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    Coroner's office investigating death of Blackhawks staffer

    Coroner's office investigating death of Blackhawks staffer
    No autopsy has been scheduled, but officials have requested toxicology tests be taken on Clinton Reif, the assistant equipment manager for the Chicago Blackhawks, who died in his Lombard home Sunday morning, a spokesman for the DuPage County Coroner's office said Monday.

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    Businessman, outdoorsman found dead in Geneva

    Businessman, outdoorsman found dead in Geneva
    John Gaines originally intended to visit the gym Friday but decided it was too nice of a day. So he decided to take advantage of another chance to spend some time around one of his favorite places -- the golf course, his daughter said. Geneva police said the body of Gaines, 74 -- businessman, outdoorsman and husband of Jean Gaines, the president of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce -- was found in a creek on the golf course.

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    Libertyville graduate dies after U. of Missouri fall

    Libertyville graduate dies after U. of Missouri fall
    Former Libertyville High School basketball star Jack Lipp, a freshman at the University of Missouri, has died at University Hospital after being in critical condition since a fall from a balcony during a party. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this most difficult time," Superintendent Prentiss Lea said in a statement.

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    New laws for 2015: Bears, boats, 70 mph speed limit

    New laws for 2015: Bears, boats, 70 mph speed limit
    Higher speed limits on urban tollways, traffic tickets that don't entail getting your driver's license seized, protection for bears and cougars, and new boater safety programs are just some of the new laws effective Jan. 1.

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    Man hit, killed by train near Cary

    Man hit, killed by train near Cary
    A 24-year-old Cary man was struck and killed Friday morning by a commuter train. Inbound and outbound trains on the Union Pacific/Northwest Line north of Cary were shut down until about 9:45 a.m., officials said. Police said the call came in about 6:15 a.m. of a pedestrian being hit near Route 14 and Silver Lake Road.

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    Car dealer Al Piemonte dies at 83

    Car dealer Al Piemonte dies at 83
    Al Piemonte, the car dealer well-known in the Chicago area for decades as a result of his TV commercials in which he talked with constant double hand gestures, has died, the Chicago Tribune is reporting.

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    Somber victory as Libertyville mourns Lipp

    Somber victory as Libertyville mourns Lipp
    Alone on Libertyville's bench lay jersey No. 22, the one senior guard Jake Mansfield didn't want to wear any more because last season it belonged to Jack Lipp. "He texted me last night," coach Scott Bogumil said of Mansfield. "He said, I don't want to wear it the rest of the year,' " Libertyville played a basketball at Wheeling on Friday with heavy hearts and black tape on their white jerseys. Bogumil sported a "J.L. 22" patch on his shirt. The Wildcats then went out and, just a day after learning of the death of a former teammate, captured a 70-61 win over Niles North on third-day action of the Wildcat Hardwood Classic. "We talked about just playing hard," Bogumil said. "That's what Jack always did." Lipp was a two-year varsity starter and an all-area player last season after leading Libertyville in scoring. He passed away on Christmas, less than two weeks after falling from a balcony during a party in Columbia, Mo., where he was attending the University of Missouri.

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    Palatine woman lost brother, now aims to stop drug deaths

    Palatine woman lost brother, now aims to stop drug deaths
    Chelsea Laliberte, 29 of Palatine, lost her brother Alex to a heroin overdose in 2008. Now, she is founder and executive director of Live4Lali with a mission to provide individuals, families, communities, organizations and businesses with effective drug and overdose prevention education and support. "Living for him, living for Lali, which was his nickname, is now my life's mission," Laliberte said.

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    Coroner: Northwest Indiana man killed by pit bull
    Police in northwest Indiana are investigating the death of a 40-year-old man who the coroner says was apparently killed by a pit bull.

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    Girls basketball scoreboard: Friday's results
    Results for area girls high school basketball games for Friday, Dec. 26.

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    Boys basketball scoreboard: Friday's results
    Results of area high school boys basketball games for Friday, Dec. 26.

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    Elgin sued over planned medical marijuana site
    A group of Elgin business owners has sued the city over its approval of a medical marijuana dispensary in the Fox Bluff Corporate Center. "We strongly feel that they city both ignored, and then attempted to change, its rules to try to fit this in, and completely ignored the fact that the surrounding businesses had objections or concerns," attorney Charles Muscarello said. "It is up to the courts to try to determine what the appropriate location (for a dispensary) is at this point."

