Daily Archive : Monday January 7, 2013

News

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    Anna Lisznianski is the CEO of PushCoin and her husband, Slawomir, is the chief technology officer of the company.

    PushCoin payment system caters to kids

    Parents of young children and teens, welcome to the world of Geneva-based PushCoin. If you haven’t heard about the mobile payment system that is especially beneficial for kids, you may want to attend a free seminar from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at the FONA International auditorium on Averill Road in Geneva.

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    Probation for teen in Elgin DUI chase, crash

    A 17-year-old from Bartlett, who led Elgin police on a drunken chase last August while driving on a learner's permit, has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor DUI. The teen pleaded guilty last month to the reduced misdemeanor charge and was sentenced to 12 months probation and other service, and fined $2,920.

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    Steve Burton, who played Jason Morgan on the ABC soap "General Hospital" for 21 years and left the show last fall to relocate his family to Tennessee, is joining the cast of “Young & The Restless.”

    Soap vet Steve Burton goes from 'GH' to 'Y&R'

    There's heartbreak ahead for some "General Hospital" fans. Steve Burton, who played Jason Morgan on the ABC soap opera for nearly 21 years, is joining the cast of "The Young and the Restless." His first episode is slated to air Jan. 29. "It is a little nerve-racking because I don't really know who the character is. The cool thing is I know a lot of people who are there already. The soap world is...

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    McHenry County State’s Attorney Louis Bianchi

    Bianchi attorney wants special prosecutor charged with contempt

    An attorney for McHenry County State's Attorney Louis Bianchi, who was acquitted in two misconduct trials in 2011, has asked a judge to declare a special prosecutor and two investigators to be held in contempt of court. Attorney Terry Ekl argues that a trove of emails obtained in a federal lawsuit filed by Bianchi that special prosecutor Thomas McQueen ignored exculpatory evidence.

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    The Cook County medical examiner said that Urooj Khan was fatally poisoned with cyanide July 20, 2012, a day after he collected nearly $425,000 in lottery winnings.

    Lottery winner’s cyanide death being investigated

    Urooj Khan had returned to Chicago from the hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia inspired to lead a better life and had sworn off buying lottery tickets — except just this once. The scratch-off ticket was a $1 million winner. But the day after the state issued the check last July, Khan suddenly died, leaving authorities with a baffling mystery and a homicide investigation. After initially ruling...

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    Crumpled versions of handheld signs littered the floor of the St. Charles City Council chamber Monday night as opponents of the Lexington Club development left, stunned by a vote approving the project.

    Lexington Club project sees rare reversal in St. Charles

    Just one month ago, the Lexington Club project seemed dead in St. Charles. But the project, which aims to build up to 102 townhouses and 28 single-family homes on the former Applied Composites site, has new life after two aldermen changed votes, which resulted in a tie that the mayor broke. One resident shouted at the council that their votes had "disgraced us as citizens."

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    State Rep. Daniel Biss of Evanston, top left, House Republican Leader Tom Cross of Oswego, bottom, and state Rep. Elaine Nekritz of Northbrook, listen to testimony during a House committee hearing at the Capitol Monday.

    Odds of pension legislation by Wednesday get longer

    Lawmakers adjourned for the day without sending the Senate a plan to cut teachers' and state workers' pension benefits. The debate over the state's rising retirement costs has consumed lawmakers, and frustration that their terms could end Wednesday without legislation rose to the surface. "Two years later, still nothing, nothing has happened," said House Republican Leader Tom Cross of Oswego.

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    Pro golfers like Bubba Watson attracted nearly 45,000 visitors per day to Medinah Country Club in September during the 2012 Ryder Cup. Now towns surrounding the site are weighing whether the extra crowds were a boon or bust.

    DuPage towns still counting benefits from Ryder Cup

    Several DuPage County communities are still calculating the benefits from the Ryder Cup — both in terms of money and image — even though golf's most prestigious tournament left Medinah Country Club nearly four months ago. The event also continues to pay dividends for charities such as Ronald McDonald House of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana that are poised to receive thousands of...

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    Buffalo Grove trustee candidate removed from ballot

    The campaign for the Buffalo Grove village board lost its only non-incumbent Monday when the village's electoral board removed candidate Jeffrey Battinus from the ballot because he failed to file a required statement of economic interest by the Dec. 26 deadline.

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    U-46 high schools recognized for STEM progress

    Biotechnical engineering and aerospace engineering will be among the future courses offered to Elgin Area School District U-46 students thanks to support from a national nonprofit pushing science, technology, engineering and math classes in middle and high schools. Project Lead the Way provides curricula and standardized tests for a variety of STEM classes along with professional development and...

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    Dist. 207 to hire investigator in wake of hazing allegations

    The Maine Township High School District 207 school board Monday night directed the district's counsel to draft an agreement with an independent investigator to look into allegations of hazing at Maine West High School. Two 14-year-old freshman members of the varsity boys soccer team claim they were sexually assaulted inside the school on Sept. 26 as part of a hazing ritual, according to police.

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    Associated Press Court records show Gina Torres and Laurence Fishburnewas granted a temporary restraining order on Thursday Jan. 3, 2012 against a man who claims to own the actor’s house and went there on New Year’s day to try to evict him and his family. Fishburne’s filing states police told him that the man was recently released from parole for a previous cyberstalking and criminal threats conviction.

    Laurence Fishburne granted restraining order

    Laurence Fishburne has been granted a temporary restraining order against an ex-convict who claims to own the actor's home and went there on New Year's Day to try to evict him. The order requires Anthony Francis, whose real name is Mark Francisco, to stay 100 yards from the Oscar-nominated actor and his wife and daughter.

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    Bill Johnston

    District 116 to vote next week on seeking referendum for Round Lake High work

    Round Lake Area Unit District 116 board members agreed to decide next week whether to pursue a referendum to get voter permission to borrow $36 million for high school expansion and various improvements. District 116 board members held a special meeting Monday night to gain information about the proposals for Round Lake High School and how the work would be financed. The board agreed to vote at...

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    Police shoot unarmed carjacking suspect

    Chicago police said officers shot to death a man suspected of a carjacking. Authorities said the man, who remains unidentified, was shot Monday because he was holding a dark object, believed to be a gun, that he raised toward two officers. However, a spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police said the object turned out not to be a weapon.

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    Ann Schneider

    Are tolls in future for Circle Interchange?

    It's no secret the state's short on cash for highways and transit so does that mean Illinoisans can expect more tolls creeping into our daily commute? It's a question IDOT Secretary Ann Schneider addressed Monday.

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    PHOTO BY MIKE ANZALDI Robert Maday, lying on the ground, is surrounded by police and fire officials after crashing his car in West Chicago in September 2009 after a two-day manhunt.

    Maday defense focuses on health issues

    Robert Maday's trial on charges of escape, armed bank robbery, being a felon in possession of a firearm and using a firearm to commit a violent crime continued Monday at Chicago's Dirksen Federal Building. The trial on Monday focused on Maday's medical history during the escape.

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    Barrington opposition slate faces removal from ballot

    Three Barrington village trustee candidates touting a different vision for downtown redevelopment than the current board could be removed from the ballot because they did not file mandatory statements of economic interest. A Barrington electoral board hearing on the objections against candidates James Magnanenzi, Michael Kozel and JoAnn Fletcher Jan. 10.

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    Compensating for wetlands to be affected by the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway extension could result in up to $9 million in improvements at Pine Dunes Forest Preserve near Wadsworth. The Illinois State Toll Highway Authority and Lake County Forest Preserve District are expected to pursue an agreement regarding trail and restoration work.

