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  When a retired Long Grove business executive discovered his favorite "date night" pizza place was in danger of closing, he and his wife swooped in and found new careers as restauranteurs. Now, Jim Stoeker figures he's eaten pizza almost every one of...

Long Grove businessman eats pizza daily — about 2,400 days and counting

Updated: 12/29/2013 08:09 AM

  A new law taking effect Jan. 1 dictates hands-free use of cellphones. Even dialing a number can fall into the new category of distracted driving offenses, which carry fines starting at $75. But local police say they hope to educate the driving...

Hands off: Illinois drivers must change phone habits in New Year

Updated: 12/29/2013 12:12 PM

  His second inaugural address over, President Barack Obama paused as he strode from the podium last January, turning back for one last glance across the expanse of the National Mall, where a supportive throng stood in the winter chill. "I want to...

President Obama's fifth year: Fits and starts

Updated: 12/28/2013 07:05 PM

  A global retirement crisis is bearing down on workers of all ages. Spawned years before the Great Recession and the financial meltdown in 2008, the crisis was significantly worsened by those twin traumas. It will play out for decades, and its...

Too many retirees, too little money: Retirement crisis looms worldwide

Updated: 12/28/2013 06:36 PM

  The new year brings the big test of President Barack Obama's beleaguered health care law: Will it work? Patients will begin showing up at hospitals and pharmacies with insurance coverage bought through the nation's new health care marketplaces. The...

Circle these dates: Health law's key tests in 2014

Updated: 12/28/2013 05:33 PM

  A pair of suburban cold cases, including the unsolved 1979 murder of an Inverness commodities broker, heated up this year, leading in both instances to the arrest of the victims' former spouses. And in both instances, it was the persistence of...

Persistence on suburban cold cases paid off in 2013

Updated: 12/27/2013 01:04 PM

  The Boy Scouts of America will accept openly gay youths starting on New Year's Day, a historic change that has prompted the BSA to ponder a host of potential complications - ranging from policies on tentmates and showers to whether Scouts can march...

Boy Scouts open ranks to gay youth on Jan. 1

Updated: 12/27/2013 11:52 AM

  So you've gone through all the trouble of mummifying a loved one. You've hired embalmers to remove her organs, treat her body with a precise mixture of oils and balms, and carefully wrap her in bandages. You've spared no expense on a lavish tomb,...

New study sheds light on meat, mummies in ancient tombs

Updated: 12/16/2013 01:22 PM

  Grading the Bears: Final week

Grading the Bears: Final week

Updated: 12/30/2013 12:24 AM

  The football wasn't dead. It skipped and spun on Soldier Field's beaten grass like a live fish pulled from icy Lake Michigan. Packers wide receiver Jarrett Boykin jabbed at it, before finally successfully scooping it on his second try and jogging in...

Fumble return was where season really ended

Updated: 12/30/2013 08:12 AM

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