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    Wheeling trustee had same approach to politics, policing

    Wheeling trustee had same approach to politics, policing
    Robert Heer was a retired Wheeling politician and police officer. But one job was always an extension of the other. The bottom line was that it meant doing what he did best -- relating to people. "The biggest thing is that he took care of people and made people safe and helped them out while living, but now he's going to be an organ donor and he'll be helping out more people when he has passed," said Heer's daughter, Kaitlyn.

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    'Failing' label gone, schools still want to improve

    'Failing' label gone, schools still want to improve
    No matter how long a school had been deemed "failing" under the No Child Left Behind education act of 2001, it has shed that label now and gained freedom from several mandates. What remains, educators say, at school districts in Elgin, Naperville and Round Lake is a commitment to strategically improving every school -- whether it was at one time "failing" or not -- and providing each student what he or she needs to grow.

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    2014-15 Conference Bowl Records

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    Volo museum to unveil rare Elvis find

    Volo museum to unveil rare Elvis find
    It's no secret that Elvis Presley had a thing for big, beautiful Cadillacs. The rock 'n' roll legend purchased dozens of them; some he kept, a few were customized and others he gave away.

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    Great Lakes recruits get Christmas in Arlington Hts.

    Great Lakes recruits get Christmas in Arlington Hts.
    Early Christmas morning, Alexxis Garcia was handed a stranger's cellphone. She said a quick "Thank you," punched in the security code and immediately dialed her family in Houston, Texas. Garcia and about 50 other recruits from Great Lakes Naval Base in North Chicago enjoyed a warm meal, a day of relaxation and time to connect with their families while being hosted at Christian Liberty Academy in Arlington Heights.

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    Gire: 'Whiplash' tops 2014's best movies

    Gire: 'Whiplash' tops 2014's best movies
    The best film of 2014 should be one that speaks to a critic on a personal level, one that captures the eyes, ears, brain and heart in a way other movies almost do, but don't. That movie would be "Whiplash," from first-time director Damien Chazelle. "Whiplash" explodes with the manic energy of a first-time filmmaker stoked to show the world what he can do. Every scene bristles with tension.

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    Decorated police officer promoted in Island Lake

    Decorated police officer promoted in Island Lake
    A decorated, but controversial, Island Lake police officer was promoted to sergeant this week, officials have confirmed. Billy Dickerson was awarded stripes by the village's fire and police commission Monday night.

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    Some suburban theaters soar, but others take a final bow

    Some suburban theaters soar, but others take a final bow
    2014 proved to be a tumultuous year in Chicago theater, as suburban playhouses like the Paramount in Aurora and Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace soared in 2014, while others took their final bow.

  • 21
    Many options for Thibodeau's Bulls at closing time

    Many options for Thibodeau's Bulls at closing time
    Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has shown in the past he's not afraid to mix the fourth-quarter lineup and leave higher-salaried players on the bench. More surprises could be in store this season, now that Aaron Brooks, Nikola Mirotic and making strong arguments to stay on the floor in crunch time.

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    Wildfire in Lincolnshire reopens after fire

    Wildfire in Lincolnshire reopens after fire
    Though a small kitchen fire canceled Christmas dinner at Wildfire Steaks, Chops & Seafood in Lincolnshire, the restaurant reopened in time for a normal Friday, Manager Greg Nemeth said. No one was injured and no structural damage was caused by the fire that began about 1:30 p.m. Thursday. But there simply were too many things to sign off on for Wildfire to recover in time for Christmas itself, Nemeth said.

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    A look back at those we lost this year in Fox Valley this year

    A look back at those we lost this year in Fox Valley this year
    A look back at some of the notable deaths of 2014 in the Fox Valley.

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    Dog back from New York, back with Save-A-Pet

    Dog back from New York, back with Save-A-Pet
    An American Staffordshire terrier dumped at a Grayslake-area no-kill pet shelter in late 2003 is back where he started after recently landing in a Long Island facility. "He's doing awesome," said Save-A-Pet's intake and foster coordinator, Bridget Lavelle. "He's super playful for an older dog."

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    St. Charles East's upset bid slips away
    St. Charles East's girls basketball team nearly knocked a team from the unbeaten ranks for the second consecutive game Friday night. This time, however, the fifth-seeded Saints (11-3) weren't quite able to apply the finishing touch on top-seeded Glenbrook South (15-0) during their 52-46 semifinal setback in the 31st annual Bill Neibch Falcon Holiday Tournament at Wheaton North.

