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  • Downstate man gets 32 years for raping girl Dec 19, 2014 8:56 AM
    An Alton man has been ordered to spend more than three decades in prison for sexually assaulting a girl.

     
  • Feds: Chicago travel agent bilked pilgrims Dec 19, 2014 8:56 AM
    A Chicago travel agent is accused of cheating more than 50 Muslim pilgrims by selling them package trips to Mecca without the required Saudi Arabian visas.

     
  • Rockford man pleads guilty to killing 75-year-old woman Dec 19, 2014 8:56 AM
    A Rockford man has pleaded guilty but mentally ill in the beating death of a 75-year-old woman.

     
  • Join Fox Valley Orchestra, Chorus for ‘Messiah’ Dec. 21 in Batavia Dec 19, 2014 10:42 AM
    The Fox Valley Orchestra and Chorus invite you, the audience, to join in a performance of Handel’s beloved “Messiah.” This sing-long program is where the audience joins in on the famous Messiah chorales, including the Hallelujah Chorus. You may bring your own score to use, or you can purchase one at the event.

     
  • Dawn Patrol: Montgomery police seek man’s killer; new Metropolis ED Dec 19, 2014 5:58 AM
    Metropolis hires new director; police search for shooter in Montgomery; St. Charles students expelled for shutting down Dist. 303 network; Quinn wants 2016 special election for comptroller; North Barrington mom pledges to streak for the environment; Trestman on benching Cutler; Butler carries Bulls past Knicks.

     
  • Cook County sees 69% increase in early voting Dec 19, 2014 8:51 AM
    Cook County Clerk David Orr’s review of the Nov. 4 election shows a 69 percent increase in early voting and increased younger-voter participation.

     
  • Texas eatery worker gets mink coat from customer Dec 19, 2014 4:27 PM
    Drive-thru customer gives $10K mink to Houston-area fast food worker who admired fur coat

     
  • Submit your short film for Screen Test Student Fest Dec 19, 2014 12:06 PM
    Schaumburg’s Screen Test Student Fest is seeking short films from students in grades five-12 to show at its ninth annual festival at the Prairie Center for the Arts on April 24 and 25. Deadline to enter is Monday, March 9.

     
  • Rockland fifth-grader recognized for DAR essay Dec 19, 2014 12:06 PM
    Board of Education President Maryann Ovassapian and Supt. Dr. Guy Schumacher presented Rockland fifth-grader Kate Gerber with a plaque during a Monday night board meeting honoring her for a DAR essay she wrote.

     
  • Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity winner in car raffle Dec 19, 2014 10:47 AM
    St. Charles car dealer has the holiday spirit. Fox Valley Buick/GMC, 1421 Main St., St. Charles, will give away a new $23,000 car Saturday, Dec. 13, to help Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery provide affordable housing.

     
  • ‘Winter Garden of Youth Art’ opens in Aurora Dec 19, 2014 11:49 AM
    Aurora students with a flair for creativity will have their work highlighted in the Aurora Public Art Commission’s 17th annual “Winter Garden of Youth Art.”

     
  • Mt. Prospect Fire Department receives $4,175 grant Dec 19, 2014 11:54 AM
    The Mount Prospect Fire Department received a $4,175 donation from the Marathon Petroleum Corporation as part of its First Responders Grant Program on Wednesday, Dec. 10. Mount Prospect terminal manager Mike Whalen personally presented the check to the fire department.

     
  • Handwritten notes prove it’s the thought that counts Dec 19, 2014 11:43 AM
    Our Stephanie Penick rediscovers the joy of sending -- and receiving -- Christmas cards.

     
  • District 211 student digital committee creates action plan Dec 19, 2014 11:45 AM
    Last year, several District 211 students from each high school served on a Digital Democracy Committee, which created a Student Declaration for Acceptable Use to generate awareness and develop expectations for best practices and behavior while using technology both in and outside of the classroom.

     
  • White Christmas out east could mess up holiday travel Dec 19, 2014 2:33 PM
    AccuWeather reports a storm bearing strong winds, heavy snow, torrential rain, thunderstorms and fog will converge on the Northeast and Midwest on Christmas Eve and will likely create major travel delays, both on the roads and at airports. The early stages of travel problems from patchy rain and fog will develop on Tuesday, AccuWeather said.

     
  • 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.”

     
  • Lacy, others probable as Packers chase playoff berth Dec 19, 2014 9:43 PM
    Lacy, others probable as Packers chase playoff berth with visit to Tampa bay up first

     
  • Man without use of arms facing gun charge released Dec 19, 2014 9:56 PM
    Man who can't use his arms but faced gun possession charge freed from jail without bail

     
  • Key Profumo scandal figure Mandy Rice-Davies dies Dec 19, 2014 9:12 PM
    Mandy Rice-Davies, key figure in Cold War scandal that rocked British politics, dies at 70

     
  • Buffalo Grove streamlines snow removal Dec 19, 2014 12:59 PM
    When Buffalo Grove deals with snow this season, it will be done more efficiently than before, Public Works Director Michael Reynolds said this week. Using the suggestions of plow drivers and utilizing GIS, Public Works has a plan that will provide better service to residents in terms of curb plowing and driveway clearing, he said.

     
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