Daily Archive : Tuesday January 15, 2013

News

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    Lombard trustees split on how to fill future vacancies

    As Lombard's second acting village president in three months steps into temporary leadership, trustees will discuss a proposal some say could prevent gridlock in choosing a successor if another vacancy arises in the village's top office. Heading into a meeting Thursday night, trustees appear to be splitting along the same lines that divided them as they struggled more than a month to choose...

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    Villa Park Elementary District 45 officials are looking for a new therapeutic day school for 10-year-old special needs student Gabriel Cloutier-Regan after his mother, Susan Cloutier-Regan, was told he can no longer attend the School of Expressive Arts and Learning in Lombard. Cloutier-Regan had raised concerns about the lack of fencing between the school and nearby wetlands.

    Unresolved fence dispute means Villa Park boy needs to find new school

    A Villa Park boy whose family is concerned about safety at the School of Expressive Arts and Learning's new location in Lombard no longer will attend the school. Susan Cloutier-Regan said school officials denied her request to install fencing around the new building, which is bordered on three sides by natural wetlands, and told her during a meeting this week that her son no longer is welcome. "I...

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    The law allowing for online horse betting in Illinois has expired, but some companies still are taking bets from Illinois residents anyway.

    Racing board says stop betting on horses online

    Two companies offering online wagering for Illinois horse racing gamblers at tracks like Arlington Park have continued taking bets despite warnings from the Illinois Racing Board to stop. The law allowing gambling on horses online expired. Now, the Illinois attorney general's office is looking into the continued betting.

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    Oprah Winfrey interviews cyclist Lance Armstrong during taping for “Oprah's Next Chapter” on Monday. The interview will air nationally Thursday and Friday.

    Winfrey says Armstrong interview 'intense'

    "Emotional" doesn't come close to describing Lance Armstrong's conversation with Oprah Winfrey — an interview that included his confession about using performance-enhancing drugs to win seven Tour de France titles, Winfrey said Tuesday.

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    Lee DeWyze

    Lee DeWyze playing Lincolnshire, tickets on sale Jan. 25

    Tickets go on sale Jan. 25 for American Idol' winner Lee DeWyze's latest suburban performance, an all ages show at 8 p.m. Friday, April 19 at Viper Alley, 275 Parkway Drive in Lincolnshire.

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    An All Nippon Airways flight sits at Takamatsu airport in Takamatsu, western Japan, after it made an emergency landing Wednesday. The flight to Tokyo from Ube in western Japan landed at the airport after a cockpit message showed battery problems, in the latest trouble for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

    Emergency landing grounds 787s in Japan

    Japan's two biggest airlines grounded all their Boeing 787 aircraft for safety checks Wednesday after one was forced to make an emergency landing in the latest blow for the new jet.All Nippon Airways said a cockpit message showed battery problems and a burning smell was detected in the cockpit and the cabin, forcing the 787 on a domestic flight to land at Takamatsu airport in western Japan.The...

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    Teachers union representatives and Grayslake Elementary District 46 officials met from 4 to midnight Tuesday at Park School Campus in Round Lake but could not reach a deal on a new contract.

    Grayslake Elementary District 46 teachers going on strike today

    Grayslake Elementary District 46 teachers will be going on strike today after talks between their union and the school board broke down just after midnight this morning. “We met for an extended period of time and several alternatives were discussed between the union and the board,” Board President Ray Millington said. “Unfortunately, we could not reach an agreement and the union...

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    Lake Ellyn Park in Glen Ellyn has been a community gathering spot and recreation space for more than a century. The park district’s master plan for the park recommends several improvements, including renovations to the 75-year-old boathouse that would restore its historical features.

    Board approves master plan for Lake Ellyn Park updates

    A century-old park in Glen Ellyn, including a historic boathouse constructed as part of the New Deal-era Works Progress Administration, could soon be in line for improvements intended to preserve it for the future. The Glen Ellyn Park District board of commissioners on Tuesday voted 6-1 to approve a 75-page master plan for Lake Ellyn Park.

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    Bartlett discusses video gambling cafes

    Shortly after approving a liquor license for a new video gambling cafe called Stella’s, the Bartlett village board heard a proposal Tuesday for a similar establishment called Betty’s Bistro. Stella’s, which will be operated by Loredo Hospitality, could open at 1015 W. Stearns Road as early as April.

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    The former Glenwood School for Boys campus on Silver Glen Road will not become the Kiva Recovery Center, Campton Hills trustees decided Tuesday night.

    Campton Hills trustees reject Kiva rehab center

    After months of consideration, Campton Hills trustees voted 4-2 to deny the controversial Kiva Recovery Center, a 96-bed facility proposed for a former private school. Residents vehemently fought the plan to the end. “We need to look at that and be a representative government,” Trustee Al Lenkaitis Jr. said.

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    Medical issue causes teen to crash into Naperville garage

    A teen driver who experienced a medical issue Tuesday afternoon crashed his vehicle into a Naperville garage, among other things. The crash took place at 3:44 p.m. on the 2700 block of Springdale Circle.

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    Naperville smart meters project over budget

    Setup of the Naperville Smart Grid Initiative will cost the city at least $1.7 million more than was budgeted, but city staff members said Tuesday the increased cost also pays for extra work that will make the upgraded meter system more secure. “We got additional security, we got a backup system, we have additional software functionality that we either didn’t know existed or didn’t know we would...

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    Jeffrey T. Daeschler

    Fired LHS band director had relationship with student, officials say

    Libertyville High School band director Jeffrey Daeschler has been fired for having an “inappropriate physical relationship” with a female student, then 18, District 128 officials announced Tuesday. “The weight and the validity of the evidence clearly led to the conclusion we drew and I’ll have to leave it at that,” Superintendent Prentiss Lea said at a meeting for parents.

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    Rep. Peter King, a New York Republican, was a vocal supporter of aid legislation for victims of Superstorm Sandy.

    House approves $50.7 billion in superstorm aid

    More than 10 weeks after Superstorm Sandy brutalized parts of the heavily populated Northeast, the House approved $50.7 billion in emergency relief for the victims Tuesday night as Republican leaders struggled to close out an episode that exposed painful party divisions inside Congress and out.

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    Man gets 75 years for shooting 8-year-old

    A Chicago man convicted of shooting to death an 8-year-old girl and wounding her cousin has been sentenced to 75 years in prison. The judge said that with the lengthy sentence, the 20-year-old Steshawn Brisco will never again walk Chicago's streets.

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    Arlington Heights discusses grant funding for service agencies

    The Arlington Heights village board on Monday heard from nearly 20 social service groups vying for a Community Block Development Grant money for 2013-14, but officials say they won't be able to fulfill every request. The village received 19 requests for grant funding totaling $483,698. Based on estimates officials expect to be able to fund about three-fourths of that.

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    Mill Creek expansion gets final approval

    A project that will bring 268 new rental units to Mill Creek passed without opposition by the Kane County Board Tuesday. The plan was initially shouted down by existing Mill Creek residents several months ago. But some changes eased their concerns.

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    Ruling delayed on teen’s park district candidacy

    A hearing Tuesday to determine if Jona Augustyn will remain in the running for the Arlington Heights Park District board was continued to Thursday, as officials continue to examine signatures on his petition, according to the Cook County Clerk's website.

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    Construction is scheduled to begin March 1 on a project to widen and modernize the intersection of Golf and Wilke roads in Rolling Meadows. The bad news for drivers is that it’s expected to take nine months to complete the $5.3 million project.

    Rolling Meadows braces for Golf Road construction

    Only a short stretch of roadway will be rebuilt to modernize the intersection of Golf and New Wilke roads in Rolling Meadows, but officials expect a lot of grief during the approximately nine months of construction.Officials hope work on the $5.3 million project starts March 1 and all traffic lanes will be reopen about nine months later.

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    Alton Logan spent 26 years in prison for a murder he did not commit.

    City closer to paying $32.5 million in settlements

    A Chicago City Council committee preliminarily approved settlements in two police misconduct cases Tuesday that would cost the city nearly $33 million, including $22.5 million to a California woman that apparently would be the largest to a single such plaintiff in the city's history. The full city council is expected to sign off on the settlements Thursday.

