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  • Aurora first of 6 new sites for ILoveKickboxing.com Nov 20, 2014 4:58 PM
    Kukec's eBuzz column features Dennis de Ramos, a former marketing manager at IBM in Schaumburg, is now a new franchise owner of ILoveKickboxing.com, which offers a physical workout without the typical treadmills and bicycles. It also offers a social networking component that reaches out to members. An Aurora studio is set to open by Dec. 18, and five more in the next 3 years.

  • Early statin use may give long-term heart benefits Nov 20, 2014 8:57 AM
    Taking a cholesterol-lowering drug for five years in middle age can lower heart and death risks for decades afterward, and the benefits seem to grow over time, a landmark study finds. Doctors say it’s the first evidence that early use of a statin can have a legacy effect, perhaps changing someone’s odds of disease for good.

  • Chicago police officer indicted on obstruction Nov 20, 2014 8:57 AM
    A Chicago police officer who allegedly used excessive force by beating a man and then lied in a police report has been indicted on federal civil rights and obstruction of justice charges. The U.S. attorney’s office says Tuesday’s federal grand jury indictment of 37-year-old Aldo Brown stems from a Sept. 27, 2012 incident in a convenience store.

  • Judge denies release for Aurora terror suspect Nov 20, 2014 4:05 PM
    A federal judge says a 20-year-old Aurora man accused of trying to join al-Qaida-affiliated fighters in Syria will remain jailed pending trial. Abdella Ahmad Tounisi’s lawyer asked at a Thursday hearing in Chicago for her client to be released to home confinement.

  • Forte has no intention of lightening workload Nov 20, 2014 8:00 PM
    It's not easy getting workhorse running back Matt Forte off the field; just ask Bears offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer.

  • McCown seems back on course Nov 20, 2014 7:57 PM
    Former Bears super-sub quarterback Josh McCown experienced a whole different job description when Lovie Smith brought him in as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting quarterback. McCown struggled mightily in the early going and then missed seven weeks with a thumb injury, but he's back and providing the veteran leadership that he displayed with the Bears in 2103.

  • Mt. Prospect sign maker White Way files bankruptcy Nov 19, 2014 5:41 PM
    Mount Prospect-based White Way Sign, which has made iconic signs for Wrigley Field, Kohl's and Hollywood Casino, has filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization.

  • Chicago issues first ridesharing licenses Nov 19, 2014 1:39 PM
    Chicago has granted its first two ridesharing licenses to San Francisco-based companies Lyft and Sidecar. They are among several companies that allow people to summon the nearest driver at the push of a button from a GPS-based smartphone app. The private drivers use their own cars.

  • Hawks’ van Riemsdyk could be out four months due to knee injury Nov 19, 2014 12:49 PM
    The Blackhawks announced Wednesday that 23-year-old Blackhawks defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk will have knee surgery and could miss as much as four months of action. Team officials also said they expect a full recovery for the rookie.

  • Spoofing probe of Chicago firm revealed in founder firing suit Nov 19, 2014 9:15 AM
    Chicago proprietary trading firm 3Red Trading LLC and co-founders Igor Oystacher and Edwin Johnson were subpoenaed in a market manipulation probe by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, as U.S. regulators intensify investigations of the practice of “spoofing.” Spoofing occurs when traders place and immediately cancel orders as a way to illegally move prices in their favor.

  • Boeing can bill $61 million that Pentagon withheld for months Nov 19, 2014 1:45 PM
    The Pentagon withheld $60.5 million in payments from a Chicago-based Boeing Co. unit from February to late last month after military managers concluded that its internal system to track costs and schedules was flawed. The funds held back were for work on P-8A Poseidon and Awacs surveillance aircraft contracts managed by Boeing’s Defense, Space and Security unit in Puget Sound, Washington, Mark Woodbury, a spokesman for the Defense Contract Management Agency, said in an e-mailed statement.

  • LeGere: Bears face tough task in ex-teammate McCown Nov 19, 2014 7:57 PM
    Former teammate Josh McCown, who posted a brilliant 109.0 passer rating for the Bears last season after Jay Cutler was injured, leads his new team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, into Sunday's game at Soldier Field.

  • Chicago was good, but Lovie lovin’ it in Tampa Nov 19, 2014 7:47 PM
    Former Bears coach Lovie Smith says the nine years he spent in Chicago were some of the best of his life, but he said he couldn't be happier than he is right now as the first-year coach of the 2-8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who face the Bears Sunday at Soldier Field.

  • Lucas Museum names founding president Nov 18, 2014 6:18 AM
    Although the Lucas Museum of Narrative of Art is still in the planning stages, it has named the head of a Bentonville, Arkansas museum its first president.

  • Images: Archbishop Blase Cupich Installed Nov 18, 2014 4:56 PM
    See Archbishop Blase Cupich during his Installation Mass at Holy Name Cathedral, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, in Chicago. Cupich was named in September by Pope Francis to succeed the retiring Cardinal Francis George.

  • Second man charged in Wheeling home invasion Nov 18, 2014 6:51 PM
    The second defendant in a Wheeling home invasion last August was arrested on a warrant Tuesday. Steve Chung, of Des Plaines, was ordered held on $100,000 on charges of home invasion, with other charges possible. Co-defendant Martrell Robinson, is also charged with home invasion with a firearm. He is in custody on $125,000 bond.

  • Pilot dies after crashing into Chicago house Nov 18, 2014 12:55 PM
    A small twin-engine cargo plane crashed into a home on Chicago’s southwest side Tuesday, killing the pilot but sparing a couple who were asleep just inches away. The Aero Commander 500-B slammed nose-down into the front of the home around 2:40 a.m., punching through the ground floor into the basement and leaving about a third of the aircraft, including the tail, sticking straight out of the red-brick home.

  • Archbishop Cupich speaks of protecting children, holding others accountable Nov 19, 2014 9:16 AM
    Blase Cupich became the archbishop of Chicago on Tuesday after his predecessor handed him a bishop's staff and relinquished the chair that symbolizes the leadership of the nation's third-largest diocese. During a Mass at Holy Name Cathedral, the transfer of power was completed as Cardinal Francis George, who is battling cancer, stepped aside to retire after being the spiritual leader of more than 2 million Catholics since 1997.

  • Weekend picks: 'Grinch' comes to steal Christmas Nov 20, 2014 2:41 PM
    Everyone's favorite Christmas curmudgeon is back in the Windy City to sing again in “Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical,” which begins a limited touring run at the Chicago Theatre. Get your fill of baklava at Philoptochos' Greek Fall Food Fest at St. Demetrios in Libertyville. See a screening of the 2013 Thanksgiving-themed family film “Free Birds” at the Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center in Glen Ellyn.

  • Chicago calls for artist submissions for program Nov 17, 2014 9:35 AM
    Musicians, painters, magicians and other local artists are being asked to submit proposals for a Chicago summer initiative held in the city’s parks. The “Night Out in The Parks” program was started in the summer of 2013. It allows artists to perform or share their craft. There were more than 1,000 cultural events in more than 250 neighborhood parks last summer.

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