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In April 2013, James Ensign of Barrington had his Make-A-Wish request granted. Then 9, he got to skate with his favorite sports team, the Chicago Blackhawks, during one of their final practices before heading into the playoffs. | Provided

Ambassadors to honor Blackhawks, White Sox at Make-A-Wish gala

When James Ensign lost his appetite, exhibited little desire to play and had swollen lymph nodes under his jaw and at the base of his skull, the toddler’s mother sensed...

U.S. News & World Report ranks Barrington area high schools

U.S. News & World Report has released its state and national rankings of the best U.S. high schools.

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Helping your child prepare for test day

As your child prepares to take important exams like the SAT or the ACT, he or she may be feeling anxiety that could be reflected in the final test ...

“There’s a unique challenge to smaller communities that may not have a huge breadth of staff, so they have to work together," said Kent McKenzie, Lake County’s emergency management coordinator. “It’s not if a disaster happens; it’s when a disaster might happen.”  | Bridget O'Shea/For Sun-Times Media

Barrington area agencies coordinate emergency response plan

Lake County’s emergency management coordinator met with Barrington area government and law enforcement officials Tuesday to make sure the community is prepared for the worst.

Barrington High School seniors Courtney Quigley, 18, and Melissa Stathakis, 18, volunteered at Tuesday's Earth Day event at the Pederson Preserve. | Brian O'Mahoney/For Sun-Times Media

Earth Day effort brings new wildflowers, grasses to Barrington preserve

The Barrington Area Conservation Trust celebrated Earth Day on Tuesday by planting nearly 1,000 native plants at Pederson Preserve.

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FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2013 file photo, Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter (2), wears APU for "All Players United" on wrist tape as he scores a touchdown during an NCAA college football game against Maine in Evanston, Ill. The decision to allow Northwestern football players to unionize raises an array of questions for college sports. Among them, state schools vs. public schools, powerhouse programs vs. smaller colleges.  (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Northwestern campaigns to defeat football players' attempt to unionize

The New York Times took a look at how Northwestern University has approached the football players' attempt to unionize.

<p><span style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px;">Art by Josh Martin | Aggrego News Service.&nbsp;</span></p>

Metra: Unconscious man found near tracks stops train in Glencoe

An unconscious man was taken to an Evanston hospital for surgery on a head wound after he was found laying near the Metra tracks in Glencoe, police said.

<p>Evanston Township High School | Submitted</p>

U.S. News & World Report ranks Evanston area high schools

U.S. News & World Report has released its state and national rankings of the best U.S. high schools.

Photo: Roycemore School

What is high-stakes testing?

High-stakes testing is a controversial subject in the world of education, as it puts large amounts of stress on teachers and students alike...

David Simmons as Coalhouse and Sydney Charles as Sarah in Big Noise Theatre Company's production of "Ragtime."

Big Noise Theatre takes on powerful ‘Ragtime’

Early 20th century America might have seemed like a melting pot because of the diverse population. But it was hardly a cohesive society. There were great differences in wealth,...

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The Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills Elementary District 181 Board continues to discuss plans for the future of Hinsdale Middle School. | File photo

District 181 Board member calls Hinsdale Middle School 'an embarrassment' over roof issue

The Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills Elementary District 181 Board has ruled out spending more than $2 million to replace the roof.

<p>Sun-Times Media file photo</p>

Monroe School PTO donates speed feedback sign to Hinsdale

The donation follows an initiative Hinsdale Police Chief Bradley Bloom proposed to Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills Elementary District 181 PTO presidents for the installation of speed...

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Common tennis injuries and how to avoid them

Tennis can be a lot of fun - as long as you know how to play it safely. Whether you're an active tennis player or a beginner, it's ...

<p>| Sun-Times Media File&nbsp;</p>

Blotter: Homeless man charged with trespassing for sleeping at Hinsdale train station

Police officials said he had been warned previously.

Crime briefs: Electric scooter stolen on South Oak in Hinsdale

The scooter is valued at $300.

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<p>Congressman Brad Schneider</p>

10th District heats up for a close congressional rematch

With the rematch between Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) and former Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) just over six months away, there is nothing to indicate the race will be...

