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  • On the road: Local brews featured at Logan Square Beer Fest Sep 13, 2014 5:30 AM
    Twenty craft breweries (including 3 Floyds, Ale Syndicate, Bells, Berghoff, Lagunitas, Lake Front and Metropolitan) and more than 50 beers will be featured in the Logan Square Beer Fest. Andersonville's City Made Fest is a celebration of all of things made in Chicago, featuring an array of Chicago-based musicians, brewers and artisans. And Green County, Wisconsin, is home to Monroe's Cheese Days celebration at the Courthouse Square.

  •  Join Misty River Music Makers in holiday concerts Sep 13, 2014 1:01 AM
    Misty River Music Makers, a women's a cappella group that sings four-part barbershop harmony style, is offering the chance for women to come find out what Misty River is all about and the opportunity to sing with them for Christmas performances.

  • Naperville’s Water Street District plans changing again Sep 13, 2014 7:45 AM
    Plans are changing for the Water Street District in downtown Naperville. Updated plans are expected to go before the city’s planning and zoning commission this month as developers again seek approval to build a hotel, shops, restaurants and offices on a 2.4-acre area south of the DuPage River between Main and Webster streets. "We are optimistic that we will be able to break ground before the end of the year," said Deborah Newman, a spokeswoman for Water Street developer Marquette Companies of Naperville.

  • NFL TV blackouts may end after 40 years as FCC votes on rule Sep 13, 2014 7:39 AM
    After almost 40 years, regulators plan to decide if it’s finally time to kill sports-blackout rules that keep National Football League games off television when teams fail to sell out their stadiums.

  • Up close and personal with the Apple Watch Sep 13, 2014 7:39 AM
    Apple's watch will start at $349 for the base model, which is already more expensive than any of the smartwatches introduced by its archrival Samsung. But Apple is planning three lines of watches -- a base model, a water-resistant model for fitness enthusiasts and the high-end “edition” type.

  • Do you need a second layer of security online? Sep 13, 2014 7:33 AM
    Recent hacks exposing nude photographs of Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities are prompting calls for people to fortify their online accounts with a second layer of security. You need to turn the feature on. And it means occasionally getting off your couch to retrieve your phone when you’re using a new Web browser, tablet or other gadget. Here's how.

  • Huntley church marks 150th anniversary of sanctuary Sep 13, 2014 7:45 AM
    If the walls of the First Congregational Church of Huntley could talk, they would tell stories of more than a century of baptisms, confirmations, weddings, and memorials. Members of the “little white church,” located at the corner of Church and Main streets in downtown, will mark the 150th anniversary of the construction of the church’s sanctuary Sunday with an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. “This is one of the oldest churches in McHenry County,” said Jann Crabill, 66, a church member for 39 years.

  • Fountain View Recreation Center gets LEED-certified Sep 13, 2014 7:40 AM
    Carol Stream Park District’s efforts to make the Fountain View Recreation Center environmentally friendly and energy-efficient have paid off: the building recently received LEED certification. Park officials say Fountain View is the first public recreation center in Illinois to receive the certification, which stands for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design and is determined by the U.S. Green Building Council.

  • The sandhill crane: A restoraton success story Sep 13, 2014 7:49 AM
    It's a restoraton success story. Just 10 years ago, the sandhill crane was a rare sight in Kane County. But wetland restoration efforts have been a boon to this big bird, and sandhills are now a common sight throughout northern Illinois.

  • Conversation Circles launching to help Naperville parents Sep 13, 2014 7:20 AM
    A Naperville nonprofit that is working to strengthen parents is offering a new round of free group meetings for parents to discuss the challenges their kids face. “The conversation circles are really designed to help parents learn skills about how to open conversations with their kids,” said Diane Overgard, project manager of the nonprofit ParentsMatterToo.

  • Alexian Brothers says no to medical pot firms' donations Sep 13, 2014 7:30 AM
    Alexian Brothers Health System officials are saying thanks but no thanks to potential medical marijuana growers and sellers who have promised to donate funds if they can open in Elk Grove Village. “Alexian Brothers Health System believes that a complex issue such as this requires a great deal of evaluation and consideration and does not intend to be a recipient of any donated funds from these programs,” a statement reads.

  • Officials: Elgin 311 did “very well” during storm Sep 13, 2014 8:39 AM
    Elgin’s citywide cleanup of last week’s powerful storm — also the first major stress test for the city’s 311 Contact Center — is set to wrap up today. The Sept. 5 storm caused nonlife threatening injuries to two people. A peak of 55,000 residents lost power and an estimated 15,000 city-owned trees were damaged, city officials said.

  • Religion continues its path of tragedies Sep 13, 2014 8:59 AM
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: When one of the ISIS radicals said that his organization will use tanks to install and enforce Sharia law, religion in its primeval state continued to demonstrate the bold ugliness of the dark side of humanity. For thousands of years, religious divergence in its fanatical observance by extremists has resulted in more deaths and devastation in recorded history than all other causes of life ending warfare and conflict.

  • Northwest suburban police blotter Sep 12, 2014 1:01 AM
    Burglars stole a cellphone valued at $100, loose change, an iPass transponder, and a new computer monitor in its box between 9 p.m. Sept. 4 and 9 a.m. Sept. 5 out of an unlocked 2012 Infiniti in a driveway on the 6000 block of Delaney Drive in Hoffman Estates.

  • Let’s do better in this round of voting Sep 12, 2014 5:01 AM
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Please give me a break. President Obama is a total loss. Was he ever on a Little League team? No. Was he ever a Boy Scout? No. Did he ever ride a pony? Doubt it. What has he done? Here’s a list. He lost a congressional election to Bobby Rush, was “present” more than 100 times in the Illinois Senate but then did not vote, got his big boost from Emil Jones into the U.S. Senate.

  • Crystal Lake ends centennial with Lego model master Sep 12, 2014 5:01 AM
    Master Model Builder David Howard of Legoland Discovery Center Chicago will appear Sunday at Crystal Lake’s Closing Centennial Festival.

  • To beat 49ers, Bears have to run the ball Sep 12, 2014 5:18 AM
    To have any hope of the playoffs or a winning season, Mike North says the Chicago Bears need to win Game 2 of the NFL season. And they can do that if they run the ball against the San Francisco 49ers.

  • Editorial: Listening to all, towns can keep puppy mills out of pet sales Sep 12, 2014 1:01 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial says towns like Arlington Heights can protect animals and permit legitimate, humane businesses to operate if they set firm standards after listening to all interests involved.

  • Dawn Patrol: Woman found dead in Des Plaines pond; 9/11 ceremonies Sep 12, 2014 7:52 AM
    Suburban ceremonies recall loss of 9/11; missing woman discovered in Des Plaines pond; judge delays Cook County puppy mill ban; acting mayor named in Oakwood Hills; Lake County undersheriff sues former sheriff candidate for defamation; dad accused of killing 5 kids had criminal past in McHenry County; Chicago Wolves to extend Allstate Arena contract; Sky return to Pavilion for elimination game.

  • One Million Degrees welcomes first Harper scholars Sep 12, 2014 7:30 AM
    One Million Degrees, which empowers low-income, highly motivated community college students to succeed in school, in work and in life, has welcomed its first class of Harper scholars.

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