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Weekend in Review: Nurses save runner; stolen puppies found

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  • Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is slow to get up during the Bears 21-19 loss Sunday against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field. Cutler would ultimately leave the game, and the Bears would leave their first place ranking behind.

    Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is slow to get up during the Bears 21-19 loss Sunday against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field. Cutler would ultimately leave the game, and the Bears would leave their first place ranking behind.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer


Nurses running Naperville half marathon 'saviors' for man who collapsed

Among all the volunteer medical personnel staffing the Edward Hospital Naperville Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday, it was three nurses actually running the race who are being credited with saving a life. "We were running right past mile 6 when we saw a man who was unresponsive," said Stephanie Chang, an emergency room nurse at Edward Hospital who stopped to give the man CPR and call 911. "We shook him, felt for a pulse." Full story.

Puppies stolen from Bolingbrook, Naperville found near St. Louis

Two puppies stolen from Petland stores in Bolingbrook and Naperville Friday are safe near St. Louis, according to company officials. Adam Stachowiak, owner of the Naperville Petland store at 720 S. Route 59, said in an email that a man fled after dropping off the puppies in a kennel Sunday at a Petland store in the St. Louis area. The puppies were with another Maltese puppy that was stolen from a Lake Saint Louis Petland store Saturday afternoon. Full story.

Suburban Filipinos pray for typhoon victims, wait to hear from family

Worshippers at the Northwest Filipino Baptist Church in Elk Grove Village bowed their heads and held hands Sunday as they prayed for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. The disaster was on their minds as many in the congregation of 150 still are waiting to hear from relatives in the Philippines. Church Deacon Joe Reyes noted that the massive typhoon came just weeks after an earthquake left devastation in part of the country. "My initial reaction was, 'Not again,'" he said. "We're just praying and waiting to get some kind of news." Full story.

Bolingbrook vet recalls 'The Forgotten War'

When people think of Veterans Day, the focus often is on World War II, the Vietnam War, or the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. "Korea kind of slipped in there between World War II and Vietnam," says Korean War veteran Virgil Banker of Bolingbrook. "We didn't get any parades or anything like that." Full story.

Fire victim's husband tells her story

The Arlington Heights house fire that killed three women, including his wife and mother-in-law "killed me, too," says Alex Kandelis. He was planning the next day's birthday celebration for his mother-in-law's 63rd birthday when police told him about the deadly fire. Full story.

Schaumburg man gets gift of life through new liver

Lifelong Schaumburg resident Freddie Martinez kicked his alcoholism 13 years ago and has remained sober ever since. But one last great battle awaited him as the cirrhosis he and his doctors had been managing for years finally required a liver transplant to save his life. "I got worried about sleeping," Martinez said. "You didn't know if you were going to be here the next day. It was a very emotional time." Full story.

McHenry girl injured in hit-and-run

A 7-year-old girl was injured and police were left searching for suspects after a hit-and-run Saturday afternoon in McHenry. Lola Bella Cassidy was out walking her dog with her older sister about 12:30 p.m. Saturday on the 4100 block of West Veterans Parkway, but she doesn't remember much of what happened next. Full story.

Detours begin today for Rollins/Rt. 83 interchange work

The most expensive and complicated road project undertaken by Lake County will get stickier beginning Monday when Rollins Road, a main thoroughfare, closes for two weeks in Round Lake Beach. Construction will continue nearly around the clock to install a spur rail line and build a temporary bridge on Route 83 as key advance work to untangle the congested intersection, which carries about 24,000 vehicles per day. "It's so complex, it's hard to put into words how all this comes together, what goes on where and when," said Glenn Petko, engineer of construction for the county. Full story.

Dist. U-46 board OKs tearing down houses, sheds

Three unused houses and two sheds in Elgin and Bartlett owned by Elgin Area School District U-46 soon will be razed, but not before a local preservation group tries to salvage parts of the buildings, officials said. "If a house must come down, it is some consolation if parts of it can be spared from the landfill to help Elginites rehab their homes with authentic materials," said Dan Miller of Elgin, with the Gifford Park Association. Full story.

Effort to save Arlington season enters home stretch

The effort by the Illinois horse racing industry and state lawmakers to save the summer season at Arlington International Racecourse and elsewhere is almost certain to come down to a photo finish. When Illinois lawmakers left Springfield Thursday, they left without a new law to prevent Arlington's live racing season from being cut nearly in half to just 49 days next year. Full story.

Is the original McDonald's leaving Des Plaines?

Des Plaines officials say they're not only hopeful the iconic McDonald's Museum remains in town, but that they can persuade the McDonald's corporation to expand the museum and make it open year-round. The museum, at 400 Lee St., is on the site of Ray Kroc's first McDonald's walk-up restaurant, which he opened on April 15, 1955. Full story.

Suburban man charged with threatening sheriff

A Franklin Park man has been charged with threatening a public official and cyber stalking following six months of threatening emails to Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, his office said in a statement released Saturday morning. Steven Cleary, 49, was arrested Friday afternoon. Full story.

World & Nation

Typhoon survivors struggle for aid in Philippines. Full story.

WWII reunions poignant for dwindling group of veterans. Full story.

Atheist 'mega-churches' take root across U.S., world. Full story.

Dual economy: Companies profit despite weak growth. Full story.

Health law clock is ticking for sickets patients. Full story.

Driverless cars rumble to starting line. Full story.


Focused Hawks slip by Oilers. Full story.

Questionable decisions in Bears' loss. Full story.

Moster mistake: Cutler shouldn't have played. Full story.

Even in Bears' loss Trestman backs Cutler. Full story.

Bulls' Boozer feeling anything but blue. Full story.

Cubs have lots of holes to fill as GMs gather. Full story.

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