    Tollway need could be bonus for Lake County forest district

    Compensating for wetlands to be affected by the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway extension project could result in up to $9 million in improvements at Pine Dunes Forest Preserve in Lake County. The Illinois State Toll Highway Authority and Lake County Forest Preserve District are expected to pursue an agreement regarding the trail and restoration work at the site near Wadsworth.

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    At the White House on Monday, President Barack Obama announces he is nominating Deputy National Security Adviser for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, John Brennan, right, as CIA director; and former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, left, as defense secretary.

    Obama digs in for a fight on Hagel, Brennan picks

    Digging in for a fight, President Barack Obama riled Senate Republicans and some Democrats, too, on Monday by nominating former senator and combat veteran Chuck Hagel to lead the Pentagon and anti-terrorism chief John Brennan as the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Hagel and Brennan, in separate Senate confirmation hearings, will face sharp questions on a range of contentious...

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    Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich speaks to reporters as his wife, Patti, listens at the federal building in Chicago after he was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

    Patti Blagojevich sues over billboards

    The wife of imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich has filed a lawsuit against a Chicago radio station for using her husband's image in an advertising campaign. Crain's Chicago Business reported Patti Blagojevich is seeking $30,000 from Merlin Media LLC for advertising that features Rod Blagojevich's picture on billboards promoting Chicago's WIQI-FM.

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    Union Pacific employees check the crossing gates at the Arthur Avenue railroad crossing after a Metra train struck a vehicle there Monday afternoon in Arlington Heights.

    Metra train strikes car in Arlington Heights

    A Metra train struck a car in Arlington Heights Monday afternoon, temporarily stopping trains on the Union Pacific Northwest Line in both directions. No one was injured. The minor crash took place at 3:15 p.m. at Arthur Avenue just south of the Arlington Heights station, said Meg Reile, Metra spokeswoman.

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    Paul Heath

    Former ECC president Paul Heath dies at 78

    Elgin Community College's "builder president" died Dec. 27 at age 78, about two decades after launching a $48 million expansion of the Spartan Drive campus. Paul Heath, ECC's fifth president, served from 1987 to 1994 and oversaw one of the greatest periods of growth and expansion at the college since the 1960s.

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    Committee to discuss Des Plaines Theatre code violations

    The Des Plaines building code committee will meet Wednesday, Jan. 9, to discuss code compliance issues at the Des Plaines Theatre. The committee will review problems with the facility's fire curtain, boiler room and furnace room among other concerns, some of which have been out of compliance since December, and whether to extend a temporary occupancy permit.

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    Jonathan H. Williams, 21, of Somonauk, was charged with illegal use of blue emergency lights at 7:58 p.m. Friday on South Batavia Avenue, according to a Batavia police report. He was also charged with driving without headlights activated when required.

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    MHS art show on Jan. 31

    Mundelein High School's Advanced Placement art students will hold their annual art show Thursday, Jan. 31.

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    Former Libertyville trustee dies

    A former Libertyville trustee who also spent years working as a guidance counselor and director at Libertyville High School has died. Eugene Brakel, 85, of Libertyville, died Dec. 24.

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    Snowmobile certification class

    A snowmobile safety class and certification exam will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 12 at the Lake County Forest Preserve District operations and public safety facility 19808 W. Grand Ave., Lindenhurst.

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    Fremont library used book sale

    A used book sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Fremont Public Library, 1170 N. Midlothian Road, Mundelein.

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    Becky Gillam

    West Dundee looking for board replacement

    West Dundee leaders have officially launched a search to replace Becky Gillam, a trustee who left the village board after her November election to the Kane County Board.

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    Supporters of granting illegal immigrants driver’s licenses cheer Monday after a House committee hearing at the Capitol in Springfield. The proposal that could make Illinois the next state to allow illegal immigrants to get driver’s licenses has passed out of the House committee.

    Plan for immigrant driver’s licenses advances

    A proposal to issue driver's licenses to illegal immigrants received House committee approval Monday, despite concerns by both Democrats and Republicans whether it goes far enough to prevent fraud. The plan, endorsed 6-3 by a transportation committee, requires those immigrants who wish to obtain a license have their photo taken and filed digitally in a state database. But state Rep. Dennis...

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    Charles Amrich

    Amrich, Sciarrone facing candidacy challenges in Island Lake

    Two Island Lake residents are trying to get a pair of well-known municipal candidates knocked off the April 9 ballot, officials confirmed Monday. The objections were filed against mayoral hopeful Charles Amrich and trustee candidate Tony Sciarrone, both members of the "For the People" slate. Residents Louis Sharp and Daniel Field, filed both objections.

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    Campton Hills rehab center vote nears as survey results trickle in

    Only one-third of Campton Hills households are in opposition to the proposed Kiva Recovery Center, according Village President Patsy Smith's interpretation of a village postcard survey conducted last month. Village Trustees on Tuesday will meet and possibly vote on the inpatient treatment center proposed for a former school.

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    Despite discontent, Sugar Grove Library board election uncontested

    Despite all the criticism of the Sugar Grove Library trustees raised when they fired a longtime library director, not many people are running for the board in April.

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    Handguns are displayed in the sales area of Sandy Springs Gun Club and Range, in Sandy Springs, Ga. In Connecticut and Colorado, scenes of the most deadly U.S. mass shootings in 2012, people were less enthusiastic about buying new guns at the end of the year than in most other states, according to an Associated Press analysis of new FBI data.

    Fewer gun buyers seen in U.S. mass shooting states

    People who lived in the two states that saw the most deadly U.S. mass shootings in 2012 were less enthusiastic about buying new guns at the end of the year than those in most other states, according to an Associated Press analysis of new FBI data.

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    Bennie Starks, now 52, talks to reporters after the aggravated battery charge against him was dropped Monday in Lake County Court. It was the last remaining charge from a 1986 rape Starks was wrongfully convicted of and for which he spent 20 years in prison.

    Bennie Starks a free man after remaining charge is dropped

    Bennie Starks is a completely free man after the remaining aggravated battery charge against him was dropped Monday during a hearing in front of Lake County Judge John Philips. "It's, like, a huge relief," the 52-year-old Starks said after the hearing. Starks had been wrongfully convicted of raping a woman in 1986, but the charge was not dropped until now.

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    This handout photo provided by the State Department shows Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton holding up a football jersey, number “112” at the State Department in Washington Monday, as she returned to work on Monday after a month-long absence caused first by a stomach virus, then a fall and a concussion and finally a brief hospitalization for a blot clot near her brain. The number 112 refers to the record-breaking number of countries she has visited since becoming secretary of state.

    Hillary Clinton back at work after hospitalization

    Cheers, a standing ovation and a gag gift of protective headgear greeted Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as she returned to work on Monday after a monthlong absence caused first by a stomach virus, then a fall and a concussion and finally a brief hospitalization for a blood clot near her brain.

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    St. Charles man killed in crash on Route 25 near Batavia

    A car crash near Batavia Monday killed a St. Charles man and injured a Batavia woman, according to the Kane County Sheriff's Department.

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    House panel OKs Medicaid change for new health law

    SPRINGFIELD — An Illinois House committee has approved a plan to expand the state’s Medicaid program for low-income residents. The plan is necessary to implement the national health care law next year. The Human Services Appropriations Committee voted 9-5 Monday to make up to 600,000 uninsured residents eligible for Medicaid when President Barack Obama’s health care makeover takes effect.

