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  • Moving Picture: Meet marionette master Dave Herzog Feb 16, 2015 5:30 AM
    Puppeteer Dave Herzog and his colorful marionettes give families throughout the suburbs an opportunity to see a live-stage performance together for free. Herzog, who has been a professional puppeteer for 40 years, builds his own marionettes and brings them to life in 375 shows a year at suburban libraries, schools and other venues.

  • Bartlett school, Elgin church help students, orphanage in Ghana Feb 16, 2015 5:33 AM
    Two ongoing fundraising projects at a Bartlett elementary school and an Elgin church will help feed 300 schoolchildren in Ghana and support an orphanage in that West African nation. “Our goal is to be able to raise funds to pay for a trimester worth of lunches for the school,” said James Reed, fifth-grade gifted program teacher at Sycamore Trails Elementary School spearheading the project. Reed, 40, of Elgin, also is leading the effort to fund an orphanage built through his charity — Two Pennies Ministry.

  • Constable: 70 years to earn college degree Feb 16, 2015 5:36 AM
    He's embarrassed by all the attention he's getting for his decades of procrastination, but Mount Prospect Chris Kallimani might be the only 90-year-old World War II veteran to earn his bachelor's degree 70 years after he started college.

  • Volunteers at North Central prepare food for hungry Feb 16, 2015 5:39 AM
    Naperville-based Feed The Need!, a local coalition of churches, businesses and civic organizations, filled North Central College's Residence Hall/Recreation Center on Sunday. More than 4,000 volunteers prepared packages of food containing nearly 800,000 meals for hungry children around the world, including about 270,000 meals for Ebola-stricken countries in Africa.

  • Metra set to debut app this spring Feb 14, 2015 7:31 AM
    You could be paying for Metra fares on your smartphone by late May -- the date the agency hopes to launch a ticketing app. Metra is seeking volunteers to test a new mobile ticketing app for smartphones that will allow commuters to purchase and display tickets on their screens. “We’re trying to get as diverse a crowd as possible," a Metra spokeswoman said.

  • Willowbrook tied for first in Gold Feb 15, 2015 12:26 AM
    Every game takes Willowbrook’s boys basketball team a little deeper into the record books. Behind a 37-point effort from sophomore Alonzo Verge Jr., the Warriors notched their 13th straight victory with Saturday’s 74-58 West Suburban Gold Conference win at Downers Grove South.

  • Valentines in 6th decade together renew vows in Bartlett ceremony Feb 14, 2015 7:38 AM
    Richard and Gail Sonnichsen led a procession of husbands and wives to an intimate ceremony in Bartlett where they renewed their vows Friday. The Sonnichsens have been married almost 59 years, the longest of the couples re-tieing the knot. “I would do it again 100 times,” the groom said.

  • Murder plot suspect had no contact with Geneva police Feb 14, 2015 8:35 PM
    Until they got a call from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Geneva police officers hadn’t heard the name Lindsay Kantha Souvannarath. The 23-year-old Geneva woman has been charged in a foiled plot to kill as many people as possible at a Halifax shopping mall on Valentine’s Day. “We’ve had no contact with the suspect,” Geneva Cmdr. Eric Passarelli said Saturday.

  • Maine West students stage anti-violence flash mob Feb 13, 2015 8:49 PM
    Several student groups worked together to create a flash mob Friday in the Maine West High School cafeteria as part of the One Billion Rising movement to end violence against women.

  • Rauner exploring ways to consolidate local governments Feb 13, 2015 6:21 PM
    Gov. Bruce Rauner says he wants to reduce the massive number of local government agencies in Illinois after previous consolidation efforts by state lawmakers stalled. Rauner signed an executive order Friday creating a Local Government and Unfunded Mandate Task Force that will be headed by Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti of Wheaton. The panel will be charged with finding efficiencies and encouraging streamlining of local government functions, officials said.

  • Trend favors Wheaton North Feb 14, 2015 1:41 AM
    Wheaton North’s boys basketball team held Naperville Central scoreless for the entire second quarter...and still trailed heading to halftime. Bad sign or good trend? Turned out to be the latter for the Falcons, who continued their stout defense in the third quarter to take the lead for good in Friday’s 42-39 DuPage Valley Conference victory over visiting Naperville Central.

