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Harper College promises two years of free tuition
Harper College President Ken Ender calls it a "high-stakes kind of deal," one that will require high school freshmen to make decent grades, volunteer in their communities and avoid skipping class until they graduate. The big reward? Free tuition. The Promise Scholarship program, launching Monday, is an "opportunity to earn access to college," educators say.
Mom asks Arlington Heights schools to ban peanuts
Earlier this month, Lucca Teuscher had a near deadly anaphylaxis reaction, a result of her severe peanut allergy. But, Lucca, 8, didn't eat any peanuts that day. Now her parents want the schools to make a change. "We want a peanut-free school and, in a dream world, a peanut-free district," Melissa Teuscher said.
Rozner: Bears show true colors with McDonald signing
The Bears know they are untouchable and can run their football team any way they want without fear of consequence. Just spare us the pretense that a decision is made for reasons other than winning games or making money, and don't waste your breath and our time with statements about character or concerns with domestic violence issues.
Kuma's Corner coming to Schaumburg in July
The Chicago-based, heavy-metal-themed burger restaurant Kuma's Corner is on track to open its first suburban location near Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg in a little more than three months. Schaumburg trustees Tuesday unanimously approved the popular eatery's plan to open in the Woodfield Village Green Shopping Center.
Gregor: Addition of Rodon makes Sox team to beat in AL Central
The Tigers have finished first in the AL Central in each of the last four seasons. This year, age, key losses and wear and tear will take a toll on Detroit. Carlos Rodon, meanwhile, is good enough to push the White Sox to the top of the division.
Pension crisis is not real
An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Dear justices, there is no Illinois pension crisis. There is plenty of money to fully fund Illinois pension funds.
Who wins, loses under Illinois school funding proposal
Elgin Area School District U-46 would see the biggest jump in state aid outside Chicago under a proposal to redistribute school aid in Illinois. Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 would take the hardest hit. Here's how other school districts would fare.
Cardinal in hospital for pain, 'hydration issues'
Cardinal Francis George has been hospitalized again for treatment of "hydration issues and pain management," an Archdiocese of Chicago spokeswoman said Saturday.
Joining Hawks 'means a lot' to Hinostroza
Vincent Hinostroza did something Friday night at the United Center that he'd done while growing up a fan of the Blackhawks in Bartlett. He watched his favorite team play the Columbus Blue Jackets, soaking up the sights, sounds and smells of an NHL game. Unlike other fans, however, Hinostroza wore a suit and watched with the knowledge that his lifelong dream of playing for the Hawks was one step closer to reality.
Baseball scoreboard: Saturday's results
Results of area high school baseball games for Saturday, March 28.
Softball scoreboard: Saturday's results
Results of area high school softball games for Saturday, March 28.
Bulls thriving after being spurned by Melo
The New York Knicks will visit the United Center on Saturday with the NBA's worst record. At this point, few would argue the Bulls would be better off now had they signed Carmelo Anthony, who hasn't played since the all-star game. But what would the team look like if he had changed teams?
Harper president tried free tuition program at his last school
Harper College President Ken Ender calls it a "high-stakes kind of deal," one that will require high school freshmen to make decent grades, volunteer in their communities and avoid skipping class until they graduate. The big reward? Free tuition. The Promise Scholarship program, launcing Monday, is an "opportunity to earn access to college," educators say.
Son's illiness causes Maryland coach Frese to 'enjoy the moment'
Maryland women's basketball coach Brenda Frese is focused on March but is anxiously awaiting May. Pending good reports from his doctor, that's when 7-year-old son Tyler could be declared cancer-free.
Guinea president reinforces emergency Ebola measures
Guinea president reinforces emergency Ebola measures, calls for renewed vigilance
Here's why the Apple Watch won't free you from your iPhone
If the Apple Watch turns into a device primarily used to subtly glance at phone notifications, it will have failed. Think of our devices as roads for information. The transition from desktops to smartphones was like the transition from two-lane roads to highways. Adding a smartwatch is like adding a lane.
Despite slump, Blackhawks stay confident
The Blackhawks aren't really playing like a confident team, but they're still talking like one. Despite losing three of the last four games, all against non-contenders, the Hawks aren't lacking in hubris as their grasp on third place in the Central Division slips.
