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  • Westbrook teacher shows kids the value of staying active Dec 8, 2014 11:00 AM
    Lori Many, the physical education teacher at Westbrook School for Young Learners in Mount Prospect, has earned raves in and out of the school for her unflagging energy and creative approach. “My main goal at the start of class is simple — get them moving!” Many said.

  • Naperville community treats parents of sick kids just like family Dec 8, 2014 11:00 AM
    A visit to the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Edward Hospital is like a tour through the generosity of Naperville on a micro scale. The room is a well-stocked 1,700 square feet full of comforts for families of young patients in the pediatric or neonatal intensive care unit. “It’s compact, but we have a lot here,” said volunteer Jessica Jozwiak of Naperville. “Random acts of kindness are common here."

  • Lisle woman’s charity offering ‘date nights’ for special needs caregivers Dec 7, 2014 11:01 AM
    Parents of kids with special needs say they're thankful for Becky Pundy of Lisle, who has created Respite Endowment Organization, a nonprofit that provides them with rest, education and opportunities. “We feel like she has insight that most people don’t have,” Jeremy Curran of Naperville said. “She knows these sort of things don’t fix themselves overnight. It’s not just with the child, it’s with all aspects of your life — care of the child, social life, marital or relationship life. She sees all the aspects that having a special needs child affects.”

  • Lake County’s Lawlor, Maine look ahead to big projects Dec 7, 2014 9:49 PM
    Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor and forest board President Ann B. Maine share a similar vision for the region. Both want Lake County to be home to a growing workforce. Both want to see local recreational opportunities expand, and for residents to take advantage of those opportunities. And both have long-term visions for the region that stretch far beyond any single issue.

  • Traversa proves he can shoot the 3 Dec 7, 2014 12:34 AM
    After his second 3-pointer, Nick Traversa knew it was his night. By his ninth, he knew it was a career night. The senior forward’s game-high 27 points powered Wheaton North to Saturday’s 63-54 nonconference win over visiting Hinsdale South.

  • Our holiday lights contest is back for 2014 Dec 5, 2014 2:18 PM
    Is a snowblower on your Christmas list this year? If so, you might not have to rely on Santa to deliver it. All you have to do is snap a photo of your well-lit home and submit it online. Entries will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 14.

  • Former state Rep. Farnham pleads guilty in child porn case Dec 5, 2014 5:46 PM
    Former state Rep. Keith Farnham pleaded guilty in federal court to transportation of child pornography and admitted authorities had found 2,765 images on his computers of children engaged in sex acts. He will remain free on bail until he is sentenced on March 19.

  • Stevenson High honors football team after state title win Dec 5, 2014 2:22 PM
    Stevenson High School feted the state-champion Patriots football team Friday in an early morning gathering at the Lincolnshire campus. The celebration came six days after the undefeated Patriots defeated Homewood-Flossmoor 31-25 to win the Class 8A title in Springfield. “It really gives us something to be proud of,” said freshman Emma Caraus.

  • Verge makes himself at home against Addison Trail Dec 6, 2014 12:33 AM
    Alonzo Verge Jr. made sure his home debut was a memorable one. Willowbrook’s highly touted sophomore was also introduced to the District 88 rivalry with Addison Trail, and he responded with a game-high 22 points while leading the Warriors to Friday’s 56-51 West Suburban Gold Conference win over the visiting Blazers in Villa Park.

  • Controlled propane burn lights up Libertyville Dec 4, 2014 5:16 AM
    North Shore Gas is burning off residual propane from tanks at a tank farm in Libertyville in advance of removing them to make way for a new investment. The facility at Route 45 and Peterson Road was built in the mid-1960s and later expanded as a soure of fuel during times of peak demand. Flames may be seen for miles, according to the company.

  • Palatine officials bid farewell to councilman, welcome successor Dec 2, 2014 5:30 AM
    Palatine Mayor Jim Schwantz had kind words for departing village councilman Jim Clegg, who resigned from the board because he is moving out of the village, Monday night. Minutes after Clegg resigned, the council approved his replacement, Matt Trembley.

  • Stevenson students step up to help needy families with Give-A-Thon Dec 2, 2014 4:10 PM
    Stevenson High School's 30th annual Give-A-Thon produced toys and clothes for 293 families, a record for the school. The kids also collected food for the Vernon Township Food Pantry and baby-related merchandise for Lake County PADS, which helps homeless people and families.

  • Des Plaines sets impact fee for pot dispensary Dec 2, 2014 12:17 PM
    Any business that wants to operate a medical marijuana dispensary in Des Plaines — and gets one of the coveted state licenses to do so — will be required to pay an annual $15,000 impact fee to defray police-related costs. Aldermen agreed unanimously Monday to impose the fee on any dispensary that operates within city limits, though so far, only one has expressed interest.

  • Hoffman Estates budgets for bike path patrols Dec 2, 2014 5:30 AM
    A bike path patrol program for preventive maintenance and public safety was literally the last addition to Hoffman Estates’ 2015 budget, which was approved by the village board Monday night. The budget also features some significant and long-deferred capital projects — made possible by the improving economy — without adding a penny to the previous year’s property tax levy amount, Village Manager Jim Norris said.

  • Naperville nonprofit puts faith in parents to stem heroin's tide Dec 1, 2014 5:33 AM
    What's the answer to the heroin problem? It could be parents. One nonprofit organization is putting faith in parents as the solution to the opioid epidemic in the suburbs. “We are optimistic that families have the power to help their child make the right decision,” said Diane Overgard, project manager of ParentsMatterToo, a nonprofit education and support group in Naperville.

  • Suburban nonprofit groups strike back against heroin Dec 1, 2014 5:30 AM
    Nonprofit efforts against the heroin epidemic are taking a variety of forms as people affected by the drug work to raise awareness of its dangers, promote sober living and prevent others from using. Maybe it’s a sister motivated by a brother’s death or a health agency doing its part or a ramped-up drug prevention campaign. Here’s a look at several suburban nonprofits addressing the heroin problem.

  • Fans thank George W. Bush for service at Naperville book-signing Dec 1, 2014 5:37 PM
    Former President George W. Bush greeted roughly 1,200 fans Monday in downtown Naperville, chatting and answering questions on topics that included World War II veterans, his brother Jeb, his daughters, the Texas Rangers and his father’s health. He even held a baby or two while spending about two hours at Anderson’s Bookshop signing copies of his new book, “41: A Portrait of My Father.”

  • Constable: Even in death, 'Santa Buck' delivers Christmas memories Nov 30, 2014 7:32 AM
    Have you ever seen someone in a shopping mall, and, for an instant, thought it was a dead loved one? That happens all the time this time of year for the relatives of Dick "Santa Buck" Daberkow, the jolly man with the full white beard, who died in March.

  • Assistant Principal Joe Kish doesn’t go looking for attention — he goes looking to help others Nov 28, 2014 11:01 AM
    Those who know him describe Franklin Middle School Assistant Principal Joe Kish as a person with good moral character. He's a positive influence on impressionable kids and a compassionate supporter of families. He's helped establish a skate club, memorialize deceased members of the school community and started a firewood fundraiser that has raised thousands of dollars.

  • Cheerful shoppers hit the stores, but Thursday openings diminish crowds Nov 28, 2014 6:37 PM
    It wasn't just Victoria's Secret and Gap on shoppers' lists. Consumers also charged the gates to pick up tools, kitchenware and, of course, toys from Disney's "Frozen." But store openings on Thanksgiving are taking some of the wind out of Black Friday. “I was in and out. I’m shocked. It’s Black Friday and there’s nobody here,” a Sleepy Hollow resident said.

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