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  • Arlington Hts. roads closed Saturday for wake Jun 26, 2014 4:53 PM
    Arlington Heights police will close several roads Saturday, including a lane of Northwest Highway, to accommodate large crowds expected at a wake. Douglas Peters, a 43-year-old Algonquin resident, was killed in a motorcycle accident last weekend.

     
  • Visitation, funeral set for political giant Robert Depke Jun 23, 2014 7:20 PM
    Visitation and a funeral service are set for longtime Lake County politician Robert "Bob" Depke. He died Friday, June 20.

     
  • Former Fox Lake mayor, funeral home operator Kenneth Hamsher dead at 91 Jun 23, 2014 1:40 PM
    Former Fox Lake Mayor Kenneth Hamsher died in his home Sunday. Hamsher, a funeral home director for many years, served as mayor from 1993 to 1997 in addition to two terms as a trustee. He was 91.

     
  • Notable deaths last week Jun 21, 2014 5:04 PM
    This week’s notable deaths included a Hall of Fame baseball player who was an eight-time batting champion during his 20 years with the San Diego Padres; the radio disc jockey who created the “American Top 40” countdown show of pop songs; and the lyricist behind some of your favorite popular songs.

     
  • Lake County giant Robert ‘Bob’ Depke dies Jun 21, 2014 7:16 PM
    A major player in Lake County politics and growth has died. Former county board chairman and Warren Township supervisor Bob Depke "didn't back down from any challenges," said Jim LaBelle, a former county board leader.

     
  • Kevlar inventor Kwolek dies at 90 Jun 20, 2014 4:39 PM
    “I knew that I had made a discovery,” Kwolek said in an interview three years ago as part of the Chemical Heritage Foundation’s “Women in Chemistry” series. “I didn’t shout ‘Eureka,’ but I was very excited, as was the whole laboratory excited, and management was excited because we were looking for something new, something different, and this was it.”

     
  • World traveler, birder, teacher and naturalist: Jack Pomatto Jun 20, 2014 5:01 AM
    Losing a friend is a tough experience. Losing a friend who was an inspiration, a mentor, and a champion for the natural world is exceptionally hard. Retired naturalist Jack Pomatto of St. Charles died on June 12, after a valiant fight against cancer. The loss is felt by many in the naturalist community and in the community at large.

     
  • Conservative icon Roeser remembered for his generosity Jun 17, 2014 7:51 PM
    Jack Roeser was known as the founder of the largest employer in Carpentersville and an ardent supporter of conservative causes. The Barrington resident who started Otto Engineering died at age 90 on Friday of colon cancer. “Without flinching, he gave everything he had to every cause and every person he believed in,” his son Otto Roeser told about 300 mourners.

     
  • Casey Kasem was an island of calm in swirl of pop music Jun 15, 2014 4:32 PM
    In pop culture, Casey Kasem was as sweet and dependable as a glass of warm milk and a plate of chocolate chip cookies, which only made the ugliness of his last few years of life seem more bizarre and tragic. The radio host of “American Top 40” and voice of animated television characters like Scooby-Doo’s sidekick Shaggy died Sunday morning at a hospital in Gig Harbor, Washington.

     
  • 10 things you might not know about Casey Kasem Jun 15, 2014 4:32 PM
    Counting down the top 10 things you might not know about radio personality Casey Kasem, the founding voice of “American Top 40,” who died Sunday: 10. Beginning in 1969, Kasem voiced the character Shaggy for the animated series “Scooby-Doo: Where Are You!” He continued to voice the long-haired hippie in TV, film and video games until 2009. He also gave voice to characters on “Sesame Street” and the 1986 “Transformers” movie, along with voicing Robin on “Super Friends.” 9. Kasem’s work on radio commercials was highly lucrative — and not nearly as easy as it might have seemed for someone so smooth on the air. “The greatest compliment that anyone can pay me is that after I say something, they remember it,” he once said. “I’ll go over a piece of copy until I’ve gotten the essence of what the writer had in mind, every nuance.” 8. In addition to his radio show and voice work, Kasem was the co-host of a teen dance show on Los Angeles television during the 1960s called “Shebang.” He also had a minor hit single during that time, “Letter From Elaina,” and appeared in a few low-budget movies and some network TV series, including “Hawaii Five-O” and “Ironside.” 7. While Kasem seldom appeared onscreen, his second wife, Jean Kasem, was a semi-regular in the sitcom “Cheers” as Loretta Tortelli and a regular in a short-lived spinoff, “The Tortellis.” 6. Kasem gained attention in the 1990s when he blew up because of a staff error on his “American Top 40” show and his taped remarks, swearing and all, made their way into cyberspace. He told The New York Times in 2004 that he didn’t know it had been made public until years later. 5. Kasem was a vegetarian and an activist against factory farming. 4. An Arab-American activist, Kasem called for a fairer balance between heroes and villains in the 1994 Disney Aladdin sequel, “The Return of Jafar.” But he added, “We’re not out there just to be so picky that we become a pain in the neck. We’re there to do what we can to call attention to the sensitivity of not only Arab-Americans, but to any ethnic group.” 3. As host of “American Top 40,” Kasem introduced a romantic segment called Long Distance Dedications. Listeners would send in their dedications, and Kasem would pick a few heartfelt messages to read each week on the air, playing the love song that went with it. The first Long Distance Dedication Kasem played was Neil Diamond’s “Desiree” on Aug. 26, 1978. 2. When “American Top 40” premiered on July 4, 1970, the top five songs were: Three Dog Night’s “Mama Told Me (Not to Come),” The Jackson Five’s “The Love You Save,” The Temptations’ “Ball of Confusion (That’s What the World is Today),” “Ride Captain Ride” by Blues Image and Freda Payne’s “Band of Gold.” When Kasem retired from “AT40” at the end of 2003, the top five tracks were: “Hey Ya” by Outkast, “Here Without You” by 3 Doors Down, “Suga Suga” by Baby Bash, “Perfect” by Simple Plan and Nickelback’s “Someday.” 1. “Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars.” — The radio signoff Kasem used throughout his five-decade career.

