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  • Self-driving cars now need a permit in California Sep 17, 2014 1:01 AM
    For the first time, California’s Department of Motor Vehicles knows how many self-driving cars are traveling public roads. The agency is issuing permits Tuesday that let three companies test 29 vehicles on highways and in neighborhoods — with a human “safety driver” behind the wheel, in case the onboard computers make a bad decision.

  • Flat tax is the most fair Sep 17, 2014 1:01 AM
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: Regarding statements in a recent article about graduated income taxes.: To those favoring this, do you work for a living?

  • Trial set for Illinois man accused in infant son’s death Sep 17, 2014 1:01 AM
    A trial has been scheduled for early next year for a southern Illinois man accused of killing his 3-month-old son. Prosecutors in Williamson County have accused Brandon Vaughn, 22, of Johnston City of suffocating Brayson Vaughn in October of last year.

  • Food and entertainment shine at Art in Your Eye in Batavia Sep 17, 2014 6:00 AM
    It’s been said that art, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. At Batavia’s Art in Your Eye festival, you can be the judge. The 10th annual fine arts show takes place Friday through Sunday, Sept. 19-21, at the Batavia Riverwalk. Admission is free.

  • Residents ask Batavia school board to stop increasing taxes Sep 17, 2014 1:01 AM
    People attending a Batavia school budget hearing Tuesday pleaded with the school board to stop increasing property taxes.

  • Dawn Patrol: District 86 says drop strike threat; puppy mill ban delay Sep 17, 2014 5:48 AM
    Arlington Heights delays decision on puppy mill ban. Dist. 86 asks teachers union to drop strike threat. Hoffman Estates officials counting on Sears staying. Palatine man’s defense still waiting on evidence in 1997 slaying. Two Wheaton lawyers disciplined by Illinois Supreme Court. Closing arguments expected in Carol Stream fire hearing. Residents concerned with subdivision near Wheaton North. Arrieta takes no-hitter into 8th, Cubs blank Reds.

  • Paramount’s ‘Cats’ practically purr-fect Sep 17, 2014 6:16 AM
    There's plenty of theatrical spectacle and acrobatic stunts to spare in the Paramount Theatre's new take on composer Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Cats." The international hit dance revue musical directed by Shawn Stengel and choreographed by Harrison McEldowney plays in Aurora now through Sunday, Oct. 12.

  • McHenry teacher fired for taking pictures of a student’s undergarments Sep 17, 2014 7:09 AM
    A teacher from McHenry East High School has been fired amid allegations he took photographs of a student's undergarments, the Northwest Herald is reporting. Thomas P. Eggert, 44, of McHenry, used the zoom feature on his cell phone to snap a picture of a girl's skirt area. He was placed on administrative leave May 6 after he took the picture. The board elected to terminate him before his trial in November.

  • U.S. mortgage applications rise most since June Sep 17, 2014 7:43 AM
    Mortgage applications last week climbed by the most in three months as Americans rushed to refinance their homes amid rising interest rates. The Mortgage Bankers Association’s index rose 7.9 percent in the period ended Sept. 12, the biggest jump since the beginning of June, to reverse a 7.2 decline in the prior week, the Washington-based trade group reported today.

  • Yahoo shares seen rallying on Alibaba IPO Sep 17, 2014 7:43 AM
    Yahoo! Inc. may rise 65 percent by the end of the year after Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. goes public later this week, according to bets by structured-products buyers. Investors are piling into call warrant and knock-out certificates that pay a return if Yahoo’s share price climbs above a pre-defined level.

  • Leonardo DiCaprio named U.N. Messenger of Peace Sep 17, 2014 7:19 AM
    Leonardo DiCaprio’s movie roles have made him an international star, but his long and little-known commitment to preserving the global environment has led to his new role — as a U.N. Messenger of Peace. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on Tuesday that the 39-year-old American actor will join 11 other prominent world figures who advocate on behalf of the U.N. as Messengers of Peace including Stevie Wonder, Michael Douglas, George Clooney, Brazilian author Paulo Coelho, primatologist Jane Goodall and conductor Daniel Barenboim.

  • Russia places billionaire under house arrest over oil assets Sep 17, 2014 8:10 AM
    Billionaire Vladimir Evtushenkov was placed under house arrest yesterday on suspicion of money laundering, making him the richest Russian to face criminal charges since Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

  • Hoffman Estates tech firm could move to Gurnee Sep 17, 2014 5:23 AM
    Gurnee Mayor Kristina Kovarik is seeking support from other local taxing agencies for a combined $2.3 million package of proposed financial incentives to a Hoffman Estates semiconductor company that supporters say could lead to a version of Silicon Valley in the village. “Similar to Silicon Valley, we think this will become the Diamond Prairie,” Kovarik said.

  • Schaumburg considers limits for roadside memorials Sep 17, 2014 5:30 AM
    Roadside memorials often follow in the wake of suburban traffic fatalities, but regulation of them is rare throughout the region. After much discussion Tuesday, Schaumburg trustees opted to recommend a 90-day time limit on such memorials. “I don’t see a tattered flag as being very attentive,” one resident said.

  • Naperville adds two new rules for liquor licenses Sep 17, 2014 6:31 AM
    Naperville bars now have two new requirements to follow. Effective immediately, establishments with liquor licenses no longer can offer specials that decrease the price of a drink to less than half its regular menu price, and they must get city-sponsored alcoholic beverage server training for their security personnel.

  • Bartlett OKs medical pot production in business park Sep 17, 2014 5:30 AM
    Bartlett trustees on Tuesday night agreed to let a medical marijuana grower start planting in an industrial park -- with some strings attached. Chief among the conditions is winning a state license to grow the drug. Illinois allows only one cultivation center in each state police district. In the district including Bartlett, the grower may have to beat out up to 50 other applicants.

  • Griffin: COD spent $26 million without board scrutiny Sep 17, 2014 6:28 AM
    Over the past 16 months, more than $26 million has been spent by the College of DuPage. But all the seven-member board ever saw of those expenditures were monthly totals. Now, at least one board member with the help of a government transparency advocate are questioning how the board can properly do its job without seeing how more than $1 million a month, or 12 percent of the college's annual budget, is being spent.

  • Lake County museum sells Civil War newspaper collection to Cantigny estate Sep 17, 2014 8:34 AM
    Thirty-four bound volumes containing hundreds of Chicago Tribunes from the American Civil War are headed from a museum near Wauconda to one in Wheaton. The nearly complete collection includes reports about the war, the assassination of President Lincoln and the hunt for killer John Wilkes Booth, among other historically notable events.

  • Sides to argue: Did billionaire get off too easy? Sep 17, 2014 8:06 AM
    Did the billionaire creator of Beanie Babies get off too easy when a federal judge sentenced him earlier this year to community service but no prison time for hiding at least $25 million from U.S. tax authorities in Swiss bank accounts?

  • Faculty group endorse U of I medical school plan Sep 17, 2014 8:07 AM
    A committee of faculty members at the University of Illinois’ Urbana-Champaign campus has endorsed a proposal to build a new medical school. The faculty Senate Executive Committee signed off on the idea on Monday, according to The News-Gazette in Champaign. The step was one of several still required for the university to build a new medical school at the Urbana-Champaign campus. It still must be approved by the full faculty Senate and ultimately the Board of Trustees that oversees the university’s three campuses. The hospital would be run by a partnership between the university and the local Carle hospital. It would start off small with 25 students per class. The cost to open it is estimated at more than $200 million. The university already has a medical school in Chicago.

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