery near Wildwood. The Lake County Forest Preserve District rookery is a breeding ground for great blue herons and is overseen by the Lake County Chapter of the National Audubon Society.

    Moving Picture: Grayslake man protecting blue herons

    Lake County Forest Preserve District volunteer coordinator Jack Nowak of Grayslake works at the Almond Marsh Rookery near Grayslake, where he helped restore the rookery, a the breeding ground for great blue herons and other birds. “I enjoy going out to the marsh and checking on the herons and watching the young grow,” Nowak said. “It’s a great educational site. I think it...

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    Curtis A. Hobbs

    Aurora man gets 4 years in prison for Batavia burglaries

    The fourth and final person connected to a string of residential burglaries in Batavia in summer 2013 has pleaded guilty and was sentenced to four years in prison. Curtis A. Hobbs, 24, of Aurora, was on probation for a 2011 burglary when he was charged with unlawful possession of a credit card.

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    Naperville has a dandelion fountain on its Riverwalk. Does that make the town snobby?

    Pradel on Naperville's snobby ranking: 'That's really not what's happening here,” mayor says.

    Naperville is the fourth-snobbiest mid-sized community in America, according to a real estate blog using income, education, housing and other measurements to compile its list. Mayor George Pradel acknowledged "one could assume that this could be a snooty area. But it's not until you actually get out in the community when you find out that's really not what's happening here."

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    The chapel at Saint Paul’s College in Lawrenceville, Va. Federal officials held a town meeting to give local residents details on a proposed plan to house immigrant children at the closed school.

    U.S. to open immigrant family detention centers

    Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said about 39,000 adults with children have been apprehended at the border since the start of the budget year in October. The administration has released an unspecified number of them into the U.S. in recent months with instructions to report later to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices.

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    A view from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. The National Park Service is taking steps to ban drones from 84 million acres of public lands and waterways.

    Government moves to ban drones in national parks

    Two large national parks, Grand Canyon in Arizona and Zion in Utah, have already changed their rules to ban drones. Some other parks have interpreted existing regulations to permit them to ban drone flights, but Jarvis said each park must change its “compendium” — a set of regulations unique to that park — if a ban is to be enforceable.At Yosemite National Park in...

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    A U.S. soldier keeps watch from a guard tower overlooking Camp Delta detention center on Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba. The defense bill bars 85 percent of the funds in the account for overseas conflicts until Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel reassures lawmakers that congressional notification on Guantanamo transfers will be respected.

    GOP-led House backs limits on Obama’s authority

    “President Obama’s recent exchange of five high-level terrorists without notifying Congress illustrates his blatant disregard for its role as a co-equal branch of government,” Arkansas Republican Rep. Tom Cotton, who called the five “cold-blooded terrorists,” said in a statement.

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    David Hatyina

    Judge refuses to reverse plea deal in fatal Chain O’ Lakes crash

    A judge has denied a motion to erase the plea deal for a Bartlett man serving a 10-year prison sentence for killing a Libertyville boy with a boat in 2012.

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    C.J. Solarte, choir director for the Boys and Girls Club of Dundee Township, with his elementary age choir at the United Way luncheon June 19. The youngsters opened the luncheon with The Star-Spangled Banner, followed by two other numbers.

    United Way celebrates partners at its 2014 community luncheon

    Nearly 300 suburban leaders from across business, human services, foundations and government joined United Way North-Northwest on Thursday for the annual Community Celebration. “This truly is a community-wide celebration, said Marcia McMahon, regional chief professional officer at United Way North-Northwest.

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    Elgin lieutenant to become police chief in Lakewood

    If it hadn't been for a client who was accused of murdering her husband 22 years ago, Elgin Police Lt. Leigh Rawson, then a lawyer, would have never joined the police force. Rawson retired Thursday after 20 years in Elgin to become the new police chief in Lakewood.

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    Doug Maxeiner

    Vote on Wauconda water system delayed until at least August

    A planned vote that would solidify Wauconda's plans for Lake Michigan drinking water has been delayed until at least August, officials said.

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    Faced with declining membership, American Legion halls, such as this one in Huntley, are betting on their survival through installation of video gambling machines.

    Veterans groups turn to video gambling to survive

    Faced with declining membership and lack of new blood, some veterans' organizations have pegged their survival on video gambling, and are beginning to see profits. “It was a salvation,” said Bill Geary, adjutant and corporate secretary of the Wauconda American Legion Post 911. But not all suburban veterans groups are pleased.

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    Palatine Fire Dept. hosts blood drive June 26

    The Palatine Fire Department, Board of Health and Palatine Medical Reserve Corps are hosting a Fire Fighter Blood Donor Challenge from 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 26, at the Palatine Fire Station (Station 84), 220 W. Illinois Ave. in Palatine. All participating donors will receive a commemorative T-shirt in appreciation for their efforts.

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    ‘Mini Abe’ at Woodfield Mall June 21

    Mini Abe, the Illinois Office of Tourism’s “spokespresident” for its current Enjoy Illinois advertising campaign, is scheduled to make a guest appearance at the Character Caravan event from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg.

