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  • Streamwood father wins $1.3 million lottery prize Oct 16, 2014 6:32 PM
    A Streamwood dad on Thursday celebrated his big win: a $1.3 million Illinois Lottery prize. “God gave me this money as a gift,” Mrugesh Desai said in a Streamwood gas station where he snagged the winning ticket.

     
  • Crews plug gas leak in Wheeling Oct 16, 2014 11:44 PM
    Utility crews were able to plug a “significant” gas leak on Hintz Road in Wheeling, where construction crews struck an 8-inch main Thursday, authorities said. The leak was stopped at 5:50 p.m., though crews worked into the night on more permanent repairs to the main, said Wheeling Batallion Chief Mark Menzel.

     
  • Opiate overdose reversal drug saves 25 lives in DuPage Oct 17, 2014 11:06 AM
    DuPage County authorities reported Thursday that 25 lives have been saved since the county started a program that equips local police officers with the opiate overdose reversal drug Narcan.

     
  • Shooting suspect caught after passers-by spotted him Oct 17, 2014 6:24 PM
    Scott B. Peters had been on the loose for almost 16 hours but didn’t get more than six miles away from where authorities say he shot two McHenry County sheriff’s deputies responding to a domestic disturbance. Peters, 52, of Holiday Hills, was arrested without incident just before 5 p.m. Thursday near Route 176 and Smith Road in Crystal Lake after he was spotted by two passers-by.

     
  • Schneider’s 3rd quarter fundraising, spending tops Dold’s in 10th District race Oct 16, 2014 8:09 PM
    U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider's re-election committee raked in more than $1.1 million during the last three months, setting a new fundraising record for the 10th District.

     
  • New Bartlett restaurant blends French, Indian Oct 15, 2014 4:32 PM
    To get a sense of his vision, watch Bartlett restaurateur Rakesh Chopra make rumali roti. He folds the delicate bread like a burrito instead of the usual handkerchief. The concept? Indian food on the go. "There's nothing like this," Chopra said Wednesday.

     
  • 3 Gavin teachers to be fired over molestation charges Oct 15, 2014 8:47 AM
    The Gavin School District 37 board on Tuesday moved to fire a Gavin Middle School South teacher who has been charged with molesting a student, and two other teachers accused of not reporting suspiciion of abuse.

     
  • Quinn doesn’t stand by tax-extension timetable Oct 14, 2014 10:20 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn Tuesday declined to repeat his assertion to the Daily Herald that he’d try to extend the state’s 2011 tax increase right after the November election. “It’s going to happen in 2014, in November and December,” Quinn said in September. Rauner sharply criticized Quinn Tuesday for not directly answering when asked when he’d seek to move forward with extending the tax rate.

     
  • Doing enough on O’Hare noise? DuPage board candidates debate Oct 14, 2014 5:30 AM
    Last month, DuPage County Board candidate Rolly Waller blasted his opponent, Paul Fichtner, and the county board for doing nothing to address airplane noise from O’Hare International Airport. Now, Waller is criticizing the board’s attempt to do something. "They should have done something several months ago,” Waller said. “Shame on him for making this a political issue,” Fichtner said.

     
  • Marklund expanding its school in Bloomingdale Oct 14, 2014 6:38 PM
    Marklund took the next step toward expanding its Day School in Bloomingdale by breaking ground on a $4.2 million addition that focuses on students diagnosed on the autism spectrum. The future facility — dubbed the Ann Haskins Center — will allow Marklund to partner with Wheaton College to serve up to 35 more students with autism from Cook, Kane, DuPage and Lake counties.

     
  • Mundelein honors public works director for 35 years of service Oct 14, 2014 5:44 AM
    Deputy Public Works Director Joe De Vito was feted by Mundelein officials Monday for his 35 years as a village employee. “I can say I’ve worked (on) some of the hottest days and in some of the coldest conditions, and I’ve come through it all unscathed,” he said.

     
  • Aerosmith’s Joe Perry visits Arlington Hts. guitar shop Oct 13, 2014 6:44 PM
    Rock fans from near and far visited Guitar Center in Arlington Heights on Monday afternoon to meet legendary Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry. “I’ve been following Aerosmith since I was 12,” said Tony Delmenico of Roselle, who saw his first Aerosmith concert in 1998. “Joe Perry is the reason I started playing guitar.”

     
  • Villa Park seeks road money to ‘start investing in our town’ Oct 12, 2014 7:00 AM
    Villa Park voters are being asked to approve a tax increase to allow the village to borrow $23 million over 20 years to reconstruct and/or resurface 20 miles of streets.

     
  • District 116 trying again for $29 million high school expansion Oct 11, 2014 11:48 PM
    Round Lake Area Unit District 116 officials say they have improved communication with residents as part of a second attempt to gain voter permission to borrow $29 million for a high school expansion and renovation. Those beefed-up communication efforts include spreading the word about the Nov. 4 referendum question at school open houses, creating literature on how exactly the money would be spent and giving high school building tours.

     
  • Images: Chicago Bears vs. Atlanta Falcons Oct 12, 2014 9:10 PM
    The chicago Bears faced the Atlanta Falcons Sunday afternoon at the Georgia Dome. The Bears defeated the Falcons 27-13 with Bears quarterback Jay Cutler throwing for 381 yards and a touchdown.

     
  • Deer Park event promotes breast cancer awareness Oct 11, 2014 7:52 PM
    Deer Park Town Center and Alexian Brothers Health System hosted an event Saturday that included yoga, a fashion show and kids activities Saturday to promote breast cancer awareness and help fund research.

     
  • IC Catholic notches first 'playoff' win Oct 12, 2014 8:02 AM
    IC Catholic Prep's football team officially entered playoff mode this week and responded with Saturday's 20-10 Metro Suburban West victory over Wheaton Academy in Elmhurst. After suffering their fourth loss last week, the Knights (3-4, 2-1) knew they'd have to win their final three games to be eligible for the postseason. Saturday's win was a key step, but the Knights still have to beat Glenbard South and Fenton for any chance to extend their season.

     
  • DuPage forest preserve candidate vows to make seat a full-time job Oct 10, 2014 5:30 AM
    A Democratic challenger seeking a seat on the DuPage County Forest Preserve Commission says he’ll quit his job to become a full-time member of the board if he’s elected next month. Before Evan Wolfe submits his two weeks’ notice, however, voters in forest preserve District 1 need to decide whether they want to make a change. Wolfe’s opponent in the Nov. 4 election — Republican incumbent Marsha Murphy — has spent the past 12 years representing the district, which covers all or portions of Addison, Bensenville, Bloomingdale, Elmhurst, Glendale Heights, Itasca, Lombard, Roselle, Villa Park and Wood Dale.

     
  • 81st House candidates take opposing views on taxes Oct 10, 2014 4:11 PM
    For every view the incumbent for the 81st state House seat takes about taxes, his challenger takes the opposite stance. Republican state Rep. Ron Sandack and Democratic challenger Liz Chaplin, who are running in the Nov. 4 election to represent a district in the Downers Grove area, disagree about whether the increase to state income taxes should expire as planned, whether Illinois should keep a flat income tax or switch to a progressive tax and how local property taxes should be controlled.

     
  • Special Olympian crowned Hoffman H.S. homecoming king Oct 11, 2014 1:31 AM
    Amid chants of “A.J.! A.J.!” from his classmates, Hoffman Estates High School special education student and four-year drummer for the school band, A.J. Pilafas, was crowned homecoming king Friday afternoon to his amazement and delight. Joining him as homecoming queen was fellow band member and the school National Honor Society president Hannah Greenwalt.

     
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