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    Darien woman charged with selling heroin outside high school

    Darien woman charged with selling heroin outside high school
    A Darien woman remains held on $200,000 bail in DuPage County jail charged with selling heroin outside Hinsdale Central High School. Prosecutors said Wednesday that Melinda Rozell, 43, of 9 Elm Street, sold heroin to a confidential informant working with DuPage County sheriff's tactical narcotics team, at least six times since June.

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    St. Charles emergency crews battle three fires in one day

    St. Charles emergency crews battle three fires in one day
    A fire early Wednesay morning at a St Charles restaurant left the building not habitable, Fire Chief Joe Schelstreet said. There were no injuries as firefighters extinguished a blaze at The Office Dining and Spirits just after 6 a.m. There were two other fires in St. Charles later in the day.

  • 3
    Topgolf putting second suburban location in Naperville

    Topgolf putting second suburban location in Naperville
    Topgolf will break ground this week on its second suburban location where golfers -- and non-golfers -- of all skill levels can play competitive games best described as "bowling meets darts meets golf," spokeswoman Adrienne Browne Chance said. "Players basically hit micro-chipped balls that track the accuracy and distance of shots," she said.

  • 4
    Carpentersville man dead after traffic stop by police

    Carpentersville man dead after traffic stop by police
    A 31-year-old Carpentersville man is dead following a traffic stop by police there last Sunday. An investigation has been launched by state police at the behest of local authorities who remain tight-lipped regarding the circumstances surrounding Joshua Paul's death. Both police officers involved in the traffic stop remain on duty, village officials said.

  • 5
    Barrington's Coon has the scent of a champion

    Barrington's Coon has the scent of a champion
    This dog can hunt. Whether it's a football or a baseball, Barrington's Jake Coon is on it. The Barrington linebacker, who has started on the varsity since his sophomore year, has developed into one of the top players in the Mid-Suburban League. And that includes baseball, where he is two time all-area player as well.

  • 6
    Man's death after traffic stop remains a mystery

    Man's death after traffic stop remains a mystery
    Details surrounding the unexpected death of a Carpentersville man after a routine police traffic stop last week are still sketchy, but authorities said Monday the man had a medical condition that was not apparent. Joshua Paul, 31, died Aug. 18 at Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin. Authorities have not revealed the cause of death, and Paul's death is being investigated by the Illinois State Police Public Integrity Unit.

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    Palatine man pleads innocent to murder in one-punch death

    Palatine man pleads innocent to murder in one-punch death
    Michael Platt, 35, pleaded innocent Wednesday to charges of first-degree murder in the July death of Ryan Flannigan, 26, who police say was punched in the head as he tried to break up a dispute outside a local bar.

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    Crackdown shows suburban drivers breaking phone law

    Crackdown shows suburban drivers breaking phone law
    The first thing Brad Bichel notices is drivers weaving out of their lanes. "They look a lot like a drunken driver when they're on their phone, when they're texting," the Lombard traffic officer said. The Daily Herald accompanied Bichel on a recent enforcement patrol. It didn't take long to find violators of the 8-month-old law requiring hands-free use of cellphones.

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    Football Focus: Week One Preview
    The week in high school football is previewed in this Daily Herald video hosted by preps writer Joe Aguilar.

  • 10
    Ex-Wheaton N. booster president no show again for sentencing

    Ex-Wheaton N. booster president no show again for sentencing
    A DuPage County judge issued a no-bail warrant after the former president of the Wheaton North High School Booster Club, who recently pleaded guilty to stealing more than $11,000 from the organization, ditched her sentencing hearing.Dorothy "Dee" Horky, 58, of Winfield failed to attend her third consecutive court date related to her impending sentencing Wednesday. When she is sentenced, she faces between three and seven years in prison for the thefts.

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    Grandson faces murder charge in East Dundee slaying

    Grandson faces murder charge in East Dundee slaying
    The grandson of an 85-year-old East Dundee woman has been charged with her stabbing death last month. Richard Schmelzer, 41, was taken into custody this afternoon in Frisco, Texas. He is charged with two counts of murder in the death of Mildred "Dodie" Darrington. "They arrested him when he came out of the house at about 4:05 p.m. today. He was checking mail," East Dundee Police Chief Terry Mee said.

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    Griffin: Taxes grow even as property values drop

    Griffin: Taxes grow even as property values drop
    Over five years, the assessed value of property in 44 suburban townships dropped 26.8 percent. At the same time, property tax levies in those areas averaged an 8.3 percent increase. The comparison is one way of showing how tax bills can climb even as property values go down. "It's scary when you think about it because you really don't own your home," a tax watchdog group leader says.

