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Heather MacDonald

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I'm the community producer for the Downers Grove and Hinsdale areas.

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A worker on the assembly line at Navistar in Melrose Park in 2010. (Scott Strazzante / June 7, 2012)

Navistar International loses money in 2Q, cuts outlook

Navistar International lost money in its second quarter, cut its full-year adjusted earnings guidance and announced a management change to further its truck and engine … Read more ›


Metra: NATO cost rail line $800,000

The NATO summit at McCormick Place cost Metra $800,000 in lost revenue from customers who stayed away and extra security expenses like bomb-sniffing dogs, the … Read more ›

( Family photos / June 5, 2012 )  Brian Herrera, of Plainfield, left, Alexis Banuelos, 18, of Naperville, and Tyler Montgomery, also of Plainfield were killed when Herrera, who was driving a black Ford south on Schlapp Road around 3:15 p.m. Monday, pulled in front of the semi heading east on Illinois Route 126, according to Illinois State Police Trooper Jason Shrake. The car ended up underneath the truck, police said. "They pulled in front of the semi, it was a bad split-second decision," said Shrake. "Everything points to the driver of the car causing the accident." Herrera and 19-year-old Tyler Montgomery, also of Plainfield, were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Another passenger in the car, Alexis Banuelos, 18, of Naperville, was pronounced dead at an area hospital.

Three teens are mourned after crash near Oswego

The family and friends of three teens killed in a crash near Oswego spent Tuesday in mourning, gathering at the victims’ homes to leave flowers, … Read more ›

Sara Lee's meat unit will hang its new name -- Hillshire Brands -- on its Hillshire Farms brand. (June 5, 2012)

Sara Lee meat unit to be named Hillshire Brands

Sara Lee Corp.’s North American Retail business will be called Hillshire Brands following the spin off of its international beverage business next month. The Downers … Read more ›


Baseball | 3A North Central Supersectional: Purpura, Nazareth top Grayslake Central for return trip to state

Nazareth usually doesn’t need a lot of offense when Dominic Purpura is on the mound. That didn’t stop the Roadrunners from pouring it on Monday. … Read more ›

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