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  • Bruce Morton, veteran TV newsman, dies Sep 5, 2014 9:30 PM
    Bruce Morton, a news correspondent for CBS and then CNN who covered Washington politics with a low-key but authoritative style for more than four decades and who co-hosted a droll morning show and reported on overseas massacres with equal skill, died Friday at his home in Washington. He was 83.

     
  • Roy Leonard: WGN icon and film critic remembered Sep 5, 2014 7:52 PM
    Roy Leonard and I sat next to each other while watching the movie “Wild Things” at Chicago’s Lake Street Screening Room in 1998. In one scene, Kevin Bacon strips down for a shower scene with full frontal nudity. Roy whispered in my ear, “That young man has nothing to be ashamed of!” The unexpected observation was one of many Roy Leonard shared with me during 20 years of screening films together.

     
  • Des Plaines honors 29-year-old alderman who died Sep 3, 2014 9:11 AM
    A photo and bouquet of flowers were set up Tuesday night on the Des Plaines city council dais in honor of former 7th Ward Alderman Joanna Sojka, as city leaders publicly remembered one of their own. Tuesday marked the first city council meeting since the death of Sojka, a 29-year-old first-term alderman who died Aug. 18 of an apparent stroke.

     
  • Notable deaths last week Aug 30, 2014 8:17 PM
    This week’s notable deaths include the Oscar-winning British filmmaker who directed “Gandhi” and the billionaire founder of the for-profit University of Phoenix.

     
  • “Church lady” earned clients’, colleagues’ respect Aug 26, 2014 4:20 PM
    Around the advertising department of the Daily Herald, colleagues referred to Chris Harper as the “church lady,” since she was the go-to person for churches and religious institutions wishing to place ads in the Easter and Christmas worship sections. “Chris really earned the respect of her clients,” said Scott Ray, director of Niche Publications. Harper passed away Aug. 20 after a long illness. She was 61.

     
  • Services set for 29-year-old Des Plaines alderman who died of stroke Aug 26, 2014 6:13 PM
    Funeral services have been set for 29-year-old Des Plaines Alderman Joanna Sojka, who died Aug. 18 of an apparent stroke. A visitation is scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at St. Hubert Parish, 729 Grand Canyon St. in Hoffman Estates. It is followed by a Mass at 6 p.m. A public moment of silence will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, at the beginning of the city council meeting. The Sojka family has been invited to attend.

     
  • Des Plaines alderman dies of stroke at 29 Aug 26, 2014 2:06 PM
    Colleagues are remembering Des Plaines Alderman Joanna Sojka as a rising, young leader committed to problem solving and helping others. The 29-year-old freshman alderman, elected in April 2013 for the city's 7th Ward, died late Monday from an apparent stroke. “She was a beautiful, young, single woman. She could have chosen to live anywhere in the world, but she chose Des Plaines,” Alderman Denise Rodd said.

     
  • Late journalist remembered: Aug 16, 2014 1:01 AM
    A memorial for a journalist and author with roots in Lake County was held Thursday at the Independence Grove Forest Preserve near Libertyville.

     
  • Notable deaths last week Aug 16, 2014 7:01 PM
    This week’s notable deaths include the Oscar-winning actor best known for his rapid-fire impressions and improvisational humor and the sultry-voiced actress who was an old-style Hollywood movie star and won Tony Awards for her work on Broadway.

     
  • ‘Dogtown’ skateboarder Jay Adams dies at 53 Aug 15, 2014 8:37 PM
    Jay Adams, the colorful rebel who helped transform skateboarding from a simple street pastime into one of the world’s most spectacular sports with hair-raising stunts and an outsized personality to match, has died at age 53.

     
  • Robin Williams, boisterous comedy star, dead at 63 Aug 12, 2014 7:11 AM
    He was the funniest guy in the room, something that made it all the harder for friends and fans to accept that beneath that reservoir of frenetic energy and seemingly endless good humor resided demons so dark they could push Robin Williams, 63, to suicide. It was no secret that the Oscar-winning actor had suffered for years from periodic bouts of substance abuse and depression. But word that he had killed himself Monday at his San Francisco Bay Area home left both friends and family equally stunned and grief-stricken.

     
  • Notable deaths last week Aug 9, 2014 6:08 PM
    This week’s notable deaths included Ronald Reagan’s press secretary, who was gravely wounded during an assassination attempt on the president and went on to devote his life to advocate for stricter gun controls; and a surgeon general in President Richard Nixon’s administration, who said he lost his job because he took on the tobacco industry.

     
  • Services Friday for Long Grove man who died base jumping Aug 7, 2014 10:14 AM
    Services have been set for Friday in Mundelein for Adam Rubin, a 23-year-old Long Grove native who died last week in a base jumping accident in Twin Falls, Idaho. “He loved his family and treated everyone as if he was their best friend,” his obituary reads. “He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.”

     
  • Ed Sprinkle, football’s ‘meanest man,’ dies at 90 Aug 5, 2014 5:18 PM
    Ed Sprinkle, a star defensive end for the Chicago Bears in the 1940s and ‘50s who was called the “meanest man” in football, has died. He was 90. He was nicknamed “The Claw” for using his forearm to deliver blows to opponents.

     
  • Long Grove man dies base jumping in Idaho Aug 4, 2014 11:17 PM
    The first time Adam Rubin went sky diving, he was hooked. That love grew to include other extreme sports, such as base jumping. Rubin, 23, of Long Grove, died Friday after his parachute failed to open properly during a base jump in Idaho.

     
  • Notable deaths last week Aug 2, 2014 6:21 PM
    Manny Roth, a colorful club owner in Greenwich Village who owned Cafe Wha?; Dick Wagner, the skilled guitarist who worked with Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, Kiss and Aerosmith; and Dick Smith, the Oscar-winning “Godfather of Makeup” are among the notable deaths this past week.

     
  • Memorial service set for mom who saved boy Jul 26, 2014 7:31 AM
    A memorial service for Karen Wessel, the Arlington Heights mom who died after heroically saving a 9-year-old boy from drowning in a Wisconsin lake , will be held Saturday, Aug. 2. The service will begin at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Wayside, 434 W. Park St. in Arlington Heights.

     
  • Arlington Heights mom dies saving boy in Wisconsin lake Jul 25, 2014 5:03 AM
    An Arlington Heights single mother of two died Tuesday after saving the life of a 9-year-old boy in a northern Wisconsin lake. Karen Wessel, 47, was vacationing with her son, her sister, a friend and two other children in Star Lake, Wisconsin, this week. The three children were swimming from a sandbar back to the shore of Star Lake when they started to struggle. “It’s a horrible tragedy. She is a hero,” said Karen Wessel's sister.

     
  • Friends mourn loss of advocate for suburban homeless Jul 24, 2014 3:08 PM
    The suburbs have lost a major advocate for homeless residents with the death of Mary Cadigan, one of the original board members of Journeys The Road Home, in Palatine. “Many of our core values today are in large part due to Mary Cadigan and the team that was part of the original board.,” Beth Nabors, executive director of Journeys, said.

     
  • Film, TV legend James Garner, reluctant hero, dies Jul 20, 2014 3:29 PM
    Few actors could register disbelief, exasperation or annoyance with more comic subtlety.News: James Garner had a way of widening his eyes while the corner of his mouth sagged ever so slightly. Maybe he would swallow once to further make his point. This portrait of fleeting disquiet could be understood, and identified with, by every member of the audience. Never mind Garner was tall, brawny and, well, movie-star handsome.

     
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