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  • Naperville church offers spaces ‘for sake of our community’ Sep 3, 2014 11:47 PM
    Yellow Box Community Christian Church in Naperville has built out; now it can reach out.“Our heart as a community has never been inward-focused,” Campus Pastor Shawn Williams said. “We want to be a church that exists for the sake of our community.”

     
  • ‘Hooded bandit’ bank robber strikes again,- this time in Elk Grove Sep 3, 2014 9:53 PM
    A bank robbery suspect dubbed the “hooded bandit” struck again Wednesday morning in Elk Grove Village, authorities said. FBI officials believe it’s the seventh time the suspect has robbed banks in the Northwest and West suburbs since February 2013.

     
  • West Chicago Park District ready to show off 70,000-square-foot, $15.5M indoor rec center Sep 2, 2014 3:08 PM
    West Chicago Park District residents will get a sneak peek Sept. 6 at their sparking new 70,000-square-foot, $15.5 million ARC Center in Reed-Keppler Park. Officials say it's the first indoor recreation center in the district's history -- and they're hoping it will knock the socks off everyone who walks in the door.

     
  • Iraq veteran U.S. Rep. Duckworth ‘thrilled’ to be pregnant Sep 1, 2014 4:29 PM
    U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth says she is six months pregnant and expecting a daughter. The Hoffman Estates Democrat, Iraq veteran and double amputee broke the news this morning on NBC’s “Today.” “It’s a high-risk pregnancy,” Duckworth said. “I am deathly terrified I’m going to lose the baby."

     
  • Elk Grove Village girl pursues dolphin trainer dream Aug 31, 2014 6:38 AM
    As a kindergartener in Elk Grove Village, Mallory Marra just knew that she wanted to grow up to be a dolphin trainer. Now, as a trainer at Florida's Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Marra is thrilled to be working with the dolphin stars in the movie "Dolphin Tale 2," opening Sept. 12

     
  • Mundelein High students using laptops in all classes for new tech initiative Aug 31, 2014 6:43 AM
    Starting this school year, all 2,110 Mundelein High students have personal laptop computers to use on campus, at home or wherever they choose to do schoolwork. Many students are excited about the new tech, saying they help them stay organized and learn better, while some experts doubt their effectiveness.

     
  • Elgin police face real-life drama on new simulator Aug 31, 2014 7:09 AM
    A police officer responds to a robbery call and encounters a man who refuses to show his hands when asked. Suddenly, the man points an object at the officer. But it's merely a stapler. That’s among almost 400 different training scenarios available through a new simulator purchased by the Elgin Police Department. “These are decisions that need to be made in a split second,” Deputy Chief Bill Wolf said. “And they are life and death decisions.”

     
  • DuPage business innovation center opening in Naperville Aug 31, 2014 6:44 AM
    Chicago has roughly 55 “innovation hubs” where startups can get business services and support, but the rest of northern Illinois ise home to only two. Come Monday, the score will be Chicago, 55, suburbs, 3, as the first members of Rev3 Innovation Center start moving in to a new space in Naperville. “It's exciting to be working with these people and slowly getting them moved in,” said Nic Zito, project manager for Rev3.

     
  • Naperville woman’s pillowcase project helping young Edward hospital patients Aug 30, 2014 7:35 AM
    Pediatric hospital rooms at Edward Hospital in Naperville are becoming brighter one piece of bed linen at a time. A Naperville woman, her twin sister and a friend are sewing roughly 60 pillowcases a month and giving them to the hospital in a project they call KaLaCares. “We both loved the idea of making a difference, even if only for a moment, in a child’s life,” said Karen Butz of Naperville, who started the pillowcase project with her sister, Laura Seyfarth of Mill Valley, California.

     
  • Huntley turns back Bartlett Sep 2, 2014 8:48 AM
    Every time the Bartlett offense knocked on the door the Huntley defense was there to slam it shut. In a game resumed on Saturday evening after a lightning postponement on Friday, the Hawks racked up 404 total yards. However, the Huntley defense was tough when it mattered, particularly in the red zone. The Red Raiders forced the Hawks to turn the ball over on downs four times in Huntley territory, twice inside the 10-yard line, to secure a 17-7 victory at Millennium Field in Streamwood.

