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State public health officials are remind people to take care against mosquitoes after detecting the year’s first human case of West Nile virus in suburban Cook County.

Suburban Cook County resident has year’s first human case of West Nile virus

The Illinois Department of Public Health has identified the first human case of West Nile virus so far this year, the agency said Wednesday. Commercial testing and clinic...

Highwood Days, featuring carnival rides and games, and Taco Fest, featuring food from over 20 vendors, live music and more, will run July 19-21 in downtown Highwood.

Enjoy Highwood Days and Taco Fest through July 21

The annual Highwood Days and Taco Fest events, presented by Celebrate Highwood, are back, both running concurrently through Sunday, July 21. The Highwood Days Carnival will take place in the Downtown Highwood Metra Station Parking Lot, while Taco Fest will take place in Everts Park, 111 North Ave.

Operation Sweet Life founder and director Diane Ahrens receives the first Red, White and Blue .1K sponsor check and special donation from McHenry County VFW Post 4600 member Larry Cannon.

Home sweet home: Elgin nonprofit helps veterans furnish houses

Diane Ahrens founded Operation Sweet Life three years ago with one goal in mind: to help struggling veterans make a house a home.

Day one of making giardiniera includes a lot of chopping. You might get some giardiniera-loving friends to help.

A taste of home: Giardiniera, so dear to Chicagoans, is easy to make and can for future feasts

Penny Kazmier takes a trip down memory lane, reminiscing about the Chicago neighborhood she grew up in. That includes enjoying a great hot dog, complete with giardiniera. Here, she makes and cans her own.

Heat stroke is an emergency so if your temperature reaches 104 degrees and your skin is hot and dry to the touch, seek out immediate medical care to avoid brain and organ damage.

Ask the doctors: Recognizing and addressing heat-related dangers

Skin flushing and sweating are the first signs your body is overheating, and trying to cool itself down. If clammy skin and nausea start, heat exhaustion may be the cause. Why everyone should know how to treat it and when to seek help.

Jessica Damiano shows off a bowl of ripe blueberries she grew in containers on her deck.

How sweet they are: Blueberries can take years to establish but you’ll be rewarded with nutritious snack

Blueberries take years to establish in your home garden or containers, but garden writer Jessica Damiano says the payoff is worth every effort she put into them.

The owners of Riccardo’s Ristorante in Schaumburg announced the closing of their 35-year-old restaurant on its final day last Sunday.

Riccardo’s Ristorante in Schaumburg closes, new concept being prepared for site

The closing of Riccardo’s Ristorante in Schaumburg this week ends a 35-year story as much about the people behind it as the beloved business itself, but plans already are afoot to bring a new dining concept to the space.