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    Fortunes change for homeless Little League champ

    Fortunes change for homeless Little League champ
    The last few months have brought a dramatic change in fortunes for one player on Chicago's national champion Little League team. Thirteen-year-old Jaheim Benton of the Jackie Robinson West All Stars and his family were homeless and his parents were living check-to-check.

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    Blackhawks like their options with Versteeg

    Blackhawks like their options with Versteeg
    Even though he was drafted as a center and has played there on rare occasions throughout his career with the Blackhawks, the recent move from wing to center has still been an adjustment for Kris Versteeg.

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    Longtime Wheeling Trustee Bob Heer dies

    Longtime Wheeling Trustee Bob Heer dies
    Robert Heer, a nearly 20-year Wheeling trustee, died suddenly on Wednesday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, the village said in a statement. "Wheeling is devastated by Bob's sudden passing, and we share the grief of his family and loved ones ," Wheeling Village President Dean Argiris said.

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    Girls basketball / Northwest roundup
    Hersey coach Mary Fendley could not recall in her 16 seasons losing two prominent players to injury (senior captains Annie Korff and Juliette Vainisi) during the same week. First, Vainisi suffered a dislocated elbow at practice and then Korff went out of Friday's Wheaton North tournament game early in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury ankle. The young Huskies still got the result they were after, a 47-39 victory over Glenbard South.

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    Lake Park keeps its guard up against Fremd

    Lake Park keeps its guard up against Fremd
    Lake Park doubled down on Fremd in the semifinals of the 37th annual Wheeling Hardwood Classic on Friday night. After losing to Fremd earlier this season, Lake Park decided to double-team the Fremd guards when they had possession in the front court. The Lancers were successful in frustrating Fremd's offense, and keeping the Vikings away from the basket to earn a 47-40 victory. Lake Park (13-2) will meet Notre Dame in Saturday's title game at 8:45 p.m. It will be the Lancers' first trip to the Hardwood finals since 2004, when they won the title for a second straight year.

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    New law expands schools' authority to fight bullying
    A law that takes effect next week will allow Illinois school districts to punish students for cyberbullying, even if it occurs outside of school.

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    Ivanauskas powers Barrington past Zion-Benton in OT
    Scott Bennett saw two options as he raced up the court to try and complete Barrington's uphill battle to get to overtime in Friday night's Hinkle Holiday Classic semifinal against defending champion Zion-Benton at Jacobs. Bennett went to 6-foot-6 junior Will Reinhard for a layup that beat the buzzer and gave the Broncos an extra four minutes. They never trailed in the overtime and won 88-81 as 6-9 junior junior Rapolas Ivanauskas scored a career-high 37 points and had 10 rebounds. Senior Chris Lester scored 7 of his 18 points in overtime and his third 3-pointer 14 seconds into the extra session put the Broncos (11-3) ahead to stay. Bennett scored all 12 of his points after halftime to help drive his team into today's 7:30 p.m. championship game against Larkin (11-4), which beat Jacobs 66-51 in the second semifinal.

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    5 things to do in the suburbs this weekend

    5 things to do in the suburbs this weekend
    Keep the holidays in full swing as you rock out to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, or gather family and friends for music, comedy and other fun. Here are five great things to do this weekend, plus a link to our full events calendar.

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    Burlington Central closes door on Bartlett

    Burlington Central closes door on Bartlett
    Bartlett opened the door and Burlington Central was happy to close it. The Hawks allowed BC to dominate the paint in the third quarter Friday night and when that happened, the Rockets were able to take control of a close game and eventually down Bartlett 52-44 in the opening round of the 32nd annual Charger Classic girls basketball tournament at Dundee-Crown.

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    Police: Bloomingdale residents not in danger after fatal shooting

    Police: Bloomingdale residents not in danger after fatal shooting
    Bloomingdale police are working through the holiday to find who shot and killed 37-year-old Nate Fox outside a townhouse on Monday night, but Police Chief Frank Giammarese said they do not believe Bloomingdale residents are in danger.

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    Dist. 15 school board race draws crowd of challengers
    In one of the most crowded school board races in the Northwest suburbs, seven candidates will jostle for only three available seats in Palatine Township Elementary District 15.

