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  • At 85, UPO chemist honored by President Obama Nov 24, 2014 6:05 AM
    Kukec's People features Edith M. Flanigen, 85, a consultant and retired award-winning chemist with UOP LLC in Des Plaines. She received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation Award from President Barack Obama and was one of eight recipients. She has invented more than 200 different synthetic materials, wrote for for numerous publications and earned 109 patents.

     
  • Mellencamp puts Southern spin on supernatural musical 'Ghost Brothers' Nov 24, 2014 5:45 AM
    When the ABBA-inspired “Mamma Mia” became a big hit more than a decade ago, producers started contacting other artists to see if they'd like to do something similar. John Mellencamp turned them down. He was interested in writing a musical from scratch. The result is “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County,” a “Southern gothic, supernatural musical” that features Mellencamp's songs and a script by Stephen King. It plays Chicago's Oriental Theatre Friday, Nov. 28.

     
  • Chicago immigration rally calls on lawmakers to act Nov 23, 2014 5:01 AM
    Pro-reform activists said they would continue trying to persuade skeptical Republicans to pass legislation to help even more immigrants, despite GOP threats to use every legislative and legal means possible to block Obama.“We will continue to make the case with Republicans that if they want to see the White House in 2016, they need to get this off the table,” said Lawrence Benito, chief executive officer of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

     
  • Not-so-happy homecoming for McCown Nov 23, 2014 9:00 PM
    The pregame pleasantries were expected for Josh McCown, who pleasantly surprised the Bears by quarterbacking them to 3 wins in five starts last season. “I talked to different guys. The list is long,” said McCown, Tampa Bay’s 35-year-old first-year starting quarterback, who was back in Chicago on Sunday.

     
  • Sunday picks: Gershwin's 'Porgy and Bess' now at Lyric Nov 23, 2014 5:15 AM
    Gershwin's great American opera "Porgy and Bess" returns to the repertory of the Lyric Opera of Chicago for a run of performances. The Elgin Theatre Company presents the classic holiday production “It's a Wonderful Life” as a live radio play at the Kimball Street Theater. Oakton Community College features the rock 'n' roll musical comedy “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” on the stage of its Studio One Theater in Des Plaines.

     
  • Bears’ defense applies the pressure, and it pays off Nov 23, 2014 10:00 PM
    The Bears had a season-high 5 sacks against the Bucs and quarterback Josh McCown on Sunday, including the first 2-sack game of Stephen Paea's four-year career.

     
  • Turnovers boost Bears over Bucs, 21-13 Nov 23, 2014 8:15 PM
    It took less than one quarter for the Bears to turn a horrendous performance into a second straight victory. After a thoroughly putrid first half of football, the Bears came out after the break looking like a different team, and took advantage of turnovers to defeat Tampa Bay 21-13 Sunday at Soldier Field.

     
  • Mag Mile to light holiday lights today Nov 22, 2014 8:22 AM
    Hundreds of thousands of spectators are expected in downtown Chicago for the annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Saturday with a lighting procession led by Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

     
  • Weekend picks: Catch Gilbert Gottfried at Zanies Rosemont Nov 22, 2014 5:15 AM
    The often controversial comedian Gilbert Gottfried returns to the Chicago area for a weekend of shows, tonight playing at Zanies in Rosemont. See thousands of toys and games from around the globe at the Chicago Toy & Game Fair, at Navy Pier in Chicago. Get into the holiday spirit with a tree lighting in downtown Highland Park. Or enjoy some amazing Las Vegas-style illusionists perform on tour in “David Thomas presents The World of Magic” on Saturday at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre.

     
  • Jay be nimble, Jay be quick to avoid getting sacked Nov 22, 2014 6:39 PM
    Quarterback Jay Cutler is all in favor of the decision to occasionally move him outside the pocket, as the Bears did successfully in Week 11 against the Vikings. Cutler was unsacked for the first time all season, despite throwing 43 passes.

     
  • Illinois prepares for Obama’s immigration action Nov 22, 2014 9:27 AM
    Illinois has one of the nation’s largest immigrant populations and some of the most immigrant-friendly policies. But the state’s influential activists say President Barack Obama’s sweeping immigrations changes were “bittersweet.” Here’s a look at where things stand in Illinois.

     
  • Algonquin police chief up for U.S. marshal post Nov 22, 2014 7:43 PM
    Algonquin Police Chief Russell Laine is one of three people U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk have recommended to President Barack Obama to become the next United States marshal for its high-profile northern Illinois district. The previous head was abruptly demoted in September. “It’s a terrific opportunity, and I believe I can do some good things,” said Laine, who has been chief since 1985 and announced plans to retire in December from the Algonquin position.

     
  • CTA approves 2015 budget with no fare increasess Nov 21, 2014 12:14 PM
    There are no fare increases in the budget that the Chicago Transit Authority board has approved for next year. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that projections for the next two years after that don't include fare increases either. The board unanimously approved the budget on Wednesday.

     
  • Facebook page hacked, hate messages posted Nov 21, 2014 9:10 AM
    Federal law enforcement agencies are investigating the hacking and placement of hate messages on the Facebook page of a University of Chicago student. The Facebook page belongs to a student who was among several who complained about other students wearing racist costumes on Halloween. The students started a petition demanding the university address a “culture of racial intolerance.”

     
  • Pediatricians promote more sleep for students Nov 21, 2014 9:10 AM
    Members of the American Academy of Pediatrics have pushed Chicago officials to roll back public school start times to allow middle and high school students to get more sleep. The efforts have been rebuffed. But medical experts on Thursday attended a City Council Health Committee hearing to outline options to deal with sleep deprivation among teenagers.

     
  • Chicago congressman supports Obama on immigration Nov 21, 2014 9:16 AM
    Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez is traveling to Nevada with President Obama. There the president will promote an executive order on immigration that allows nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally to “come out of the shadows.” The Chicago Democrat has long promoted immigration reform. Gutierrez says he celebrates Obama’s courage, and will sign up qualifying families.

     
  • UIC falls to Yale 70-58 Nov 21, 2014 8:53 PM
    Justin Sears scored 16 points and Javier Duren added 15 with seven rebounds and six assists as Yale defeated Illinois-Chicago 70-58 on Friday in the Men Against Breast Cancer Classic.

     
  • Heavy metal spoofed in family-friendly ‘Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale’ Nov 21, 2014 2:45 PM
    “Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale” features a satanic blood pact, an exorcism and lots of headbanging heavy metal music. Yet, this world premiere musical at Chicago’s Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place is family-friendly through and through. You might think this a paradox. But it’s no stranger than the notion that Snider, frontman of metal band Twisted Sister, would parody all of that by writing and starring in a good-hearted Christmas show.

     
  • Emotion, spontaneity lacking in 'Annie' Nov 21, 2014 5:45 AM
    There are plusses and minuses to the non-Equity national tour of "Annie." Original director and lyricist Martin Charnin returns to stage the beloved 1977 Broadway classic with strong supporting ensemble performances but disappointingly mechanical performances from most of the kids.

     
  • Weekend picks: Country star Hunter Hayes plays Hoffman Estates Nov 21, 2014 11:46 AM
    Country star Hunter Hayes brings Dan + Shay and The Railers to the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates for a Friday night show. See a screening of the 2013 Thanksgiving-themed family film “Free Birds” at the Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center in Glen Ellyn. Or catch everyone's favorite Christmas curmudgeon in “Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical,” in a limited run at the Chicago Theatre.

     
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