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    Illinois House committee takes up pension issue

    A House committee has begun considering a plan to solve Illinois' pension crisis by freezing cost-of-living increases for retirees and asking employees to contribute more. Sen. Elaine Nekritz is the bill's sponsor. She says it may not be perfect but will help keep Illinois from falling back into a "deep pension abyss."

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    ASSOCIATED PRESS This artist rendering shows the different types of planets in our Milky Way galaxy detected by NASA’s Kepler spacecraft. A new analysis of Kepler data found there are at least 17 billion planets the size of Earth.

    Study: Billions of Earth-size planets in Milky Way

    Astronomers hunting for Earth-like planets now have many places to look. A new estimate released Monday suggested the Milky Way galaxy is home to at least 17 billion planets similar in size to our planet.

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    Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal says he was “completely surprised” by the uproar that followed publication of a Rolling Stone article featuring derogatory comments attributed to his staff about the Obama administration.

    McChrystal calls for enduring Afghan force

    Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal said Monday he backs the White House's drawdown of U.S. forces in Afghanistan slated for 2014, but added that the U.S. owes Afghans some sort of enduring security presence to support them.

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    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel applauds House action on licenses

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is praising a House committee's action to develop a program allowing illegal immigrants to get driver's licenses. The Democrat says the proposal would make Chicago and Illinois "more welcoming to immigrants."

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    Hugo A. Alvarez

    Child porn conviction could lead to ex-doctor’s deportation

    A former doctor has been stripped of his license and could be deported as a result of his child pornography conviction in DuPage County. Judge George Bakalis sentenced former internist Hugo Alvarez, 47, of Willow Springs, on Monday to two years of probation and 60 days of jail work release.

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    Karen Larson, co-founder of the School of Expressive Arts and Learning, shows off the regulation-sized gymnasium at the school's new $5.5 million home in Lombard.

    Therapeutic school opens in new Lombard location

    The SEAL Sabres of Lombard will have a true home court Monday as the School of Expressive Arts and Learning holds its first day of classes in a new $5.5 million facility. "This is our 'wow' factor that a lot of (therapeutic day) schools don't have," said Karen Larson, one of the school's founders, about the gym where the SEAL Sabres will face other teams in the Chicago Area Alternative Education...

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    People gather outside the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colo., following a mass shooting that killed 12 people during a midnight showing of the Batman movie “The Dark Night Rises” in July.

    Police thought theater shooting suspect was officer at first

    A police officer who arrested James Holmes after the Colorado movie theater massacre thought he was a fellow officer at first because of the man was wearing body armor. The officer then realized Holmes wasn't since he wasn't running toward the theater.

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    United Airlines plane lands safely after emergency landing

    A United Airlines plane reported smoke in the cockpit prompting an emergency response Monday morning at O'Hare International Airport.

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    GreenMan holds auditions for ‘Secret Garden’

    Elmhurst-based GreenMan Theatre will hold auditions next month for its production of the children's classic "The Secret Garden," by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The story will be adapted and directed by Linda Roberts, who has appeared in previous GreenMan productions of "Pride and Prejudice" and "Ravenscroft."

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    Fillmore Dryden's almost daily visits to McKee last about four hours. His intimate knowledge of the preserve helps him find birds in all seasons and in all weather.

    Marsh regular exposes wonders of 'patch birding'

    Our Jeff Reiter explores the wonders of "patch birding" through the eyes of Fillmore Dryden, who makes McKee Marsh in Warrenville his home away from home. The practice of bird-watching in the same location on a regular basis is a great way to learn the local birds.

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    U.S. spent $18 billion on immigration enforcement

    The Obama administration spent more money on immigration enforcement in the last fiscal year than all other federal law enforcement agencies combined, according to a report on the government's enforcement efforts from a Washington think tank.

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    Michelle Fuller, left, and Carolyn Livingston, volunteers at the Illiana Genealogical and Historical Society In Danville, look through the new post card book “Plains, Trains and Other Wheels.” This is the third book using old postcards to highlight unique aspects of Vermilion County.

    Illiana group issues new postcard book

    DANVILLE — Vermilion County always has been a transportation hub — from the trails used by Native Americans to a busy interstate highway system.A new booklet published by the Illiana Genealogical & Historical Society takes a look at that history in its latest postcard book, “Plains, Trains and Other Wheels.”

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    Durbin to assess Miss. River rock-removal effort

    Sen. Dick Durbin and Rep. Bill Enyart are getting a firsthand look at urgent efforts to clear some Mississippi River bedrock that's crimping shipping on the waterway. They will be briefed Monday about the work near Thebes by Army Corps of Engineers and Coast Guard officials, then tour the site by boat before addressing reporters.

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    Police: Armed man shot, killed by deputy in S. Ill.

    Illinois State Police say a Madison County man was armed when he was shot to death by a sheriff's deputy investigating a neighbor's report of a disturbance. Investigators say 51-year-old Barry Cloninger died at the scene of the shooting near his rural Edwardsville home.

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    4 people killed in Rockford house fire

    Authorities say four people are dead after a fire broke out overnight in a Rockford home. The fire broke out after midnight Monday in a two-story, single-family home.

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    U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. pauses during a press briefing at a hotel in Jerusalem Monday. In his first visit to Israel, Paul on Monday called for a gradual reduction of American foreign aid. Israel is among the largest recipients of American assistance.

    U.S. Sen. Paul calls for gradual cut in aid to Israel

    U.S. Sen. Rand Paul on Monday called for a gradual reduction of American foreign aid, delivering the message in an unlikely venue — since Israel is among the top recipients of American assistance. Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, told reporters that the U.S. can't afford to keep borrowing money and then handing it out to others, even to allies like Israel.

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    Lisa Dolnics plays secretary Sarah Schorr to Rich Scott’s Judge Biddle in The Village Theatre Guild’s 2013 opener, “Trying.”

    Village Theatre Guild tells Nuremberg judge’s story in ‘Trying’

    Playwright Joanna Glass tells the story of an elderly man who was at the epicenter of world history and a 25-year-old woman in "Trying," the Village Theatre Guild's first production of the year.

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    Syrian men leave the old city of Aleppo, Syria, on Sunday. The revolution against Syrian President Bashar Assad that began in March 2011 started with peaceful protests but has morphed into a civil war that has killed more than 60,000 people, according to a recent United Nations recent estimate.

    Syrian troops repulse rebel attack in Aleppo

    BEIRUT — Syria’s state media said Monday that government troops repulsed a rebel attack on a police school in the northern city of Aleppo, one day after President Bashar Assad called on Syrians to fight an opposition driven by what he characterized as religious extremists.

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    5 dead, 2 missing in Turkish mine accident

    An official says a gas leak inside a coal mine in northern Turkey has killed five workers and injured one. Two other miners are missing and feared dead.

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    The Bishop Henry B. Hucles Episcopal Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center in New York was swollen to nearly double its licensed capacity by elderly and disabled New Yorkers it took in after they were evacuated from seaside nursing homes and assisted living residences following Superstorm Sandy.

    Sandy prompts some elderly to seek assisted living

    For the first time in her life, Marion Johnston says she feels old. The petite 80-year-old retired school secretary who uses a walker is still adjusting as one of the newest residents at the Bristal Assisted Living retirement community. She moved in November after the howling winds and rising flood waters of Superstorm Sandy destroyed her Long Island waterfront condominium. Johnston had often...

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    Delay requested in Ohio school shooting trial

    A judge is expected to consider a request to delay next week's scheduled trial of an Ohio teenager charged in the school shooting deaths of three students in Chardon, Ohio, last February.

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    Ala. teen accused of plotting to bomb classmates

    An eastern Alabama high school student faces an attempted assault charge after authorities say he planned to use homemade explosives in a terrorist attack on fellow students at his school.

