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  • Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews celebrates after Bryan Bickell's second period goal as he circles the net behind Minnesota Wild goalie Ilya Bryzgalov Sunday in Game 5 of round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center in Chicago.

       Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews celebrates after Bryan Bickell's second period goal as he circles the net behind Minnesota Wild goalie Ilya Bryzgalov Sunday in Game 5 of round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center in Chicago.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

 

1. A Batavia funeral home operator is among those now offering services for pets as well. "We offer the same services as we have for their human loved ones," said Bryan Moss of Moss Family Funeral Home.

2. Suburban Democrats' numbers in Springfield have never been higher and how they feel about extending the 2011 income tax hike could make all the difference. Most either are on the fence or openly oppose the extension.

3. A 90-year-old Arlington Heights woman died after being struck by a car in a grocery store parking lot in Mount Prospect. Harriet Abernethy-Ogorzalek was hit when she was using a walker in a marked pedestrian lane, police said.

4. A fire that officials say started in an elevator shaft that city inspectors have declared unsafe damaged the Elgin Tower Building on Sunday night in Elgin, according to fire officials.

5. The suburbs boast the world record-holder for breast-milk donations, grieving moms who donate breast milk to premature infants in memory of their babies and activists intent on opening the state's first breast-milk bank.

6. Elgin-area firefighters, at their annual ceremony Saturday to remember those who have died in the line of duty, recalled two brave men who gave their lives 40 years ago trying to rescue a teenager from drowning in the Fox River.

7. A 27-year-old man died Saturday from injuries suffered in a fire Friday in Glen Ellyn. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

8. Weekend fires left more than six figures of damage at a pair of suburban homes but fortunately caused no injuries. First, a blaze left a Port Barrington home with about $150,000 in damage Saturday afternoon. Then early Sunday, a fire inside an attached garage caused an estimated $250,000 damage to a Hoffman Estates home.

9. It was a close call Sunday for a driver who narrowly escaped serious harm after her car collided with a fuel truck in Elk Grove Village.

10. Joseph Knippen was known as "the people's man of Wheaton," and for good reason. For four decades, Knippen was the community's go-to guy when something in town needed to be done. The longtime head of the village's public works department died Friday. He was 74.

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