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  • Man in kill spree case gets four more life sentences Aug 11, 2014 1:27 PM
    A man serving two life sentences for a pair of Illinois killings has been sentenced to four more. Nicholas Sheley was convicted in May of murder for fatally beating three people and a 2-year-old with a hammer in a northwest Illinois apartment.

     
  • Hanover Park man ditches convenience for franchise Aug 11, 2014 11:18 PM
    Humza Khan of Hanover Park loves buildings. He loves what you may not notice, like the ceiling, the floor plans, the color and the design. So it’s no surprise that the 28-year-old left behind a secure job with his family’s 7-Eleven businesses to pursue his dream. He has taken his test to obtain a license as an inspector and aims to launch his own franchise of Pillar to Post, a building inspection firm, by early September. “Growing up in Chicago, one of the most beautiful cities in the world that contains incredible architecture in the hundreds of buildings, I was always interested in buildings and design,” Khan said. “I would notice crown moldings, cabinetry, floor plans of houses and just overall color schemes and think about the design style of each structure. It was a passion that slowly grew as I got older.” He said he once considered a career in interior design but was more interested in the overall area of real estate, architecture and remodeling. “I initially began researching different business opportunities within the architecture and real estate areas and after several months of research, I found Pillar to Post,” he said. The franchise appealed to him because it combined the two things he has always loved and has been good at, architecture and people skills, he said. “The business plan and methodology guided a new business owner to succeed and their code of business ethics allowed for a newcomer to provide honest, necessary, informed information regarding a building so a potential buyer can have peace of mind in their purchase,” he said. Khan was born in downtown Chicago. At 3, his parents moved to Hanover Park. When he was 18, he began working at 7-Eleven in Glendale Heights, owned by his older sister’s husband. For the next 10 years, he worked with his brother-in-law and they expanded the business and opened two additional locations, one in Park Ridge and another in Glendale Heights. Khan began as a sales associate and worked his way up to general manager of the two Glendale Heights stores. The experience has taught him about customer service and customer satisfaction to build loyalty. He said after much thought and deliberation, he decided it was time to combine his passion with his business skills and create something for himself. “Starting this company has been wonderful and terrifying at the same time,” Khan said. “It takes a lot of courage and confidence to leave an existing profitable family business to go out and try to follow my dreams.” He also wants to help people build their own dreams as well. “My goal is to continue to build and grow and help the residential community of my hometown to buy and sell property with confidence,” he said. Rosemont legacy continues Jacqueline Stephens Breisch is a new associate in the Lake Forest office of Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP. She has extensive experience in family law cases involving custody, maintenance, child support, property division, and finding creative solutions to deal with complex financial matters associated with divorce. The Rosemont native recently moved back to her hometown where her grandfather, Donald E. Stephens, was the founding mayor of Rosemont and served for nearly 50 years. Her uncle, Brad Stephens, took over as mayor in 2007. Specialist now at Lutheran General Anastasios Raptis of Libertyville is the new stem cell transplant medical director at Advocate Lutheran General in Park Ridge. Raptis is a hematology/oncology specialist, with nearly 30 years experience in performing all types of stem cell/bone marrow transplants and was recruited from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. FastTracks Meghan O’Kelly was named the Young Professional of the Year by the Public Relations Society of America Chicago at its annual Skyline Awards Gala. The group recognizes the best communications practitioners, campaigns and tactics in the Chicago area. O’Kelly, a Hoffman Estates native and 2004 graduate of Fremd High School, is the corporate relations division manager for the Midwest region at Northbrook-based Allstate Insurance Co. Owner Sheryl Martinec cut the ribbon on her new Flour Shoppe Bakery and Confectionary in Cary. Those who were on hand to welcome Martinec included Lynn Caccavallo, associate director of the Cary Grove Chamber of Commerce; Dave Evans, the chamber board president; Brad Ball, executive director o the chamber; among others. Tom McDonald has been appointed regional sales manager of Corporate Life & Pensions at Zurich Global Life in Schaumburg. ... Andre Richards is the new director of brand strategy and management at Oak Brook-based Delta Dental Plans Association, a dental benefits provider. ... Kaylee Phalon is the new financial adviser at Edward Jones at Naperville’s Fifth Avenue Station. She joins Financial Advisor Mark Putbrese, who has served clients in the Naperville area for about 20 years. Glenview native Megan Tamte, founder and CEO of Edina, Minnesota-based Hot Mama stores, has changed the company name to Evereve. It will open at the Main Street Promenade in Naperville on Aug. 20, and is one of the company’s eight Illinois locations. It’s also the first brick-and-mortar store nationwide to make the name change. ... Beth Wagner is the new marketing coordinator at Black Diamond Plumbing and Mechanical Inc. in Crystal Lake Stephanie Nelson of Park Ridge, event manager for CDM Media said the Chicago-based company has recently expanded to New York and Cardiff, United Kingdom. It is a business-to-business technology, marketing and media firm that specializes in reaching executives through events and strategic online content. • There’s more to business than just the bottom line. We want to tell you about the people that make business work. Send news about people in business to akukec@dailyherald.com. Follow Anna Marie Kukec on LinkedIn and Facebook and as AMKukec on Twitter.

     
  • State suspends Chicago psychiatrist's medical license Aug 12, 2014 7:08 AM
    Illinois regulators have suspended the license of a Chicago psychiatrist who is alleged to have prescribed a risky drug to thousands of Medicare and Medicaid patients for illegal drug company payments.

