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    Authorities: Georgia man stole millions from Aon Hewitt

    Authorities: Georgia man stole millions from Aon Hewitt
    A Georgia man who once worked for Lincolnshire-based Aon Hewitt is accused of stealing millions of dollars from the company, authorities said Monday.

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    Kotowski: Rifle association not truthful about meeting

    Kotowski: Rifle association not truthful about meeting
    The Illinois State Rifle Association is urging members to flood what it calls a gun control recruitment meeting Thursday being held in Roselle by Democratic state Sen. Dan Kotowski. Kotowski's flier for the meeting, though, says nothing about guns and he calls the group "reckless."

  • 3
    Bulls' Fredette doesn't disappoint

    Bulls' Fredette doesn't disappoint
    D.J. Augustin missed Monday's game to be at the birth of his son, which meant guard Jimmer Fredette finally got extended playing time. Fredette took advantage by scoring 17 points in 31 minutes as the Bulls beat Orlando 108-95 at the United Center.

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    Motorola Solutions shrinks, while Zebra grows

    Motorola Solutions shrinks, while Zebra grows
    Schaumburg-based Motorola Solutions Inc. continues to chip away at its legendary status by selling its Enterprise unit to Lincolnshire's Zebra Technologies for about $3.45 billion. While Zebra continues to pick up steam, building its radio-frequency identification and specialty Internet-related products, Motorola shrinks both in workforce and focus.

  • 5

    St. Charles aldermen ready to boot firm from downtown
    St. Charles aldermen gave a local employer of 150 people an eviction notice from a downtown office space Monday night because the company is not a retail business.

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    Warrenville comedian makes a career in TV commercials

    Warrenville comedian makes a career in TV commercials
    Comedian Jon Huck of Warrenville built a career being funny on stage and on camera. His wild-haired yet average guy style has landed him roles in movies and dozens of TV commercials. One of his most popular videos, the "Guitar Baby" ad for Rocksmith, has close to 5 million views on YouTube. "Commercials aren't about skill. They're about a look," he said.

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    District 220 parents have plenty to say about class sizes
    Around 30 parents voiced their concerns about projected class sizes at elementary schools in Barrington Unit District 220 during a school board meeting Monday afternoon. What was scheduled to be 15 minutes of public comment ended up dragging on for nearly two hours as parents, board members and administrators spoke -- at times, over each other -- about the issue.

  • 8
    Going to a Cruise Night? Here's what you need to know

    Going to a Cruise Night? Here's what you need to know
    When the summer sun is out, there are dozens of fine cruise nights and car shows to sample in the Chicago area. Few events can compare to the one-of-a-kind experience of gazing at rows of classic cars.

  • 9
    Dundee-Crown names Steinhaus new football coach

    Dundee-Crown names Steinhaus new football coach
    Dundee-Crown has picked one of its all-time great athletes to lead the football program. Mike Steinhaus, a 2003 graduate and a 2013 inductee to the school's athletic hall of fame, has been named head coach, the school announced Tuesday. He succeeds Vito Andriola, who left the position last month for the same job at Grant.Mikey Steinhaus, a former all-area standout at Dundee-Crown, has been named to succeed Vito Andriola as the Chargers' new head football coach, the school announced on Tuesday morning.

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    Suburban marathoners head to Boston with purpose

    Suburban marathoners head to Boston with purpose
    Shortly after running the Boston Marathon last year and scrambling away from the horrific scene at the finish line, Gurnee mom Sue Balthazor got to her hotel room and turned on the TV news. She watched coverage of the aftermath of the twin bomb explosions for only a few minutes before turning to her husband, Dave, and saying, "I have to come back next year."

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    DuPage mayors step up push for pension reform

    DuPage mayors step up push for pension reform
    DuPage County mayors say they've already waited years for Illinois to address a growing crisis by reforming municipal police and fire pension systems so cities and villages can rein in costs. Now they want to see progress, especially since state lawmakers have approved a pension overhaul for some Chicago city workers. "Personally, I was patient until Mayor Rahm Emanuel went to Springfield and showed the rest of the mayors of the state how to get it done," Hanover Park Village President Rodney Craig said. "Then my patience kind of runs out."

