1. A busy downtown is a blessing, but at night, the bar scene can turn ugly. "The challenge is to strike a balance between a vibrant downtown and a rowdy downtown," says Naperville City Council member Joseph McElroy.
2. Think of it as the library version of Netflix: More and more suburban public libraries are providing a service called Hoopla Digital, which allows library patrons to stream or download movies and television shows for free using their library cards.
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3. The letter of the law still says pets, like lamps and tables, are property to be owned, not sentient beings with rights. But experts in animal law tell columnist Burt Constable attitudes are changing.
4. Violence has surged in recent days in Aurora, with two men dying from gunshot wounds in separate attacks within hours of each other this weekend and two people left in critical condition in shootings the prior weekend.
5. More students will attend class in trailers outside Round Lake High School starting in the 2014-15 academic season, prompting plans to hold a refendum seeking approval of a $29 million bond issue for expansion.
6. The top 10 finalists of Suburban Chicago's Got Talent wowed the crowd Sunday at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg.
7. Round Lake Park police said a driver who may have been under the influence of alcohol is in critical condition after he drove around crossing gates and in front of a Lollapalooza Metra commuter train early Saturday.
8. Elgin officials shared a positive outlook for commerce with about 250 people gathered Saturday for the official opening of the $10.5 million Riverside Drive project.
9. The owner of "the unofficial war dog of World War II" and the first recognized therapy dog told war stories of Yorkshire terrier Smoky's heroics Saturday during the Dog Days event at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.
10. An Arlington Heights woman who died after saving a 9-year-old boy from drowning in a Wisconsin lake was remembered at her funeral Saturday for a willingness to take care of others and being nonjudgmental.