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    Joe Walsh

    Walsh may head to WIND radio

    Former Congressman Joe Walsh might be headed for a radio career. Walsh said Tuesday that Rolling Meadows-based station WIND-AM 560 has approached him for a job as a talk-show host, but he's "looking at a number of different options. ... We'll see."

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    The Elgin Housing Authority expects to receive $7.5 million in federal funds to rehab Central Park Towers at 120 S. State St. in Elgin. The EHA also owns the building next door and wants demolish it to build another apartment building, if possible.

    Housing Authority expects to receive $7.5 in federal funds

    The Elgin Housing Authority expects to receive $7.5 million from a new federal housing program to rehab its Central Park Towers property at 120 S. State St., and possibly build a new mid-rise building next door.

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    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference announcing an agreement with legislative leaders on New York’s Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act in the Red Room at the Capitol on Monday in Albany, N.Y.

    NY seals 1st state gun laws since Newtown massacre

    Jumping out ahead of Washington, New York enacted the nation's toughest gun restrictions Tuesday and the first since the Connecticut school shooting, including an expanded assault-weapon ban and mandatory background checks for buying ammunition.

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    Miguel Rico

    Lake Villa home invader gets 30 more years

    A former Antioch man found guilty of kidnapping and home invasion in Lake Villa was sentenced to 30 years in prison Tuesday. Miguel Rico's sentence will begin when he finishes serving the 30 years behind bars he received for a similar crime he committed in Antioch Township, Lake County Judge Daniel Shanes said. That's 60 years in prison for Rico, who is 20 years old.

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    Round Lake High School-based health center plans aired

    Representatives involved with a planned health center at Round Lake High School were available to parents and others Tuesday morning in the first of two "issue oriented information sessions" regarding the proposal. Reaction was mixed from about 45 people who asked questions and browsed information available at five booths. The session and another Thursday are part of a continuing effort to...

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    Armando Sanders

    Two plead not guilty in death of Waukegan man

    Two of three men charged with the murder of a 42-year-old Waukegan man pleaded not guilty in Lake County Court early Tuesday. Anthony Brito, 19, of the 2100 block of Grove Avenue in Waukegan, and Armando Sanders, 18, of the 1700 block of North McAree Road, Waukegan, each face eight counts of first-degree murder in the Dec. 13 death of Randy Hardy.

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    Malian soldiers helped by French troops, move a broken helicopter out a hangar to make room for more incoming troops at Bamako’s airport Tuesday.

    French triple troops in Mali, prepare for assault

    After a punishing bombing campaign failed to halt the advance of al-Qaida-linked fighters, France pledged Tuesday to triple the size of its force in Mali, sending in hundreds more troops as it prepared for a land assault to dislodge the militants occupying the northern half of the country.

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    Brian Howerton

    Schaumburg chief’s accuser has hopes for village investigation

    The attorney for the Schaumburg woman accusing the town's police chief of stalking and harassment said the close of a criminal investigation without charges is a positive development because it allows the village's internal probe to move forward.

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    Supporters of Pakistan’s ruling People’s party burn tires to condemn a Supreme Court’s order to arrest Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, in Karachi, Pakistan on Tuesday.

    Pakistani court orders PM’s arrest amid huge rally

    Pakistan's leaders received a powerful one-two punch Tuesday as the Supreme Court ordered the arrest of the prime minister in a corruption case and a firebrand cleric led thousands of protesters in a second day of anti-government demonstrations in the capital.

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    A man was arrested shortly after police say he robbed the Old Second National Bank on Route 20 at Nesler Road on the far west side of Elgin. The suspect was apprehended on Lake Street (Route 20) near Bartlett.

    Suspect in custody after Elgin bank robbery

    Some police officers never get to help catch a bank robber in the course of their careers, but Elgin officer Josh Miller can boast doing that on his second day solo on the job. Miller and two veteran Elgin police officers nabbed a 30-year-old Carol Stream man just five minutes after getting a call at 9:16 a.m. Tuesday morning that Old Second National Bank on Route 20 at Nesler Road had been...

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    Man apologizes, via Facebook, over Geneva school incident

    The man at the center f the Pledge of Allegiance incident at a Geneva school has posted an apology on his Facebook page. But he still wants to discuss the practice of students taking a second pledge, to obey teachers and school rules.

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    Attorneys say daughter, not mother, helped plan sledgehammer attack

    Defense attorneys said Tuesday they intend to prove the daughter of a Lincolnshire man, not his ex-wife, was the true accomplice in a sledgehammer attack a decade ago.

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    Marcelino Villa-Rodriguez

    Algonquin man guilty in record-breaking pot operation

    An Algonquin man accused of growing the largest marijuana crop ever found at a DuPage County forest preserve has been ordered to pay $7,500 for damages he caused to the property. Marcelino Villa-Rodriguez, 29, also must serve two years of probation after pleading guilty Tuesday to unlawful production of cannabis, authorities said.

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    Mount Prospect police warn of residential burglaries

    Four residential burglaries have taken place in the south central area of Mount Prospect since Friday, spurring police to warn residents to be vigilant. The burglaries took place after dark in the neighborhoods bordered by Central Road, Golf Road, Mount Prospect Road and Busse Road.

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    Lake Zurich restaurant fire:

    An automatic sprinkler system is credited with minimizing damage caused by a Monday evening fire at the Kobe East restaurant, 769 Route 22 in Lake Zurich, Lake Zurich Fire Rescue Department officials said Tuesday.

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    Aurora pursuing leads in shotgun shooting

    Aurora police say they have several leads in a Jan. 9 shooting in which six people between the ages of 11 and 19 were hit with shotgun pellets. But some critics are questioning why information about the case didn't become public until five days later.

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    Financial forum for District 41:

    Lake Villa School District 41 is hosting the first of two community forums at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16 to discuss the work of the financial advisory committee.

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    Laskowski Ace recognized:

    Laskowski Ace Hardware in Libertyville was recently recognized for its commitment to philanthropy by the Ace Hardware Foundation.

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    Peter Monaghan will become the new principal of Glenbard West High School beginning July 1.

    Next Glenbard West principal has a familiar face

    A longtime assistant principal and dean at Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn has been chosen as the school's new principal. Peter Monaghan, who has been the assistant principal for student services at Glenbard West since 2004, was confirmed Monday by the school board to head the Glen Ellyn school of 2,276 students starting next school year. He will succeed Jane Thorsen, who is retiring June...

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    Lizette M. Norman

    Elk Grove residents get prison for burglaries

    Two members of an Elk Grove Village trio who police say robbed several Mount Prospect homes last year pleaded guilty to the charges Tuesday in a Rolling Meadows courtroom. In exchange for their guilty pleas to multiple charges of residential burglary, Judge Kay Hanlon sentenced Richard J. McCann, 34, to 10 years in prison and Lizette M. Norman, also 34, to four years in prison

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    Police reports
    Everardo Saavedra-Rodriguez, 48, of the 700 block of East Chicago Street, Elgin, Monday was charged with two counts of aggravated driving under the influence, driving without a valid driver's license and leaving the scene of an accident involving vehicle damage, court records show.

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    Debbie Herrmann

    Island Lake political activists have ties to village hall, Mayor Debbie Herrmann admits

    Under fire from residents, Island Lake Mayor Debbie Herrmann has acknowledged the people who have challenged the candidacies of two of her political opponents have ties to village hall. Daniel Field, is the co-owner of a company that does computer work for the village, and Louis Sharp, owns Sharp Towing, an Island Lake company called upon by police when needed. They have objected to the mayoral...

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    Five people were charged with illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor, at a restaurant in the 400 block of North Randall Road, Batavia, at 8:59 p.m. Saturday. Police said the alcohol was added by those charged after they were served beverages.

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    Obama administration appeals injunction sought by Carol Stream publisher

    The Obama administration is appealing a judge's order that is temporarily preventing the government from forcing a Christian publishing company in Carol Stream to provide its employees with certain contraceptives under the new health care law.

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    Emanuel endorses Illinois gun-safety legislation

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Illinois needs common-sense gun laws to protect children, and he's endorsing a series of measures that have been introduced by lawmakers in Springfield. In a statement Tuesday, Emanuel says he supports the measures introduced by state Sen. Antonio Munoz and state Rep. Edward Acevedo. Their proposals would restrict the sales of assault weapons and high-capacity...

