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  • 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.

  • Netherlands’ Kramer defends gold in the men’s 5000m Feb 8, 2014 5:31 PM
    Sven Kramer of the Netherlands set an Olympic record and defended his title in the men’s 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.

  • Book notes: Dan Stashower signs ‘Hour of Peril’ Feb 1, 2014 5:30 AM
    New York Times best-selling author Dan Stashower reads from and signs copies of his book "The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at Anderson's Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville.

  • Davis, White win short dance at U.S. championships Jan 10, 2014 6:57 PM
    Meryl Davis and Charlie White broke their own record with 80.69 points to open a big lead Friday, well on their way to a sixth straight national title in ice dancing.

  • Suburban teen going to Olympics Dec 27, 2013 11:08 PM
    Olympian Jonathan Kuck dominated the men’s 5,000 meters at the U.S. Olympic speedskating trials Friday night, while Oak Park's Emery Lehman finished second to punch his ticket to Sochi.

  • Author returning to Naperville with tale of second chance, survival Dec 22, 2013 7:48 PM
    Rachel Louise Snyder says she writes about survival. Snyder, whose first novel "What We've Lost is Nothing" comes out Jan. 21, says she owes a great deal of her own survival to a man in Naperville who gave her a second chance. “Everything I write is about how we survive the (stuff) the world throws at us, and the fact that we do survive is the important take-away.”

  • Craftsmanship comes alive in tour of Oak Park homes Oct 1, 2013 6:21 AM
    The home of a 19th-century carpenter who crafted the woodwork in Marshall Field's Walnut Room on State Street and display cases in the Field Museum will be open Saturday, Oct. 5, as part of a tour on behalf of Oak Park's Pleasant Home. The big surprise in another of the seven Oak Park houses open for the benefit is the adult party room in the rear coach house. And that brings to mind how much has changed since these homes were built more than a century ago.

  • Best bets: Rock out with Joan Jett in Elgin Aug 20, 2013 6:00 AM
    Feel the beat as the summer comes to a close with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Eric Burdon & the Animals Saturday at Festival Park in Elgin. Get your fill of hot air balloons at the Color Aloft Balloon Festival Saturday at Central Park in Grayslake. Influential British electronic rock band Depeche Mode performs on the same bill as Bat for Lashes Saturday at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre.

  • Naperville cops: Dispute over public urination leads to beating May 20, 2013 4:05 PM
    An Oak Park man has been charged with aggravated battery in downtown Naperville, authorities said Monday. Paul Magee, 25, was charged after police said he attacked a man at 2:30 a.m. Sunday near the intersection of Benton Avenue and Washington Street.

  • ‘Chained CPI’ unfair to nation’s veterans Apr 15, 2013 5:00 AM
    An Oap Park letter to the editor: For many veterans and people with disabilities, a chained CPI means we won’t be able to keep up with inflation. In other words, this proposal is not only illogical but also unfair.

  • Naperville man accused of stalking Batavia woman Mar 27, 2013 7:10 PM
    A Naperville man has been accused of stalking a Batavia woman and repeatedly violating a no contact order. Joseph A. Donato, 51, faces up to five years in prison on the most serious charge. He is being held on $100,000 bail and is due in court on April 4. According to court records, he texted the woman, left a note at her home, followed her and confronted her in a parking lot, all of which occurred after she obtained an order of protection.

  • Retired ER doctor has Rx for helping community Mar 25, 2013 5:30 AM
    Kukec's People featuers Joseph Shanahan, who retired as the emergency medical director of Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, has seen his share of accident or heart attack victims. He was also in the midst of the Tylenol poisonings and the railroad tragedy in Bourbonnais near Kankakee. Now he's still working in GlenOaks' executive administrative liaison, lending his talents to further help the ER staff and the community.

  • Quinn: Brother devastated after losing coaching job Mar 14, 2013 3:37 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn says the administration of his alma mater has let down students and alumni by firing his brother, who was a longtime basketball coach. John Quinn was let go this week as Fenwick High School's head basketball coach but is still on the faculty.

  • Suburban musicians among Grammy nominees Feb 8, 2013 6:00 AM
    Their names will sound familiar, either because you're a music fan or because they grew up in your neighborhood. And you might hear their names Sunday night, during the Grammy Awards ceremony on CBS. A handful of suburban natives are nominated for Grammys. In fact, in one category, two suburban men who are friends — and play in the same band — are competing against each other.

  • Book notes: Pulitzer winner Diamond speaks in Oak Park Jan 4, 2013 6:00 AM
    Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jared Diamond discusses his new book, "The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at Oak Park's Unity Temple. A reception and book-signing follow at the Oak Park Public Library.

  • A look back at inspiring people in the suburbs Dec 31, 2012 10:37 AM
    Kukec's People features a look back at the people who inspired us in some way, including local and national heroes.

  • Best bets: Chagall inspires Hubbard Street dance Oct 16, 2012 6:00 AM
    Alejandro Cerrudo’s “One Thousand Pieces” is the first full-length piece created for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, taking its inspiration from Marc Chagall’s “America Windows.” See it this weekend at Millennium Park’s Harris Theater. Williams Street Repertory revives its 2011 production of “The Rocky Horror Show” at Crystal Lake's Raue Center. Or catch Doug Benson's crazy comedy at Zanies in Rosemont on Sunday.

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