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  • Assistant Principal Joe Kish doesn’t go looking for attention — he goes looking to help others Nov 28, 2014 11:01 AM
    Those who know him describe Franklin Middle School Assistant Principal Joe Kish as a person with good moral character. He's a positive influence on impressionable kids and a compassionate supporter of families. He's helped establish a skate club, memorialize deceased members of the school community and started a firewood fundraiser that has raised thousands of dollars.

  • Woodland Elementary District 50 in Gurnee celebrates award-winning health teachers Nov 27, 2014 3:05 PM
    Three Woodland Elementary District 50 teachers were celebrated this week for a statewide award they received for improving the quality of health education.

  • Rolling Meadows preschool grateful for volunteer ‘Grandma Pat’ Nov 27, 2014 6:21 AM
    Pat Hollerbach wears silly costumes, plays with toys and easily slides into the world of preschoolers. But its her nurturing that has students -- and the principal of a Rolling Meadows school-- calling the 85-year-old volunteer, "Grandma Pat." “She’s kind of the one that if they’re having a bad day or crying, they go and sit on Grandma Pat’s lap,” Peg Lasiewicki says.“She is the one that makes them feel all better.”

  • No charges in death of Carpentersville man after arrest; video released Nov 26, 2014 5:08 AM
    Kane County State's Attorney Joseph McMahon will not pursue any charges against the Carpentersville officers who arrested Joshua Paul hours before he died of internal bleeding at an Elgin hospital. Carpentersville Director of Public Safety Al Popp said video of the arrest exonerates the two officers, both of whom are 10-year veterans of the department and have been on active duty since Paul's death.

  • St. Charles committee approves massage parlor rules Nov 25, 2014 11:24 AM
    St. Charles aldermen, voting as a committee Monday, unanimously approved regulations created by city police officers in response to three prostitution arrests at local massage businesses in the spring. “There will be a vetting process,” Police Chief James Keegan said. “We will look at their criminal history. We want to make sure they are the type of massage therapists that we’ve all grown to respect over the years."

  • Mundelein police, Elly’s team up to distribute turkeys to needy familiies Nov 25, 2014 1:20 PM
    It took all of 20 minutes, and in a blur, 75 turkeys were off to their holiday destinations. The Mundelein Police Department and Elly’s Pancake House in Mundelein teamed up to provide families in need with a complete Thanksgiving meal. The turkeys were donated be Elly’s and the side dishes provided by the Mundelein After School Coalition and the Fremont Township Girl Scout Troop.

  • Picture-perfect Thanksgiving reunions ... and tips for travel trials Nov 25, 2014 7:24 PM
    Joyful and relieved Thanksgiving travelers greeted family at O'Hare International Airport Tuesday. “To have our daughter come in for Thanksgiving from Brooklyn ... it’s one of the top things to have in your life,” one said. But Wednesday is the busiest travel day of the year. Here are some survival tips if your flight is messed up.

  • Hoffman Estates’ property tax levy likely won’t rise Nov 25, 2014 5:31 AM
    Hoffman Estates’ costs and revenues are expected to rise next year, but its property tax levy likely won’t be a penny more than the $17.9 million sought last year. “I’m very proud to say the proposed budget for 2015 has a 0 percent increase in the property tax,” Hoffman Estates Village Manager Jim Norris said at a budget workshop for the village board’s finance committee Monday.

  • The Shanty in Lake County receives a Delicious Destination award Nov 26, 2014 10:35 AM
    A Lake County restaurant that once received raves from Guy Fieri on his Food Network show “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” now also has an honor from the state’s tourism office. Dimitri Kallianis accepted the Enjoy Illinois: Delicious Destination award Monday at The Shanty restaurant on Route 41 in Wadsworth that his family purchased in 2006.

  • Naperville restaurant offers free Thanksgiving meal to those in need Nov 23, 2014 7:00 AM
    Hossein Jamali has always liked to help people, to extend a little charity to those in need. It's a lesson he learned from his father, who struggled to make ends meet but still managed to “give a little bit” to those who were facing even greater hardships or challenges. Jamali will follow in those footsteps once again this week, when his Naperville restaurant, Meson Sabika, provides a free sit-down Thanksgiving meal to many in need.