     
  • Glenbard West keeps its distance Sep 2, 2014 8:30 AM
    In terms of season-openers, few football games top the annual showdown between Glenbard West and Wheaton Warrenville South. Saturday’s final meeting, though, meant a little extra...especially for the victorious Hilltoppers. Flashing signs of brilliance on both sides of the ball, Glenbard West closed the series in style with a 21-10 win over WW South at Duchon Field in Glen Ellyn.

     
  • 56th District hopefuls disagree on finality of pension reform Aug 29, 2014 9:28 PM
    Is Illinois pension reform a done deal or a necessary task that still lies ahead? Their opinions on this question form one of the clear-cut differences between Democratic state Rep. Michelle Mussman, 42, of Schaumburg and her crosstown Republican challenger Jim Moynihan, 61, as they vie for election in the 56th District this fall.

     
  • Why Kaneland’s interim superintendent quit after 1 day Aug 29, 2014 11:52 PM
    Ken Sorrick made it clear why he quit as Kaneland’s interim school superitendent the day after he was named: He can’t stomach outspoken school board member Tony Valente. “My skills are not designed for dealing with a certain personality on the board. It is not a good match. I would not be able to accomplish what your district needs,” Sorrick wrote in his resignation letter.

     
  • Man gets 6 years for DUI on same road as ’99 crash that killed 4 Aug 29, 2014 8:55 PM
    A Mount Prospect man who served 12 years in prison for killing four people in a 1999 drunken driving crash was sentenced Friday to six years behind bars for a DUI he was given last year on the same road. Walter J. Depner, 62, caused the Aug. 21, 1999, crash on Route 120 near Lakemoor that killed Eva Burleson of Crystal Lake and her three children. Her husband, Tom Burleson, said Friday he hopes Depner “finds peace.”

     
  • Benet starts a new streak Sep 2, 2014 8:47 AM
    After losing four straight games to end last season, no football team anticipated the start of a new campaign more than Benet. The Redwings showed it Friday night. Overcoming a fierce Downers Grove South comeback — not to mention a lengthy first-half lightning delay — Benet held on for a 26-16 opening victory at Lisle’s Benedictine University.

     
  • Mobile home residents: Landlord is mistreating us Aug 28, 2014 4:16 PM
    Residents of a mobile home park near Des Plaines came to state and local officials Wednesday night to air grievances about their landlord, whom they accuse of being too heavy-handed enforcing rules in their leases. “This is a ridiculous way of handling people who live in a community,” said Tim Hoff, one of nearly 100 residents who attended the meeting at the Des Plaines Public Library.

     
  • Glen Ellyn school celebrates raising of new American flag Aug 27, 2014 5:57 PM
    Reciting the Pledge of Allegiance is a morning ritual at St. James the Apostle School in Glen Ellyn. But on Wednesday, students found themselves saluting a new 5-by-8-foot flag that was raised for the first time in front of the school. Teacher Nancy Palumbo organized the ceremony.

     
  • 84th House candidates find slight disagreement on pensions Aug 27, 2014 4:03 PM
    Don’t be surprised if the Democratic and Republican candidates for state House in the 84th District agree on a few things. But also don’t be surprised to hear Democratic incumbent Stephanie Kifowit and Republican challenger Krishna Bansal disagree on divisive state issues such as pension reform, as they did during a recent endorsement interview with the Daily Herald.

     
  • Elgin OKs first step toward hen pilot program Aug 28, 2014 12:02 AM
    A one-year pilot program allowing up to 15 residents to keep hens — but no roosters — in the backyards of single-family homes could be headed to Elgin.

     
  • Dist. 128 board adopts $84.5 million budget after residents complain Aug 27, 2014 9:16 AM
    After spending weeks whittling down planned expenses, the Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 board has approved an $84.5 million annual budget. The budget cuts totaled about $1.5 million and were made in a variety of categories, including supplies, staffing and maintenance.

     
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