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  • Heroin was a hidden scourge in the suburbs when the Daily Herald started a special series more than 10 years ago.

    Hidden no more: Heroin in suburbsApr 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    What the Daily Herald addressed more than a decade ago as a “Hidden Scourge” is hidden no more. In the years since our first series of extensive reports on the effects of heroin on lives in the suburbs, the deadly addiction has grown relentlessly more visible.

     
  • Joshua Smoron of Gurnee realizes he’s just taken second place in the championship round of the state competition of the National Geographic Bee, held Friday at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.

    Gurnee, Oak Brook kids place 2nd, 3rd at state Geographic BeeApr 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    Joshua Smoron, a seventh-grader from Gurnee, took second place at the Illinois Geographic Bee Friday. Of the 100 fifth- through eighth-graders who competed in the bee, more than 30 students were from the suburbs. “It’s just amazing what these kids know, and at such a young age,” said Michael Middleton, Illinois Geographic Bee coordinator.

     
  • Illinois Geographic Bee participantsApr 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    Students from across the suburbs participated in the Illinois State Geographic Bee on Friday at College of DuPage.

     
  • Crews buried radioactive thorium at the Kerr-McGee site in West Chicago on March 6, 1990. A $5.15 billion settlement was reached Thursday to settle claims related to the cleanup of thousands of sites — including some in West Chicago.

    Dawn Patrol: Huge pollution settlement includes West ChicagoApr 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    Environmental settlement includes former West Chicago sites. Vallas doesn't want local schools to pay for pensions. 3 hurt in St. Charles-area rollover crash. Waukegan man sentenced to 59 years in jail. Algonquin car-in-pond victim in critical condition. Hawks and Cubs win, Sox lose.

     
  • Illinois House wants new three-year virtual charter school banApr 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    State lawmakers are moving to keep virtual charter schools like the one that tried to set up in the Fox Valley last year from being created for another three years.

     
  • ComEd project puts Burlington business in jeopardyApr 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Hope Reins Equine Therapy facility in Burlington may become a casualty of ComEd's Grand Prairie Gateway project. The farm, which provides counseling and therapy to children and adults with autism, would see high-voltage towers within about 150 feet of the property. “That really has the potential to destroy our business,” social worker Kristine Pienkowski said.

     
  • The Pirates got the last laugh early this morning: Tony Sanchez, left, is grabbed by teammate Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Neil Walker (18) after driving in the winning run in the 16th inning against the Cubs in Pittsburgh. The Pirates won 4-3.

    Dawn Patrol: Trucking firm in fatal I-88 crash closed; 6-hour Cubs gameApr 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Rampage leaves four dead at Fort Hood. Regulators shut down trucking company involved in fatal crash. Naperville wants to end mayoral pensions. House approves smoking ban on university campuses. Naperville to borrow for projects. White Sox rally for win. Coach: Toews will be 100 percent.

     
  • Our crazy weather continues. Monday’s warm temperatures meant Skyler Waclaw, 12 of Warrenville, could play a little basketball on Monday at Cerny Park in Warrenville. But the cold returned Tuesday. More rain and cold temperatures are expected this week.

    Strong storms, hail, flooding expected for IllinoisApr 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    The National Weather Service says tornadoes, strong winds and large hail could pound portions of southern and southwestern Illinois in the coming days. In the suburbs, we are expecting rain and cold, windy weather.

     
  • Just seven votes separate Marmarie Kostelny, left, and D.J. Tegeler in their primary race for a circuit court judge seat in Kane County.

    Dawn Patrol: Mundelein sex offender arrest; 7-vote margin in judge raceApr 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Sex offender arrested in Mundelein. Judge candidates separated by 7 votes. Group pitches higher gas tax for better roads. Elgin man charged in two crimes. No injuries in Schaumburg fire. Suburban teens named Golden Apple Scholars. No rush to judgment on Abreu. Why facing Pacers might be Bulls' best bet.

     
  • Suburban teens named Golden Apple ScholarsApr 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    Dozens of suburban students have been named Golden Apple Scholars, the organization announced Tuesday. The state program offers tuition assistance to students who plan to become teachers and study at any of 52 Illinois universities.

     
  • Marmarie Kostelny, left, and D.J. Tegeler, right, are separated by 7 votes in the race for a Kane County Circuit Court judge seat.

    7-vote cliffhanger in Kane Co. judge raceApr 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Geneva defense attorney held a 7-vote lead Tuesday after all absentee and other votes were counted in a race for the Republican nomination for a Circuit Judge's seat in Kane County. D.J. Tegeler tallied 6,220 votes to 6,213 for Associate Judge Marmarie Kostelny, who has five days from April 8, when the results are canvassed, to ask for an exploratory recount. The winner will represent the GOP in the November election; no Democrat has filed so far.

