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  • Longtime DuPage County clerk ready for retirement Nov 28, 2014 10:24 AM
    DuPage County Clerk Gary King has taken his final roll call. After spending nearly 20 years as a county employee and then serving another 28 years as an elected official, King is ready for retirement. His last day will be Saturday, when he comes into the office to tie up some loose ends. “I really had a great time,” the Glen Ellyn resident said. “I love doing what I’m doing, but it’s time for me to leave.”

  • Dawn Patrol: Bears lose; what’s after Black Friday? Nov 28, 2014 5:45 AM
    The Bears-Lions game was a turkey. People went shopping. A Campton Hills house was damaged by a fire early Thursday morning. And small, local businesses are urging people to remember them, on Small Business Saturday. Overcast with flurries make for a chilly start to Black Friday.

  • Assistant Principal Joe Kish doesn’t go looking for attention — he goes looking to help others Nov 28, 2014 11:01 AM
    Those who know him describe Franklin Middle School Assistant Principal Joe Kish as a person with good moral character. He's a positive influence on impressionable kids and a compassionate supporter of families. He's helped establish a skate club, memorialize deceased members of the school community and started a firewood fundraiser that has raised thousands of dollars.

  • Add tweets, posts to tools of the new Black Friday trade Nov 27, 2014 6:01 AM
    Shoppers loaded with print advertisements and seeking discounts on Black Friday can have extra tools at their disposal by reaching for their smartphones. Retail experts say Twitter and Facebook are the leading social media sites for businesses to keep their brands before customers or to interact with them.

  • Suburban police take lessons on diversity, communication from Ferguson Nov 26, 2014 8:36 AM
    As tempers continue to flare in Ferguson, Mo., over the death of Michael Brown and a grand jury's decision not to indict the officer who shot him, the controversy has several suburban officials discussing what can be done to prevent such a tragedy here. “Transparency, open communication and trust between the community and local police are paramount,” said Round Lake Park Police Chief George Filenko.

  • Glen Ellyn business owner chosen to fill DuPage vacancy Nov 26, 2014 12:15 PM
    A Glen Ellyn business owner has been tapped to replace the late Jerry “JR” McBride on the DuPage County Board. Board Chairman Dan Cronin said Wednesday that Karyn M. Romano is his choice to fill the District 4 board seat that’s been vacant since McBride’s death on Oct. 24. The full board is scheduled to vote Dec. 9 on Romano’s appointment. “I’m thrilled and delighted that a person of her caliber, talent and work experience wants to serve,” Cronin said of Romano.

  • Bartlett man gets 4 years for Lisle road-rage shooting Nov 26, 2014 3:33 PM
    Vaughn Atkins of Bartlett insists he was protecting his family when he fired a handgun at another vehicle following a traffic altercation earlier this year in Lisle. A DuPage County judge, however, decided Atkins caused a much greater public safety hazard and sentenced him to four years in prison.

  • Child’s Voice teacher helps empower kids with hearing loss Nov 26, 2014 1:00 PM
    Last Thanksgiving, 4-year-old Aryan Patel stood up at his family’s dinner table and told everyone he was thankful for his food and family. While not an unusual scenario for many families, it was at that moment that Angela Chaudhari and her husband, Alpesh Patel, realized they would be forever grateful to HYPERLINK "https://www.childsvoice.org/live/index.php"Child’s Voice School teacher Cheryl Borden.

  • Dawn Patrol: Thanksgiving travel tips; Man gets 24 years in fatal crash Nov 26, 2014 5:40 AM
    Thanksgiving travel tips for picture-perfect reunions. $2 million bail for Ingleside teen accused in police chase. Mundelein man gets 24 years for causing fatal 2012 crash. Lindenhurst man killed in crash on Route 120 near Lakemoor. Obama takes on Chicago hecklers over immigration policy. Elgin continues to test police cameras in light of Ferguson. Lions’ defense big challenge for Bears.

  • Being thankful for an average kind of day Nov 25, 2014 9:07 AM
    The Rev. Greg Asimakoupoulos says this Thanksgiving he's planning on taking a moment to say thanks for "normal days" when the water flows and the lights come on when you flip the switch.

