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  • Memorial service set for mom who saved boy Jul 26, 2014 7:31 AM
    A memorial service for Karen Wessel, the Arlington Heights mom who died after heroically saving a 9-year-old boy from drowning in a Wisconsin lake , will be held Saturday, Aug. 2. The service will begin at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Wayside, 434 W. Park St. in Arlington Heights.

     
  • Friends mourn loss of advocate for suburban homeless Jul 24, 2014 3:08 PM
    The suburbs have lost a major advocate for homeless residents with the death of Mary Cadigan, one of the original board members of Journeys The Road Home, in Palatine. “Many of our core values today are in large part due to Mary Cadigan and the team that was part of the original board.,” Beth Nabors, executive director of Journeys, said.

     
  • Arlington Heights mom dies saving boy in Wisconsin lake Jul 25, 2014 5:03 AM
    An Arlington Heights single mother of two died Tuesday after saving the life of a 9-year-old boy in a northern Wisconsin lake. Karen Wessel, 47, was vacationing with her son, her sister, a friend and two other children in Star Lake, Wisconsin, this week. The three children were swimming from a sandbar back to the shore of Star Lake when they started to struggle. “It’s a horrible tragedy. She is a hero,” said Karen Wessel's sister.

     
  • Film, TV legend James Garner, reluctant hero, dies Jul 20, 2014 3:29 PM
    Few actors could register disbelief, exasperation or annoyance with more comic subtlety.News: James Garner had a way of widening his eyes while the corner of his mouth sagged ever so slightly. Maybe he would swallow once to further make his point. This portrait of fleeting disquiet could be understood, and identified with, by every member of the audience. Never mind Garner was tall, brawny and, well, movie-star handsome.

     
  • Elaine Stritch, brash stage legend, dies at 89 Jul 17, 2014 4:23 PM
    Elaine Stritch, the brash theater performer whose gravelly, gin-laced voice and impeccable comic timing made her a Broadway legend, has died. She was 89. Although Stritch appeared in movies and on television, garnering three Emmys and finding new fans as Alec Baldwin's unforgiving mother on “30 Rock,” she was best known for her stage work, particularly in her candid one-woman memoir, “Elaine Stritch: At Liberty,” and in the Stephen Sondheim musical “Company.”

     
  • Tommy Ramone, last of the Ramones, dies at 65 Jul 12, 2014 10:34 AM
    Tommy Ramone, a co-founder of the seminal punk band the Ramones and the last surviving member of the original group, has died, a business associate said Saturday. Dave Frey, who works for Ramones Productions and Silent Partner Management, confirmed that Ramone died on Friday, July 11. Ramone was 65.

     
  • Jazz bass innovator Charlie Haden dies at 76 Jul 12, 2014 10:34 AM
    Bassist Charlie Haden, who helped change the shape of jazz more than a half-century ago as a member of Ornette Coleman’s groundbreaking quartet and liberated the bass from its traditional rhythm section role, died Friday, July 11. He was 76.

     
  • Former pro pitcher Gloria 'Tippy' Schweigerdt dies Jul 11, 2014 6:01 PM
    Not many young men learn how to throw a curveball from their moms. But that's exactly what Gloria “Tippy” Schweigerdt did with her son, Gordon. Schweigerdt had some experience on the mound — she pitched in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in the early 1950s. And when it came time for father-son Little League games, Gloria Schweigerdt took the field with Gordon, too. Schweigerdt, 80, of Fox Lake, died Thursday after an illness.

     
  • Judge Roszkowski dies at 91 Jul 9, 2014 4:47 PM
    A long-serving judge whom a federal courthouse in northern Illinois is named for has died. The clerk for the Northern District of Illinois announced the death of Stanley J. Roszkowski Wednesday. He was 91.

     
  • Libertyville’s Joanne Boehm remembered for community work Jul 7, 2014 5:14 PM
    Longtime Libertyville resident Joanne Boehm is being remembered as a community volunteer, a dedicated church parishioner and a patron of the arts. She died July 4. She was 78.

     
  • Arlington Heights woman ID'd as victim of Lake Michigan boating accident Jul 8, 2014 5:49 AM
    An Arlington Heights woman who starred in two sports at St. Viator High School has been identified as the body pulled from Lake Michigan on June 28 east of Navy Pier. Officials from the Cook County medical examiner's office confirmed that Megan Blenner, 27, drowned after a May 31 boating accident on the lake that killed at least one other person.

     
  • Former Vernon Hills Trustee Donald L. Hook dies Jul 7, 2014 6:18 PM
    Former Vernon Hills trustee Don Hook died July 3. He was 62. Hook also served on the Cook Memorial Public Library District board.

     
  • Notable deaths last week Jul 5, 2014 6:11 PM
    This week’s notable deaths included the architect of the New York Mets’ most recent World Series championship team and a billionaire banking heir who funded conservative causes.

     
  • Billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife dies at 82 Jul 4, 2014 5:41 PM
    Richard Mellon Scaife died early Friday at his home, his newspaper, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, reported. Scaife’s death comes less than two months after he announced in a first-person, front-page story in his Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that he had an untreatable form of cancer.

     
  • ‘Fantastic horseman’ Bruce Duchossois dies at 64 Jul 4, 2014 8:01 AM
    Bruce Duchossois, a well-known figure in American eventing and son of Arlington chairman Richard L. Duchossois, died Wednesday at the age of 64 after a lengthy battle with cancer. “He was a fantastic horseman,” said Arlington trainer Louie Roussel III. “He could ride and show horses. He was a wonderful individual."

     
  • Friends remember Arlington Hts. environmental activist Jul 2, 2014 7:06 PM
    David Templer was one of the original homeowners in the Northgate subdivision when it was built in Arlington Heights more than 40 years ago and an active environmentalist. Friends are remembering Templer, who died Saturday at age 73, as a thoughtful and dedicated community member.

     
  • 'Designing Women' star Meshach Taylor dies at 67 Jun 29, 2014 12:09 PM
    Meshach Taylor, who played a lovable ex-convict surrounded by boisterous Southern belles on the sitcom “Designing Women” and appeared in numerous other TV and film roles, died of cancer at age 67, his agent said Sunday. Taylor got an Emmy nod for his portrayal of Anthony Bouvier on “Designing Women” from 1986 to 1993. Then he costarred for four seasons on another successful comedy, “Dave's World,” as the best friend of a newspaper humor columnist played by the series' star, Harry Anderson.

     
  • Notable deaths last week Jun 28, 2014 7:00 PM
    This week’s notable deaths include a U.S. Senate majority leader who served as President Ronald Reagan’s chief of staff and a Tony Award-winning character actor who appeared in more than 100 movies.

     
  • Arlington Hts. wake for motorcyclist draws police, road closures Jun 28, 2014 10:09 PM
    Large crowds gathered in Arlington Heights Saturday for the wake for Douglas Peters, a 43-year-old Algonquin man who was killed in a motorcycle accident last weekend. The memorial drew fellow members of the Outlaws motorcycle club and a sizeable police presence.

     
  • Arlington Hts. roads closed Saturday for wake Jun 26, 2014 4:53 PM
    Arlington Heights police will close several roads Saturday, including a lane of Northwest Highway, to accommodate large crowds expected at a wake. Douglas Peters, a 43-year-old Algonquin resident, was killed in a motorcycle accident last weekend.

     
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