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    Route 59 lane closures set to be 'big deal'

    Route 59 lane closures set to be 'big deal'
    When the road work season starts in earnest Monday on Route 59 in Naperville and Aurora, drivers can expect delays that they'll have to "get used to." Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction under the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks beginning Monday. "That's going to be a big deal because that particular road configuration is going to be in place until we're looking at this fall," city spokeswoman Allison Albrecht said.

  • 13
    This White Sox start — good and bad — can't last

    This White Sox start — good and bad — can't last
    This brand of White Sox baseball is something fans haven't seen in quite some time. While the timely hitting is hard to believe, so are the struggles by the pitching staff, says Chris Rongey.

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    Review: Ups and downs with Google Glass apps

    Review: Ups and downs with Google Glass apps
    Google Glass is like a fickle friend. Surprises await, such as the time it took a photo of my ceiling while I was making carrot and ginger soup. I've been using Google's Web-connected eyewear over the past few months. Spending a day trying to get some chores done with it was frustrating at times, though it gave me a glimpse of what might be possible down the line.

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    Police: Boy brought loaded gun to Aurora school
    A 13-year-old boy who wanted to show off a gun to his friends brought the loaded weapon into an Aurora middle school Monday, police said.

  • 16

    Softball: Top 20 rankings
    Undefeated Libertyville, at 12-0 and off to its best start in 20 years, is the new No. 1 team in the Daily Herald's Top 20 softball rankings.

  • 17
    Authorities want Aurora rapist committed after prison release

    Authorities want Aurora rapist committed after prison release
    The Illinois Attorney General's Office is seeking to have a 49-year-old Aurora man classified as a sexually violent person and detained indefinitely by the state's Department of Human Services. Joseph Gonzalez is set for release from prison at the end of April after an 18-year sentence from a 1998 Aurora rape.

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    Report: Walgreen pressured to move HQ to Europe

    Report: Walgreen pressured to move HQ to Europe
    Deerfield-based Walgreen Co. was under pressure by a group of shareholders to relocate its headquarters to Europe to take advantage of tax breaks, the Financial Times reported Monday.

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    Harper prof squeezes century of local mob hits into book

    Harper prof squeezes century of local mob hits into book
    What is it about the Chicago mob that still fascinates us? Harper College professor Wayne Johnson shares his thoughts in his new book detailing more than 1,400 mob hits since the 1920s. "You know what makes it so insidious? Their ability to get into places that affect every aspect of our lives," says Johnson, who notes cases where politicians, judges and police officers cooperated with mobsters.

  • 20
    Schaumburg's budget boosts roadwork, lowers taxes

    Schaumburg's budget boosts roadwork, lowers taxes
    While Schaumburg expects to be earning and spending only slightly more in the next budget year, the coming construction season is planned to be an especially big one for road maintenance. The village's $31 million capital improvement plan for 2014-15 is one of the largest of recent years, featuring $23 million for road repair and reconstruction.

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    Naperville teacher knows what makes students tick

    Naperville teacher knows what makes students tick
    After nearly three decades in the classroom, Naperville teacher Jeni Rogers knows what makes kids tick. She believes in building emotional bonds with her students based on mutual caring, respect and trust. "In a lot of ways," Principal Tracy Dvorchak says, "Jeni is the heart and soul of this school." Here's how she does it ...

  • 22
    Dawn Patrol: Snow will go away; Aurora boy brings gun to school

    Dawn Patrol: Snow will go away; Aurora boy brings gun to school
    Snow falls, not expected to stay. Aurora boy brought loaded gun to school. Georgia man stole millions from Aon Hewitt. DuPage mayors step up push for pension reforms. ECC examines outsourcing custodial services. ComEd sends drop notices in error. Bulls beat Magic.

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    Drop notices sent to residents by mistake
    An "Confirmation of Drop" letter that was recently sent from ComEd to residents of several Northwest suburban communities that participate in electric aggregation was a mistake. It is causing confusion among residents and forcing each community to clarify the future of the program.

  • 24
    Cadence names new president of Delnor Hospital

    Cadence names new president of Delnor Hospital
    Winfield-based Cadence Health has named Maureen Bryant president of Delnor Hospital in Geneva, and executive vice president of Cadence Health.

