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  •  Laural Fisher of Glen Ellyn swabs the inside of her cheek during a bone marrow drive in Glen Ellyn.

    Poll Vault: Are you registered as an organ or tissue donor? Jun 21, 2013 12:00 AM
    Are you on the national bone marrow registry? Have you signed the back of your driver’s license to signify you’re an organ donor? Do you give blood? Have you or anyone in your family benefitted from an anonymous donor?

  •  There’s still time for the kids to make a card for Father’s Day on Sunday.

    Poll Vault: Best gift you’ve given or received for Father’s Day? Jun 14, 2013 12:00 AM
    Do you have a traditional gift for your dad? What has he liked the best? If you are a dad, what’s been you favorite gift? Are you a sentimental type who saves the handmade cards? Or are you a strong, silent type who tells the kids not to make a fuss?

  •  Report card time can create a lot of angst for students, especially if they didn’t do all of their assignments.

    Poll Vault: Worst grade you received on a report card? Jun 7, 2013 12:00 AM
    As Elgin Area School District U-46 plans to change its grading policy so the worst a student can get is a 50 out of 100, Michelle Holdway asks, what's the worst grade you ever got?

  •  Pranav Sivakumar, 13, of Tower Lakes correctly spelled odontoloxia, Spenglerian, transrhenane, masoola, semainier, faconne, avellaneous, haupia on Thursday night in the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Pranav attends Barrington Middle School — Station Campus.

    Poll Vault: How would you do in a spelling bee? May 31, 2013 12:00 AM
    Have you ever won a spelling bee? Could you compete with the entrants in this year’s National Spelling Bee, fielding words like “tokonoma,” “haupia” and ptyalagogue”?

  •  The Eyes to the Skies hot-air balloon festival in Lisle draws more than 150,000 people. This year’s event starts July 3 in Lisle Community Park.

    Poll Vault: What’s the best suburban festival? May 24, 2013 12:00 AM
    What’s your favorite suburban fest? Do you have a summer tradition of attending, for example, Eyes to the Skies in Lisle or Frontier Days in Arlington Heights? What’s the biggest draw for you: the food, the parades, the music or the rides?

  •  If you’re a U.S. citizen older than 18, you can be called for jury duty in Illinois. The pool is made up of registered voters and anyone with a state-issued ID or driver’s license.

    Poll Vault: Have you ever served on a jury? May 17, 2013 12:00 AM
    Have you ever been on a jury in a criminal case? How long did you deliberate, and what was the outcome? How about in a civil trial?

  • Riders try sitting backward on Batman: The Ride on Thursday at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee.

    Poll Vault: What's the best ride at Great America? May 10, 2013 12:00 AM
    What do you like best at Great America? Do you favor the vintage American Eagle or the more high-tech, enclosed Dark Night? Or are you more of a water ride kind of person?

  •  Gregory Regalado, who teaches courses in art, photography and design at Maine West High School, received his Golden Apple Award on Wednesday at the Des Plaines school.

    Poll Vault: Best teacher you ever had? May 3, 2013 12:00 AM
    As Golden Apple Awards were announced this week, consider the people who educated you from kindergarten to college. Who was the best teacher? What attributes made him or her stand out?

  •  About 62 percent of all households in the United States have a pet, according to the American Pet Products Association. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says the majority of those are obtained from acquaintances and family members.

    Poll Vault: Where did you get your pets? Apr 26, 2013 12:00 AM
    Is getting a pet from a pet store and not a shelter just wrong in your mind? Or do you think it's OK because unsold pets at shops will go to the shelter anyway, or worse? Where did you get your pets?

  •  More than 120 million individual taxpayers across the country received a refund from the U.S. government in 2012. Are you among those who is getting money back this year?

    Poll Vault: How are you spending your tax refund? Apr 19, 2013 12:00 AM
    Are you receiving or have you received an income tax refund this year? More than last year? What are you spending it on?

  •  Did you see your first Major League game at iconic Wrigley Field?

    Poll Vault: Do you remember your first pro baseball game? Apr 5, 2013 12:00 AM
    When was the first time someone took you out to the ballgame? Share some of your memories about America's pastime.

  •  The Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo hits a double during a spring training game against Cleveland on Sunday in Goodyear, Ariz.

    Poll Vault: Who will win more games — Cubs or Sox? Mar 29, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Cubs' 2013 season will begin Monday afternoon in Pittsburgh. The Sox will open at home later that day against Kansas City. What are your predictions for the year? Which team will win more games? Can the Cubs finish better than fifth?

  •  Louisville, which won the Big East earlier in the month, is the top seed in the NCAA men’s tournament.

    Poll Vault: Who’s in your Final Four? Mar 21, 2013 12:00 AM
    Your bracket might be semi-busted already, with No. 14 seed Harvard upsetting No. 3 New Mexico and a pair of No. 5 seeds out as well. Do you have the No. 1 seeds in your Final Four? How does your bracket look?

  •  The first handheld mobile phone was developed by Motorola in the 1970s. Users dubbed it “the brick.”

    Poll Vault: When did you get your first mobile phone? Mar 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    If you were one of the people who got their first cellphone in the 1970s, it might have been Motorola's "brick." When did you get your first one? When did you switch to a cellphone, if you ever did?

  •  Chances are that someone in your household is feeling under the weather. What cold remedy do you recommend?

    Poll Vault: What do you take for a cold? Mar 8, 2013 12:00 AM
    Is there an over-the-counter product you swear by to get you through the coughs, sniffles and sneezes? What DOESN’T work for you?

  • Pope Benedict XVI leaves after celebrating his final general audience in St. Peter's Square Wednesday at the Vatican. Cardinals will begin meeting Monday to set the date for the conclave to elect the next pope.

    Poll Vault: What changes would you like the next pope to make? Mar 1, 2013 12:00 AM
    Benedict XVI's retirement sets the stage for a new pontiff who could dramatically alter the face of Catholicism. Or not. What are your hopes for the next pope? Would you prefer someone younger or perhaps someone from a non-European country? Do you wish for a huge shift like allowing priests to marry?

  •  Dan Stevens plays Matthew Crawley and Michelle Dockery portrays Lady Mary in a Season 2 episode of the Emmy Award-winning “Downton Abbey.”

    Poll Vault: What TV shows are you hooked on? Feb 22, 2013 12:00 AM
    Michelle Holdway just discovered "Downton Abbey" and went on a weekend marathon watching Season 1 on demand. What TV series, new or old, have you just gotten hooked on?

  • For better or for worse? A prison sentence would certainly fall under the “for worse” category. Would you support a spouse accused or convicted of a crime?

    Poll Vault: Would you stand by a jailed spouse? Feb 8, 2013 12:00 AM
    Of the three Schaumburg cops recently arrested, one's wife is standing by him and another has already filed for divorce. What would you do if your spouse were arrested?

  • Is the commute getting to you? Sound off in this week's Poll Vault.

    Poll Vault: How bad is your commute? Feb 1, 2013 12:00 AM
    When it snows you might be tempted to take mass transit to work instead of your car. Then again, with the cost of a 10-ride Metra pass going up today, you might be tempted to trade the train for the tollway. How do you get to work, and how long does it take you?

  • Teachers walk the picket line last week outside Grayslake Middle School. The union strike lasted three days in Grayslake Elementary District 46.

    Poll Vault: Are you a union member? Jan 25, 2013 12:00 AM
    Are you or have you ever been a member of a labor union? What do you think of union influence in politics? Labor unions fought for many benefits we now take for granted, such as workplace safety and overtime laws, but are they still necessary?

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