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Chicago teachers strike enters second day

Hundreds of thousands of Chicago parents will once again be left with the question of what to do with their young children today as Chicago teachers continue their strike for a second day. Chicago School Board President David Vitale told reporters that negotiators did not even get around to bargaining on the two biggest issues: job security measures and a system for evaluating teachers that relied in part on standardized test scores. Full story.

Ryder Cup volunteers grateful for opportunity

Bloomingdale resident Jerry Gordon is happy to pony up the $235 to wear a special volunteers outfit and bag Ryder Cup mementos in the gift shop at Medinah Country Club this weekend. Gordon is among 4,000 people from all over the world who were picked to serve as volunteers for this month's Ryder Cup. "I always said if there was an opportunity to see one in my lifetime without spending thousands of dollars, I would. This is a chance to do just that," he said. Full story.

Receptionist sentenced to 10 years

A former receptionist convicted of stealing more than $500,000 from a Downers Grove law firm was sentenced to 10 years in prison yesterday. Mary Marra, a 44-year-old mother of three with an extensive criminal background "devastated" the firm she worked at by stealing the funds, according to the judge who sentenced her. Although she begged the judge not to send her to prison, the judge said he couldn't "in good conscience" grant her probation. Full story.

Fire destroys Campton Hills "dream home"

Authorities are investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a Campton Hills home yesterday. The blaze sparked at around 9 a.m. Monday required help from 17 fire departments at the scene at the end of a dead-end street without any fire hydrants. The homeowner suffered a minor burn on his forehead, but he and his wife escaped the home and saved their dogs and SUV. Everything else was lost. Full story.

Bartlett man knocked off 'Bachelor' for second time this year

For the second time this year, Bartlett native Chris Bukowski has been knocked out of a 'Bachelor' series reality show. This time it was ABC's "Bachelor Pad 3." Bukowski, 26, was a contestant on "The Bachelorette" and tried to unsuccessfully win over the heart of Emily Maynard. "The game, it got a hold of me," he said, adding that he was sorry for hurt feelings but that he did come to win. "It's no excuse to get anybody's feelings hurt, especially to that extent." Full story.

Mundelein closer to video gambling

A divided village board on Monday paved the way for video gambling machines to be added to some Mundelein businesses.

The 4-2 vote -- asking village staffers to draft an ordinance that would formally allow video gambling in town -- followed a debate about the benefits and risks of legalized gambling. Full story.


Beautiful, sunny day on tap with a high of 86 degrees this afternoon. It will start a bit on the chilly side with temperatures only showing to be 57 degrees, and temps will dip back to about 62 degrees overnight tonight. Full story.


Construction continues in Libertyville on Lake Street between Butterfield Road and Brainerd Avenue. Officials said lane blockages are possible while construction continues through November. Full story.

No power shortage for Sox

Alex Rios, A.J. Pierzynski and Gordon Beckham homered, and the Sox showed there might be one more big run left in them as they beat Detroit 6-1 in the first of four before an amped-up "Value Monday" crowd of 30,287. Not only did the White Sox snap a seven-game losing streak against the Tigers, but they also lead them by 3 games in the AL Central. Read Scot Gregor's take.

Cubs not exactly upset to see Astros head to A.L.

Daily Herald writer Bruce Miles and some former Cubs players look back at the Houston Astros, the Astrodome, AstroTurf, and how they aren't real upset to see the team depart for the A.L. West. Miles' full story.

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