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  • Robin Williams presents the award for Book of a Musical during the 65th annual Tony Awards in 2011.

    Robin Williams presents the award for Book of a Musical during the 65th annual Tony Awards in 2011.
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Dann Gire: Robin Williams helped save Christopher Reeve

Robin Williams had an uncanny way of lifting people up -- like his longtime friend Christopher Reeve before a major surgery after his horseback-riding fall. Reeve credited Williams with lifting his spirits, but there wasn't an opportunity for anyone else to convince Williams he would be OK. Williams died of an apparent suicide Monday. Full story by Daily Herald Film Critic Dann Gire.

Robin Williams through the years -- picture gallery.

What fellow comedians and other celebrities said upon hearing the news -- social media collection.

Packed Dist. 87 meeting: Not all against athlete suspensions

More than 100 people attended a Glenbard High School District 87 board meeting last night and gave mixed opinions on athletic suspensions issued for attending parties where alcohol was served. The suspensions came after a June birthday party hosted by a West student where no parents were present. Teens and parents alike spoke both for and against the district's Athletic Code. Full story.

Jelly Belly production leaving North Chicago

Jelly Belly jelly beans will no longer be made in the company's North Chicago factory, opting instead to move production to its Fairfield, California, home. That means nearly 70 people will be laid off in the coming months. Full story.

Illini 4000 bike journey completed by Naperville woman

Grace Deetjen of Naperville set out on the Illini 4000 cross-country bike ride to raise money for cancer research with two people in mind. The team of 20 students dedicated each day of riding to a specific person. Suburban riders from Algonquin, Buffalo Grove, Gurnee, St. Charles and Wheeling joined Deetjen on the journey as team members rode up to 113 miles in a day and slept in churches or schools. Full story.

Police search for suspect in bank shooting

Bolingbrook police and the FBI continue the hunt for a suspect who shot and injured a bank teller during a robbery Monday afternoon. Bolingbrook police were called to the bank, on the 400 block of north Bolingbrook Road, just before noon after a man wearing a mask entered the bank and shot a 21-year-old female bank teller, Bolingbrook police said in a news release. Full story.

Mount Prospect suspends liquor license of Blues Bar

Mount Prospect officials suspended the Blues Bar's village liquor license because the establishment's state liquor license has expired. The village is unable to renew the license until overdue taxes are paid to the state. Full story.


Wet and cool today with temperatures reaching the low 70s this afternoon. Temperatures will be about 63 degrees when you head out this morning. Lows tonight should be in the upper 50s. Full story.


Route 83 will be closed at the Canadian National Railroad crossing near Petersen Road in Grayslake for about one week starting Aug. 18. The closure will begin at 6 a.m. and is scheduled to reopen on August 27 at 6 p.m. The closure will allow for repairs at the grade crossing. More traffic.

Bears special teams not so special

Bears special teams allowed a 102-yard kickoff return touchdown late in the second quarter of the Bears' preseason opener game, starting a not-so-special beginning for the special teams. "I took away we didn't play very well," said special-teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis." Full story.

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