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    Quinn holds 1st summit on employment diversity

    Gov. Pat Quinn is focusing on equal opportunity and diversity in hiring to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Quinn held a meeting Tuesday at the University of Chicago with business leaders from across the state to address the issues.

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    Amanda Wright-Lane, great grand-niece of Wilbur and Orville Wright, poses for a photo inside the Hawthorn Hill mansion, home of the Wright Brothers, in Dayton, Ohio. Dayton-based Visual Marketing Associates is working on licensing agreements with a goal of merchandising the Wright Brothers brand for a continuing revenue stream for the family.

    Wright brothers’ name to be licensed for goods

    Want a Wright Brothers-brand bomber jacket or aviator sunglasses? They might soon be available to buy, as the aviation pioneers' descendants try to generate revenue to keep up the mansion where Orville Wright lived for decades.

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    Mundelein Deputy Police Chief Eric Guenther

    Eric Guenther to replace Raymond J. Rose as Mundelein police chief

    Mundelein Deputy Police Chief Eric Guenther has been tapped to lead the department after longtime Chief Raymond J. Rose steps down later this month, officials announced Tuesday. Mayor Kenneth H. Kessler recommended Guenther be promoted to top cop after a search process that whittled 34 applicants down to three finalists. A final vote on the appointment is set for Jan. 28.

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    Nanci Radford

    District 116 decides to hold off on high school expansion

    Round Lake Area Unit District 116 officials won't immediately seek voter permission on whether to borrow $36 million for expansion and other improvements at the high school. District 116 board members decided late Monday against placing a referendum question regarding Round Lake High School on the April 9 ballot.

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    Maine West High School, located at 1755 S. Wolf Road in Des Plaines, is the center of a hazing scandal that has led the Cook County state’s attorney’s office to investigate allegations dating back to 2007.

    District 207 receives Cook County subpoenas on hazing scandal

    Maine Township High School District 207 officials Tuesday morning confirmed the district has received subpoenas for documents from the Cook County state's attorney's office as part of its investigating into allegations of hazing at Maine West High School dating back to 2007.

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    Antwan Jones

    Defendant gets 6 years for ‘sickening’ Lisle beating

    The last of four men charged in the robbery and severe beating of a Lisle 7-Eleven clerk was sentenced to six years in prison Tuesday after a judge watched a video of the attack and called it "sickening." Antwan Jones Jr., 18, of Chicago, admitted striking the 52-year-old victim at least 10 times while his friends ransacked the store for alcohol and cigarettes.

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    Former Lombard Fire Chief Mike Torrence holds a time capsule from 25 years ago while Glenn Foster organizes its contents during a ceremony at Station 1 honoring the 100th anniversary of the Lombard Fire Department.

    Fire department celebrates 100 years in Lombard

    The Lombard Fire Department has come a long way — and extinguished a lot of fires — since it first was formed in 1913. Faces from the past helped current employees celebrate their history during a celebration Jan. 3 at Station 1, exactly 100 years after the department held its first meeting.

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    The Hinsdale Humane Society brought in trained therapy dogs to help teens deal with the stress of final exams while studying this weekend at the Downers Grove Public Library. Gay Pollitt, left, with her dog, Delilah, and Mary Beth Turek with her dog, Maggie, were part of a team that visited with nearly 200 students.

    Trauma therapy dogs help suburban teens with test angst

    In the days after the horrific school shooting in Newtown, Conn., a group of seven golden retrievers and their handlers from the suburbs went to the community of Sandy Hook Elementary School to let the traumatized kids and parents spend some spirit-rejuvenating time with dogs. Now, the power of these highly trained dogs is taking on another anxiety-inducing suburban phenomenon — high school...

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    Hollywood cinematographer and Schaumburg High School grad Paolo Cascio readies a shot on the Pasadena set of the movie "High School."

    From Chucky to 'Vampire Diaries,' Schaumburg native makes living behind the camera

    At 16, Schaumburg High grad and Hollywood cinematographer Paolo Cascio found his life's calling at Alcatraz. He had visited the prison with his parents. A movie crew was shooting. When Cascio spotted the Panavision camera, "It hit me like a bolt of lightning," he said. "It's like when you see somebody and it's love at first sight. I knew in that moment that this was what I was meant to do."

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    Lake Ellyn Park in Glen Ellyn has been a community gathering spot and recreation space for more than a century. The park district's master plan for the park recommends several improvements, including renovations to the 75-year-old boathouse that would restore its historical features.

    Lake Ellyn Boathouse might be restored to its heyday

    Glen Ellyn's venerable Lake Ellyn boathouse and the surrounding park need a makeover. But the focus is to get rid of the more recent improvements and restore the historical features. "We're basically bringing this building back so this can be a place where children and adults can come, so they can understand what Lake Ellyn was like in the 1930s," said an architect working on a plan for the...

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    From left, Ken Veach, Molly Veach and Kenny O'Reilly, son of retired Cook County sheriff's officer Kit O'Reilly, after they competed in the World Games in Dublin.

    Suburban officer to carry torch in S. Korea for World Special Olympics games

    Ken Veach of Schaumburg has carried the torch for Special Olympics Illinois for nearly 20 years, but now he'll take his flame to an even higher level: the Special Olympics World Winter Games in South Korea. This month, he will be among 100 law enforcement officers — the only one from Illinois — to carry the torch through South Korea.

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    Zoe-Anna Wilson, 7, of Bolingbrook rests her head on her mother Daisy Viyuoh's shoulder during the 27th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Prayer Breakfast held at The Centre in Elgin last year. Zoe-Anna's elder sister, Phebe, 8, also joined them. It was their first time attending the event.

    Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. in the Fox Valley

    This month, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. would have been 84. Communities throughout the Fox Valley area are pulling together to hold celebrations of his life, and to honor his legacy — with a special focus on community service.

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    Big Brother Big Sister seeks 30 male mentors in 30 days

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Kane and Kendall Counties is looking for 30 men in 30 days. Not just any men, the organization is seeking males to mentor boys on its list of more than 30 waiting to be matched with Big Brothers.

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    President Barack Obama will unveil his gun restriction proposals Wednesday, barely over a month since the massacre of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

    Obama weighing executive action on guns

    Facing powerful opposition to sweeping gun regulations, President Barack Obama is weighing 19 steps he could take through executive action alone, congressional officials said. But the scope of such measures is limited.

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    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A Buffalo Grove man received an email advising that he was going to be arrested on charges of one of several offenses. The email stated it was from the Department of Justice and instructed him to purchase a prepaid credit card and enter the numbers and security code on the screen. Police assured him that it was a scam.

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    The blotter

    Vandals put several scratches on a 2000 Pontiac sedan at the Mount Prospect Park District RecPlex, 420 W. Dempster St., between 6 and 10 p.m. Jan. 10. Damage was estimated at $3,027.

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    Michael Fleck

    District 158 board names Huntley attorney to fill vacancy

    Michael Fleck is the newest member of the District 158 school board. The Huntley attorney was appointed last week — less than three months before his name will appear on the April election ballot for the same position. District 158 school board members chose Fleck over Huntley resident James Rojek, who was the only other applicant for the open spot.

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    Northwest suburbs in 60 seconds

    A Sreamwood man lost $3,440 when he applied for a loan online in October. His contact at the company told him to send $4,040 to cover insurance premiums for the loan. When the victim could no longer reach the contact and the webpage disappeared from the Internet, the victim discovered that all but $600 had been collected.

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    Thieves stealing credit cards in Arlington Hts. rack up big charges

    Thieves using charge cards stolen out of purses left hanging over chairs at restaurants in Arlington Heights have racked up thousands of dollars in fraudulent charges, police said.

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    President Barack Obama, left, and former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., walk past each other during a new conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, to announce that he is nominating Hagel, as the new Defense Secretary. New York Sen. Chuck Schumer says he will back President Barack Obama’s choice of Chuck Hagel for the top job at the Pentagon.

    Schumer to back Hagel for Pentagon’s top job

    WASHINGTON — An influential Senate Democrat says he will back President Barack Obama’s choice of Chuck Hagel for the top job at the Pentagon.New York Sen. Chuck Schumer said in a statement Tuesday that he met with Hagel for 90 minutes on Monday and the Republican reassured him on issues ranging from Israel to gay rights.

