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  • Bears QB Jimmy Clausen claims a veteran's mentality Aug 7, 2014 5:51 AM
    The competition between Jimmy Clausen and Jordan Palmer for the Bears' No. 2 quarterback job moves into its next phase in Friday night's preseason opener, when both veterans should see plenty of playing time. “I don't feel like a rookie,” Clausen said. “That was a long time ago, and I've learned a lot about the game; how the game in the NFL is played."

     
  • Volunteers reboot Dist. 204 laptops for students in need Aug 5, 2014 3:38 PM
    Green progress bars that show “Data Recovery” slowly grow across the screens of roughly 30 laptops in a middle school wood shop where Taylor Swift songs are blaring. Led by a man whose name tag just says “NERD,” about two dozen volunteers are rebooting, cleaning and fixing as many as 548 laptops so the devices can have a second life. "The district has a lot of kids that can’t afford a computer,” said Sun Kwok, a team leader and one of the founders of the Computer Redeployment Program in District 204.

     
  • Decades-long effort to clean Waukegan Harbor is complete, state, federal and local officials announce Aug 5, 2014 5:54 PM
    Local, state and federal authorities gathered in Waukegan on Tuesday to celebrate the end of a decades-long effort to clean the city’s polluted harbor.

     
  • U-46's Torres excited about IMSA's vision Aug 5, 2014 9:58 AM
    “IMSA's (vision) is pretty exciting ... and that is to ignite and nurture creative, ethical, scientific minds to advance the human condition," said outgoing Elgin Area School District U-46 Superintendent Josť Torres, who spoke with the Daily Herald about why he is leaving the state's second-largest school district to head the state-funded boarding school focused on STEM education. A Q&A and video.

     
  • Safety, fun coincide during National Night Out Aug 5, 2014 10:54 PM
    Neighbors gathered throughout DuPage County Tuesday for an evening of socializing, meeting with law enforcement and municipal officials, and coming together against crime during the annual National Night Out observance.

     
  • 2 Kaneland board members reject superintendent's resignation Aug 5, 2014 5:29 AM
    Two Kaneland trustees voted against accepting Superintendent Jeff Schuler's resignation Monday, questioning why they should let him out of his contract two years early. “Going forward, we need to make sure there are penalties. There's a lot of things we are out of right now,” Veronica Bruhl said.

     
  • Wheeling OKs Town Center deal; Argiris wants plans Aug 5, 2014 5:06 AM
    It should have been a joyful occasion. After years of uncertainty and delays, the Wheeling village board Monday approved a contract with Urban R2 for a $100 million redevelopment called Town Center. Yet Mayor Dean Argiris was impatient for some of the groundbreaking. “I don't want to wait two years; I don't want to wait one year,” Argiris said.

     
  • Wauconda officials review proposed water deal with Volo Aug 5, 2014 5:32 AM
    A long-awaited -- and once-scuttled -- deal to bring Lake Michigan drinking water to Wauconda moved one step closer to completion Monday night.

     
  • Death of a young woman leads to gift of life for another Aug 5, 2014 5:31 AM
    Heart transplant patient Melody McIntosh, living at Great Lakes, met Monday with the Swart family of Cedar Lake, Indiana. Their daughter, Ashley, 20, died of a brain aneurysm last fall. Ashley was an organ donor and allowed McIntosh to receive a lifesaving heart transplant. "I'm going to live every day of my life honoring her memory," McIntosh said.

     
  • Wheeling High STEM program gets international attention Aug 4, 2014 6:07 PM
    Wheeling High School was visited by a member of the British Parliament on Monday, who is interested in helping create a national career planning initiative in England.

     
  • Fewer students taking, passing new GED test Aug 4, 2014 5:17 AM
    Suburban counties have seen steep drops in the number of people taking GED exams in 2014. The test changed to an electronic version that is both more difficult and more expensive, experts say. Fewer people taking the exam may mean a larger pool of local residents with poor long-term job prospects. “Somebody is profiting significantly, and it's not our students and our state,” Regional Superintendent Leslie Schermerhorn said.

     
  • Images: Lollapalooza 2014 Aug 4, 2014 1:59 AM
    Fans flocked to see some of music's biggest stars (and some of its rising stars) at Lollapalooza on the 10-year anniversary of the festival's Chicago debut.

     
  • Palatine business mediates who gets dog in divorces Aug 3, 2014 8:43 AM
    The letter of the law still says pets, like lamps and tables, are property to be owned, not sentient beings with rights. But experts in animal law say attitudes are changing.

     
  • Final 10 wow Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent judges Aug 4, 2014 12:01 AM
    The top 10 finalists of Suburban Chicago's Got Talent wowed the crowd at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg on Sunday. They'll perform again at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Taste of Arlington Heights, where the grand prize winner and the Fan Favorite will be announced.

     
  • Comfort Dog Ministry launches program to help vets Aug 2, 2014 7:28 AM
    Lutheran Church Charities, which started the Addison-based Comfort Dog Ministry, Friday launched its newest outreach: Kare-9 Ministry, designed to serve active military, veterans and their families. “Part of the healing process from moral injury and post-traumatic stress disorder is to feel loved and valued,” said retired Maj. Gen. James Mukoyama. “The Comfort Dogs give off a type of peace — and unconditional love.”

     
  • 'Frozen' accompanied by blizzard in Rolling Meadows Aug 2, 2014 3:03 PM
    Meadows Christian Fellowship Church used 8 tons of ice to make “blizzards” every 15 minutes between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Friday before showing the movie “Frozen.” Showing an outdoor movie is an annual community event for the church, but this year it added a twist, bringing in Snow Making by Sturm from Lake Geneva, Wis.

     
  • ATF investigating gun used by Tower Lakes man in Loop shooting Aug 1, 2014 7:49 PM
    The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is conducting an “urgent” trace to find out where Tower Lakes resident Tony DeFrances got the gun he used to shoot his boss and then himself at a downtown Chicago high-rise office building on Thursday.

     
  • Sox bail out Sale, Abreu extends streak Aug 2, 2014 1:32 PM
    Chris Sale had a rare subpar outing Friday night, but Jose Abreu and the White Sox' offense picked up the ace starting pitcher in a 10-8 win over the Twins.

     
  • Sox GM Hahn says team may still deal Aug 2, 2014 1:45 PM
    White Sox general manager Rick Hahn is a bit disappointed that Thursday's nonwaiver trade deadline came and went without any movement. Hahn said a three-way trade fell through but he'll pursure August waiver deals.

     
  • Bears’ safeties all getting a shot Aug 2, 2014 1:25 PM
    The Bears continue to shuffle bodies in and out of the safety positions. Adrian Wilson, a 34-year-old veteran who has been voted to five Pro Bowls but is coming off a foot injury that cost him the entire 2013 season, was the latest contender to get an opportunity to work with the first team defense on Friday.

     
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