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Weekend in Review: Marathon record; pension deal close?

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  • Runners make their way along the 26.2 mile route in the Chicago Marathon Sunday in Chicago. Organizers say 40,230 athletes took part in the annual marathon.

    Runners make their way along the 26.2 mile route in the Chicago Marathon Sunday in Chicago. Organizers say 40,230 athletes took part in the annual marathon.
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Big Ten moves into new Rosemont headquarters

A three-story, $20 million Big Ten Conference headquarters is the newest addition to Rosemont's burgeoning entertainment district. "We're in a much different neighborhood," said Big Ten Deputy Commissioner Brad Traviolia of the move from nondescript offices in Park Ridge to a building with a museum and a steakhouse. "We're in a much more high pedestrian area." Full story.

Lake County jail uses video conferencing to boost family visits

Beth Coleman smiled as she chatted with her parents on the video conference screen. Seeing people talking on Skype or other video conferencing isn't out of the ordinary, but the location for this interaction was: it took place while Coleman was an inmate at the Lake County jail. "It's definitely different, doing it like this," Coleman said. "But this way, I get to see them and talk to them. It's neat that they can do stuff like this." Full story.

Bartlett family finds Mensa unstuffy fun

Do you have what it takes to figure out the costume puns at the Mensa club's annual Halloween bash for smart folks? The Hudec family of Bartlett has three members. "There's this strange perception of what Mensa is and what it isn't," Lace Hudec says. "We are a little bit of everything." Full story.

With Dominick's departing, what happens now?

Municipal officials and neighboring businesses are still reacting to the news of Dominick's food stores potentially closing as parent company Safeway Inc. plans to leave the region. While concerned, most were cautiously optimistic that a grocery store industry already in transition would find a way to fill the void."You're always going to have change in your community," Schaumburg Community Development Director Julie Fitzgerald said. "Some of it will be positive and some of it will be a setback." Full story.

Naperville dedicates Navy statue

On the 238th anniversary of the Navy, a public art group and veterans in Naperville celebrated Sunday with the dedication of a 1920s-era sculpture of a sailor to complement a similar Army-themed statue already in a park near downtown. Full story.

Aurora police investigate death

Aurora police are investigating the death of a 40-year-old woman whose body was found Saturday morning at a Motel 6. The woman was identified as Jeannine Brooks, who had lived at Hesed House. Full story.

Scarecrows a big draw in St. Charles

If Saturday's gloomy skies kept anyone away from the 28th annual St. Charles Scarecrow Festival, Sunday's idyllic autumn weather brought them downtown. Full story.

Danada visitors get a taste of the 'Mild West'

The public was treated to a tamer version of the Wild West at the Danada Fall Festival on Sunday at the Danada Equestrian Center in Wheaton. In the arena, cowboys on horseback were shooting, but the targets were balloons filled with water. And they were using black powder, not live rounds. Full story.

Democrats drum up support in suburbs

Gov. Pat Quinn, speaking to a room full of suburban Democrats, said on Sunday that one key to future prosperity for the state is that everyone be given the opportunity to share in the success. "Our state will move forward only if everybody's in, and no one's left out," he said at a meet-the-candidates breakfast and fundraiser in Schaumburg. Full story.

More DUI trouble for retired Bears QB Avellini

Previous drunken driving arrests combined with a September traffic stop by Roselle police resulted in felony charges for former Chicago Bear Bob Avellini last week. A DuPage County grand jury indicted the retired quarterback Oct. 8 on five counts of aggravated driving under the influence, reflecting the fact his license was suspended. Full story.

Where pension committee members stand

With the Illinois legislature's fall veto session a week away, an Associated Press survey of a special 10-member committee tasked with finding a solution to the state's enormous public pension shortfall found that half the members, all Democrats, support a recently proposed plan estimated to save about $138 billion. Full story.

World & Nation

Government shutdown takes toll on small businesses. Full story.

Investors keep faith in U.S. in crisis after crisis. Full story.

What happens if US breaks borrowing limit? Full story.

Fewer banks willing to lend curbs U.S. sales. Full story.

Five details about the new $100 bill. Full story.

Al-Qaida surges back in Iraq. Full story.

Crows pushes through barricades at World War II Memorial. Full story.

Statue of Liberty reopens despite shutdown. Full story.

After Kenya mall attack, children's trauma lingers. Full story.

Egypt: Detained American found dead in cell. Full story.

Social Security raise to be lowest in years. Full story.

'Gravity' beats Hanks' 'Captain Phillips at box office. Full story.

'Sons of Anarchy' star Charlie Hunnam quits 'Fifth Shades' film. Full story.


Kimetto sets record in Chicago Marathon win. Full story.

No denying that watching NFL can be chilling. Full story.

NIU must win big to think BCS big. Full story.

Much rests on Bears' offense. Full story.

Northwestern falls out of AP Top 25. Full story.

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