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    People push for 'no gay' board member's ouster

    People push for 'no gay' board member's ouster
    Calls were made and 400 people showed to support for the resignation of Warren Township High School board member Liz Biondi for saying she would not want to hire someone who is gay to replace retiring Superintendent Mary Perry Bates. "I am appalled that in this day and age, an elected public official would exhibit such ignorance and prejudice toward a group of people," one public commenter said.

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    Barrington player's mock highlight reel goes viral

    Barrington player's mock highlight reel goes viral
    Jack Lenihan may not be destined for the NFL, but the backup wide receiver for the Barrington High School varsity football team might have a future in comedy. A mock "recruiting" video Jack made highlighting his junior season -- mostly showing him standing on the sidelines watching his teammates in action -- went viral this week, earned him national attention and even a pair of college offers.

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    Stevenson students caught in sexting investigation

    Stevenson students caught in sexting investigation
    Several Stevenson High School students are under investigation for sexting lewd selfie images, school and police officials said Tuesday. Stevenson High School District 125 spokesman Jim Conrey said administrators became aware this week that juvenile students were texting lewd images of themselves.

  • 4
    Rozner: Bears' Cutler doing what he does best

    Rozner: Bears' Cutler doing what he does best
    Jay Cutler is an empty suit in a building filled with empty suits and the temptation is to blame those with the power to hold him accountable for the failure to hold Cutler accountable. That's easy to say. It is impossible to do.

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    Barrington Hills passes new rules on horse boarding

    Barrington Hills passes new rules on horse boarding
    The Barrington Hills village board passed new rules this week on the number of horses allowed at commercial boarding operations, possibly ending what's been a long-standing controversy in a town that proudly proclaims its equestrian friendly atmosphere. The measure was passed during a special meeting Monday before a large crowd at Countryside Elementary School.

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    Campton Hills leader explains why police chief should go

    Campton Hills leader explains why police chief should go
    Campton Hills Village President Patsy Smith on Tuesday outlined her case as to why she wants the village's police chief dismissed when his contract expires later this month. "After careful consideration, I believe it is no longer in the village's best interest to continue his appointment," Smith wrote in a memo Tuesday to trustees. Trustees talked all Tuesday night and looked to continue past midnight to discuss Hoffman's contract and other issues.

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    Watchdog: Deal helps Medinah club, could hurt neighbors

    Watchdog: Deal helps Medinah club, could hurt neighbors
    A settlement deal that promises backloaded assessment reductions for Medinah Country Club this year through 2016 could wind up meaning higher taxes for neighboring property owners over the next three years. But officials who negotiated the deal argue the 17 government agencies that receive property taxes from the golf club potentially saved the same taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in future legal bills by settling.

  • 8
    North Barrington attorney pleads not guilty

    North Barrington attorney pleads not guilty
    A North Barrington attorney pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of breaking into a Hawthorn Woods home and using a gun to threaten his ex-wife and daughter.

  • 9
    LeGere: No two ways about it -- Cutler must go

    LeGere: No two ways about it -- Cutler must go
    Jay Cutler's most recent sub-standard performance Monday night in the Bears' 31-15 loss to the Saints should be more than enough to convince the team to move in another direction as soon as possible.

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    Body of Woodstock paddleboarder, 19, found in Florida
    The body of a missing 19-year-old Woodstock paddleboarder has been found in southwest Florida. Police say the body of 19-year-old Chad Winter was found Tuesday about 300 feet offshore in 10 feet of water. Winters was vacationing with his girlfriend when he went missing Monday while paddleboarding off Algiers Beach.

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    Rozner: NIU expansion plan leads to Big 12 talk

    Rozner: NIU expansion plan leads to Big 12 talk
    NIU has unveiled plans to double the expansion of Huskie Stadium at a time when there are rumors that they might be a target of the Big 12.

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    Police seek help in ID of Palatine area armed robber

    Police seek help in ID of Palatine area armed robber
    Cook County Sheriff's police have released a photo of a suspect as they seek to identify the man who robbed a gas station in unincorporated Palatine about 2 a.m. Monday.

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    Schaumburg sets $146 million capital improvement plan
    Schaumburg trustees Tuesday recommended approval of a $146 million capital improvement plan for the next five years that includes road repairs, new tollway interchanges and replacement of trees destroyed by the emerald ash borer. For the work planned, the village has already received $35 million in grants and is continuing to pursue more.