Images: An Hour in Bloomingdale
We spent one hour -- no more, no less -- roaming around Bloomingdale photographing things that caught our eye. The obvious and the obscure, big stuff and small. But all identifiable to Bloomingdale.
Facebook's 'On This Day' seeks to fix problem social media created
Facebook is the latest to get into the nostalgia game; on Tuesday, the company announced a new feature called "On This Day," which will surface past status updates, photos and posts you've been tagged in to a designated page that only you can see. The feature is rolling out gradually, and not all users have access yet. (If you don't want access, too bad: There's apparently no way to entirely opt out of it.)
Change in constitution is only permanent solution to pension crisis
State Rep. Tom Morrison: The free pass to use emergency police powers to fix the state's pension system will last only so long. To get to where we need to be, Illinois needs to change its constitution.
If you put 10% of your paycheck into savings, you should be able to retire
The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College estimates that 53 percent of households are at risk of not being able to maintain their standard of living once they retire. But many investment managers argue that financial security is actually within reach for most Americans, if only they took some simple steps -- and stuck with them.
Chicago funeral home to be turned into apartments
Developer acknowledges turning Chicago funeral home into apartments is 'creepy'
Allergen free Mt. Prospect Easter egg hunt
Many children with allergies have never attended an Easter egg hunt, according to Sonia Walker, co-owner of Nutphree's Bakery. The bakery in Mount Prospect held its first food-free egg hunt Saturday at Trinity United Methodist Church in Mount Prospect. "We had to close advanced registration after only six hours due to the maximum of 100 kids signed up and we now have 100 more on a waiting list," Walker said Saturday.
Five injured in West Chicago crash
Five people were injured in a three-vehicle crash Saturday afternoon in West Chicago, fire officials said. The crash happened at about 2:20 p.m. on Fabyan Parkway about a mile south of Roosevelt Road at McChensney Road, West Chicago fire officials said in a news release.
Boys volleyball scoreboard: Saturday's results
Results of area high school boysl volleyball matches for Saturday, March 28.
Hemmer's slam highlights Mundelein's win
Not in his three previous seasons as Mundelein's head softball coach nor two years as an assistant had Brett Wilhelm won a game in Barrington's annual quad. That changed Saturday, as the Mustangs outslugged Elk Grove 15-8 behind Jamie Hemmer's grand slam and the relief pitching of freshman Breanna Adams. Mundelein left Barrington's Fields of Dreams with a 4-1 overall record after losing to the host Fillies 7-0 in its second game.
Girls soccer scoreboard: Saturday's results
Results of area high school girls soccer games for Saturday, March 28.
Trust, communication key issues in Dist. 200 board race
Better communication and increased trust with the community is a goal of all five candidates for the Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 board of education. The candidates, which include incumbents Jim Gambaiani and Jim Vroman, and newcomers Chris Crabtree and Judith Zapf, are vying for three open seats.
St. Viator wins second straight
Cole Kmet came up twice for St. Viator in key situations Saturday and the sophomore delivered on both times. Two times with two outs and a runner in scoring position, he came through with huge hits to help lead St. Viator past Alabama's top-ranked Class 3A team, Hale County of Alabama, 3-2.
Elgin man gets 25 years in prison for sexually assaulting girl
A former Elgin man was sentenced to 25 years in prison Thursday after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a girl he knew in February 2005. Robert Shachter, 50, of Glendale Heights, will get credit for nearly 300 days spent in jail since his May 2014 arrest. Authorities also found child pornography in a storage locker rented by Shachter, records show.
Sweet title for Barrington
Twenty-four was the magic number for Barrington's boys volleyball team Saturday. That's because junior outside hitter Ethan Carroll owes his running mates 24 doughnuts. The "punishment" was orchestrated by junior outside hitter Joe Roeckell, mostly because of Carroll's serve late in the opening game of the championship match against Loyola. The serve flailed underneath the net."Bad toss, I guess," Carroll said with a smile. Carroll won't mind buying a couple of dozen doughnuts for his teammates given that he was a big reason Barrington went 5-0 in the inaugural Vernon Hills/Barrington invitational.
Girls soccer: Scouting Lake County
Here's what to expect from the high school girls soccer teams of the North Suburban Conference plus Carmel, Grayslake North and Grayslake Central this spring.