Fire erupts in Lake Forest home undergoing renovation

Firefighters found smoke coming from the roof at the rear of the home and fire inside on the first floor near a bay window, Lake Forest Battalion Chief Pete Siebert said....

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Tips to protect your financial information against theft and fraud

Identity theft and fraud are growing concerns for individuals in a digitally-reliant world, but there are several ways that you can protect...

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Metra: Unconscious man found near tracks stops train in Glencoe

An unconscious man was taken to an Evanston hospital for surgery on a head wound after he was found laying near the Metra tracks in Glencoe, police said.

<p>Lake Forest's Cole Digman (8) scores against Mundelein Wednesday. | Joe Shuman/for Sun-Times Media&nbsp;</p>

Baseball: Lake Forest hands Mundelein first loss of the season

Senior right-hander J.R. Reimer was in control on the mound from start-to-finish Wednesday as Lake Forest handed Mundelein its first loss of the season, 6-0 in Lake Forest.

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Oak Park trustee explains flawed auction that led to non-green energy

Oak Park’s controversial choice of non-green electricity as the village’s default is the result of a saga that began in January, according to Trustee Adam Salzman.

<p>Artwork by Nate Azark | Submitted&nbsp;</p>

Downtown Oak Park selects artist who 'captures spirt' of business district

Downtown Oak Park selects Chicago artist, Nate Azark to commission three pieces of original art to be reproduced as light pole banners and collateral marketing pieces. Azark was...

<p>Village of Oak Park Village Hall | Sun-Times Media File&nbsp;</p>

Oak Park sustainability group starts Change.org petition for all-green energy

After two and a half years of pioneering green energy village-wide, Oak Park Village trustees opted for the cheaper option — “brown power” — in a new contract with supplier...

<p>Oak Park-River Forest High School | Sun-Times Media File</p>

U.S. News & World Report ranks OPRF No. 19 in Illinois

U.S. News and World Report released its ranking for the best high schools across the country this week. Oak Park-River Forest High School was ranked No. 19 in Illinois and No....

<p>This undated photo provided by Tom Smedinghoff, shows Anne Smedinghoff. Anne Smedinghoff, 25, was killed Saturday, April 6, 2013 in southern Afghanistan , the first American diplomat to die on the job since last year's attack on the U.S. diplomatic installation in Benghazi, Libya. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Tom Smedinghoff)&nbsp;</p>

Death of young diplomat Anne Smedinghoff result of poor planning, report says

Details from an Army report obtained by the Tribune suggest that the mission that left Anne Smedinghoff, the 25-year-old U.S. diplomat from River Forest, and four others dead...

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Major lane closures on Tri-State this weekend to fix power lines near Park Ridge

Drivers on I-294 can expect major lane closures early Saturday near Park Ridge and Des Plaines as ComEd performs additional repairs related to an April 23 crash that damaged a...

Park Ridge Deputy Police Chief David Keller presents Skokie resident Scott Doolittle with an Award of Appreciation for his response to an Amber Alert in February that helped reunite a 5-year-old boy with his mother.  |  Mike Isaacs/Sun-Times Media

Park Ridge, Skokie say thanks to Amber Alert responder

Not every Amber Alert has a story with a happy ending. But one in February that began in Park Ridge and ended in Skokie did. It also served as an ideal example of why the Amber...

7/11/12Park Ridge
The Touhy and Busse Union Pacific bridge is in very poor condition. After debris began falling a couple of years ago the railroad put wooden boards up, but hasn't repaired the crumbling concrete. 
| Tamara Bell~Sun Times Media

Local ministers want to clean up crumbling Touhy overpass

Park Ridge Ministerial Association’s 2014 Day of Service is on April 27.

<p>The Park Ridge Whole Foods was set to open Wednesday, Nov. 6. | Kevin Tanaka/For Sun-Times Media</p>

Park Ridge Whole Foods bought by real estate investment group

The corporation that owned the Park Ridge Whole Foods sold the market to an Oak Brook-based real estate investment company.

Park Ridge City Hall.  |  Sun-Times Media Files

Despite cuts, Park Ridge City Council passes budget with $6.1 million deficit

Elected officials passed Park Ridge’s 2014-15 budget Monday night, but uncertainties involving the city’s expenses over the next year remain.

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