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  • Rolling Meadows woman to leave greenhouse where joy blossomed Feb 6, 2014 5:41 AM
    No matter how cold it gets this winter, Penny Bailey escapes to her 75-degree paradise in Rolling Meadows. Now widowed and about to move into a senior living facility, she is selecting a few plants from her greenhouse to move with her. “I really enjoy caring for them,” Penny says. “It's like children. You can't have a favorite. Every plant has a story.”

  • Sweatlodge’s ethnic melting pot offers escape from winter Feb 4, 2014 5:36 AM
    The polar vortex still has its grip on us, but one suburban man really knows how to thaw out by hitting the sweatlodge. “It’s kind of Russian tradition to go to sauna and go to cold water,” Wheeling resident Igor Mikhno, 32, says in his heavy Russian accent befitting the guy who came in from the cold. “I used to do this with my father in Belarus.”

  • Suburbanites recall Beatlemania’s arrival 50 years ago Feb 2, 2014 6:56 PM
    It might have happened 50 years ago, but the memories of The Beatles coming to America still bring out the teenage girl in many suburbanites. “Even today, when I hear a Beatles song, I can get that same feeling as when I was 13 or 15,” says Mary Dickson, 62, of Sleepy Hollow. “It was exciting. It was different.”

  • Inventor’s crusade against fractions may be 5/16ths done Jan 30, 2014 5:41 AM
    An engineer, author, inventor, historian, toymaker and activist when called, 85-year-old Ed Evenson is on a new quest: to rid our schools of fractions. “What I do now is write for the grandkids — things I think they should know about, but don’t,” says the grandfather of nine. “This campaign I’m on now is because of my engineering background. As far as I’m concerned, fractions are a waste of time.”

  • Suburbs put out welcome mat for nature's arctic visitors Jan 28, 2014 12:14 PM
    The piles of snow and life-threatening windchills are boosting tourism for this area when it comes to snowy owls. The bird generally associated with the arctic has been spotted visiting our neck of the woods. “It's unprecedented,” says John Bates, associate curator of birds for The Field Museum in Chicago. “They've moved south in big numbers.”

  • Former Payton blocker clears way for Elgin's Little Angels Jan 26, 2014 5:30 PM
    After an NFL career clearing the way for his Chicago Bears teammate Walter Payton, Roland Harper puts that same energy into helping his disabled son and other residents of Little Angels in Elgin. “I'm going to be there until he doesn't need me anymore," he says of Calvin, 30.

  • The dog days of winter can warm spirits Jan 23, 2014 5:33 AM
    During this winter of our discontent, the snow and cold have made it difficult to depend on everything from mail delivery to vacation flights. Then there is Morgan, who is as dependable as they come. There can be a foot of snow. The windchill can be well below zero. And Morgan still delivers the morning paper.

  • Arlington Hts. man fights for military salute at Super Bowl Jan 19, 2014 6:47 AM
    Calling himself "a one-man army," retired Navy Cmdr. Robert E. Griffith of Arlington Heights works tirelessly on his dream for this year's Super Bowl: to get all military veterans to salute the flag during the national anthem. “Most people are unaware" of a change in the flag code allowing such a salute, he said, speaking to the ability of this one event to change that.

  • Clark the Cub: Maybe not the worst mascot ever Jan 16, 2014 12:50 PM
    Worst mascot ever? Burt Constable thinks Clark the Cub has plenty of competition. And they all seem better than his old high school's mascot.

  • Single mom uses education to turn life around in a year Jan 14, 2014 8:36 AM
    As a single mom who would bring her young daughters to her job at a pest-control company, Lindsay Beckman of Hanover Park imagined a better life. She went back to school, got the training she needed and now has her dream job in a medical office. In this economy, lots of adults are turning to trade schools in the hopes of finding paths to new careers.

  • 'King of Nerds' contestant already a pioneer Jan 12, 2014 8:17 AM
    A TBS TV reality show competition starting this month will decide if Josh Wittenkeller has what it takes to be crowned "King of the Nerds." But the Graylake native already qualifies as a pioneer in the post-Internet economy with his YouTube business that draws millions of fans who watch him play and talk about video games.

  • Tossing expired chicken soup is good for the soul Jan 9, 2014 5:38 AM
    Nothing warms your soul on a cold day like throwing out all the expired food that could have killed you. Going through our shelves is like flipping through an old photo album. Any day when you can combine lifesaving and happy family memories is a good one.

  • Brutally cold weather can complicate things, even for the dead Jan 7, 2014 5:40 AM
    The arctic cold doesn't just mess with the living. Snow and subzero temperatures make it difficult for the dead to be buried. If shoveling your front walk seems impossible in Monday’s 16-degrees-below-zero chill, imagine how difficult this weather can be for gravediggers.

  • Long Grove businessman eats pizza daily — about 2,400 days and counting Dec 29, 2013 8:09 AM
    When a retired Long Grove business executive discovered his favorite "date night" pizza place was in danger of closing, he and his wife swooped in and found new careers as restauranteurs. Now, Jim Stoeker figures he's eaten pizza almost every one of the past 2,400 days.

  • Financial adviser's $100 bills come with nice catch Dec 22, 2013 8:00 AM
    In her annual Thanksgiving letter to clients, Wheaton financial planner Theresa Hannon included a $100 bill and a request to use that money for a good cause. It proved to be a good investment in human nature. “It's so heartwarming,” Hannon says. “People say, 'Oh, what you've done is great,' and I haven't done anything. They did it.”

  • WWII ‘ghost army’ vet now an art institution at Harper Dec 15, 2013 1:55 PM
    Having taken just about every art course offered at Harper College, 90-year-old Bernie Bluestein has put together quite a collection of his own works. And he's got memories of those fake tanks he made to fool the Nazis during World War II.

  • One girl's novel request for Make-A-Wish Dec 8, 2013 12:33 AM
    Instead of using her Make-A-Wish wish for a vacation or a chance to swim with dolphins, Ravina Thakkar wanted to realize her dream of becoming a published author. The eighth-grader will be signing copies of her new book Sunday at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville.

  • Ad catches eye, but diversity event aims at heart Dec 5, 2013 5:40 AM
    A controversial billboard featuring a U.S. soldier hugging a woman wearing a niqab pops up Wednesday in the Chicago area. The real couple are married and selling an anti-snoring treatment, but the debate is exactly the sort of thing that will be addressed Friday at a ground-breaking diversity program in Lombard.

  • Sad Bears fans need a little Ditka, and he's everywhere Dec 3, 2013 8:32 AM
    With the bruised and battered Chicago Bears coming off a devastating loss and clinging to slim playoff hopes, football fans need a lift. They need a little Ditka, right this very minute. Fortunately for them, Ditka is everywhere. “You gotta love Da Coach. Ditka just makes you laugh,” says Mike Muhr, a former Daily Herald reporter from Arlington Heights.

  • 'Tommy Tree' a symbol of togetherness for Mt. Prospect neighborhood Dec 1, 2013 1:17 PM
    A tree planted in memory of a teen has grown into a living monument that brings an entire Mount Prospect neighborhood together. “We were handed this legacy,” Lorelei McDermott says, noting the neighborhood spirit has been passed from elders to parents to kids, some of whom move back as parents on their way to becoming elders. “We're teaching them how to do it, how to be a block,” Renae McGovern says. “Is this like Mayberry or what?”

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