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Woman: Des Plaines police Tasered me 12 times in drive-through — A Des Plaines woman has filed a federal lawsuit alleging that police Tasered her 12 times and unlawfully arrested her in a McDonald's drive-through in 2012. Dayna Allen, now 32, is suing the city of Des Plaines, four individual police officers, and other unknown officers who responded to the McDonald's restaurant at 3067 S.

No charges in death of Carpentersville man after arrest; video released — Kane County State's Attorney Joseph McMahon will not pursue any charges against the Carpentersville officers who arrested Joshua Paul hours before he died of internal bleeding at an Elgin hospital. Carpentersville Director of Public Safety Al Popp said video of the arrest exonerates the two officers, both of whom are 10-year veterans of the department and have been on active duty since Paul's death.
Nov 26, 2014

No charges in death of Carpentersville man after arrest; video released. #police #Carpentersville

Nov 26, 2014

No charges in death of Carpentersville man after police takedown; video shows arrest.… via @dailyherald

Thanksgiving Day race set in Batavia — As many as 2,500 runners are expected to make room for pumpkin pie by taking part Thursday morning in the 18th annual The Fox and The Turkey races in Batavia. The races are sponsored by the Fox River Trail Runners club. Interested in reusing this article?
Nov 26, 2014

I'll be here bright and early at 7:30 tomorrow to photograph the running of the turkeys. Or at least I really...

Suburban police take lessons on diversity, communication from Ferguson — As tempers continue to flare in Ferguson, Mo., over the death of Michael Brown and a grand jury's decision not to indict the officer who shot him, the controversy has several suburban officials discussing what can be done to prevent such a tragedy here.
Nov 26, 2014

Suburban police take lessons on diversity, communication from Ferguson… via @dailyherald

Cuban couple opens ballet school in Wheaton — Young suburban dancers who are serious about learning classical ballet -- or who just want to try their hand at the fine art -- need look no further than Wheaton, where a new classical ballet studio has opened.
Nov 26, 2014

The #Cuban owners of the new @almadanceschool in Wheaton hope to share their passion for classical #ballet w/kids:

St. Charles D303 finalizing uncomfortable divorce with Norris Cultural Arts Center — The divorce between the not-for-profit that runs the Norris Cultural Arts Center and St. Charles Unit District 303 will soon become final after three years of wrangling. A family member says arts center is in flux. The school board isn't super excited about the trust funds associated with the center also being put into a state of flux.
Nov 25, 2014

St. Charles D303 finalizing uncomfortable divorce with Norris Cultural Arts Center

St. Charles North slows down Plainfield East — St. Charles North coach Tom Poulin said he lost sleep the night before opening its season against Plainfield East at the 56th annual Ron Johnson Thanksgiving Tournament at St. Charles East. The way his North Stars played it could soon be opposing coaches with some sleepless nights preparing for St.
Nov 26, 2014

Story and photos from last night's Plainfield East vs. St. Charles North game.

Tip, 'thank you' note lead to North Aurora ecstasy arrest — A confidential tip and a "thank you for my drugs" note found in the trash helped lead to charges against a North Aurora man on charges of ecstasy and marijuana possession. Nathan T. Wolff, 30, faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of the most severe charge.
Nov 26, 2014

Handwritten "Thank you for my drugs" note leads to arrest. Just when I thought good manners were dead... @dailyherald

Picture-perfect Thanksgiving reunions ... and tips for travel trials — Joyful and relieved Thanksgiving travelers greeted family at O'Hare International Airport Tuesday. "To have our daughter come in for Thanksgiving from Brooklyn ... it's one of the top things to have in your life," one said. But Wednesday is the busiest travel day of the year.
Nov 26, 2014

VIDEO: If you're getting out of town today for Thanksgiving, check out our tips before you head out the door.

Gobble Games return to Eastview Middle School — The Gobble Games returned to Eastview Middle School in Bartlett Tuesday and sent seventh- and eighth-graders home for Thanksgiving with games, prizes and frozen poultry. Sixty students with exemplary behavior during the school year competed in a tug-of-war game, 30 against 30. The winning team continued to a scooter competition.
Nov 25, 2014

The second annual #Gobble Games at Eastview Middle School in #Bartlett were held today to send off the students...

How much do you know about how the Internet works? — We may be the Internet generation. But we don't know much about how it works. A new Pew Research Center survey released Tuesday found most people can recognize Microsoft founder Bill Gates and know that hashtags belong in tweets, but are confused about whether having a privacy policy means that a company actually keeps consumer information confidential.

Thanksgiving trumps Black Friday for deals — Thanksgiving could be the best day to shop all year. An analysis of sales data and store circulars by two research firms contradicts conventional wisdom that Black Friday is when shoppers can get the most and biggest sales of the year. Turns out, shoppers will find more discounted items in stores that are open on Thanksgiving.

Blackberry offers $550 to get iPhone users to switch — BlackBerry Ltd. is offering to pay iPhone users as much as $550 to switch to a square-screened BlackBerry Passport. Starting in December, customers who trade in an iPhone for the keyboard-equipped Passport will get as much as $400 back depending on their Apple Inc.

Airlines waive rebooking fees as storm delays fliers — U.S. airlines have waived their rebooking fees as winter weather struck the Chicago area today and threatens the Northeast as the Thanksgiving travel season approaches. With snow falling at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, Chicago-based United Continental Holdings Inc. waived its customary fee for flight changes today for travel into, out of or through O'Hare.

Railroads sound alarm ahead of Chicago gridlock redux — With last week's 7 feet of snow in upstate New York heralding an early winter, railroads crisscrossing Chicago are rushing to open 24-hour command centers, install heaters to keep switches from freezing, and plotting ways to reroute traffic.

'Frozen' beats Barbie as season's most popular girls' toy — "Frozen" merchandise is the most coveted toy for girls this holiday season, knocking Barbie from the No. 1 position for the first time, according to a survey from the National Retail Federation. About 20 percent of parents plan to buy "Frozen" gifts for their daughters, the Washington-based trade group found in its annual study.

St. Charles committee approves massage parlor rules — St. Charles aldermen, voting as a committee Monday, unanimously approved regulations created by city police officers in response to three prostitution arrests at local massage businesses in the spring. "There will be a vetting process," Police Chief James Keegan said. "We will look at their criminal history.

Brown family statement calls for peaceful protests — FERGUSON, Mo. -- Michael Brown's family issued this statement after a prosecutor announced that a grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson: We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions. Interested in reusing this article?
Nov 24, 2014

Michael Brown's family says let's keep our protests peaceful ... #Ferguson

U-46 monitors elementary students' heart rates in gym class — Elgin Area School District U-46 has started monitoring heart rates for grade schoolers in gym classes across its 40 elementary schools, officials said. A $5,000 grant from the U-46 Education Foundation helped purchase the monitors -- one for each school.