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    6 teens arrested in La. brawl that shut down mall

    Six teenagers have been arrested in a mass brawl that sparked a stampede and the evacuation of a shopping mall in Louisiana. More than 200 teens were in the food court when the fight broke out Saturday night at the Mall of Louisiana in Baton Rouge.

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    Mass. man attacked by bobcat in his garage

    A man in Massachusetts says all he heard was a hiss before a bobcat pounced on him in his own garage, sinking its teeth into his face and its claws in his back. Roger Mundell Jr. went into the garage in Brookfield on Sunday morning to fetch some tie-down straps for a friend when the animal attacked.

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    We’re looking for your help in deciding what comics we should drop.

    Talk with the Editor: Help us decide what comics to replace

    In this Talk with the Editor, John Lampinen asked for help deciding what comics should be dropped from the print publication.

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    Television crew take positions Monday in front of the Saket district court where the accused in a gang rape are being tried in New Delhi, India. An Indian magistrate ruled Monday that the media will not be allowed to attend pretrial hearings or the trial of the five men accused of raping and killing a young student in the Indian capital, a police official said.

    Hearings, trial closed in Indian rape case

    An Indian magistrate ruled Monday that the media will not be allowed to attend pre-trial hearings or the trial of the five men accused of raping and killing a young student in the Indian capital, a police official said. Magistrate Namrita Aggarwal upheld the prosecutor's request that the media be barred from attending the proceedings, according to police spokesman Rajan Bhagat.

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    Claude V. Markstrom, who helped build many of the churches and buildings in Arlington Heights, died Jan. 4 at the age of 86.

    Building contractor left his mark on Arlington Heights

    Claude V. Markstrom, whose legacy as a building contractor can be seen today in institutions such as Faith Lutheran Church and the Lutheran Home in Arlington Heights, died quietly at his Buffalo Grove home Friday at age 86.

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    Dawn Patrol: Next pension hearing today; Glenbard W. star in BCS title game

    State Rep. Nekritz of Northbrook says a pension reform deal can get done by Wednesday. Glenbard West standout Chris Watt is ready for tonight's title game on the Notre Dame squad. Questions for the Blackhawks, more coach candidates for the Bears.

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    No Limit Arcade co-owner Kevin Slota says he doesn’t see how taking the violent games out of the arcade will hurt his business, especially given that he’s replacing them with other games.

    Weekend in Review: Pension deal not done; NHL lockout ends
    What you may have missed over the weekend: Algonquin arcade owner removes games; tollway revenue up; strike looms in Dist. 33; Maine West coach appeals firing in hazing case; Lake County sees 10 homicides in 2012; Erin's law passes; NHL lockout ends; Bears expand coaching searc; and pension hearing today in Springfield.

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    Des Plaines city officials are considering retiring this aging ladder truck and purchasing a used one from Lake Zurich for $400,000. The city currently has about $1.4 million in its budget to buy a new ladder truck.

    Des Plaines may buy used ladder truck

    The Des Plaines City Council Monday night will consider spending about $400,000 to buy a used aerial ladder truck from Lake Zurich to replace an aging ladder truck well past its useful life. “It's an unusual find,” Fire Chief Alan Wax said. “Lake Zurich has decided to change its operations. They do not have that many fires. They decided they don't need it.”

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    Eric Benink

    Northwest Community Hospital names medical chief with business expertise

    Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights has named Dr. Eric Benink, who also has a masters degree in business administration, as its new chief medical officer. "Dr. Benink was the clear choice after many rounds of interviews with finalists and a national search process that considered over 30 candidates," said Bruce Crowther, CEO of Northwest Community.

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    Argonne chemical engineer Andrew Jansen lines up positive and negative electrodes on a machine called a winder. The two electrodes will be wound together with a separator to create a structure called a “jellyroll,” which is then used to make a prototype lithium-ion battery.

    Battery dream team will spark innovations in cars, grid

    Can the science wizards at Argonne re-invent the massive, expensive batteries that power electric cars so that you could afford one? That's the hope, say researchers with the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research. “We're pulling together the best scientific minds in the country to look at new ways to store energy,” said JCESR Deputy Director Jeff Chamberlain, a surface chemist...

Sports

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    Bartlett preparing for Hometown Heroes event

    For the past several years, Bartlett’s girls basketball program has hosted an annual Kay Yow Cancer Fund Pink Out event.While that event has been successful in supporting breast cancer research, a different worthy cause, one with some very personal ties to the Bartlett High School community, will be the benefactor of this year’s event. Actually, it’s two other worthy causes, the Wounded Warrior Project and TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors).All it took was a lunch over summer for Bartlett coach Denise Sarna and her former assistant, Pat Arnet, to start thinking about something that would support military families.“The real driving force came when Pat and I had lunch with Samantha Prang, a former player and manager of ours,” Sarna said. “Samantha had joined the Army and she was being deployed to Afghanistan for a year and Pat and I talked about how it would be nice to do something to support military families. We’ve had a lot of military families in our community over the years and we though it would be nice to do something to support a different group.”The military’s presence within the Bartlett community runs deep, and tragic as well. Bartlett graduates Lenny Gulczynski and Matt Martinek each gave their lives serving their country. Ally Giampapa, a current junior on the Hawks’ varsity, has two brothers in the service and former guard Janessa Baker’s brother is in the military, among others.A multitude of events are planned for the Hawks’ Hometown Heroes game against South Elgin on Jan. 19. Varsity game time is 2:30 p.m. but there will be raffles and other events throughout the day. Sarna said an American flag the length of the basketball court will be rolled out for the national anthem, and there’s a possibility the Illinois Traveling Memorial Wall will make an appearance.Additionally Sarna and event directors Marsha Vanek and Ken Pavell are seeking alumni and/or friends and family from both Bartlett and South Elgin high schools who are currently enlisted or are veterans of the Armed Forces to be recognized at the game. The committee is also soliciting both corporate and individual sponsorships, donations and raffle prizes for the event. Sarna said radio station US99 has made some donations and one raffle prize will be a Ryan Dempster autographed baseball. There will also be a shooting contest at halftime in which one luck fan will have a chance to make a shot from three-quarters court for $5,000. T-shirts will be sold as well.“We’ll have a lot going on,” Sarna said. “South Elgin has sent us some names and we really want to try to make contact with as many servicemen and women and their families to come out and be recognized. I just hope we get a good turnout and can honor all those people who have served our country. It’s really exciting and we’re looking forward to it.”For further information in supporting the event, contact Vanek at marshavanek@u-46.org or at (630) 372-4700, ext. 4611, or Pavell at kpavell@comcast.net or (630) 452-3659.

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    The exit of head coach Scott Skiles could be the first in a series of big shake-ups for the Bucks..

    Bucks GM: Skiles out as coach, Boyles to fill in

    Scott Skiles is out as Milwaukee Bucks head coach and the team says assistant Jim Boylan will take over for the rest of the season. Bucks general manager John Hammond made it official Tuesday.

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    Alabama's Eddie Lacy reacts after rushing for a touchdown during the first half of the BCS championship football game against Notre Dame Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, in Miami.

    Alabama glides over Irish in BCS title game

    Alabama romped to its second consecutive BCS championship, and third in four seasons, beating No. 1 Notre Dame 42-14 in a BCS championship game that was no classic after all. AJ McCarron threw four touchdown passes and Eddie Lacy ran for 140 yards and scored twice for the second-ranked Crimson Tide, which scored on its first three drives and cruised to the second-most lopsided BCS championship game victory Monday.

