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30 years later: Arlington Park fire burned into suburban memories
On July 31, 1985, the suburban landscape changed forever. Arlington Park racetrack burned to the ground in a spectacular fire that the men who fought it will never forget. Here is their story.
Wauconda brewery making splash with root beer flavor
A small Wauconda brewery is making a national name for itself in the booming craft beer industry with a root beer-flavored brew.
2 COD trustees say they can't get information needed to do job
Two College of DuPage trustees who say they're being blocked from asking questions and denied access to records have filed Freedom of Information Act requests with their own school. But other college officials deny their claim of a lack of access.
Before putting him on leave, COD board sought to rein in Breuder
Before offering College of DuPage President Robert Breuder a nearly $763,000 buyout to retire three years early, trustees overseeing the college sought to rein him in during the time he had left.
Elgin firefighters rally around colleague with cancer
Elgin firefighters are holding a fundraiser Thursday to help a co-worker, Pierre Soulier, who is battling cancer. the Soulier family with medical bills. "He has truly given his talents and time to make Elgin a safe community," Fire Chief John Fahy said. "Now it is our turn to give back."
Dawn Patrol: Old COD board sought to rein in Breuder; Giordano's coming to Schaumburg?
COD board sought to rein in Breuder. Giordano's coming to Schaumburg? Bill would ban public pensions for lobbyists. Geneva likely to outlaw use of BB guns. Fundraiser tonight for Elgin firefighter with cancer. Lester strikes out 14 in Cubs' win over Rockies. Much has changed for the Sox. Bears' Allen eager for a reboot.
Northwest Central Dispatch director to retire
Executive Director Cindy Barbera-Brelle will retire from Northwest Central Dispatch System's 9-1-1 Center early next year. John Ferraro of the West Suburban Consolidated Dispatch Center will take the head spot after she retires.
Giordano's coming to Schaumburg?
Giordano's Pizza is seeking a liquor license to open a restaurant just west of Woodfield Mall on Meacham Road in Schaumburg. What that means for the White Chocolate Restaurant & Bar that currently operates out of that space at 930 N. Meacham Road is unclear.
Des Plaines brothers facing drug charges
Two brothers from Des Plaines are among two dozen from the Chicago area facing federal drug charges stemming from a nearly three-year investigation.
Cullerton drops congressional bid to run again for state Senate
State Sen. Tom Cullerton of Villa Park says he'll drop his bid for Congress in 2016 and run for re-election to the Illinois Senate instead. Cullerton was one of the Democratic contenders in the 8th Congressional District to try to replace U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, who is running for U.S. Senate.
Libertyville man remembered for wit, adventurous spirit
Carmel Catholic High School graduate and Northwestern engineering student John Francis Thumel of Libertyville died in a Texas car crash. He was 22.
Elk Grove elk play role of 'Mayhem' in Allstate radio ads
You may have heard the iconic elk of the Busse Woods forest preserve in Elk Grove Village mentioned in Allstate radio commercials -- an example of the Northbrook-based insurance giant's localized radio spots played in markets across the country.
Des Plaines wants to tear down building near 1st McDonald's; owners push back
Des Plaines officials are trying to demolish a dilapidated motel next to the site of the original McDonald's, but the property owners are pushing back because they want to try to sell it. Both sides say ongoing legal proceedings could take years, leaving the shuttered Polo Inn at 374 Lee St. boarded up and fenced in.
Much has changed for streaking Chicago White Sox
A week ago, the Chicago White Sox limped out of U.S. Cellular Field with a 42-50 record. They have caught fire and could be back Friday with a .500 record.
Images: Chicago Bears arrive for training camp
See the Chicago Bears arrive for training camp in Bourbonnais on Wednesday.
Schaumburg teen's dental visit changes state law
The dental difficulties of a Schaumburg teenager with autism have led to a change in state law.
'Breathtaking' performance snags Geneva Special Olympian 5 medals
Rhythmic gymnast Michelle Thompson of Geneva scored five medals -- three golds and two bronzes -- during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, remembering her routines to perfection and placing tops in the world.
Bill would ban lobbying groups from public pensions
Legislation spawned by a Daily Herald investigation was introduced today that would eliminate access to public pensions for a bevy of state lobbying groups.
Arlington Heights rehab center aims to be more hotel than hospital
Officials at the first stand-alone short-term rehabilitation center in the Northwest suburbs say they hope a stay at the facility will be more like a hotel visit than a hospital stay. The $27 million Transitional Care of Arlington Heights will start receiving patients next month.
Road closed in Addison after train hits truck
Grace Street is closed in Addison after a freight train hit a truck, authorities said.
Imrem: Fat chance 2015 will be Cutler's breakout season
Yeah, sure, the Bears report with a new quarterback in the same old Jay Cutler.
Castro's likely to stay a Chicago Cub
Starlin Castro safe at home? It appears so, at least for now. The slumping Cubs shortstop met late Tuesday with manager Joe Maddon, who gave him a day off Wednesday. Maddon told Castro to relax, that he's not going anywhere.
Courtroom dogs now the law in Illinois
Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed into law a measure that'll allow the use of courtroom dogs in certain circumstances.
Chicago Cubs getting Schwarber at-bats however they can
With the Cubs having trouble scoring runs, they found a place for rookie catcher Kyle Schwarber to play Wednesday: left field. That may be something they do as the season goes on to get Schwarber's left-handed bat into the lineup.
