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  • Top 10 named for Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent Jul 22, 2014 8:42 PM
    The Top 10 finalists for Suburban Chicago's Got Talent have been announced. The 10 acts in the summer competition are set to perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg, and then at the Taste of Arlington Heights on Saturday, Aug. 9, when the grand prize winner and Fan Favorite will be announced.

  • Vote for your Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent favorite Jul 16, 2014 12:39 AM
    Voting kicks off Wednesday online at for your Fan Favorite from the top 15 finalists of Suburban Chicago's Got Talent. The top vote getter from this round will automatically advance to the Top 10, and be in the running to win the ultimate Fan Favorite prize of a Funjet Vacation for two.

  • Top 15 gear up for next round of Suburban Chicago's Got Talent Jul 11, 2014 6:43 AM
    The guest judge for the Top 15 round of Suburban Chicago's Got Talent Sunday at the Prairie Center in Schaumburg has a vested interest in who wins the competition. That's because it's Ron Onesti, whose Onesti Entertainment Corporation runs the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles -- where the winner will ultimately perform. “To truly be an entertainer, you've really got to give from deep inside,” said Onesti, expressing what he's hoping to see in the contestants during this round of competition.

  • Top 15 named for Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent Jul 1, 2014 4:00 PM
    The Top 15 finalists of Suburban Chicago's Got Talent for 2014 have been announced, and they will perform at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 13.

  • Vote for your Suburban Chicago's Got Talent favorites Jun 25, 2014 1:34 PM
    See videos of the Top 20 finalists of Suburban Chicago's Got Talent and vote for your Fan Favorite at Voting goes through Sunday, and the contestant with the most votes will be guaranteed a spot in the next round of competition, the Top 15, which is set for Sunday, July 13, at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg. Suburban Chicago's Got Talent is a talent competition co-sponsored by the Daily Herald, the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce and the Prairie Center.

  • Top 20 compete in Suburban Chicago's Got Talent Jun 23, 2014 9:46 AM
    The top 20 finalists of Suburban Chicago's Got Talent perform at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg. They're competing for two major prizes. One is "STARter Kit" prize package that includes a performance at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles and a concert photo shoot. The other is the Fan Favorite prize which is decided upon by people voting online at

  • Oak Park home among 5 Hemingway haunts Jun 22, 2014 5:30 AM
    Ernest Hemingway lived, drank, fished and wrote in many locales around the country and the world. One of his most celebrated haunts is Key West, Florida, where the late writer’s birthday is marked each July with a Hemingway look-alike contest. But fans following the Hemingway trail will also find museums, homes and other places connected to him in Oak Park and Idaho, Arkansas and Cuba.

  • Meet the Top 20 finalists for Suburban Chicago's Got Talent Jun 20, 2014 4:46 PM
    It's showtime for the Top 20 finalists of Suburban Chicago's Got Talent. They've made it through the initial auditions and now they have to shine for the judges, starting at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 22, at Schaumburg's Prairie Center for the Arts, to move on in the summerlong competition sponsored by the Daily Herald, the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce and the Prairie Center for the Arts.

  • Shakespeare, outdoor theater a good fit for summer Jun 13, 2014 5:00 AM
    The centuries-old works of William Shakespeare still have actors and audiences thinking outside the box — and outside the theater. Shakespeare's plays have lent themselves to outdoor productions since they were first performed at the Globe Theatre in London more than 400 years ago, and many will be staged by local theaters this summer at a number of outdoor locations — from Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook to Chicago parks.

  • Composting gains steam in suburban schools, homes Jun 11, 2014 5:30 AM
    Across the suburbs, food scrap composting is beginning to take hold at institutions and households that want to go beyond recycling, divert more matter away from landfills and ultimately take another step toward true sustainability. "It's like where recycling was 20 years ago," said Karen Rozmus, who oversees a 2-year-old residential pilot program in Oak Park.

  • Preschool teacher charged with sharing child porn Jun 5, 2014 6:41 PM
    Bond has been set at $250,000 for a suburban preschool teacher facing felony child pornography charges. Richard Gertler, 34, of Oak Park is charged with dissemination and possession of child pornography

  • Naperville architect designer helps Navajo in Utah Jun 2, 2014 5:03 AM
    Kukec's People features Bruce George, president of Naperville-based Charles Vincent George Architects, who will be going on a special mission to Utah to help build a Navajo Hogan dwelling for the widow of a local bishop.

  • Illinois income tax changes proposal fails Apr 30, 2014 1:10 PM
    A push to change how Illinois collects income taxes and raise rates on people with larger salaries has failed for the year, putting to an end a monthslong battle and putting the focus on whether lawmakers should make the 2011 tax hike permanent. “We already have 8.4 percent unemployment,” Barrington Hills Republican David McSweeney said. “We need to cut spending.”

  • British composer to conduct St. Charles Singers Apr 28, 2014 2:49 PM
    Eminent English choirmaster and composer Philip Moore will make his Chicago-area conducting debut when he leads the St. Charles Singers in an all-British season-finale program at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at Grace Lutheran Church, 7300 Division St., River Forest, and at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 307 Cedar Ave., St. Charles.

  • Lottery winner wants to help abused women Apr 22, 2014 4:30 PM
    An Oak Park lottery winner says she wants to use part of her winnings to help abused women and children. Yajaira Perez, 27, won $5,000 a week for 20 years on an Illinois instant lottery ticket.

  • Graduated tax moves forward, but faces hurdles Apr 3, 2014 4:37 PM
    State Sen. Don Harmon's graduated income tax proposal won approval by a Senate subcommittee, giving it a chance to be heard by a full committee. But a similar plan was rejected by a House committee last week, perhaps sending a message that lawmakers there don’t think much of the plan, which would tax income over $180,000 at 6.9 percent.

  • Harmon: Raise tax rates for incomes over $180,000 Mar 31, 2014 5:45 PM
    Illinoisans who make more than $180,000 per year would see a an income tax hike under a plan offered Tuesday by a leading suburban Democrat. State Sen. Don Harmon, an Oak Park Democrat, proposed eventual tax rates if lawmakers and voters decide to abandon the state’s flat income tax and create a system that taxes people who make more money at higher rates.

  • Predict the Oscars Contest Announces Winner at Lake Theatre Mar 10, 2014 6:00 PM
    After hours of sorting and counting, Classic Cinemas is proud to announce the winners of the Annual “Predict the Oscars” contest. Oak Park resident Leslie Mikol takes home the prize for the Lake Theatre, and will receive a yearlong movie pass for one valid at any Classic Cinemas theatre, and two passes to the Brookfield Zoo.

  • Oak Park teen speedskater Lehman wraps up 1st Olympics Feb 18, 2014 10:40 AM
    Oak Park’s Emery Lehman sat on the pads next to the ice, his chest heaving in and out, and grabbed for a red bucket. The 17-year-old American speedskater felt nauseous after going 25 grueling laps in the 10,000 meters at the Sochi Olympics and lowered his head to use the pail labeled “vomit bin.” “I’ve never really thrown up after a race, but might as well do it at the Olympics,” he said, laughing.

  • Netherlandsí Kramer defends gold in the menís 5000m Feb 8, 2014 5:31 PM
    Sven Kramer of the Netherlands set an Olympic record and defended his title in the menís 5,000 meters Saturday, winning gold with a time of 6 minutes, 10.76 seconds. With the king, queen and prime minister of his country cheering him on, the 27-year-old Dutchman flew around the big oval with amazingly consistent laps, all falling within a range of eight-tenths of a second. He easily beat the Olympic mark of 6:14.60 he set while winning gold at Vancouver four years ago.

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