     
  • Navy SEAL trying out for Northwestern football Aug 11, 2014 11:38 AM
    A 32-year-old father of three who is an active Navy SEAL is trying to earn a spot on Northwestern University’s football team. Tom Hruby is a junior and wants to walk on as a defensive end. Hruby tells the Chicago Sun-Times that he’s not doing anything “outstanding or amazing.” Instead he sees it as “just more of a challenging route.”

     
  • Illinois man injured watching demolition derby Aug 11, 2014 11:40 AM
    Authorities in northwestern Illinois say a man was injured while watching the Carroll County Fair demolition derby.The (Sterling) Daily Gazette reports that 32-year-old Christopher M. Heisler of Milledgeville was watching the event Saturday night when he was hurt.

     
  • Arrest in theft of Illinois hospital laughing gas Aug 11, 2014 11:40 AM
    A 33-year-old central Illinois man has been charged in connection with the theft of laughing gas from the hospital where he worked. The (Peoria) Journal-Star reports that Eric J. Rebholz of Chillicothe was charged with theft and delivery of nitrous oxide Sunday. Online records show he’s in custody Monday at the Peoria County Jail.

     
  • University of Illinois proposes off-campus cameras Aug 11, 2014 8:08 PM
    City council members in Champaign are considering a proposal from the University of Illinois to expand its network of surveillance cameras off campus and onto city streets. If approved, the effort would be the first time the university has installed security cameras on property it doesn’t own.

     
  • Quinn signs Pace shoulder-riding program into law Aug 11, 2014 8:07 PM
    Legislation that allows a suburban Chicago bus agency’s vehicles to ride on the shoulders of a major roadway is now law. Gov. Pat Quinn signed a plan on Monday that makes Pace’s “Bus on Shoulders” pilot program permanent.

     
  • Appeal to recognize Pullman district reaches Obama Aug 10, 2014 9:48 AM
    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, is appealing to President Barack Obama for help in granting National Park status to Chicago’s Pullman Historic District. Durbin said in a letter sent Friday to Obama that the area is significant for its place in revolutionizing the railroad industry and its contributions to the labor movement.

     
  • Voter ID ruling creating confusion for primary Aug 10, 2014 10:24 AM
    Voters do not have to show photo identification to cast a ballot in Tuesday’s primary election. Yet, poll watchers say they are still concerned there could be confusion thanks to a state Supreme Court ruling less than two weeks ago that said the photo ID law is constitutional.

     
  • Illinois postal worker gets probation in theft case Aug 10, 2014 10:25 AM
    EAST ST. LOUIS — A St. Louis woman has been sentenced to six months of home detention as part of five years of probation for opening and stealing packages while working as a supervisor at a southwestern Illinois post office. Forty-two-year-old Jane Johanna Emily, who’s also known as Jane Moeller, pleaded guilty in April in East St. Louis to charges of obstruction of mail, theft of U.S. mail by a postal employee, and opening of mail. She was sentenced Friday. A federal indictment alleged Emily opened and stole mail packages she believed to contain drugs in March and April of last year while she was a customer-service supervisor at the East St. Louis post office. Emily had been free on bond.

     
  • Treasurer candidate late on property taxes Aug 9, 2014 1:01 AM
    The Democratic candidate for Illinois treasurer is being asked to explain why he didn’t pay more than $1,800 in back taxes and interest to the Illinois Department of Revenue.

     
  • EIU’s 300-year-old oak coming down Aug 9, 2014 10:15 AM
    A bur oak tree on the Eastern Illinois University campus that could be as old as 300 years is coming down after part of it broke away.

     
  • Dept. of Aging hosts senior activities at fair Aug 9, 2014 10:16 AM
    Illinois’ Department of Aging is hosting a number of activities for seniors and their families at the State Fair in Springfield.

     
  • Car crashes into bedroom of Urbana home Aug 9, 2014 10:14 AM
    An Urbana man has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after he crashed his car through the wall of a home.

     
  • Aging Illinois bridges hinder soybean harvest Aug 9, 2014 2:21 PM
    National and state soybean trade groups are spending millions — $1.5 million in Illinois over three years, for example — to make their case and present solutions beyond asking government agencies in charge of the bridges for money that they often don’t have.

     
  • New law means you can keep your license after violation Aug 8, 2014 5:17 AM
    A small consolation is coming for lead-footed drivers caught speeding. Gov. Pat Quinn is set to sign a new law soon that will let people who get pulled over for minor traffic violations keep their driver's licenses. “This is going to let them get on with their lives,” said state Sen. Mike Noland, an Elgin Democrat and author of the so-called “sign and go” law.

     
  • Illinois posts marijuana patient application forms Aug 8, 2014 5:00 PM
    Illinois posted applications for patients and caregivers in the new medical marijuana program, but the state doesn’t want any submitted until Sept. 2.

     
  • Missing 3-year-old found safe in Illinois corn Aug 8, 2014 8:52 AM
    A south-central Illinois 3-year-old has been found safe in a cornfield after a nearly three-hour search. The Effingham Daily News reports Altamont firefighters responded to a report Thursday that Alexie Followell was missing from her home. Her mother and grandmother had last seen her in the family’s detached garage.

     
  • Local family of SIU student who died sues Carbondale Aug 8, 2014 8:54 AM
    The Morton Grove family of a 19-year-old Southern Illinois University student found dead near the school has filed a lawsuit against Carbondale, its police chief and the person who last saw him alive.

     
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