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    Davis Cup competition in Hoffman Estates

    The United States Tennis Association and U.S. Davis Cup Captain Jim Courier have announced that the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates has been selected as the site for the 2014 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Playoff between the United States and Slovakia, Sept. 12 to 14. Tickets will go on sale in mid-July.

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    Cook County plans more road projects this summer

    Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways has unveiled additional projects to be constructed during 2014 with $16.7 million in state money advanced recently.

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    Prairie View townhome proposal under review

    he phrase “transit-oriented development” (TOD) has often been used by developers seeking to build near commuter rail in Buffalo Grove. Judging from the reaction of village trustees, it’s a good thing Chris Walsh of Tandem Architecture and Spearhead Properties did not use the label in asking for zoning variances for his proposal to build 15 townhouses at 23020 Easton Ave. near...

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    Noreen Michael

    Former Chain O’ Lakes Fireworks president accused of theft surrenders to police

    An Ingleside woman accused of theft from the Chain O’ Lakes Fireworks committee has surrendered to police and was released on bail. Police say she stole more than $8,700 from the not-for-profit group she helped create.

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    The Obama administration will work to ensure that gay and lesbian Americans are eligible to take leave from their jobs to care for a same-sex spouse, regardless of whether they live in a state that recognizes gay marriage, the White House said Friday, June 20, 2014.

    Obama moves to ensure sick leave for gay couples

    The Obama administration will work to ensure that gay and lesbian Americans are eligible to take leave from their jobs to care for a same-sex spouse, regardless of whether they live in a state that recognizes gay marriage, the White House said Friday.

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    Gary Lyon, of Leechburg, PA, left, and Bill Samford, of Hawley, PA., celebrate after a vote allowing Presbyterian pastors discretion in marrying same-sex couples at the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church at Cobo Hall, in Detroit, Thursday, June 19, 2014. The top legislative body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted by large margins to recognize same-sex marriage as Christian in the church constitution, adding language that marriage can be the union of “two people,” not just “a man and a woman.”

    Presbyterian assembly: Gay marriage is Christian

    The top legislative body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted by large margins Thursday to recognize same-sex marriage as Christian in the church constitution, adding language that marriage can be the union of “two people,” not just “a man and a woman.” The amendment requires approval from a majority of the 172 regional presbyteries. But in a separate policy...

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    For the first time since the World War II era, the number of people forced from their homes worldwide has surged past 50 million, the United Nations refugee agency said Friday.

    UN: Number of world’s displaced more than 50 million

    For the first time since the World War II era, the number of people forced from their homes worldwide has surged past 50 million, the United Nations refugee agency said Friday.

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    The spiritual leader of Iraq’s Shiite majority called for a new, “effective” government Friday, increasing pressure on the country’s prime minister as an offensive by Sunni militants rages on.

    Top Shiite cleric calls for new government in Iraq

    The spiritual leader of Iraq’s Shiite majority called for a new, “effective” government Friday, increasing pressure on the country’s prime minister as an offensive by Sunni militants rages on. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani’s comments at Friday prayers contained thinly veiled criticism that Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, in office since 2006, was to...

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    For years, the U.S. has been clear about its intent to step back from Iraq. The restrained American military aid now being offered to defend Baghdad against a ferocious Sunni insurgency reaffirms the Obama administration’s mantra that Iraq is still largely on its own.

    Analysis: Obama plan leaves Iraq mostly on its own

    For years, the U.S. has been clear about its intent to step back from Iraq. The restrained American military aid now being offered to defend Baghdad against a ferocious Sunni insurgency reaffirms the Obama administration’s mantra that Iraq is still largely on its own.

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    House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., center, flanked by the committee’s ranking member Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., right, and Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Texas, questions Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen in the continuing probe of whether Tea Party groups were improperly targeted for increased scrutiny by the IRS.

    Congress probes how IRS emails could go missing

    Eight federal employees connected to the Tea Party investigation experienced hard drive crashes, resulting in an unknown number of lost emails, Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen told lawmakers Friday in an unusually tense congressional hearing. “I want that hard drive and I want the hard drive of every computer that crashed,” said the chairman of the House Ways and...

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    Marc Sears, PAC instructor for District 214, stands in front of the four-bedroom, 2½-bath Prospect Heights home students recently completed. The house is expected to go on the market in July.

    Prospect Heights house built by District 214 students hitting the market

    A group of students from Northwest Suburban High School District 214 have a four-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom house that they designed and built from scratch going on the market for $599,000. “It’s definitely a good feeling when you put a lot of hard work into it,” said 2013 Prospect High School graduate Chris Zimmer.

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    Glen Ellyn exploring fire safety awards

    Glen Ellyn is considering a program to reward business and property owners who make fire safety improvements to their buildings. The award would be aimed at businesses or property owners who install fire alarms or sprinkler systems primarily in the central business district.

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    Computer outage at Illinois Secretary of State Thursday
    The Illinois Secretary of State office’s main computer briefly stopped working, halting transactions for about three hours Thursday. Department spokesman Henry Haupt tells the Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises that a failed power generator caused the problem.

