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  • Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies Oct 21, 2014 9:32 PM
    In a charmed life of newspapering, Ben Bradlee seemed always to be in just the right place. The raspy-voiced, hard-charging editor who invigorated The Washington Post got an early break as a journalist thanks to his friendship with one president, John F. Kennedy, and became famous for his role in toppling another, Richard Nixon, in the Watergate scandal. Bradlee died at home Tuesday of natural causes, the Post reported. He was 93.

  • Robert Cohen, Maine Township emergency management director, dies at 65 Oct 18, 2014 1:54 AM
    Robert Cohen, who rose through the ranks to become Maine Township’s director of the Office of Emergency Management, died earlier this week while he was out of town in Kentucky on personal business, officials said.

  • Notable deaths last week Oct 11, 2014 5:56 PM
    A former SNL cast member; an actress from '7th Heaven;' and the man who popularized 7-UP soda as the "uncola" are among the notable deaths last week.

  • Rolling Meadows mourns loss of dedicated veteran Oct 7, 2014 2:12 PM
    Robert L. Smith Jr. of Rolling Meadows, a Vietnam War veteran who spent the rest of his life dedicated to veterans organizations and causes, died Sept. 30 at the age of 69. Smith, who led the Rolling Meadows Veterans Committee, died from complications related to the rare Cronkhite-Canada Syndrome.

  • Not all suburban veterans know burial rights or options Oct 5, 2014 7:15 AM
    When George Wingerter looks out over the rows of graves at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery near Joliet, he sees the generations of soldiers who have served and died for America. He sees where he could be buried someday. But like many fellow suburban veterans, Wingerter didn’t know it.

  • Ousted Haitian dictator ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier dies Oct 4, 2014 1:54 PM
    Haitian President Michel Martelly expressed his condolences to the ex-dictator’s family, making no mention of the widespread human rights abuses that occurred during the Duvalier era. “On behalf of the entire government and people of Haiti, I take this sad occasion to extend my sincere sympathies to his family, his relatives and his supporters across the country,” Martelly said.

  • Notable deaths last week Oct 4, 2014 6:34 PM
    An ousted Haitian dictator and the world’s oldest clown are among the notable deaths last week

  • Notable deaths last week Sep 27, 2014 7:28 PM
    This week’s notable deaths include a congressman who was only the second politician in history to be expelled from Congress; a longtime talk show host and Howard Stern's foil.

  • James Traficant, convicted ex-congressman, dies Sep 27, 2014 1:52 PM
    Traficant loved to play the buffoon during his 17 years in Congress. He got plenty of notice within the staid, buttoned-down Capitol and airtime on C-SPAN for his messy mop of hair — revealed to be a wig when he went to prison — his typical wardrobe of cowboy boots, denim or polyester suits, and his bombastic speaking style.

  • Longtime suburban attorney Jack Siegel dies Sep 25, 2014 10:16 AM
    Jack Siegel, who served as village attorney for Schaumburg, Arlington Heights and several other Northwest suburban communities for more than 50 years, died Tuesday night. “He was a true friend to the Village of Arlington Heights,” said former Mayor Arlene Mulder. “He was the most brilliant man I’ve ever had the opportunity to work with.”

  • Founder of Des Plaines company dies Sep 23, 2014 4:22 PM
    Clarence Schawk, the founder and chairman of SGK, Inc., a global brand development company based in Des Plaines, has died. Known as a visionary and innovator in his industry, Schawk passed away Sept. 20. He was 88.

  • Eric Lynch, Howard Stern’s diminutive foil, dies Sep 22, 2014 7:38 PM
    Eric “The Actor” Lynch, whose fear of werewolves, love of professional wrestling and angry, often foul-mouthed rants endeared him to fans of Howard Stern’s radio show for more than a decade, has died at age 39. Lynch died Friday at the University of California, Davis, Medical Center in Sacramento, his longtime friend and agent, Johnny Fratto, said.

  • Polly Bergen, versatile actress, singer dies at 84 Sep 20, 2014 2:28 PM
    In recent years, she played Felicity Huffman’s mother on “Desperate Housewives” and the past mistress of Tony Soprano’s late father on “The Sopranos.”

  • Ohio creator of Slush Puppies dead at age 74 Sep 19, 2014 2:00 PM
    The family story goes that Will Radcliff, sister Phyllis and their mother, Thelma, sat on a front porch drinking beer and writing down possible names on a brown paper bag before agreeing that Slush Puppie was the best candidate. It would become represented by a toboggan-wearing, floppy-eared dog.

  • Frank Torre dies at 82 Sep 13, 2014 4:18 PM
    Former World Series star Frank Torre, who helped put little brother Joe on a path that led to the Hall of Fame, has died. He was 82.

  • Notable deaths last week Sep 16, 2014 8:32 AM
    This week's notable deaths include Northern Ireland's Protestant leader during three decades of sectarian strife with Roman Catholics; the billionaire founder of Chick-fil-A Inc..

  • Roy Leonard's son: He was kind in private as well as public life Sep 12, 2014 1:09 PM
    Chicago radio personality Roy Leonard's private life mirrored his public one, son Kyle writes. "Do not be surprised how much love you can receive by simply being kind. Our father was kind and we have seen the love he engendered in the notes, commentary and personal remembrances friends and strangers have shared with us."

  • British actor Donald Sinden dies at 90 Sep 12, 2014 10:39 AM
    British actor Donald Sinden dies at 90 after storied career on stage, screen and TV

  • Protestant firebrand Ian Paisley dies at 88 Sep 12, 2014 11:50 AM
    Rev. Ian Paisley, Protestant firebrand-turned-peacemaker in Northern Ireland, dies at age 88

  • Life story: The genius behind the Super J Sep 10, 2014 5:56 PM
    Walter Jachec was a structural engineer, but his real claim to fame was building a slide at a Wauconda beach that thrilled generations of kids in the 1950s, 60s and beyond. Jachec died recently at age 87.

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