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    Prospect Hts. names new city administrator

    Prospect Hts. names new city administrator
    The prospect Heights City Council Monday introduced Kenneth Lopez, who has considerable experience with smaller communities, as its new city administrator. Lopez has served in similar positions in Pingree Grove, Beach Park and Johnsburg and was director of economic development in North Aurora.

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    Amrich campaign supporter could double commission stipend
    A politically connected Island Lake resident who last week was named to a paid position on the village's fire and police commission has been nominated to serve as its secretary, which would double her stipend for service, records show.

  • 27
    They're back: Toews, Kane ready to go

    They're back: Toews, Kane ready to go
    Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane have gotten used to the lonely life of injury rehab in the NHL the past few weeks, but all that's about to change when the full squad gathers for practice Tuesday, and for the dynamic duo, it can't happen soon enough.

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    Cool outcome for Buffalo Grove

    Cool outcome for Buffalo Grove
    Buffalo Grove underlined its status as the top girls soccer team in the Mid-Suburban League this season -- to date, anyway -- after defeating host Barrington 3-2 Monday evening in the snow and cold. The Bison (10-0-0, 4-0-0) join the Fillies (5-1-2, 4-1-0) atop the MSL standings with 12 points after sending the Fillies to their first loss of the season.

  • 29

    Mortgage debt forgiveness back on table
    Here's some good news for homeowners worried that Congress will fail again to renew popular tax benefits for use in 2014 -- especially those allowing for mortgage debt forgiveness, write-offs for energy-saving improvements and mortgage insurance premiums.

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    5 things to know about Tax Day

    5 things to know about Tax Day
    The deadline for filing taxes is midnight Tuesday. Here are five things to consider as the deadline nears, as well as six giant red flags that could get you audited by the IRS.

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    Woodridge man among those charged with tax fraud
    Federal authorities announced indictments of seven Chicago area residents, including men from Woodridge, Dolton and Lockport, on charges of tax fraud.

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    Just call St. Edward's Brieger ‘traveling man'

    Just call St. Edward's Brieger ‘traveling man'
    St. Edward girls soccer coach Tim Brieger pulled his best P.J. White this past weekend as far as traveling is concern. Back in November White, St. Edward's Athletic Director and head boys basketball coach, had the uncanny task of coaching in two different places on the same day -- helping Batavia win its first state football championship as an assistant coach in DeKalb, then catching a ride to Elgin to coach his Green Wave basketball team to a Westminster Christian tournament championship the same night.Brieger was in Champaign coaching the Green Wave in the Urbana Invite Saturday but had to come back to the Marriott Hotel in Hoffman Estates for the St. Edward Tidal Wave banquet, where he accepted the Gregory the Great Award for Excellence in Education, which is in dedication to Catholic education and values.

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    New appeal in Naperville police chief pension case

    New appeal in Naperville police chief pension case
    The benefits package for Naperville police Chief Robert Marshall remains in question nearly two years after he was named to the position. The Illinois attorney general's office has filed an appeal seeking to stop Marshall from collecting a police pension while he also is being paid as chief. Filed April 4, the appeal follows a March 6 ruling by DuPage County Judge Paul Fullerton that Marshall should continue to receive his police pension while also getting his chief's salary. His salary is $154,775 a year, while his annual police pension is $104,129.

  • 34
    Barrington's ‘White House' plans move forward

    Barrington's ‘White House' plans move forward
    Barrington's plan to renovate the 116-year-old "White House" into a village cultural and community center took another step forward Monday night when the village board approved a $28,300 contract to a local engineering firm to design a new, more accessible entrance to the building.

  • 35
    Closer by committee? Cubs ought to give it a shot

    Closer by committee? Cubs ought to give it a shot
    With the season only 12 games old, the Cubs already have a crisis at the closer's spot, with veteran Jose Veras having lost the job, at least for now. Daily Herald Cubs reporter Bruce Miles says if there's one team a closer-by committee system suits, it's the 2014 Cubs.

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    Two men charged in Elgin knife fight

    Two men charged in Elgin knife fight
    Two Elgin men are charged in connection to a knife attack on Sunday morning. Edwin Y. Vega, 21, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and Omar Monroy, 21, faces charges of cocaine possession. Both men are charged with mob action in the fight, in which a victim was cut on the hand fending off an attack with a pocket knife, police said.