     
  • Paul Blackburn, right, puts an arm around a bemused Yasiel Balaguert as they wait to have their picture taken during Media Day for the Kane County Cougars Tuesday in Geneva.

    Cougars begin second season with Cubs affiliationApr 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    Chilly. Windy. Generally un-springlike. Must be time for baseball in the suburbs. The Kane County Cougars met the media and had a light workout Tuesday at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva. The season starts for the Cougars on the road Thursday against the Quad City Bandits. The home opener is 6:30 p.m. April 8 against the Fort Wayne TinCaps.

     
  • Lucas Mowers of Hampshire, a snowplow driver for Kane County, is shown with his wing-plow truck at the county highway headquarters off Empire Road. “It’s different every time,” he says of his west-central Kane County route.

    Spring spells relief for Kane County snowplow driverApr 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    Did you drive safely on Kane County roads this winter? You can thank Lucas Mowers for his diligent work as a snowplow driver. “Christmas is on a day that doesn’t snow,” Mowers said. “I know what I signed up for. They know I’m taking care of my business."

     
  • Chicago White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia connects with the ball during the White Sox home opener against the Minnesota twins Monday at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Dawn Patrol: $5 million bond in Aurora murder; Crash victim identifiedApr 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    Ex held on $5 million bond in Aurora murder. Schaumburg crash victim identified. Hultgren unveils proposed heroin solutions. Craft beer fests heading to Aurora and Wheaton. Cubs lose opener on 10th-inning HR. White Sox wipe last year away.

     
  • Ken Chiakas of Des Plaines holds a picture of his daughter, Stephanie, who died of a heroin overdose last year when she was 17. He joined U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren Monday to talk about the next steps in the fight to help stamp out heroin use.

    Hultgren unveils proposed solutions to heroin problemMar 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    Congressman Randy Hultgren unveiled a preliminary list of solutions for what federal, state and local leaders can do to address a growing problem with heroin use. The suggestions came from a recent brainstorming panel Hultgren hosted with more than 50 leaders involved in the drug war.

     
  • Patient William Spence of Carpentersville, left, meets with Janet Lenz, director of the Shared Care program at Presence Saint Joseph Hospital’s heart failure clinic in Elgin, and Erin Coglianese, director of mechanical cardiac support at Loyola University Medical Center, during a recent visit at Presence Saint Joseph.

    Shared Care site helps patients at Elgin hospitalMar 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    Heart patient William Spence says that among all the difficult things he’s had to endure in the last couple years, one of the bright spots has been being able to get care close to home. Two years ago Spence, 59, of Carpentersville, got a new pacemaker after suffering major heart failure, and had a heart transplant on New Year’s Day.

     
  • Family and friends attend a candlelight vigil for Jeffrey and Katherine Bronken Sunday night at Heron View Park In Round Lake. The father and daughter were killed in a Florida small plane crash.

    Dawn Patrol: Vigil for plane crash victims, Moeller takes oathMar 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    Round Lake dad, daughter remembered with vigil; Moeller takes oath of office in 43rd District; Batavia man reported missing in Japan found; fundraiser helps match vets with rescued pit bulls; Toews ‘day-to-day’ after Blackhawks loss; Sox’ Konerko ready for his final big-league go-round; Cubs’ Samardzija continues to learn on his baseball journey

     
  • Aurora serial smash-and-grab burglar faces long sentenceMar 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    An Aurora man arrested after police investigating a spate of smash-and-grab burglaries put a GPS tracker on his car could face a lengthy prison term because of his past record. Mark Swienton, 50, pleaded guilty earlier this year to burglaries in Aurora and St. Charles - his 11th and 12th felony convictons.

     
  • Ron Bellenger of Holland, Mich., looks over items on display at the Chicagoland National Civil War and Military Extravaganza at the DuPage County Fairgrounds. A Middleton oil painting of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant stands next to the third pattern of the Confederate national flag.

    Wheaton Civil War show caters to collectors, historiansMar 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    Hundreds of collectors and Civil War enthusiasts, some dressed in complete gear from the era, visited the 2014 Chicagoland National Civil War and Military Extravaganza in Wheaton Saturday. "Everybody's got their own particular taste. The key is knowing what you're buying," said Mike Huberty, a Hanover Park collector.

     
  • Randy Suchy

    Court upholds dismissal of Geneva dam drowning lawsuitMar 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    An appellate court panel upheld a lower court's dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the family of a Naperville man who drowned saviing his girlfriend's 12-year-old son from the Geneva dam along the Fox River in August 2011. Relatives of Randy Suchy argued the city and park district were negligent but the courts ruled they had immunity under law and didn't have to warn people of the open and obvious risks of the dam.

     
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