Suburban sisters chronicle 'Barefoot Contessa' cooking journey
St. Charles native and actress Monica West and her sister Adrienne make a pledge to cook their way through "Barefoot Contessa" Ina Garten's cookbooks.
Prosecutors: Guns stolen from Beach Park shop may be linked to Chicago violence
Lake County prosecutors are investigating whether any guns stolen from a Beach Park store were used in a shooting or murder in Chicago.
Images: 30th Anniversary of the Arlington Park Fire
Friday, July 31, marks the 30th anniversary of the fire that destroyed Arlington Park.
Young Des Plaines chef cooking up recipe for success
"Presentation is key. You always eat with your eyes first," according to 17-year-old budding chef Quin Santucci. The incoming senior at Maine West High School proved he knows exactly what he's talking about when he served as captain of the Illinois culinary arts team that placed second in the nation in the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America competition.
Southbound lanes re-open on I-294 near Hinsdale
The two southbound lanes on I-294 near Hinsdale that were closed when a semi-truck caught fire earlier this evening have reopened, according to a news release from Illinois State Police. However, the westbound Ogden Avenue ramp remains closed.
State: No casino money for suburbs during budget impasse
Cities that host casinos won't get their latest shares of the taxes that come from gambling losses until Illinois has a full budget in place, state Comptroller Leslie Munger's office said.
Blackhawks getting new practice facility
Blackhawks, city of Chicago set to announce deal for new practice facility
Aurora thief preying on kindness of local business employees
Aurora police are searching for a thief they say has given a few Oscar-worthy performances while bilking local businesses out of cash.
Fashion-savvy mom opening boutique in downtown Lombard
A fashion-savvy mom will offer versatile, affordable and well-fitting clothes to women at her new boutique, Paradiso, scheduled to open next month in downtown Lombard.
Weekend picks: Kevin Hart brings comedy to United Center
Comedian Kevin Hart brings his tour to the United Center. The McHenry and Lake county fairs roll out. And Naperville's Gina Glocksen performs in East Dundee. All this and more this weekend.
Police: Arlington Heights girl dies in 'apparent drug overdose'
A 17-year-old Arlington Heights girl was found unresponsive and never regained consciousness early Sunday morning in a Libertyville home in what police are calling an "apparent drug overdose."
4 things you need to know about lion hunt that caused global outrage
A Minnesota dentist has been publicly condemned for killing a protected lion in Zimbabwe, and a hired guide has been charged with a crime. Here are some details about the case that has gained global attention.
Night life events: Empire coming to Naperville
Sit down with a friend or four and try one of e + o's specialty carafe cocktails for $20.
Settlement reached in 2012 fatal Elgin crash
A $20,000 settlement has been approved for a September 2012 crash that killed an Elgin teen. "It's incredibly frustrating, said Lance Northcutt, attorney for mother of the victim. "It's absurd in Illinois that you can kill someone, and the full extent of insurance coverage that applies to a human being is $20,000."
Rauner, union extend tense talks, avoid strike for now
The tense contract talks between Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Illinois biggest employee union have been extended again, avoiding action like a large, statewide strike. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees' union announced its contract with the state, which expired June 30, has now been extended to at least Sept. 30.
Banana Derby attracts cheers, no controversy at Lake County Fair
If there were any concerns among the Lake County Fair's crowd about whether the Banana Derby mistreats its animal participants, they evaporated in the hot sun.
Man charged in fatal crash pleads not guilty to additional charges
A Long Grove man pleaded not guilty to 10 additonal charges of reckless homicide and aggravated DUI for a crash that killed a Buffalo Grove woman in 2013.
Power restored to Lombard residents Wednesday night
Power has been restored to around 88 customers in Lombard, according to a ComEd official Wednesday night.
How Glenbard West addition will address space, learning needs
Glenbard High School District 87 plans to hire a general contractor for a science addition at Glenbard West. While it's drawn fire from neighbors, teachers say students will benefit from bigger labs.
Offer to donate kidney leads to PKD diagnosis
When Amy Manelli's dad's kidneys failed, she checked to see if she could donate one of hers to him. Doctors found she too had PKD.
Hilco Merchant Resources acquires Deal Genius
Hilco Merchant Resources LLC said it has acquired online retail and daily deal e-commerce brand Deal Genius LLC.
Barrington Marine remembered as 'firecracker'
Michael Scott Guzy was honored as a Marine and remembered as a man by those who loved him most during funeral services Monday at St. Anne Catholic Community in Barrington. Guzy, a 27-year-old from Barrington who was a Marine Corporal, died July 19 when he was struck by an SUV while walking across an interstate in San Diego.
New apartments coming to downtown Mundelein
A 40-unit apartment building is set to replace a vacant industrial building on Hawley Street in Mundelein.
Wheaton pizza bar coaxes big flavor from small plates
Lightly breaded zucchini fritters paired with a chive-accented Parmesan dipping sauce and thin-crust pizza topped with house-made mozzarella are among the hits at Gia Maria.
Ruby Rose breaks out on Netflix's 'Orange is the New Black'
American audiences were introduced to Australian actress Ruby Rose on the third season of the Netflix series "Orange is the New Black," and she's quickly become a breakout star. Rose plays Stella, an inmate at the women's prison who hits it off with Taylor Schilling's lead character, Piper.
Harry Volkman 'seriously ill,' according to family
Legendary Chicago meteorologist Harry Volkman is "seriously ill," according to his friends and family.
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