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  • Why hands-free driving isn't risk-free Feb 24, 2015 5:58 AM
    Thanks to technology, drivers can conference call, set up a play-date, yell at underlings, order pizza AND drive with a hands-free device. Yet, safety experts warn, hands-free doesn't mean risk-free. “You need your brain to drive and you need your brain to talk,” cognitive psychologist Paul Atchley cautions. “If you try to do both at once, you increase the risk of being in a crash.”

  • Dawn Patrol: Oscars anything but dull; brutal cold this morning Feb 23, 2015 5:53 AM
    Oscar was predictable, but he wasn't dull. Suspect charged in lottery ticket thefts. Brutal cold expected this morning. Naperville candidates explore traffic solutions. ESO celebrates Oscars with movie music. Logano wins his first Daytona 500. Three White Sox pitchers on comeback trail.

  • Naperville native's Antarctica journey inspires play Feb 22, 2015 8:32 AM
    Being outside his comfort zone doesn't bother Naperville native and playwright Mat Smart, who chose for his most recent excursion one of the most isolated places on earth: the McMurdo Station in Antarctica. Smart spent three months in this “cruel, beautiful, inhospitable environment,” and his experience inspired “The Royal Society of Antarctica,” a play making its world premiere at The Gift Theatre in Chicago.

  • Spot check show rampant texting, driving in suburbs Feb 23, 2015 1:28 PM
    Daily Herald staff members staked out 10 busy intersections across the suburbs and spotted more than 1,000 scofflaws in a hour who just couldn't break the connection addiction. "When it comes to information that has value only for a limited amount of time, people feel like they must access it or lose that value,” said Paul Atchley, a University of Kansas professor. “They know it's bad and illegal and they engage in it anyway.”

  • Police: St. Charles robbers targeted two $2,000 bongs Mar 1, 2015 6:50 PM
    Two men accused of armed robbery at a St. Charles tobacco shop in January stole two expensive and intricate bongs, each with an asking price of $2,000, according to a search warrant; a man accused of stalking his estranged wife outside a Batavia movie theater last year pleads guilty to a reduced charge.

  • Dawn Patrol: Ex-COD radio engineer charged; fire in Gilberts Feb 20, 2015 5:53 AM
    $400,000 bail for former COD radio engineer charged with theft; Gilberts industrial building catches fire; Rauner plan could charge schools bigger pension penalties; Man pleads not guilty to attacking woman for "annoying" him; Leave continues for Mount Prospect Village Manager Janonis; Cubs announce several tributes to Ernie Banks; spring training preview: White Sox roster battles

  • Wheaton doctor serves his patients through house calls Feb 20, 2015 8:39 AM
    Twenty-three years ago, Dr. Paul Chiang could not have imagined practicing medicine the way he does in 2015. As with many internal medicine doctors finishing their residencies, his career path lead him from working in a teaching hospital to a traditional clinical practice. Today, his practice consists of making house calls.

  • 35-year sentence — again — for murder of Aurora woman Feb 20, 2015 5:29 PM
    Nearly 10 years after her death, Marilyn Bethell's can possibly have some closure. Gareng Deng on Friday pleaded guilty to killing the substance abuse counselor after he broke into her Aurora home around Halloween 2005 and was sentenced again to 35 years in prison. Deng, a Sudanese immigrant who was 14 when he killed Bethell, 47, originally pleaded guilty, but an appellate court overturned that plea on a technicality.

  • Dawn Patrol: Schools closed due to deep freeze; coyotes vs. deer Feb 19, 2015 5:42 AM
    Seven reasons Rauner’s budget affects the suburbs. Some suburban schools close today. U-46 fires substitute teacher who taunted student. Coyotes spotted near dead deer in West Chicago. Olaksa to claim self-defense in Naperville stabbing murder. Charges filed in Gurnee-area home invasion. Blackhawks take positive approach to loss.

  • Elgin man sentenced to 3.5 years prison for attacking ex-girlfriend Feb 19, 2015 5:12 PM
    An Elgin man accused of sexually assaulting, kicking and choking a former girlfriend he thought was pregnant has pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison, according to prosecutors and court records. Emmanuel Sanchez, 23, pleaded guilty to felony aggravated domestic battery in exchange for Kane County prosecutors dismissing other, more severe charges.