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    In this Jan. 9, 2013, photo provided by Venezuela’s Ministry of the Interior and Justice Press Office and released Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, a member of Venezuela’s National Civil Aviation Institute points out at the ocean during the search for a plane that went missing near Los Roques, Venezuela. Venezuelan authorities have been searching since the twin-engine plane was lost Friday off the resort islands of Los Roques. On board were Vittorio Missoni, the head of the company, three other Italians and two Venezuelan crew members.

    Expired license for missing Missoni CEO’s pilot

    ROME — Italy’s national air safety agency says the owner of the plane that disappeared Jan. 4 over Venezuela with the CEO of fashion house Missoni on board didn’t have a certificate to operate. The agency also said in a statement Tuesday that the pilot’s license had expired in November.

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    Emergency services attend the scene after a derailed train crashed into the side of a residential building in Saltsjobaden outside Stockholm, Tuesday Jan, 15, 2013. A woman obtained the keys to the train and drove it away before it crashed into the building. The woman was injured in the incident and there are no reports of injuries of people in the building.

    Stolen train crashes into building in Sweden

    A woman stole an empty commuter train from a depot Tuesday and drove it to a suburb of Stockholm where it derailed and slammed into an apartment building, officials said.

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    David Steiner holds one of the fresh saltwater shrimp his family raises in a controlled environment on their farm.

    El Paso Illinois family raises shrimp

    Most Central Illinois farmers raise corn and soybeans, or maybe livestock. But one farmer near El Paso, Ill. is raising saltwater shrimp.The Steiner Farm offers honey, plants and produce in addition to saltwater shrimp. It's a family project for David and Sandy Steiner and their seven children, ages 14 to two."We're just kind of common folk trying to get by, you know. Trying to keep our kids busy...

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    16-year-old killed in milk tanker crash
    A 16-year-old boy was killed when he missed a stop sign and collided with a milk tanker truck in Manitowoc County.

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    IDES announces office closings

    The Illinois Department of Employment Security is closing seven offices and reducing staff by nearly 200 people. In a news release, the agency says the closings are happening in part because a somewhat improved economy has led to falling unemployment insurance claims.

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    Wisconsin firefighters rescue 3 children, mother

    A mother and her three young children are recovering after firefighters rescued them from their burning home in the town of Montello.

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    2 died trying to escape cluttered Pekin home

    PEKIN — Fire officials in central Illinois say an elderly couple likely succumbed to smoke inhalation as fire gutted their cluttered home.The Pekin Daily Times reports that 79-year-old Sam Garland and 75-year-old Barbara Garland died Sunday in a Pekin home that was packed with items due to her hoarding habit.

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    Ind. woman moves closer to needed transplant

    The wild ride for Darmstadt, Ind., resident Lisa Keck in her pursuit of a kidney transplant continues, keeping her in a bundle of nerves and totally exasperated.The high hopes Keck, 49, had for finding a donor were dashed three different times when serious donor candidates were disqualified since last March.

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    Carol Stream nominates top volunteers

    Eleven Carol Stream residents have been nominated by local service organizations as potential recipients of the village's Citizen of the Year awards to honor their volunteerism in 2012.

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    Dawn Patrol: Coach saves a life; man ruled insane in killing

    Schaumburg police chief cleared; Woodridge man not guilty, insane; DuPage inmate tries to hire hit; Wood Dale man gets 9 years for child porn, explosives; Down syndrome photo exhibit opens; Prairie Ridge coach saves a life; Bears narrow coaching choices

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    Editorial: GOP Chairman Brady on the right track

    State GOP Chair Pat Brady of St. Charles took a stand supporting the legalization of same-sex marriage in Illinois - a smart move both socially and politically, a Daiy Herald editorial says.

Sports

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    In this Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 photo provided by Harpo Studios Inc., cyclist Lance Armstrong listens to a question from Oprah Winfrey during taping for the show “Oprah and Lance Armstrong: The Worldwide Exclusive” in Austin, Texas. The two-part episode of “Oprah’s Next Chapter” will air nationally Thursday and Friday, Jan. 17-18, 2013.

    Lance Armstrong may not be done confessing

    Lance Armstrong may not be done confessing. His interview with Oprah Winfrey hasn't aired yet, but already some people want to hear more — under oath — before Armstrong is allowed to compete in elite triathlons. "He's got to follow a certain course," David Howman, director general of World Anti-Doping Agency, told the AP. "That is not talking to a talk show host."

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    Tuesday’s girls bowling scoreboard
    Here are the varsity girls bowling results from Tuesday's events, as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Tuesday’s girls basketball scoreboard
    Here are the results from Tuesday's varsity girls basketball results as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Tuesday’s boys basketball scoreboard
    Here are the results from Tuesday's varsity boys basketball results as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Niles North tops Prospect; last-second bucket sinks Chargers

    Niles North, runner-up in the recent Hardwood Classic at Wheeling, was too much for visiting Prospect in nonconference play Tuesday. The Vikings (11-3) got a game-high 22 points from Lorenzo Dillard in a 82-57 victory over the Mid-Suburban East-leading Knights, who have dropped two straight. Prospect (11-6) was led by 13 points from Mike Houghton.

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    Stalberg, Shaw will try to fill key role on power play

    Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville will turn to Viktor Stalberg and Andrew Shaw to see if they can be a real presence in front of the net on the power play.

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    St. John's Jakarr Sampson, left, and Phil Greene IV celebrate a call during the second half of the NCAA college basketball game against Notre Dame, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at Madison Square Garden in New York. St. John's won 67-63. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    St. John's upsets No.20 Notre Dame 67-63

    JaKarr Sampson scored 14 of his 17 points in the first half and St. John's handed No. 20 Notre Dame its second straight loss, 67-63 at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night.

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    Jack Cordes of Waubonsie Valley, left, goes up for two points as Daylon Edwards ofPlainfield South defends in boys basketball action on Tuesday in Aurora.

    Waubonsie Valley wins the warmup game

    Playing a sub-.500 team and with archrival Neuqua Valley on the horizon, Waubonsie Valley had a simple goal in Tuesday’s boys basketball game against Plainfield South. “The goal tonight was to overall get better,” said senior forward Dylan Warden.

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    Jacobs’ Nick Ledinsky reacts after sinking a 3-pointer at the buzzer to tie the game against Dundee-Crown in regulation Tuesday in Algonquin. The Golden Eagles won in double overtime.

    Ledinsky, Jacobs work OT to beat Dundee-Crown

    Jacobs trailed visiting rival Dundee-Crown by 3 points with time running out in regulation, but senior Nick Ledinsky kept his cool amid the madness. Jacobs had two options on its final play: double screens for a shot by either Ledinsky or Will Schwerdtmann. The ball came to Schwerdtmann initially, but the Chargers had him well covered. With 6 seconds left, Schwerdtmann sent a cross-court pass to Ledinsky along the left sideline. The 6-foot-4 forward bobbled the ball for an instant, recovered it inside the 3-point arc, cooly took a step back behind the line and drilled a game-tying, fadeaway 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the game to overtime. “On the bobble, I actually got a second to look at the clock, so I knew how much time was left and how I could adjust my shot,” Ledninsky said. “It paid off.” Ledinsky would later seal Jacobs’ 76-66 victory in double overtime by scoring 6 of his 20 points. His first steal of the second extra session proved to be the first of 6 Dundee-Crown turnovers in the period against the half-court trapping Golden Eagles.

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    Nee, Wood pace Wauconda

    Lauren Nee scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds, and teammate Jessie Wood scored 11 and had 9 rebounds, as Wauconda’s girls basketball team defeated Round Lake 47-36 Tuesday at home.

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    Lakes’ Amanda Smith, left, gets trapped in the corner by Antioch’s Alexandra Fracek and Megan Borries on Tuesday night at Antioch.

    Smith’s steadfast effort lifts Lakes past Antioch

    Amanda Smith hit a couple of long shots early in the third quarter to spark a comeback and, in the end, it was the point guard’s free throws that helped Lakes edge the host Sequoits’ 38-34 in a North Suburban Prairie Division rematch.

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    Kaneland pulls away from Morris

    Kaneland 65, Morris 32: The Knights (12-7, 4-3) trailed 26-25 at halftime before blowing Morris away in the second half Tuesday in Maple Park.