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    University of Texas women’s track coach Bev Kearney, left, shown here being embraced by Texas Gov. Rick Perry during a ceremony to recognize her track team’s NCAA championship, has resigned. Kearney admitted to having an intimate relationship with one of her athletes in 2002.

    Texas track coach resigns amid investigation

    University of Texas women's track coach Bev Kearney has resigned and acknowledged in an interview with the Austin American-Statesman that she had an intimate relationship with an athlete in her program in 2002. Kearney, who won six national championships since 1993, was placed on paid leave in November as university officials investigated unspecified issues within the program. In a statement released Saturday night, university officials said the relationship was first reported to the school in October and the school was taking measures to fire Kearney before she resigned.

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    Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson scrambles during the first half of Monday night’s 42-14 loss to Alabama.

    Rout or not, Notre Dame brand is back

    Despite losing to Alabama in the national-championship game, Notre Dame's brand name will enable to build on this regular season's success.

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    Cavaliers forward Alonzo Gee drives under pressure from Bulls center Joakim Noah during the first half Monday at the United Center.

    Bulls keep their New Year’s resolution
    After letting Charlotte snap and 18-game losing streak at the United Center on Dec. 31, the Bulls sat down and collectively made some New Year's resolutions. At least, that's how the resurgent Carlos Boozer tells the story. He recorded his fifth straight double-double in Monday's 118-92 win over Cleveland at the United Center.

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    Metea Valley suffers big loss in tourney win

    One of Metea Valley's best wins of the season came with a price.

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    Graham’s late 3 sinks Hoffman Estates

    Glenbard West sophomore Claire Graham hit three 3-pointers, including the game-winner with 12 seconds left to lift the host Hilltoppers to a 47-45 triumph over visiting Hoffman Estates in the nonconference girls basketball game.

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    Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery speaks at an NFL football news conference in Lake Forest, Ill., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. A day after the Bears fired head coach Lovie Smith, Emery explained his decision to the media. AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Offense certainly on Emery’s mind

    The Seahawks' Darrell Bevell is the eighth offensive coordinator who has or will be interviewed for the Bears' head-coaching position. The former Wisconsin quarterback played for and coached under Aurora native and Marmion Military Academy graduate Brad Childress.

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    Wauconda’s Keith Blomberg defends against Woodstock North during action earlier this season.

    Wauconda enjoying leading role

    Rarely has the spotlight on boys basketball in Lake County shined one on of its westernmost schools. Wauconda is looking to change that perception this year after earning some well-deserved attention with its first title in 34 years at Marengo's E.C. Nichols Holiday Tournament. The Bulldogs improved to 9-6 with their 53-48 championship-game victory over Sycamore on Dec. 29. They have now won eight of nine games going into Tuesday's trip to North Suburban Prairie and Class 3A state power North Chicago.

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    Bulls forward Carlos Boozer and center Joakim Noah talk during a break in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, in Chicago.

    Boozer leads Bulls to rout over Cleveland

    Carlos Boozer had 24 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Bulls to a 118-92 rout of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night at United Center.It was the third straight game that Boozer has eclipsed 20 points. This time he did it against the team that drafted him in 2002. Joakim Noah added 11 points and 11 rebounds while Luol Deng had 19 points and seven assists for the Bulls, who beat the Cavaliers for an 11th straight time.Chicago (19-13), which posted a season-high in points, moved to 11-1 when Boozer and Noah have double-doubles.Dion Waiters led Cleveland (8-28) with 18 points. C.J. Miles and Kyrie Irving had 15 points apiece.The Bulls turned a close game into a rout in the second half by dominating the offensive glass and forcing turnovers. Shooting 53.7 percent from the field and hitting 10 of 14 3-pointers didn’t hurt, either.The Bulls’ bench, which has also been a glaring weak spot most of the season, helped stabilize the offense as Chicago overcame an early 10-point deficit. Taj Gibson had 18 points in reserve, and Marco Belinelli added 15 as Chicago broke the 100-point barrier for the first time since Christmas Day.Cleveland had won three of its last four on the road. The Cavaliers haven’t beaten the Bulls since March 19, 2010.Tristan Thompson continued to thrive in relief of Anderson Varejao, who missed his 10th straight game due to a right knee contusion. Thompson scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds. It’s just the third time in 10 games he failed to record a double-double.Irving and Miles each scored nine first-quarter points as Cleveland jumped out to a 30-22 lead, leading by as many as 10.Belinelli had 13 points in the second quarter to jumpstart the struggling Bulls offense. Gibson added 11 first-half points as Chicago took a three-point advantage into the break.The Bulls’ defense also seemed to kick in as Irving was held scoreless in the second quarter, and Miles was limited to three points.Irving had four assists in the first quarter, and only two the rest of the game.Miles left in the third quarter due to back spasms and did not return.

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    Grayslake Central’s Fox Division streak hits 29

    On "Sarah Kuligowski Night," Grayslake Central's girls basketball team made sure it was still celebrating after the game. The Rams held on to defeat visiting Johnsburg 35-33, extending their Fox Valley Conference Fox Division winning streak to 29 games. Carson Sparkman led the way for the two-time defending division champs with 13 points, while Morgan Dahlstrom added 9. Before the game, the Rams honored Kuligowski, who capped her senior season last winter by winning the Class 3A three-point-shooting contest at Illinois State University's Redbird Arena.

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    Huntley doubles up Dundee-Crown

    Sam Andrews scored 19 points and Ali Andrews added 14 Monday night to lead Huntley’s girls basketball team to a 66-33 Fox Valley Conference Valley Division win at Huntley.The Red Raiders (14-3, 5-0) jumped out to a 28-2 lead after one quarter and never looked back.Emily Michalski had 12 points for Dundee-Crown (2-14, 0-4).

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    Jerry Reinsdorf

    Bulls’ Reinsdorf ‘humbled’ by Hall nomination

    Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf is on a long list of nominees for induction in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, according to nba.com. Reinsdorf bought the team in 1985 as part of an investment group and has overseen six NBA championships, as well as construction of the United Center.

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    Kendall Stephens

    Stephens opts for surgery, prep career over

    The Twitter update St. Charles East's Kendall Stephens posted Monday afternoon said it all: the next time he wears a basketball jersey it'll be Purdue University's black and gold.

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    Emily Kraft of Naperville Central looks to get past Kendall O’Sullivan of Waubonsie Valley.

    Images: Naperville Central vs. Waubonsie Valley, girls basketball
    Waubonsie Valley hosted Naperville Central Monday night for girls basketball.

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    Donald Fehr

    Hawks’ Mayers lauds Fehr for ‘good deal for players’

    Blackhawks winger Jamal Mayers thinks it's going to take a few years to know which side won in the latest NHL labor dispute.

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    Goalie Corey Crawford and his Blackhawks teammates would have faced enormous pressure in a normal 82-game season after two straight first-round playoff exits, but the lockout-shortened campaign will be something else.

    Short season will ratchet up pressure on Blackhawks

    Goalie Corey Crawford and the Blackhawks would have had enormous pressure on them in a normal 82-game season after two straight first-round playoff exits, but the upcoming shortened season will be something else.

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    Judson to add 5 to Hall of Fame

    Five individuals and one team will be honored on Saturday, Feb. 2 when the Judson University Athletic Hall of Fame holds its 11th annual induction ceremony.

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    Get your 2013 predictions (sure to go wrong)

    Now that we're a little more than a week into the New Year, it's time for my annual predictions (sure to go wrong) column.