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    Larkin keeps its cool, downs Jacobs
    It took just 2½ minutes for Larkin to lose 75 percent of a comfortable 12-point lead in Friday night's Hinkle Holiday Classic semifinal against host Jacobs. But the important thing head coach Deryn Carter and assistant Jon Winters noticed in a timeout with 1:12 left in the third quarter was the Royals weren't losing their composure or confidence.Larkin (11-4) calmly responded to the challenge with a 66-51 victory to advance to Saturday's 7:30 p.m. championship game against Barrington (11-3), which beat defending champion Zion-Benton 88-81 in overtime.

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    Notable 2014 deaths in Chicago area and Illinois

    Notable 2014 deaths in Chicago area and Illinois
    Jane Byrne, Alan Dixon, Phil Crane, Richard J. Elrod: A look at the notable people from the Chicago area and Illinois who died in 2014.

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    Geneva blows by Aurora Central
    Geneva returned to the scene of its 2014 basketball high-water mark Friday afternoon, taking the floor for the annual East Aurora Holiday Tournament on the same court in which it dispatched West Aurora last season in the sectional semifinals. The Vikings faced another Aurora team in its opening game of the tournament, this time Aurora Central. Geneva (8-1) used its significant length and size advantage to easily dispatch the Chargers 89-49.

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    Northwest suburban police blotter
    Burglars stole various stamp and quarter collections, cash, computer tablet, smartphone, two mini tool kit sets, and pills between Nov. 28 and Dec. 1 out of an apartment on the 800 block of River Road in Des Plaines. Value was estimated at $4,964.

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    Glow from iPads disrupts sleep, study finds

    Glow from iPads disrupts sleep, study finds
    Basking in the blue glow of tablets, smartphones and other electronic devices before bedtime could be messing up our sleep patterns more profoundly than we realize, and even affecting our long-term health, according to a new study.

  • 42
    Round Lake Beach school burglarized Christmas Eve

    Round Lake Beach school burglarized Christmas Eve
    At least $2,000 in damage was caused in a Christmas Eve burglary at a Round lake Area Unit District 116 school, officials said. A security camera photo of a suspect may help police make an arrest.

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    The best innovations of 2014: Google pill and Orion spacecraft

    The best innovations of 2014: Google pill and Orion spacecraft
    It was the year that we landed on a comet and launched a new era in NASA space exploration, turned to science to find a possible cure for Ebola, made robots and drones topics of everyday conversation and watched as Silicon Valley continued its rapid transition to the wearable computing revolution. Here's a look at the top innovations of 2014.

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    Bloomingdale police seek help to solve Monday shooting

    Bloomingdale police seek help to solve Monday shooting
    Police so far Wednesday are saying little as to why 37-year-old Nate J. Fox was shot outside a townhouse on the 200 block of Tamarack Drive in Bloomingdale. Police were alerted at about 9:40 p.m. Monday. Fox was taken to Adventist Glen Oaks Medical Center in Glendale Heights where he died, police said.

  • 45
    Final goodbye: Roll call of some who died in 2014

    Final goodbye: Roll call of some who died in 2014
    They each turned a moment of violence into a call to action. For James Brady, that moment was when he was shot and wounded by a would-be presidential assassin. For Chung Eun-yong, it was the killings of his two children during a Korean War massacre. Brady and Chung, who died within days of each other in August, are among the notables who left the world in 2014.

  • 46
    What suburban shoppers are out for today and why

    What suburban shoppers are out for today and why
    Just as Black Friday has crept into Thanksgiving night in the last few years, the days between Christmas and New Year's are also becoming more important to retailers, an industry analyst says. "I think retailers are trying to extend the season," said Neil Stern. "It's changed pretty dramatically over the last decade for a couple of reasons" -- like people shopping later in the year, and gift cards.

  • 47
    Jakaitis ignites St. Charles North's comeback

    Jakaitis ignites St. Charles North's comeback
    After trailing by three after the first quarter, and down by nine early in the second, the St. Charles North girls basketball team needed someone to give them a spark. CClaire Jakaitis answered that call, scoring 19 points in the middle quarters to power the North Stars to a 63-41 victory over Resurrection in the 32nd Annual Charger Christmas Classic in Dundee.

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    St. Charles East dominates with defense this time
    St. Charles East showcased its prolific offense by averaging 95 points in the first two games of DeKalb's 87th annual Chuck Dayton Holiday Classic. In Friday night's semifinal matchup with Glenbrook North, the top-seeded Saints featured a suffocating first half defense that limited the Spartans to just 13 points.

