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  • 2013-2014 Fox Valley Leadership Team honorable mentions Dec 13, 2013 5:45 AM
    2013-2014 Fox Valley Leadership Team honorable mentions

  • YouTube co-founder funding 'Innovation Hub' in Aurora Nov 19, 2013 7:02 AM
    Steve Chen, YouTube co-founder and 1996 graduate of Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora, is putting $1 million of his money behind a $1.9 million Innovation Hub desiged to support student entrepreneurs. “We look to engage our business community and collaborate in this space,” said Britta McKenna, the school's chief innovation officer. “It just provides so many potential opportunitites.”

  • Hoffman Estates math whiz finds creativity in problem solving Nov 7, 2013 7:30 AM
    If you look past numbers and computations and distill math to its essence, it's all about creativity, 17-year-old James Tao says. "When I think of math, when I think of coming up with a proof where there wasn't a proof before, I really put this in the same category as starting with a blank canvas and producing a painting, starting with a blank score and producing a music piece."

  • Wheelchair lift company shifting work to northern Indiana Aug 13, 2013 7:15 AM
    A company that converts minivans into wheelchair-accessible vehicles plans adding up to 70 jobs at its northern Indiana headquarters by shifting production from a Michigan factory.Officials from The Braun Corp. say it will spend about $7.5 million to modify a production line at its Winamac facility so workers can install rear-entry wheelchair lifts on minivans. The company says that work will be moved from its Kalamazoo, Mich., facility.

  • Federal cuts not as severe as expected at U of I Aug 13, 2013 7:40 AM
    Administrators at the University of Illinois were bracing for across-the-board cuts in federal research money, but say so far the impact hasn't been as severe as expected.The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports the school planned to lose more than $65 million in automatic budget cuts that went into effect in March. The school's three campuses get about $800 million in federal funding each year.

  • Meijer to hire more than 9,000 in Illinois, 4 other states Aug 9, 2013 8:22 AM
    Midwest retailer Meijer Inc. plans to hire more than 9,000 new employees in five states in the coming months. reports the Grand Rapids-based company says the hiring is because of growth and preparation for fall and holiday seasons. Meijer says it wants to hire 4,400 in Michigan, 1,800 in Indiana, 1,600 in Ohio, 900 in Illinois and 500 in Kentucky.

  • Long-rumored gun found behind Pontiac prison wall Jun 18, 2013 8:44 AM
    Since the late 1990s, there's been a much-whispered rumor that a handgun was smuggled into Pontiac Correctional Center, a myth told behind the walls of the maximum-security prison. That changed last Thursday when, checking out yet another tip about the rumored handgun, prison workers cut through a concrete wall and found it.

  • Divers troll Fox River for woman missing since '99 Jun 18, 2013 8:43 AM
    Divers are searching a section of the Fox River, trying to find remains of a Chicago woman who vanished more than 14 years ago. The Northwest Herald says Cary police decided to search the water Monday after getting new information about the disappearance of Wendy M. Kimura. Authorities also searched property in the area this weekend.

  • Southern Illinois prison begins video visitation Jun 17, 2013 11:46 AM
    Inmates at the Tri County Detention Center in Pulaski County will be able to video chat with friends and family — for a fee.The prison began using the HomeWAV system this month to let inmates virtually visit with people, without having the visitors travel to the facility in Ullin, about 30 miles south of Carbondale. Warden Damon Acuff says video visitations are “the wave of the future.”

  • Fox Valley Academic Team honorable mentions Jun 7, 2013 10:32 AM
    2012-2013 Fox Valley academic team honorable mentions

  • Meet our 2012-13 Academic Team judges Jun 7, 2013 5:00 AM
    Twelve educators from around the suburbs make up the panel of 2012-2013 Daily Herald Academic Team judges.