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    Illinois guard Brandon Paul dunks during his team’s upset of No. 8 Ohio State Saturday in Champaign. After a loss to unranked Purdue and the big upset over the Buckeyes, the Illini are now ranked No. 12 in the country by The Associated Press.

    Illini ranked No. 12 in latest AP poll

    Unbeaten Duke and Michigan hold the top two spots in The Associated Press' college basketball poll for the fourth straight week while the Fighting Illini defeated a Top 10 team and dropped a notch.

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    Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson celebrates after scoring the winning touchdown in the third overtime period against Pittsburgh on Nov. 3, 2012, in South Bend, Ind.

    Irish eyes began smiling when Kelly anointed Golson his QB

    Evaluating quarterbacks is the most important job in football and Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly proved in September that he's good at it by identifying Everett Golson as his starter. Notre Dame's head coach saw enough of redshirt freshman Everett Golson to declare him the starting quarterback over tested Tommy Rees.

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    Palatine’s Megan Hedstrom is signing up for a future in NCAA Division I softball at North Dakota.

    Palatine’s Hedstrom headed for North Dakota

    Not too many Mid-Suburban League softball players are also varsity gymnasts in the conference. But Megan Hedstrom is one of those exceptions. And she is also an exceptional softball player. Six months after leading Palatine as a junior with a .407 batting average, 41 RBI and 5 home runs, Hedstrom signed a letter of intent November of 2012 to play NCAA Division I softball for the University of North Dakota.

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    Girls basketball/Top 20
    Montini, Rolling Meadows and Wheaton Warrenville South held onto the top 3 spots in this week's Daily Herald girls basketball Top 20.

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    Former Western Michigan head coach Bill Cubit reportedly has been hired to be the new offensive coordinator for Illini head coach Tim Beckman.

    Reports: Ousted WMU coach to direct Illini offense

    Illinois head football coach Tim Beckman has turned to the Mid-American Conference for help in resurrecting the Illini offensive attack, according to an ESPN.com report. ESPN writer Scott Powers, citing unnamed sources, reports that Beckman has hired former Western Michigan head coach Bill Cubit to be his new offensive coordinator.

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    Mike North video: Bears Hunt for a New Head Coach

    Mike North is disappointed with the hunt for a new coach by the Chicago Bears. He thinks if you are replacing a very good coach like Lovie Smith, it had better be with a coach with some cache and he hasn't seen it yet.

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    DH rewind: Notre Dame’s last national championship win

    This column by Mike Imrem is a reprint from the Jan. 3, 1989 edition of the Daily Herald after Notre Dame beat West Virginia to win its eighth national championship. The headline that day: Magic was missing in Fighting Irish's boxing of 'eers

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    Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz yells encouragement to the Irish against West Virginia in the Fiesta Bowl in Tempe, Ariz.

    DH rewind: Looking back at ND’s last title game bid

    This column by Mike Imrem is a reprint from the Jan. 2, 1989 edition of the Daily Herald. Imrem wrote it on the eve of the Fiesta Bowl, when Notre Dame was preparing to face West Virginia in a game to decide the national championship. The headline that day: Notre Dame seniors' long, strange trip climaxes today

Business

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    Louis J. D’Ambrosio

    D’Ambrosio steps down as Sears CEO

    Hoffman Estates-based Sears Holdings Corp. said Monday that Chief Executive Officer Louis J. D'Ambrosio will step down amid corporate losses due to family health matters at the end of the company's fiscal year on Feb. 2. Edward S. Lampert will then assume the role of CEO in addition to his role as chairman of the board.

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    6 Arlington Hts. businesses punished for liquor violations

    Six businesses in Arlington Hts. were fined or given liquor license suspensions on Monday for selling alcohol to undercover minors working with the police department over the summer. "Every sale to a minor could end in the death of that minor or of someone else," said Mayor and Liquor Comissioner Arlene Mulder.

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    Rep. Michael Burgess, a Texas Republican says President Obama’s stance that he will not negotiate with Republicans is “the most preposterous thing I’ve ever heard. He’s going to have to negotiate.”

    GOP scoffs at Obama’s “no-negotiation” vow on debt

    President Barack Obama, meet Congressman Michael Burgess. The president says he absolutely will not let Republicans threaten a national debt ceiling crisis as a way to extract deeper federal spending cuts. Burgess' take? "It's the most preposterous thing I've ever heard," the Texas Republican says. "He's going to have to negotiate."

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    A Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet aircraft is surrounded by emergency vehicles while parked at a terminal E gate at Logan International Airport in Boston as a fire chief looks into the cargo hold Monday.

    Small fire sends smoke into 787 cabin in Boston

    An electrical fire filled the cabin of a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 with smoke Monday minutes after passengers disembarked following a non-stop flight from Tokyo. The Massachusetts Port Authority fire chief said the fire at Boston's Logan Airport began in a battery pack for the plane's auxiliary power unit, which runs the jet's electrical systems when it's not getting power from its engines.

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    Stocks fell Monday, after the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index climbed to a five-year high, as investors awaited the start of the earnings season Tuesday.

    Stocks slip, pulling S&P 500 below its 5-year high

    Investors started the week on a cautious note, pulling the Standard & Poor's 500 index down from the five-year high it reached Friday.The move lower on Monday is likely the result of traders taking some winnings off the table after the stock market's surge last week and investors' wariness over Tuesday's start of corporate America's seasonal parade of earnings reports.

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    Apple is counting on apps to help woo consumers who are choosing amid an increasing array of lower-priced smartphones and tablets from competitors,

    Apple says users have downloaded 40 billion apps

    Apple Inc.'s customers have downloaded more than 40 billion applications from the company's App Store, with almost half occurring last year as use of the iPhone and iPad surged.

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    Bank of America says it will spend more than $10 billion to settle mortgage claims resulting from the housing meltdown. Under the deal announced Monday, the bank will pay $3.6 billion to Fannie Mae and buy back $6.75 billion in loans that the North Carolina-based bank and its Countrywide banking unit sold to the government agency from Jan. 1, 2000 through Dec. 31, 2008.

    Bank of America in $10B-plus mortgage settlement

    Bank of America says it will spend more than $10 billion to settle mortgage claims resulting from the housing meltdown. Under the deal announced Monday, the bank will pay $3.6 billion to Fannie Mae and buy back $6.75 billion in loans that the North Carolina-based bank and its Countrywide banking unit sold to the government agency from Jan. 1, 2000 through Dec. 31, 2008.

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    McDonald’s expands test flight for chicken wings

    First there were McNuggets. Then there were Chicken McBites. Now McDonald's could be adding "Mighty Wings" to its chicken menu. The world's biggest hamburger chain is set to expand its test of chicken wings to Chicago this week, after a successful run in Atlanta last year.

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    10 banks agree to pay $8.5B for foreclosure abuse

    Ten major banks and mortgage companies agreed Monday to pay $8.5 billion to settle federal complaints that they wrongfully foreclosed on homeowners who should have been allowed to stay in their homes.The banks, which include JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Wells Fargo, will pay billions to homeowners to end a review process of foreclosure files that was required under a 2011 enforcement action.

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    Report: Iran oil revenues down 45 percent

    A senior lawmaker says Iran's revenues from oil and gas exports have dropped by 45 percent because of sanctions over its suspect nuclear program. It was a clear admission that the sanctions are having a severe impact, but Iran refuses to reign in its program.

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    A demonstrator takes part in a National health workers march Monday during the first major demonstration of the year in Madrid. The demonstration was against government-imposed austerity measures and labor reforms in the public health care sector in Madrid. The word painted on her face reads ‘Health.’