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    Fire battalion chief terminated
    After months of disciplinary proceedings, Carol Stream Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Joseph Gilles was terminated. His attorney vowed an appeal after Monday's hearing.

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    St. Charles student takes talent, ideas to Italy

    St. Charles student takes talent, ideas to Italy
    Emily Thornton of St. Charles talks to Dave Heun about her trip to Italy as a finalist in the global Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Foundation's Young Earth Solutions (YES!) contest.

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    Guard accused of not assisting paralyzed inmate has died

    Guard accused of not assisting paralyzed inmate has died
    A former Lake County jail guard facing charges for not assisting an inmate who was paralyzed during a 2011 jailhouse scuffle has died. Robert Schlesser, 49, of Round Lake Beach, was pronounced dead at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at Centegra Hospital -- McHenry. The cause of death was blood clots in his lungs, McHenry County Coroner Anne Majewski said.

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    Rolling Meadows mourns passing of police commander

    Rolling Meadows mourns passing of police commander
    Rolling Meadows police Cmdr. Thomas Calcagno, a 23-year veteran of the department, died Tuesday after a battle with cancer. Calcagno, 54, distinguished himself throughout the law enforcement community and set an example of a loyal, honorable and courageous officer, according to Rolling Meadows Police Chief David Scanlan.

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    ABC 7 to add 7 p.m. newscast on WCIU

    ABC 7 to add 7 p.m. newscast on WCIU
    ABC 7 announced plans Tuesday to launch a 7 p.m. newscast on WCIU, The U, the flagship station of Weigel Broadcasting Co. It will be the only live local newscast in the Chicago viewing area in that time slot.

  • 19
    Brainerd Building finally coming down

    Brainerd Building finally coming down
    As construction crews continued reducing Libertyville's former Brainerd school building to rubble Wednesday, local resident Michael Kolman visited the site and pondered the 97-year-old facility's inglorious demise. "I'm sad," said Kolman

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    Girls basketball scoreboard: Tuesday's results
    Results for area girls high school basketball games for Tuesday, Dec. 16.

  • 21
    Tensions linger after Buffalo Grove plan collapses

    Tensions linger after Buffalo Grove plan collapses
    Chuck Malk has walked away from his plans to redevelop the Buffalo Grove Golf Club and village campus into a downtown featuring high-rise condominiums, entertainment venues, retail and office buildings, and dozens of acres of open space. But the developer's proposal has left behind a mess -- including a fractured village board and apprehensive neighbors -- just in time for a contentious election season.

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    Schaumburg has a defensive day to remember

    Schaumburg has a defensive day to remember
    After his team's loss to Oak Park on Saturday, new Schaumburg coach Marty Manning said that he would prefer his team to stay away from Saturday games in the future. "We just didn't have much energy Saturday," Manning said before his team tipped off against Prospect on Tuesday night. "It's tough playing back-to-back nights. I never liked it when I played. We will get to a Tuesday-Friday schedule next season because that's what you play in the state playoffs and I want our kids ready for that." Schaumburg seemed plenty ready Tuesday. They forced turnovers at the beginning and down the stretch to post a 47-40 victory over the Knights.

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    Obama: U.S. re-establishing relations with Cuba

    Obama: U.S. re-establishing relations with Cuba
    President Barack Obama announced the re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba on Wednesday and declared an end to America's "outdated approach" to the communist island in a historic shift aimed at ending a half-century of Cold War enmity. "These 50 years have shown that isolation has not worked," Obama said in remarks from the White House. "It's time for a new approach."

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    Rauner: State agencies say they'll run out of money

    Rauner: State agencies say they'll run out of money
    Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner said Tuesday state agencies are asking for about $760 million to prevent running out of money by the summer, but he didn't outline a plan to address it. The Winnetka businessman said agencies have been spending faster than they should instead of making their budgets last a full year.

  • 25
    Former Carpentersville resident surmounts injury, loss to be producer

    Former Carpentersville resident surmounts injury, loss to be producer
    The story of Carpentersville native Peter Soby Jr.'s life is so preposterously fraught with loss, tragedy, harmonic convergence and good will toward men that it would sound unbelievable even in a holiday fantasy film. "My charging force is to always be looking ahead," said the Barrington High School grad, now a movie producer. He makes the most of situations and tries "hard as I can try."

