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  • Lake Zurich salutes man and dog for chasing geese to keep Paulus Park clean for 11 years Oct 22, 2014 5:30 AM
    At 80 years young, Bob Warren says he plans to continue volunteering with his dog to chase geese off Lake Zurich's Paulus Park in an effort to keep it clean. He and his Labrador, Mollie, were honored for 11 years of service at Monday's village board meeting.

     
  • Hundreds fill Vernon Hills gym to see Vice President Joe Biden Oct 23, 2014 1:16 AM
    An estimated 750 people packed the Sullivan Community Center’s gym Wednesday afternoon for Vice President Joe Biden’s appearance, part of a rally for three Democrats on the Nov. 4 ballot: U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Paul Vallas, who’s running for lieutenant governor as Gov. Pat Quinn’s mate. “It’s not something that happens every day,” a resident said.

     
  • Round1 entertainment center opens at Stratford Square Oct 22, 2014 3:32 PM
    A new entertainment complex, Round1 Bowling & Amusement, has opened at Stratford Square Mall in Bloomingdale. The 40,000-square-foot center is the company’s first facility in the Midwest — others are located in Los Angeles and Japan — and features bowling, billiards, darts, table tennis, karaoke rooms, loads of arcade games, a snack counter and a bar serving beer and wine.

     
  • Bartlett traffic gets glowing review despite residents' complaints Oct 22, 2014 8:47 AM
    The results of a traffic study of downtown Bartlett reviewed by trustees Tuesday night contradicts residents' complaints of lengthy delays. “The study challenges that to a certain extent and indicates that the delays that people encounter aren't necessarily unreasonable, so it may an issue of perception, rather than reality,” Trustee Aaron Reinke said.

     
  • Lawmakers press for more thorium cleanup money Oct 21, 2014 5:30 AM
    With money running out to pay for removal of radioactive thorium waste at a former factory site in West Chicago, local officials are appealing to the federal government for help. So far, their request for as much as $40 million in federal funding for the cleanup hasn’t been granted.

     
  • Constable: Teens eclipse expectations for observatory Oct 21, 2014 5:44 AM
    The Henize Observatory at Harper College will offer unique views of Thursday afternoon's partial solar eclipse. But it also features plenty of Saturday night opportunities for star-gazing thanks to a team of teenagers.

     
  • Mosque wants to expand parking lot Oct 21, 2014 5:30 AM
    The Islamic Community Center of Des Plaines has proposed an expansion of its parking lot to fix on-street neighborhood parking woes, but some neighbors don’t think it’ll solve much. The mosque, 480 Potter Road, purchased four nearby parcels and plans to pave over them, adding 81 parking spots that would be used from noon to 3 p.m. during Friday services and from 8 p.m. to midnight during the month of Ramadan.

     
  • Vernon Hills preparing for Vice President Joe Biden’s visit Wednesday Oct 22, 2014 6:49 PM
    The giggling toddlers and energetic dancers who normally would occupy Vernon Hills’ Sullivan Community Center on Wednesday will make way for a political rally featuring Vice President Joe Biden. Biden is coming to the center on Aspen Drive in the afternoon to stump for some fellow Democrats on the Nov. 4 ballot.

     
  • Naperville Central teacher aims to create awareness of faith traditions Oct 20, 2014 11:01 AM
    Naperville Central High School social studies teacher Seth Brady is using his platform as a finalist for Illinois Teacher of the Year to promote an idea he has to increase global awareness among students. “I think what the Global Scholar Certificate would do would be to coalesce classes around this common concept, allowing people to make those connections between science, social studies, politics and art, and giving them really a congealed skill set that they can take into another context,” Brady said.

     
  • Schneider, Dold spar over health care, Medicare in televised debate Oct 20, 2014 7:28 PM
    Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider slammed Republican challenger Robert Dold for repeatedly voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act when he represented the 10th District during a weekend televised debate. But Dold got some licks in, too, accusing Schneider of misleading voters on several issues.

