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  • Images: iHeartRadio Awards Mar 29, 2015 11:30 PM
    The second annual iHeartRadio Music Awards, which was hosted by Jamie Foxx, featured Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Nate Reuss, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Nick Jonase and Iggy Azalea.

  • Springfield marks 150 years since Lincoln funeral Mar 29, 2015 7:00 AM
    Re-enactors plan to don period dress for a solemn, historically accurate funeral procession through Springfield just like what happened following Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Events are set for May 1-3 and might offer a fresh reason to tour Springfield’s history.

  • Harper president tried free tuition program at his last school Mar 29, 2015 7:23 AM
    Harper College President Ken Ender calls it a "high-stakes kind of deal," one that will require high school freshmen to make decent grades, volunteer in their communities and avoid skipping class until they graduate. The big reward? Free tuition. The Promise Scholarship program, launcing Monday, is an "opportunity to earn access to college,” educators say.

  • Remodeling breathes new life into 1950s ranch home Mar 29, 2015 7:00 AM
    Just because your house might be small doesn't mean you have to give up on it. Modest ranches can be remodeled to feature an open floor plan more in line with today's styles. Take this gorgeous Libertyville home as an example.

  • How to get your roses ready for a beautiful summer Mar 29, 2015 7:00 AM
    A little care given to roses now will keep them healthy and beautiful.

  • Develop consistent habits to achieve weight-loss goals Mar 29, 2015 7:00 AM
    Q: One popular book claims that there are “7 habits of highly effective people.” Do people who effectively lose weight and keep it off also have habits in common?

  • Sunday picks: GIs of Comedy comes to Chicago Mar 29, 2015 6:30 AM
    Support the troops by laughing at the jokes by veterans and active duty soldiers in the GIs of Comedy tour at the Laugh Factory in Chicago. Capannari Ice Cream's 13th annual Easter Egg Hunt will include more than 5,000 hidden eggs and a visit from the Easter Bunny. And Jefferson Starship performs music of Jefferson Airplane and its own back catalog as part of a 50th anniversary tour at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles. All this and more in this weekend's Time out! entertainment section.

  • Dogs have their day at Wood Dale egg hunt Mar 30, 2015 6:11 AM
    Being a dog isn't such a bad deal, especially when you've got owners willing to take you to White Oaks Dog Park and let you participate in the Doggie Egg Hunt, where you get to bounce around with other pooches in search of eggs filled with doggy treats.

  • Pope prays for plane crash dead during Palm Sunday Mass Mar 29, 2015 7:00 AM
    Pope Francis offers Palm Sunday prayer for Germanwings plane dead, citing loss of children

  • Harper College promises two years of free tuition Mar 30, 2015 9:43 AM
    Harper College President Ken Ender calls it a "high-stakes kind of deal," one that will require high school freshmen to make decent grades, volunteer in their communities and avoid skipping class until they graduate. The big reward? Free tuition. The Promise Scholarship program, launching Monday, is an "opportunity to earn access to college,” educators say.

  • Mom asks Arlington Heights schools to ban peanuts Mar 30, 2015 9:26 AM
    Earlier this month, Lucca Teuscher had a near deadly anaphylaxis reaction, a result of her severe peanut allergy. But, Lucca, 8, didn't eat any peanuts that day. Now her parents want the schools to make a change. “We want a peanut-free school and, in a dream world, a peanut-free district,” Melissa Teuscher said.

  • Listing of the week Mar 28, 2015 10:14 AM
    The family that chooses to buy this French Country estate home located on 1.86 acres in Inverness will have plenty of room to spread out and enjoy life to the utmost. This house offers 5,100 square feet of living space, plus a walk-in attic, three-car garage and a finished basement with bar and fireplace.

  • Builder looks inward to grow Mar 28, 2015 10:15 AM
    Lexington Homes isn’t really competing head-to-head with other new-home builders anymore. Most of its competition is existing homes marketed by real estate agents because the company has chosen to focus on smaller, infill parcels in established communities that were essentially “built out” years ago.

