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Members of the Barrington 220 Educational Foundation, School District 220 and Friends of the Barrington Area Library celebrate the $166,000 worth of new books, e-books and e-readers that are on their way to District 220 school libraries thanks to an historic donation from the Friends organization. | Provided

Historic donation helps District 220 buy $166K worth of books, e-readers

More than $166,000 worth of new books, e-books and e-readers are on their way to District 220 school libraries thanks to an historic donation from the Friends of the Barrington...

Cathy Anne, Tina Azemopoulos and Anne Alunni taste, smell and discuss wine samples at the Ice House Mall during Saturday's Spring Wine Walk shopping event. | Jason Glosniak/For Sun-Times Media

After long winter, Spring Wine Walk jump starts shopping season

Barrington’s Spring Wine Walk was greeted by a morning hail storm Saturday, but the uncooperative weather didn’t stop the fun from flowing in several Barrington business districts.

Barbara Rose Elementary students sang and danced through a 10-scene production of “Peter Pan Jr." on April 10 and 11. | Provided

Professional-grade production of ‘Peter Pan Jr.’ hits Barrington school stage

The entire fifth grade class at Barbara Rose Elementary came together last week for two colorful performances of “Peter Pan Jr.”

<p>Barrington Middle School-Station Campus &nbsp;| &nbsp;File Photo</p>

Barrington area organizations host 2 events to discuss sexting

While Barrington police and School District 220 continue their investigations into sexting between students at Station Middle School, local social workers have organized two...

Barrington Answers: Sexting, overdue library books and more

Every week, members of the Barrington community will give their thoughts on a few trending topics.

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“To offer something that makes people feel good, a place that makes them feel welcome and calm and happy is just a wonderful feeling,” said owner,  Patty O’Neill (left), with  daughter, Katie. | Jackie Pilossoph/For Sun-Times Media

Evanston gift boutique isn’t gone, it’s just two blocks east

Patty O’Neill has been selling gifts in her Evanston gift boutique, Perennials, since she bought the store in 2003.

Northwestern students cheer on their football team as they battled Ohio State on Oct. 5, 2013. | Edward Cox/Submitted

AFL-CIO chief: Athletic unions will push schools forward

It was startling — to some people counter-intuitive — when the national debate over workers’ rights extended onto Ryan Field on Northwestern University’s campus.

<p>Evanston received word&nbsp;<span data-term="goog_444080693">on Saturday</span>&nbsp;it is receiving a $1.5<br />million grant toward construction of &nbsp;bike lanes along Sheridan Road&nbsp;in 2015. Officials say the move could create a "comfortable" bike&nbsp;corridor stretching from Chicago to Wilmette. &nbsp;| &nbsp;Bob Seidenberg/Sun-Times Media</p>

State grant to fuel bike network expansion in Evanston

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s office announced Saturday that Evanston will receive nearly $1.5 million in state money for a dramatic expansion of its bike trail program.

What are the benefits of independent school curriculum?

Students attending independent schools have a number of advantages in their education, beginning with the unique mission of the school. Independent...

Shot fired at car in Evanston, man tells police

Evanston police are investigating a man’s claim that occupants of a minivan jumped out and allegedly fired a shot at his car early Monday morning at Mulford Street and Callan...

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Nick Leahy, a Hinsdale Central senior, who has done theater work and painting,  says fashion design gives him at outlet to both create art and entertain.| Kimberly Fornek/Sun-Times Media  April 11, 2014

Hinsdale Central senior showcases fashion designs

Nick Leahy, 18, of Clarendon Hills will showcase his fashions, which he calls “wearable art,” at a fashion show April 25 in the Hinsdale Community House.

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Hinsdale District 86 bids coming on food contracts, capital projects

Hinsdale High School District 86 officials reviewed progress on bidding new service contracts and upcoming capital projects at a Facilities Committee meeting Monday.

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Real estate spotlight: Western Springs

When shopping for a new home in Chicago's suburbs, you may want to consider Western Springs. This excellent community offers gorgeous homes and...

<p>Snow&nbsp;returned to&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;in the early evening on Monday, April 14. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times&nbsp;</p>

Record-low temperature in 20s could follow late-season snow

A mid-April snowfall that drew a collective sigh from Chicagoans late Monday afternoon was the precursor to some potentially record-breaking cold temperatures on Tuesday morning.

<p>Hinsdale South High School | Sun-Times Media file photo</p>

Hinsdale District 86 to revise rules on board's access to documents, buildings

The changes reflect what was stated in the agreement to settle the lawsuit former School Board member Dianne Barrett filed against the then board president and district...

