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  • Pension savings plan just another scheme Aug 4, 2014 5:01 AM
    A Wilmette letter to the editor: You printed a HYPERLINK ""letter on July 14 from a state senator touting and explaining a bill now working its way through Springfield. The bill would require certain employees to make contributions to a pension fund run by the state. What could possibly go wrong with this?

  • Young Naperville entprereneur honored Jun 30, 2014 5:00 AM
    Kukec's People features Zakery Kates, owner of Naperville-based Simple Edge web marketing firm, who serves on a number of boards and volunteers at countless events, especially for Kids Matter and the Naperville Jaycees. He’s also a member of the Naperville Chamber of Commerce and was recently recognized by the chamber’s Small Business of the Year Awards in the category of Young Entrepreneur. He’s only 25.

  • Chicago-area lawyer sent to prison for 15 years Jun 25, 2014 9:54 PM
    A Chicago-area lawyer and accountant labeled by the government as history’s most prolific and unrepentant tax cheat was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison, and the judge bemoaned the “incredible greed” of some of America’s wealthiest people for taking advantage of the tax shelters he peddled.

  • Hearing aid offers remote control via iPhone Jun 5, 2014 2:01 PM
    If you have hearing loss, you likely know what it’s like to use your fingers to manually adjust a tiny dial on a hearing aid. Yet, as technology advances, so do the features on those aids, including wireless control. In March, Glenview-based Beltone introduced Beltone First, its first hearing aid that works with the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch for remote control.

  • ‘Jeopardy’s’ Collins still busy after being dethroned Jun 5, 2014 1:49 PM
    Wilmette native Julia Collins’s 20-game “Jeopardy” winning streak ended this week and she finished with $428,100 in prize money, making her the top female player in the game show’s 50-year history and second overall to Ken Jennings, who won 74 straight games in 2004 and pocketed $2.5 million. On Wednesday, the Washington Post spoke with Collins about gender, her time on “Jeopardy” and the value of a liberal arts degree.

  • Wilmette woman wins 20th victory on ‘Jeopardy!’ May 31, 2014 1:01 AM
    Julia Collins can count another “Jeopardy!” victory and another milestone. The TV game show said Collins won her 20th game Friday, putting her alone in second place for most consecutive nontournament victories. When she scored her 19th win on Thursday, she was in a second-place tie with season 22 contestant David Madden.

  • Wilmette woman extends ‘Jeopardy!’ winning streak May 30, 2014 8:53 AM
    “Jeopardy!” champion Julia Collins is keeping her winning streak alive. The TV game show says Collins, 31, of Wilmette scored her 19th consecutive victory on Thursday’s contest. That puts her in a second-place tie for most consecutive nontournament wins. She shares the No. 2 spot with season 22 contestant David Madden. The top “Jeopardy!” player is Ken Jennings, who won 74 straight games in season 21 for a total of $2.5 million.

  • North Shore native looks for 19th 'Jeopardy!' win May 29, 2014 10:45 AM
    Answer: She predicted in her eighth grade yearbook that she would someday be a “Jeopardy!” champion. Question: Who is Julia Collins? Collins has made good on her prediction, and then some. On the episode that aired Tuesday, the 31-year-old resident of Wilmette became the third person in “Jeopardy!” history to win as many as 17 consecutive non-tournament games, earning her a total of $372,700 and making her the show's winningest woman.

  • We’re ruining freedom along with families May 15, 2014 5:01 AM
    A Wilmette letter to the editor: We’ve destroyed the home, which was always the primary source of teaching our children how to live. We have taught our daughters that it is more important to have a career than to have a family.

  • Book notes: Cantigny hosts Pulitzer winner David Finkel Apr 26, 2014 5:45 AM
    Author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Finkel discusses and signs copies of his book "Thank You for Your Service" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, in the Visitors Center Theater at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Admission and parking are free. Visit

  • Quinn, Rauner release donation totals Apr 15, 2014 10:50 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner have filed their latest campaign reports with the state. Rauner on Tuesday announced he raised more than $9 million in the first three months of the year. Quinn said he raised $5 million in the first quarter, much of it from labor unions.

  • Generations run Volo’s Fish Lake, while generations have returned Mar 24, 2014 4:58 AM
    Kukec's People features Volo's Fish Lake Resort and how five generations have kept it moving ahead for 75 years.

  • Grayslake man facing federal armed robbery charges Mar 21, 2014 11:49 AM
    A Grayslake man is facing federal armed robbery charges stemming from a string of holdups at retail stores across Lake County and northern Cook County. Leroy Regan, 38, is accused of committing eight armed robberies over 10 days last August and firing shots from a vehicle following one of the robberies. He faces life in prison if convicted.

  • From ER to digital photo booths, couple says ‘cheese’ at events Feb 27, 2014 3:11 PM
    Kukec's People features Fred and Victoria Skeppstrom of Wilmette, who own a local franchise of TapSnap, a new digitized photo booth that allows smiling clients to dress up the photo, e-mail it to themselves or others, or post it on Facebook.

  • DuPage Realtor of year traces roots back to Iowa farm Feb 10, 2014 5:00 AM
    Kukec's People features Realtor Pat Callan, managing broker and owner of Realty Executives Premiere in Wheaton, who has been in the industry for about 40 years and remains active with his professional associations here and nationwide. His extensive work in the profession led to achieving the Realtor of the Year from the Illinois Association of Realtors. He'll accept the award April 2 at a banquet at the Hilton Hotel in Springfield. And it all began with a farm in Iowa.

  • Hundreds mourn Chicago native killed in Kabul bombing Jan 23, 2014 5:02 PM
    Mourners gathered at Weinstein Funeral Home in Wilmette on Wednesday to remember 27-year-old Lexie Kamerman, who was one of 21 people who were killed last week during a suicide bombing and gun attack at a Kabul restaurant.

  • Candidates can win without vote majorities Jan 13, 2014 5:00 AM
    A Wilmette letter to the editor: There is a problem with primaries that needs even more attention. Maybe there are exceptions somewhere in our country, but if you have a primary with at least three candidates, someone can win the primary without getting a majority of the vote. This is simply wrong.

  • 5 apply to be GOP national committeeman Jan 13, 2014 4:58 PM
    Five men, including former DuPage County Board chairman Robert Schillerstrom, have applied to fill the Republican national committeeman post left open after Rich Williamson died last month.

  • Nobel Prize-winning economics professor dies Jan 9, 2014 2:21 PM
    Nobel laureate and longtime Northwestern University economics professor Dale Mortensen has died. Mortensen shared the Nobel economics prize with two other Americans in 2010 for their work explaining how unemployment can remain high despite a large number of job openings.

  • Wilmette lawyer convicted in massive tax fraud case Nov 1, 2013 8:19 PM
    Paul Daugerdas, 63, a Chicago lawyer and certified public accountant, was convicted Friday for his role in a 10-year tax fraud that generated $7 billion in phony tax losses, a scheme authorities have called the largest tax fraud in history.

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