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  • Railroad lovers travel to model train show in Grayslake Dec 27, 2014 4:53 PM
    Hundreds of model railroad fans climbed aboard a traveling train show Saturday in Grayslake. Appropriately dubbed the Great Train Show, the event at the Lake County Fairgrounds featured dozens of vendors selling miniature trains, tracks, spare parts, landscape elements and other necessities for dedicated hobbyists and newcomers alike.

  • ‘Failing’ label gone, school improvement work continues Dec 27, 2014 7:46 AM
    No matter how long a school had been deemed “failing” under the No Child Left Behind education act of 2001, it has shed that label now and gained freedom from several mandates. What remains, educators say, at school districts in Elgin, Naperville and Round Lake is a commitment to strategically improving every school — whether it was at one time “failing” or not — and providing each student what he or she needs to grow.

  • Leyden takes tournament title from Willowbrook Dec 28, 2014 1:20 AM
    One day of resiliency rolled into two for Leyden’s boys basketball team. Saturday night it allowed the Eagles to hoist the biggest hardware at the Glenbard West Holiday Classic. Capping a comeback from a disappointing pool-play loss four days earlier, Leyden won its second title in three years in Glen Ellyn with a 64-53 victory over West Suburban Gold Conference rival Willowbrook.

  • Meet the Palatine woman whose goal is to prevent drug-related deaths Dec 26, 2014 6:28 PM
    Chelsea Laliberte, 29 of Palatine, lost her brother Alex to a heroin overdose in 2008. Now, she is founder and executive director of Live4Lali with a mission to provide individuals, families, communities, organizations and businesses with effective drug and overdose prevention education and support. “Living for him, living for Lali, which was his nickname, is now my life’s mission," Laliberte said.

  • Car dealer Al Piemonte dies at 83 Dec 26, 2014 5:03 PM
    Al Piemonte, the car dealer well-known in the Chicago area for decades as a result of his TV commercials in which he talked with constant double hand gestures, has died, the Chicago Tribune is reporting.

  • What suburban shoppers were out for Dec. 26 and why Dec 27, 2014 12:16 AM
    Just as Black Friday has crept into Thanksgiving night in the last few years, the days between Christmas and New Year's are also becoming more important to retailers, an industry analyst says. “I think retailers are trying to extend the season,” said Neil Stern. “It's changed pretty dramatically over the last decade for a couple of reasons” -- like people shopping later in the year, and gift cards.

  • Great Lakes recruits treated to Christmas in Arlington Heights Dec 25, 2014 9:09 PM
    Early Christmas morning, Alexxis Garcia was handed a stranger’s cellphone. She said a quick “Thank you,” punched in the security code and immediately dialed her family in Houston, Texas. Garcia and about 50 other recruits from Great Lakes Naval Base in North Chicago enjoyed a warm meal, a day of relaxation and time to connect with their families while being hosted at Christian Liberty Academy in Arlington Heights.

  • Christmas video: Local kids share wishes with Santa Dec 25, 2014 6:30 AM
    With time running out to get their wish lists to the North Pole, youngsters have been lining up at area malls to cut out the middle man and chat directly with Santa. We hope Mr. Claus and his ever-helpful elves are paying close attention because with so many good boys and girls out there, keeping everything organized in the sleigh gets a little tougher every year.

  • No problems at sold out ‘Interview’ screenings Dec 25, 2014 9:29 PM
    Moviegoers seeking laughs or looking to make a political statement rushed to two of the suburban movie theaters that elected to show “The Interview” on Christmas. So many people came to see “The Interview” at midnight that owner Debbie Benjamin had to open an additional screen at Buffalo Grove Theatres.

  • Suburbs have dodged a bullet so far with hazmat derailments — so far Dec 23, 2014 5:10 AM
    It sounds like a simple goal, but the desire for protect against a railway hazard by improving tank cars is the center of a furious debate involving the government, hazardous materials shippers, manufacturers and communities close to railroad tracks. “I’m concerned about the number of oil trains that come through the city of Naperville and other highly populated areas," said one resident.

