How suburban League of Women Voters chapters are encouraging the next generation of voters
Last school year, nearly 3,500 students across the Northwest suburbs who turned 18 received an unexpected gift: a hand-delivered birthday envelope containing information on how to register to vote.
She lost her Fremd class ring 45 years ago. A Facebook group helped her get it back.As a junior at Fremd High School in Palatine in 1974, Ruth Ford begged her stepmom for a $150 class ring. After she gave it to her boyfriend, Doug, the ring disapeared. Forty-five years later, the ring is back. And Ruth has an epiphany about Doug.
Batavia woman one of two new Legionnaires' cases outside senior living communityAn outbreak of Legionnaires' disease has spread beyond a Batavia senior living community, with two additional cases confirmed in the surrounding area.
Palatine family honored for volunteer work at community gardenSantiago Reyes, a first-grader at Stuart R. Paddock Elementary School in Palatine, didn't hesitate when asked why he enjoyed his volunteer work at a village community garden. "I like to help people," he said.
Ecologists continue to monitor Herrick Lake near Wheaton for harmful algal bloomWater samples at Herrick Lake tested negative Monday for the toxins produced by blue-green algae. But a forest preserve ecologist cautioned that forecasts for relatively warm tempatures are ripe conditions for agal blooms to grow.
Here's the scoop: Swans use elegant long necks to eat and preenOn a sunny August Saturday, 8-year-old Isabella watched the mute swans and their cygnets (baby swans) gliding across the Schaumburg Village Hall pond and wondered why they have long necks. The short answer for those long necks? To reach down under the water and pull up the delicious and nutritious plants they love to munch.
Suburban Hero: Batavia volunteer helps Kane County jail inmates open their heartsTim Lyons, a retired Batavia firefighter, has been volunteering at the Kane County jail for about 6 years and was instrumental in bringing Catholic priests to the St. Charles lockup to provide Mass, Bible study and sacraments of reconciliation and Holy Communion to inmates. He will be recognized as the sheriff's office Volunteer of the Year this month.
Constable: 'Miracle baby' now working on cystic fibrosis cureBorn two months early on the bathroom floor of their Itasca home, Will and Alexis Belmonte were hailed as "miracle" babies. Twenty years later, Will is working on finding a cure for himself and everyone with cycstic fibrosis.
Through highs and lows, Cobra still the car of his dreamsIn the fall of 1979, Kevin Fangman was over the moon. The 17-year-old had just bought his dream: a 1977 Ford Mustang Cobra II. Head over heels in love with the car, he eagerly blurted to his dad he was "going to keep it forever."
Suburban habitats: Readers' photos of local wildlifeSome of the best photos from the Daily Herald Suburban Wildlife page on Facebook.
How to recognize the signs of sepsis in childrenSepsis is a serious, life-threatening condition. So what should parents and caregivers look for if they suspect their child has sepsis?
See grasses in all their glory at a suburban tallgrass prairieA tall-grass prairie in September is one of the best antidotes for screen fatigue that I know. Here, the grasses are in their glory, towering above all else and waving their flowers with abandon.
Through the Film Magnifier: Ozzy Osbourne, Ronnie Howard, Belly Dancing, Pony Paper Delivery and more