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    Dawn Patrol: 'No gay' remarks decried; player's viral highlight reel

    Dawn Patrol: 'No gay' remarks decried; player's viral highlight reel
    Community decries board member's 'no gay' remarks. Barrington player's mock highlight reel goes viral. Metra hopes plan eases overcrowding at Union Station. Dist. 200 considers enrollment change for apartment complex. Three men charged in Aurora armed robberies. Rolling Meadows man gets 12 years for sex assault. Elgin man sentenced to 15 years for cocaine delivery. It's official: Melky Cabrera joins White Sox.

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    Boys basketball scoreboard: Tuesday's results
    Results of area high school boys basketball games for Tuesday, Dec. 16.

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    Danica Patrick to promote local hospital campaign

    Danica Patrick to promote local hospital campaign
    Professional race car driver Danica Patrick will be the face, the voice and the role model behind the "Healthy Driven" campaign, a new Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare marketing effort that encourages people to set goals and become healthier. "She's symbolic of this whole campaign," Edward-Elmhurst CEO Pam Davis said about Patrick. "She works out. She eats healthy. She's tough and intense but very approachable."

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    Hawthorn Woods wants to get it right on Route 53 recommendation

    Hawthorn Woods wants to get it right on Route 53 recommendation
    The Hawthorn Woods village board has agreed that Mayor Joe Mancion can consult with an expert on an as-needed basis regarding the potential impact of a Route 53 extension through the villlage. Mancino is on the financial and land use committees that will make recommendaitons on funding and land uses to the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority.

  • 30
    Hawks keep Raanta; re-assign Darling

    Hawks keep Raanta; re-assign Darling
    The winner of the Blackhawks' backup goalie derby is Antti Raanta, who started Tuesday night and got his second straight victory in the 5-3 win over Minnesota.Scott Darling was reassigned to the Rockford IceHogs. He appeared in seven games with the Hawks, going 5-2 with a .937 save percentage and 1.97 goals-against average.

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    D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah' plays to message of rising up

    D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah' plays to message of rising up
    The phrase "long-awaited album" gets tossed around quite a bit. But "Black Messiah," D'Angelo's follow-up to 2000's "Voodoo" comes after a 14-year wait. But "Black Messiah" is finally here, both amazing and right on time, arriving as demonstrators across the nation demand change after the recent slayings of unarmed black men by police in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York.

  • 32
    Elgin student organizes concert to fight hunger

    Elgin student organizes concert to fight hunger
    One might call Tanner Bednar's upcoming "Rock the Halls" concert in Elgin "philosophy in action.""We were talking about hunger around the world, about how families and kids go hungry, and how dumb it is that it's still going on nowadays. Because we could stop it -- and we don't," said the sophomore at Lake Forest College. "I walked out of class at 3:50 p.m. and I started making calls that night."

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    Updated: 1,000 attend Topinka memorial

    Updated: 1,000 attend Topinka memorial
    Late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka has been remembered as a tough, honest leader with a signature sense of humor. Crowds filled a union hall in Countryside on Wednesday to pay respects. Individuals included the state's top leaders, lawmakers, local leaders and Illinoisans who knew her for more than 70 years.

  • 34
    'DWTS' champs visit Deer Park

    'DWTS' champs visit Deer Park
    Shoppers at Deer Park Town Center must have been checking their calendars to make sure it wasn't Black Friday. The line of people pouring out the doors of the Vera Bradley store Sunday -- with a few Lake County Sheriff's deputies in the mix to keep order -- wasn't there for deals, but to meet "Dancing with Stars" champions Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

  • 35
    Metra hopes plan eases overcrowding at Union Station

    Metra hopes plan eases overcrowding at Union Station
    Metra and Amtrak unveiled a plan to accommodate riders when there's a overwhelming surge of passengers at Union Station. Sardine-like and disorganized conditions have been the norm previously.

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    Dist. 200 considers enrollment change for apartment complex
    According to the Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200's boundary map, students living in the Covered Bridges Apartments in Carol Stream should attend Hawthorne Elementary. But a population "bubble" at Hawthorne a few years ago resulted in the district enrolling any new families from the complex at Pleasant Hill Elementary, where there was more room. "We're looking at how can we stabilize and create a predictable enrollment strategy for both of those schools," said Erica Loiacono, director of public relations.