  • New exhibit highlights Des Plaines’ role in WWII Feb 13, 2015 5:30 AM
    This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. A new exhibit that opened Thursday night at the History Center showcases the role Des Plaines played in the war effort. “We wanted to do this because generations come and generations go, and right now a generation is coming that does not have any direct connection to the war except through what we can teach them now,” said Philip Mohr, the History Center’s curator.

  • Naperville students’ model buildings endure earthquake test Feb 12, 2015 5:30 AM
    The design and construction skills of seventh-grade gifted science students at Crone Middle School in Naperville were tested Wednesday as structures they built were put through the test of an earthquake simulator. Some learned simplicity counts, teacher Anna Zuccarini said. “A simple design may survive better if it’s constructed well,” Zuccarini said.

  • Lincoln funeral train replica nears finish in Elgin Feb 12, 2015 5:14 PM
    A 6-year effort to build a replica of Abraham Lincoln's funeral train car is reaching a near-fever pitch, but funding for a commemorative Washington-to-Springfield trip is $100,000 short of the goal. Master mechanic David Kloke of Bartlett is confident the funeral car will be done in time, he says, but fundraising for the re-enactment of the funeral trip the assassinated president made in 1865 — has fallen far short of expectations. “Lincoln was one of the most famous presidents. You'd think this would have been more popular, but we had trouble finding sponsors,” said Kloke, who's building the replica in Elgin. “This should have been a cake walk. Ten years ago, 15 years ago, maybe it would have been.”

  • Dist. 214 students ask Chris Christie, what if you become president? Feb 13, 2015 11:13 AM
    Nearly 1,000 people packed into the Meadows Club in Rolling Meadows to hear from Gov. Chris Christie and celebrate the annual Northwest Suburban Republican Lincoln Day Dinner. But first some Northwest Suburban High School District 214 asked him about his career, like, what are you looking forward to if you become president. With exclusive video.

  • Latino Unidos club at Harper teaches students to dance Feb 11, 2015 6:03 PM
    With Valentine’s Day coming Saturday, the Latino Unidos club at Harper College in Palatine took the opportunity Wednesday to show fellow students moves for the dance floor.

  • Itasca suing engineers over problems at wastewater treatment plant Feb 15, 2015 12:43 PM
    Itasca officials say they’ve lost patience with engineers who designed their"$39.5 million wastewater treatment plant that, after three years, still is not as efficient or environmentally friendly as promised. The village on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against Chicago-based and its affiliate for breach of contract. The lawsuit, filed in DuPage County, seeks $4 million in damages and design modifications.

  • 'Healthy Driven' in new name for Naperville Marathon Feb 11, 2015 5:39 AM
    “Healthy Driven” is not only the name of the marketing campaign for Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare, but now it's part of the new name for the marathon the hospital system sponsors in Naperville, the “Healthy Driven Naperville Marathon and Half Marathon sponsored by Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare.” “One of our new initiatives is to really embrace and help our communities embrace Healthy Driven in everyone's lifestyle," said Pam Davis, Edward-Elmhurst CEO.

  • Ryan Kwanten trains with Chicago Wolves in Hoffman Estates Feb 11, 2015 12:52 AM
    Actor Ryan Kwanten couldn't be less like his former vampire-fighting character on HBO's "True Blood" series as he films his new movie — he plays an aspiring Chicago Wolves goalie. The actor was in full goalie gear training in the Triphahn Center Ice Arena in Hoffman Estates. “The Wolves are prominent in the film; it’s specific to our organization, so it’s good for hockey and good for Chicago,” the Wolves assistant GM said.

  • Former CIA agent Joe Goldberg publishes 'Secret Wars' based on his experiences Feb 10, 2015 2:53 PM
    Former CIA agent Joe Goldberg says his book "Secret Wars: An Expionage Story" is fiction, but he's taken pains to make as real as possiible The events in the novel are based on history and there's some of Goldberg himself in young CIA agent Mike Garrett, in charge of the use of video in collecting intelligence and using it in propaganda.Like Garnett, Goldberg learned the use of deception could have unintended consequences but he says he wants to honor the nameless, hardworking agents who are trying to serve thier country.

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