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  • Although slow to establish, the gas plant is there for the long haul and does not require dividing.

    Calling all green thumbs to Flower & Garden ShowMar 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    Daily Herald columnist and author Jan Riggenbach will be a featured speaker at the upcoming Chicago Flower & Garden Show at Navy Pier. Riggenbach's topic is "Big Ideas for Smaller Gardens."

  • Randall Scott Gilbert

    Teachers aide faces child porn chargesMar 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    A 34-year-old Hoffman Estates man who works as an aide at a school for special needs children in Palatine is charged with child pornography after authorities found numerous pornographic images of children on a computer Thursday. Police said Randall Scott Gilbert also exchanged "sexually explicit" online chats with underage girls in an attempt to meet them in person. Authorities said Gilbert never met any of the girls and there is no evidence the children depicted in the images found on his computer were children from the school where he worked.

  • Cicero man accused of making false bomb threatMar 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Cook County sheriff’s office says that 34-year-old Carlos Davila of Cicero is suspected of phoning in a bogus bomb threat against the Maywood courthouse.

  • Firefighters respond to a fire near Mallory Avenue and First Street in Batavia last night.

    Dawn Patrol: Batavia foundry burns; fires in Schaumburg, St. CharlesMar 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    Batavia foundry burns. Smaller fires in Schaumburg, St. Charles. Some Elgin city pipes freeze. Attorney wants to suppress Mundelein man’s statements. Gun owners march in Springfield. Fugitive in Bartlett fatal crash gets extradited. Mount Prospect OKs $8.3 million road program. Winfield trustee in hot water Roosevelt Road email. Bulls beat Pistons.

  • Mundelein resident Jose Ruiz clears his driveway along Bristol Court with a snowblower Wednesday morning after an overnight snowstorm swept through Lake County. A winter weather advisory remains in effect for the suburbs until noon today.

    Fresh snow made morning commute a nightmareMar 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    Snow covered roads are making this morning’s commute a tough one. Multiple accidents have been reported across the suburbs, and commute times are more than double and triple in some areas. A winter weather advisory remains in effect for the suburbs until noon today.

  • Overnight and morning snow slows traffic on Randall Road this morning.

    Dawn Patrol: Attorney general favors same-sex marriage statewide nowMar 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    Illinois Attorney General supports immediate same-sex marriage. Republican candidates for governor back death penalty. Kane County lawman cleared in shooting death. Northbrook rabbi who headed Lubavitch-Chabad of Illinois dies. Carpentersville firefighters grow more upset. Fire damages Hoffman Estates home. Party chair asks 8th congressional candidate to withdraw. Blackhawks fall to Avalanche. Remember when Michael Jordan tried to play baseball?

  • Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says her office will side with same-sex couples who sue to get marriage licenses before June 1 and urged county clerks to begin issuing marriage licenses now.

    Madigan urges issuing same-sex marriage licenses nowMar 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says her office will side with same-sex couples who sue to get marriage licenses before June 1. A federal court decision allowed for same-sex marriages to begin in February in Cook County, ahead of the state law set to take effect June 1. Madigan’s decision could lead other counties to begin issuing marriage licenses before that date.

  • A graduated income tax being debated for Illinois could push more of the total tax burden onto the suburbs, some say.

    Suburbs could pay more under graduated income taxMar 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    A growing campaign for a graduated income tax in Illinois could push more of the total tax burden onto some areas of the suburbs, where median incomes far outpace state averages, critics say. But supporters argue middle-class Illinoisans, no matter where they live, could see a tax cut under the plan as they try to raise taxes on the wealthiest people. “My constituents are going to pay more in taxes, and we ask for the least amount of services,” said state Rep. Ed Sullivan, of Mundelein.

  • A male teenage employee was severely injured Sunday when his arm became tangled in ski lift machinery at Raging Buffalo Snowboard Park in Algonquin.

    Dawn Patrol: Teen recovering after arm caught in ski lift machineryMar 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    Texas man charged in 15-year-old Lisle rape. Huntley woman found in snow identified. Arlington Heights traffic stop leads to major meth bust. Snowboard park employee recovering from injury. Oberweis bristles at Truax attacks. Libertyville anticipates lots of road repairs. Waukegan teachers ready to strike. Pirri traded.

  • Lawyers announce judicial recommendationsMar 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Chicago Council of Lawyers announced its recommendations for judicial candidates running in the March 18 primary election.

  • Raymond Benson of Buffalo Grove and the Daily Herald’s Dann Gire chat as Jared Leto accepts the Best Supporting Actor Oscar (which they correctly predicted) as they host the 86th Academy Awards party for Daily Herald subscribers at Studio Movie Grill in Wheaton on Sunday, March 2.

