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  • Metropolis' total village funding could exceed $5 million Sep 30, 2014 5:25 AM
    If Arlington Heights approves Metropolis's request for $450,000, it will push the village's financial involvement with the performing arts center to more than $5 million in the last decade, according to village documents. But “that level of funding couldn't continue forever,” the village's finance director said. “This isn't something we could continue without finding an alternative revenue source.”

  • Blake Shelton the adult shines on new LP Sep 30, 2014 5:00 AM
    Blake Shelton’s public persona — a mix of smart-aleck whimsy and thoughtful sensitivity — has made him country music’s most ubiquitous male star. A full-grown man with a boyish cheekiness, his easy likability has made him a consummate award-show host, a high-profile judge on “The Voice” and a constant presence in ads across print, the web and TV.

  • Does scuba diving help people with paralysis? Sep 30, 2014 6:00 AM
    When Chris Kaag boarded a flight to the Cayman Islands for a scuba diving trip, his legs stayed straight when he wanted them to bend and his feet flopped inward. He used two canes to move forward and cursed his feet dragging behind. Put simply, maneuvering the plane’s narrow aisle was, as usual, “not a pretty sight,” says Kaag, a Marine Corps veteran and business owner who has a rare disorder that makes his lower body increasingly unresponsive to his mind’s commands.

  • As usual, Lucinda Williams digs deep Sep 30, 2014 6:00 AM
    “Have compassion for everyone you meet,” goes the opening line on the new album from Lucinda Williams, who struggles to follow her own counsel on the rest of the two-CD set, "Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone."

  • New Dorie Greenspan cookbook covers what you should bake next Sep 30, 2014 6:00 AM
    The annoying thing about Dorie Greenspan is that no matter how much you don’t like to bake, aren’t good at baking, don’t even want to bake ... If you listen to her long enough, you’ll find yourself hankering to get your hands into some flour. Her can-do attitude is that infectious. Her latest cookbook, “Baking Chez Moi” fuels that passion with dozens of recipes for home cooks who lack the time, tolerance and skill for anything but simple home baking.

  • Chef du Jour: Country club chef joins ranks of exclusive culinary society Sep 30, 2014 6:00 AM
    Tom Birmingham recalls as early as sixth and seventh grades the chance to cook for his family, which was no easy feat, considering he had five brothers and sisters. “I should have known back then that I would be getting into the business as a profession, but it took me a year out of high school for me to realize my calling.” Birmingham has forged a successful culinary career since graduating from culinary school at Joliet Junior College and now is the executive chef at Ruth Lake Country Club in Hinsdale.

  • Mesquite-Seared Ahi Tuna Sep 30, 2014 6:00 AM
    Chef Tom Birmingham at Ruth Lake Country Club in Hinsdale created wasabi-spiked creme fraiche for his Mesquite-Seared Tuna.

  • Jews observe High Holy Days in Catholic church Sep 30, 2014 5:48 AM
    In a show of cooperation between Christians and Jews, Holy Family Church in Inverness will host the Beth Tikvah congregation of Hoffman Estates for Yom Kippur. The trickiest part is hiding the 2,000-pound cross with Jesus.

  • St. Charles’ Liu Brothers Asian Bistro a family affair Sep 30, 2014 5:45 AM
    Unlike some restaurants, Liu Brothers Asian Bistro doesn’t make hungry customers hunt through menus that are unwieldy and often confusing. Rather, this sensible St. Charles eatery, open since early February, gets right down to business. Beijing-trained chef-owners Kevin and David Liu offer diners a focused bill of fare via a tidy, well-thought-out menu.

  • CCH Pounder continues strong TV streak with ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ Sep 30, 2014 5:45 AM
    Actress CCH Pounder's eclectic TV resume includes stints on FX's "The Shield" and "Sons of Anarchy." She builds on a past filled with strong characters by playing a coroner in CBS's new drama "NCIS: New Orleans," a spinoff from the top-rated "NCIS" — hailed by its network as the most-watched show in the world.

  • Avengers assemble in ‘Disney Infinity 2.0’ Sep 30, 2014 5:45 AM
    For kids today, there’s no escaping The Walt Disney Co. The “Infinity” project is Disney’s attempt to link all its characters in one shared video-game world. This year, the company adds its lucrative comic-book properties to the fray with “Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes.” The starter kit includes figures of Iron Man, Thor and Black Widow, as well as a clear plastic model of Avengers Tower.

  • From the food editor: Attention bakers! Enter our home baking challenge Sep 30, 2014 6:01 AM
    The Daily Herald Media Group invited home bakers to enter our Home Baking Challenge. Food Editor Deborah Pankey also talks with a Bartlett woman who's heading to Nashville next month to compete in the Pillsbury Bake-Off.

  • Granola Cake Sep 30, 2014 6:01 AM
    Dorie Greenspan's Granola Cake should be on your baking bucket list this fall.

  • Baked Beets Sep 30, 2014 6:01 AM
    Wrapped in foil then baked in the oven, beets become a delicious, nutritious side dish.

  • Eat right, live well: You can’t beat the benefits of beets Sep 30, 2014 6:01 AM
    There are more than 60 types of sugar but I bet you rarely think of beets as a sugar source. Yet beets are higher in natural sugar than carrots and even corn. Beets are a vibrant purple-red root vegetable that add beautiful color to our plates and important nutrients to our diet. A 3-ounce serving of beets contains 8 grams of carbohydrate and about 35 calories.

  • Music notes: Lee DeWyze plays Evanston's SPACE Friday Sep 30, 2014 6:13 AM
    Former Mount Prospect resident and "American Idol" winner Lee DeWyze will play a special acoustic show that includes songs from his new album at SPACE in Evanston Friday, while the Nick Moss Band brings its blues attack to the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg Friday.

  • Village Theatre Guild to stage ‘Grace & Glorie’ Sep 30, 2014 8:47 AM
    Glen Ellyn’s Village Theatre Guild will present the comedy/drama “Grace & Glorie” weekends, Oct. 17 to Nov. 8, at its stage near the northwest corner of Park Boulevard and Butterfield Road in Glen Ellyn.

  • All-Ages Big Band Show Oct. 12 at Palatine’s Durty Nellie’s Sep 30, 2014 8:50 AM
    With schools being closed for the Columbus Day holiday, families may be looking to do something special over that weekend. The 17-piece Jazz Consortium Big Band's performance Sunday, Oct. 12 is open to all ages at Durty Nellie's Pub, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine, IL. 6:00-9:00 p.m.

  • Celebrate Oktoberfest in Downtown Mount Prospect Oct. 11 Sep 30, 2014 8:51 AM
    Join the Mount Prospect Downtown Merchants Association for Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 11. The event will be held from 4 – 11 p.m. in downtown Mount Prospect (Emerson Street and Busse Avenue).

  • Volley for the Cure Fundraiser to be Hosted by Palatine Pirates Sep 30, 2014 9:00 AM
    Breast Cancer fundraiser to be held on October 2 during the conference matches between Palatine High School and Hoffman Estates High School.

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