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    New Trier shows its mettle against Dundee-Crown
    New Trier appeared better than Dundee-Crown on paper. The Trevians proved it on the court. Storming to early 12-2 lead, New Trier never looked back in cruising to an easy 74-44 win over the host Chargers in first round action of the 32nd annual Charger Classic girls basketball Christmas tournament Friday night in Carpentersville.

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    Rollins Road/Route 83 project 70 percent complete

    Rollins Road/Route 83 project 70 percent complete
    Work is just abouit buttoned up for the winter on the massive Rollins Road Gateway project in Round Lake Beach. New pavement on Route 83 is open to traffic and and the intersection with Rollins Road is restored. Construction on the $69 million project began in August 2013 and is about three-quarters complete. "Traffic seems to be flowing and it's nice not to get stuck by a train," said Village Administrator Dave Kilbane.

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    Coroner's office investigating death of Blackhawks staffer

    Coroner's office investigating death of Blackhawks staffer
    No autopsy has been scheduled, but officials have requested toxicology tests be taken on Clinton Reif, the assistant equipment manager for the Chicago Blackhawks, who died in his Lombard home Sunday morning, a spokesman for the DuPage County Coroner's office said Monday.

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    Great Lakes recruits get Christmas in Arlington Hts.

    Great Lakes recruits get Christmas in Arlington Hts.
    Early Christmas morning, Alexxis Garcia was handed a stranger's cellphone. She said a quick "Thank you," punched in the security code and immediately dialed her family in Houston, Texas. Garcia and about 50 other recruits from Great Lakes Naval Base in North Chicago enjoyed a warm meal, a day of relaxation and time to connect with their families while being hosted at Christian Liberty Academy in Arlington Heights.

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    Man hit, killed by train near Cary

    Man hit, killed by train near Cary
    A 24-year-old Cary man was struck and killed Friday morning by a commuter train. Inbound and outbound trains on the Union Pacific/Northwest Line north of Cary were shut down until about 9:45 a.m., officials said. Police said the call came in about 6:15 a.m. of a pedestrian being hit near Route 14 and Silver Lake Road.

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    Wheeling trustee had same approach to politics, policing

    Wheeling trustee had same approach to politics, policing
    Robert Heer was a retired Wheeling politician and police officer. But one job was always an extension of the other. The bottom line was that it meant doing what he did best -- relating to people. "The biggest thing is that he took care of people and made people safe and helped them out while living, but now he's going to be an organ donor and he'll be helping out more people when he has passed," said Heer's daughter, Kaitlyn.

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    New laws for 2015: Bears, boats, 70 mph speed limit

    New laws for 2015: Bears, boats, 70 mph speed limit
    Higher speed limits on urban tollways, traffic tickets that don't entail getting your driver's license seized, protection for bears and cougars, and new boater safety programs are just some of the new laws effective Jan. 1.

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    Volo museum to unveil rare Elvis find

    Volo museum to unveil rare Elvis find
    It's no secret that Elvis Presley had a thing for big, beautiful Cadillacs. The rock 'n' roll legend purchased dozens of them; some he kept, a few were customized and others he gave away.

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    Car dealer Al Piemonte dies at 83

    Car dealer Al Piemonte dies at 83
    Al Piemonte, the car dealer well-known in the Chicago area for decades as a result of his TV commercials in which he talked with constant double hand gestures, has died, the Chicago Tribune is reporting.

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    New law expands schools' authority to fight bullying

    New law expands schools' authority to fight bullying
    A law that takes effect next week will allow Illinois school districts to punish students for cyberbullying, even if it occurs outside of school.

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    Falling gas prices a holiday bonus for drivers

    Falling gas prices a holiday bonus for drivers
    Gas prices in the suburbs have dropped well below $3 a gallon on average, and they appear poised to move even lower in the weeks ahead. "$2 a gallon could be in the cards," said one energy analyst. "I don't think anyone would have said that at the beginning of the year, or a month ago, or even a week ago."

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    Businessman, outdoorsman found dead in Geneva

    Businessman, outdoorsman found dead in Geneva
    John Gaines originally intended to visit the gym Friday but decided it was too nice of a day. So he decided to take advantage of another chance to spend some time around one of his favorite places -- the golf course, his daughter said. Geneva police said the body of Gaines, 74 -- businessman, outdoorsman and husband of Jean Gaines, the president of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce -- was found in a creek on the golf course.

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