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Heather MacDonald

Community Producer
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 ›

Keith Lehmann and Matt Aikens celebrate Lyons' victory. (Chicago Tribune / June 4, 2012)

Baseball | 4A Crestwood Supersectional: Heilenbach, Lehmann lead Lyons to second straight state trip

Two full-time starters from Lyons’ 2011 state championship team were back in uniform this spring. Steve Heilenbach and Keith Lehmann helped the team earn another … Read more ›

Investigators work the scene of an early morning fire that destroyed several earth movers at Conte Construction in West Chicago. (Stacey Wescott, Chicago Tribune / June 4, 2012)

Fire in construction yard damages 8 vehicles

Eight pieces of excavation equipment were heavily damaged by fire this morning in a construction yard along North Avenue in West Chicago, officials said. Most … Read more ›

Naperville North's Christa Szalach scores the game winning goal in quadruple overtime on a shot just past the outstretched leg of St. Charles North's Kelly Manski. (Tracy Allen, Chicago Tribune )

Girls soccer: Class 3A championship: Szalach’s goal with 42 seconds to play in 4th OT gives Naperville North title

For more than 119 minutes, Saturday night’s Class 3A girls soccer state final at North Central College had the feel of a championship boxing match, … Read more ›

Wheaton Warrenville South celebrates its state championship and undefeated season after downing Glenbrook North for the 2012 IHSA boys volleyball title. (Richard Bajjalieh, Chicago Tribune / June 2, 2012)

Boys volleyball | State final: Wheaton South finishes off Glenbrook North to finish undefeated

National high school rankings are educated guesswork at best, and rarely are settled on a field of play. Wheaton Warrenville South may never know whether … Read more ›


Boys volleyball | State notes: Barrington bounces back to take third

Barrington instituted a 3 p.m. rule. It wasn’t an insanely early state-tournament curfew, but rather the cutoff for the Broncos to be upset about their … Read more ›