Des Plaines man's magic the trick for his disabilities
Unable to read or do simple math and physically ravaged by his cerebral palsy, Trent Rivas discovered he had a knack for performing magic. Now the Des Plaines man is part of magician Kevin Spencer's "Healing of Magic" documentary. "Magic is almost like therapy for me. I started using my left hand when I started to do card tricks," Rivas says. Full story.
Lending of e-books not always easy for suburban libraries
Anyone interested in reading author Dan Brown's latest best-seller, "Inferno," on a Kindle can download a copy for roughly $13. But for many suburban libraries, downloading that same book so that it can be lent out to patrons costs $85. That's a hefty difference in price, and it's one reason why public libraries have had difficulty keeping up with the demand for e-books in the suburbs. Full story.
ECC cafe provides healthy choices
Avantae Black hasn't always been a healthy eater. But the 20-year-old Elgin woman just started her second year at Elgin Community College and she is well on her way to a new lifestyle. Black got a job with ECC Food Services earlier this summer, crafting a cafe menu designed with health-conscious, calorie-counting, gluten-free students and faculty members in mind. And in the meantime, she has learned a lot. "It's definitely got me changing some eating habits," Black said. Food for Thought Cafe, in the college's main library, opened for the fall semester with a makeover. Full story.
Addison teen dies from June accident injuries
Dylan Domek, the Addison Trail High School graduate hit by a car on his graduation day in June, died of his injuries Friday, according to the school's principal. "The Domek family is in our hearts and thoughts," Adam Cibulka said in a prepared statement released Saturday afternoon. Full story.
Aquatics group making new push for indoor pool in Glen Ellyn
Glen Ellyn swimming enthusiasts' efforts to bring a year-round, indoor pool to town have taken a dive for decades, but it wasn't until recently that talk of a facility has at least started to tread water. A grass-roots community group called the Glen Ellyn Aquatics Initiative formed late last year in hopes of galvanizing support for an indoor pool from neighbors, elected officials and potential donors. Months later, group members raised the necessary $20,000 to pay for a park district feasibility study that will explore the potential for an indoor pool in Glen Ellyn. Full story.
Inverness want Palatine Rural for all its fire service
Inverness Village President Jack Tatooles hopes an automatic-aid agreement will allow the Palatine Rural Fire Protection District to respond to calls throughout his entire village, given the longer distance to its western side from the two stations of the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District. "That Pepper Road station (in Lake Barrington) is so far away it might as well be in Wisconsin," Tatooles said. Full story.
Nine hospitalized after Elgin gas leak
Nine people were taken to hospitals Saturday morning after breathing in formaldehyde gas at an Elgin factory. Three others were examined at the scene and refused medical treatment. Full story.
Firefighters make boy's wish come true
Sometimes when a dream comes true, the reality is even better. A special present from the Make-A-Wish Foundation -- an adaptive bike -- arrived Friday afternoon at the Mount Prospect home of 11-year-old Zachary Jakubowski, who has a rare and severe form of epilepsy. But the foundation made the wish even sweeter by having firefighters arrive at his home to give Zachary a ride around the neighborhood in a fire truck. Full story.
Residents escape harm in Mundelein apartment fire
Residents of three units in a Mundelein apartment building were temporarily without homes Sunday after a morning fire left their apartments uninhabitable. Mundelein firefighters were called to the McKinley Gardens apartments in the 500 block of McKinley Avenue at 9:18 a.m. in response to a fire in a basement unit in the building. All of the building's occupants got out, but one resident was checked at the scene for smoke inhalation. Full story.
CLC links students, manufacturing jobs.
College of Lake County is making a push to link students and graduates of its high-tech manufacturing programs to companies having problems finding skilled workers. One reason Grayslake-based CLC and other suburban community colleges are getting on the manufacturing bandwagon is the work has changed dramatically. It's now more computers than elbow grease, CLC President Jerry Weber said. Beginning in October, officials plan to formally introduce the CLC Manufacturing Skills Network. Full story.
Oakbrook Center undergoes largest renovation since opening 51 years ago
More than 50 years after it opened, Oakbrook Center is undergoing its biggest facelift, a $30 million renovation expected to be complete in time for Black Friday. Here's a look at what's happening and what you can expect to see by the time the work is done. Full story.
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Syria dimisses Obama as confused, moves troops. Full story.
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Chicago officials announce 50 speed camera zones. Full story.
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Bears get TE Rosario from Cowboys. Full story.
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