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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 ›

A train passes by Metra workers investigating the scene of fatal accident. A person was hit by an eastbound train around 7:00 a.m., near the Hanover Park Metra stop in Hanover Park. (Stacey Wescott, Chicago Tribune / June 25, 2012)

Metra train hits man on bicycle on Milwaukee West Line

A man riding a bike was struck and killed by an inbound Metra train this morning at the Hanover Park station on the Milwaukee District … Read more ›

A train passes by Metra workers investigating the scene of fatal accident. A person was hit by an eastbound train around 7:00 a.m., near the Hanover Park Metra stop in Hanover Park. (Stacey Wescott, Chicago Tribune / June 25, 2012)

Metra train hits pedestrian on Milwaukee West Line

A pedestrian was struck and killed by an inbound Metra train on the Milwaukee District West line in west suburban Hanover Park this morning, officials … 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 ›

35 years in slaying of former Schaumburg high school football player

Convicted in the slaying of a former Schaumburg High School football player during a botched robbery, a Hanover Park man apologized for the killing before … 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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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 ›

New D15 contract avoids increased class sizes, teacher layoffs

A new teaching contract at Community Consolidated School District 15 will avoid layoffs, increased classroom sizes, and cuts to program assistant benefits; but will lower … Read more ›

A cougar at Wildlife Prairie State Park near Peoria. (E. Jason Wambsgans/ Chicago Tribune / June 14, 2012)

Study: Cougars again spreading across Midwest

Cougars are again spreading across the Midwest a century after the generally reclusive predators were hunted to near extinction in much of the region, according … Read more ›

A rendering of the proposed National Veterans Museum in Hoffman Estates – near the Sears Centre. (Provided by National Veterans Museum)

Hoffman Estates site envisioned as veterans museum setting

On a vacant parcel of land near the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, a group led by a musician-turned-financier-turned-fundraiser envisions an interactive museum that would, … Read more ›