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Larry Yando plays Ebenezer Scrooge for the sixth time in Goodman Theatre's "A Christmas Carol."

Behind the bah humbug: ‘Christmas Carol’ actors talk going Scrooge

As Thanksgiving and Hanukkah fall on the same date this year, latkes are an example of food that brings the two holidays together. | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media

When Thanksgiving meets Hanukkah, the food possibilities are endless

In case you haven’t looked at your calendar, bubeleh, let me tell you: On Nov. 28, that all-American holiday, Thanksgiving, falls on the first day of the eight-day Jewish...

Hillary's BBQ Restaurant owners Jeff and Jennifer Hillary opened the longtime family carryout business first dine-in location in Lake Bluff. | Linda Blaser/Sun-Times Media

Waukegan’s Hillary’s branches out with new Lake Bluff sit-down restaurant

Hillary’s BBQ — famous in North Chicago and Waukegan for more than 30 years for its unique sauce and succulent ribs — opened its first eat-in location in Lake Bluff on Friday,...

Lake Forest-11/16/13, Sat./Bernie's Book Bank Books ready to go out for readers Saturday at Bernie's Book Bank in Lake Forest. Joe Shuman/For Sun-Times Media

Bernie’s Book Bank thanks youngest volunteers as it nears 2-million book threshold

On the brink of reaching two million books collected, processed and distributed to at-risk children from infants through sixth grade, Bernie’s Book Bank organizers thanked their...

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WEEKAWAY: Why choose the Osthoff Resort for your next corporate retreat?

Not only is the Osthoff Resort a beautiful vacation destination, but it has been home to a number of conferences and events with groups ranging from 10 to 1,000.

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<p>Oak Park police car. | Sun-Times Media File&nbsp;</p>

Oak Park crime briefs: Armed robber makes off with $200 in cash

A roundup of crime reports from Oak Park Police Department.

Oak Park Public Works Department crew members Steve Chervinko and Mike Pepe fill potholes on Pleasant near Scoville April 4. The village says there were a record number of potholes this winter. | Jon Langham/For Sun-Times Media

Oak Park filling record number of potholes; River Forest streets OK

After a hellish winter, Oak Park and River Forest officials say they have plenty of road salt left and are instead focusing their attention on potholes.

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Understanding what goes into the perfect red sauce

Many Italian families have their own unique recipe for marinara sauce, and each one is a cherished fixture on the dinner table because of the ...

<p>Oak Park-River Forest freshman Robbie Wickes loads up for a shot on goal during the I-55 Showdown at Stevenson. | Joe Shuman/For Sun-Times Media&nbsp;</p>

Youngest brother of five brings family's water polo legacy to OPRF

OPRF freshman is the fifth of five brothers to play prep water polo, but the first to suit up for Huskies.

<p>A story system moving in Sunday afternoon could bring at least 12 hours of steady rainfall. &nbsp;| &nbsp;AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh</p>

Storm, ‘rain-snow mix’ headed toward Chicago

High temperatures throughout the weekend – including the first 80-degree day of the year Saturday – were only temporary, as a storm system moving in Sunday afternoon could bring...

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<p>Park Ridge Police Officer Anthony Hernandez walks through water covered Mayfield Street as he goes house to house checking on the residents last April. &nbsp;| &nbsp;Rob Dicker/Sun-Times Media</p>

Flooded residents say all of Park Ridge should help fund fixes

A crowd of citizens from three neighborhoods within the city’s 2nd and 1st Wards attended Monday’s Park Ridge City Council meeting to persuade elected officials that spreading...

Members of Maine East's Demons Against Depression club visit Warren Township High School in Gurnee to talk to sophomores about depression. | Photo courtesy of Erika's Lighthouse

New Maine East High School group raises awareness about depression

Maine East High School students and Erika’s Lighthouse are teaming up to raise awareness about depression.

Water slides are up at the new Centennial Pool in Park Ridge. The pool is projected to open this July. | Jennifer Johnson/Sun-Times Media

New Centennial Pool projected to be open by July

With a long winter finally over, work is speeding up on aquatic facilities at Park Ridge’s Centennial Park.

<p>Snow&nbsp;returned to&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;in the early evening on Monday, April 14. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times&nbsp;</p>

Record-low temperature in 20s could follow late-season snow

A mid-April snowfall that drew a collective sigh from Chicagoans late Monday afternoon was the precursor to some potentially record-breaking cold temperatures on Tuesday morning.

Park Ridge police: Hypodermic needles left on playground

Hypodermic needles were discovered on playground equipment outside a Park Ridge elementary school last week.

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