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  • 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.

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Westminster goes cold, falls to Luther North Jan 25, 2015 1:02 AM
    As droughts go, this was California-like. The Luther North boys basketball team denied Westminster Christian a field goal for 13:31 of the second half in Saturday’s 53-40 victory in Elgin, thereby denying the Warriors’ bid to clinch at least a share of the Northeastern Athletic Conference title.

  • Naperville North goes from down and out to victorious Jan 25, 2015 12:17 AM
    For a game that could have gone either way, at a key moment it looked like it wasn’t going to go Naperville North’s. The Huskies, however, rallied from a 6-point deficit midway through the fourth quarter to beat host East Aurora 56-50 in Saturday’s nonconference boys basketball matchup.

  • Rauner says he’ll have own plan for making community colleges affordable Jan 23, 2015 6:40 PM
    Gov. Bruce Rauner called Harper College a model for what Illinois’ community colleges need more of: partnerships with employers and training for technical jobs. Rauner mixed his business principles with his education philosophies in a keynote at the unveiling of Harper’s new Career and Technical Education Center after a $38 million renovation. "We should think strategically cradle to career,” Rauner said.

  • Bartlett High School hosts middle school robotics meet — underwater Jan 23, 2015 3:24 PM
    "Something always goes wrong" is the running joke in the growing world of competitive robotics, but students taking part in an inaugural meet Thursday at Bartlett High School had one more obstacle than usual to overcome: water.

  • Bartlett hangs on against Glenbard East Jan 24, 2015 1:52 AM
    Bartlett’s 10-point lead nearly evaporated in 70 seconds when faced with Glenbard East rainmakers, but the Hawks didn’t lose their grip in Friday’s 56-50 win. It seemed as though Bartlett had an Upstate Eight Valley boys basketball win all but locked up when senior Jordan Anderson drove from the left elbow, threw down a left-handed dunk over a defender and drew the foul. The three-point play staked his team to a 49-39 lead with 1:39 left.

  • Lake Park earns edge in DVC Jan 24, 2015 12:40 AM
    Sometimes it takes a halftime. For Lake Park’s boys basketball team, it took that little break to get back to what it does best — play stifling defense. Limiting Wheaton North to only 6 third-quarter points, the Lancers pulled away to a 61-54 road victory to build a two-game lead atop the DuPage Valley Conference standings.

  • Danica Patrick helps launch Edward-Elmhurst ‘Healthy Driven’ campaign Jan 23, 2015 12:02 PM
    There are many ways Danica Patrick tries to stay healthy. She makes a conscious effort to eat good food. She takes walks outside every day, thanks, in part, to her dog. She also considers her job a sport. The NASCAR racer was in Lombard Thursday to introduce Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare’s new Healthy Driven campaign. “Being healthy is something that is of the upmost importance to me," she said.

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