  • New Des Plaines police dog helps recover $30,000 in drug money Nov 23, 2014 4:05 PM
    Des Plaines’ new police dog helped recover $30,000 in drug seizure funds just days after hitting the streets for the first time. But it’s the simple things that bring this dog happiness. “When he does something good, he gets his toy,” said Officer Steven Dickson. “His toy means the world to him.”

  • Turnovers boost Bears over Bucs, 21-13 Nov 24, 2014 12:22 PM
    It took less than one quarter for the Bears to turn a horrendous performance into a second straight victory. After a thoroughly putrid first half of football, the Bears came out after the break looking like a different team, and took advantage of turnovers to defeat Tampa Bay 21-13 Sunday at Soldier Field.

  • Glen Ellyn Food Pantry helps families celebrate Thanksgiving Nov 22, 2014 1:13 AM
    Glendale Heights grandmother Annette Young, a bus driver incapacitated by back surgeries, is grateful for the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry. She was among those getting help Friday from the pantry to provide a Thanksgiving Day meal. Same for Katherine Earl of Glen Ellyn, a 61-year-old stroke victim. “People are inherently good, I really think that,” she said. “These people are good people. They are and they’ve helped me and I’m grateful to them.”

  • Families get coats, food from Lake Zurich church Nov 23, 2014 12:04 AM
    More than 300 families received new winter coats for children, food supplies and health checkups Saturday at The Chapel in Lake Zurich during the church’s annual mobile food pantry event. The main attraction is the mobile food pantry, which this year provided 10 days worth of groceries for more than 300 families. “We do that every other month. This is our biggest,” said Ken Rasbid, church volunteer and event organizer. “We will probably have over 1,500 people come through today. We doubled the amount of coats we were able to give last year.”

  • ‘So close’ goes Stevenson’s way Nov 22, 2014 10:04 PM
    When the football hit Jimmy Marchese in the hands, he quickly pulled it to his body and gently went to the ground. Marchese risked nothing to make sure “so close” finally went Stevenson’s way. The senior linebacker’s interception in the end zone with under five seconds to play sealed the Patriots’ 7-3 victory over Glenbard West in Saturday’s Class 8A semifinals in Glen Ellyn, a win that sends Stevenson to the state title game for the second time overall and for the first time since 2002.

  • Mano a Mano receives 300 new winter coats from charitable group Nov 21, 2014 5:04 PM
    A nonprofit group in Round Lake Park received 300 new winter coats for needy families Friday.

  • Lake County officials celebrate Waukegan courthouse expansion project Nov 21, 2014 4:48 PM
    Lake County politicians, judges, prosecutors and police leaders gathered outside the court complex in downtown Waukegan on Friday to celebrate the recent launch of a $110 million expansion project. Plans call for an eight-story building with at least 15 courtrooms near the existing complex at County and Washington streets.

  • Morton Aboretum’s ‘Illumination’ transforms a winter walk in the woods Nov 21, 2014 1:01 AM
    Illumination: Tree Lights opens Friday, Nov. 21, at the Morton Arboretum with more lights and unique experiences that encourage visitors of all ages to see trees in a different light. The festival continues 5 to 9:30 p.m. most nights through Saturday, Jan. 3, at the outdoor museum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. There are no shows on Thanksgiving, Nov. 27, nor on Dec. 1, 8, 15, 24 and 25.

  • Harper, CLC both going 100% smoke-free Jan. 1 Nov 20, 2014 1:32 PM
    Students, employees and even casual visitors won't be allowed to smoke on college campuses starting next summer. But Harper College and the College of Lake County will ban tobacco on campus starting Jan. 1. "I think that this is going to be a surprise for many people, and I think it is going to take time for people to understand how this is working," says Janet Mason, who's managing the rules at College of Lake County.

  • Obama spurns GOP with expansive immigration orders Nov 20, 2014 9:54 PM
    Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on “felons, not families.”

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