  • 13
    Kaneland interim superintendent hired Monday quits

    Kaneland interim superintendent hired Monday quits
    The interim superintendent the Kaneland school board hired Monday is quitting. School board President Cheryl Krauspe confirmed Wednesday that Ken Sorrick has submitted a letter of resignation. She said, via email, that the board will meet Tuesday in closed session to accept the resignation and discuss how to proceed in naming a new interim superintendent.

  • 14
    Late columnist's spy novel hits silver screen

    Late columnist's spy novel hits silver screen
    A newspaper man who wrote novels, the late Daily Herald columnist Bill Granger clearly would have something to say about one of his books being made into a movie starring Pierce Brosnan. But what?

  • 15
    Trial begins in 2011 Schaumburg hotel beating

    Trial begins in 2011 Schaumburg hotel beating
    A savage beating during an attempted robbery or a sexual encounter gone wrong? Prosecutors and defense attorneys offered conflicting scenarios Wednesday as trial began for a former Barrington Hills man charged with beating a man at a Schaumburg hotel.

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    Some Bears playing for their jobs vs. Browns

    Some Bears playing for their jobs vs. Browns
    With most, if not all, of the Bears' starters resting Thursday night in the preseason finale against the Browns in Cleveland, it's a great opportunity for players battling for roster spots to get one last chance to make an impression.

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    Arlington Heights' theater troupe tries out Fringe Fest

    Arlington Heights' theater troupe tries out Fringe Fest
    The annual Chicago Fringe Festival celebrates the "untried and weird." In fact, the performance arts festival prides itself on being different, on offering "boundary-pushing performing artists paired with daring audiences," organizers say. Rally Theatre Production of Arlington Heights is premiering a new show during the fest, which runs Aug. 28-Sept. 7 in Chicago's Jefferson Square neighborhood.

  • 18
    Epstein explains why Soler was brought to the bigs early

    Epstein explains why Soler was brought to the bigs early
    Once again, the Cubs felt the time was right. Just as they did with infielder Javier Baez earlier this month, the Cubs went ahead and called up outfielder Jorge Soler from Class AAA Iowa. However, team president Theo Epstein put the brakes on talks that the Cubs' grand plan has been accelerated.

  • 19
    Chicago honors Jackie Robinson West champions

    Chicago honors Jackie Robinson West champions
    A parade and rally worthy of national champions has come to a close in Chicago as the city celebrates the Jackie Robinson West All Stars. The all-black team claimed the U.S. title in the Little League World Series. Thousands turned out for a rally in the city's showcase Millennium Park. "I feel like a celebrity," outfielder Darion Radcliff said as he posed for photos.

  • 20
    Shooting by 9-year-old girl stirs debate over guns

    Shooting by 9-year-old girl stirs debate over guns
    The accidental shooting death of a firing-range instructor by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi has set off a powerful debate over youngsters and guns, with many people wondering what sort of parents would let a child handle a submachine gun.

  • 21

    Mundelein man accused of child porn possession
    A 37-year-old Mundelein man faces child pornography charges after an investigation by Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office. Roman Oletsky is accused of possessing child pornography after a raid on his home by authorities Wednesday. He faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.

  • 22

    Girls volleyball: Wednesday's results
    Here are high school girls volleyball results from Wednesday, August 27.

  • 23
    5 Seconds of Summer, 1D to rock Soldier Field Aug. 29-30

    5 Seconds of Summer, 1D to rock Soldier Field Aug. 29-30
    5 Seconds of Summer fit the boy band mold: a quartet of young men with a feverish female fan base. But the Australian pop-rock group identifies more with Pete Wentz than Harry Styles. Currently they're touring with megastars One Direction. The tour stops at Chicago's Soldier Field Friday and Saturday, Aug. 29-30.

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    Elgin marijuana dispensary crosses hurdle
    Ignoring a recommendation by the city's corporation counsel, Elgin City Council members moved forward with zoning approval for a medical marijuana dispensary on the city's southwest side. Council members voted 8-1 to approve the petition by Salveo Health & Wellness of Chicago for a dispensary at 1330 Crispin Drive. Councilman Rich Dunne cast the lone dissenting vote.