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    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

    Probes at home trip up potential 2016 candidates

    “The newest front in electoral politics is to try and dirty up candidates before they can run by starting investigations,” said Steve Duprey, New Hampshire’s former Republican state chairman and current Republican National Committeeman, who called it a “disturbing trend on both sides of the aisle.”

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    Naperville police will evaluate whether closing one-block sections of Jefferson, seen here, and Jackson avenues between Washington and Main streets downtown will help pedestrian safety when bars close.

    Naperville closing two downtown streets for pedestrian safety

    Naperville police this summer will test an idea to improve pedestrian safety when bars are letting out, and it involves the closure of two downtown streets. “We're evaluating whether we need to temporarily close some roads in the interest of public safety during the high-activity periods,” Police Chief Robert Marshall said.

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    Kuechmann Park's main sign along Old Rand Road in Lake Zurich.

    Lake Zurich park sale idea on hold, issue returning to advisory committee

    Lake Zurich village board members have agreed to postpone voting on whether to authorize selling a downtown park for home development after hearing from several concerned residents this week. “Don't take our parks, please,” resident Barry Luneburg told officials. “That's a golden asset we have.”

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    Wisconsin 37th in job creation last year

    Wisconsin ranks 37th in private sector job creation and lags the national average in job growth. That is according to initial data covering 2013 released Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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    West Nile confirmed in Kane County
    Health officials say they have confirmed that a crow found in Kane County has tested positive for West Nile virus. The Kane County Health Department said Thursday that the bird was found in Campton Township. The area is just west of St. Charles and Geneva.

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    Consumer watchdog warns of tax phone scam in Illinois
    A consumer watchdog group has warned Chicago and northern Illinois residents of a phone scam where callers pose as IRS officials and trick people into sending them money. The Better Business Bureau on Thursday released a statement about the nationwide phone scam that has led to losses of about $1 million.

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    Lance Lipinsky & the Lovers, who last year performed on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” will be among the headliners at this year's Septemberfest in Schaumburg. They'll perform Sept. 1 along with Beatles tribute band Liverpool Legends.

    Bad Company singer, Beatles tribute headline Septemberfest

    Former Bad Company lead singer Brian Howe will perform at Schaumburg's Septemberfest Sunday, Aug. 31, while Lance Lipinsky & the Lovers will open for Beatles tribute band Liverpool Legends on Monday, Sept. 1. The headline act for Saturday, Aug. 30 has not yet been booked.

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    Dawn Patrol: Joe Walsh pulled off radio; Roskam out of leadership post?

    Joe Walsh pulled off radio; Roskam could be out of leadership after losing whip bid; freight train hits pedestrian in Lake Forest; Glen Ellyn-area lightning strike fire; two accused of lying about kidnapping friend; $1.2 million gift to hospital from West Dundee couple; IDOT advises drivers to stay off the Kennedy again; Cook County property tax levies increase.

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    District 25 Superintendent Sarah Jerome presents flowers and the name card for board member Phil Crusius’ seat to his wife, Patty, and son, Daniel, at Thursday’s meeting. Crusius died of cancer earlier this month.

    District 25 says goodbye to school board member, superintendent

    Arlington Heights Elementary School District 25 on Thursday took time to celebrate the life of a board member who recently passed away and the career of its retiring superintendent.

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    “It’s an eyesore,” Trustee Bill Cannon says of the former Menards site on Irving Park Road. “It’s not fair to the residents that live around there.”

    Hanover Park board agrees to stiffen rules on demolishing buildings

    Hanover Park officials have toughened village codes regulating building demolitions. The rules are retroactive 24 months to include the old Menards property on Irving Park Road. Today, there's only a weed-covered parking lot after the home-improvement store was razed. "It's an eyesore," Trustee Bill Cannon said. "It's not fair to the residents that live around there."

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    Terri Dudar of Carpentersville is a founder of a group raising money Saturday to provide heroin addicts and their loved ones with the drug naloxone, which can prevent overdose deaths. Last year, she made a quilt memorializing suburban overdose victims, including her son.

    Motorcycle run to help supply drug to prevent heroin deaths

    With heroin deaths a rising concern in the suburbs, one organization plans a fundraiser this weekend to benefit a group that distributes free doses of naloxone, a drug that can help prevent deaths from overdoses. The group JA2SOON (Don’t Roll the Dice with Your Life) is sponsoring a 70-mile motorcycle run Saturday through country roads beginning in Crystal Lake and ending in Sycamore.

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    Elk Grove Public Library Director Lee Maternowski retires today after nearly four decades of employment at the library. He’s been library director since 1997.

    Elk Grove library director retires Friday after 38-year career

    Lee Maternowski has spent 38 years working at the Elk Grove Public Library — the last 17 as its director. Now age 70, Maternowski says it’s the right time to retire. So what is one of things he’s most looking forward to doing in his retirement? “More reading.” Friday marks Maternowski’s last day.

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    Gambling money can’t make up for dwindling membership
    Gambling money might help veterans social clubs stay in business, but it can’t solve the biggest problem they face — dying membership. “Veterans’ organizations all over are struggling because after Korea and Vietnam, there’s not a lot of new blood coming in. That’s one of the things we’re concerned about,” said Mike Stojak, 65, of Burlington, who...

