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  • College football committee got it right this time Dec 9, 2014 5:18 AM
    Mike North explains why TCU and Baylor didn’t make the college football playoffs, and he offers his prediction for which team will claim the championship.

     
  • Lean and lovin it: Don Mauer recommends books for cooks Dec 9, 2014 6:19 AM
    Thinking about what to give someone who loves to cook this holiday season? Look no further. Don Mauer says Mark Bittman's “How to Cook Everything Fast: A Better Way to Cook Great Food” should be under tree, as should "The Skinnytaste Cookbook" by Gina Homolka.

     
  • Imrem: Have Sox awakened the echoes of 2005? Dec 9, 2014 3:02 PM
    The White Sox moves make it seem like they're trying to awaken the echoes of 2005. That might be why Jerry Reinsdorf didn't allow Kenny Williams to interview with the Blue Jays.

     
  • Left bundle branch block has several possible causes Dec 8, 2014 5:45 AM
    Q: I recently had an ECG that showed that I have a “left bundle branch block.” What does this mean?

     
  • Rivalry night memorable for all involved — especially Saints, Vikings Dec 8, 2014 6:04 PM
    I like to call it “March Madness” in December. Last weekend was rivalry weekend for 4 local boys and girls basketball teams, as Batavia played host to neighboring Geneva while St. Charles North visited cross-town foe St. Charles East on Saturday.

     
  • Pyke: Do tax breaks encourage driving over transit? Dec 8, 2014 5:10 AM
    Why is the tax credit for taking Metra, Pace or the CTA to work just half of a tax credit for parking downtown? It's not right, local lawmakers say. “You don’t want different incentives for driving versus taking mass transit,” said congressman Bill Foster, a Naperville Democrat.

     
  • Rozner: NCAA needs 12-team football playoff Dec 8, 2014 5:30 AM
    The solution to the latest arguments is a 12-team, College Football Playoff, with the top four teams getting a bye in the first round. That removes the concern that expanding the playoff removes incentive in rivalry games and diminishes the importance of every Saturday.

     
  • Sabatello impressing with Purdue Dec 8, 2014 8:56 PM
    Danny Sabatello enjoyed one of the finest weeks of his collegiate wrestling career and received accolades from the Big Ten. The former Stevenson wrestler, now a 133-pound competitor for Purdue, was named the conference’s co-wrestler of the week.

     
  • Support aplenty for Wheeling’s May Dec 8, 2014 8:54 PM
    When talking about Steve May, Wheeling girls athletic director Don Rowley quickly points out how well respected the school’s assistant/principal of students activities is by his peers. That will be quite evident on Dec. 16, when May is honored in National Harbor, Md., during the banquet at the 45th annual National Athletic Directors Conference. May is one of 10 individuals who have made outstanding contributions to interscholastic athletics and have been named recipients of the 2014 Distinguished Service Awards given by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.

     
  • Niche marketing: How many websites do you need? Dec 8, 2014 5:20 AM
    Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall talks to local experts about marketing and selling in today’s digital marketplaces.

     
  • Johnson goes from movie usher in a tux to Classic Cinemas CEO Dec 8, 2014 5:00 AM
    Kukec's People column features Chris Johnson, the new CEO of Classic Cinemas, who talks about his early days of wearing a tuxedo while working as an usher in his family'owned cinemas with film reels and free popcorn refills were the rage.

     
  • Rozner: Can Derrick Rose do anything right in fans’ eyes? Dec 8, 2014 8:36 PM
    There’s more to this Derrick Rose story than meets the eye. We have reached a point in his hometown among his own fans where he can do no right, on the court or off. The hatred for Rose locally had already gone beyond anything rational, and that was before he made a statement Saturday night with a T-shirt that read, “I can’t breathe.”

     
  • Deerfield ‘Family Guy’ mom now stars on HBO series Dec 8, 2014 7:48 PM
    Deerfield native Alex Borstein does such unique and funny voices on TV that fans often ask to record her speaking into their phones. “They’ll say, ‘Oh, do the voice!’” she said. “They’ll have me leave voice mails for their friends.” Borstein, who voices Lois on FOX’s “Family Guy” and Ms. Swan on MADtv, is also starring in the HBO series "Getting On." She plays a nurse in the dark comedy about a women's extended care facility.

     
  • Take a Santa selfie, win $50 at Algonquin Commons Dec 8, 2014 11:31 AM
    Take a Santa selfie and you could win a $50 gift card at Algonquin Commons on Randall Road.

     
  • Schaumburg students campaign to save monarch butterflies Dec 8, 2014 12:00 PM
    Students in Kim Savino’s classroom at Collins Elementary School in Schaumburg are on a mission. Simply put, they want local residents to “start seeing monarchs.”

     
  • Firebird is an every-man’s car with Hollywood charisma Dec 8, 2014 10:43 AM
    While actor James Garner had charm enough to draw in many fans of his 1970s TV show, "The Rockford Files," Jim Suva of Westchester tuned in to watch the actor’s four-wheeled co-star, a Pontiac Firebird Espirit.

     
  • Career Coach: Celebrating small wins with the entire team Dec 7, 2014 7:44 AM
    Don’t minimize the importance of celebrating small wins with the entire team at work. It is more important than you think. You might believe it is too costly or time-consuming to get your team together to celebrate a recent deal or that award your team won. But, rest assured, it might prove even more costly if you don’t take the time to celebrate.

     
  • Find ways other than gifts to bond with niece Dec 7, 2014 1:01 AM
    Q. My brother’s wife has created a lot of tension in our family right from the start. She is very opinionated and says exactly what is on her mind. She has told us she does not want us to buy anything for their daughter.

     
  • Vending machine leases survive new ownership Dec 7, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. I bought an apartment building a couple months ago. There were a number of vending machines in the common area. The seller told me I could get rid of them if I wanted to by calling the owner.

     
  • Shades and window film are two reasonably priced options to reduce energy loss Dec 7, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. When it is cold, especially at night, it feels very chilly near windows. My budget will not allow for efficient replacement windows. Are insulating window shades a good option? Can I make some myself?

     
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