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  Becky Kia doesn't listen to Christmas music at this time of year. That's because her job is to play Christmas music, night after night. Kia, a native of Lombard, is the lead violinist of Mannheim Steamroller, a popular, multiplatinum- selling...

Mannheim Steamroller puts Lombard native center stage for Christmas concerts

Updated: 12/25/2012 07:31 AM

  fter "The Sopranos" went black, David Chase's next move was never in question: He would make a movie. In all Chase's time toiling as a writer in television before "The Sopranos" — decades ranging from "The Rockford Files" to "Northern...

After 'The Sopranos,' a bigger screen for Chase

Updated: 12/21/2012 10:31 PM

  Jack Klugman and Charles Durning (both of whom died Monday, Klugman at 90 in Los Angeles, Durning at 89 in New York) spent storied careers building catalogues of roles that classed them indisputably as "character actors." Klugman solving crimes as a...

Durning, Klugman: 2 actors we loved knowing

Updated: 12/25/2012 09:34 PM

  Last Christmas, this homeless mother and her oldest kids cried as the younger children opened a few presents in the car where they all were forced to live for weeks. Thanks to the help provided by Journeys, the Palatine-based charity for people in...

With help of charity, homeless family finds 'the road home'

Updated: 12/25/2012 07:46 AM

  The reaction to the deadly Connecticut school shooting can be seen at gun stores and self-defense retailers across the nation, with anxious parents buying armored backpacks for children and firearms enthusiasts stocking up on semiautomatic rifles in...

Parents buy armored backpacks after Connecticut shootings

Updated: 12/20/2012 09:17 PM

  Jennifer Hudson is getting into the Christmas spirit in her native Chicago. The actress and singer handed out toys on Monday through the foundation she co-founded in honor of her late nephew.

Jennifer Hudson gives away toys in Chicago

Updated: 12/25/2012 06:30 AM

  n a decision that will make many a man sigh unhappily, Scarlett Johansson won't be bringing sexy back to Broadway. The actress with the pouty lips and gentle curves that GQ magazine once called "Babe of the Year" is determined to be a more...

Scarlett Johansson tones down the sex as Maggie

Updated: 12/21/2012 10:23 PM

  Jessica Simpson's daughter has the news all spelled out: "Big Sis." Simpson on Tuesday tweeted a photo of her baby daughter Maxwell playing in the sand, the words "Big Sis" spelled out. The 32-year-old old singer and personality has been rumored to...

Jessica Simpson confirms pregnancy rumors via Twitter

Updated: 12/25/2012 09:53 PM

  A fire caused $125,000 in damage to a home early Christmas morning in Naperville. There were no injuries, Naperville fire officials said. But the Will County Building Department will determine if the home will remain habitable, officials said.

Naperville fire causes $125,000 in damage

Updated: 12/25/2012 06:59 PM

  U.S. holiday retail sales this year grew at the weakest pace since 2008, when the nation was in a deep recession. In 2012, the shopping season was disrupted by bad weather and consumers' rising uncertainty about the economy. A report that tracks...

U.S. holiday retail sales growth weakest since 2008

Updated: 12/25/2012 05:43 PM

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