  • 15,000 eggs up for grabs at Mooseheart Easter egg hunt Mar 28, 2015 4:05 PM
    Mooseheart Child City & School’s fifth annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday morning featured 15,000 plastic eggs sprinkled on the field for four different age groups eight and under, allowing for everyone to have plenty of eggs and other Easter-related items. “It’s probably our quickest event, especially for the size of it,” Mooseheart Executive Director Gary Urwiler said.

  • Is it okay for women to rely on their OB/GYN for primary care? Mar 28, 2015 7:00 AM
    There’s nothing inherently wrong with going to an obstetrician/gynecologist for routine preventive visits — these doctors are trained to provide such services — but a recent study suggests that women who choose an OB/GYN as their primary physician may miss out on more-comprehensive care.

  • Blackberry Farm’s Spring Gallop steps off in Aurora Mar 28, 2015 7:08 PM
    The seventh annual 5K Spring Gallop at Blackberry Farm Saturday featured eight age divisions for both male and female racers 10 and older. The CARA-certified course’s scenic route took runners along paved portions of the Virgil Gilman Trail and around Lake Gregory. A new feature this year was chip timing provided by It’s Race Time Inc.

  • App reviews: Meerkat, Crossy Road Mar 28, 2015 7:37 AM
    Meerkat Every year, the buzz at the technology and artistic confab known as South by Southwest seems to crown an unofficial app of the year. This year, that app is Meerkat — an app that lets you live-stream whatever you want over your Twitter account. The app is easy enough to navigate, and a breeze to set up. So if you want to share your spot at the concert or want to tune into someone else’s broadcast, you can do it with very little instruction. Obviously, if you’re at all uncomfortable with the idea of letting people watch you or what you’re doing, this app is not for you. It needs access to your camera, asks for access to your location and, well, streams what you’re doing publicly and in real time. But if you have an experience to share — or just want to try out the latest fad — then give it a shot. Free, for iOS. Crossy Road Why did the chicken cross the road? Because you tap-tap-tapped him across the highway. Crossy Road is a sort-of update to the old game Frogger. You’re put in the “shoes” of an animal or person who has to cross the road by dodging vehicles, jumping on logs and avoiding trains at all costs. And if you stay in one place for too long? Let’s just say the game doesn’t like it. As you play, you unlock more characters that take you quickly beyond the default chicken avatar. A black sheep, wizard and duck add their own flavor to otherwise identical game play. You can buy different characters, but that’s an aesthetic decision only. The real joy is in playing, and Crossy Road definitely has the mix of fast fun and addictive play that could tide you over for a few minutes or suck you in for an hour. Free, for iOS and Android.

  • Facebook’s ‘On This Day’ seeks to fix problem social media created Mar 28, 2015 7:33 AM
    Facebook is the latest to get into the nostalgia game; on Tuesday, the company announced a new feature called “On This Day,” which will surface past status updates, photos and posts you’ve been tagged in to a designated page that only you can see. The feature is rolling out gradually, and not all users have access yet. (If you don’t want access, too bad: There’s apparently no way to entirely opt out of it.)

  • What you don’t know about Internet algorithms is hurting you Mar 28, 2015 7:34 AM
    Algorithms are now so widespread, and so subtle, that some sociologists worry that they function as a form of “social control.” (That is, at least, the title of a keynote at an upcoming academic conference called Theorizing the Web, where technologists and sociologists will discuss “algorithms as a type of social engineering.”)

  • Midwest travel: Hyatt makes a splash with Shedd package Mar 29, 2015 10:17 PM
    Hook overnight accommodations and special VIP tickets for priority entry to Shedd Aquarium with the Hyatt Regency Chicago's newest package. Plus, if you find that a handcrafted truffle or a bar of single-origin cacao rocks your world, get to the Chicagoland Artisan Chocolate Festival & Wine Tasting in Evanston April 11-12. These and more adventures await. And they're all close to home, too.

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