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  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • Bears' Lynch out to make most of final opportunity Aug 27, 2014 5:33 AM
    On Thursday night in Cleveland against the Browns, former NIU quarterback and Hesiman Trophy finalist Jordan Lynch gets his final preseason opportunity to prove to Bears coaches that he belongs on the 53-man roster -- which will be decided by Saturday afternoon -- or at least on the practice squad.

  • Pyke: Are I-355 traffic delays the protesters' fault? Aug 25, 2014 11:36 AM
    Protester-related delays on I-355. Accidents at rail crossings. The mailbag is full and it's time to share what everyone's talking about. "It was a Friday and most of us commuters simply want to get home quickly and safely,” one reader says about the protests on bridges over tollways.

  • Former Marine aims to make suburbs safe for all sexual orientations Aug 25, 2014 11:01 AM
    College of DuPage student Brad Setter, a Marine who came out at the end of the don't ask, don't tell era, next month will run in the AIDS Run and Walk Chicago, something he does ever year. Participating has "given me the chance to give back to the community," Setter said. "It provides crucial health and wellness services to thousands of men, women and families living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, the vast majority of whom live at or below the federal poverty line."

  • Brainerd demolition contract vote delayed Aug 26, 2014 1:49 AM
    The Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 board on Monday delayed hiring a company to demolish the Brainerd Building and Jackson Gym — but it’s hardly a stay of execution for the historic buildings. A Michigan firm was the lowest bidder for the job, but questions about federal safety violations and other issues formally raised by a Chicago-area labor group prompted the board to delay voting on a contract for at least a few weeks.

  • Elgin Community College’s unique crime-fighting role Aug 24, 2014 7:00 AM
    A sophisticated digital forensics lab resides at Elgin Community College. With state and FBI crime labs notoriously backlogged, the community college campus provides a new home for police to work on solving crime. “Very few things can be done nowadays without leaving a digital fingerprint,” said Detective Keith Smith, a 30-year veteran of the Kane County Sheriff’s Department, who helped set up the digital forensics lab and helps train officers how to use the equipment.

  • Arlington Hts. girl who beat leukemia blossoms into comic Aug 24, 2014 7:30 AM
    In 1997, 8-year-old Lisa Mongillo of Arlington Heights took a Make-A-Wish trip to Hawaii to see the periwinkle flower used to make one of the leukemia drugs doctors hoped would save her life. Now, she's a comedy writer and performer appearing in a two-woman show.

  • Crowds flock for art, music at Glen Ellyn festival Aug 24, 2014 5:21 PM
    It’s not called the Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts for nothing. Visitors to Lake Ellyn Park this weekend for the 45th annual festival got the chance to browse the works of about 80 artists working in nearly every imaginable medium as part of a juried show while listening to live music and even enjoying a beverage or two.

  • Lombard families celebrate abolitionist Aug 23, 2014 7:03 PM
    Sheldon Peck’s accomplishments were celebrated this weekend with a special three-day “Peckapalooza” event at his homestead in Lombard. Members of the Lombard Historical Society decided to host the celebration to mark the 175th anniversary of the completion of the Peck Homestead, located at 355 E. Parkside Ave.

  • New turf field installed at Wheaton’s Graf Park Aug 23, 2014 7:47 AM
    Young soccer, football and lacrosse players in Wheaton now have a new field to play on. Wheaton Park District played host to a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday evening for the recently installed synthetic turf field at Graf Parat 1701 Manchester Road, behind Monroe Middle School.

  • Grayslake OKs renovation of 98-year-old building Aug 23, 2014 7:46 AM
    Grayslake’s downtown is expected to receive a dramatic appearance boost through the renovation of a 98-year-old building. Village board trustees have approved a $100,000 economic development incentive agreement with Grayslake-based Nage One LLC to revitalize what’s commonly known as the Cupola building at 2 S. Lake St.

  • ColorBlast 5K returns to Arlington Heights Aug 23, 2014 6:19 PM
    The streets of downtown Arlington Heights were splattered red, yellow, blue and everything in between Saturday morning, thanks to the Active Care ColorBlast 5K. The run, like many popular “color runs” around the country, blasts participants with many hues of a chalky substance as they make their way through the course.

  • Little bit of everything at Rosemont Comic Con Aug 23, 2014 6:22 PM
    The Wizard World Chicago Comic Con in Rosemont will continue through Sunday offering a little bit of anything for every kind of comic and science fiction fan. And people come from across the country to be part of the scene. “This is what I really enjoy doing,” said Matt Moews from Portland, Oregon.

  • ‘Nature is the best setting’ for new facility at Naperville’s Knoch Knolls Aug 22, 2014 5:30 AM
    Lovers of water — and of detail — will be right at home in Naperville Park District’s new Knoch Knolls Nature Center. The theme “celebrating water” trickles through the entire 5,000-square-foot building in carefully designed features that educate about the ecosystem and conserve energy. “Since we are right here by the river, of course we focus on the water,” said Angelique Harshman, manager of the new nature center.

  • College of DuPage board: Trustee embarrassed members Aug 22, 2014 5:29 AM
    The College of DuPage board voted Thursday to censure Vice Chairman Kathy Hamilton for “inappropriate conduct.” The resolution censuring Hamilton says she publicly embarrassed board members and college administrators and that she voices her disagreements “by making erroneous statements reflecting negatively against her fellow board members and the administration in an inflammatory, insulting, discourteous and defamatory manner.”

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