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    Naturalist and bird expert Jack Pomatto takes an early morning bird walk. Pomatto was “a walking field guide to birds,” according to fellow naturalist Valerie Blaine.

    World traveler, birder, teacher and naturalist: Jack Pomatto

    Losing a friend is a tough experience. Losing a friend who was an inspiration, a mentor, and a champion for the natural world is exceptionally hard. Retired naturalist Jack Pomatto of St. Charles died on June 12, after a valiant fight against cancer. The loss is felt by many in the naturalist community and in the community at large.

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    Tulips reflect in a fountain at the Chicago Botanic Garden Enabling Graden Area in Glencoe.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select the finalists. Here are the finalists for the week of June 16.

Sports

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    Kristufek’s Arlington selections for June 21

    Joe Kristufek's selections for racing at Arlington International for June 21

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    Minnesota Twins' Eduardo Escobar, right, beats the tag by White Sox catcher Adrian Nieto to score the winning run on a walk off single by Brian Dozier Friday. The Twins won 5-4.

    Too little, too late for White Sox

    The White Sox once again flexed their late-game muscle. It was, however, too little, too late. With the bases loaded and the game tied, the Minnesota Twins turned a superb double play off a tough ground ball from Conor Gillaspie to end the top of the ninth. Brian Dozier's RBI-single with two outs in the bottom of the inning lifted the Twins to a 5-4 victory over the White Sox on Friday night.

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    Kyle Schwarber last year’s first-round draft pick of the Cubs, went 1-for-3 in his Kane County Cougars debut Thursday night.

    Cougars impressed with even-keeled Schwarber

    Kyle Schwarber is well aware that he has a tough act to follow. Kris Bryant, the Cubs first-round pick from last year, continues to make the adjustments needed to reach the Major Leagues. Thursday night at Triple-A Iowa, Bryant hit a home run in his debut for the Iowa Cubs.

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    Schwarber homers in Cougars’ victory

    On Thursday night, Kyle Schwarber fell just short of belting his first professional home run. On Friday night, Schwarber — the Cubs’ first-round pick of the MLB amateur draft earlier this month — hit a solo home run to center field ain the fifth inning, and the Kane County Cougars captured a 6-4 win over the Cedar Rapids Kernels at Fifth Third Ballpark in Geneva.

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    Boomers blast ThunderBolts

    The Schaumburg Boomers trounced the visiting Windy City ThunderBolts 13-2 in their series opener Friday night. The Boomers roughed up former San Diego Padres pitcher Josh Spence for 6 runs on 8 hits in three innings.

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    Sky can’t control mistakes or Fever

    Sky lose to rival Indiana (83-75) while again missing leading scorer Elena Delle Donne.

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    LeBron James and the Miami Heat have been to four straight NBA Finals. Mike McGraw says it’s unlikely the superstar will be going to another team this off-season.

    Don’t expect King James to explore new lands

    Miami Heat president Pat Riley provided some memorable sound bites, but the future seems obvious. LeBron James owes it to those who helped make him a success in South Beach and will stay with the Heat.

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    Cubs third baseman Mike Olt throws out Pittsburgh Pirates’ Russell Martin after fielding Martin’s sacrifice bunt during the second inning of a baseball game on Friday, June 20, 2014, in Chicago.

    Cubs’ focus squarely on the field

    It's getting to be "that time of year" again for the Cubs. Speculation about trades already has begun, and it's sure to ramp up. The team has played well of late, and it looked like anything but a distracted bunch in Friday's 6-3 win over the Pirates at Wrigley Field.

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    Switzerland's Stephan Lichtsteiner, left, and France's Blaise Matuidi go for a header during the group E World Cup soccer match between Switzerland and France at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Friday, June 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

    France beats Swiss 5-2 to take control of Group E

    France is striking at the World Cup again, this time in a way the fans back home will approve of. Four years ago to the day, France’s players shamed the nation by going on strike at the last World Cup. On Friday, the team put on a striking attacking display, blowing Switzerland away with a 5-2 win on Friday to take total control of Group E and put themselves in position to avoid a showdown with Lionel Messi’s Argentina in the next round.

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    Ecuador’s Cristhian Noboa celebrates at the final whistle as Honduras’ Carlo Costly looks on after the group E World Cup soccer match at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil, Friday. Ecuador won the match 2-1.

    Ecuador comes from behind to beat Honduras 2-1

    Ecuador forward Enner Valencia scored twice in a 2-1 comeback victory over Honduras on Friday that kept his team in contention at the World Cup. Ecuador moved into second spot in Group E with a match remaining against group-leading France, which has had two dominating wins.

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    Tom Lehman hits his tee shot on the second hole during the first round of the Encompass Championship in Glenview. Lehman shot 65 and has a 1-stroke lead.

    Lehman fires 65, takes first-round lead

    When it comes to his putting game, Tom Lehman admits he’s been in a weird place of late.And not a good weird.That certainly changed in the opening round of the Encompass Championship at North Shore Country Club.