  • 25

    Metra train strikes, kills man in Des Plaines
    A man in his 40s died after he was hit by an outbound Metra train on the Union Pacific/Northwest Line late Tuesday afternoon in Des Plaines. The man was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:37 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

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    Des Plaines alderman dies of stroke at 29

    Des Plaines alderman dies of stroke at 29
    Colleagues are remembering Des Plaines Alderman Joanna Sojka as a rising, young leader committed to problem solving and helping others. The 29-year-old freshman alderman, elected in April 2013 for the city's 7th Ward, died late Monday from an apparent stroke. "She was a beautiful, young, single woman. She could have chosen to live anywhere in the world, but she chose Des Plaines," Alderman Denise Rodd said.

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    Naperville man hurt in Palatine motorcycle crash
    A motorcyclist was seriously injured Wednesday afternoon when a car struck him near the Jewel in Palatine, police said.

  • 28

    Elgin council changes fire, police board makeup
    The hiring of police officers and firefighters in Elgin now will be in the hands of three residents plus the police and fire chiefs. The Elgin City Council voted Wednesday to change the makeup of the board of fire and police commissioners, which has traditionally been composed of five residents but has been short two members since 2010.

  • 29
    DVC set for 'strange year'

    DVC set for 'strange year'
    It's transition time in the DuPage Valley Conference. With Glenbard East and West Aurora departed to the Upstate Eight Conference -- and with Metea Valley, Neuqua Valley and Waubonsie Valley still a year away from joining -- the DVC's down to a group of six schools. The biggest impact will be felt this football season.

  • 30
    'The November Man' more James bomb than Bond

    'The November Man' more James bomb than Bond
    Good thrillers don't always have to make sense, but they cannot cause viewers to break into laughter during action sequences, as Roger Donaldson's "The November Man" did during a recent screening. At least Pierce Brosnan's performance as a CIA agent is a work of cool maturity and calm confidence, the sensible sort of seasoned spy his fussy, jumpy James Bond 007 never was.

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    Bank executive appointed to Libertyville village board

    Bank executive appointed to Libertyville village board
    Banking executive Scott Adams has been named to fill a vacancy on the Libertyville village board. Adams has extensive community involvement with a focus on issues involving the downtown area. He replaced Jim Moran, who resigned because he moved just out of town.

  • 32
    Elk Grove banning blankets at summer concerts

    Elk Grove banning blankets at summer concerts
    Don't expect to plop down tarps, blankets or tables next year to reserve your spot for one of Elk Grove Village's popular summer concerts. "We had one tarp that was 10 feet by 20 feet," Mayor Craig Johnson said. "It's taking up too much space."

  • 33

    Girls tennis: Wednesday's results
    Here are high school girls tennis results from Wednesday, August 27.

  • 34
    Health: Northwestern, Cadence to complete merger Sept. 1

    Health: Northwestern, Cadence to complete merger Sept. 1
    Chicago-based Northwestern Memorial HealthCare will complete its merger with Winfield-based Cadence Health on Sept. 1, the two health care agencies announced Wednesday. The merger will expand Northwestern's brand to Cadence's Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield and Delnor Hospital in Geneva. Northwestern operates Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago and Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital in Lake Forest.

  • 35
    Rozner: Would Cubs go fishing for Stanton?

    Rozner: Would Cubs go fishing for Stanton?
    Barry Rozner says the Marlins will shop Giancarlo Stanton this winter and they are hoping the Cubs -- with the best farm system in baseball -- will be a buyer. The Cubs will have to at least listen when the Marlins call.

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    Motorola Solutions plans more layoffs, smaller campus

    Motorola Solutions plans more layoffs, smaller campus
    While Motorola Solutions Tuesday posted a second-quarter profit that tripled, it plans more cost-cutting measures that are expected to include layoffs and the sale of more land at its Schaumburg campus. The company aims to increase its cost-cutting goal from $200 million to $300 million by late 2015, CEO Greg Brown told Wall Street analysts.

  • 37
    Images from the 66th Emmy Awards show

    Images from the 66th Emmy Awards show
    "Modern Family" and "Breaking Bad" triumphed at Monday's Emmy Awards, proving that established broadcast and cable series retain the power to fend off challenges from upstart online series like "Orange Is the New Black." The ceremony's emotional high point came with Billy Crystal's restrained and graceful remembrance of Robin Williams. "He made us laugh. Hard. Every time you saw him," Crystal said.

