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  • 3 ways insurers can discourage sick from enrolling Sep 1, 2014 7:22 AM
    Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul. But consumer advocates warn that companies are still using wiggle room to discourage the sickest — and costliest — patients from enrolling.

  • CDC: e-cigarettes more cause youths to smoke Sep 1, 2014 7:00 AM
    Adolescents who use e-cigarettes are much more likely to smoke conventional cigarettes, according to a study released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • SIU hoping enrollment doesn’t fall again this year Sep 1, 2014 9:38 AM
    Officials at Southern Illinois University say they’re “guardedly optimistic” new figures will show an end to a trend of dropping enrollments. The Southern Illinoisan reports ( that official enrollment numbers for the Carbondale school are expected to be released on Tuesday. The school has seen its student body drop from about 21,600 to just less than 18,000 since 2004. That’s a 16.8 percent fall. Figures show that just 60.8 percent of SIU’s 2012 freshmen class stayed or came back for their sophomore year. Interim Provost Susan Ford says “that’s not a good number.” The school created a retention task force two years ago to address the problem. Members put together a plan that was initiated in January. It includes mentoring, accountability and curriculum efforts. ——— Information from: Southern Illinoisan,

  • Arlington Hts. denial of term limits not a pretty picture Sep 1, 2014 5:01 AM
    Letter to the editor: Stanley P. Szott of Arlington Heights isn't happy that the electoral board turned away the term limits petition from the November ballot.

  • Scholarship group has great first event Sep 1, 2014 5:01 AM
    Letter to the editor: Donna Epton says the new scholarship organization, Excel Beyond 211 Dollars for Scholars, had a great first fundraising event at Wolff's flea Market in palatine.

  • Arlington Hts. board should put term limits to voters Sep 1, 2014 5:01 AM
    Letter to the editor: Frank J. Biga III of Arlington Heights urges the village board to devise their own term limits referendum and "let the citizens decide. This would go a long way toward redeeming the board’s stature with many of us," he writes.

  • Schaumburg CEO takes health seriously in, out of office Sep 1, 2014 6:01 AM
    Kukec's People features Cathy Kenworthy, CEO of Interactive Health in Schaumburg, who walks the walk to health every day. She has done as many as 20,000 steps in Scotland and watches her diet, just as the company oversees others.

  • Checker cab is nearing 60 and is built to last Sep 1, 2014 6:00 AM
    “I’ve loved Checkers ever since I was a little kid,” Joe Fay says. The Naperville resident isn’t referring to the board game. Fay has a passion for the Kalamazoo, Michigan, taxi-building company. In 2000 he purchased a 1957 Model A8 from a collector in Ohio.

  • Beach, sun & surfing are the focus of Lake Zurich business Sep 1, 2014 6:22 AM
    Jeff Urso opens Beezer’s Bungalow, a shop that offers beach, sun and surfing products in Lake ZUrich.

  • The U.S. regions with a shortage of young people Sep 1, 2014 7:42 AM
    A major demographic trend in the past 40 years has been decline of the Heartland and the Rust Belt. Between 1970 and 2010, the United States added 100 million more people — but not in these areas of the country, which have seen sluggish population growth, and in some areas, population loss. As the nation continues to grow, it’s leaving behind states like Nebraska, which only grew 15 percent between 1970 and 2010.

  • Rural areas struggle to attract lawyers as grads leave Sep 1, 2014 7:33 AM
    Rural Nebraska needs lawyers. Young, single, college-educated people keep leaving the Heartland, enticed elsewhere by more money or exposed brick lofts or mimosa-drenched brunches. The young have long fled small towns for big city lights, but the trend has been worse in recent years, aggravated by recession and a historic concentration of resources in urban areas. Nearly 60 percent of America’s rural counties lost residents last year. That’s up from 50 percent in 2009 and 40 percent in the late ‘90s, according to census data.

  • Tribe’s casino plan roils quaint Martha’s Vineyard Sep 1, 2014 7:30 AM
    On the western tip of Martha’s Vineyard, bright clay cliffs and a red brick lighthouse draw visitors as they pile out of cars and tour buses and head up to this town’s scenic overlook. But the leaders of the Aquinnah Wampanoags, the federally recognized American Indian tribe whose ancestors first inhabited the island, envision a new destination. They’ve proposed transforming an unfinished tribal community center a few miles inland into a high-stakes bingo and poker hall filled with electronic betting machines.

  • ‘Shrek the Musical’ comes to ECC Sep 1, 2014 1:01 AM
    Everyone’s favorite upside-down fairy tale comes to Elgin in September when the Fox Valley Theatre Company presents “Shrek the Musical,” a song-and dance-filled stage adaptation of the award-winning animated film. Performances will be at the Blizzard Theatre at Elgin Community College.

  • Baltimore adds to urban gambling jackpot with new casino Sep 1, 2014 1:01 AM
    The inside of the new Horseshoe casino looks like any gambling palace on the Las Vegas Strip, filled with blinking slot machines, blackjack tables, cocktail waitresses and crystal chandeliers. But one glimpse of the Royal Farms convenience store across the street is enough to remind you: This is not the Bellagio. This is Baltimore.

  • Energy company is making strides Sep 1, 2014 1:01 AM
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: NRG Energy and its President David Crane recently decided, after being convinced by local Waukegan residents (over 3,000 petitions), community groups (15 or so) and government officials (city, county, state, federal), that they should “clean up their act” by installing “scrubbers” on their 80-year-old coal-fired power plant smokestacks.

  • Be aware of poisons in your house, take steps to keep them away from young children Sep 1, 2014 1:01 AM
    “What is poison and what does it taste like?” asked a young patron at Grayslake Library.

  • Inbound Kennedy Expressway lanes reopen after semi crash Sep 1, 2014 3:51 PM
    The inbound lanes of the Kennedy Expressway have been reopened after an overturned semi completely shut down traffic and injured one person, ABC 7 Chicago is reporting.

  • Rival suburban bridal shops face off in reality show airing Tuesday Sep 1, 2014 1:28 PM
    A new suburban reality series featuring two competing bridal shops in the East and West Dundees debuts Tuesday. Viewers can get a sneak peek at the “Best in Bridal” reality series 9 p.m. Tuesday on FYI Network — a contemporary lifestyle network that debuted in July — and locally on Comcast Channel 275. The series, by Half Yard Productions, showcases the rivalry between the all-male staff of Complete Bridal in East Dundee and the all-female staff of Shelley’s Bridal Couture in West Dundee.

  • No one hurt in Buffalo Grove townhouse fire Sep 1, 2014 12:52 PM
    No one was hurt in a structure fire at Buffalo Grove townhouse complex Sunday afternoon. Two townhouses in a four-unit residential building were left uninhabitable. The fire started shortly after noon in a clothes dryer inside one unit in the 1044-1050 block of Pine Tree Circle North.

  • Images: The Week in Pictures Sep 1, 2014 1:01 AM
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features Daily Herald staff photos of a blind skydiver, toilet bowl races in the street, and a kid-produced movie featuring a robot.

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