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    Sky’s Fowles practicing, but WNBA return unknown

    Chicago Sky center Sylvia Fowles has returned to practice, but how soo she will her return to playing after hip surgery is not known. Fowles senses that she is close, but she says she’s still not there yet.“I’m taking it week-by-week right now,” Fowles said.

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    Starlin Castro hit a three-run homer and Edwin Jackson finally got the better of Charlie Morton, leading the Cubs to a 6-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday.

    Castro powers Cubs past Pirates 6-3

    Starlin Castro hit a three-run homer and Edwin Jackson finally got the better of Charlie Morton, leading the Cubs to a 6-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday.Chris Coghlan added a solo shot as the Cubs opened a 10-game homestand with their fourth win in five games

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    FILE - In this July 24, 2013, file photo, Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany speaks at a news conference during the Big Ten conference football media day in Chicago. Delany, who testified Friday, June 20, 2014, in a landmark antitrust suit brought by former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon and others, said the idea of paying players goes against the entire college experience and he couldn’t see league members agreeing to it. If players were allowed to be paid, he says his conference likely would cease to exist and the Rose Bowl probably would not be played. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

    Big Ten head paints dire picture of paying players

    The head of the Big Ten painted a dire picture Friday of what college sports would look like if players were paid. He said his conference likely would cease to exist and the Rose Bowl probably would not be played.

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    Michelle Wie watches her tee shot on the second hole during the second round of the U.S. Women’s Open golf tournament in Pinehurst, N.C., Friday, June 20, 2014. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Wie sets a standard in Women’s Open at Pinehurst

    Michelle Wie delivered the best comparison of all between the men and women at Pinehurst No. 2. She was threatening to turn this major into a runaway.Wie made two big pars and closed with two birdies for a second straight 2-under 68, giving her a four-shot lead among those who played early Friday.

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    Costa Rica's Bryan Ruiz celebrates after scoring his side's first goal over Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon during the group D World Cup soccer match between Italy and Costa Rica at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Friday, June 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

    Costa Rica poised for best World Cup after beating Italy 1-0

    Playing confidently and attacking relentlessly, Costa Rica seized control of Group D and clinched a place in the knockout round of the World Cup with a 1-0 victory over four-time champion Italy.

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    Long-snapper Patrick Mannelly, 245 games, is tops among most games played in Bears history

    Images: Chicago Bears with most games played
    Images of the top eight players in terms of most games played in Chicago Bears history. Long-snapper Patrick Mannelly, who announced his retirement, leads the way with 245 games.

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    Chicago Sky forward Elena Delle Donne has missed four games while battling another flare-up of Lyme disease.

    Delle Donne opens up about battling Lyme disease

    Chicago Sky star Elena Delle Donne is facing down another scary flare-up of her Lyme disease. She talks to the Daily Herald about the challenges and treatment she receives and why she's working hard to help others battle the disease.

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    Bryant, Schwarber impressive after promotions

    Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber made impressive debuts after their promotions in the Cubs' minor-league system. Bryant homered in his first game for Class AAA Iowa, and Schwarber had a single in his debut for the Kane County Cougars.

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    With the retirement of Patrick Mannelly, above, the Bears will have a new long-snapper for the 2014 season. Mannelly played more games for the Bears than anyone in franchise history.

    After 16 seasons, Bears long-snapper Mannelly retires

    Bears' long-snapper Patrick Mannelly, who played 245 games, more than anyone in franchise history, is retiring after 16 seasons. Mannelly had off-season hip surgery, which he was hoping would allow him to play at least one more season, but now the Bears will have to find a replacement for one of the most consistent perrformers at the position in NFL history.

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    Jakubowski to lead Barrington girls volleyball program

    Barrington High School has announced Michelle Jakubowski as its next girls volleyball head coach. Jakubowski had most recently been athletic director at Huntley High School, serving in that capacity since 2012. Barrington athletic directory Mike Obsuszt said in a statement that Jakubowski is an experienced coach whose “enthusiasm and passion for the game are perfect fits for the education-based athletic programs at Barrington High School.”

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    American fans had plenty to cheer about with the World Cup win over Ghana. Next up is a game with Portugal on Sunday.

    No lull in the sports world right now

    Even though this time of year tends to be a bit slow in sports, Mike North knows another controversy is just around the corner. There's no such thing as a dull week in the sports world

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    Italy's Mario Balotelli attends a press conference at Arena Pernambuco stadium in Recife, Brazil, Thursday, June 19, 2014. Italy plays in group D at the soccer World Cup.

    What to watch Friday at World Cup

    A draw between Italy and Costa Rica on Friday would put England out of contention at the World Cup. Luckily for England, neither team will want to settle for one point with so much still at stake in Group D. In Group E, the top spot will likely go to the winner of the France-Switzerland match on Friday, when Ecuador and Honduras also are playing for survival on Day Nine of the World Cup. Things to watch for Friday.

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    Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo has been carrying an injury to his left knee, and the world player of the year was seen using an ice pack on it during training on Wednesday. But he is still expected to play against the Americans on Sunday.

