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  • Victim of war on drugs, hemp poised for Illinois comeback May 22, 2014 6:43 AM
    In every war, there is "collateral damage." In our war on drugs, hemp fell under attack. Now the Illinois legislature is moving toward revitalizing the plant once seen as patriotic. The tall, agricultural hemp once grown by farmers in Illinois is not the same as the leafy pot plants grown for medical marijuana or by illegal drug producers.

     
  • For Mt. Prospect native, it pays to be party girl May 18, 2014 8:35 AM
    While many of us have gone from shoveling snow to mopping up flooded basements, Mount Prospect native Shari Duffy has been sipping champange, dancing the night away and hob-nobbing with beautiful people. Columnist Burt Constable writes that it's her job.

     
  • What happens in elevators doesn’t stay in elevators May 15, 2014 10:48 AM
    When Elisha Graves Otis sold his first elevator in 1853, he probably never envisioned that his invention would spawn viral videos of celebrity spats. But elevators are the perfect setting for the ups and downs of life.

     
  • 16 lives lost, but Everest beckons May 13, 2014 11:17 AM
    The avalanche of massive ice blocks crushed 16 sherpas a short walk from his tent, and mountain climber Joel Schauer of Hawthorn Woods says he's still working through the emotions of that morning.

     
  • Perfect Mother's Day gift? How about a breast-milk bank? May 11, 2014 6:12 AM
    The suburbs boast the world record-holder for breast-milk donations, grieving moms who donate breast milk to premature infants in memory of their dead babies and a team of activists intent on opening the state's first breast-milk bank.

     
  • No last-second shopping when mom's name is Lois May 8, 2014 5:30 AM
    Walking into a store and finding a Mother's Day gift featuring my mom's name is impossible. About the only place you can find her name these days is at one of the suburban Lois Club chapters.

     
  • Regardless of Sox outcome, Cubs ‘changed the world’ May 6, 2014 5:11 AM
    The poor Cubs, trying to avoid last place and facing an uphill crosstown battle against the merely mediocre White Sox this week. are so much more than that. “The Cubs have shaped the world as we know it,” proclaims Scott Rowan, 44, author of a new book, “The Cubs Quotient: How the Chicago Cubs Changed the World.”

     
  • Lake Barrington woman seeks medal for relative May 4, 2014 10:13 AM
    Shari Worrell of Lake Barrington dedicates herself to seeing that her great-great-grandfather gets presidential recognition a century after his death. She did successfully lobby to clear the name of a relative executed in 1692 during the Salem witch trials. “I'm passionate,” says Worrell.

     
  • Good deeds scavenger hunt honors Sadie's short life May 1, 2014 9:07 AM
    In the wake of their personal sorrow, parents Cathy and Adin McCann of Des Plaines turn kindness and good deeds into a team event. People in a dozen states and Canada already have performed acts of kindness in memory of Sadie Elizabeth McCann, and dozens of friends and family will join that effort Saturday, compiling good deeds as part of an “acts of kindness scavenger hunt” and blood drive.

     
  • Local Muslims pursue happiness in viral dance video Apr 29, 2014 5:23 AM
    When the media interview Muslims, it's not always spurred by a happy event. This time, things couldn't be happier. The newest Muslim video garnering hits on YouTube features more than 150 local Muslims dancing, smiling and having fun in their music video version of Pharrell Williams' hit song, “Happy.” “A very important part of our religion is to smile at others,” says Muslim mom Emma Qureshi, 28, of Des Plaines.

     
  • Lombard seniors bond over Holocaust memories Apr 27, 2014 8:05 AM
    Older people moving into senior living facilities sometimes fear they won't have anything in common with other residents. At Beacon Hill in Lombard, Eric Blaustein and Charles Luner built a friendship around the horrors of the Holocaust. “We see each other every day,” Luner says of Blaustein. “He has a very good memory.”

     
  • Undiagnosed a generation ago, PTSD still haunts older vets Apr 22, 2014 5:29 AM
    Post-traumatic stress syndrome doesn't affect just younger veterans of our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Vietnam veteran Ceasar Soto told a crowd Monday night in Gurnee about how "undiagnosed PTSD" can stay with soldiers for decades.

     
  • Dead 12,000 years, Magdalenian Woman's makeover begins Apr 22, 2014 11:06 PM
    This woman who has everyone so excited, where is her head? “It's in my Subaru Forester, riding in the back seat with the seat belt,” says anthropologist JP Brown, conservator for Chicago's Field Museum and protector of the “Magdalenian Woman.” Dead for more than 12,000 years, the ancient woman's skull makes the trip to Bensenville inside a waterproof, plastic cooler for a thorough scan.

     
  • Support rises for couple living in a flood-ravaged Elk Grove Twp. mobile home Apr 17, 2014 3:29 PM
    Unable to qualify for FEMA assistance after flood ravaged their mobile home a year ago, Michael Masalski and Marjorie Branly of Elk Grove Township are getting help from local salesman Dan Whalen, members of Lutheran Trinity churches and others intent on moving the couple into a new mobile home. “If it weren't for bad luck, they'd have no luck at all,” Whalen says.

     
  • Harper prof squeezes century of local mob hits into book Apr 15, 2014 5:27 AM
    What is it about the Chicago mob that still fascinates us? Harper College professor Wayne Johnson shares his thoughts in his new book detailing more than 1,400 mob hits since the 1920s. “You know what makes it so insidious? Their ability to get into places that affect every aspect of our lives,” says Johnson, who notes cases where politicians, judges and police officers cooperated with mobsters.

     
  • Tight wedding ring, other subtle changes pointed to tumor Apr 13, 2014 8:08 AM
    When Phil Van Duyne hit middle age and discovered his wedding ring got a little snug, it wasn't because of his diet or a lack of exercise. The Roselle engineer and contractor had a tumor linked to gigantism. “I just thought we were getting older,” Kathy Van Duyne says. “It was so gradual. People say, 'Didn't you notice?' and I really didn't.”

     
  • Racial turbulence couldn't ground suburban pilot Apr 10, 2014 9:19 AM
    Knowing longtime suburban resident William R. Norwood as the groundbreaking pilot whose name graces the Boeing 727 United jet on permanent display at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, it's shocking to hear him tell how his esteemed career suffered some early turbulence. Growing up in downstate Centralia, the teenage Norwood did something deemed so egregious during the summer of 1952 that he was kicked out of high school for a year. He dated a white girl.

     
  • Ant invasion, dog bite part of ‘best family vacation ever’ Apr 8, 2014 5:45 AM
    With college for our 18-year-old twin sons looming, my wife pulls out all the stops for this year’s spring break. Instead of our usual quick getaway to Indianapolis, Springfield, Milwaukee or St. Louis, she plans the ultimate family vacation to Costa Rica.

     
  • West Dundee native leads dorm with goal of inclusion Apr 6, 2014 6:30 AM
    Bullied as a kid growing up in West Dundee, Brandon Rohlwing thought about suicide. Now he is the leader of the new alternative gender floor of his dorm at Roosevelt University and a spokesman for a worldwide suicide-prevention group.

     
  • Suburban fans find Opening Day at Wrigley plenty cool Apr 4, 2014 5:35 PM
    Friday’s Opening Day fans help the Cubs celebrate the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field with dreams of a modern championship team and a ballpark to match -- OK, maybe not a renovated ballpark or a championship just yet. “This is my fifth year for Opening Day,” Sonny Boyer says, shrugging off the cold. “It’s like my own personal holiday. Our Cubbies are worth it."

     
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