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  • Former pro pitcher Gloria 'Tippy' Schweigerdt dies Jul 11, 2014 6:01 PM
    Not many young men learn how to throw a curveball from their moms. But that's exactly what Gloria “Tippy” Schweigerdt did with her son, Gordon. Schweigerdt had some experience on the mound — she pitched in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in the early 1950s. And when it came time for father-son Little League games, Gloria Schweigerdt took the field with Gordon, too. Schweigerdt, 80, of Fox Lake, died Thursday after an illness.

  • Judge Roszkowski dies at 91 Jul 9, 2014 4:47 PM
    A long-serving judge whom a federal courthouse in northern Illinois is named for has died. The clerk for the Northern District of Illinois announced the death of Stanley J. Roszkowski Wednesday. He was 91.

  • Former Vernon Hills Trustee Donald L. Hook dies Jul 7, 2014 6:18 PM
    Former Vernon Hills trustee Don Hook died July 3. He was 62. Hook also served on the Cook Memorial Public Library District board.

  • Libertyville’s Joanne Boehm remembered for community work Jul 7, 2014 5:14 PM
    Longtime Libertyville resident Joanne Boehm is being remembered as a community volunteer, a dedicated church parishioner and a patron of the arts. She died July 4. She was 78.

  • Arlington Heights woman ID'd as victim of Lake Michigan boating accident Jul 8, 2014 5:49 AM
    An Arlington Heights woman who starred in two sports at St. Viator High School has been identified as the body pulled from Lake Michigan on June 28 east of Navy Pier. Officials from the Cook County medical examiner's office confirmed that Megan Blenner, 27, drowned after a May 31 boating accident on the lake that killed at least one other person.

  • Notable deaths last week Jul 5, 2014 6:11 PM
    This week’s notable deaths included the architect of the New York Mets’ most recent World Series championship team and a billionaire banking heir who funded conservative causes.

  • Billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife dies at 82 Jul 4, 2014 5:41 PM
    Richard Mellon Scaife died early Friday at his home, his newspaper, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, reported. Scaife’s death comes less than two months after he announced in a first-person, front-page story in his Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that he had an untreatable form of cancer.

  • ‘Fantastic horseman’ Bruce Duchossois dies at 64 Jul 4, 2014 8:01 AM
    Bruce Duchossois, a well-known figure in American eventing and son of Arlington chairman Richard L. Duchossois, died Wednesday at the age of 64 after a lengthy battle with cancer. “He was a fantastic horseman,” said Arlington trainer Louie Roussel III. “He could ride and show horses. He was a wonderful individual."

  • Friends remember Arlington Hts. environmental activist Jul 2, 2014 7:06 PM
    David Templer was one of the original homeowners in the Northgate subdivision when it was built in Arlington Heights more than 40 years ago and an active environmentalist. Friends are remembering Templer, who died Saturday at age 73, as a thoughtful and dedicated community member.

  • 'Designing Women' star Meshach Taylor dies at 67 Jun 29, 2014 12:09 PM
    Meshach Taylor, who played a lovable ex-convict surrounded by boisterous Southern belles on the sitcom “Designing Women” and appeared in numerous other TV and film roles, died of cancer at age 67, his agent said Sunday. Taylor got an Emmy nod for his portrayal of Anthony Bouvier on “Designing Women” from 1986 to 1993. Then he costarred for four seasons on another successful comedy, “Dave's World,” as the best friend of a newspaper humor columnist played by the series' star, Harry Anderson.

  • Arlington Hts. wake for motorcyclist draws police, road closures Jun 28, 2014 10:09 PM
    Large crowds gathered in Arlington Heights Saturday for the wake for Douglas Peters, a 43-year-old Algonquin man who was killed in a motorcycle accident last weekend. The memorial drew fellow members of the Outlaws motorcycle club and a sizeable police presence.

  • Notable deaths last week Jun 28, 2014 7:00 PM
    This week’s notable deaths include a U.S. Senate majority leader who served as President Ronald Reagan’s chief of staff and a Tony Award-winning character actor who appeared in more than 100 movies.

  • 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.

  • Ex-Sen. Baker, who queried Nixon on Watergate, dies Jun 26, 2014 7:39 PM
    Former U.S. Sen. Howard Baker, a one-time towering political figure in Washington who also was a chief of staff to President Ronald Reagan, has died, his former spokesman said. Baker’s question sliced to the core of Watergate: “What did the president know and when did he know it?”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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