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  • Feds ask 3rd parties to weigh in on college unionMay 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    A labor agency has invited outside parties to weigh in on whether Northwestern football players should be able to unionize. The National Labor Relations Board posted a notice Monday asking groups not directly involved in the dispute to submit arguments for or against unionization by June 26.

     
  • Hearing on athletes union worries activistMay 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    A former linebacker leading the drive to form the nation's first union for college athletes said Wednesday he fears a congressional hearing could be a step toward legislative barriers that would thwart unionization. The hearing is scheduled for Thursday in Washington, D.C., before the House Education and the Workforce Committee.

     
  • Daniel Biss

    Senator optimistic pension glitch will be fixedApr 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    A state senator who’s trying to change a mistake in Illinois’ pension reform law says he’s optimistic it can be corrected. But state Sen. Daniel Biss, an Evanston Democrat, says he isn’t sure yet just when or how that will happen.

     
  • Northwestern football players cast secret ballots Friday in an on-campus hall adjacent to their home stadium on whether to form the nation’s first union for college athletes.

    Historic day as Northwestern players vote on unionApr 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    In a historic vote, Northwestern football players cast secret ballots Friday on whether to form the nation’s first union for college athletes — a decision that could change the landscape of American amateur sports. Results of the unprecedented vote won’t be revealed any time soon. After the vote, the ballot boxes will be sealed for weeks or months — perhaps even years — as the university challenges the effort to unionize the football team.

     
  • Former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter led the unionization effort.

    Historic day as Northwestern players vote on unionApr 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    In a historic vote, Northwestern University football players cast secret ballots Friday on whether to form the nation’s first union for college athletes — a decision that could change the landscape of American amateur sports. The results of the closely watched vote will not be known for some time. After two rounds of voting on this 19,000-student campus, the ballot boxes were sealed and will remain so for weeks, months, perhaps even years as the university challenges the effort to unionize the team.

     
  • Government to review athletes’ bid to unionize at NorthwesternApr 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    The National Labor Relations Board has granted Northwestern University’s request that it review its ruling that football players at the university are essentially employees of the school with full collective bargaining rights.

     
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  • Former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter, right, speaks while College Athletes Players Association President Ramogi Huma listens during a news conference in January in Chicago.

    Northwestern players see push as spark for changeApr 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    No matter how they feel about the push to unionize, at least a few Northwestern players see the movement as a spark for change in college sports. The question is whether forming a union to bargain for better health insurance and work conditions is the right move for them. “This is a real issue that people brought up,” linebacker Collin Ellis said Saturday. “It shows the power that people could possibly attain. That in itself speaks volumes, and that in itself could be a catalyst for change — yet I feel not at the expense of what we have here.”

     
  • Debra Fredricksen

    DNA testing may identify missing Des Plaines womanApr 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    It could be several more days, or even weeks, before authorities can determine through DNA testing whether a body found Sunday along the shores of Lake Michigan in Evanston is that of a Des Plaines woman missing since late February, police said Wednesday.

     
  • Debra Fredricksen

    Body found in Evanston could be that of missing Des Plaines womanApr 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    Des Plaines police are working with Evanston and Cook County authorities to determine whether a body discovered Sunday along Lake Michigan is that of a 61-year-old Des Plaines woman missing since late February. The body was found near Clark Sheridan Park, authorities said, and recovered by the Cook County medical examiner’s office, which is working with police to determine cause death and identity of the victim.

     
  • Reyna Garcia-Manzanares

    Aurora man held on $15 million bail in heroin bustApr 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    In what may be the largest heroin seizure in Kane County, an Aurora man is being held on $15 million bail after being charged with heroin possession and money laundering. Authorities say Modesto Alarcon had 9 kilograms of heroin.

     
  • Jennifer Morehead

    Website aims to make your moves seamlessApr 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Moving from one home to another can be a very stressful process. A suburban woman is working to change all that. A website launched in May 2012 was founded by CEO Jennifer Morehead of Winnetka with two partners and they aim to help people with all aspects of an upcoming move.

     
  • Debra Fredricksen

    Search continues for missing Des Plaines womanFeb 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    After scouring an Evanston neighborhood for clues into the disappearance of a 61-year-old Des Plaines woman, police on Tuesday continued to work the phones, fielding tips from the public and talking to family members, who haven’t heard from their relative since Friday. A search group of family and volunteers spent much of the day Monday posting missing person fliers around the area where Debra Fredricksen’s car was found Saturday night.

     
  • Victoria and Fred Skeppstrom

    From ER to digital photo booths, couple says ‘cheese’ at eventsFeb 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    Kukec's People features Fred and Victoria Skeppstrom of Wilmette, who own a local franchise of TapSnap, a new digitized photo booth that allows smiling clients to dress up the photo, e-mail it to themselves or others, or post it on Facebook.

     
  • Debra Fredricksen

    Police searching in Evanston for missing Des Plaines womanFeb 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    Police are searching Evanston today for clues into the disappearance of a Des Plaines woman whose car was found there this weekend. Debra Fredricksen, 61, was reported missing by her husband Saturday night after several phone calls to her cellphone went unanswered.

     
  •  Actor Henry Winkler appears with co-author Lin Oliver to discuss their ďHereís HankĒ books at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at Mill Street School in Naperville.

    Book notes: Meet Henry Winkler in Naperville Feb 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Actor and children's book author Henry Winkler and co-author Lin Oliver read from and sign copies of their new children's books "Here's Hank: Bookmarks Are People Too!" and "A Short Take About a Long Dog" at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at Mill Street Schoo in Naperville. The event is sponsored by Anderson's Bookshop of Naperville.

     
  • Attend a free College Transfer FairFeb 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    If youíre looking for information about higher education, you wonít want to miss a free Transfer College Fair from 10:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Oakton Community College, Room 1604, 1600 E. Golf Road, Des

     
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  • COURTESY OF WINGS WINGS CEO Rebecca Darr with husband, Joe.

    Darr wants to spread WINGS nationwide to help domestic abuse victims Jan 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    Kukec's People features Rebecca Darr, who helps countless victims of domestic abuse through WINGS, is in the midst of expanding the shelter in Chicago and plans to go national in a couple of years.

     
  • Notre Dame snaps Carmelís streak with OT decision Jan 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    The comeback wasnít enough for Carmel Catholicís boys basketball team Friday night. The Corsairs fell to Notre Dame 51-50 in overtime, despite erasing a 41-31 deficit midway through the fourth quarter. The loss snapped Carmelís seven-game winning streak, as the Corsairs fell to 17-4 overall and 2-2 in the East Suburban Catholic Conference. They had not lost in January.

     
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