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  • Allison Kramer of Carpentersville acknowledges having a “meltdown” with police and attacking an officer. Her case, though, underscores the challenge for police in questioning people such as Kramer, who has autism.

    How should police handle people with autism?Jul 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    Allison Kramer readily admits she had “a meltdown” when she threw a framed photo at a police officer and kneed him in the groin. But she also described the officer as “antagonistic” and, five months later, remains steadfast that Carpentersville police handled poorly their visit to her house. This is the account of an autistic woman and her encounter.

     
  • A Naperville resident is suggesting a group of volunteers be formed to join Naperville Park District police in educating the public about the hazards of feeding ducks and geese along the Riverwalk. Park district police officers have been handing out River Wildlife Cards with facts about the harmful effects of human food on waterfowl for almost a year.

    Naperville man proposes Riverwalk wildlife volunteersJul 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    In the struggle to stop people from feeding animals along the Riverwalk, one Naperville resident thinks volunteers could be the answer. “If we could educate people and get folks who could have an elevator speech, a 1- to 2-minute ‘here’s why this is not good for the wildlife’ speech,” John Nepywoda said, “it might be a little more meaningful to people.”

     
  • The former Metropolis Bar & Grill at the southeast corner of Higgins and Barrington roads in Hoffman Estates — with the former Lone Star in the background — will soon be replaced by new Moretti’s and Whiskey River restaurants, respectively.

    Hoffman Estates approves Moretti’s, Whiskey RiverJul 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Moretti’s and Whiskey River restaurants are on track to open in Hoffman Estates this November, bringing the number of eateries at the southeast corner of Higgins and Barrington roads back to five. Village trustees Monday approved site plans for the two restaurants of Schaumburg-based Ala Carte Entertainment to fill the long-vacant buildings that originally housed a Max & Erma’s and Lone Star respectively.

     
  • This photograph of a lightning bug climbing to the top of a weed at the Freeman Kame-Ed Meagher Kane County Forest Preserve in Huntley was taken in 2008, which was a good year for lightning bugs.

    Why we don't see lightning bugs in the suburbsJul 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Fireworks, legal and otherwise, lit up our skies for days. But one light is missing, and suburbanites probably share some of the blame. Spring floods, chemicals on yards and outdoor lighting make it tough for lightning bugs to show their stuff. “Chemicals put on the ground kill the lightning bug larvae living in the ground, and also kill the grubs and a lot of the things the lightning bugs eat,” says Jim Louderman of the Field Museum.

     
  • The Wheaton City Council approved a special use permit Monday that allows the DuPage County Health Department to move forward with the construction of a new 33,000-square-foot community center that will house offices, a 24-hour care center and the headquarters for the National Alliance on Mental Illinois of DuPage County.

    Wheaton approves new DuPage County community health centerJul 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    DuPage County Health Department officials are hopeful construction on a new 33,000-square-foot community center can start next month after Wheaton officials approved a special use permit for the building Monday. The one-story building will be just east of the department’s existing public health center in Wheaton. "We’re very pleased we did get approval from Wheaton to proceed,” a DuPage health spokesman said.

     
  • An oak tree fell Sunday in Carol Stream Mayor Frank Saverino’s backyard. No one was injured, but a portion of his wrought-iron fence was bent and broken.

    Tree falls in Carol Stream mayor’s backyardJul 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    There’s one less oak tree on Tall Oaks Drive at the home of Carol Stream Mayor Frank Saverino. An old oak fell in Saverino’s backyard around 6:30 p.m. Sunday, damaging parts of a fence and some plantings but not causing any injuries. The mayor’s daughter and wife were in the house at the time.

     
  • New St. Charles Police Chief James Keegan delivered his first address to the community Monday night as Aldermen Dan Stellato, center, and Ron Silkaitis, right, looked on.

    St. Charles swears in new police chiefJul 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    After a six-month search, St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina swore in new police chief James Keegan Monday night. Keegan was most recently the chief in Streamwood. “I will vow to work as hard as I can as your next chief of police,” Keegan said. “I, like you, value our citizens as our No. 1 priority.”

     
  • Robert McDonald, who has been tapped by President Obama to head up the Department of Veterans Affairs, grew up in the 1960s in Arlington Heights. Pictured in this undated photo are his parents, Ray and Fro McDonald, his brother, John, and his sister, Sue.

    Arlington Heights years ‘shaped’ VA chief nomineeJul 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Robert McDonald, the man nominated by President Obama to run the Department of Veterans Affairs, grew up in a staunch Republican family in Arlington Heights, where he was a Boy Scout, star athlete and top student, and even wrote prep sports stories for the Daily Herald’s former competitor, the Arlington Day newspaper. “He’ll focus on what is best for the veterans,” said his father, Ray.

     
  • Jim Beaudoin

    With video gambling, Lake Zurich guarding against ‘mini Las Vegas’Jul 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Now that Lake Zurich officials are onboard with video gambling, Mayor Thomas Poynton says he and other officials want to ensure the village doesn’t develop a “mini Las Vegas” appearance. Lake Zurich trustees Monday night voted 6-0 in favor of having administration employees perform a comprehensive review on what businesses are allowed to promote in windows. While officials said the video gambling promotion is a concern, the examination applies to all businesses.

     
  • Transcript of McDonald nomination as VA secretaryJul 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    A transcript of remarks made by President Barack Obama at the nomination of Robert McDonald as Secretary of Veterans Affairs last Monday.

