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  • Andrew Tipton, a Save a Life Tour program manager, explains to Harper student Dan Serranol how to use a drunken driving simulator at the Palatine campus.

    Harper College students get lessons on drunk, distracted drivingApr 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    High-tech simulators parked inside Harper College's Student Center raised the alarm on risky driving Wednesday. The Save a Life Tour delivered the hands-on lesson. "It's a great way to bring awareness to campus," student Eugenia Kanakaris said.

     
  • Debbie Mossburg of Naperville has survived cancer as both a child and an adult, and now she is leading efforts to raise money to fight the diseases through the nonprofit Bike Bald, which organizes themed bike rides to support childhood cancer research and other community causes.

    Naperville survivor rides against childhood cancerMar 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    Fellow cancer survivors and patients know Debbie Mossburg of Naperville “gets it.” The Naperville woman is trying to help others “get it” too, with the formation last fall of the nonprofit Bike Bald, which organizes themed biking events to raise money for childhood cancer research and other community causes. “Her experience as a cancer survivor gives her a unique compassion and perspective into the lives of other people going through cancer,” said Ellie Ewoldt of Naperville, whose son, Chase, has a rare brain and spine cancer.

     
  • Bob Mariano of Inverness and CEO of the growing Mariano's grocery store chain at the new Northfield store on March 6, 2014.

    How Mariano's CEO created his grocery empireMar 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    Bob Mariano of Inverness walked around the newly converted Mariano's grocery store in Northfield like a proud father. He looked at the colorful produce section, admired the European-style floral department and studied changes made to the former Dominick's store. Mariano, a former Dominick's executive, has returned to his former stomping grounds to offer customers a new choice, branded after himself, under parent company, Milwaukee-based Roundy's Inc.

     
  • Family and friends attend a candlelight vigil for Jeffrey and Katherine Bronken Sunday night at Heron View Park In Round Lake. The father and daughter were killed in a Florida small plane crash.

    Round Lake dad, daughter remembered with vigilMar 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    More than 400 neighbors, friends and family gathered to remember the lives of Jeffrey and Katherine "Katie" Bronken — a father and daughter killed in a March 22 plane crash in Florida — to support the family at a candlelight vigil at the park Sunday night in the Valley Lake subdivision in Round Lake.

     
  • Unable to move his limbs, speak or blink, 4-year-old James exchanges a “nose bump” with his father, Jeff Fulkerson. Stacy and Jeff Fulkerson of Schaumburg hope an April 6 fundraiser moves them closer to their dream of buying a special van to transport their son.

    Community helping Schaumburg parents of boy with severe disabilitiesMar 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    When a child has severe disabilities that require round-the-clock care, insurance doesn't come close to providing all that is needed. Friends and family of Jeff and Stacy Fulkerson are hosting a fundraiser with the hope of buying a van that could handle their 4-year-old son's wheelchair. “We’ve had so much help,” Stacy says.

     
  • courtesy of Milka Overton Damage to equipment as a result of the March 24 Blue Line crash at O’Hare Station was significant.

    O’Hare service opening Sunday on Blue LineMar 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    The CTA's Blue Line O'Hare Station will reopen around 2 p.m. Sunday. Service between O'Hare and Rosemont has been closed since a eight-car train crashed into an escalator early in the morning March 24.

     
  • A Toyota Corolla, which veered from Palatine Road and came to a rest in about 3 feet of water in a wetlands, is towed from the scene in Barrington Hills Saturday. The female driver and a 3-year-old girl were not injured.

    Woman, child OK after car veers into Barrington Hills pondMar 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    A woman and a 3-year-old child were rescued Saturday after the driver avoided a deer on Palatine Road and veered into a nearby pond in Barrington Hills. The woman and child were uninjured, as was the deer.

     
  • Public access television host Jerry Markbreit of Skokie, left, runs some dialogue with guest Mike Lieber, center, of Wilmette, before taping the program “Talking Sports” at the Comcast studio facility in Skokie.

    In YouTube era, public access TV still on the air in suburbsMar 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    You Tube. Facebook. Instagram. Three reasons out of many why you might expect public access television to have gone the way of the 8-track. But public access is still going strong, even with Comcast consolidating its production facilities in Mount Prospect. “You can just do your own thing,” Jerry Markbreit said. “We can talk about whatever interests us in the world of sports. We can say what we want, how we want. It’s great.”

     
  • Elk Grove police K9 Vasco is retiring after eight years on the job with Officer Rick Meyers.

    Elk Grove Village Police Department’s crime-fighting K9 retiresMar 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    One of Elk Grove Village’s most effective crime fighters is retiring — but he won’t be handing in a standard issue uniform or police radio. Police dog Vasco, who has been the partner of Officer Rick Meyers since 2005, is stepping down from the force, as is required of police K9s after a number of years.

     
  • Jill Lindsay as Windy Lindy and her stage partner, Jackie Krueger, right, both of Milwaukee, perform at the World Clown Association's annual convention Thursday.

    Clowns gather for contests, latest trends at world conventionMar 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    Less is more for today's clowns gathering at a world convention in the suburbs this week. The jokesters embrace the latest — real hair and subtle makeup — in the spirit of competition at the convention in Northbrook. "Clowns like to have fun," said John Joseph, of Arlington Heights. "But if you look at all the people here, you will find that the majority of them are type-A personalities."

