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  • Constable: National Guard recruiting, roles evolving Aug 20, 2014 4:42 PM
    Surburban students heading off to college get a pitch from the National Guard, telling teens how they can "graduate from college with a degree, not debt." With the Guard having served in Afghanistan and Iraq, and now trying to keep the peace in Missouri, how is recruiting going?

     
  • Constable: Brace yourself for World War Zucchini! Aug 19, 2014 5:34 AM
    Every year as summer moves closer to fall, we suburbanites must steel ourselves for the onslaught of World War Z. Those who aren't vigilant end up with more zucchini than we know what to do with. And that number is one.

     
  • Constable: Worried refugees in suburbs help families in Iraq Aug 17, 2014 7:52 AM
    Settling into their new lives as suburbanites iin DuPage County, recent Iraqi immigrants worry about the loved ones who remain in the war-torn nation, targeted by Islamic militants. World Relief in Wheaton has offered support.

     
  • Pole dancers strip away stereotypes in championship Aug 14, 2014 6:32 AM
    This isn't your pervy uncle's pole dancing. The pole-dancing championship this weekend in St. Charles features gymnastics, athleticism and performances from suburban performers as well as last year's champion--a 26-year-old man. “That's the challenge, to break that stigma people have,” says Sarah Ritzman, who with Caroline Patel, owns Tiger Lily Vertical Fitness and Dance in Geneva. “We're making people realize there's more to it than that."

     
  • Barrington veteran creates charity to help spouses of wounded Aug 14, 2014 3:05 PM
    While many charities help the wounded warriors who come home from military service with physical and mental complications, a Barrington woman and her partner have created an organization to help the overburdened caretakers.

     
  • Couple's video follows as joy turns to dread — and back Aug 10, 2014 6:38 AM
    The happy time-lapse video chronicling her pregnancy and the birth of their son was nearing the finish line for Arlington Heights native Rob Marshall and his wife, Erin, when a life-threatening heart defect changed everything.

     
  • Couples aiming for world record on vow renewals Aug 7, 2014 2:03 AM
    Whether you've been married 50 years or just tied the knot last weekend, you could add to those memories by being part of a suburban attempt this month to break a world record. A Schaumburg jeweler and hotel hope to attract more than 1,087 couples to a mass ceremony and party that would topple the record for the most couples renewing their wedding vows.

     
  • Why Burt can’t rescue wife’s birthday from clutches of summer Aug 4, 2014 8:52 PM
    Burt Constable: My wife has celebrated 30 birthdays with me at her side, and I'm still struggling to give her a great celebration. Her birthday competes with my relatives' reunion, summer vacations and even Lollapalooza.

     
  • Palatine business mediates who gets dog in divorces Aug 3, 2014 8:43 AM
    The letter of the law still says pets, like lamps and tables, are property to be owned, not sentient beings with rights. But experts in animal law say attitudes are changing.

     
  • Chicago gets rare chance to bask in Hall of Fame glory Jul 27, 2014 7:45 AM
    Baseball is supposed to distract us from the wars, chaos and tragedies. Sometimes, especially for Chicago fans, baseball merely adds to our burdens. But Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux and Tony La Russa gave us something special. And today, they'll all enter the Hall of Fame.

     
  • How Santa keeps his cool at Banana Split’s Christmas in July Jul 21, 2014 4:44 PM
    Nothing cools you off on a hot day like sitting outside the elf house on Santa's lap near a Christmas tree as you wait for your Frozen Hot Chocolate and Gingerbread Flurrie. The Banana Split in Aurora uses its Christmas in July to have fun and raises funds for the Salavation Army.

     
  • Composed Maine South song, wrote book, and BTW, dated Hillary Jul 20, 2014 8:08 AM
    Gary Koca of Pingree Grove wrote the Maine South High School fight song, broadcast games with radio partner Steve Goodman years before "Go, Cubs, Go," and would rather talk about his book, "Forgotten Movie Stars of the 30's, 40's and 50's." But it's hard to look past that he went on a date with classmate Hillary Rodham.

     
  • Specialization not really key to kids’ sports success Jul 16, 2014 6:58 PM
    The days when kids played sports instead of organized sports is long gone. Now it seems that organized sports is becoming the singular organized sport for most young athletes.

     
  • U.S. president from Palatine, Cubs in the World Series? Jul 15, 2014 4:16 PM
    At the All-Star break, the last-place Cubs are a long way from the World Series. But in his new book, "Killing the Curse," author Dennis Hetzel, who grew up in the suburbs, tells of the Cubs playing for it all during a tense drama revolving around a U.S. president from Palatine and a Cubs fanatic from Streamwood.

     
  • Batavia woman epitomizes triumph over death Jul 13, 2014 6:01 AM
    A 57-year-old Batavia woman and heart transplant recipient is vying for a swimming medal today at the Transplant Games in Houston. “I was lying in a hospital bed near death, and look at me now,” she says. “It's such an amazing feeling as a nonathlete to walk in and walk around that stadium like real Olympic athletes do.”

     
  • Running with bulls annual reminder of suburban tragedy Jul 9, 2014 4:26 PM
    Every time I see news coverage of the bulls running through the streets of Pamplona, or see the annual spectacle mined for entertainment or comedy in a TV commercial, I think of Matthew Tassio. The Glen Ellyn native remains the only American to be killed during the running with the bulls.

     
  • Why we don't see lightning bugs in the suburbs Jul 8, 2014 8:30 AM
    Fireworks, legal and otherwise, lit up our skies for days. But one light is missing, and suburbanites probably share some of the blame. Spring floods, chemicals on yards and outdoor lighting make it tough for lightning bugs to show their stuff. “Chemicals put on the ground kill the lightning bug larvae living in the ground, and also kill the grubs and a lot of the things the lightning bugs eat,” says Jim Louderman of the Field Museum.

     
  • Anime Midwest in Rosemont home to the fantastical Jul 6, 2014 9:12 AM
    Almost 10,000 fans of Japanese animation convened in Rosemont this weekend for an event that features bizarre costumes, foam weapons, formal dances and plenty of free ramen. “I like dressing up,” says Abbi Witt, 15, of Cary, who's dressed as Harley Quinn, wife of the Joker in Batman comics.

     
  • World Cup fandom that's beyond rose-colored glasses Jul 1, 2014 4:56 AM
    The success and hopes for the U.S. team has Americans seeing the World Cup through new eyes this time around. But will any fans see matches through red-white-and-blue contact lenses? Online shoppers can buy USA lenses featuring some white stars on a blue background with a few red and white stripes for about 25 bucks.

     
  • Barrington swimmer helps others achieve dreams Jun 29, 2014 10:09 AM
    After coming close to swimming the English Channel, Barrington's Don Macdonald had to scale back his goals due to a nearly fatal heart ailment. Instead, he merely kayaked around Manhattan Island on Saturday.

     
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