    Spanish medical workers protest health privatization

    Thousands of Spanish medical workers and residents are marching through downtown Madrid to protest against government budget cuts and plans to partly privatize their cherished national health service. The protesters walked Monday behind a large banner saying, "Health care is not to be sold, it's to be defended."

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    Stock markets cool off following gains last week

    Global stock markets drifted lower on Monday as some investors sought to lock in profits from last week's strong gains. Major indexes surged last week after U.S. lawmakers passed a bill to avoid a combination of government spending cuts and tax increases that have come to be known as the "fiscal cliff." The deal, however, remains incomplete. Politicians will face another deadline in two months to agree on more spending cuts.

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    Executive Chairman of Google Eric Schmidt, center, arrives Monday at Pyongyang International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea. Schmidt arrived in the North Korean capital along with former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson. Richardson called the trip to North Korea a private humanitarian visit.

    Google executive chairman arrives in North Korea

    Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, is the highest-profile U.S. executive to visit North Korea — a country with notoriously restrictive online policies — since young leader Kim Jong Un took power a year ago. His visit has drawn criticism from the U.S. State Department because it comes only weeks after a controversial North Korean rocket launch; it has also prompted speculation about what the businessman hopes to accomplish.

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    Furor over French move to block online ads

    France's government says it has persuaded a leading Internet provider to stop blocking online advertisements — a controversial move that would have hit online search giants such as Google. The French minister for the Internet economy, Fleur Pellerin, met Monday with leading figures from the online industry and an executive from Internet service provider Free to try to defuse tensions over the issue.

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    Oil falls as uncertainty hits energy markets

    Oil prices fell Monday following uncertainty about future action from the U.S. Federal Reserve and data showing the U.S. unemployment rate unchanged. Benchmark crude for February delivery fell 43 cents to $92.66 per barrel at late afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

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    Members of the 113th Congress, many accompanied by family members, take the oath of office Thursday in the House of Representatives chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington.

    White House, GOP draw red lines in debt debate

    Struggling for the upper hand in the next round of debt talks, Republicans and Democrats this weekend drew lines in the sand they said they'd never cross when it comes to the U.S. debt limit. "I believe we need to raise the debt ceiling, but if we don't raise it without a plan to get out of debt, all of us should be fired," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican.

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    In this image provided Thursday by the U.S. Coast Guard the conical drilling unit Kulluk sits grounded 40 miles southwest of Kodiak City.

    Grounded Shell oil-drilling ship refloated

    A Shell oil-drilling ship that ran aground near a remote Alaska island has been refloated, officials said early Monday. Royal Dutch Shell's Kulluk was floated from the rocks late Sunday night and teams were assessing its condition, the Unified Command said.

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    This undated photo provided by Lego shows ‘Reptar,’ a robotic snake that is one of 17 possible creations available in the new, $350 Lego Mindstorms EV3 platform that will have the ability to talk to iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches through Bluetooth wireless connections. Lego is scheduled to announce the kit Monday at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

    New Lego robotics kit talks to iPhones

    Lego bricks are getting cozy with the iPhone and other Apple devices in the latest incarnation of the Mindstorms robotics kit. Lego is set to announce Monday that a new, $350 Mindstorms EV3 kit will have the ability to talk to iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches through Bluetooth wireless connections. That means Lego builders can use the devices as remote controls for their robots, or create simple programs that are then sent to the robots to control their actions.

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    Successful entrepreneurs tell what they would do differently

    Looking back, Tom Walter, CEO of Tasty Catering, says he would change the way he hires. "My hiring philosophy would have been screen for skill but hire for attitude.' Then I wouldn't have gone through the pain of talented misfits." What do other owners say about what they would do differently?

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    Mollee Johnson, owner of Style 1519 Interior Design in Lake Zurich.

    Lake Zurich design firm works with residential, commercial clients

    Style 1519 is a full service interior design firm offering a unique design experience to both residential and commercial clients. Providing clients with design assistance in paint selection, space planning, custom furniture and window treatments, accessorizing, holiday decorating, kitchen, bath and basement remodels and everything in between.

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    Imran Kasbati, Shoaib Aziz, Henry Nuguid, co-owners of I Dream of Falafel restaurants. Co-owner Munaf Kasbati is not pictured.

    Friends have own dream of falafel restaurant franchises

    Kukec's People features four friends who have started I Dream of Falafel, a new chain of restaurants that features fresh Mediterranean food that is customized to your special dietary needs.

Life & Entertainment

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    Discount tickets offered for Chicago Theatre Week

    Discount tickets go on sale Wednesday, Jan. 9, for Chicago Theatre Week, a new initiative that includes suburban venues and is co-sponsored by the League of Chicago Theatres to celebrate the Chicago area's acclaimed, ever-expanding theater offerings.

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    TobyMac is one of the performers with the Winter Jam 2013 Tour Spectacular which comes to the Sears Centre Arena on Saturday, Feb. 23.

    Christian music Jam heading to Sears Centre

    The Winter Jam Tour Spectacular featuring TobyMac and other Christian music artists is coming to the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates.

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    “101 Recipes You Can't Live Without” from the editors of Prevention magazine

    Whatever your diet style there's a cookbook for it

    Are you a celebrity watcher? A magazine clipper? A list maker, supplement taker, whole grains baker? No matter what kind of person you are, there's a new diet cookbook to help lay the foundation for that inevitable New Year's resolution. The current crop of healthy eating books runs the gamut from secrets of the rich and famous to levelheaded lifestyle recommendations and quick-loss programs.

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    Academy officials say Oscar host Seth MacFarlane will join actress Emma Stone to reveal the nominees for the 85th annual Academy Awards Thursday.

    Oscar host Seth MacFarlane to announce nominations

    For the first time in 40 years, the host of the Academy Awards will help announce the Oscar nominations. Academy officials say Oscar host Seth MacFarlane will join actress Emma Stone to reveal the nominees for the 85th annual Academy Awards.

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    ‘Smash’ musical getting cast album

    The Broadway show within a show on NBC's "Smash" is getting its own cast album. NBC and Columbia Records said Sunday that a 22-song cast album for "Bombshell," the mythical Broadway play at the center of the television show "Smash," will be released on Feb. 12.

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    James Earl Jones and Angela Lansbury, in Australia to star in a touring production of Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer-Prize winning play “Driving Miss Daisy,” credit the thrill of performing with their seemingly endless supply of energy, which has propelled them throughout their decades-long careers.

    Jones, Lansbury still relish acting in their 80s

    They're starring in a play about a woman reluctant to age and the perils of passing time, but veteran actors James Earl Jones and Angela Lansbury say that life in their 80s continues to be exciting thanks to their determination to keep doing what they love. Jones and Lansbury, in Australia to star in a touring production of Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer-Prize winning play "Driving Miss Daisy," say the thrill of performing has propelled them throughout their decades-long careers and gives them the energy necessary to keep up with their often grueling schedules. "I'm very enthusiastic about acting still. I love the process of creating a character," Jones said.

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    Daniel Day-Lewis was chosen best actor by The National Society of Film Critics for portraying Abraham Lincoln in the film “Lincoln.”

    Critics pick Day-Lewis as best actor for ‘Lincoln’

    The National Society of Film Critics has selected "Amour" as the best picture of 2012. The critics chose the star of "Amour," Emmanuelle Riva, as the best actress, and Daniel Day-Lewis was chosen best actor for "Lincoln."

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    Lindsay Lohan, second from right, is escorted from the 10th Precinct police station, with her face shielded, on Nov. 29 in New York. Lohan is scheduled to appear in court Monday to face assault charges in connection with the fight at a Manhattan nightclub.