Cosley Zoo hosts Great Egg Scramble
If you're going to hold an Easter egg hunt, one of the first things you need to do is come up with a witty name. The folks at Cosley Zoo in Wheaton did just that.
Barrington blasts 6 home runs
Despite the frigid temperatures, Barrington's softball bats were sizzling as the Fillies belted 6 home runs while winning both games of its own quad on Saturday.
Remodeling breathes new life into 1950s ranch home
Just because your house might be small doesn't mean you have to give up on it. Modest ranches can be remodeled to feature an open floor plan more in line with today's styles. Take this gorgeous Libertyville home as an example.
Hundreds rally against Indiana religion law
Since Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed the bill into law Thursday, Indiana has been widely criticized by businesses and organizations around the country, as well as on social media with the hashtag (hash)boycottindiana. Local officials and business groups around the state hope to stem the fallout, though consumer review service Angie's List said Saturday that it is suspending a planned expansion in Indianapolis because of the new law.
Trash bin fire causes smoke damage at Mundelein Goodwill
A trash bin fire caused smoke damage at a Goodwill store in Mundelein on Friday night.
DVD previews: 'The Imitation Game,' 'Interstellar,' 'Wild'
Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch brings vulnerability and warmth to a chilly, slightly off-putting intellectual oddball in "The Imitation Game," a handsome, if gently smoothed-over portrait of World War II cryptanalyst Alan Turing. The film comes to DVD Tuesday, March 31, along with "Interstellar" and "Wild."
Ex-Islamic Foundation finance director admits theft
The former finance director of the Islamic Foundation in Villa Park faces up to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to stealing more than $100,000 from the organization. Inam Rahim, 60, of the 1700 block of Conan Doyle Road, in Naperville, entered the plea Monday, moments before a jury was to be selected for his trial.
Miles: Can Cardinals quiet the doom-and-gloomers again?
Anthony Rizzo said the Cubs could win the National League Central this year. So that's that, right? Well, not quite. Until proven otherwise, the St. Louis Cardinals are the team to beat in the Central. But the Cubs should push toward contention in this extremely competitive division.
A summary of Daily Herald endorsements in suburban school and municipal races
A summary of Daily Herald endorsements in municipal and school elections around the suburbs.
Fiorina goes after Clinton as she nears presidential bid
Former tech exec Fiorina likely GOP presidential candidate, sees Clinton confidence issue
Knicks' rebuild has familiar look
The New York Knicks are going to set a franchise record for losses in a season and it's ironic that team president Phil Jackson's rebuilding plan has so much in common with Jerry Krause's post-dynasty goals with the Bulls. Knicks coach Derek Fisher talked about that before Saturday's game at the United Center.
Girls soccer: Scouting the Fox Valley
Here's what to expect from the girls soccer teams in the Fox Valley area this season.
Durbin statements show double standard
A Barrington letter to the editor: Dear Sen. Durbin: I noticed that you felt Republicans put Loretta Lynch on the "back of the bus." Seems to me you did not vote for Condoleeza Rice--- are you a racist?
McGraw: Knicks offer no challenge at all for Bulls
With Saturday night's lopsided victory over the New York Knicks, the Bulls (45-29) have won five of their last six and matched a season best by moving 16 games above .500. They remain 2 games in the loss column behind second-place Cleveland and 1 ahead of fourth-place Toronto with eight games remaining.
Huntley opens by blanking Elk Grove
When Huntley's girls soccer opener against Palatine Tuesday was postponed Deanna Hecht wasn't happy. After missing most of the 2014 season with an ACL injury, Hecht was eager to play. The senior got her chance and made the most of it Saturday. Scoring 3 goals, including the first goal of the game with only 22 seconds elapsed, Hecht's healthy return keyed Huntley to a 5-0 win over Elk Grove in nonconference action in Huntley Saturday.
Burlington Central rolls in Florida opener
The Burlington Central baseball team opened its spring break trip to Florida on Saturday with a resounding 15-0 win over Aquinas Institute.
Singapore bids farewell to Lee Kuan Yew in elaborate funeral
Singapore bids farewell to longtime leader with elaborate funeral, procession through city
Basketball's class struggle continues, in Peoria
There will be a silver anniversary celebration in 2020 of the boys basketball state tournaments being played in Peoria. The biggest question that now needs to be answered is how to get more fans back to see the teams chasing high school hoops gold.
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