     
  • Answers to questions on Wauconda parks referendum Oct 19, 2014 6:14 AM
    Wauconda Park District officials know the $4.75 million expansion plan for the village's community center isn't a lock. The community's reaction to the proposal — it would nearly double the size of the facility at 600 N. Main St. — has been lukewarm. The Daily Herald sought answers to important questions about the project. Here's what we asked and what we learned.

     
  • DuPage candidates differ on consolidating fire districts Oct 19, 2014 6:14 AM
    DuPage County Board candidate Jeremy Custer says county officials are “moving too fast” to consolidate fire districts and fire departments. But his opponent in the Nov. 4 election — District 4 incumbent Grant Eckhoff — insists he’s already waited five years to see progress made on the fire consolidation issue.

     
  • Hospital stay inspires Geneva teen to help others Oct 19, 2014 7:18 AM
    Spending 14 weeks in hospital beds and a wheelchair could have ruined the summer for 15-year-old Lindsey McDonald of Geneva, injured when a horse fell on her. But she chose to concentrate on making life a little better for other patients at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, where she noticed other children weren't getting any gifts — “not even a balloon” — and their families struggled.

     
  • FootGolf latest craze to hit suburban links Oct 18, 2014 7:38 AM
    A new combination of golf and soccer -- called FootGolf -- is popping up at suburban golf courses as managers look to get more use of their facilities and attract new players. “It follows 99 percent of the rules of golf but instead of having a club and a little ball and many struggles, it’s just kicking the ball forward and aiming toward a 21-inch cup,” said Carols Stremi, founder of the Illinois FootGolf Association.

     
  • Bone-chilling cold can’t curb parade of dogs Oct 18, 2014 6:59 PM
    Perhaps it was fitting, given the bone-chilling weather, but Saturday’s Halloween costume pet parade at Randhurst Village in Mount Prospect was dominated by the dogs. “This is Cody, and he’s a prisoner,” Megan McNally said of her goldendoodle pet, adorned in a black-and-white striped prison inmate costume and wearing a cap reading “Bad Dog.” “We came up with it because he’s a pretty bad dog,” the 13-year-old Arlington Heights girl said.

     
  • Teachers get most of their demands in proposed Hinsdale contract Oct 18, 2014 1:30 PM
    Most of the Hinsdale High School District 86 teachers union’s demands are being met in a new two-year contract expected to be ratified Monday by the school board. That’s according to a copy of the contract proposal obtained by the Daily Herald.

     
  • Sente, Munger engaged in bitter battle for 59th House District Oct 18, 2014 7:41 AM
    A bitter political battle is emerging in the North suburbs in a closely contested race for state representative. The 59th House District race between incumbent Democrat Carol Sente and Republican challenger Leslie Munger has been marked by negative mailers, TV ads and robocalls from both sides, fueled by a steady stream of campaign cash from state party leaders.

     
  • Glenbard West takes battle of unbeatens Oct 20, 2014 3:04 PM
    In four of the last six football seasons, Glenbard West finished the regular season with a perfect record. The Hilltoppers took a huge step in making it five of seven on Saturday. In a showdown between unbeaten leaders from the West Suburban Conference Silver and Gold divisions, Glenbard West knocked off visiting Addison Trail 33-15 at Glen Ellyn’s Duchon Field.

     
  • Wheaton North honors 50 years of tradition Oct 18, 2014 5:51 PM
    Wheaton North High School alumni gathered at the school Saturday morning as part of several events honoring the 50th anniversary of the school. “We had no traditions,” said Roger Heaton, a member of the first Wheaton North graduating class. “There were no trophy cases. There were no trophies. It was an empty school. We were going to try to make Wheaton North the best school in Illinois.”

     
  • Dist. 211 proposes tax levy for newly uncertain times Oct 17, 2014 12:35 PM
    As uncomfortable as they may have always been for taxpayers, the determination of annual property tax levies probably has become a familiar process for most suburban school districts — until now. But with the potential impacts of pension reform, Senate Bill 16 and other measures that could affect state funding, financial forecasts are being challenged by an unprecedented level of uncertainty, Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 officials say.

     
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