  • Holiday Lights contest winner learned from Grandma Dec 23, 2014 5:12 AM
    Since he learned to walk, Neil Berkowitz has been helping his grandmother Theresa Mabus put up holiday lights at her Prospect Heights home. Berkowitz, now 33, says the Christmas bug has stayed with him all these years. He tries to top himself each year at his Lake in the Hills home. “The student has become the teacher, so to speak,” said Berkowitz, who was voted the winner of the Daily Herald’s 2014 Holidays Lights Contest.

  • Glenbard North uses 3-point barrage to beat Leyden Dec 23, 2014 10:33 PM
    The last few games there’s been a sense of improvement with Glenbard North’s boys basketball team. The proof came Tuesday when the Panthers rained down a dozen 3-pointers on Leyden. The perimeter barrage from five different players helped Glenbard North notch its first win of the season with a 54-49 decision over the Eagles in second-round pool-play action from the Glenbard West Holiday Classic in Glen Ellyn.

  • ‘Tech, Tech Baby’ video a big winner for Des Plaines school Dec 22, 2014 9:50 AM
    Dorothy Henson has found entering students in competitions can be motivating -- and empowering. That was the case earlier this month at Algonquin Middle School in Des Plaines, when it was announced that a video Henson and co-teacher, Cathy Hanley, had helped students produce won a national contest and up to $60,000 worth of education technology. “Working together on a competition gets the kids involved,” Henson said, “and it teaches them that they can succeed.”

  • A Willowbrook turnaround Dec 23, 2014 12:38 AM
    Willowbrook’s boys basketball team has spent the bulk of the season searching for consistency. The Warriors found it in the fourth quarter of Monday’s game against Glenbard West. In a matter of a couple crucial minutes they turned a 5-point deficit into a 6-point lead and eventually finished off a 58-55 victory over the Hilltoppers in the opening round of pool play at the Glenbard West Holiday Tournament.

  • Mistakes, equipment issues pose serious threats with rail-related hazmat Dec 21, 2014 7:35 AM
    Thousands of gallons of pollution are released across the region from train cars every year. The causes in most cases are preventable, from human error to loose screws. While shippers, manufacturers and railroads shift blame, affected towns just want it to stop. “The regulators need to get serious about what they’re doing,” Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner said.

  • Minorities now the new majority in many suburban schools Dec 21, 2014 7:00 AM
    There are more minority students in Illinois than their white counterparts, and more than 50 percent of students now come from low-income families. Suburban educators are adjusting to the demographic shift. Of the change and the challenge, Glenbard High School District 87 Superintendent David Larson said, “This is what’s happening in America. It’s exciting. It’s energizing, and it’s important to embrace.”

  • Christmas celebration for families of Lake County inmates Dec 20, 2014 6:42 PM
    A parade from a local shelter to the Lake County jail was the newest addition to the annual "Bring Joy to the Jail" celebration. The event offers toys and food to families of inmates and other needy families in the community. Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim said the best part of the event was that it “brings the community together to help each other.”

  • Suburban schools changing how they discuss heroin Dec 19, 2014 11:58 AM
    In response to the rise in local heroin use, educators say classroom scare tactics about the perils of drugs in general are evolving into lessons that take a science-based look at addiction and opioids, including heroin. “Our kids are so sophisticated today,” says DuPage County Regional Superintendent Darlene Ruscitti. “It's a whole different type of learning going on.”

  • Edward Hospital’s nurses awarded top ‘magnet’ status Dec 19, 2014 4:19 PM
    The 1,200 nurses at Edward Hospital in Naperville got some big news Friday. Their hospital received magnet status for the third time from the American Nurses Credentialing Center — a major honor in the nursing world, said Patti Ludwig-Beymer, vice president and chief nursing officer. “To be magnet once is exciting, twice is quite an honor and three times — it’s beyond our wildest dreams,” Ludwig-Beymer said.

  • Catholic Charities’ Christmas gift coordinator brings joy to the holiday season needy Dec 19, 2014 1:39 PM
    Hawthorn Woods resident Jim Wogan plays Santa Claus to make sure needy children and families across Lake County have presents for Christmas. He's the gift program coordinator for Catholic Charities in Waukegan, and says it's a heartwarming and joyous experience, but moreso this year.

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