     
  • Long Distance Dedication? Hokey Casey Kasem stayed popular Jun 15, 2014 4:32 PM
    Already by the mid-1970s, Casey Kasem and his “American Top 40” radio show felt like an anachronism, a hokey blast from a time when everything was supposedly hunky-dory, when all the kids danced to the same tunes and America was all about possibility.

     
  • Notable deaths last week Jun 14, 2014 6:56 PM
    This week’s notable deaths included a black American actress whose work on stage and off involved fighting racial discrimination; a Cy Young Award-winning Major League Baseball pitcher and ex-Steelers coach Chuck Noll.

     
  • Famed vascular surgeon dies Jun 13, 2014 5:10 PM
    A vascular surgeon who gained national and international acclaim as one of the pioneers in organ transplantation has died at the age of 87. Dr. John J. Bergan died Wednesday in Chicago, 50 years after he performed the first kidney transplant at what is now Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

     
  • Hall of Fame coach Chuck Noll dies at 82 Jun 14, 2014 12:51 AM
    Chuck Noll, the Hall of Fame coach who won a record four Super Bowl titles with the Pittsburgh Steelers, died Friday night at his home. He was 82. Noll transformed the Steelers from a long-standing joke into one of the NFL’s pre-eminent powers, becoming the only coach to win four Super Bowls. He was a demanding figure who did not make close friends with his players, yet was a successful and motivating leader.

     
  • Jack Roeser lauded as committed to conservatives and community Jun 13, 2014 8:30 PM
    Jack Roeser, a businessman and conservative icon in the suburbs who was one of the earliest supporters of the Tea Party in Illinois and dedicated to improving Carpentersville, died Friday morning at 90. “He one time told me, ‘My father was such a good man. I thought if that’s what it takes to be a man, I will never be one,’” his brother Tom Roeser said.

     
  • Harper nursing teacher was 'the one the students remember' Jun 12, 2014 4:19 PM
    Nearly every student who goes through Harper College’s nursing program remembers the Mrs. Hastings videos featuring a cranky, difficult patient who breaks nearly every rule in the book. Jean Hastings Genster, one of the college’s original nursing instructors, created the memorable role, and she played against type. Her legions of former students remember her as one of their favorite teachers, whose sense of humor made classes fun.

     
  • British comedian Rik Mayall dies at 56 Jun 9, 2014 2:46 PM
    Rik Mayall, one of a generation of performers that injected post-punk energy into British comedy, has died. In the 1980s Mayall was part of the Comic Strip, a hugely influential group of alternative young comics that included Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders and Mayall’s writing and performing partner, Adrian Edmondson.

     
  • Metea mourns loss of science teacher with passion for learning Jun 9, 2014 6:21 PM
    Michael Riley Wegrzyn was the kind of teacher who wanted his students to find their passion in life — and always was willing to help them pursue it. A science teacher at Metea Valley High School in Aurora since it opened in 2009, Wegrzyn, 32, died Friday after suffering a stroke several days earlier. “Mike truly enjoyed having a great time and had a tremendous sense of humor,” Metea Principal Jim Schmid said Monday.

     
  • Baseball mainstay Zimmer; women’s movement pioneer Jun 7, 2014 5:40 PM
    This week’s notable deaths include a former owner of New Jersey sports teams who recently bought the Philadelphia Inquirer newspape and an ex-New York Yankees and cubs coach who spent 60 years in Major League Baseball.

     
  • Larry Schreiner a legend in Chicago radio crime coverage Jun 7, 2014 6:17 PM
    Larry Schreiner, a crime reporter who worked for WGN radio and as a columnist for the Daily Herald, died Thursday at his Barrington home at age 72. “Larry was a legend on the police beat," said Tom Quinlan, his editor at the Daily Herald.

     
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