  • 2012-2013 Fox Valley Academic Team Jun 7, 2013 9:17 AM
    Imagine getting straight A's in every class, all four years of high school. Now combine that with leadership, extracurriculars, and a desire to apply one's knowledge in a way that benefits others, and you've got the kind of student who gets named to the Daily Herald's 2012-13 Fox Valley Academic Team. "Success is not about how much money we make or how many square feet our houses are, but rather how many lives we can improve by helping others," writes Arjun Tambe of Illinois Math and Science Academy.

  • Kirk announces support for Pritzker at Commerce May 22, 2013 8:23 AM
    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is supporting Penny Pritzker as President Barack Obama's choice for commerce secretary. Kirk, a Republican from Highland Park, said Tuesday he will join Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin on Thursday in introducing Pritzker to the Senate Commerce Committee for a confirmation hearing. Pritzker is a longtime fundraiser and Hyatt hotel heiress, businesswoman and philanthropist.

  • Black churches at center of gay marriage debate May 13, 2013 6:52 PM
    When a proposal to legalize gay marriage started gaining momentum in the home state of President Barack Obama, it seemed a quick and easy deal: The pastor of his former megachurch endorsed it with powerful testimony at the Capitol and Democrats control Illinois’ government. But fervor over the idea has stalled for months in that exact spot where faith and politics are inseparable. Black churches — where the pulpit has always been political — are deeply divided over their support for same-sex marriage and are central to the Illinois measure’s passage, which awaits a House vote as early as this week. On either side of the issue, pastors and politically active congregations have waged intense campaigns with robocalls, columns and sermons. “The soup always boils just before it’s done, and the soup is boiling now,” said the Rev. Phyllis Pennese, an openly gay pastor who runs a tiny congregation for black gay, lesbian and transgendered people in South suburban Summit. “That’s why there’s all this fury around this issue because it’s almost about to be done.” Pennese, the 56-year-old daughter of an Italian immigrant father and black mother, and says the bill is a matter of equality and civil rights. At the time her parents married, interracial unions weren’t encouraged, and she doesn’t see a difference when it comes to gay marriage. For a decade, she’s preached that love supersedes all at her church, Pillar of Love, where gender signs on the bathroom doors have been purposely removed. “Love is very powerful,” she said. “Check your Scriptures. Love, grace, mercy and compassion and justice always trump law in the eyes of Jesus.” But the other side of the debate features fierce opposition from pastors, including former state Sen. James Meeks. His Salem Baptist Church, with its 10,000-seat arena, is a sought-after stopping point for politicians. His coalition targeting black lawmakers’ territories with robocalls saying marriage is between a man and woman. “In my view, same-sex marriage should not be the law of the state of Illinois,” Meeks says in the call, before instructing the recipient to call his or her representative. The Senate passed a proposal allowing gay marriage on Valentine’s Day, and Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is in favor of the measure. The House — expected to take it up before May 31 adjournment — requires 60 votes. For weeks, sponsors have said they’re close. With two Republicans on board, unofficial tallies hover around 60. But advocates who wanted Illinois to be the 10th state to allow same-sex marriage have watched state legislatures in Rhode Island, Delaware and Minnesota pass them. That’s put the 20 members of the House Black Caucus, all Democrats mostly around Chicago, in an uncomfortable spotlight at a time when Illinois faces disastrous financial problems, including unprecedented pension debt. Chicago Rep. Ken Dunkin, among the vocal caucus members in support of gay marriage, said he receives calls daily. Others evade the question, suggesting a fear of backlash. Rep. Will Davis of Homewood remains “really undecided.” “I’m probably getting as many calls on this issue as I am on pensions,” Davis said. When asked if he was worried about it affecting his political future he said, “I’m trusting that my constituents are not one-dimensional.” Black congregations have grappled with gay marriage since the nation’s first black president publicly said he supported it a year ago. His stance affected Illinois politicians, including Quinn, and pastors in favor boast the support of the Rev. Otis Moss III, even though Obama no longer attends Chicago’s Trinity United, which has roughly 8,500 members. Earlier this year, Moss gave such impassioned testimony in Springfield that it caused at least one lawmaker’s jaw to drop. While polls show public opinion on gay marriage is rapidly shifting in favor — even the former head of the Illinois GOP supports it — pastors against it say it’s not a uniform view, especially among their congregations. Traditional black churches have been an organizing front in civil rights struggles, embraced Democratic Party ideals and been key to get-out-the-vote efforts. Political candidates in Illinois — where Democrats hold supermajorities in both chambers — won’t run for higher office without campaigning at black churches. At the same time, they’re socially conservative. “The dilemma exists in a lot of churches, it’s particularly intense among black churches because of the history of civil rights,” said John Green, a political science professor at the University of Akron. “Unlike white churches, black churches have a much longer history of political activity and many in the church are pleased to take cues (from a pastor).” For many who disagree with gay marriage, the civil rights argument is frustrating. Bishop Lance Davis, who leads the roughly 500-member New Zion Christian Fellowship Church of Dolton, said blacks have fought for equality for the right to live as human beings, something he’s not convinced has been fully actualized. “You can’t compare the two,” he said, citing the well-organized gay marriage advocacy in Illinois. “I feel that those gays and lesbians have more power than I do. Have more rights than I do. More freedoms than I do.” That’s not how the Rev. Bernard Jakes of the roughly 800-member member West Point Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago sees it. “Black people do not hold the title of civil rights because of what happened in the ’60s. They must take a look at the legal definition,” he said. The debate led him to write a pro-gay marriage column for a religious magazine. “Being able to articulate to the congregation why this is a matter for social justice, it goes way beyond a matter of spirituality,” he said.