     
  • East Aurora High School seniors Sara Franklin and Janice Sanchez make their way down Maple Avenue in Lisle as part of “Tomcats’ Journey to Remember.”

    Aurora teens walk 38 miles for former African child soldierMar 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    More than 60 teens, most taking a class called Survivor Literature at East Aurora High School, spent all day Wednesday walking from their school in the Western suburbs across at least 10 towns in three counties to the lakefront home of the Chicago Bears. It was all to bring a speaker to their school next month: a man named Ishmael Beah, who, at age 12, was forced into an African army as a child soldier.

     
  • Veteran golf writer Len Ziehm, left, chats with Mary and Mike Bavier of Barrington during an event for Daily Herald subscribers Wednesday at Golf Nation in Palatine.

    Getting into the swing of golf season at subscriber eventMar 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    With the Masters just two weeks away, Daily Herald subscribers got a jump on the golf season by taking part in a discussion Wednesday night with veteran sports writers Mike Spellman and Len Ziehm.

     
  • Wheaton’s Jeanette Andrews demonstrates the art of illusion at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

    Wheaton magician Jeanette Andrews has spent her life honing her craftMar 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    Jeanette Andrews, 24, has been performing magic shows since she was 4, but don't expect her to pull rabbits from a hat. Andrews says she draws on studies of philosophy, psychology and the art of creating to perform a very modern kind of magic that she hopes will provoke questions from audience members about their own perception about how things look and what they really are.

     
  • Buffalo Grove resident Megan Bozek proudly displays the silver medal she won on the Winter Olympics hockey team in Sochi at the Buffalo Grove Park District meeting on Monday where she was honored for her achievements.

    Bozek honored in Buffalo GroveMar 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    Olympic silver medalist and Buffalo Grove resident Megan Bozek was honored Monday night at the Buffalo Grove Park District board of commissioners meeting. “Because of her success on the hockey team we wanted to honor her accomplishments.” Dan Schimmel, executive-director for the Buffalo Grove Park District said.

     
  • Educators Judy Bilitzki, left, and Pam Menzel, right, get their heads shaved during a St. Baldrick’s fundraiser Friday at Madison Elementary School in Wheaton.

    Wheaton school hosts St. Baldrick’s for 3 of their ownMar 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    Since taking on the role of principal, Tim Callahan had always thought about hosting a St. Baldrick’s event at Madison Elementary School in Wheaton. There were three reasons why this year was the right year to do it, he said. Kindergarten teacher Karen Baker, attendance secretary Kim Bestwina and kindergartner, Sophie Cho, are all battling cancer. “Everybody here has been looking for some way to stand in support of them so this became our rally point,” Callahan said of the St. Baldrick’s assembly, which was held Friday and raised more than $17,000.

     
  • Chief Hank Clemmensen of the Palatine Rural Fire Protection District shows where ads will appear on the sides of a fire truck and ambulance.

    Palatine Rural fire district sells ad space on truck, ambulanceMar 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    Struggling with declining tax revenues, one suburban fire district has come up with a novel idea to boost its bottom line — selling ad space on its emergency vehicles. Palatine Rural Fire Protection District Chief Hank Clemmensen promises the ads will be in good taste. “It's not going to look like a race car."

     
  • Brian Smith of Third Lake stocks the shelves of his Little Free Library. It sits in front of his house.

    More Little Free Libraries popping up in suburbsMar 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    This summer, young hikers at two Lake County forest preserves will find something new and unusual at the end of special trails — outdoor libraries. The decorative boxes full of books will be the suburbs’ latest Little Free Libraries — a growing effort that began in Wisconsin about five years ago and has expanded across the nation and the globe.

     
  • Wade Stafford lines up his throw Thursday during the second annual Dodgeball Madness tournament at Franklin Middle School in Wheaton. Proceeds from this year’s tournament are going to the newly formed Ross K. MacNeill Foundation. Ross died last May at age 11 after a long battle with brain cancer. He would have been in sixth grade at Franklin this year.

    Wheaton fifth-grader remembered at dodgeball tournamentMar 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    Ross MacNeill’s favorite color was orange because, he often said, “you just can’t be sad and wear orange.” On Thursday and Friday, the 11-year-old's friends, teachers and family were sporting orange in his memory at a dodgeball tournament benefiting the recently launched Ross K. MacNeill Foundation. The fifth-grader at Franklin Elementary School lost his battle with brain cancer last May.

     
  • Game technician Steve Stayman tests a shooting video game as the Dave & Buster's at Westfield Hawthorn mall in Vernon Hills prepares to open Wednesday.

    New Dave & Buster's part of Westfield Hawthorn one-stop shop strategyMar 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    Dave & Buster's opening next week in Vernon Hills is part of a strategy to repurpose the Westfield Hawthorn mall into a destination for entertainment."This is the kick off to the new Hawthorn," said Michael Golden, the mall's general manager. “Our goal is to be everybody's destination for restaurants, entertainment and retail.”

     
  • Arlington Heights police officer Michael McEvoy, who was shot while responding to a call last December, walks to the stage.

    Shot Arlington Hts. cop’s recovery ‘just a miracle’Mar 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    He walked to the podium, said two simple sentences and left. But Arlington Heights police officer Michael McEvoy was greeted with five standing ovations Thursday as he received the Officer of the Year award - from friends and colleagues overjoyed that he is still alive.

     
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