Sears gets multimillion-dollar reduction on property taxes
Last year, after an extended and highly public battle, including mass protests by supporters of Community Unit District 300, Sears Holdings Corp. won state approval of millions of dollars in tax breaks for its Hoffman Estates headquarters. Much more quietly, Sears in recent years also has won millions in property tax breaks through the complex, multilayered Cook County property assessment appeals system. Full story.
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Schaumburg High teacher wins state honor
Lauded for his creativity in the classroom and for engaging students with real-life experiences, Schaumburg High School English teacher Brian Curtin has been named 2013 Illinois Teacher of the Year. Curtin, who teaches ninth to 12 grade at the Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 school, was named by the Illinois State Board of Education and was chosen from nine finalists. Full story.
Dog with 9 lives, Rusty's legend grows
Life as a pampered pet in scenic Utah has been pretty swell for Rusty, a dog who avoided capture while capturing hearts as the most famous stray in Oak Brook. But Rusty's recent run-in with a rattlesnake has his Oak Brook pals thinking of sending him shin guards for Christmas. Full story.
How CREDO is different from other SuperPACs in 8th race
The only locally-based SuperPAC in the 8th District Congressional race is Credo SuperPAC, which has set up shop in Elk Grove Village. It has spent less than $165,000 so far, new media director Eric Ming said, and is emphasizing a "grass-roots effort" centered around phone banking and neighborhood canvassing. Full story.
Mount Prospect woman dies in fire
A Mount Prospect woman died early Saturday morning after a fire in the first-floor apartment of a three-story building, officials said. The victim was identified Sunday as 69-year-old Kathleen Marrs. Full story.
Accused fire district treasurer free on bail
John W., Edgell went free on bond Saturday after posting his $200 bail from the Lake County jail. The former longtime treasurer for the troubled Antioch Rescue Squad has been charged with stealing from the agency for the past decade. Edgell, 54, of the 40000 block of Deep Lake Road, was arrested late Friday night and charged with theft over $500. Full story.
Elgin teen faces weapons charge
An Elgin teen already on parole has been charged with possession of a stolen firearm following a recent Huntley burglary. Police said they traced the stolen gun to 17-year-old known gang member Lewis McCracken, of the 700 block of Canyon Lane, in Elgin. Full story.
Suburban men in Boy Scouts' "perversion files"
A few dozen suburban men were among the roughly 5,000 Boy Scout officials in the U.S. who were barred from Scouting between 1959 and 1985 because they were either suspected of or charged with sexually abusing boys under their supervision. The Daily Herald followed up on local cases among the documents released on Thursday by the Boy Scouts of America and published by the Los Angeles Times. Full story.
Canine star Uggie greets fans
While his long days on movie sets are over, retired canine actor Uggie is still in the spotlight, touring with his new book, "Uggie: My Story," "as barked to Wendy Holden." He and his owner/trainer, Omar Von Muller, were at the Elgin Sam's Club Sunday where fans could get "pawtographed" copies of Uggie's memoir and photos with the Jack Russell terrier. Full story.
World & Nation
Former Sen. George McGovern dies. Full story.
Congressman Jackson says he's 'starting to heal.' Full story.
Protesters try to storm Lebanese government. Full story.
Wis. gunman has suburban ties. Full story.
Debate moderator a thankless job. Full story.
Final debate could have major impact. Full story.
Cancellation hangs over new shows. Full story.
Unemployment rate falls in 7 swing states. Full story.
Thibs not overly concenred about Belinelli's poor shooting. Full story.
Ranking NFL teams a total waste of time, Mike Imrem says. Full story.
Bears vs. Lions - a lot on the line. Full story.
Megatron has yet to explode on Bears. Full story.