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  • Northwest suburban Cook County court cases of 2014 Dec 28, 2014 1:01 AM
    Shootings, stabbings, nefarious plots, accidents - this is a look back at the many significant court cases in the Northwest suburbs in 2014.

  • Dawn Patrol: Minivan slams into house; Navy recruits get Christmas Dec 26, 2014 6:25 AM
    Police: Bloomingdale residents not in danger after fatal shooting; Great Lakes recruits treated to Christmas in Arlington Heights; No problems at sold out ‘Interview’ screenings; Elgin firefighter -- ahem, Santa -- surprises kids at Advocate Sherman; Small kitchen fire at Wildfire in Lincolnshire; Bulls unwrap Christmas victory over Lakers; Illini to open Big Ten bowl slate Friday

  • School candidates’ ballot order lottery on Monday Dec 26, 2014 1:05 PM
    Cook County Clerk David Orr will hold lotteries at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 29 to determine ballot order for suburban school board candidates who filed their petitions at the same time.

  • Notable 2014 deaths in Chicago area and Illinois Dec 26, 2014 2:53 PM
    Jane Byrne, Alan Dixon, Phil Crane, Richard J. Elrod: A look at the notable people from the Chicago area and Illinois who died in 2014.

  • Fortunes change for homeless Little League champ Dec 26, 2014 3:48 PM
    The last few months have brought a dramatic change in fortunes for one player on Chicago’s national champion Little League team. Thirteen-year-old Jaheim Benton of the Jackie Robinson West All Stars and his family were homeless and his parents were living check-to-check.

  • Restoration work set for suburban forest preserve Dec 26, 2014 6:32 AM
    Restoration work begins this month on hundreds of acres of Cook County preserve land near Wheeling. In a statement, forest preserve officials say contractors will remove trees from land near Wheeling. The restoration will continue through winter. The goal is to restore habitat for native plants and animals. Officials say removing trees increases how much sunlight reaches growth on the ground. It also provides shelter and reduces erosion. Forest Preserves chief ecologist Chip O’Leary says some landscape might look bare, but it’ll rebound with grasses and wildflowers in a season or two. O’Leary says the changes will help create a better habitat for animals and improve the land for hiking. Officials say the wood be used to produce lumber and firewood, which is estimated to save approximately $235,000.

  • Notable Northwest suburban deaths in 2014 Dec 26, 2014 10:53 AM
    We said goodbye to several notable Northwest suburban residents in 2014. They left indelible marks on their communities through impressive accomplishments and dedicated community service.

  • Cupich, Jackson address jail inmates Dec 25, 2014 7:17 PM
    Chicago’s new archbishop and the city’s best-known civil rights leader each delivered Christmas messages of hope to inmates at one of the nation’s largest jails Thursday, stressing that having the right focus could help them turn their lives around.

  • 20-year-old dies after fall from window in Chicago Dec 24, 2014 10:03 AM
    A 20-year-old man who fell from a third-floor window during a party in Chicago has died.

  • Gay blood donor restrictions discriminatory. congressman says Dec 24, 2014 10:28 AM
    An Illinois congressman says he’s disappointed federal health officials still favor limiting when gay men can donate blood. Rep. Mike Quigley has been working to reverse the Food and Drug Administration’s lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men. The FDA said Tuesday it favors barring donations from men who have had sex with men in the previous 12 months. The Illinois Democrat says the one-year deferral is still discriminatory. The lifetime ban dates from the early years of the AIDS crisis and was intended to protect the blood supply. Many medical groups say the policy is no longer supported by science, given advances in HIV testing. Blood donations are screened for HIV but testing only detects the virus after it’s been in the bloodstream about 10 days

  • Latest weather: No big storm, White Christmas unlikely Dec 24, 2014 9:22 AM
    If you’re still dreaming of a white Christmas, you may need to keep dreaming. The winter storm watch for the Chicago area was canceled. On the bright side, we're not suffering through last year's polar vortex nightmare -- so far.

  • Dawn Patrol: Lawsuit over I-90 crane accident; final election filings Dec 23, 2014 8:32 AM
    Lawsuit filed over I-90 crane accident in Elgin; Lincolnshire and other Lake County suburbs definitely will have new mayors; who's running in Arlington Heights, Mount Prospect; 3-way village president race in Oak Brook; Campton Hills' mayor challenges her possible successor's petition.