    Ronaldo and Portugal take on US at World Cup

    With Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal still has a chance to reach the second round at the World Cup. Without him, the advantage might just switch to the United States. Ronaldo has been carrying an injury to his left knee, and the world player of the year was seen using an ice pack on it during training on Wednesday. But he is still expected to play against the Americans on Sunday at the Arena da Amazonia in a match that Portugal can’t afford to lose.

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    Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija could very well be traded soon only to return as a free agent after the 2015 season.

    Cubs, Samardzija both making smart play

    Occasionally, rare as it may be, there is no bad guy in a conflict, and that is the case with the Cubs and Jeff Samardzija, Barry Rozner says. Samardzija is certain to be traded if the two sides can't come to terms on a new contract before July 31, and it's been clear for about a year that the two sides have substantially different opinions of his worth.

Business

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    Harper College President Ken Ender

    Harper College signs five-year contract extension with Ender

    Harper College President Ken Ender gets another five years to steer the Palatine-based school under the terms of a new contract extension. The pact also calls for annual salary increases tied to inflation. "This continuity of leadership is really important to Harper's success, and it's very important to the board," Chairwoman Diane Hill said.

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    Michael Jordan slams the basketball during a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    Judge off Jordan case, denies calling him ‘hog’

    Jordan’s lawyers this week succeeded in getting Judge Milton I. Shadur to remove himself from the case after they alleged he described the six-time NBA champion as “greedy,” comparing him to a “hog” and to “Dr. Frankenstein.”

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    Specialist Thomas Facchine, right, calls out prices Friday during the IPO of Eclipse Resources Corp. on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Dow, S&P 500 at record levels

    The S&P 500 is now up 6.2 percent for the year, while the Dow is up 2.2 percent. The major stock indexes all finished ahead for the week.

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    Associated Press A woman holds a coffee drink outside a Starbucks in downtown Chicago last May. Starbucks is raising prices on some of its drinks by 5 cents to 20 cents starting next week.

    Starbucks hiking prices on drinks, bagged coffee

    Certain drinks, such as tall brewed coffees and Frappuccinos, won’t see higher prices in most places, the company said. Tall brewed coffees were among the drinks that were hit by Starbucks’ price hikes a year ago.

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    Key dates in the missing IRS emails mystery

    Key dates regarding the missing emails sought in the investigation into the IRS’ targeting of Tea Party groups.

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    Through one week of the World Cup, Facebook has already seen more people having more interactions about the tournament on the social media site than it had for the Sochi Olympics, Super Bowl and Academy Awards combined. A photo posted by Pitbull, who performed at the opening ceremonies, has received more than 1.2 million interactions, as has a photo posted by Brazilian soccer star Neymar, Facebook said.

    Soccer interactions dwarf other events on Facebook

    Through one week of the World Cup, Facebook has already seen more people having more interactions about the tournament on the social media site than it had for the Sochi Olympics, Super Bowl and Academy Awards combined. A total of 141 million people have commented about, “liked” or shared posts on Facebook about the World Cup, the company said Friday. There have been 459 million different interactions on it.

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    The Dublin-based drugmaker Shire said Friday it has rejected an unsolicited $46.2 billion offer from Lake Forest-based AbbVie Inc., arguing that it fundamentally undervalues the company and its prospects.

    Drug maker Shire rejects offer from AbbVie

    The Dublin-based drugmaker Shire said Friday it has rejected an unsolicited $46.2 billion offer from North Chicago-based AbbVie Inc., arguing that it fundamentally undervalues the company and its prospects. The company said in a statement Friday that U.S.-based AbbVie's proposal was for $34.78 and 0.7988 shares per Shire share.

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    Billionaire investor Carl Icahn said Family Dollar Stores Inc. should put itself up for sale “immediately” and add three directors that he’s proposing to speed the process.

    Icahn urges Family Dollar CEO Levine to seek sale ‘immediately’

    Billionaire investor Carl Icahn said Family Dollar Stores Inc. should put itself up for sale “immediately” and add three directors that he’s proposing to speed the process. “An overwhelming majority of the company’s shareholders would be in favor of a sale,” the activist investor wrote in a letter to Chief Executive Officer Howard Levine.

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    Survey: Number of millionaires up 2 million to record

    Nearly 2 million people around the world became millionaires last year, a year-over-year increase of 15 percent, as surging stock and home markets lifted the fortunes of the wealthy. The increase raised the number of millionaires to a record 13.7 million.

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    Starbucks confirmed Thursday that the scholarship is a reduced tuition rate from Arizona State. It estimates the reduction in tuition would average about $6,500 over two years for total tuition of $30,000 for the freshman and sophomore years.

    Starbucks degree program not as simple as it seems

    The scholarship portion of a new education program Starbucks is offering to help workers pay for an online degree consists of a discount from Arizona State University, not money from the chain. The Seattle-based company this week unveiled a benefit that is designed to let college juniors and seniors complete their degrees at Arizona State, with all of the costs covered.

Life & Entertainment

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    Glen Campbell’s wife, Kim, has issued a statement explaining the decision to place the singer in a long-term care facility and expressing hurt over criticism of the move. Kim Campbell says Thursday, June 19, 2014, in an email to The Associated Press that the 78-year-old’s Alzheimer’s disease has progressed to the point that he needed access to medical care 24 hours a day.

