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  • Northwest suburban police blotter Jul 26, 2014 1:01 AM
    Thieves stole the catalytic converter between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. July 22 from a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier in a lot at 2000 W. AT&T Center Drive, Hoffman Estates. Value was estimated at $1,000.

     
  • Illinois food processing plant loses license Jul 26, 2014 1:01 AM
    A central Illinois food processing plant has had its license revoked after being cited for repeated violations of the state’s Meat and Poultry Inspection Act. Illinois Department of Agriculture officials say Parks Locker Service of Greenfield was ordered to close following a July 16 hearing in Springfield.

     
  • Israel, Hamas weigh truce proposal after Wast Bank protests Jul 26, 2014 1:01 AM
    Israel and Hamas are considering a U.S.-backed proposal for a temporary cease-fire as the conflict in the Gaza Strip intensified and spurred major Palestinian protests in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with senior ministers in Jerusalem today to consider a week-long truce plan endorsed by U.S Secretary of State John Kerry. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Kerry met with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in Cairo today.

     
  • Malaysian prime minister to travel to Netherlands Jul 26, 2014 10:38 AM
    Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak will travel to the Netherlands on Wednesday to discuss the downed Malaysia Airlines jet with his Dutch counterpart.

     
  • Activists: Syrian rebels shoot down helicopter Jul 26, 2014 10:44 AM
    Activists say Syrian rebels have shot down a helicopter gunship over a slum in the northern city of Aleppo, killing at least four people.

     
  • Some in ‘torture’ report denied chance to read it Jul 26, 2014 11:09 AM
    About a dozen former CIA officials named in a classified Senate report on decade-old agency interrogation practices were notified in recent days that they would be able to review parts of the document in a secure room in suburban Washington after signing a secrecy agreement. Then, on Friday, July 25, many were told they would not be able to see it, after all.

     
  • 1 dead, 6 others wounded on Chicago street Jul 26, 2014 11:01 AM
    Chicago authorities are reporting that a 13-year-old was killed and six others wounded while standing on West Side street corner. A Chicago Fire Department spokesman said Friday, July 25, the boy was declared dead at the scene of the shooting in the East Garfield Park neighborhood.

     
  • North Korea fires short-range missile into sea Jul 26, 2014 10:42 AM
    North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile into waters off its east coast on Saturday, July 26, a South Korean defense official said. It was the latest in a slew of weapons tests by Pyongyang, and came on the eve of the 61st anniversary of the signing of an armistice that ended the rivals’ war.

     
  • Proposal for Libertyville park envisions Craftsman-style townhomes Jul 26, 2014 7:26 AM
    The long-envisioned sale of Bolander Park in Libertyville for $2.05 million appears to be nearing a conclusion. Lake Forest developer Rick Swanson has proposed a 56-unit Craftsman-style townhouse development. The 5 acre park is about a quarter mile from downtown Libertyville. "We're committed to moving forward,” he said.

     
  • 5 tips to protect yourself from identity theft Jul 26, 2014 7:33 AM
    People aren’t likely to stop using their credit and debit cards any time soon, and as data breaches become increasingly common, consumers don’t often know what to do when a company they’ve done business with experiences a breach. Here are five ways you can avoid becoming a victim of identity theft—even if your data has been compromised.

     
  • Samsung family struggles to keep grip on conglomerate Jul 26, 2014 7:34 AM
    Lee Kun Hee, 72, took over Samsung from his father 27 years ago and outmaneuvered Sony and Nokia to surpass Apple in the mobile-phone business. His son, 46-year-old Lee Jae Yong, will struggle to keep the same influence due to inheritance taxes that could exceed $5 billion and waning support in Korea for conglomerates controlled through crossholdings.

     
  • New Naperville humane director loves ‘seeing the animals go home’ Jul 26, 2014 7:00 AM
    Anna Payton, new executive director of the Naperville Area Humane Society, says she wants the organization to become even more well-known as the community's primary resource for animal welfare. Payton, 33, of Plainfield, said she loves "seeing the animals go home" to families where the pet "is going to make a difference in their life."

     
  • Home Depot, Lowe’s bring the Internet of Things to DIYers Jul 26, 2014 7:29 AM
    Large chains such as Home Depot and Lowe’s are selling virtual tools — sensors, Wi-Fi enabled appliances and software — to help those customers monitor and control their homes from their smartphones. It’s an attempt to tap into the Internet of Things — technologists’ term for a network of connected sensors, devices and objects.