  • 38
    Nazareth stands in Benet's way

    Nazareth stands in Benet's way
    When asked his opinion on the best football players in the East Suburban Catholic Conference, Benet coach Pat New answered honestly."Nazareth's starting lineup."Maybe it's not that simple, but the point is sound. Nazareth returns double-digit starters from a team that closed the season with six straight wins before losing in the second round of the Class 5A playoffs. Four returning offensive linemen, two experienced quarterbacks and sophomore running back Ivory Kelly-Martin power the offense while linebacker Decxavier Kelly -- who helped hand Benet its first loss in Week 7 last season -- leads the defense. In a pack of heavyweights among six playoff qualifiers from a year ago, Nazareth appears to have everything it takes to win one of the state's most-prestigious conference titles.

  • 39
    Apple, Samsung face $3.9B wall in China

    Apple, Samsung face $3.9B wall in China
    Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. face a $3.9 billion challenge as they prepare to sell new marquee phones in the world's biggest wireless market. China's state-run wireless operators are slashing subsidies they pay to make devices more affordable for consumers just as the biggest phone-makers are set to introduce upgraded products.

  • 40
    Elgin OKs first step toward hen pilot program

    Elgin OKs first step toward hen pilot program
    A one-year pilot program allowing up to 15 residents to keep hens -- but no roosters -- in the backyards of single-family homes could be headed to Elgin.

  • 41
    Itasca residents lobbying to preserve country club site

    Itasca residents lobbying to preserve country club site
    Fearing the Itasca Country Club property could be developed, a group of residents is trying to get the village and DuPage County Forest Preserve District involved in an effort to protect the site. "Aside from losing this 125-acre natural habitat along with its recreational amenities," one resident wrote, "we are extremely concerned about the enormous impact any development will have on our already existing flooding issues throughout the surrounding areas."

  • 42
    Sexton, Wauconda right on course

    Sexton, Wauconda right on course
    For girls volleyball opening night at Mundelein, fans were treated to two close sets and then a one-sided set as Wauconda went home with a 25-20, 25-27, 25-17 victory.

  • 43
    Foreman, Lake Zurich work past St. Viator

    Foreman, Lake Zurich work past St. Viator
    An early goal from senior Collin Foreman, then another from him just before time helped Lake Zurich earn a 2-0 victory on the road Wednesday night on the turf at Morris Field in Arlington Heights, spoiling the season opener for host St. Viator.

  • 44
    Quinn vetoes 70 mph speed limit on tollways in suburbs

    Quinn vetoes 70 mph speed limit on tollways in suburbs
    Gov. Pat Quinn Tuesday put the brakes on legislation that would have raised speed limits on suburban tollways to 70 mph. The governor last year signed a law to raise speed limits on downstate interstates, but urban areas were excluded. "(T)he convenience of increased speeds for drivers on Illinois tollways does not outweigh the safety risks to children, families, and our dedicated public servants," Quinn wrote in his veto message.

  • 45
    Schakowsky: House GOP to blame for gridlock

    Schakowsky: House GOP to blame for gridlock
    Incumbent Democratic Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky said she is pushing for an increase of the federal minimum wage and believes the nation's intelligence community was caught offguard by the rise of new terror groups in Iraq recently. She made these statements during an endorsement interview with the Daily Herald's editorial board.

  • 46
    Wood Dale man charged in Lincolnshire heroin overdose death

    Wood Dale man charged in Lincolnshire heroin overdose death
    A Wood Dale man has been charged with drug-induced homicide regarding the death last month of a 26-year old Lincolnshire resident. John S. Smolinski is held in Lake County jail on $500,000 bail in connection with the death that was reported July 28.

  • 47

    Radtke: Social media message hasn't changed -- use it wisely
    Anyone out there remember Friendster? How about MySpace? I didn't think so. OK, well maybe some of you remember those social media websites but when they were popular the term social media wasn't. In fact, a short six years ago there were still those who didn't think social networking (that's what it was called then) would ever make it. Oh, how wrong they were.

  • 48
    Cook of the Week Challenge: 16 prepare for competition

    Cook of the Week Challenge: 16 prepare for competition
    The 2014 Cook of the Week Challenge gets underway today as we reveal the 16 suburban cooks who will battle it out for the title Cook of the Year. Over the next two months, these folks will compete in one-on-one recipe contests that challenge them to use the same "mystery ingredients" to create an entree and at least one side dish or a one-pot meal. The cook with the winning recipe will advance to the next round. The four left standing will compete in a live cook-off, where the winner will be crowned Cook of the Year.

  • 49

    Northwest suburban police blotter
    A vandal shot a bullet between 6 p.m. Aug. 8 and noon Aug. 9 through a second-floor double-pane window on the west side of a business building at 2600 S. River Road in Des Plaines. The bullet struck a wall, hit a privacy window and came to rest on a desk. Damage was estimated at $2,450.