    Glen Campbell’s wife defends his care

    Glen Campbell’s Alzheimer’s disease has progressed to the point where he needs full-time professional care, his wife said Thursday, explaining her decision to place the singer in a long-term care facility and responding publicly for the first time to criticism from Campbell’s eldest daughter. In an email to The Associated Press, Kim Campbell wrote that doctors persuaded her earlier this spring to discontinue care at the family’s home, drawing criticism from Campbell’s daughter Debby.

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    Riders take a spin on the new wooden roller coaster Goliath at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee this week.

    A half dozen ways to kick off summer this weekend

    If ever our area earned summer, it’s this year. So make the winter's polar vortex an even-more-distant memory by embracing the official start of summer this weekend. We have a few ideas to get you out -- and on your way.

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    Dennis Caravello

    Meet the Top 20 finalists for Suburban Chicago's Got Talent

    It's showtime for the Top 20 finalists of Suburban Chicago's Got Talent. They've made it through the initial auditions and now they have to shine for the judges, starting at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 22, at Schaumburg's Prairie Center for the Arts, to move on in the summerlong competition sponsored by the Daily Herald, the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce and the Prairie Center for the Arts.

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    British music group Little Mix’s American tour comes to the Rosemont Theatre Sept. 27.

    British ‘X Factor’ winners Little Mix to play Rosemont

    Tickets are now on sale for British band Little Mix’s first headline tour in the U.S., which will bring them to the Rosemont Threatre on Sept. 27.

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    Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan has been moved from a hospital to a rehabilitation facility as he recovers from a serious auto accident in New Jersey, his spokesman said Friday.

    Spokesman: Tracy Morgan transferred to rehab

    Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan has been moved from a hospital to a rehabilitation facility as he recovers from a serious auto accident in New Jersey, his spokesman said Friday. The former star of “30 Rock” is showing signs of improvement, but has a long road to full recovery, spokesman Lewis Kay said in an email. Morgan suffered a broken leg and broken ribs in the June 7 accident.

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    J.K. Rowling’s latest novel, “The Silkworm,” has quickly climbed up the best-seller lists now that it’s finally available for purchase on Amazon.

    New Rowling book finally available on Amazon

    J.K. Rowling’s latest novel has quickly climbed up the best-seller lists now that it’s finally available for purchase on Amazon.com. Rowling’s detective novel “The Silkworm” was in the top 100 by late Thursday for both print and e-book sales. She wrote it under the pen name “Robert Galbraith.” Thursday was the book’s official publication date, but it couldn’t be ordered before then through Amazon because the online retailer and Rowling’s U.S. publisher, Hachette Book Group, are arguing over e-book terms.

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    James (Will Mobley) falls head-over-heels with the recently jilted Tessa (Emily Berman) in “Days Like Today,” a new musical by Alan Schmuckler and Laura Eason in its world premiere at Writers Theatre, which has extended the production through July 27.

    Theater events: Writers Theatre extends 'Days Like Today' and more

    Writers Theatre in Glencoe has extended its world premiere of Alan Schmuckler and Laura Eason’s “Days Like Today,” a modern musical about love in all its permutations, through July 27. Plus, Profiles Theatre reschedules the opening for "Annapurna"; Spectralia Theatre brings Shakespeare's "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" to Chicago parks; and LiveWire presents "Partners" this week in Chicago-area theater.

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    Train the vines of climbing plants regularly this month to direct the vines where you want them to go. Left unattended for a few weeks, the vines would be difficult to retrain.

    Shear your hedges and train your vines this month

    June is a good month to shear your formal hedges. Pruning hedges in June will help create a denser hedge. Plan on shearing again in July.

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    The cat named Lux is featured on Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell.” If you watched the TV reality show this past weekend, you saw the feline behaviorist Jackson Galaxy trying to tame the Portland cat who became notorious after its owner placed a 911 call about Lux attacking the couple’s baby and then chasing the family into a bedroom. The show’s ending is a cliffhanger.

    Fierce feline who terrorized family stumps TV host

    In what truly epitomized the title of his TV show, “My Cat From Hell,” feline behaviorist Jackson Galaxy is calling his attempt to tame the Portland cat notorious for attacking a baby and boxing his panicked owners into a bedroom “the hardest case I have ever worked.” It got more difficult after the happy ending for the cat named Lux soon unraveled.

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    Phish sounds like they were having fun on new album “Fuego.”

    Phish plays as a group on ‘Fuego’

    Phish returns with the fun, spirited, rocking record, “Fuego,” the Vermont quartet’s first studio release in five years. It actually sounds like they’re having fun — together.

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    The 1967 Andy Warhol-designed album called “The Velvet Underground and Nico” will be among those on display starting Saturday at an exhibition of Warhol’s album covers at the Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

    Detroit-area museum shows off Warhol record covers

    Along with his Marilyn Monroe portrait and the Campbell Soup cans, Andy Warhol’s album covers have their own place in the pop-art pantheon. The Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, is kicking off what it says is the most comprehensive exhibition of authenticated Warhol record covers to date — including three recently discovered albums that never before have been shown in such a setting.