     
  • Route 72 project near Pingree Grove moved up Jul 26, 2014 7:30 AM
    The Illinois Department of Transportation has once again changed its timeline for the reconstruction of Route 72 and Big Timber Road near Pingree Grove, whose residents mounted an email campaign to push for the project. IDOT area programmer Marnie Hooghkirk said the project — which includes a traffic light to replace four-way stop signs — now has a target bid letting of November 2015, pending necessary land acquisition and funding availability.

     
  • New Dist, 211 leader eager for start of new year Jul 26, 2014 11:49 AM
    Daniel Cates has spent his entire 22 years in education working for Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211, and is about to start his 23rd as its new superintendent. But his passion for education was lit among much humbler surroundings than the five technology-savvy suburban high schools he now leads.

     
  • Irish Fest gets warm welcome, continues today Jul 26, 2014 7:31 AM
    Irish Fest in Arlington Heights opened Friday night to a crowd ready to party. The annual two-day festival on the grounds of the Arlington Heights Historical Museum pulls together Irish song, dance, entertainment, food and vendors from around the Chicago area. The festivities resume at 4 p.m. today

     
  • Drinking water agency overcharges Streamwood in billing error Jul 26, 2014 7:33 AM
    A consortium of Cook County towns that buys Lake Michigan drinking water from Chicago overcharged the village of Streamwood roughly $80,000 on its May bill. Officials traced the error to a valve left open in a pumping station on the village's northeast side. "We've taken steps to make sure everything is properly secured and labeled," Village Manager Gary O'Rourke said.

     
  • Signs, audio to assist Knoch Knolls Nature Center visitors Jul 26, 2014 7:00 AM
    The new Knoch Knolls Nature Center property will have seven signs and audio tours designed to help people with vision or hearing difficulties thanks to a $35,000 donation from the Naperville Noon Lions Club. “These signs are to assist visually impaired and hearing-impaired individuals who will be visiting Knoch Knolls park,” said Bob Hull, the club’s publicity chairman.

     
  • Police hunt for 2 who carjacked SUV, killed 3 kids Jul 26, 2014 11:05 AM
    Police are searching for two men who carjacked an SUV and plowed into a group of children and adults selling fruit at a Philadelphia street corner, killing three kids and seriously injuring two women. Police say the victims were 7- and 10-year-old brothers and their 15-year-old sister.

     
  • Sen. Kirk’s office challenges Illinois migrant figures Jul 26, 2014 1:01 AM
    Recent data released by the federal government may reflect only a fraction of how many unaccompanied children apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border are in Illinois, with state officials saying hundreds more could be at shelters. In a state-by-state list made public Thursday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families said 305 children were released to Illinois sponsors from Jan. 1 through July 7 of this year. However, Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk’s office said Friday federal data given to his office this month shows that another 429 children were at Illinois shelters as of July 8. Kirk’s office said Friday the number of children at the shelters fluctuates. A message left for a federal health and human services spokesman wasn’t immediately returned. Illinois is prepared to “help in whatever way necessary,” Gov. Pat Quinn said Friday. His comment comes as governors in some other states, including Idaho, have asked federal officials not to send any of the children. “We have a responsibility to ensure all children are treated with respect, compassion and dignity,” the Chicago Democrat said in a statement. “My administration will continue to discuss this important subject with other federal, state and local elected officials.” The details of how and where the children are kept in Illinois as they await immigration proceedings are sparse. The U.S. faces a sharp rise in unaccompanied minors who have been fleeing violence in Central America and crossing into the U.S. because they believe they will be allowed to stay. The children are first held at government shelters where they undergo medical exams and are then placed with sponsors as they go through deportation proceedings. Often, sponsors — who must undergo background checks — are family members or family friends and are responsible for making sure a child shows up for court. Overall, 30,340 unaccompanied children have been released to sponsors this year. For years, the Chicago-based Heartland Alliance has contracted with the federal government to run shelters and legal services for the children. The group has hundreds of beds available in the Chicago area, but doesn’t make shelter locations public for safety and privacy reasons. A spokeswoman for the group didn’t immediately comment Friday. Compared to other populous states, Illinois has a smaller number of unaccompanied minors. The states with the most immigrant children have established central American communities — Texas had the most released to sponsors with 4,280, followed by New York, Florida and California, according to the federal data. The largest contingent of Illinois’ immigrant population comes from Mexico, followed by Poland and India, according to Illinois’ Office of New Americans Policy and Advocacy. However, Cook County does have one of the largest populations of Guatemalan immigrants, after Los Angeles and Harris Counties in California, according to an analysis of census data.

     
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