    Dawn Patrol: Gire on the Oscars; suburban Ukrainians speak outMar 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Gire, suburban film fans celebrate Oscars in Wheaton; suburban Ukrainians worried about Russia’s actions; Palatine plungers endure icy “needles” for a good cause; suburban teams dance their way to wins at big competition; 17-year-old trapped in machinery at Algonquin snowboarding park

  • Lake Zurich High School performs in the Varsity Flag Open Flag category during the Team Dance Illinois 2014 Grand Championship in Peoria Sunday.

    Suburban teams dance their way to wins at big competitionMar 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    The northwest suburbs were well represented among the winners at the Team Dance Illinois Championships Sunday in Peoria. Eight area dance teams left the Peoria Civic Center with at least one Illinois-shaped 1st place trophy. Teams were grouped together based on the size of their high school and could choose to perform in one of six dance categories: open dance, hip-hop, poms, open poms, lyrical and kick.

  • Early voting opens Monday, March 3Mar 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Early voting for the March 18, 2014 gubernatorial primary election begins Monday, March 3. Nearly 500 candidates are on the ballot for 369 races in Cook County, which include primaries for U.S. Senator and Illinois governor, countywide offices, judges, township committeemen and referendums.

  • “The Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon exits the water Sunday during the Chicago Polar Plunge in Chicago. Fallon joined Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the event.

    Jimmy Fallon, Chicago mayor take a chilly dipMar 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Comedian Jimmy Fallon took a quick but icy dip in Lake Michigan — dressed in a full suit and tie — eyes bulging as he darted out of the slushy water and headed straight for a pile of dry towels. “The Tonight Show” host made good on his promise to make Sunday morning's “Polar Plunge” with Mayor Rahm Emanuel as a condition for the mayor appearing on Fallon's show in New York, following an exchange of tweets and challenges. “If you hear a scream like a little girl's ... know that Jimmy Fallon is swimming in Lake Michigan,” Fallon told the crowd shortly before running in.

  • Co-owner of defunct Palatine business facing fraud chargesFeb 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    The former co-owner of a defunct Palatine business is facing federal fraud charges along with a Pennsylvania man in connection with a $190 million lending scheme. Mark Anstett, 58, of Lake Forest, was president and co-owner of Equipment Acquisition Resources, Inc., a company that has since gone bankrupt.

  • Republican gubernatorial candidates from left, state Sen. Kirk Dillard, Bruce Rauner, state Treasurer Dan Rutherford and state Sen. Bill Brady debated Thursday in Chicago.

    Dawn Patrol: Governor candidates on attack; fake website in 8th raceFeb 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    GOP governor candidates sharpen attacks. Deceptive website controversy in 8th GOP primary. Naperville police seek suspect in 2 burglaries. Car hits tree in Carpentersville. Carpentersville planning layoffs. Hawks and Cubs lose.

  • Two weeks before Election Day, early voting startsFeb 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    Early voting starts Monday. So if you have something to do March 18 — or otherwise need an excuse to get out of work for a few minutes — you can go cast a ballot in person well in advance, then press fast forward on your DVR during political ads guilt-free the rest of the spring.

  • Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart disputes a lawsuit’s claims that the conditions of the county jail are “tortuous.”

    Lawsuit alleges ‘sadistic violence’ at Cook County jailFeb 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    Guards at one of the nation’s largest jails systematically engage in “sadistic violence and brutality” against inmates, according to a federal class-action lawsuit filed on Thursday. But an official responsible for overseeing the Cook County jail, Sheriff Tom Dart, told reporters the lawsuit was an exaggeration and, taken as a whole, was “a fictional account.”

  • A proposal in Springfield would ban the sale of energy drinks to anyone under 18.

    Dawn Patrol: Lawmakers look at soda tax; Mundelein ready to buy landFeb 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    Legislators look at soda tax, energy drink ban. Mundelein ready to cut checks for land. Mount Prospect bakery finds temporary home. Bartlett man admits to attemtped robbery. Gilberts names new police chief. Blackhawks' Olympians back at work. Bulls blow out Golden State.

  • College of DuPage Trustee Dianne McGuire was reimbursed $971.05 over the past two years for trips she made to the Glen Ellyn campus for board meetings and other events.

    COD trustees reimbursed for driving to meetingsFeb 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    Two College of DuPage trustees combined to charge taxpayers more than $1,500 over the past two years to drive to the Glen Ellyn campus and back to their Naperville homes. Some trustees defend the practice, but government watchdog groups and even some of their fellow trustees question it.

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