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McDonald's layoffs target Warrenville, Oak Brook HQ — The struggling McDonald's Corp., seeking ways to reposition its food and its bottom line, has targeted 74 employees for layoffs, and another 31 for either layoffs or lower-level positions in Oak Brook and Warrenville. The Oak Brook-based restaurant giant said the layoffs would start around April 1, according to reports filed Thursday with the state.

Bloomingdale man wins 'Biggest Loser' — A Bloomingdale man won the title of "The Biggest Loser" Thursday on NBC's weight loss competition show, making him the fourth suburban winner in the show's 16 seasons. Toma Dobrosavljevic, who shed 137 pounds to make it to the final three, weighed in during tonight's live finale.

Can Illinois tollway help save the monarch butterfly? — The Illinois tollway is pivoting from dragonflies to butterflies as the next species to tuck under its wing. Officials Thursday endorsed a proposal to add more milkweed to the seed mix used in certain locations along its 286 miles of road. The plant is a diet staple for monarch butterflies, a species that is threatened by dwindling food supplies.
Jan 29, 2015

Great idea! "Officials Thursday endorsed a proposal to add more milkweed to the seed mix used in certain...

Woman guilty in South Elgin heroin overdose death — A South Elgin woman faces anywhere from six to 30 years in prison after being convicted of supplying heroin to a woman in 2013 who died from an overdose. A jury took just 40 minutes to convict Andrea Nielsen, 25, of drug induced homicide in the death of Abbey Nordmeyer, 24.

Liquor code may trigger conflict for Naperville council candidate Bergeron — A section of the municipal code in Naperville that says city council members cannot be issued a liquor license could create a conflict of interest for city council candidate Jim Bergeron should he win one of the eight available seats.

McDonald's cuts another 100 as restructuring continues — Oak Brook-based McDonald's said Thursday it continues to restructure the global giant, laying off about 100 workers after it announced yesterday that its chief executive will be replaced. McDonald's said it is "moving with a sense of urgency to improve our performance and enhance our customer focus," said McDonald's spokesman Terri Hickey.

Fox Valley residents can walk to help provide clean drinking water — When it comes to changing the world, every small step counts, says Bill Klaves, associate director for Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley. That's the idea behind the organization's 25th annual Walk-A-Thon Feb. 28 at Spring Hill Mall in West Dundee. The event will raise funds for providing clean drinking water in Guatemala.

Could lawmakers punish COD for Breuder severance? — Some suburban lawmakers want to punish College of DuPage for President Robert Breuder's $762,868 severance package. State Rep. Jeanne Ives, a Wheaton Republican, called for the state's top auditor to review how the college has handled money since 2011. Interested in reusing this article?
Jan 29, 2015

RT @dailyherald: Lawmakers seek to punish College of DuPage for president's $762,868 severance package.

Abbott beats 4Q profit forecasts — NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. (AP) -- Abbott Laboratories (ABT) on Thursday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $905 million. On a per-share basis, the North Chicago, Illinois-based company said it had profit of 59 cents. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to 71 cents per share. Interested in reusing this article?

Suburban dance squads planning 'hard-hitting,' intricate routines at state championships — Nearly 40 dance squads will represent suburban high schools at the two-day state finals this weekend in Bloomington. "When we are out on that floor, every single person matters and every single person needs to be pulling their weight, otherwise the routine falls apart," says Hanna Byington, coach of the St.
Jan 29, 2015

Suburban dance squads planning 'hard-hitting,' intricate routines at IHSA state finals… via @dailyherald

Images: Ernie Banks' memorial at Daley Plaza — As part of the Ernie Banks' memorial, the Chicago Cubs had the statue of Banks move to Daley Plaza on Wednesday. Fans turned out to pay their respects along with Jesse Jacckson and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Interested in reusing this article?
Jan 28, 2015

Our photo gallery of Cub fans remembering Ernie Banks today at Daley Plaza. #chicagocubs #cubs #baseball...

Kane County slashes sheriff budget, threatens deeper cut — Kane County Board members moved to slash Sheriff Don Kramer's budget by more than $200,000 Wednesday in the wake of lost revenue caused by the Kramer's booting of half the federal inmates in the jail. It's only the first of a much larger cut that may be coming.

Delnor knife suspect has lengthy criminal past — A 30-year-old man accused of strangling a relative and pulling a knife at Delnor Hospital in Geneva Tuesday has a lengthy criminal record. Justin B. Patzer, of Campton Hills, was arrested in Lake County, Ind., and will have a hearing Feb. 4 to begin extradition proceedings.

St. Charles wants to bring solar power to residents — St. Charles wants to bring a 500KW solar plant to the city. It would be the first municipality in the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency to have a solar plant. Naperville may also be a competing community. The plant will cost the city nothing to host and would provide residents access to solar power for the first time.
Jan 28, 2015

I love this idea. "St. Charles officials want to add a ray of sunshine into its otherwise drab electrical power...

Lake County authorities find children kidnapped from Las Vegas in 2006 — A pair of children abducted by their noncustodial parents in Las Vegas nearly a decade ago were located by Lake County Sheriff's deputies after an investigation Tuesday into suspicious activity at a truck stop near the Wisconsin border.
Jan 28, 2015

"A pair of children abducted by their noncustodial parents in Las Vegas nearly a decade ago were located by Lake...

Jan 28, 2015

#LakeCounty sheriff's deputies find siblings abducted in Las Vegas nearly a decade ago… via @dailyherald

Elk Grove officials want new group to focus on business park — Elk Grove Village plans to disband its industrial and revitalization commission and replace it with a new group that officials hope will accelerate revitalization efforts in the village's sprawling business park. The volunteer commission, made up of business owners and two village trustees, was organized in 1996 at the recommendation of former Mayor Chuck Zettek and former Village Manager Chuck Willis.

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Jan 28, 2015

I know it's Wednesday, but here's the (past) Weekend in Review gallery. #photos #viking #dogs #kids #norge...

Sears lays off more than 100 workers — Sears Holdings said Wednesday it has laid off about 100 workers at its Hoffman Estates headquarters and about 15 more at other offices. The company said it aims to streamline and reduce expenses while "we manage the strategic needs of the business," said spokesman Howard Riefs. Interested in reusing this article?

COD attorney: Watchdog tactics attempt to "shut down the College of DuPage." — A DuPage County judge ruled that the College of DuPage board must find a bigger room to accommodate the people expected to attend tonight's meeting affirming the $762,000 retirement deal for President Robert Breuder. Judge Bonnie Wheaton ruled that the college's board room did not comply with the Open Meetings Act.
Jan 28, 2015

More developments in the Breuder saga -- College of DuPage ordered to use a bigger room. Lots of people expected...