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  • McDonald's faces employee lawsuit over franchisee behavior Jan 22, 2015 1:47 PM
    Several fired McDonald's employees who say they were subject to racial discrimination and sexual harassment have sued the fast-food chain's Oak Brook-based corporate parent, which they say controls nearly every aspect of how franchisees operate.

     
  • Gino’s East opening in South Barrington this week Jan 22, 2015 4:04 PM
    The new Gino’s East restaurant sharing space at Millrose Restaurant Banquets & Country Store at 45 S. Barrington Road in South Barrington will have a low-key soft opening Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 24 and 25, ahead of its official grand opening, Wednesday, Jan. 28. The 21-year-old Millrose is making space for the famous deep dish pizza restaurant in its Rosewood Room and lounge area.

     
  • Could commuters use closed DuPage Children's Museum parking? Jan 22, 2015 11:52 AM
    The water damage that is forcing the DuPage Children's Museum to close until at least April could end up benefiting some Naperville commuters. The museum at 301 N. Washington St. has been shuttered since Jan. 9 after a water main burst and caused flooding on all three floors of the building near the downtown Naperville Metra station. Officials announced last week that repairs at the facility will take months.

     
  • Round Lake man arrested in underage sex sting Jan 22, 2015 1:14 PM
    A Round Lake man is in custody after going to meet an undercover police detective posing as a 14-year-old boy, authorities announced Thursday.

     
  • Republicans playing the long game on term limits Jan 22, 2015 6:46 PM
    State Rep. Ron Sandack, a Downers Grove Republican, proposes an amendment to the Illinois Constitution calling for 10-year term limits for state lawmakers. Rauner tried to get a similar measure put before voters on the November ballot, but it was tossed in court. Still, it remained a major talking point for a campaign running against the Springfield establishment.

     
  • Bail revoked for former Gavin teacher in sexual assault case Jan 22, 2015 6:12 PM
    A former Lake County teacher was ordered held without bond after he pleaded not guilty to charges he had sex with two former students, one of whom was videotaped while being sexually assaulted inside a Gavin South Middle School classroom.

     
  • Wheeling Park District, village planning rec center project Jan 22, 2015 7:35 PM
    Wheeling trustees and park district commissioners have hired an architectural consultant to help plan a proposed addition onto the Community Recreation Center to accomodate retirees who would move from the village's senior center. “What we need to do is make sure we’re serving the needs of seniors today as well as seniors 20 years from now,” Village Manager Jon Sfondilis said.

     
  • Kane to investigate disbanding Aurora Election Commission Jan 22, 2015 7:37 PM
    Kane County officials will consider what must be done to disband the Aurora Election Commission, a task that's already proved difficult even for city of Aurora officials.

     
  • Autistic man from Glendale Hts. is missing Jan 22, 2015 10:04 PM
    Glendale Heights police need the public’s help in finding an autistic man who wandered away from his home Thursday morning.

     
  • Hanover Park woman sentenced to 15 years in death of newborn Jan 22, 2015 3:47 PM
    A judge’s imposition of a 15-year sentence on a Hanover Park woman concludes a heartbreaking saga that began more than three years ago when employees discovered the lifeless body of her newborn in the restroom of a Streamwood Salvation Army store. Jessica Cruz, the baby’s 22-year-old mother, pleaded guilty last month to aggravated battery of a child.

     
  • Wauconda man seriously injured when hit by SUV in Palatine Jan 22, 2015 2:55 PM
    A 20-year-old Wauconda man suffered serious injuries, but is expected to survive, after being struck by an SUV Thursday morning while attempting to walk across Rand Road in Palatine, police said. Southbound lanes Rand Road was closed for about two hours while police investigated the crash.

     
  • Lake in the Hills calls off triathlon Jan 22, 2015 5:18 PM
    Lake in the Hills has canceled this year’s triathlon because an outside event organizer backed out. A company specializing in triathlons had approached the village about purchasing and running the event, but backed out last week. “I think it’s a shame that we’re unable to do it this year,” Village President Paul Mulcahy said.

     
  • Constable: Can lingering decorations get you in trouble? Jan 22, 2015 5:30 AM
    Folks who insist on making a “War on Christmas” out of a simple “happy holidays” might be cheered by this news from the suburban front: In the Battle Against Christmas Decorations, there appears to be a cease-fire. At least when it comes to how long you can keep that plastic Santa on your roof.

     
  • Messmer sings national anthem at Geneva/Batavia game Jan 22, 2015 9:40 PM
    Wayne Messmer sang the national anthem before Thursday's Geneva/Batavia boys' and girls' basketball games at Geneva High School.

     
  • Wheaton boy now the face of fight against childhood cancer Jan 22, 2015 7:06 AM
    Chase Ewoldt, 5, of Wheaton is a special face for the St. Baldrick's Foundation. A brain and spinal cancer patient, Chase was named one of five national ambassadors for the organization. His family hopes it will help them raise awareness about childhood cancer research funding. “There are quite a few pediatric cancer treatments where the side effects border on barbaric," his mom Ellie says.

     
  • McAlister’s Deli chain expanding to Naperville Jan 22, 2015 6:32 PM
    A deli that alumni of several universities in Illinois might know from their campus days is coming to Naperville. McAlister’s Deli has locations in college towns including Carbondale, Champaign, Normal and Peoria, and it’s now planning an expansion to Naperville and about 15 other towns in the suburban area.

     
  • Fox River Grove ski tournament marks 110 years this weekend Jan 22, 2015 2:39 PM
    While most suburbanites would welcome this week's warmer temperatures, Fox River Grove residents are praying for snow. The Norge Ski Tournament marks its 110th year this weekend in Fox River Grove. Organizers said with temperatures rising keeping the slopes snowpacked will be a challenge.

     
  • Mt. Prospect considers demolishing troubled plaza Jan 22, 2015 5:02 PM
    Mount Prospect officials have secured the legal right to demolish Central Plaza, the nearly vacant shopping center at Central Road and Main Street in the downtown area. The village has been trying to identify the owner of the property, which has changed hands a number of times over the years, in order to discuss redevelopment options. But no owner has come forward.

     
  • Glen Ellyn Public Library creates new collection for emerging authors Jan 22, 2015 6:17 PM
    The Glen Ellyn Public Library has created a new collection that suppports self-published authors and gives locals a way to get hard-to-find reads. To be in the library’s new Emerging Author Collection. books must be about the Chicago metro area or be written by authors who live within the greater Chicago metropolitan area.

     
  • Bauer’s Brauhaus in Palatine reborn under new name Jan 22, 2015 5:54 PM
    A pair of Palatine businessmen received approval from the village this week to resurrect Bauer’s Brauhaus and rename the downtown eatery after themselves. The establishment, which closed in December after three years of operation, will still have the German food and trappings that its clientele was used to, but will now be named Schnell’s Brauhaus after new owners Joel and Brian Schnell.

     
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