  • 37
    Elgin hires communications director

    Elgin hires communications director
    The city of Elgin has hired a communications director, its first in 14 years. Kristine Liptrot has 23 years of experience in communications. "I believe in being open, honest and transparent, which the administration in Elgin seems to say as well," she said. " I think that will be a very good working relationship."

  • 38
    Des Plaines alderman questions mayor's appointees

    Des Plaines alderman questions mayor's appointees
    Des Plaines aldermen are delaying their confirmation vote on four of Mayor Matt Bogusz's appointments to city panels at least another three weeks. Fourth Ward Alderman Dick Sayad, one of Bogusz's harshest critics, asked the vote be delayed until the city council reconvenes in the new year, and once city attorneys examine the validity of information Sayad says he was provided about one of Bogusz's appointees.

  • 39

    Cop's 'Breathe easy' shirt aims to shift perceptions
    Jason Barthel, a police officer and business owner, was growing frustrated with the use of "I can't breathe" as a form of protest against perceived police brutality. Then, seeing the University of Notre Dame women's basketball team don shirts displaying the phrase at a game Saturday, he told the South Bend Tribune, was a slap in the face for law enforcement. So he's selling shirts of his own. "Breathe easy, don't break the law."

  • 40

    Northwest suburban police blotter
    Police reported three more burglaries in north Arlington Heights after a string of them in late November, when more than $5,000 of electronics was taken from five homes in the 4100 and 4200 block of North Bloomington Avenue, 4200 block of Mallard Lane and 4000 block of Newport Lane.

  • 41
    Flu coming earlier, harsher than last year

    Flu coming earlier, harsher than last year
    Illinois' flu season started earlier this year, and the most prevalent strain is also the one known for causing the most severe illness. In the suburbs, hospitals are temporarily banning visitors under the age of 18 because of an influx in the number of patients with the flu.

  • 42
    NIU graduate shot outside Texas TV station

    NIU graduate shot outside Texas TV station
    A weather forecaster who attended Northern Illinois University was shot multiple times outside a central Texas television station Wednesday morning, according to reports.

  • 43
    Suburban districts get funding boost for preschool programs

    Suburban districts get funding boost for preschool programs
    Elgin Area School District U-46 and Hampshire-based Community Unit District 300 are among 26 statewide recipients of $80 million in federal funding for early childhood education programs. More than $226 million in Preschool Development Grants was awarded to schools in 18 states. The grants will serve more than 33,000 children nationwide.

  • 44
    Seabrook has a blast in Blackhawks' win

    Seabrook has a blast in Blackhawks' win
    Brent Seabrook's blistering shot tied the score at 1-1 and keyed a 5-3 victory for the Blackhawks over the relentless Wild on Tuesday night at the United Center. The goal was the sixth of the season for Seabrook, who added a pair of assists for his first 3-point outing since Dec. 5, 2010.

  • 45
    Naperville third-graders 'amazed' by new robotics club

    Naperville third-graders 'amazed' by new robotics club
    Students as young as 8 and 9 at two Naperville elementary schools are finding they don't have to be high schoolers to learn their way around the 850 parts it takes to build a robot. Piece by piece, students at Cowlishaw and Kendall elementaries are assembling "clawbots" during afterschool meetings of new robotics clubs launched this October. "I thought it was fun because you could built robots and I'd never built a robot in my whole life," said 8-year-old Rachel Adu, a Cowlishaw robotics club member.

  • 46
    St. Edward grad Yohn gets a chance to live the dream

    St. Edward grad Yohn gets a chance to live the dream
    Some athletes talk about living their dreams and some get the opportunity to do it. Consider Katie Yohn one of the latter. On Monday morning, Yohn realized one of her dreams when she signed a contract to play professional women's basketball in Germany.

  • 47

    Bullet found at Island Lake school
    Island Lake police on Wednesday continued investigating how a 9 mm bullet wound up in a Matthews Middle School hallway.

  • 48
    Streamwood man pleads guilty to baseball bat attack

    Streamwood man pleads guilty to baseball bat attack
    A Streamwood man pleaded guilty to beating another man in a July 2014 baseball bat attack. Humberto Fernandez, 20, was sentenced to three years in prison.

