1. After clearing one ancestor of witchcraft charges, this ought to be easy. A Lake Barrington woman is seeking a presidential commendation for a relative who, among other unusually generous actions, operated a seed company on the honor system.
2. The best in suburban prep athletes' accomplishments, on and off the field of play, were celebrated Sunday at the second annual Daily Herald Prep Sports Excellence banquet in Hoffman Estates. A number of teams, coaches and individual athletes received special awards for showing excellence in performance, heart and attitude.
3. Nobody said free access would be free. but some municipal officials complain that a surge if Freedom of Information Act requests is costing them time and money, in some cases for work they feel they shouldn't have to do.
4. It was a busy weekend for Elgin police, as detectives spent Saturday and Sunday investigating three shootings from vehicles in the span of 28 hours. Two people suffered nonlife threatening injuries.
5. It just wouldn't seem right for there to be a proposal for a new Walmart store without controversy. This time the brouhaha is in Mundelein.
6. A Des Plaines building that served as the first hospital in the Northwest suburbs could soon face the wrecking ball, making way for potential redevelopment that some developers have suggested could even include the site of the neighboring iconic McDonald's Museum.
7. These kids will remember prom for all the wrong reasons. Four South suburban high school students became ill shortly after arriving at the big dance at the Bolingbrook Golf Club Saturday night, authorities said, after apparently eating ate the same food on their way to the event.
8. Illinois deservedly catches a lot of flak for everything it gets wrong. But here's something we're getting right: early childhood learning. And the schools could do an even better job, experts say, if the state gets back to fully funding early childhood programs.
9. A 4-year-old southwest suburban boy was killed and two siblings critically injured early Sunday morning in a single-vehicle crash authorities say will lead to driving under the influence charges against his father.
10. After saying a final goodbye, John T. Estep returned from his father's funeral last month to his Elgin home severely damaged by a fire that killed three family pets. Now he and his family are finding comfort in the kindness of relatives, friends and even strangers who have led a fundraising campaign to help them out.