  • Dawn Patrol: Protests in Chicago after Ferguson cop not indicted Nov 25, 2014 5:39 AM
    Grand jury doesn’t indict Ferguson cop. Naperville bar security to get more training. FAA avoids taking blame, suggests changes after Aurora sabotage. Teen critically injured in Gurnee crash. Suburbs see slight snow accumulation. Rose, Gasol return in win.

  • Could Chicago Symphony site disrupt DuPage County's blue heron population? Nov 25, 2014 5:28 AM
    Some fear the largest communal nesting ground for great blue herons in DuPage County could be abandoned if the Chicago Symphony Orchestra builds a permanent outdoor concert venue in Naperville. “The herons would be way too close to a music stadium,” said Marty Fielder, who along with Judith Nesbitt is hoping the DuPage County Forest Preserve District will acquire the property before the CSO to protect the birds.

  • Naperville man gets prison time for bringing heroin into jail Nov 25, 2014 4:27 PM
    A Naperville man charged with several heroin-related crimes, including bringing the drug into jail by hiding it in his rectum, was sentenced Tuesday to two 4-year prison terms.Michael Chacón, 25, of the 1200 block of Suffolk Street, pleaded guilty last month to unlawful possession of a controlled substance, which also reopened a June 2013 case in which he was sentenced to probation for a felony count of possession of a controlled substance and a misdemeanor count of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • DuPage approves $449.4 million spending plan for 2015 Nov 25, 2014 6:07 PM
    DuPage County will start its fiscal year Monday with a spending plan that sets aside money for heroin prevention education, human services grants and a list of capital projects. The $449.4 million budget, which county board members adopted on Tuesday, also doesn’t increase property taxes. “We are commitment to doing more with less,” county board Chairman Dan Cronin said before the vote. “This budget is a testament to that pledge.”

  • Dawn Patrol: Snow on the way; Bears beat Bucs 21-13 Nov 24, 2014 6:07 AM
    Gusty winds, snow expected in some suburbs today; more than 30 horses reported dead in Crystal Lake-area barn fire; Ppolice: Elgin man fleeing cops ends up in Fox River; new Des Plaines police dog helps recover $30,000 in drug money; faiths unite to celebrate in Buffalo Grove; turnovers boost Bears over Bucs, 21-13

  • Students sought for planned private high school in Batavia Nov 24, 2014 12:46 PM
    Former Illinois education superintendent Michael Bakalis says after experimenting with charter schools for years, he now is focusing on developing private schools with a liberal arts focus to better prepare students for college. The first such college prep high school is set to open next fall in Batavia.

  • Today is last day of election filing in 4 DuPage towns Nov 24, 2014 5:30 AM
    Nominating petitions for the consolidated primary election are due by 5 p.m. today in four of DuPage County’s largest towns. Naperville, Wheaton, Downers Grove and Aurora all require candidates for council and mayor to file during the primary filing period, which began last Monday.

  • Other groups offering a free Thanksgiving dinner Nov 23, 2014 7:00 AM
    Some churches, restaurants and service organizations treat Thanksgiving as a chance to give the lonely, the elderly, the poor, the homeless and those in military service camaraderie and a meal to be thankful for. Here’s a look at a few of the other groups serving a free meal on this special day.

  • Thanksgiving tradition grows at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Hawthorn Woods Nov 23, 2014 7:00 AM
    After their Thanksgiving celebrations thinned as relatives died or moved on, Dean and Susan Stewart took a different approach. “We started it with people who didn't have traditional Thanksgiving dinners anymore and it started snowballing,” said Dean Stewart. This Thanksgiving, the couple will host the 8th annual feast at St. Matthew Church, 24500 N. Old McHenry Road, Hawthorn Woods. Dinner is open to all and participation has more than tripled since its inception to about 100 diners.

  • Great Lakes soldiers find Thanksgiving home in Palatine Nov 23, 2014 7:00 AM
    Some 34 Great Lakes sailors will find a home away from home Thursday at American Legion Post 690 in Palatine, thanks to the organizing efforts of program chair Cindy Altenbach. “Boot camp is tough,” said Altenbach of the new recruits, who are given only limited access to phones and social media while in basic training. “For many of them, this is their first holiday away from home.”

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