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Weekend in Review: Elgin woman on TV; Swift wins ACM

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  • Elisabeth Carrel of Elgin says

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  • Taylor Swift accepts the award for entertainer of the year at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday in Las Vegas.

    Taylor Swift accepts the award for entertainer of the year at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday in Las Vegas.
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$250,000 Mega Millions tickets sold in Aurora, Streamwood

Pravin Patel's customary good luck to lottery ticket buyers at his 7-Eleven store in Streamwood turned out to be worth $250,000 for one lucky customer. A Mega Millions ticket bought at Patel's store on North Barrington Road in Streamwood was among 11 sold in Illinois that turned out to be worth $250,000 after Friday night's drawing. Full story.

Suburban genealogists await Monday's release of 1940 census data

Millions of glimpses into a country emerging from the Great Depression and on the verge of entering World War II are about to be unveiled. The National Archives and Records Administration on Monday will release the 1940 U.S. Census records in their entirety, offering a treasure trove of information to genealogists, researchers and anyone interested in preserving and perpetuating the stories of their ancestors. Full story.

Naperville 'hoodie march' protests racism

A violent event in Florida and an uncomfortable encounter in a Naperville-area grocery store sparked a 'hoodie march' Saturday that drew roughly 150 people, almost all of them wearing hooded sweatshirts, to downtown Naperville. Full story.

Radioactive cleanup starts at preserve near Naperville

Workers will begin a $20 million project to remove radioactive material Sunday at McDowell Grove Forest Preserve near Naperville. This will complete the DuPage Forest Preserve's portion of a toxic waste cleanup that has spanned more than 7 miles of waterways over roughly seven years. Full story.

Huntley murder highlights issue of how to handle domestic violence

What makes a woman stay with a man who has a history of beating her? Huntley Police Chief John Perkins believes two things are at play: the woman hopes the situation gets better, and believes that life won't be as good without that man in her life. An abuse expert says, however, that the court system doesn't do enough to penalize abusers and deter repeat offenses. Full story.

Zion suing Fielders for rent

Zion is fighting back in court against the Lake County Fielders' parent company, claiming in a lawsuit the independent baseball team owes nearly $500,000 for unpaid rent, real-estate taxes and damage to stadium equipment. Full story.

Record-setting March heat blasts suburbs

Kim Kardashian may be Forbes' hottest overexposed celebrity. "The Hunger Games" may be the hottest movie in America. But last month is now officially the hottest March in Chicago history. "What made the month exceptional was both how warm it got and long it lasted," ABC 7 meteorologist Phil Schwarz said. Full story.

Lake County agency pushes food scrap recycling

It's estimated 40 percent of food goes to waste, and Lake County wants to greatly reduce the amount dumped in landfills. "It's the biggest single item in the waste stream to target right now," said Walter Willis, executive director of the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County, which is launching pilot programs to compost it. Full story.

1 dead in fiery Warrenville crash

A person was killed in a fiery single-vehicle crash early Sunday. Authorities said the vehicle drove off Diehl Road near Winfield Road in Warrenville and struck an above ground gas pipe, causing the vehicle to burst into flames. The crash remains under investigation. Full story.

Elgin woman puts knowledge to the test on 'Jeopardy!'

Elisabeth Carrel, an Elgin resident who's a regular at a local trivia night, recently put her knowledge to the ultimate test -- on "Jeopardy!" Carrel is scheduled to appear on the show that airs today. But the show's rules prohibit her from divulging her progress, so you'll just have to watch and see for yourself. Full story.

Young readers 'Whoop' it up for children's book hero

Horrid Henry, the antihero at the center of a wildly popular series of children's books, received a particularly apt tribute at a Naperville bookstore on Sunday. Roughly a dozen young fans blew up Whoopee Cushions and then sat on them all at once, filling the store with a ... well, horrid noise. Full story.

World & Nation

Titanic's legacy: a fascination with disasters. Full story.

Congress gets rough treatment at Supreme Court. Full story.

Tribune says stations pulled from DirectTV U.S. markets. Full story.

Government lets debt collectors go after defaulted student loans. Full story.

Swift, Lambert have a good night at ACMs. Full story.


Blackhawks hold on, clinch playoff spot. Full story.

Wild beat Blackhawks in shootout. Full story.

In salary-cap squeezed NHL, playoff berths priceless. Full story.

Bulls lose to Thunder. Full story.

Maybe Bulls loss means little? Full story.

Looking back at new Cubs managers' first seasons. Full story.

How new Sox managers have typically fared. Full story.

Some internal dialogue on Groce, Illini. Full story.

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