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  • Constable: We need holiday after Super Bowl Monday Feb 5, 2015 4:47 PM
    Many of us in the suburbs have been longing for Super Bowl Monday to be made into a holiday, with schools and offices closed. Some of us got ourwish thanks to the blizzard. But my family pushed the limits of the new holiday.

  • Constable: Could anything dim Banks' bright smile? Jan 29, 2015 5:26 AM
    The Ernie Banks statue on display through Saturday at Chicago's Daley Plaza sports his always-present smile. But did Mr. Cub keep that smile when he was getting schooled on the raquetball court by an Arlington Heights buddy?

  • Constable: Traditional black colleges opening to all races Jan 30, 2015 6:19 AM
    For high school kids thinking about college, a Lake County group is promoting a spring break trip to visit some of the historically black colleges and universities. At a few of those colleges, black students are in the minority. “We want to give an opportunity to students to visit and consider a historically black colleges and universities’ education,” says Cheryl Dunlap of Waukegan Township.

  • Decades after ‘Jumbo Janet,’ 63-year-old drops 170 pounds Jan 25, 2015 7:37 AM
    Right about now is when many people abandon that New Year's resolution to lose weight. For Jan Wilke, 63, of Grayslake, it's just another month of keeping off those 170 pounds she lost. “Being thin and healthy was a place I always dreamed of going, but I couldn’t get to it,” Wilke says. “Finally, I am in the place I always dreamed to be."

  • 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.

  • Constable: 'Back to Future' for Bears, Woodfield Jan 20, 2015 6:03 AM
    From Woodfield Mall to the Bears, we like the idea of rebuilding things that have grown stale. People made special trips to Woodfield in 1985 to buy Chicago Bears sweatshirts or watch “Back to the Future." The Bears and Woodfield are set to show off renovations 30 years later. “I came here in 1985," John Fox said “I saw what the Bears were about, and I'm really excited and honored and proud to be standing here.”

  • Constable: Push to keep ‘special’ in these Olympics Jan 18, 2015 7:30 AM
    The Special Olympics provide plenty of wonderful moments for young athletes with developmental and intelectual disabilities. While figure skaters such as Abby Stanton of Lake in the Hills worry about the future of their sport after glitches following a change in venue, Dave Breen, president of Special Olympics Illinois, promises the organization is dedicated to solving the problems and seeing skating thrive.

  • Constable: Money gone, but new heart arrives Jan 15, 2015 6:53 AM
    Months of agonizing about whether their baby boy would get his new heart transplant in time became even more stressful for Tyler and Rachel Knickerbocker when donations collected by a relative never made it to the Huntley family.

  • Constable: Suburban music venues grateful for the dead Jan 13, 2015 6:42 AM
    The biggest acts appearing in the suburbs today are all dead. The Rosemont Theatre is hosting shows starring artists pretending to be Elvis, The Beatles, Freddie Mercury and the long-dead Rat Pack of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin and Joey Bishop.

  • Constable: Grillin’ when it’s chillin’ Jan 11, 2015 7:15 AM
    In a busy week that has Kevin Kolman leaving for "Camp Brisket" and the warmth of Texas, the Hoffman Estates man with three dozen grills in his backyard says there is no reason we suburbanites can't barbecue all winter long.

  • Constable: Will you live longer if you move? Jan 8, 2015 5:33 AM
    For the first time, the Illinois Department of Public Health breaks down residents' life expenctancy by county. Should you move? The report suggests residents of the Northwest and Western suburbs will live longer than people who live in Chicago or downstate areas.

  • Constable: Cat vs. Christmas and other holiday tales Jan 6, 2015 6:15 AM
    All those warm memories from the holidays are well-preserved, thanks to the deep freeze Mother Nature is providing as suburbanites head back to school and work this week. With our sons Ross and Ben home from college and out-of-state relatives staying with us for Christmas, my wife and I quickly got used to a busy, bustling home. But I’m not sure we’ll ever adjust to the new rules for college kids. We know that our 19-year-old sons have the freedom to do lots of stuff without our permission.

  • Constable: Palatine woman who's struggled with blindness finds her path Jan 4, 2015 10:02 AM
    Losing the last remnants of her vision just as her career began, Julie Gistenson thrives as a massage therapist at the Midtown Athletic Club in Palatine. “Her ability to overcome so many obstacles in her life has been an excellent example to us all. She is a wonderful role model to anyone dealing with adversity,” says Robyn Kove, director of marketing for the club.

  • Constable: Hoffman Estates photographer beautifies patients' windows Dec 28, 2014 7:48 AM
    When her husband's hospital room windows looked out on a drab rooftop, Shelly Lawler decided to create a change of scenery. Now she transforms windows into art for others. “If you are confined in your bed, you want to see something interesting,” says Laurie Miller, director of the Pediatrics and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. “We were looking for something to spice up the rooms.”

  • Constable: No Kardashians, but holiday cards hit spot Dec 18, 2014 5:30 AM
    How can an old-fashioned holiday card sent through the mail compete with butt-shaking elves on ecards and viral holiday videos that can propel a family to a reality TV series? Well, holiday cards are hanging in there, and even are on the rise among some younger people.

  • Quarters no longer on a roll during modern laundry days Dec 15, 2014 5:05 PM
    Started in 1960, the Coin Laundry Association headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace remains on the cutting edge of that industry, with one exception. The most modern Laundromats don't use coins.

  • Constable: Grayslake pastor proud of link to Civil Air Patrol Dec 14, 2014 7:00 AM
    In a long-overdue honor, the Civil Air Patrol, created Dec. 1, 1941,was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal last week in Washington. Jill Paulson, a Presbyterian minister in Grayslake, received a replica medal in honor of her grandfather, who started the civilian force, which was instrumental in protecting the coast in WW II.

  • Constable: Can this be the meal of my dreams if there's no McWine? Dec 11, 2014 9:03 AM
    I waded through the many menu options, but now the server brings out the entree "of my dreams," and asks if there's anything else he can do for me. I'm tempted to ask what sort of McCab wine goes best with this McDonald's hamburger.

  • Constable: Tollway death counts are more than numbers Dec 9, 2014 5:26 AM
    In 2012, when our expressways debuted those electric signs listing the annual number of Illinois traffice fatalities, I appreciated the shock value. Now, those signs seem more of a curiosity to me. I see Monday's 860 death toll and wonder: Did the ban on hand-held cellphones keep that number from growing higher? What does the 70-mph speed limit do to those numbers? If I drive to the family farm before Christmas, will that number have topped 900?

  • Constable: South Elgin High School junior makes Deaflympics team Dec 7, 2014 9:19 AM
    Hearing impaired since birth, Derek Struwing starting playing hockey at age 3. The South Elgin High School junior made the U.S. Hockey Team and will compete at the 2015 Deaflympics in March in Russia.

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