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  • I-90 construction progress to be discussed TuesdayApr 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    A public meeting is scheduled for Tuesday to update residents on the progress of the ongoing Elmhurst Road Interchange project on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90), as well as the possibility of an eastbound exit at Lee Street.

  • Tyrell L. Frazier

    Seven Northwest suburbs investigating trio in connection with wallet theftsApr 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    Des Plaines police have charged a Chicago man with theft of a wallet from a purse in a restaurant. The man and two people who were picked up with him also are under investigation in connection with similar thefts in seven other Northwest suburbs, police said in a news release.

  • Kotowski to receive award from Des Plaines hospitalApr 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    Presence Holy Family Medical Center in Des Plaines will present State Sen. Dan Kotowski with its Inspire Award for exceptional community service on Tuesday, April 22, at the hospital.

  • Romualdo Alvarado, center, portrays Jesus in Via Crucis, The Way of the Cross, at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines.

    Moving Picture: Hoffman Estates man portrays Jesus every Good FridayApr 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    For the past twelve years on Good Friday, tens of thousands have watched and walked with Hoffman Estates resident Romualdo Alvarado, who portrays Jesus in the final moments of his life before his crucifixion. Via Crucis, The Way of the Cross, takes place at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the Maryville Campus in Des Plaines. “Now, I’m ready for the cross. I love the cross,” Alvarado says, “I don’t follow Jesus for the milk or the bread. I follow Jesus because he promised me eternal life. I believe in his words, that’s why I follow him.”

  • Heather Roppel looks through the wall between two bedrooms in her flood-damaged Des Plaines home this week, a year after floods struck her neighborhood. Roppel's home is one of 21 in Des Plaines eligible for a federal buyout.

    A year after floods, suburban homeowners ready to let homes goApr 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    When Heather and Matthew Roppel were told early last year their Des Plaines home on Big Bend Drive was eligible for a voluntary federal flood buyout program, they were among the first to sign up. A year after the April 18, 2013, flood, the Roppels and 20 neighbors learned there's now funding available from FEMA to buy out their homes. “Quite honestly I can't live through it anymore,” Heather Roppel said.

  • Joanne Zienty of Wheaton speaks after being named the winner of the Soon to be Famous Illinois Author award at a reception Wednesday at the RAILS offices in Burr Ridge. She’s a school librarian in Des Plaines.

    Wheaton author wins state library association awardApr 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    Joanne Zienty, a resident of Wheaton and the library media specialist at the Forest School Library in Des Plaines, was the first winner of the first Soon to be Famous Illinois Author award for her book “The Things We Save” at an award ceremony held April 16 at the RAILS (Reaching Across Illinois Library System) headquarters in Burr Ridge.

  • George LeClaire/gleclaire@dailyherald.com\ Michelle VanDuynhoven gives her husband, John, a letter to mail at the bottom of the steps to their home on Stonegate Circle in Lincolnshire on April 20, 2013. John said there was no water in their house because they rebuilt it higher up in 2010.

    Editorial: $200 million later, flood still hurtsApr 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial looks at the devastation from the floods of April 17-18 and the people still suffering its effects a full year later.

  • Small apartment fire in Des PlainesApr 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    Firefighters extinguished a small kitchen fire Thursday morning at a Des Plaines apartment complex.

  • Rich Wagner, owner of Rediscover Records in Elgin, said he hopes visitors during Saturday’s Record Store Day are reminded of how much fun it is to visit a record store and talk music with employees and fellow customers. “It’s a huge day — busy but fun,” he said.

    Record Store Day expected to rock in the suburbsApr 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    The lines could start forming as early as 6 a.m. on Saturday as dozens of suburban music fans eagerly wait for their local record store to open. Such a sight would have been all but unthinkable a decade ago. But it happens every year now on the Saturday in April known as Record Store Day.

  • Northwest suburban police blotterApr 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    Thieves stole $10,117 between 2:30 and 2:57 p.m. April 4 in Des Plaines after the victim wrapped the money in a rubber band and placed it in his Jeep’s driver’s-side front door pocket. His assistant took the vehicle to get the car washed and the victim discovered the cash missing when the assistant brought the car back.

  • Michael Masalski and Marjorie Branly still live in their mobile home outside Des Plaines, a year after a record flood caused extensive damage.

    Support rising for couple with flood-ravaged mobile homeApr 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    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.

  • Nick and Nan Gagliano of Algonquin load sand bags into a canoe to make it easier to get the to their home along the Fox River, seen in the background.

    Images: One year anniversary of spring 2013 floodsApr 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    Images from the spring floods of 2013 when towns like Des Plaines, Lisle, Algonquin and East Dundee saw heavy flooding when nearby rivers spilled over their banks.

  • Footlighters Theatre Company Auditions for TarzanApr 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    Footlighters Theatre Company is casting actors, singers, and dancers, ages five to adult, for their summer musical production of Tarzan.

  • Illinois racetracks are balking at a gambling proposal that would cut the number of slot machines to 600, but a competing plan wouldn’t have any.

    Arlington racetrack: Half the slots won’t cut itApr 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    After years of pushing for slots machines at racetracks, some horse racing advocates are worried the smaller number proposed in a new plan won’t generate enough money. “All right, we’ll exist. Horse racing will exist with (600) machines. But we will not flourish. We will not flourish like other states,” said Bob Molaro, an industry lobbyist.

  • Northwest suburban police blotterApr 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    Thieves stole the catalytic converter between March 27 and April 2 from five Chevrolet Cavaliers and a Pontiac Sunfire in parking lots on the 900 block of Ridge Square, 900 block of Jefferson Square, and 400 and 900 blocks of Perrie Drive, all in Elk Grove Village. Value was estimated at $3,500.

  • Des Plaines hopes to improve outdoor dining experience downtownApr 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    Downtown Des Plaines restaurants that offer al fresco dining could soon have a consistent look to their outdoor spaces with the installation of decorative metal fencing. The city council next Monday will consider buying metal railings and planters for restaurants within the downtown Tax Increment Financing district that would designate each restaurant’s outdoor dining space.

  • Kris Howard Jensen

    Hidden Gems in Our CommunityApr 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    Hidden Gems in Our Community is a program, sponsored by Illinois State Representative Michelle Mussman, as a women’s issues advisory committee meeting. “It was developed based on the idea that there are many women living within the area, who have inspiring and unexpected stories to share,” said Magdaleno.

  • Bobby Cruz

    Des Plaines pedophile sentenced to 50 years in prisonApr 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Des Plaines man convicted of molesting 11 children of friends, relatives and co-workers was sentenced Tuesday to 50 years in prison. Bobby Cruz, 34, photographed himself abusing the children ages 2 to 11, in places ranging from a friend’s home to a pumpkin patch and Great America.

  • Gambling proponent doesn’t have a favored planApr 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Democrat pushing for more gambling in Illinois says he’s not yet picked whether to push forward with a plan just for a Chicago casino or one that also would include slots at Arlington International Racecourse and a casino in Lake County. State Rep. Bob Rita, a Blue Island Democrat, met with the Daily Herald editorial board Tuesday in advance of today’s scheduled daylong House committee hearing in Chicago on both plans.

  • Get help with energy bills SaturdayApr 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    Des Plaines and Mount Prospect residents looking for help with their energy bills are invited to an energy fair Saturday at the Mount Prospect Public Library. Residents can apply for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and other energy assistance programs through the Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, ComEd and Nicor Gas.

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