  • 49
    Vote for the best holiday lights

    Vote for the best holiday lights
    Voting has started in the Daily Herald's Holiday Lights Contest. You can help chose which decorator will receive a Toro snowblower -- and enter to win a snowblower yourself. We're also handing out five Editor's Choice awards. Winners will be announced Dec. 23.

  • 50
    New Lombard tattoo studio hopes to break stereotypes

    New Lombard tattoo studio hopes to break stereotypes
    There's an image that often comes to mind when people hear the words tattoo studio, Jerry Cross says. "Everybody that isn't really aware of the newer trends in tattooing is just hung up on the stereotype that they're shady and for bikers or gang members, just very seedy overall," he said. But that's not the feel you get walking into the new Color Theory Tattoo at 1047 E. St. Charles Road, which Cross opened this month with four friends. "We're really pushing for a positive, upscale experience," he said.

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    Rozner: NIU expansion plan leads to Big 12 talk

    Rozner: NIU expansion plan leads to Big 12 talk
    NIU has unveiled plans to double the expansion of Huskie Stadium at a time when there are rumors that they might be a target of the Big 12.

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    Editorial: The disquieting death of Eric Garner

    Editorial: The disquieting death of Eric Garner
    A Daily Herald editorial says that even those with a strong faith in police and courts will question the death of Eric Garner at the hands of police in Staten Island last summer if they watch the video of the encounter with human hearts.

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    People push for 'no gay' board member's ouster

    People push for 'no gay' board member's ouster
    Calls were made and 400 people showed to support for the resignation of Warren Township High School board member Liz Biondi for saying she would not want to hire someone who is gay to replace retiring Superintendent Mary Perry Bates. "I am appalled that in this day and age, an elected public official would exhibit such ignorance and prejudice toward a group of people," one public commenter said.

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    Barrington Hills passes new rules on horse boarding

    Barrington Hills passes new rules on horse boarding
    The Barrington Hills village board passed new rules this week on the number of horses allowed at commercial boarding operations, possibly ending what's been a long-standing controversy in a town that proudly proclaims its equestrian friendly atmosphere. The measure was passed during a special meeting Monday before a large crowd at Countryside Elementary School.

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    Rolling Meadows mourns passing of police commander

    Rolling Meadows mourns passing of police commander
    Rolling Meadows police Cmdr. Thomas Calcagno, a 23-year veteran of the department, died Tuesday after a battle with cancer. Calcagno, 54, distinguished himself throughout the law enforcement community and set an example of a loyal, honorable and courageous officer, according to Rolling Meadows Police Chief David Scanlan.

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    Stevenson students caught in sexting investigation

    Stevenson students caught in sexting investigation
    Several Stevenson High School students are under investigation for sexting lewd selfie images, school and police officials said Tuesday. Stevenson High School District 125 spokesman Jim Conrey said administrators became aware this week that juvenile students were texting lewd images of themselves.

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    Obama: U.S. re-establishing relations with Cuba

    Obama: U.S. re-establishing relations with Cuba
    President Barack Obama announced the re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba on Wednesday and declared an end to America's "outdated approach" to the communist island in a historic shift aimed at ending a half-century of Cold War enmity. "These 50 years have shown that isolation has not worked," Obama said in remarks from the White House. "It's time for a new approach."

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    Gift of Giving in Lindenhurst

    Gift of Giving in Lindenhurst
    About 180 children at the Lindenhurst Early Childhood Center are hard at work this week making 400 hand-packed care boxes filled with food and toiletries. The boxes will be donated to various local charities and food pantries as part of the center's annual Gift of Giving program.

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    Smoking Gun takes the 'Best Martini in 'Burbs' title

    Smoking Gun takes the 'Best Martini in 'Burbs' title
    After nearly 8,000 votes were cast and the judges sipped samples of the top cocktails, the Daily Herald named the "Best Martini in the 'Burbs" Monday night.

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    Updated: 1,000 attend Topinka memorial

    Updated: 1,000 attend Topinka memorial
    Late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka has been remembered as a tough, honest leader with a signature sense of humor. Crowds filled a union hall in Countryside on Wednesday to pay respects. Individuals included the state's top leaders, lawmakers, local leaders and Illinoisans who knew her for more than 70 years.

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