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    Westminster Christian claims Elgin City Classic title

    Championship week, as proclaimed by Westminster Christian head coach Ken Flickinger, has come a little early for the Warriors’ girls basketball team. And it’s already off to a good start. With a 62-30 win at home over Elgin to wrap up the Elgin City Classic title on Tuesday, the Warriors (14-4) will look ahead to Friday’s matchup with Christian Liberty for the opportunity to lock up their first Northeastern Athletic Conference championship.

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    Lake Park nearly catches Metea Valley

    Metea Valley got much more than it bargained for Tuesday night in Roselle. Leading winless Lake Park by 17 midway through the third quarter — a team they beat by 31 earlier in the year — the 10th-ranked Mustangs barely held on for a 62-58 win.

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    Complete effort lifts Warren against Round Lake

    Warren junior Dominic Cuevas and his teammates who started Tuesday night’s North Suburban Conference crossover boys basketball game on the bench were not about to let their opportunity for extended playing time slip away by letting up at Round Lake. The Blue Devils’ reserves took the lead the starters gave them and ran away with it to a 90-34 victory as Cuevas and junior guard Eric Gillespie each scored a game-high 17 points.

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    Harvest Christian nips Christian Liberty

    Harvest Christian 49, Christian Liberty 48: Matt Borst hit the game-winning layup at the buzzer as the Lions won in the Northeastern Athletic Conference. Jon Vislisel had 13 points to lead Harvest (11-6, 5-3) while Dan Turpin had 11, Kyle Fritz 9 and Borst 8.

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    Jacobs’ Nick Ledinsky reacts after sinking a three-point shot at the buzzer to tie the the game against Dundee-Crown in regulation Tuesday in Algonquin. They went into double-overtime and Jacobs won.

    Images: Dundee-Crown vs. Jacobs, boys basketball
    Rivals Dundee-Crown and Jacobs squared off in a boys basketball matchup Tuesday night in Algonquin. Jacobs won in OT, 76-66.

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    Batavia’s Jake Pollack drives through the lane and scores against Elgin during Tuesday’s game at Batavia.

    Rueffer rallies Batavia over Elgin

    Batavia senior defensive stopper Mike Rueffer spent most of his night Tuesday watching Elgin star Arie Williams hit one shot more improbable than the last on his way to a 32-point night with seven 3-point baskets.

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    Badgers hold off No. 2 Indiana for 64-59 upset

    Ryan Evans had 13 points and seven rebounds, and Traevon Jackson added 11 points as Wisconsin upset No. 2 Indiana 64-59 on Tuesday night to take sole possession of the Big Ten lead.

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    Girls basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    Huntley 63, McHenry 31: Sam Andrews had 28 points to lead the Red Raiders to a Fox Valley Conference Valley Division win. Ali Andrews added 11 points and Haley Ream had 8 for Huntley (15-4, 6-1).Cary-Grove 46, Prairie Ridge 28: Joslyn Nicholson had 11 points, 4 steals and 3 assists to lead the Trojans to an FVC Valley win. Kylie Smith added 9 points and Katie Barker had 7 for Cary-Grove (13-6, 6-1).

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    Dundee-Crown’s Jereneka Baker loses control of the ball under pressure from Jacobs’ Victoria Tamburrino and Jackie Bartolai, right.

    Images: Dundee-Crown vs. Jacobs, girls basketball
    Rivals Dundee-Crown and Jacobs squared off in a girls basketball matchup Tuesday night in Algonquin. Jacobs won 45-35.

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    You always want your star players to lead the way, and Cleveland Melvin and Brandon Young certainly pointed themselves in the right direction for DePaul Tuesday night at Allstate Arena. But against a sturdy Big East opponent like Cincinnati, Melvin and Young needed as much help as they could possibly get. In a 75-70 loss to the visiting Bearcats, it was too much all Melvin and Young all the time, especially in the second half. And it wasn't enough.

    DePaul falls to Bearcats, 75-70

    You always want your star players to lead the way, and Cleveland Melvin and Brandon Young certainly pointed themselves in the right direction for DePaul Tuesday night at Allstate Arena. But against a sturdy Big East opponent like Cincinnati, Melvin and Young needed as much help as they could possibly get. In a 75-70 loss to the visiting Bearcats, it was too much all Melvin and Young all the time, especially in the second half. And it wasn't enough.

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    Tim Lester

    Elmhurst’s Lester heading to Syracuse

    Success at the college level can often be a double-edged sword. The more a team wins, the more difficult it becomes to keep a coaching staff in place.

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    Jacobs’ Payton Berg shoots around Dundee-Crown’s Melissa Barker Tuesday in Algonquin.

    Jacobs upends Dundee-Crown again

    It has been a long arduous 2012-2013 season for first-year Jacobs girls basketball coach Joe Benoit. But on Tuesday night Benoit and the Golden Eagles could crack a smile. Led by 18 points from Payton Berg, Jacobs knocked off District 300 rival Dundee-Crown 43-35 in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division action in Algonquin, giving the Golden Eagles a sweep of the regular-season series, which is also their only wins of the season.

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    Eighth-grader Courtney Patten, who suffered a broken neck during a hockey practice last fall, has been resigned, for now, to cheering on her brother, Stevenson junior Trevor Patten.

    Team Patten bounces back after bad hockey break

    Courtney Patten is bouncing back after suffering a broken neck during a recent hockey practice.

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    Barrington’s Robby Vollman, right, manages to pass the ball to a teammate after diving to the floor with Huntley’s Bryce Only, left, and Jason Shields.

    Images: Barrington vs. Huntley, boys basketball
    The Barrington High School boys basketball team hosted and won 45-38 over the Huntley High School boys on Tuesday, January 18th, in Barrington.

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    Jered Cortez of Glenbard North wins the 3A 120-pound Championship bout against, Sevastian Pique of Sandburg during the 2012 IHSA wrestling state finals in Champaign, Saturday.

    Cortez, Glenbard North just keep winning

    Jered Cortez has never tasted defeat since arriving at Glenbard North.

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    Huntley’s TJ Adams makes contact with Barrington’s Brad Zaumseil during Tuesday’s game.

    Third-quarter surge lifts Barrington past Huntley

    Barrington ended up getting the better deal in the two halves of boys basketball Tuesday night against visiting Huntley. Huntley, the Fox Valley Conference’s Valley Division leader, played well in building a 25-15 first-half lead over the Broncos. But Barrington, a co-leader in the Mid-Suburban West Division, turned up the defensive pressure by outscoring the Red Raiders 30-13 in the second half. The result was a Broncos 45-38 nonconference win as Barrington improved to 12-8.

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    A check to go toward Bill Spicer’s battle with leukemia is presented at Tuesday’s game featuring Harvest Christian against Christian Liberty in Arlington Heights. More than $41,000 total was raised on behalf of the area basketball official.

    Special win for Christian Liberty, with Spicer in mind

    It was a special night at Christian Liberty Academy in Arlington Heights.The private school, which used to be the old Arlington High School, draws students from towns as far as Chicago, Elgin and Crystal Lake.Tuesday night, it drew a lot of visitors from the northwest suburbs and elsewhere in a benefit for well-known and longtime official Bill Spicer, who is battling a rare form of leukemia.Spicer stays involved with the Arlington Heights Youth Athletic Association, which he has guided as its president since 1989, and with the Prospect Performing Arts Endowment, which he helped to form after his three children graduated from Prospect High School.A total of $36,000 from admission, concessions, donations and raffles was raised in support of Spicer as the Chargers hosted a junior high boys basketball game and varsity girls and boys contests against Harvest Christian of Elgin.The Chargers’ girls varsity team received 16 points, 14 rebounds and 10 blocked shots from junior center Shelbi Hernandez in a 44-27 Northeastern Athletic Conference victory.

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    Lakes’ Dayna Olson, left, tries to get around Antioch’s Carly McCameron.

    Images: Lakes vs. Antioch, girls basketball
    The Antioch Sequoits hosted and lost 38-34 to the Lakes Eagles for girls basketball action on Tuesday, Jan. 15 in Antioch.

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    Bradley edges Southern Illinois 69-66

    Dyricus Simms-Edwards scored 18 points and Bradley defeated Southern Illinois 69-66 Tuesday night.