    Lohan lawyer predicts N.Y. club case will be dropped

    Lindsay Lohan's attorney predicts there will be no case against the actress in connection with an alleged fight at a Manhattan nightclub. Attorney Mark Jay Heller spoke after signing paperwork at the courthouse Monday.

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    Annoying tics may be controlled with behavior training

    Tics are upsetting — both to the person who has them and to the people who see them. We like to feel in control of our world. A sudden, uncontrollable, rapid repetitive movement (called a motor tic) says we're not in control. Since your neck moves only when you want it to, it's disturbing to see your son doing something you know you could control. You can, but he can't.

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    Brad Pitt is now on China’s version of Twitter, and his mysterious first tweet has drawn thousands of comments. The actor’s verified Sina Weibo account sent the message Monday: “It is the truth. Yup, I’m coming.”

    Brad Pitt tweets to Chinese that he’s coming

    Brad Pitt is now on China's version of Twitter, and his mysterious first tweet has drawn thousands of comments. The actor's verified Sina Weibo account sent the message Monday: "It is the truth. Yup, I'm coming." That was forwarded more than 31,000 times and netted over 14,000 comments, many expressing surprise.

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    Josh Brolin spent some time New Year’s Day and the following morning in a Southern California jail cell after getting arrested on charges of misdemeanor public intoxication.

    Josh Brolin arrested in Calif. on New Year’s Day

    Josh Brolin spent some of New Year's Day and the following morning in a Southern California jail cell after getting arrested for misdemeanor public intoxication.

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    Danni Allen, 26, of Wheeling, competes on NBC's “The Biggest Loser.”

    Wheeling woman competes on 'Biggest Loser'

    Danni Allen, 26, of Mundelein and Wheeling, made her reality TV debut on Sunday night as part of Season 14 of NBC's weight loss show "The Biggest Loser." "She is such a strong-willed person so it's great to see her pushing herself and going outside her comfort zone," said her sister Nikki. Allen started the weight loss competition show weighing 258 pounds.

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    Changing bad behaviors in a relationship
    At some point in our lives, most all of us need to deal with unsuitable behaviors in our relationships. Unfortunately, even if you don't see it, your partner is going to feel it. The only way out of these patterns is to recognize them, discuss them and make a conscious, concerted course correction.

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    Jeffrey Shaman led a study in New York City on forecasting the peak of flu season. Scientists hope to try real-time predictions as early as next year.

    Flu? Malaria? Weather trends shaping disease forecasting

    Only a 10 percent chance of showers today, but a 70 percent chance of flu next month. That's the kind of forecasting health scientists are trying to move toward, as they increasingly include weather data in their attempts to predict disease outbreaks. In one recent study, two scientists reported they could predict — more than seven weeks in advance — when flu season was going to peak in New York City.

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    New research focuses on the benefits of restricting the number of calories consumed each day.

    Research finds new health benefits of restricting calories

    A new surge of interest in fasting suggests that it might indeed help people with cancer. It might also reduce the risk of developing cancer, guard against diabetes and heart disease, help control asthma and even stave off Parkinson's disease and dementia.

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    Doing a plank works your core better than sit-ups.

    Your Health: Planks now the gold standard

    Learn why you should skip sit-ups in favor of planks, which work the whole core, and why it's so important for caregivers to take good care of themselves.

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    Compression garments: so, does tight mean right?

    Compression garmets put the squeeze on fitness wear

    It seems that you can't head to a gym or run down your favorite trail these days without finding someone wearing compression garments. Weekend warriors and elite athletes alike are squeezing themselves into knee-high socks, tights and even full bodysuits that promise to improve performance and speed recovery from hard workouts. Those claims might be true. Or they might not be. A good bit of research has been conducted on the effectiveness of compression gear, and the results are inconclusive.

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    Unconventional wisdom regarding body fat, tonsils and stress

    Medical science is constantly bringing new evidence that often challenges what we think we know about risk for a disease or how a disease progresses. Sometimes, the findings are revolutionary, while other research simply expands thinking on possible new paths to a cure. Here are a few examples of unconventional wisdom in some recent work dealing with bone loss, tonsils and stress hormones.

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    Libertyville company combines classic cars and movies

    The transition from rolling to your favorite burger joint to parking on a major motion picture set may seem intimidating. Yet that's where the Midwest Picture Car Group, or MWPCG, comes in. The Libertyville-based company was started in 2009 by three area friends who realized they all shared a common bond; a love of movies and cars.

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    Former Miss America Nicole Johnson, a diabetic, prepares Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken with Goat Cheese.

    Ex-Miss America marks big anniversary in diabetes fight

    Nicole Johnson marked an important anniversary this month: She is beginning her 20th year of living successfully with Type 1 diabetes. Since being diagnosed, she has won a Miss America title, earned three college degrees and is pursuing a doctorate in public health, has launched a small business, written several books, given birth to a daughter who is now 6 years old, helped raise millions of dollars for diabetes research and serves as executive director of a new diabetes research and education program she helped create at the University of South Florida.

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    Avoid common mistakes to reach your health goals

    So the new year is here and you've made your resolution. You've convinced yourself that this is the year you'll finally lose the weight and get healthy. You have a goal. You have a plan. You have support. But, do you have all the facts? Rather than spinning your wheels this year and giving up out of frustration, we thought we'd address the most common mistakes people make when trying to lose weight.

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    Editorial: Take flu precautions for yourself, others
    With the flu season off to an earlier-than-usual start, it's best to keep those sniffles and achoos! at home away from others, a Daily Herald editorial reminds us.

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    Left should know, Obama did good

    By Froma Harrop: President Obama did cave or compromise (pick your term) on his earlier resolve to let Bush tax cuts expire for households earning over $250,000. But by putting off dramatic cuts in spending and raising taxes only on the most cushioned Americans, Obama has avoided what made the fiscal cliff so scary — the specter of draining over $500 billion from a still-weak economy.

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    Of plots and clots

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: The new year began not with a cannonball off the fiscal cliff but with an outbreak of conspiratorial cynicism. This time it's Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whose fall and concussion, followed by a blood clot between her brain and skull, have prompted an embarrassment of theories. The gist: That woman will do anything to avoid testifying about Benghazi.

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    Congress deserves minimum wage
    A West Dundee letter to the editor: The performance of the Congress and the White House in the recent Over the Cliff farce certainly has to rank in one of the sorriest examples of government in action in our long history. Dysfunctional best describes Congress during the interminable debate.

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    Let’s make this a better year for all
    An Elgin letter to the editor: As an avid reader of the Daily Herald and especially the editorial page, I was impressed with "Our View" on Jan. 2. The "Resolves" for 2013 encouraged me to believe that we are a people who can care for others and need to. There are so many ways we can do something, not just for our family or faith or fraternal organization but for others in need whom we probably don't ordinarily meet or learn about their struggles to make ends meet.

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    Ready to let another recession occur
    A Cary letter to the editor: Peter Roskam and Randy Hultgren, as well as two other Illinois lame duck Congressmen, were willing to let our nation and our state enter into another recession. Illinois would have faced greater negative consequences than other states due to our own budget crisis.

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    Anti-Obama stickers show who’s not to blame
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: After an election you see political signs come down and eventually bumper stickers removed. I've decided to leave my "NOBAMA" and Romney stickers on my car.

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    Hospital is not needed
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: What do we need another hospital for?

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    Don’t raise taxes in Mundelein
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: The news in the past year was full of irresponsible acts by politicians, but here is something a little closer to home. Mundelein mayoral candidate Stave Lentz wants to raise taxes here in Mundelein.

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