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  • Former Downers Grove South High School football coach Jack McInerney led the sixth annual golf tournament for visually impaired veterans at the Willow Crest Golf Club in Oak Brook.

    Visually impaired veterans tackle DuPage linksAug 20, 2014 5:39 PM
    More than 46 years have passed since a mortar blast in Leroy Bailey’s tent took his vision and destroyed his face in Vietnam. Despite the debilitating injury, Bailey still can enjoy some of the finer things in life, such as sinking two 20-foot putts on a sunny August afternoon. Bailey, 68, of LaCrosse, Indiana, was one of 10 visually impaired and blind veterans participating in Wednesday’s golf outing at the Hilton’s Willow Crest Golf Course in Oak Brook.

     
  • Vacant land in a Bartlett business industrial park has attracted four businesses that want to grow medical marijuana there.

    Medical pot growers competing for Bartlett siteAug 20, 2014 9:36 AM
    Four potential medical marijuana growers are clamoring to set up shop on a piece of vacant land in a Bartlett industrial park. The hopefuls have pitched informal design plans to the village, but the state gets the final say on whether one can open in Bartlett.

     
  • The southwest corner of the Barrington White House, seen here Monday, has undergone great change during the first month of the project to renovate the 116-year-old building.

    Barrington White House renovation well underwayAug 19, 2014 12:59 PM
    Work crews are not even one month into the $6.1 million Barrington White House renovation project, but the 116-year-old building has already undergone dramatic changes. Much of the southwest portion of the building, at 145 W. Main St., has been removed; the front porch is unrecognizable, apart from some of the masonry that is still standing; and the grounds and trees around the building have been removed and replaced with dirt and large construction equipment.

     
  • Hank Salemi, park president of Six Flags Great America, and park employees took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge on Monday to benefit the fight against ALS.

    Ice Bucket Challenge heats up fundraising in the suburbsAug 19, 2014 6:33 AM
    Margaret Rosano, a Northwest Community Hospital nurse, completed the Ice Bucket Challenge for her cousin, who was diagnosed at 33 with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease. She's one of many in the suburbs, including Des Plaines Mayor Matt Bogusz, who have helped created the big boost in fundraising for charities fighting ALS. "Let's make ALS history," Rosano said.

     
  • Hoffman Estates trustees Monday discussed the latest study on noise levels from auto racing events in the Sears Centre Arena’s parking lot.

    Resident: Racing at Sears Centre is too noisyAug 19, 2014 5:32 AM
    A recent noise study objectively determined that one of the occasional auto racing events in the parking lot of Hoffman Estates’ Sears Centre Arena wasn’t dangerous to the hearing of anyone there or of neighbors living just across the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway. But how annoying the noise may be — and to how many — is the subjective question officials continue to weigh.

     
  • Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dale Perrin addresses the Lake Zurich village board about home rule Monday night.

    Lake Zurich board puts home rule on ballotAug 19, 2014 1:02 AM
    Lake Zurich voters will decide whether village government should have more control over taxes and other issues through home-rule power. Village board members Monday night voted 5-1 to place a home-rule question on the Nov. 4 ballot. Lake Zurich voters overwhelmingly rejected home rule in 1998. If home rule is approved, an ordinance passed by the board states Lake Zurich would commit to limiting a property tax increase to 5 percent or the national rate of inflation known as the Consumer Price Index — whichever is less.