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subdivision in Hoffman Estates backs up to a Com-Ed Substation on Wednesday, March 7, 2012.  (Stacey Wescott/Chicago Tribune)

Lower electric rates: Voters could help scores of suburbs cut electric bills

Rare is the ballot-box initiative that could actually save taxpayers money. But in Tuesday’s primary election, voters in nearly 300 communities and counties across Illinois … Read more ›

St. Patrick's Day and Easter gifts at A Walk N' Thyme at State Street Market Shops in Elgin
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St. Patrick's Day and Easter gifts at A Walk N' Thyme at State Street Market Shops in Elgin

A Walk N' Thyme (shop #7) at State Street Market Shops in Elgin has new gifts for St. Patrick's Day, Easter and any occasion. Come … Read more ›

Le Touche' Boutique at State Street Market Shops in Elgin
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Le Touche' Boutique at State Street Market Shops in Elgin

Le Touche' Boutique (shop #4) at State Street Market Shops in Elgin has unique items for your home including upscale re-purposed furniture. Come in and … Read more ›

This furry ermine showed off its snow-white winter coat during a hike through the woods in Wisconsin. Photo submitted by Jim Lennon.

‘Ermine’ wins photo contest

Jim Lennon’s photo of a furry ermine peeking out from behind a log won this week’s photo contest. As the winner, Lennon’s photograph will appear in … Read more ›

Boys basketball | Huntley relies on ‘D’ in victory against Dundee-Crown

Huntley missed all five of its 3-point attempts Saturday at Dundee-Crown, and made just one free throw in the first half. Still, Huntley’s perimeter defense … Read more ›

(Photo submitted by Ken Derry)

‘Owl’ wins photo contest

Ken Derry, of Tinley Park, snapped this photo of a snowy owl while at work as a crane operator at Chicago’s 31st Street Harbor. As … Read more ›

Starlights Senior Team performs a lift in the long program. Photo submitted by Starlights Synchronized Skating Team.

Stellar skaters wins photo contest

Stellar skaters, a photo showing the Starlights Senior Team perform a lift, is the winner of this week’s contest.  Photo submitted by Starlights Synchronized Skating … Read more ›

Bob Saget (Photo by Stephen Seebeck) and Larry Miller (Photo by Colette Blonigan) will be performing individual shows in November at the Raue Center for the Arts.

Comedians Bob Saget, Larry Miller coming to Raue Center in November

The Raue Center for the Arts has a long lineup of acts going into the winter season, including shows featuring comedians Bob Saget and Larry … Read more ›

Participants start the 15th annual Crystal Lake Half Marathon Sunday. (Photo provided by Robin F. Pendergrast Photography Inc.)

Crystal Lake residents take top spots at annual half-marathon

Nearly 400 runners participated in the 15th annual Crystal Lake Half Marathon Sunday. Runners of all ages and ability levels came from around the state to … Read more ›

Diane Sept
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Become Better Connected With the Horse(s) You Ride

I met Peggy Cummings, (the developer of Connected Groundwork® and Connected Riding® ) in 2004 at a Connected Riding clinic outside of Madison, WI. I … Read more ›