  • Cougars hold fan beer-naming contest for new Cougars brew Feb 19, 2015 6:12 PM
    The Kane County Cougars have announced a specialty beer-naming campaign through social media in which fans will help choose the name of a new specialty Cougars beer created by Two Brothers Brewing Co. Fans can vote on one of three preselected beer finalist names — Cougars Grand Slam Ale, Cougars Home Run Ale and Raging Cougar Ale — or submit their own beer name to be considered by Cougars staff.

  • Dawn Patrol: Ex-imam charged with sex abuse; no bail for Geneva woman Feb 18, 2015 5:56 AM
    Muslim community shocked by imam sex abuse charges. Geneva woman remains in Canadian custody, no bail. COD trustees: ‘No confidence’ vote spurred Breuder’s exit. 7-year-old son of former Bears running back dies. 14th case of measles confirmed in Cook County. Metea student disciplined after fight with South Elgin student. Bulls prepare for finishing kick.

  • Kane health officials ready for more measles work Feb 18, 2015 6:07 PM
    Should another adult come down with measles and expose Kane County residents to the disease, the county health department is prepared to conduct another emergency vaccination clinic, executive director Barb Jeffers said Wednesday. Last week it offered immunizations to 200 people who had been exposed to the disease at Elgin Community College. A Cook County woman who attends the college is one of 14 confirmed Illinois cases of the disease.

  • Aurora man faces additional sex charges Feb 18, 2015 4:57 PM
    Additional sex charges have been filed against an 18-year-old Aurora man already being held on intimidation charges, police said Wednesday. Authorities said Maxwell Melgar of the 800 block of Lafayette Street was charged with intimidation in late January after threatening to disseminate nude photos of an 18-year-old woman on social media if she did not have sex with him. Melgar now faces additional charges stemming from similar threats against a different woman, authorities said.

  • Carpentersville hopefuls mixed on how to improve village’s image Feb 17, 2015 6:24 PM
    The six people seeking three, 4-year trustee seats on the Carpentersville Village Board have differing opinions on how to improve the village's image. Incumbents Paul Humpfer and Don Burroway are seeking re-election while challengers Humberto Garcia, Christopher Scholl, Sara Miller and Jeffrey Sabbe are vying for their first terms.

  • St. Charles man, 81, charged with sexual abuse Feb 17, 2015 5:57 PM
    An 81-year-old St. Charles man is accused of abusing a girl younger than 13 from October 2008 through October 2010. Ronald O. Blouin is free on $5,000 bond and faces up to seven years in prison if convicted of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. He is next due in court Feb. 27.

  • Dawn Patrol: How Geneva woman met others in plot; Walsh vs. Kirk? Feb 17, 2015 5:47 AM
    Police: Geneva woman met conspirators in online forums. Elgin man accused of making threats with gun. Suburban men accused of trying to board planes with guns. Fire damages Batavia garage. Glen Ellyn panel presses pause on suggested bag fee. Joe Walsh eyes challenge to U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk. Blackhawks’ Crawford back on his game.

  • Muslim community jolted by Elgin Islamic school leader sex charges Feb 18, 2015 5:00 AM
    A prominent former imam and head of an Islamic school was accused Tuesday of decades of sexual abuse. Mohammad Abdullah Saleem is accused criminally of sexually assaulting a 23-year-old former secretary at the Institute of Islamic Education school in Elgin. The secretary was among five people who filed a lawsuit Tuesday.

  • The cold weather isn't going anywhere; wind chill advisory tonight Feb 18, 2015 1:56 PM
    Highs the next several days will struggle to break out of the single digits, the National Weather service is forecasting. A wind chill advisory is set to take effect at 6 p.m. today and last until noon Thursday.

  • Dawn Patrol: Volunteers prep meals for hungry; Hawks win in shootout Feb 16, 2015 5:53 AM
    Volunteers at North Central College pack meals for the hungry. Suburban Russians enjoy old-world festival in Des Plaines. No age limit on fun in St. Charles. Former Mt. Prospect pastor leaves rich legacy. Illini fall to No. 5 Wisconsin. Blackhawks beat Penguins in shootout.

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