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Mary Applegate works in a ceramics class at Harper College. An exhibit showing Applegate's work is on display at the college. (Kate Thayer/Tribune)

Harper exhibit honors octogenarian art student

Mary Applegate carefully molds scored pieces of clay until they start to take shape into a holder for writing utensils. The octogenarian Palatine artist called … Read more ›

The Empress Casino gambling boat makes its way down the Des Plaines River in 1993. (John Smierciak, Chicago Tribune / June 21, 2012)

Winners and losers: Chicago-area casinos 20 years later

The first suburban Chicago casino opened 20 years ago this month, bringing with it hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in taxes, but also … Read more ›

A lifeguard watches over swimmers at 63rd Street Beach in Chicago on Tuesday. State guidelines say where lifeguards are required, there must be a minimum of one per 100 bathers or 2,000 square feet of water surface area. ( Armando L. Sanchez, Chicago Tribune / June 17, 2012 )

Lifeguard on duty: Swim at your own risk

Lifeguards at Pioneer Park pool in Arlington Heights always have to be on alert — for swimmers in trouble, but also for the lifeguard certification … Read more ›

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Cops: Teen threatened to kill witnesses after burglary

A 19-year-old Des Plaines man will appear in Skokie court June 27 after police say he threatened to kill two witnesses who saw him burglarize … Read more ›

William McIlroy, director of food and beverage at Rivers Casino, left, stands next to a chef from Pacific Garden Mission inside a cooler filled with trays of food donated from the northwest suburban casino. (Jennifer Delgado/Tribune)

Casino’s excess food aids Chicago homeless shelter

Prime rib, oysters and shrimp aren’t typically served to the homeless at the Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago, but high-end fare has been popping up … Read more ›

D207 OKs new 3-year teacher contract

The Maine Township High School District 207 School Board last week approved a new three-year teacher contract that slightly raises salaries and bumps teachers up … Read more ›

City fines restaurant $3K, suspends liquor license for 21 days

A Des Plaines restaurant accused of allowing a waitress, her boyfriend and a teenager to sell drugs on the premises will have to pay a … Read more ›

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Fans could see the next Pujols or Maddux as Cougars host Midwest All-Star Game Tuesday

Time will tell if fans will be watching future Major League impact players such as Albert Pujols or Greg Maddux play Tuesday, June 19 in … Read more ›

The Des Plaines mobile library was sold last month for $15,000. (TribLocal file photo)

Des Plaines mobile library sold for $15K

The chapter on the Des Plaines Public Library’s bookmobile has officially closed now that the beloved community bus has been sold. The 15-year-old mobile library … Read more ›

Teen charged for setting off firecracker in school

A 16-year-old Park Ridge boy has been charged with disorderly conduct after he allegedly set off a firecracker inside Maine East High School, authorities said. … Read more ›