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    St. Edward rolls over Guerin

    The St. Edward boys basketball team started fast Tuesday night and never really slowed down. The Green Wave scored 16 of the game's first 17 points, led by as many as 27 and cruised to a 73-50 Suburban Christian Conference victory over Guerin in Elgin.

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    Cincinnati guard Sean Kilpatrick (23) shoots over DePaul forward Donnavan Kirk during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in Rosemont, Ill. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Cincinnati holds on to beat DePaul 75-70

    Cashmere Wright scored 20 points before leaving with an injury, leading Cincinnati to a 75-70 victory over DePaul Tuesday night.Cincinnati (15-3, 3-2 Big East) won its second straight game after breaking a two-game losing streak at Rutgers. DePaul (10-7, 1-3) has lost four of its last five games.

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    Solid defense leads Hampshire

    All season, Hampshire girls basketball coach Ed Haugens has talked about getting his team to play four good quarters. The Whip-Purs came pretty darn close Tuesday night while defeating Crystal Lake Central, 51-27. The only thing that kept Hampshire from getting maximum style points was a truckload of missed layups in the first half. Despite leading 22-11 at halftime, the Whip-Purs shot just 10-for-35 from the field, with most of the misses coming from inside 5 feet.

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    Elgin’s Arie Williams scores on a fade-away jumper over Batavia’s Like Horton.

    Images: Elgin vs. Batavia, boys basketball
    Elgin and Batavia squared off in a boys basketball matchup Tuesday in Batavia.

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    Lea Kerstein of Montini,left, and Elizabeth Melby of Wheaton Academy go for a loose ball.

    Images: Wheaton Academy vs. Montini, girls basketball
    Wheaton Academy hosted Montini Catholic high school Tuesday night for girls basketball.

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    Bulls guard Derrick Rose works out with the team before Monday night’s game against the Atlanta Hawks.

    Bulls’ Rose getting closer to game action
    As Tom Thibodeau described it, Derrick Rose is essentially one step away from returning to game action. How long this final step will take is anyone's guess. But it's probably safe to say this part of the recovery process requires some careful planning.

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    Under Dave Toub’s guidance, the Bears sent eight special-teams players to the playoffs.

    Toub won’t be easy to replace for Bears

    Former Bears special teams coordinator Dave Toub has taken the same job with the Kansas City Chiefs on new head coach Andy Reid's staff. Toub's Bears special teams finished in the top 10 in the league in eight of his nine seasons, and his players made eight Pro Bowl appearances.

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    Waubonsie Valley hosted Plainfield South Tuesday night for boys basketball.

    Images: Plainfield South vs. Waubonsie Valley, boys basketball
    Waubonsie Valley hosted Plainfield South high school Tuesday night for boys basketball.

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    Buffalo Grove’s Bailey North, left, will pursue a future in basketball at Wisconsin-Parkside. At right is Elk Grove’s Diamond Boyd.

    Buffalo Grove’s North heads for the border

    Bailey North is headed north. The Buffalo Grove senior, who is les than 75 points shy of 1,000 points for her career, will move on to play Division II basketball at Wisconsin-Parkside.

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    Japan's Kei Nishikori serves to Argentina's Carlos Berlocq during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013.(AP Photo/Mark Baker)

    Serena Williams romps on bad ankle in Australia

    Flat on her back, her sore right ankle raised and her hands covering her face, Serena Williams tried to block out thoughts that her bid for a third straight Grand Slam title might be ruined.

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    Broncos OC McCoy agrees to become Chargers coach

    Mike McCoy is the new head coach of the San Diego Chargers.The team has scheduled a news conference Tuesday to introduce McCoy, who had been the offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos.

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    Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) shoots a reverse layup past Atlanta Hawks’ Kyle Korver (26) and Josh Smith (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, in Chicago.

    Bulls not fazed by Thibs’ screamin’ and shoutin’

    After Tuesday's practice at the Berto Center, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau got a chance to respond to Joakim Noah's report that Thibodeau was "screaming" at them during shootaround on Monday. Noah wasn't complaining, especially after the 97-58 win over Atlanta, the fewest points the Bulls have ever allowed in a regular season game.

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    Bears_10SP080106MJ COOK Photo0527176 Photo by Mark Black ///// Special Teams Coordinator Dave Toub works with his players during the Chicago Bears 2006 training camp at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois.

    Bears lose special teams coach Toub to KC

    New Chiefs coach Andy Reid hired former Bears assistant Dave Toub to direct special teams on Tuesday, and announced that he's retaining linebackers coach Gary Gibbs and defensive backs coach Emmitt Thomas from the previous staff.

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    FILE - In a Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, file photo, New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow (15) warms up before of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Likely done in New York after one frustrating season and Jacksonville already saying no to a happy homecoming, what's next for Tebow, one of the league's most popular and polarizing players? A backup role on another NFL team? A position change? The Canadian Football League? Well, even Tebow isn't sure. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert, File)

    Suddenly unwanted, Tebow’s NFL future uncertain

    Tim Tebow was two wins from the Super Bowl a year ago. Now, he's pretty much a player without a team — likely to be released by the New York Jets after one frustrating season and his hometown team in Jacksonville already pulling in the welcome mat.

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    Kendall Stephens, St. Charles East basketball

    Watching son’s progress a special thrill for Stephens

    Everette Stephens had an idea about his son's feel for the game of basketball at an early age.

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    Naperville North finds its supporting cast

    When Naperville North started the season there was some uncertainty about who would replace the powerful group of graduates who led the Huskies to a second-place finish at state last year.

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    Although he won 30 games last season for the Blackhawks, goalie Corey Crawford says he’s focusing on providing more consistency this season.

    Hawks’ Crawford motivated by playoff setbacks

    While Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford hasn't watched replays of the 2 overtime goals he gave up in Games 3 and 4 last spring in the NHL playoffs, he hasn't forgoten them either. He's using them as motivation for this season."I don't need to look at them. I remember it pretty well," Crawford said with a slight laugh. "It's something that's going to motivate me. I'm a competitive guy, and I want to do the job."Head coach Joel Quenneville has confidence that Crawford will come through for the Hawks.

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    Hall of Fame quarterback and ESPN announcer Steve Young believes Marc Trestman would be a good choice for the Bears and quarterback Jay Cutler.

    Steve Young: Trestman would help Bears and Cutler

    Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young believes Marc Trestman, one of the three finalists for the Bears' head-coaching job, would be a great hire for the team and for quarterback Jay Cutler. Young played two seasons with Trestman as his offensive coordinator with the 49ers.

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    Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis will move on in the playoffs, and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning's season is over. Manning has lost eight times in the first-round.

    Week 2 of NFL playoffs gave us plenty to enjoy

    There was plenty of excitement in the NFL playoffs last weekend, along with a few surprises. The Denver Broncos have some blame to hand out, but they can't place it on Tim Tebow. And while Mike North waits for a call from the Chicago Bears for a head coaching interview since everyone else has been contacted, he's not too concerned if there isn't a big name on the list. The Bulls are doing the best they can right now without Derek Rose, and North says fans should be satisfied.

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    Will the new Bears coach be allowed to be a bigger force in the organization that quarterback Jay Cutler is already?

    Cutler looms large in Bears’ coaching search

    Jay Cutler: Problem or solution? Let's start the conversation by asserting that a case can be made that Cutler has become too big an issue in the Bears' search for a head coach. My goodness, you'd think the guy is Tom Brady with 3 Super Bowl victories as a starting quarterback and assorted other accomplishments.

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    St. Charles’ Jesi Ortiz twists during her floor exercise on Wednesday in Geneva.

    Images: Daily Herald prep photos of the week
    The Prep Photos of the Week gallery includes the best high school sports pictures by Daily Herald photographers. This week's gallery features photos from basketball, wrestling and gymnastics.

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    Kirchoff paces Barrington’s sweet victory

    Junior Angie Kirchoff scored 18 points with 2 3-pointers, 6 rebounds and 2 steals as Barrington topped Providence Catholic 49-37 in an opening game of the Sweet 16 Girls Basketball tournament.

