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  • Suburban leaders honor King’s ideals, promote service Jan 16, 2015 5:30 AM
    Political, religious and business leaders of the Northwest suburbs came together Thursday to honor the legacy and mission of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at a remembrance and celebration dinner Thursday night.

  • Hinsdale Central handles Glenbard West Jan 17, 2015 8:03 AM
    Hinsdale Central’s boys basketball team prides itself on defending the home court. It goes hand-in-hand with defending the West Suburban Silver Conference title. With a bunch of upcoming road trips for the Red Devils, Friday’s 60-52 home win over Glenbard West became that much more important for a team determined to claim a third straight Silver title and garner a top sectional seed.

  • Cops: Hinsdale man's 'emotional affair,' jealousy led to slaying Jan 16, 2015 6:54 PM
    A wealthy Hinsdale businessman, whom prosecutors say was obsessed with the misguided notion that a woman he was having an “emotional affair” with was seeing another man, is now charged with killing that man. Prosecutors say Jeffrey Keller was convinced his victim, Nate Fox, was involved with the woman, and rented an SUV to stalk the man days before the murder. A DuPage County judge on Friday denied bail for Keller, 51, who is charged with first-degree murder in the Dec. 22 slaying of Fox, a 37-year-old car salesman and former basketball player.

  • Lombard fire survivor testifies in murder, arson trial Jan 16, 2015 5:23 AM
    Jason Cassidy says he remembers very little from the night that changed his life but scars he bears now serve as a constant reminder. Cassidy, 27, of Villa Park, suffered smoke inhalation injuries and third-degree burns over 40 percent of his body after firefighters rescued him from a second-story bedroom of a smoke-filled, fire-engulfed house at 1028 S. Ahrens Ave. in Lombard in the early morning hours of July 22, 2012.

  • Shots don’t fall for Benet Jan 16, 2015 12:10 AM
    It wasn’t going to take much — maybe just two straight baskets — for someone to take control between Notre Dame and Benet. But that meant someone had to score two straight baskets, something that proved immensely difficult in Thursday’s East Suburban Catholic Conference matchup in Niles. Notre Dame finally managed to do it in the final four minutes, scoring 7 straight points to pull out a rugged 46-43 victory over the visiting Redwings.

  • ‘Lake County Life’ launched to highlight area Jan 15, 2015 7:00 PM
    "Lake County Life," a website and video highlighting the county's attributes was launched Thursday at an annual leaders summit. The initiative is meant to help tell Lake County's story and define what makes it special, officials said.

  • Teen not on court, but definitely part of the action Jan 15, 2015 12:38 AM
    What's a boy to do if he loves sports but can't quite physically play them? Become a school sports announcer, and a really good one at that. Fifteen-year-old Zain Bando, who was born with cerebral palsy, announces games at Downers Grove North High School and hosts his own online sports talk radio show. “Since I'm unable to play any of the sports ... I wanted to be able to express my feelings about it,” he said.

  • Suburban firefighter's wife gives part of liver to another's toddler Jan 14, 2015 9:53 PM
    11-month-old Madison Casey will need medication every day of her life to keep her body from rejecting a liver transplant. But the Streamwood firefighter's daughter has her organ donor -- a Schaumburg firefighter's wife -- and a group of her dad's co-workers supporting her recovery with a benefit to help pay medical bills.

  • Route 59 construction ‘pretty tough’ on Aurora, Naperville businesses Jan 14, 2015 3:04 PM
    Ongoing road construction on Route 59 at the Naperville/Aurora border has caused at least one business to cut back. OMango Flavors of India at 1056 N. Route 59, suite 100, in Aurora, has laid off four part-time workers because of the construction, cut its hours and changed its menu to “weather the construction storm,” General Manager Ann Fitzgibbons said. “For us the goal is to sustain with this staffing model and this menu and then maybe kind of relaunch after construction when the road opens,” Fitzgibbons said.