  • Dolton animal hospital employee accused of cruelty Dec 23, 2014 9:45 AM
    An employee of a suburban Chicago veterinary hospital has been arrested on charges of animal cruelty. Fifty-nine-year-old Sharon Cargile of Chicago was charged in a grand jury indictment last month with three counts of aggravated animal cruelty. The Cook County Sheriff’s Animal Crimes Unit responded to a complaint in September and found four dead dogs and other animals in poor condition at the facility in south suburban Dolton. Three of the dogs had died of chronic starvation. The Cook County Sheriff’s Office says Cargile was arrested earlier this month in Salina, Kansas, when police there learned of her warrants during a traffic stop. On Monday, Cargile was ordered held on $10,000 bond during a hearing at the Markham Courthouse. It was not immediately clear if she already had an attorney.

  • Woman stuck on Metra tracks rescued before crash Dec 23, 2014 10:58 AM
    A man who rescued an elderly woman from a car stuck on railway tracks in southwest suburban Chicago says he looked up to see an oncoming Metra commuter train bearing down on them. Ed Suarez of Western Springs ran from his own car when he saw the woman’s vehicle turn onto the tracks and continue to drive. She told him she could not walk, so he grabbed her arm, threw it over his neck and carried her to safety. “Heck yeah, I was scared,” Suarez told the Chicago Sun-Times. As he and another passer-by dragged the woman to safety, a train headed from Chicago to Aurora struck the vehicle’s door. The rescue took place Monday afternoon in Western Springs. The woman was taken to a hospital in La Grange and later released. Suarez jumped from his own car and chased after the woman’s vehicle until it stopped further down the tracks. “She opened the door and I said, ‘We gotta go, we gotta go’ because I could see the light of the train coming toward us,” Suarez told the Sun-Times. “I grabbed her arm, I put it over my neck and I dragged her out of the car.” When police arrived, several officers used their bodies to shield the woman from any debris that might result from the impact, but all were unhurt, Suarez said. “It was unbelievable,” he said.

  • Driver in October crash that killed nuns was drunk Dec 23, 2014 9:45 AM
    A man who authorities say caused an 11-vehicle crash that killed himself and two nuns in suburban Chicago had a blood-alcohol level more than two times the legal limit. Police in Oak Lawn said Monday that toxicology results show 81-year-old Edward Carthans was driving drunk during the October crash. Sisters Jean Stickney and Kab Kyoung Kim died at the scene. Stickney was 86 and Kim was 48. Nearly two dozen other people were injured. Carthans was driving a pickup truck that crashed into vehicles stopped at a red light in the oncoming lane. Oak Lawn police said that besides alcohol, excessive speed was a contributing factor.

  • Cookie care packages sweeten holidays for military Dec 22, 2014 1:01 AM
    In 2004, Diane and Roger Ahrens started “Operation Sweettooth” to sweetly let U.S. military men and women know the country has not forgotten them or their sacrifices. Ten years that have passed and the East Dundee couple, who own Piece-A-Cake Bakery, continue to bake and individually wrap cookies and Rice Krispie treats to thousands of troops in Afghanistan, Iraq, and U. S. military hospitals around the world.

  • District 57 students take on multiple charitable efforts for holidays Dec 22, 2014 1:01 AM
    The four schools of Mount Prospect School District 57 have taken on at least 10 projects in recent weeks to help those in need. “Our students, families and staff have really made a difference in the community this holiday season,” says Elaine Aumiller, superintendent of schools.

  • Dawn Patrol: Wheaton Warrenville South athletes give back; Bears lose 20-14 Dec 22, 2014 5:57 AM
    Wheaton Warrenville South athletes participate in Day of Caring; Cagers of all ages have fun at Mustang tourney; Despite Lions’ miscues, Bears fall 20-14; Imrem: Winston an intriguing question for Bears; Blackhawks win, but with heavy hearts; DuPage officials investigate death of Blackhawks staffer

  • Cook County judge outlines cameras in courtroom Dec 22, 2014 5:25 PM
    The chief judge of the Cook County circuit court has outlined the process for the news media to use cameras into courtrooms. Cameras will be allowed starting Jan. 5 in felony courtrooms at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago, where there have been many high-profile trials.

  • Northwest suburban mayors look back at 2014 Dec 23, 2014 3:36 PM
    As we head into 2015, the Daily Herald reached out to the mayors and village presidents of the Northwest suburban communities we cover and asked them to reflect on what their towns accomplished in 2014. These are their responses.

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