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    Puppy ready for her lessons at Grayslake Central

    Puppy ready for her lessons at Grayslake Central
    At just 5 months old, Bailey has been receiving an education at Grayslake Central High School since January. Bailey is a black Labrador, her teacher is junior Abby Perkowitz, and the lesson is using the school environment as part of Bailey's socialization training toward becoming a guide dog. "She learns how to act in crowds and she learns how to be invisible and sit there," Perkowitz said.

  • 38
    Grandwood Park man pleads guilty to sexually assaulting child

    Grandwood Park man pleads guilty to sexually assaulting child
    A Grandwood Park man pleaded guilty Tuesday to molesting a 7-year-old child in 2012. Nyasha Mbawa, 20, of the 36000 block of Grand Oaks Court, will be sentenced on June 18 to 13 to 30 years in prison. He pleaded guilty to one count of criminal sexual assault.

  • 39

    ECC considers outsourcing custodial services
    The Elgin Community College administration is looking into outsourcing custodial services, which could mean the college potentially laying off roughly 98 full-time and part-time custodial employees. Dozens of custodial employees packed a recent ECC board of trustees meeting calling for the board to drop the idea of hiring an outside maintenance firm.

  • 40

    Obama doing what's best for country
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Hatred is an ugly thing. And when we read of the hundreds of hate groups in the U.S., we are terribly saddened. The bulk of them are directed toward our first African-American president. They wish he would just disappear. But they do not comprehend the damage they are doing to themselves and their country.

  • 41
    Elgin lunch lady brings nutrition lessons home

    Elgin lunch lady brings nutrition lessons home
    As the manager of food services for an Elgin school district, Cook of the Week Christina Hernandez is responsible for more than 20,000 meals a day for children. Blame it on her job, but Christina is also very concerned about nutrition. "Working at the schools has really opened my eyes and has influenced me in my cooking at home." In her free time, this avid vegetable gardener also enjoys baking butter cookies and cakes for friends and family.

  • 42
    Gurnee mayor addresses park plans to township

    Gurnee mayor addresses park plans to township
    Gurnee Mayor Kristina Kovarik said she didn't mean to slight Warren Township government by keeping secret her plan to have a park named for the village's longest-serving elected official. Warren Township shares responsibility with the village and Gurnee Park District for what now is Richard A. Welton Plaza.

  • 43
    Will new Amtrak service to Rockford be a boon?

    Will new Amtrak service to Rockford be a boon?
    Elgin leaders are expecting "unprecedented growth" in business with the anticipated Amtrak service between Rockford and Chicago starting next year. Meanwhile, Huntley officials say the new rail line might help them obtain a long-envisioned commuter train service in town. "It's important for the whole area to have sound infrastructure and transportation, and helps (with) recruiting business to this area," said Bob Malm, director of the Elgin Development Group.

  • 44

    Boston: Close call that day made her a runner
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: On April 15, 2013, I was sitting alone on a curb on Boylston Street waiting for the amazing participants of the Boston Marathon to run past me and cross the finish line. I had gone out to Boston to watch my friend complete the race. I had a great spot right before the finish line, and for hours I cheered with strangers who became my friends that day.

  • 45

    Bulls release Shengelia, sign ex-Rockets forward
    The Bulls made another player move Monday and this one has more to do with the long-term future than the playoffs. They released forward Tornike "Toko" Shengelia and signed former Houston forward Greg Smith for the remainder of the season.

  • 46
    Broker left behind Wall Street for Libertyville streets

    Broker left behind Wall Street for Libertyville streets
    Kukec's People features Bill Kaiser, who was a broker for 36 years, owning William S. Kaiser Corp. since 1978, which then morphed into Zap Futures Inc. when he introduced electronic trading in 1994. He had 24 brokers and 12 support staff and even did live 5-minute reports from the Mercantile Exchange daily for CNBC. Now, he owns two family-oriented businesses in Libertyville. What made him change?

  • 47
    Daley nephew released from jail

    Daley nephew released from jail
    A nephew of former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley has been released from jail after serving a 60-day sentence for involuntary manslaughter.