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    Cougars fall to Cedar Rapids in 11th inning
    In the Cougars' last five trips to Cedar Rapids, three games have gone into extra innings and four games have been decided by 1 run. Wednesday night was no different as the Kernels (41-24, 72-63) walked off in the bottom of the 11th inning with a 3-2 win over the Cougars (43-22, 88-47).

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    Carpentersville man dead after traffic stop by police

    Carpentersville man dead after traffic stop by police
    A 31-year-old Carpentersville man is dead following a traffic stop by police there last Sunday. An investigation has been launched by state police at the behest of local authorities who remain tight-lipped regarding the circumstances surrounding Joshua Paul's death. Both police officers involved in the traffic stop remain on duty, village officials said.

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    Crackdown shows suburban drivers breaking phone law

    Crackdown shows suburban drivers breaking phone law
    The first thing Brad Bichel notices is drivers weaving out of their lanes. "They look a lot like a drunken driver when they're on their phone, when they're texting," the Lombard traffic officer said. The Daily Herald accompanied Bichel on a recent enforcement patrol. It didn't take long to find violators of the 8-month-old law requiring hands-free use of cellphones.

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    Metra train strikes, kills man in Des Plaines

    Metra train strikes, kills man in Des Plaines
    A man in his 40s died after he was hit by an outbound Metra train on the Union Pacific/Northwest Line late Tuesday afternoon in Des Plaines. The man was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:37 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

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    Griffin: Taxes grow even as property values drop

    Griffin: Taxes grow even as property values drop
    Over five years, the assessed value of property in 44 suburban townships dropped 26.8 percent. At the same time, property tax levies in those areas averaged an 8.3 percent increase. The comparison is one way of showing how tax bills can climb even as property values go down. "It's scary when you think about it because you really don't own your home," a tax watchdog group leader says.

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    Des Plaines alderman dies of stroke at 29

    Des Plaines alderman dies of stroke at 29
    Colleagues are remembering Des Plaines Alderman Joanna Sojka as a rising, young leader committed to problem solving and helping others. The 29-year-old freshman alderman, elected in April 2013 for the city's 7th Ward, died late Monday from an apparent stroke. "She was a beautiful, young, single woman. She could have chosen to live anywhere in the world, but she chose Des Plaines," Alderman Denise Rodd said.

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    Itasca residents lobbying to preserve country club site

    Itasca residents lobbying to preserve country club site
    Fearing the Itasca Country Club property could be developed, a group of residents is trying to get the village and DuPage County Forest Preserve District involved in an effort to protect the site. "Aside from losing this 125-acre natural habitat along with its recreational amenities," one resident wrote, "we are extremely concerned about the enormous impact any development will have on our already existing flooding issues throughout the surrounding areas."

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    Quinn vetoes 70 mph speed limit on tollways in suburbs

    Quinn vetoes 70 mph speed limit on tollways in suburbs
    Gov. Pat Quinn Tuesday put the brakes on legislation that would have raised speed limits on suburban tollways to 70 mph. The governor last year signed a law to raise speed limits on downstate interstates, but urban areas were excluded. "(T)he convenience of increased speeds for drivers on Illinois tollways does not outweigh the safety risks to children, families, and our dedicated public servants," Quinn wrote in his veto message.

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    Cook of the Week Challenge: 16 prepare for competition

    Cook of the Week Challenge: 16 prepare for competition
    The 2014 Cook of the Week Challenge gets underway today as we reveal the 16 suburban cooks who will battle it out for the title Cook of the Year. Over the next two months, these folks will compete in one-on-one recipe contests that challenge them to use the same "mystery ingredients" to create an entree and at least one side dish or a one-pot meal. The cook with the winning recipe will advance to the next round. The four left standing will compete in a live cook-off, where the winner will be crowned Cook of the Year.

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    Kaneland interim superintendent hired Monday quits

    Kaneland interim superintendent hired Monday quits
    The interim superintendent the Kaneland school board hired Monday is quitting. School board President Cheryl Krauspe confirmed Wednesday that Ken Sorrick has submitted a letter of resignation. She said, via email, that the board will meet Tuesday in closed session to accept the resignation and discuss how to proceed in naming a new interim superintendent.

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    St. Charles emergency crews battle three fires in one day

    St. Charles emergency crews battle three fires in one day
    A fire early Wednesay morning at a St Charles restaurant left the building not habitable, Fire Chief Joe Schelstreet said. There were no injuries as firefighters extinguished a blaze at The Office Dining and Spirits just after 6 a.m. There were two other fires in St. Charles later in the day.

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