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Youth leagues' costs rise as bad behavior contributes to umpire shortage
Suburban baseball leagues are paying more for umpires because badly behaved coaches and parents have driven people -- especially teens -- away from the job.
Married 69 years, couple die 40 minutes apart, holding hands
Isaac and Teresa Vatkin, married 69 years, were inseparable -- including their final minutes when they held hands as death approached.
Woman attacked on Prairie Path near Wheaton
A woman was attacked Monday afternoon on the Illinois Prairie Path near Wheaton.
Gurnee woman who owns Palatine ice cream shop on 'American Ninja Warrior'
Fast-food loving Christie Hovorka could barely do a single pushup when she decided she wanted to compete on NBC's "American Ninja Warrior." But the Gurnee woman, owner of a Palatine ice cream shop, is on her way.
Lake Zurich chooses Mertens as football coach
District 95 administrators are recommending the hiring of Luke Mertens as Lake Zurich's next football coach.
Gym, dance and fitness studios part of new Mundelein parks facility
A former warming house will be replaced by the Mundelein Park & Recreation District with a larger facility to include a gym and dance and fitness studios in a $4.8 million project.
Boys & Girls Club leader leaving Dundee Township
After nine years as president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dundee Township, Curt McReynolds is leaving to take on a role as chief operating officer at a larger branch of the club in Scottsdale, Arizona. "It's been an incredible ride," he said.
Hernandez suicide notes ordered released ahead of funeral
Family and friends of Aaron Hernandez are preparing to say their farewells to the former NFL player during a private funeral in his hometown
Plan to close fire station irks residents near Downers Grove
A proposal to combine the resources of the Lisle-Woodridge and Darien-Woodridge fire protection districts is being touted as a way to enhance service and improve firefighter safety. That's providing little comfort for residents near Downers Grove who will lose their neighborhood fire station if the agreement is approved.
Naperville half marathon gets hometown champion
Marisa Hird has run the Chicago Marathon and the Boston Marathon. But for the Naperville resident, there was nothing quite like winning a half marathon in her hometown.
Mellody Farm project underway in Vernon Hills
After 18 months of review and wrangling, construction of the $200 million Mellody Farm project in Vernon Hills is underway
N. Korea watchers on why army's big day has taken a backseat
The North Korean army's April 25 anniversary is not such a big day under Kim Jong Un, who has emphasized the birthday of the nation's founder 10 days earlier
Grant helps Woodland Intermediate build climing wall
Thanks to a grant application by a teacher and work by the operations and facilities staff, Woodland Intermediate students, including those with special needs, have the opportunity to use a new traverse climbing wall.
Outgoing District 15 board fills vacancy
Two days before a new board majority is sworn in, outgoing Palatine Elementary District 15 board members Monday appointed one-time candidate David Border to fill a vacancy on the board.
Illinois prison on lockdown after assault that injured staff
A weekend assault at a southern Illinois prison that resulted in injuries has led to the transfer of several inmates to other institutions
Baseball: Kmet fans 16, homers twice in St. Viator's split
St. Viator's Cole Kmet was in the middle of all the action as the Lions' baseball team hosted Nazareth Academy on Saturday in an East Suburban Catholic Conference doubleheader.
Music, lowriders for Cinco de Mayo in Elgin
Elgin will have its first downtown Cinco de Mayo event in recent years that will include live graffiti art, musical performances, food vendors and a lowrider car show May 5.
'Bachelor' star Chris Soules jailed after deadly Iowa crash
Iowa authorities have arrested former "The Bachelor" star Chris Soules, alleging that he fled the scene of a deadly traffic accident
Arkansas executes 2 inmates on the same gurney, hours apart
After going nearly 12 years without executing an inmate, Arkansas now has executed three in a few days _ including two in one night
Baseball / Top 20
Mundelein, St. Charles North and Neuqua Valley hold the top three spots in the ranking of teams in the Daily Herald's area through results of Saturday, April 22.
A budget deficit challenge for Trump's tax plan
President Donald Trump's campaign pledge to slash the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent raises a thorny question for the White House
Elmhurst police: Missing 24-year-old has seizure disorder
Elmhurst police say a missing 24-year-old man could be in danger because he has not taken medication required for his seizure disorder.
Mayor's humor not welcomed in long-running road battle
Columnist Jim Davis: Algonquin mayor's picture of himself as a bee didn't amuse opponents of a hotly debated road project.
KeyLime Cove waterpark resort's final days in Gurnee
KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort is about to end its nine-year run in Gurnee. Mayor Kristina Kovarik said the village has learned the resort will close after the last guests check out Wednesday, April 19, clearing the way for Madison, Wisconsin-based Great Wolf Resorts Inc. to take over.
Wheeling opts out of county minimum wage, sick-leave ordinances
Wheeling has joined a growing list of Northwest suburbs in opting out of Cook County's minimum wage hike and requirement of sick leave for employees.
Why so few women are suburban mayors
Challenges of time, family obligations and rigors of campaigning are among the reasons there so few female mayors in the suburbs
Documentary screening on opioid addiction draws emotional crowd
The documentary "Warning: This Drug May Kill You" will premiere on HBO May 1, but an advance showing Monday night at the Metropolis before an invitation-only audience turned into an emotional meeting as audience members shared stories of drug addiction and loss of loved ones.
Ford, Chevy supercars defy the Dodge Demon
The American horsepower wars are in full red alert. Muscle-car contenders are coming out swinging to claim the title of biggest, baddest street bruiser.
McNichols to hold open house of new facility
The McNichols Chicago Metals Service Center − a 112,000-square-foot warehouse and office facility − will hold its public debut April 26-27 during a two-day Open House.
Sears workers volunteer for Earth Day
A team of more than 40 volunteers is planning projects for the village of Hoffman Estates Public Works Department and the Hoffman Estates Park District at two parks from 9 a.m. to noon Friday.
Softball / Top 20
Barrington, Libertyville and Montini are the top three teams in this week's Daily Herald Top 20 rankings of area softball teams, with records reflected through games of Saturday, April 22.
Abigail Breslin explains why she didn't report rape
Actress Abigail Breslin is opening up about why she didn't report being raped by someone she was in a relationship with
Documents: Teen abused by mom before kidnapping by teacher
Court documents show that a 15-year-old Tennessee girl who was allegedly kidnapped by her teacher had endured months of abuse by her mother
Lakes' Selig selects football at Western Michigan -- as a starting point
Two-sport standout Ryan Selig of Lakes has committed to a football future at Western Michigan, and he isn't ruling out continuing to play baseball for the Broncos.
Senior Lake County all-stars to play at Waukegan
Ready for some spring hoops? The top caliber prep players from Lake County are once again ready to show their skills at the eighth annual Lake County Senior Girls and Boys Shootout on Thursday, April 20 at Waukegan High School.
Vernon Hills' Szmyt will live the D-I dream at Louisville
Vernon Hills' kicker Andre Szmyt has verbally committed to play football at the University of Louisville.
Wake Forest makes decision easy for Warren's Dickson
Warren junior Kaylen Dickson has committed to a basketball future at Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, N.C.
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