  • Lt. Gov supports medical marijuana May 14, 2013 7:29 AM
    Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon said she is in favor of a bill allowing the medical use of marijuana, explaining Sunday that testimony from seriously ill veterans and other patients helped change her mind. "As a former prosecutor my first reaction was, `I'm not interested in changing our laws on medical marijuana,"' she told The Associated Press in an interview Sunday. But she said that after hearing from patients and reading up on the bill, she's convinced the regulations are strict enough.

  • Sears launches new lease-to-own program May 10, 2013 7:26 AM
    For those financially strapped shoppers who can't wait for layaway, Sears has another option.Hoffman Estates-based Sears Holdings Corp. is launching a program at its namesake department stores that will allow shoppers unable to qualify for credit to lease such big purchases as electronics, home appliances, furniture and mattresses.

  • Business competition brings cash to IMSA entrepreneurs May 7, 2013 2:01 PM
    Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy student entrepreneurs Jason Lin, Kenrick Lau and Jung Oh won first place and a $3,000 grand prize for their new business idea during the fifth annual IMSA TALENT Power Pitch at the MIT Enterprise Forum in Chicago.

  • Top moments in high school sports Apr 30, 2013 2:29 PM
    High school athletes across the suburbs face off on basketball courts, football fields and baseball diamonds; they size each other up in tennis matches, around golf tees and across wrestling mats. The give it their all for their schools, their teams, their classmates and their coaches. The Daily Herald put together a video to honor athletes at our suburban high schools. Watch this feature to see some of the top moments in high school sports.

  • BBB says Boston attack can bring out charity scams Apr 17, 2013 7:36 AM
    The Better Business Bureau is warning that phony charity solicitors are already at work in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings.Steve Bernas is president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and northern Illinois. He says people are vulnerable to scammers in the wake of tragedies because they want to do something to help.

  • Rockford hospital offers pet therapy Feb 26, 2013 9:53 AM
    If you see a canine helper comforting a patient at Rockford Memorial Hospital, think of Mellany McDuffa.McDuffa worked at the hospital for 25 years before she passed away in September. She was passionate about dogs, especially her Westie named Jack who visited her at the hospital during her treatment for ovarian cancer.At the time, hospital officials behind the scenes had been preparing to start a pet therapy program. Millicent Christopher, McDuffa’s sister and a fellow hospital employee, said contributing funds to the program was the perfect way to honor McDuffa’s memory.

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