     
  • Students Rachel Morin, left, and Sarah Parsons talk about their company, The Study Project, with teacher Hagop Soulakian during a gathering of the Business Incubator class at Barrington High School. The Study Project aims to provide an online meeting place for students to collaborate on school work.

    Barrington High Business Incubator program poised to spreadJul 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    To say that the Business Incubator program at Barrington High School had a successful first year would be putting it lightly. The architects of the class aimed to teach the tenets of entrepreneurship and business acumen to 16- and 17-year-olds hoped one student startup company would get $10,000 in seed money. Instead, five companies ended up with $80,000.

     
  • Genevieve Nacario of Lisle tries out the new iFly indoor sky-diving venue, which opened Friday in Naperville.

    Sky diving comes to Naperville’s north sideJul 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    The sport of indoor sky diving is an adrenaline rush that simulates the free fall of outdoor sky diving, and it’s available beginning Friday at iFly in Naperville to thrill-seekers who want to stop one step short of jumping out of an airplane. “Here it’s all about precision, agility, speed and movement,” said David Janossy, general manager of iFly Naperville. “Outdoor sky diving is about the view.”

     
  • Costumes are the height of fashion at the Anime Midwest convention in Rosemont.

    Anime Midwest in Rosemont home to the fantasticalJul 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    Almost 10,000 fans of Japanese animation convened in Rosemont this weekend for an event that features bizarre costumes, foam weapons, formal dances and plenty of free ramen. “I like dressing up,” says Abbi Witt, 15, of Cary, who's dressed as Harley Quinn, wife of the Joker in Batman comics.

     
  • IndyCar driver Charlie Kimball, who has Type 1 diabetes, talks with kids who have the same disease at Camp Discovery, in the HealthTrack Sports Wellness facility in Glen Ellyn.

    Indy driver Charlie Kimball tells kids with diabetes to follow their dreamsJul 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    Recently, 51 kids ages 4 to 9 learned how to manage their Type 1 diabetes while having fun at a day camp at HealthTrack Sports Wellness in Glen Ellyn. Charlie Kimball, the first race car driver with diabetes to win an IndyCar Series race, was there to help them build model race cars and encourage them with his own story. “Being able to share my enthusiasm and passion for racing with these kids is very special,” he said. “It reminds them they can do anything — even drive a race car — with diabetes.”

     
  • An injured painted turtle recuperates at Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn. Cable ties and screws are used to help heal its broken shell.

    Fast cars make this a tough time for slow turtlesJul 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    This is a tough time for pregnant turtles. It’s the season when they leave their watery homes in search of higher and drier nesting sites to lay their eggs. Unfortunately, their paths often lead them to cross busy roads — and the combination of slow-moving turtles and fast-moving vehicles doesn’t always turn out well.

     
  • Ofelia Nasir of Burbank eats ribs during the first Hispanic Day at Ribfest in Naperville.

    Ribfest’s first Hispanic Day draws thousandsJul 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    Leonor Castro and Pedro Sanchez swayed in rhythm to a Brazilian jazz tune, oblivious to the fact that they were the only ones dancing while thousands of others were busy chowing down ribs. The couple were in the Chicago area on vacation all the way from Costa Rica, and said they were thrilled to attend the inaugural Hispanic Day on Saturday at Naperville’s Ribfest.

     
  • John Manfredi of Hoffman Estates stands next to his home mailbox with the Sears Centre Arena, across the tollway, in the background. Manfredi and his neighbors say long-running car racing events in the Sears Centre parking lot are too noisy.

    Neighbors decry car-racing noise at Sears CentreJul 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    Nearly every weekend from May to October, Hoffman Estates resident John Manfredi and his neighbors endure the whine of high-performance engines and screech of tires racing around the Sears Centre parking lot. The village likes the $50,000 to $70,000 per summer made from these events. But for Manfredi and his neighbors, it's just too loud.

     
  • Michael Johnson and Jake Priester, both of Prospect Heights, try their best to get candy at the Arlington Heights Fourth of July parade Friday.

    Parades, picnics, festivals, fireworks as suburbs celebrate FourthJul 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    A healthy dose of good ol’ Americana came to hometown streets, parks and backyard picnics Friday as suburban residents celebrated our nation’s freedom with Fourth of July parades, feasts, festivals and fireworks. A warm, bright day drew thousands to parades from Arlington Heights to Elgin and Vernon Hills to Wheaton, and crowds packed festivals from relaxed neighborhood gatherings to major music and food bashes.

     
  • Caylle Del Boccio, 5, of Mount Prospect breaks boards for the Mount Prospect parade audience as part of her training from Kaya Martial Arts of Arlington Heights.

    Images: Independence Day parades, festivals, and community eventsJul 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    Patriotism was on colorful display Friday, July 4 throughout the suburbs in parades, festivals, and community parties.

     
  • Alyssa Smith, 9, of Plainfield, bites into a rib Thursday during the opening day of the 27th annual Naperville Exchange Club Ribfest.

    Plenty of firsts as 27th Naperville Ribfest opensJul 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Ribfest in Naperville opened its gates Thursday for the 27th year, but there were still plenty of firsts for visitors hungry for a rack of ribs and a fun time. The first chords by performers in the festival’s 45 bands. The first circles on rides like “Dragon Wagon.” The first lunch rush for all 12 ribbers, and the first rating of "really good" from Ribfest newbies like Giovanni Romo, 11, and his 12-year-old brother Antonio.

     
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