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  • WWII-era aircraft land at Wheeling airport Jul 18, 2014 8:58 PM
    Fitting for the "glamour queen" of WWII-era bombers, the B-17 Liberator pulled up to a crowd of camera-toting onlookers at a Wheeling airport Friday. Then, came the B-24 Liberator, where veterans like Joseph Houska lingered for the rare visit. "I'm speechless," the 92-year-old said.

     
  • Kids in Harper class cook for homeless families Jul 17, 2014 5:54 AM
    Harper College teacher Pieranna Fanella handed her students a special assignment: prepare fresh dishes for homeless families at Journeys-The Road Home in Palatine. By Wednesday afternoon, kids in the summer course filled four shelves in a walk-in refrigerator. "I'm really proud of them," their beaming teacher said.

     
  • Bartlett considers 30 single-family homes on Kane side Jul 16, 2014 5:30 AM
    Bartlett trustees on Tuesday gave an informal nod to a proposal for 30 single-family homes on vacant land once intended for town homes. The project would also bring new residents to the village's Kane County side for the first time in years, officials say.

     
  • Conquering Asperger’s just the start for Antioch teen Jul 16, 2014 6:24 PM
    When Maxwell “Max” McKeough was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome at age 5, his parents were told he’d never be able to hold a job or truly function independently. But thanks to his and his family’ determination, Max has blossomed from a little boy who pulled his eye lashes in frustration and couldn’t handle loud noises into an accomplished teen with a promising future. The 16-year-old already graduated from high school and will start college next month.

     
  • Aurora outlet mall begins ‘complete transformation’ Jul 16, 2014 4:58 PM
    Bulldozers are out in force flattening 45 acres east of Chicago Premium Outlets in Aurora to make way for what officials are calling a historic expansion of the popular outlet mall. Fifty new stores anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th are coming to the shopping area at I-88 and Farnsworth Road. “This is a big deal, and this is going to help move our city forward positively in the future,” Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner said.

     
  • Naperville approves assisted living near Nike Park Jul 22, 2014 6:21 AM
    An assisted living center with space for 96 units is on its way to north Naperville near Nike Park. The city council on Tuesday night annexed a nearly 6-acre property at the northwest corner of Mill and Commons streets and gave the necessary zoning approvals for the HarborChase of Naperville facility to be built. “It’s a need in our community and hopefully it will work out well,” said Bill Novack, director of transportation, engineering and development.

     
  • Two girls win Kane County Fair Talent Contest Jul 15, 2014 1:20 AM
    The annual Kane County Talent Show featured 25 contestants in two divisions Monday night at the fairgrounds in St. Charles -- and two winners emerged after all the girls anxiously awaited their chance to sing, dance or play instruments (VIDEO).

     
  • Man-made lake to be drained to allow restoration of North Mill Creek Jul 15, 2014 8:16 PM
    After years of planning, work is set to begin to drain a hidden, man-made lake and restore the meandering North Mill Creek at the Ethel's Woods Forest Preserve near Antioch. The Lake County Forest Preserve District board on Tuesday approved measures to start the $1.2 million project to slowly drain Rasmussen Lake.

     
  • New leader to 'build on the vision' of Naper Settlement Jul 14, 2014 5:21 AM
    Telling the story of America through the lens of Naperville is the task Naperville lawyer Rena Tamayo-Calabrese will find herself attacking come Monday morning on her first day as Naper Settlement President and CEO. “It's not just a great story about Naperville or how Naperville settled or what Mr. Naper did. It's truly about what's at the heart of being an American,” said Tamayo-Calabrese, 49.

     
  • Teen driving book offers 'not-so-common' knowledge Jul 13, 2014 6:02 AM
    Two Naperville men have compiled tips about vehicle maintenance, parking, surviving the unexpected and even navigating the court system into a book called “What Teenage Drivers Don't Know: The Unwritten Rules of the Road.” “I've driven through the worst of the worst across the country as far as weather conditions go, traffic conditions, everything,” said John Harmata, the primary author. “I can safely teach my kids things that are not being taught in driver's ed classes, that you only learn by years of experience.”

     
  • ‘I prepared myself to die.’ Survivors recall Flight 232 crash Jul 16, 2014 11:05 AM
    Twenty-five years ago, Chicago-bound United Flight 232 cartwheeled across a runway in Sioux City, Iowa, burst into flames and shot into a cornfield. "It was like a roller coaster in pitch darkness with smoke and fire," survivor Sumit Roy of Naperville recalled. Miraculously, 184 of the 296 people on board lived.

     
  • Dogs make a big splash in Libertyville Jul 12, 2014 8:50 AM
    The Dog Days of Summer are underway in downtown Libertyville. Activities for your pooch run through the weekend, with Cook Park the center of much of the action. There is also an X-Treme Dog Park with a 30,000-gallon pool in the rear parking lot of PNC Bank. DockDogs jumping resumes at 10 a.m. today.

     
  • We need your help with wedding photo mystery Jul 11, 2014 4:28 PM
    Four wedding photos are at the heart of a little mystery an Arlington Heights couple picked up at the side of the road, and have now laid in the lap of the Daily Herald. Who is in these photos? How did they wind up on the street? And does the family want them back, or were they tossed on purpose?

     
  • How should police handle people with autism? Jul 9, 2014 5:17 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.

     
  • Naperville man proposes Riverwalk wildlife volunteers Jul 9, 2014 5:40 PM
    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.”

     
  • Hoffman Estates approves Moretti’s, Whiskey River Jul 8, 2014 10:38 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.

     
  • Tree falls in Carol Stream mayor’s backyard Jul 7, 2014 5:50 PM
    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.

     
  • Wheaton approves new DuPage County community health center Jul 7, 2014 11:10 PM
    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.

     
  • St. Charles swears in new police chief Jul 8, 2014 1:59 PM
    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.”

     
  • Transcript of McDonald nomination as VA secretary Jul 7, 2014 5:30 AM
    A transcript of remarks made by President Barack Obama at the nomination of Robert McDonald as Secretary of Veterans Affairs last Monday.

     
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