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  • Verge, Willowbrook slip past Benson, Hinsdale South Feb 1, 2015 12:03 AM
    Even on an off night — by his standards — Alonzo Verge Jr. still found a way to cap off a prefect January for Willowbrook. Verge’s go-ahead 3-pointer with 38 seconds left put the Warriors ahead to stay in Saturday’s 64-63 West Suburban Gold Conference victory over Hinsdale South in Darien.

  • You’re raising my fares! What do I get back? Metra riders ask Jan 30, 2015 9:04 AM
    Wi-Fi now. More proactive conductors. On-time trains. Announcements you can hear. Metra riders on the brink of major fare hikes say they want more for their money than they're getting now. Metra says some things are coming. “We want trains to be on time, too,” a spokesman says in response to riders' questions.

  • Low-income parents face day care crisis as funding runs out Jan 30, 2015 6:26 PM
    A state program that helps low-income parents pay for day care will run out of money on Monday. A Des Plaines child care provider says she'll have to charge more and many families will be forced to drop out -- a situation mirrored across the suburbs and state. “This is a domino effect,” the provider said. “Parents won’t have child care because they can’t afford it, and then they’ll be out of a job."

  • You're raising my fares! What do I get back? Metra riders ask Jan 30, 2015 10:03 AM
    Wi-Fi now. More proactive conductors. On-time trains. Announcements you can hear. Metra riders on the brink of major fare hikes say they want more for their money than they're getting now. Metra says some things are coming. “We want trains to be on time, too,” a spokesman says in response to riders' questions.

  • Larkin’s dominance over Elgin continues Jan 31, 2015 1:11 AM
    The Larkin boys basketball team parlayed its dominance on the glass into a new level of dominance in the crosstown series against rival Elgin with a 75-55 victory at Chesbrough Field House on Friday. The taller Royals used their considerable height advantage to control the rebounding battle 39-22 and win their eighth straight against Elgin, thereby setting a record for consecutive Larkin victories in the series.

  • A fundamental Wheaton North victory Jan 31, 2015 12:13 AM
    Wheaton North’s boys basketball team went back to basics Friday night. And, basically, the strategy worked perfectly. Focusing on stingy defense and quality shots on offense, the Falcons rolled to a 52-37 DuPage Valley Conference cross-town victory at Wheaton Warrenville South.

  • Carpentersville skater's gold adds to suburban medal count Jan 28, 2015 10:26 AM
    Bradie Tennell, 16, of Carpentersville, won the junior ladies title and gold medal at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, one of 11 suburban figure skaters to win medals at nationals. That makes her the newest member of an elite group of champion and potential Olympic skaters from the Chicago suburbs. She modestly says, "I did well."

  • Fans pay tribute to Cubs legend Ernie Banks at Daley Plaza Jan 28, 2015 3:03 PM
    Fans flocked to Chicago's Daley Center to pay tribute to late Cubs great Ernie Banks. The centerpiece of a public memorial was the Banks statue on display. For Arlington Heights resident Lou Cella, the display is personal. He is the sculptor.

  • Jacobs goes deep to beat Dundee-Crown Jan 29, 2015 12:02 AM
    Jacobs went from having its depth tested in the first half to testing rival Dundee-Crown from deep range in the second half of a 58-39 win in Carpentersville on Wednesday.

  • Twin sisters man the chairs at East Dundee barber shop Jan 27, 2015 2:28 PM
    Identical twin sisters Liz and Kate Stadie, 25, of East Dundee took over as owners of the Barber Shop in 2010. They share a love of bantering with their customers, many of whom come to see them at the River Street shop every couple of weeks. Both women agree it's great to be in charge. “Sometimes I want to be the boss and sometimes you want to be the boss,” Liz says, joking with her sister.

  • Police: Delnor knife-brandishing suspect arrested in Indiana Jan 27, 2015 11:24 PM
    Geneva police said a Campton Hills man suspected of threatening a relative with a knife Tuesday morning at Delnor Hospital was taken into custody in Indiana. Justin B. Patzer, 30, has been charged with felony domestic battery, domestic battery and aggravated assault. He was taken into custody by the Hammond Police Department at 8:45 p.m., according to a news release.

  • Bradley’s end-to-end sprint ends in Addison Trail win Jan 27, 2015 11:48 PM
    It sure didn’t look like a winning formula being brewed by Addison Trail’s boys basketball team. Not until Jaavion Bradley added one last ingredient. Bradley’s full-court sprint with the ball and 3-point play with 4 seconds left in overtime gave the Blazers a thrilling 53-51 West Suburban Gold Conference road victory over Downers Grove South.

  • Shoe repairs meet jazz music in Mount Prospect Jan 26, 2015 9:00 AM
    Walk into Al’s Shoe Service in Mount Prospect and you may encounter a jazz ensemble performing in the center of the store. Larry DeAngelo, the shop’s owner, combines his love of music with the craftsmanship of shoe repair.

  • Pyke: Snow-covered paths leave cyclists, walkers on thin ice Jan 26, 2015 8:59 AM
    When it snows, drivers expect plowed streets as soon as possible -- and usually get them. Bikers and pedestrians, however, have to slog through snow-covered paths. “In general, walking and biking are treated as second-class forms of transportation,” said Ron Burke, executive director of the Active Transportation Alliance, a regional pedestrian/cyclist advocacy group.

  • Hockey legend Denis Savard thrills young players Jan 27, 2015 5:42 AM
    Excited young hockey players chased after Chicago Blackhawks legend Denis Savard as he skated onto the ice Monday in Vernon Hills. Savard coached a Chicago Blackhawks Youth Hockey day camp at Glacier Ice Arena for players ages 10 and under at the Mite and Squirt levels. “It's always nice to be involved with the Hawks and the kids,” Savard said.

  • Pradel praises 'teamwork' during his 20 years leading Naperville Jan 27, 2015 5:41 AM
    Naperville Mayor George Pradel's 20th and final state of the city address on Monday was an ode to the philosophy that has carried him through two decades at the city's helm: teamwork. “In my very first state of the city speech I said the following: 'We will continue to maintain the quality of life you expect by providing the highest level of service through a spirit of teamwork,'” Pradel said Monday.

  • School looking for instruments to jump-start a jazz band Jan 26, 2015 4:55 PM
    A jazz band would give student musicians a chance to be more visible in the community and perform outside of class, says Kyle Baltzer, music teacher at John T. Magee Middle School in Round Lake. He has started an instrument drive to spark the effort, with trumpets, trombones and saxophones on the wish list.

  • Decades after ‘Jumbo Janet,’ 63-year-old drops 170 pounds Jan 25, 2015 7:37 AM
    Right about now is when many people abandon that New Year's resolution to lose weight. For Jan Wilke, 63, of Grayslake, it's just another month of keeping off those 170 pounds she lost. “Being thin and healthy was a place I always dreamed of going, but I couldn’t get to it,” Wilke says. “Finally, I am in the place I always dreamed to be."

  • Heroin recovery treatment 'a partnership, a collaboration,' counselors say Jan 26, 2015 5:42 AM
    When it comes to heroin addiction treatment, there's no magic formula. But Jim Scarpace, executive director of Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment in Aurora, says it can work -- with a lot of hard work and support. “There is nothing magical we're going to do to you," Scarpace said. "This is a partnership, a collaboration.”

  • Huskies pull in large crowd at Morton Arboretum Jan 26, 2015 9:57 AM
    It was great weather for the Siberian Huskies who enthusiastically dragged their mushers around in circles during Sunday’s Husky Heroes event at the Morton Arboretum. For the humans in attendance, though, it was somewhat tough sledding.

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