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    Fremd’s Haley Gorecki (20) draws the foul in the fourth quarter as she is defended by Loyola Academy’s Maggie Nick (12) and Egan Berne (20)

    Loyola pulls out another close one

    If you are a Mid-Suburban League girls basketball fan, one of the last teams you saw last season was Loyola when the Ramblers edged Cinderella Wheeling in the Stevenson supersectional. The Ramblers were back in the area on Monday night playing at Fremd and once again they pulled out a close one, 46-43 against a powerful MSL team.

Business

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    U.S. home prices in November extended their steady recovery from the housing bust, rising 7.4 percent compared with a year ago. It was the biggest year-over-year increase in 6½ years.

    Year-over-year U.S. home prices up sharply in Nov.

    U.S. home prices in November extended their steady recovery from the housing bust, rising 7.4 percent compared with a year ago. It was the biggest year-over-year increase in 6½ years. CoreLogic, a private data provider, said Tuesday that prices also rose 0.3 percent in November from October. The month-to-month figures are not seasonally adjusted. CoreLogic compiles its indexes by tracking sales of the same homes over time, using data on sales in all 50 states.

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    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg introduces “graph search” Tuesday, a new service that lets users search their social connections for information about their friends’ interests and for photos and places. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    Facebook unveils social search feature

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a new search feature on Tuesday in the company’s first staged event at its Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters since its May initial public offering. Called “graph search,” the new service lets users search their social connections for information about people, interests, photos and places. It’ll help users who, for instance, want to scroll through all the photos their friends have taken in Paris or search for the favorite TV shows of all their friends who happen to be doctors. Until now, Facebook users were unable to search for friends who live in a certain town or like a particular movie. With the new feature, people can search for friends who, say, live in Boston who also like “Zero Dark Thirty”.

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    A weapons industry group based in the Connecticut town where a gunman killed 20 children, six adults and himself last month is hosting a Las Vegas trade show for tens of thousands of gun and gear manufacturers and enthusiasts.

    Gun group chief says industry didn’t cause Newtown

    A weapons industry group based in the Connecticut town where a gunman killed 26 people and himself last month is hosting a Las Vegas trade show for tens of thousands of gun and gear manufacturers and enthusiasts. The National Shooting Sports Foundation is focusing its 35th annual SHOT Show on products and services new to what it calls a $4.1 billion industry.

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    Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world’s largest retailer and the nation’s largest private employer, is making a pledge to hire every veteran who wants a job.

    Wal-Mart to hire vets, buy American

    Why wait on Washington to fix the economy when there's Wal-Mart? Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer and the biggest private employer in the U.S. with 1.4 million workers here, said Tuesday that it is rolling out a three-part plan to help jumpstart the sluggish U.S. economy.

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    Sales staff stand behind computers in a store in Beijing, China.

    China adds 51 million web users as internet controls tightened

    China added 51 million Internet users last year, underscoring the challenges faced by leaders seeking to tighten control over web services that have been used to expose corruption and criticize the government.The nation had 564 million Internet users at the end of 2012, up 10 percent from the year before, according to the government-run China Internet Network Information Center. China has more web users than the population of any other country in the world excluding India.

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    U.S. stocks advanced Tuesday, rebounding from earlier losses in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, as a rally in retail and transportation companies overshadowed concern about discussions on raising the debt ceiling.

    Stocks edge higher as retailers rally

    Stocks edged higher on Wall Street after a rally in retail stocks offset concerns about flaring tensions in Washington over increasing the country's borrowing limit.

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    The Cadillac ELR is unveiled during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013.

    Chevy Volt goes upscale in new electric Cadillac

    General Motors is trying to take the Chevrolet Volt's electric technology upscale with a new Cadillac. The company on Tuesday introduced the ELR, which has the same battery and gas-powered generator as the Chevy version. The new car has angular lights and fenders like other new Cadillacs, but it also has a more sloped, forward-leaning aerodynamic look. It also has a plush new interior that differentiates it from the Volt and sets the tone for future Cadillacs.

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    Report: Germany to repatriate gold from U.S., France

    A German newspaper reports the country's central bank will repatriate parts of its massive gold reserves worth about $200 billion at current market rates from storage sites in the United States and in France.

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    U.S. wholesale prices fell for the third month in a row last month, pushed down by falling food and gas costs. The drop is the latest evidence inflation is tame. The producer price index dropped 0.2 percent in December, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That follows a decline of 0.8 percent in November.

    Falling food, gas costs lower U.S. wholesale prices

    U.S. wholesale prices fell for the third month in a row last month, pushed down by falling food and gas costs. The drop is the latest evidence inflation is tame. Low inflation means consumers have more money to spend, which helps the economy. It also gives the Federal Reserve more room to keep interest rates low in an effort to spur economic growth.

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    U.S. businesses increased stockpiles 0.3 percent

    U.S. companies increased their stockpiles a steady pace in November from October, responding to a solid increase in sales. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that business inventories grew 0.3 percent in November, matching the October gain.

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    U.S. consumers increased their spending at retail businesses in December, buying more autos, furniture and clothing.

    U.S. retail sales rose 0.5 percent in December

    U.S. consumers increased their spending at retail businesses in December, buying more autos, furniture and clothing. Steady job growth and lower gas prices kept consumers shopping for the holidays, despite worries about potentially tax increases. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that retail sales rose 0.5 percent in December from November.

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    Fitch warns it may downgrade US over debt standoff

    The United States could lose its top credit rating for the second time if there's a delay in raising the country's debt ceiling, Fitch Ratings warned Tuesday.Congress has to increase the country's debt limit, which effectively rules how much debt the U.S. can have, by March 1 or face a potential default. There are fears that the debate will descend into the sort of squabbling and political brinkmanship that marked the last effort to raise the ceiling in the summer of 2011.

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    A man walks by a screen showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) in downtown Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday.

    German economic woes erode market gains

    Stock markets mostly slipped on Tuesday after new figures pointed to Germany's economy contracting in the last three months of 2012 and as investors awaited U.S. retail sales figures for the holiday month of December. Investors will be scrutinizing the U.S. data as well as more company earnings results to assess whether the drawn-out "fiscal cliff" debate had an impact on U.S. consumer spending.

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    Republicans say President Barack Obama should propose more detailed spending reductions.

    Cost-cut talk is long on emotion, short on details

    For political reasons, details are likely to be lacking in the heated debate over deep spending cuts that will dominate Congress in the coming weeks. Americans embrace the abstract idea of reducing federal spending. But politicians know that public support fades when specific programs are targeted. That's why Republicans wrap their calls for deep spending cuts in broad generalities. And they say President Barack Obama should propose more detailed spending reductions.

Life & Entertainment

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    Dancer Lauren Blane, front, and other ensemble members run through numbers at the Marriott Theatre Rehearsal Warehouse in Buffalo Grove for “Now & Forever: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber.” The world premiere musical revue plays through Sunday, March 17, at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire.

    Marriott debuts dance-filled Andrew Lloyd Webber revue

    Chicago fans of British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber are in luck this month, since the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire unveils the world premiere revue "Now & Forever: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber" and Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace presents "Sunset Blvd."

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    Edward Furlong has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and an outstanding warrant in West Hollywood, Calif.

    Edward Furlong arrested for domestic violence case

    Actor Edward Furlong remains jailed after being arrested Sunday on suspicion of domestic violence and for an outstanding felony warrant. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says Furlong was arrested in West Hollywood on suspicion of domestic violence battery.

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    Andrew Ledet and his mom, Diane Ledet, have learned to work together in their small Elk Grove Village kitchen.

    Cook of the Week: Mother/son duo dynamic in the kitchen

    Andrew Ledet has been cooking his whole life, even mixing up his own formula, his mom, Diane, quips. The two passionate cooks have learned to navigate a tiny Elk Grove Village kitchen as they create meals together for family and friends.

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    Slow-cooker dinners, like these pork tacos from “Southern Living Big Book of Slow Cooking” make for simple and hearty winter fare.

    Culinary adventures: Crock pot good for more than soups and stews

    Does your slow cooker sit in the back of a cabinet, used only for the occasional stew or soup? Penny Kazmier admits her appliance faced that fate, but no longer. She has conquered her crock pot, learning to use to make breakfast, lunch, dinner and even dessert.