  • District 128 to buy house near Libertyville High Jan 13, 2015 9:30 AM
    With their collective eye on creating more athletic fields, Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 officials on Monday agreed to buy a house across the street from Libertyville High.

  • Woodstock man makes kids' film to honor son who died at 10 Jan 13, 2015 4:48 PM
    Mason Parrish had barely turned 10 when he asked his dad, “When I grow up, can we make movies together?” Chris Parrish, a Woodstock native and graduate of Woodstock Community High School, replied, “Of course.” Three years later, Dad made good on his promise. At Chicago Studio City in Cicero. Parrish directed a kids film titled “Thrill Ride,” based on an idea and characters created by Mason.

  • Mother of teen to Islamic State: ‘Leave our children alone!’ Jan 13, 2015 5:50 PM
    The Bolingbrook mother of a 19-year-old American facing a terrorist charge for trying to join the Islamic State militants accused the group on Tuesday of brainwashing youths into joining their ranks via social media. And she declared, “Leave our children alone!”

  • Homeless housing plan outside Lake Zurich raises fears Jan 12, 2015 10:36 PM
    Concerns about additional crime and a drop in property values were among those expressed by Lake Zurich-area residents at an information meeting Monday night on plan to move rental housing for chronically homeless people with mental illness from North Chicago to a residential neighborhood just outside the village.

  • Stevenson High School teacher pushes students to think on global scale Jan 12, 2015 11:45 AM
    Stevenson High School teacher Greg Sherwin loves what he does. And it shows in his classroom, which is filled with students hanging on his every word. He’s got them. He’s reaching them. He’s teaching them. “The truth is, this is what I was meant to do,” Sherwin says during a brief break between classes at the Lincolnshire school. “You have to have passion for students.”

  • Hands-on activities help teach Adler Park School students about science, technology, engineering and math Jan 12, 2015 4:53 PM
    Adler Park Elementary School students rushed from one hands-on activity to another, building, creating and discovering as they participated in STEM Museum Monday in the school gym in Libertyville.

  • Work continues in Lake Barrington on fifth roundabout in Lake County Jan 11, 2015 7:00 AM
    Work associated with a roundabout at Roberts and River roads in Lake Barrington continues. The $6.5 million project will be the fifth roundabout in Lake County and the first with multiple lanes. Roundabouts are considered to be safer than traditional signal intersections although they are generally met with skepticism, Lake County officials say.

  • Constable: Grillin’ when it’s chillin’ Jan 11, 2015 7:15 AM
    In a busy week that has Kevin Kolman leaving for "Camp Brisket" and the warmth of Texas, the Hoffman Estates man with three dozen grills in his backyard says there is no reason we suburbanites can't barbecue all winter long.

  • Moving Picture: Fox River canoeist finds joy in winter paddling Jan 10, 2015 5:30 AM
    Seventy-year-old JB Livengood, of Lake in the Hills, loves to canoe the Fox River in Algonquin during the winter months. He has paddled for 50 years and Buffalo Park Forest Preserve in Algonquin is his favorite place to launch. “There’s so many unique things you see that nature is creating by that rising and lowering of the water level,” he says of the winter months and the ice that forms on the river. “It’s like an ice crystal season.”

  • Hinsdale Central overcomes Naperville Central Jan 11, 2015 12:18 AM
    If Hinsdale Central’s boys basketball team had any trouble getting its feet back on the ground after Friday’s electrifying win over Lyons Twp., Naperville Central took care of that real quick. The Redhawks challenged with a deliberate pace that at times pushed the limits of frustration, but Hinsdale Central pulled away late for Saturday’s 39-33 nonconference victory in Naperville.

  • Schaumburg heroin addict's daughters hold out hope for mom Jan 9, 2015 7:08 PM
    When Kent and Patty Perry of Schaumburg's daughter first got hooked on heroin in her late 20s, the lives of the Perrys, their daughter and their three granddaughters changed forever. The Perrys now care for their granddaughters, who see two potential futures for their mother. The good future: she recovers from heroin, gets a job, buys a house and comes back into their lives. The bad future: she dies.

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