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    Eddie Wineland gets ready to spar in “EA Sports UFC.”

    ‘EA Sports UFC’ a respectable first round for EA

    “EA Sports UFC” marks the first UFC game from Electronic Arts, which has long dominated the sports genre. EA has both the cachet of the UFC and the power of next-generation consoles on its side. The mostly robust roster of almost 100 fighters features such vets as Anderson Silva. The artists at developer EA Canada have meticulously re-created the fighters — right down to their tattoos, body hair and cauliflowered ears.

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    The new Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando features shops, dining experiences and a next generation thrill ride. It will officially open on July 8.

    5 first impressions of the new Harry Potter area at Universal

    The Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando will delight fans of the hit book and movie series with a marquee ride, Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts. But Diagon Alley is also heavy on experiential retail, with stores so entertaining and visually stimulating that you almost forget you’re shopping. Diagon Alley opens to the public July 8.

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    Algonquin native Eric Svejcar composed the music for The New Colony’s “Orville and Wilbur Did It!”

    Algonquin native ready for takeoff with Wright brothers show

    He may spend most of his time behind the scenes, but Eric Svejcar puts the soul in a show. As a composer, the Algonquin native’s role is to get audience members tapping their feet during a performance and humming the songs long after a musical ends. “Composing has always been the number one thing that I wanted to get into,” he said.

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    Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell), left, Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten), Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), Alcide Herveaux (Joe Manganiello) and Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer) return Sunday night for the final season of “True Blood.”

    Silly ‘True Blood’ comes back to life

    The seventh and final season of "True Blood" begins at 8 p.m. Sunday, resuming a plot that leapt forward six months after heroine Sookie (Anna Paquin) defeated Warlow — the two-faced, vampire-faerie hybrid — with the help of her faerie grandfather (Rutger Hauer). Now, Sookie’s shacking up with denim-clad werewolf Alcide (Joe Manganiello), Sam (Sam Trammell) the bartender is now mayor of Bon Temps, and vampires are officially allies of the human race again as both must help protect each other from vampires infected with Hepatitis-V.

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    This home on the 2600 block of Arrowwood Lane is typical of the many two-story Colonial-style houses found in Plum Grove Creek, a neighborhood in Rolling Meadows.

    Neighborhood spotlight shines on Plum Grove Creek

    Sharron and Tom Noe have lived in the Plum Grove Creek subdivision for 31 years. Although at one point they considered moving to a larger home elsewhere, they chose to enlarge their kitchen and add a room to stay in their Rolling Meadows neighborhood.

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    Repair your screens and enjoy fresh air this summer

    Window screens let in fresh air and keep the bugs out. If you haven’t checked your screens yet for tears or holes, do so now before you need to use them. If you do find damage, here are some super tips for making quick repairs or easier replacements.

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    Tips to find a ‘legit’ locksmith

    More than 50 million people need the help of a locksmith each year, but many become easy pickings for thieves who pose as hardware pros.

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    How to get just the right rug underfoot

    We tracked down Lorna Gross-Bryant, a Bethesda, Maryland-based interior designer whose stylish, bold rug choices caught our eye. Recently honored as one of the top 20 African-American interior designers in the country by design blog Pink Eggshell, Gross-Bryant has been featured in national magazines and participated in several show houses.

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    Buyer says home inspectors are worthless

    Q. Your articles often advise people to hire home inspectors. In my opinion, that is bad advice. I had an inspection and it was a total waste of money.

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    Legal issue arises from racial data on realty websites

    When you shop online for a home, some websites let you specify the characteristics of the community where you want to live. Maybe you’re looking for excellent schools, low crime rates, affordable prices and low property taxes.

Discuss

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    The Room of Remembrance at the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie.

    Editorial: The Holocaust: Valuable lessons for all time

    The story of brothers Kurt and Heinz Wagner - separated by divorce, by war and ultimately by ideology - is the kind of Holocaust story that reminds us why we can never forget, and why our children must be taught, a Daily Herald editorial says.

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    Election-year budget benefits no one

    Guest columnist Ralph Martire: We expect elected officials to address societal needs with well-designed, effective policy initiatives. Of course, the overtly political milieu in which public policy is created usually frustrates this expectation.

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    Wage increases will hurt seniors first
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: If you are retired or near retirement on a fixed income, you know what increasing prices can do to hurt you. And a politician who wants to raise the minimum wage will hurt you.

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    We need more veterans in elected offices
    A Wheeling letter to the editor: I am married to a disabled veteran from the Korean War. He has gotten excellent medical care since 1954. I can’t believe what I have heard or read regarding care or lack of care given to our veterans today. My husband is a patient at Lovell VA Hospital in North Chicago. His doctors through the years have all been terrific.

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    Foreign, domestic policies in shambles
    A Round Lake letter to the editor: Events are in play both abroad and here in the USA that are the direct result of ineptitude, cowardice, and the scandalous behavior of Obama and his administration who have botched foreign affairs and wreaked havoc on domestic issues to the detriment of the "common man."

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