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    Lindsay Lohan's misdemeanor case is due to be called for arraignment in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

    Not guilty plea entered for Lindsay Lohan on misdemeanors

    Lindsay Lohan's attorney has entered a not guilty plea for the actress to three misdemeanor charges filed over a June accident in which her sports car slammed into a dump truck. Attorney Shawn Holley entered the plea during a brief hearing Tuesday in Los Angeles.

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    Kalista’s room called for fresh and energetic greens, watery blues and soft yellows.

    Sisters’ bedrooms reflect different personalities

    Kalista and Alessandra are young sisters who have shared lots of things over the years, including their bedroom. Now, the girls are getting older and want more independence, so it's time to make the break. Kalista, the older sister, is moving next door into the former guest room, and Alessandra is staying put.

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    Jimmy Greene, left, kisses his wife, Nelba Marquez-Greene, as he holds a portrait of their daughter, Sandy Hook School shooting victim Ana Marquez-Greene, at a news conference at Edmond Town Hall in Newtown, Conn., Monday. PBS announced Monday it will air a series of programs under the umbrella title “After Newtown” in February.

    PBS shows to examine Newtown school shooting

    Public television is putting its resources into a weeklong examination of the Connecticut school shooting. PBS announced Monday it will air a series of programs under the umbrella title "After Newtown." The February series will "continue the public conversation" on the topics of gun laws, mental illness and school security, PBS said. Programs including "PBS NewsHour," "Frontline" and "Washington Week With Gwen Ifill" will be part of the initiative. The science series "Nova" will air a documentary on violence and the brain.

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    New Dan Brown novel coming in May

    A new Dan Brown novel is coming in May. The title remains a puzzle. Doubleday announced Tuesday that the author will again feature Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, the protagonist for his blockbuster "The Da Vinci Code" and for the million-selling followup "The Lost Symbol."

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    “The Blood Gospel” by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell

    ‘Blood Gospel’ a supernatural thriller

    James Rollins, king of the action-adventure thriller, and award-winning novelist Rebecca Cantrell combine their talents and create a supernatural page turner in “The Blood Gospel.” Fans will discover a storytelling voice vastly different from the authors’ individual novels. Together they have introduced a series that will certainly create much debate and scrutiny as as Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code.”

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    Cod gets dipped in a Wisconsin beer batter and fried before it’s served to diners sandwich-style at Parkers’ Restaurant & Grill in Downers Grove.

    Parkers’ Restaurant & Bar in Downers Grove does seafood, and more, right

    Perched amid an office complex where 31st Street ends in Downers Grove, Parkers' Restaurant & Bar, is a boon for seafood lovers. But the restaurant, which morphed from Parkers' Ocean Grill a few years back, doesn't stop there. Steaks and oven-fired pizzas are sure to please at this clubby and wood-paneled spot where executive chef Pat McLaughlin rules the kitchen.

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    Slow-cooker dinners, like these pork tacos from “Southern Living Big Book of Slow Cooking” make for simple and hearty winter fare.

    Sweet ’n’ Spicy Braised Pork Tacos
    Sweet n Spicy Braised Pork Tacos

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    “The Fifth Assassin” by Brad Meltzer

    Brad Meltzer delivers another winner

    Brad Meltzer writes his first sequel, a follow-up to 2011's "The Inner Circle," and delivers one of his best books to date. In "The Fifth Assassin," Beecher White works as a top researcher for the National Archives. He is secretly a member of the Culper Ring, an organization with origins tracing back to George Washington and the Revolutionary War. Beecher has proof of a crime the president doesn't want to become public.

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    An animatronic model of an allosaurus comes to life during the “Discover the Dinosaurs” show, which returns to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

    Best bets: Take the family to Discover the Dinosaurs in Rosemont

    See more than 60 museum-quality prehistoric beasts in the family-friendly Discover the Dinosaurs experience this weekend at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Rocker Jim Peterick's World Stage event features Jeff Adams (Starship), Toby Hitchcock (Pride of Lions), The Ides of March and more Saturday at the Arcada in St. Charles. The “Open House: Art About Home” exhibit opens at the Elmhurst Art Museum.

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    Music notes: Montrose Room hosts McLovin’s band

    The Young Rapscallions, a garage-rock band that features actor Christopher Mintz-Plasse on drums, will perform in Rosemont this weekend, and DuPage County rocker Cathy Richardson plays a solo show next week.

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    Andrew Ledet of Elk Grove Village’s red beans and rice dish.

    New Orleans Red Beans
    New Orleans Red Beans and Rice: Andrew Ledet

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    Stuffin’ Muffins
    Stuffin' Muffins: Andrew Ledet

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    Chipotle-Marinated Chicken
    Chipotle-Marinated Chicken: Andrew Ledet

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    Low-wage workers face economic anxiety
    Guest columnist Lillian Daniels: The $8.25 an hour minimum wage translates to about $17,000 a year for a full-time position. That's simply not enough, especially when you consider that increasingly these jobs are the only source of income for these workers and their households.

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    The meaning of Hagel

    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: Under the guise of centrist bipartisanship, it allows the president to leave the constrained first-term Obama behind and follow his natural Hagel-like foreign policy inclinations.

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    Focus on mental health, not guns
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: It is ironic that one of the headlines Jan. 10 stressed that "VP Biden vows urgent action" in the wake of the terrible shootings in Newtown, Conn., while on Page 5 of the same paper, there was an article about a man in Bartlett who was accused of stockpiling machine guns without a Firearm Owners ID.

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    Still no casino money for schools?
    A Hawthorn Woods letter to the editor: In your featured article the other day, I saw that casinos in Illinois grossed over one billion, four hundred million dollars last year. How much of that $1,400,000,000.00 went to Illinois schools?

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    We have chance for more cooperation
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: I've heard mixed reactions to the new fiscal cliff aversion deal Congress just passed. Personally, as a liberal, I was hoping more for focus on revenue as the cliff approached.

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    Israel’s defense was well justified
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: The ludicrous analogy of Israel defending itself from Gaza missiles to Mike Tyson beating up Jerry's kids (Fence Post, Dec 18) would only make nominal sense if in fact Jerry's kids had launched almost 3,000 armed missiles against Mike Tyson's home and backyard in 2012.

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    Medical records don’t belong on Internet
    A Barrington Hills letter to the editor: About two years ago the Obama administration paid physicians a bonus of thousands of dollars to put this information online. Hopefully everyone who voted for President Obama will enjoy having their private medical care shared and managed in this manner.

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    Take a stand and protect our future
    A letter to the editor: As I learn about the messy budget decisions our representatives must make, it strikes me that if the problems are not avoided, it will be my generation that will inherit the debt. This leaves us two reasonable options. Either young adults like me can hope for the best, or we can prepare for the burden that could be placed upon us.

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    No one needs an automatic weapon
    A Palatine letter to the editor: I still have hope that we can act like a civilized society and ban semiautomatic weapons. If you want to hunt, fine. If you feel you need a handgun to protect yourself and your home, go ahead. But nobody needs an automatic weapon

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    Weapons in wrong hands catastrophic
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Is President Obama trying to turn "Sandy Hook into a rallying cry for disarming the nation?" Is this "a big government power grab," as Marvin A. Schulgen opined in his letter of Dec. 27? Of course not. I think rational people know that weapons and ammunition in the hands of the wrong people can be catastrophic.

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    Uniformed guards not the answer
    A Bloomingdale letter to the editor: We need to think about the concealed carry option for regular school employees. At least one per school. With modern technology we now have small powerful pistols that weigh less than a pound, not much bigger than a pack of cigarettes.

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    Obamacare tax hikes not mentioned
    A Wayne letter to the editor: Here is a little known fact about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare): As of Jan. 1, the threshold for deducting medical expenses on your income tax return increased from 7.5 percent to 10 percent of adjusted gross income for nearly everyone. Seniors 65 and older get a reprieve for three years.

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    Gun buyers pay up front for prison beds
    A Batavia letter to the editor: I just moved back to Illinois, from living between Phoenix and Tucson in Casa Grande, Az. where guns are allowed by law, where shootings are every day, especially on Saturday nights. The hospitals are busy taking care of gunshot wounds.

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    Collapse of global-warming industry
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Lord Christopher Monckton, former advisor to ex-British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher had an opportunity to educate representatives of government and dictatorships at the United Nation climate-change summit in Doha Qatar, about the fact that there has been no global warming for the last 16 years.

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