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  • Readers share ideas for improving St. Charles Jul 26, 2014 7:08 PM
    Dave Heun readers offer their thoughts on how St. Charles can overcome challenges it faces and spur development.

     
  • It’s a Brave new world in Cooperstown Jul 26, 2014 11:31 PM
    It's an Atlanta celebration in upstate New York this weekend as Bobby Cox, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux are inducted into the Hall of Fame.

     
  • On the road: Immerse yourself in the bratwurst experience Jul 26, 2014 5:45 AM
    Brat Days is a one-of-a-kind brat experience in — where else? — Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Entertainment includes lots of live bands, a brat-eating contest, a brat trot race, and more food than you can shake a sausage at. Closer to home, the 12th annual Wrigleyville Summerfest serves up plenty of tasty food and beverages from local eateries, music courtesy of Chicago bands, and a Kids Zone with interactive games and family-friendly activities.

     
  • Numbers posted by Thomas and Maddux truly amazing Jul 26, 2014 6:34 PM
    Frank was the best hitting slugger I’d ever seen. There wasn’t a pitch he could not destroy, not one spot in the strike zone he couldn’t reach. He made even good pitchers nervous. I watched them twitch and walk off the mound to regroup. Greg was the smartest dominant pitcher I’d ever seen. He toyed with batters, controlling sport’s most direct 1-on-1 matchup with wisdom and creativity. He froze good hitters with called strikes, based on sequence and ingenuity. I watched them shake their heads on the way back to the dugout.

     
  • Thomas, Maddux overcame PEDS to reach HOF Jul 26, 2014 9:08 PM
    As the six newest Hall of Famers sat in one room Saturday afternoon, meeting the media together for the first time this weekend, it was hard to avoid the contradiction that was the men who got here despite steroids in baseball -- and those who profited so much from it.

     
  • These bars may grab your attention Jul 25, 2014 12:01 AM
    We’re all going to get older, and when we do, having grab bars in our homes surely will come in handy. They might even be helpful now if you have guests who have physical challenges. They are fairly inexpensive to add, and could even be a selling point if you decide to sell your home in the future.

     
  • New roomies should sign a contract before moving in together Jul 25, 2014 12:01 AM
    Whether buying a home with someone else or simply renting an apartment, it’s important to establish basic rules to help avoid a nasty court battle later.

     
  • The buy-down is a creative way to reach a home sale Jul 25, 2014 12:01 AM
    If I pay money to your lender to lower your mortgage rate — permanently — will you make me a better offer on my house?

     
  • Inspection gives added protection to owners with builders’ warranty Jul 25, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. I’m buying a new home and was planning to hire a home inspector before closing escrow. Two of my friends in a similar community advised me to save my money because the builder provides a new home warranty.

     
  • Illinois schools don’t have to be mired in the middle Jul 25, 2014 5:01 AM
    Guest columnists James Nowlan and Thomas Johnson: The Illinois economy has been struggling. In January 2014 the state’s unemployment rate was 8.7 percent, second highest in the nation. From our employment peak in November 2000, Illinois lost 656,000 jobs and has regained only 257,000. What can be done about our parlous situation?

     
  • Is it right move to trade for Kevin Love? Jul 25, 2014 5:19 AM
    The Chicago Bulls reportedly are willing to trade Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Love. Mike North wonders if Bulls fans agree.

     
  • You don’t have to go to San Diego for the fun of Comic Con Jul 25, 2014 11:00 AM
    Fans of superheroes, horror flicks, time-traveling doctors and Jedi Knights will once again converge in California this weekend as the annual Comic Con International returns to the San Diego Convention Center, but you don't have to hop on a plane to join in the fun.

     
  • Spellman’s Scorecard: Well wishes for Wayne Catalano Jul 25, 2014 3:10 PM
    A few days after winning yet another big race at Arlington International, trainer Wayne Catalano is in a fight for his life.

     
  • Dunn savoring WNBA farewell tour Jul 26, 2014 5:43 PM
    On Tuesday, Indiana Fever head coach Lin Dunn roamed the sidelines in Chicago for perhaps the last time, barring a playoff matchup with the Chicago Sky. Dunn is retiring at the end of the summer after 44 years of coaching basketball. Her career includes a successful run as the head women's coach at Purdue.

     
  • Limousine liberalism’s good works Jul 24, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Catherine Rampell: Is it hypocritical for a really, really rich person to object to rising inequality?

     
  • Reel life: Five years of Blue Whiskey fest Jul 24, 2014 6:00 AM
    The fifth annual Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival got off to a strong start Sunday night at the Star Cinema Grill in Arlington Heights with the Illinois premiere of James Ward Byrkit's smart and inventive science-fiction thriller “Coherence,” about a group of friends whose dinner gets interrupted by a massive collision of alternate realities. Always a party buzz-kill, I say.Did anyone at Palatine-based Blue Whiskey ever think the fest would make it to five years? “Actually, yes,” managing director J. Spencer Greene told me.

     
  • How much influence do parents really have on their children? Jul 24, 2014 11:16 AM
    With all the influences on kids these days, our Ken Potts wonders how much impact parents really have. The answer may surprise you.

     
  • Angry impasse threatens border solution Jul 24, 2014 4:16 PM
    Columnist Byron York: After more than a year of contentious debate, could Congress be any more divided over the issue of immigration? The answer is yes.

     
  • FinalRoadMap.com offers more than final bucket list Jul 24, 2014 5:05 PM
    Kukec's eBuzz column features Darien-based FinalRoadMap.com, which offers consumers a digital vault filled with documents that can indicate what they want as final wishes. It goes beyond what typical wills or other legal documents provide by offering your final wishes for even the most smallest thing.

     
  • No way Bears avoid injury bug a second straight season Jul 24, 2014 5:30 AM
    Can the Bears' offense stay remarkably healthy and remarkably effective for a second straight season? History advises to believe it only when you see it.

     
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