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Weekend in Revew: 'Voice' tryouts; Olympian meets fans

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  • Camille Eiseman of Crystal Lake waits in line Sunday before auditioning for the TV show "The Voice" at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

      Camille Eiseman of Crystal Lake waits in line Sunday before auditioning for the TV show "The Voice" at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.
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Fans, friends flock to greet Buffalo Grove Olympian

U.S. women's Olympic hockey team member Megan Bozek, 22, was the guest of honor Saturday at a meet-and-greet fundraiser just weeks before she's set to skate for Team USA in Sochi, Russia. About 500 well-wishers of all ages attended the event, which saw the hockey sensation and Buffalo Grove native smile, hug, sign autographs and pose for hundreds of photos. Full story.

Plans to demolish St. Charles mansion not a sure thing

While Raymond Judd lived in St. Charles during the early 1900s, his company became one of the prime cattle dealers in the nation. Now a new developer wants to put Judd's historic mansion out to pasture. Michael Ciampi of SGC Builders pitched a plan to St. Charles aldermen last week that involves demolishing the Sixth Avenue mansion and erecting 13 attached townhouses in its place. Ciampi estimated it would cost up to $1 million to gut and relocate the mansion somewhere else on the property to clear the way for the rest of the development. That's more than he's willing to spend to save the 136-year-old building. Full story.

Same-sex couples prepare for religious wedding ceremonies

Many same-sex couples undoubtedly will go to their local county courthouse and tie the knot in front of a judge once Illinois' same-sex marriage law takes effect June 1. But others will opt for a religious ceremony. Policies on that vary from church to church. "Religion has always been in our lives as a couple," said John Stilp, who, with his partner, is planning an August wedding at a church in Naperville. "It really was never a thought to not get married in a church." Full story.

Arlington Hts. man fights for military salute at Super Bowl

Calling himself "a one-man army," retired Navy Cmdr. Robert E. Griffith of Arlington Heights works tirelessly on his dream for this year's Super Bowl: to get all military veterans to salute the flag during the national anthem. "Most people are unaware" of a change in the flag code allowing such a salute, he said, speaking to the ability of this one event to change that. Full story.

Lombard woman accused of murdering husband thinks he's still alive

A Lombard woman charged with murdering her husband last week by first stabbing him in the chest and then striking him in the head with a baseball bat apparently thinks he is still alive. In fact, Anka Miscevic, 49, thinks her deceased husband has a wedding coming up. Full story.

'Outsider' vs. experienced: Which makes best governor?

With his focus on term limits and "union bosses" in Springfield, Winnetka businessman Bruce Rauner has tried to make his Republican primary campaign for governor a referendum on often-maligned state government. But his opponents, state Sen, Bill Brady of Bloomington, state Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale and Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford of Chenoa, are trying to counter with their experience in state politics, arguing it takes someone who already sports the cuts and bruises of government battles to be a Republican executive in a Capitol controlled by Democrats. Full story.

Water heater cause of deadly carbon monoxide leak

A water heater that the owner of the home recently reported issues with has been determined the proximate cause of a carbon monoxide leak Thursday in an Oak Brook mansion in which an 86-year-old man was found dead from apparent carbon monoxide poisoning. Full story.

Elgin police investigating third shooting since Dec. 29

Elgin police, Saturday, are investigating the city's third shooting since Dec. 29. All are reported to have happened at or as victims left local parties. At approximately 2:30 a.m. Saturday police responded to a shooting in the 600 block of Wing Street, where a 20-year-old male had been wounded. He was treated at a hospital and released. Full story.

Group rallies against abortion in Palatine

As the snowflakes came down thick and heavy, hundreds of participants in an anti-abortion rally in Palatine held signs, cheered on speakers, prayed and sang as the occasional car honked in approval. The 2nd annual NorthWest Families March for Life was co-sponsored by Northwest Families for Life, a group co-founded by sisters Maria Goldstein and Laura Vandercar. Full story.

Wheaton native recalled as caring coach, inventor

George J. Dekan was a "Renaissance Man" before the term was coined. A Wheaton native who worked as a guidance counselor at Glenbard East High School and taught electronics at Glenbard West, Dekan was a football player, pole vaulter, inventor, businessman, coach, husband, father and musician. Full story.

Elgin Tower pays bill, expects water service

The manager of the Elgin Tower Building says he's paid a past due bill that should reinstate water service and avoid condemnation proceedings next week. Neal Pitcher, director of The Stickling Foundation, said in a voice-mail message that he paid the $1,566.37 water bill to the city of Elgin on Saturday morning. Full story.

Joliet men charged in Aurora restaurant slaying

Two Joliet men have been charged with murder and are being held on at least $100,000 bond each in connection with the shooting death of a 20-year-old man Monday night in a restaurant on Aurora's west side. Full story.

World & Nation

Russian Islamic video threatens Sochi Olympics. Full story.

Obama: Pot is not more dangerous than alcohol. Full story.

Russian President Putin links gays to pedophiles. Full story.

Iraq announces offensive against al-Qaida. Full story.

Key elements in $1.1 trillion spending bill. Full story.

Feelin mad? New devices can sense your mood. Full story.

Suburban singers vie for spot on 'Voice.' Full story.

'Ride Along' rolls into No. 1 spot at box office. Full story.

Lynch returns to host 'Hollywood Game Night.' Full story.


Kane lifts Hawks over Bruin. Full story.

Hawks continue to have all the answers. Full story.

Cubs convention doesn't disappoint. Full story.

Noah at center of it all for Bulls. Full story.

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