  • 48

    Girls soccer: Monday's results

  • 49
    Last call for Mickey Finn's at old location

    Last call for Mickey Finn's at old location
    Mickey Finn's, a familiar gathering place whose name has become synonymous with Libertyville, will have last call this Sunday before moving to a larger renovated facility just down Milwaukee Avenue. "Nobody knew what to ko with this buidling, but for us, it's the perfect building," said owner Brian Grano.

  • 50
    Police: Utah mom admitted to killing her 6 babies

    Police: Utah mom admitted to killing her 6 babies
    Authorities say a Utah woman accused of killing six babies that she gave birth to over 10 years told investigators that she either strangled or suffocated the children and then put them inside boxes in her garage. According to a probable cause statement released by police Monday, Megan Huntsman said that between 1996 and 2006, she gave birth to at least seven babies at her home and that all but one of them were born alive.

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    Obama doing what's best for country
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Hatred is an ugly thing. And when we read of the hundreds of hate groups in the U.S., we are terribly saddened. The bulk of them are directed toward our first African-American president. They wish he would just disappear. But they do not comprehend the damage they are doing to themselves and their country.

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    Report: Walgreen pressured to move HQ to Europe

    Report: Walgreen pressured to move HQ to Europe
    Deerfield-based Walgreen Co. was under pressure by a group of shareholders to relocate its headquarters to Europe to take advantage of tax breaks, the Financial Times reported Monday.

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    Kotowski: Rifle association not truthful about meeting

    Kotowski: Rifle association not truthful about meeting
    The Illinois State Rifle Association is urging members to flood what it calls a gun control recruitment meeting Thursday being held in Roselle by Democratic state Sen. Dan Kotowski. Kotowski's flier for the meeting, though, says nothing about guns and he calls the group "reckless."

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    DuPage mayors step up push for pension reform

    DuPage mayors step up push for pension reform
    DuPage County mayors say they've already waited years for Illinois to address a growing crisis by reforming municipal police and fire pension systems so cities and villages can rein in costs. Now they want to see progress, especially since state lawmakers have approved a pension overhaul for some Chicago city workers. "Personally, I was patient until Mayor Rahm Emanuel went to Springfield and showed the rest of the mayors of the state how to get it done," Hanover Park Village President Rodney Craig said. "Then my patience kind of runs out."

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    Amrich campaign supporter could double commission stipend

    Amrich campaign supporter could double commission stipend
    A politically connected Island Lake resident who last week was named to a paid position on the village's fire and police commission has been nominated to serve as its secretary, which would double her stipend for service, records show.

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    Naperville teacher knows what makes students tick

    Naperville teacher knows what makes students tick
    After nearly three decades in the classroom, Naperville teacher Jeni Rogers knows what makes kids tick. She believes in building emotional bonds with her students based on mutual caring, respect and trust. "In a lot of ways," Principal Tracy Dvorchak says, "Jeni is the heart and soul of this school." Here's how she does it ...

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    Closer by committee? Cubs ought to give it a shot

    Closer by committee? Cubs ought to give it a shot
    With the season only 12 games old, the Cubs already have a crisis at the closer's spot, with veteran Jose Veras having lost the job, at least for now. Daily Herald Cubs reporter Bruce Miles says if there's one team a closer-by committee system suits, it's the 2014 Cubs.

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    Mortgage debt forgiveness back on table

    Mortgage debt forgiveness back on table
    Here's some good news for homeowners worried that Congress will fail again to renew popular tax benefits for use in 2014 -- especially those allowing for mortgage debt forgiveness, write-offs for energy-saving improvements and mortgage insurance premiums.

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    Last call for Mickey Finn's at old location

    Last call for Mickey Finn's at old location
    Mickey Finn's, a familiar gathering place whose name has become synonymous with Libertyville, will have last call this Sunday before moving to a larger renovated facility just down Milwaukee Avenue. "Nobody knew what to ko with this buidling, but for us, it's the perfect building," said owner Brian Grano.

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    Going to a Cruise Night? Here's what you need to know

    Going to a Cruise Night? Here's what you need to know
    When the summer sun is out, there are dozens of fine cruise nights and car shows to sample in the Chicago area. Few events can compare to the one-of-a-kind experience of gazing at rows of classic cars.

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