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State officials: No more 'failing' schools this year

dailyherald.com — There are no more "failing" schools in Illinois, state education officials say, as a new performance yardstick comes into play. "I think we probably were labeling too many schools as either being successful or failing in the past using crude (measurements)," State Superintendent of Education Christopher Koch said.
Oct 31, 2014

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Oct 31, 2014

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Oct 31, 2014

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Oct 31, 2014

Of 76 school districts in @dailyherald coverage area, 44 saw overall ISAT scores increase over 2013. 31 saw drops — bit.ly/1yLWedP

Oct 31, 2014

Via @dailyherald: Of 530 suburban Chi schools, 273 increased overall ISAT scores this yr, 250 declined, 7 stayed same bit.ly/1yLWedP

Daily Herald Facebook page reaches 10,000 likes!

dailyherald.com — The Daily Herald Facebook fan page hit 10,000 likes today! If you haven't already, go to www.facebook.com/DailyHeraldFans to get the latest news from the suburbs. Success - request sent close You also get a chance to interact with us and get to know us better, ask questions about a story or pass along tips.
Oct 31, 2014

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Tribune confirms suburban acquistion, no changes for now

dailyherald.com — Chicago-based Tribune Publishing confirmed Friday its acquisition of a chain of suburban newspapers from Wrapports LLC, the parent of the Chicago Sun-Times. Tribune Media Group CEO Tony Hunter said during an interview that there are no plans, at least not through the end of this year, to changing staffing or any of the print or digital versions of the six daily and 32 weekly suburban news products.
Oct 31, 2014

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Oct 31, 2014

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Cubs make it official: Rick Renteria out, Joe Maddon in

dailyherald.com — The Cubs took another rebuilding step Friday as team officials announced they fire manager Rick Renteria, who led the team a winning record in the second half of the season.With Renteria now out of the way, the Cubs are expected to name Joe Maddon as the 54th manager in franchise history, but a deal apparently has not be finalized.

Hill's profile of courage inspires many

dailyherald.com — If you need a good cry, or something to inspire you, Google Lauren Hill. You may have already heard about her story. It's definitely gone viral. She's a freshman forward for the basketball team at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati.

Overall improvement in Fox Valley schools

dailyherald.com — For the second year, Fox Valley school districts saw modest gains, and significant dips in standardized test scores. Yet, educators at the two largest school districts say their students are "improving" in the areas of mathematics and reading per a new "growth" score assigned to each district based on the progress of individual students.
Oct 31, 2014

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Fox Valley districts saw mix of modest gains & significant dips in 2014 test scores via @dh_madhuk @dailyheraldbit.ly/1tZTXN5

Abbvie raises annual earnings guidance as Humira sales surge

dailyherald.com — North Chicago-based AbbVie Inc., which abandoned a $52 billion deal with Shire Plc. last week after changes to U.S. tax rules, raised its annual earnings guidance after sales of its top drug grew by 18 percent. The drugmaker today increased its 2014 adjusted earnings forecast to $3.25 to $3.27 per share, up from $3.06 to $3.16.
Oct 31, 2014

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Developers interested in Sakura restaurant site in Mt. Prospect

dailyherald.com — Mount Prospect Community Development Director William Cooney offered some tantalizing glimpses into development prospects for the next year at this week's board meeting. He said that there is considerable interest in such sites as the old Sakura restaurant property, destroyed in a fire. "I have a few individuals that are very interested in pursuing that," Cooney said.
Oct 31, 2014

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Dist. 200 hosts forum on controversial school funding bill

dailyherald.com — Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 officials are continuing to sound the alarm about the possible consequences of Senate Bill 16 -- despite assurances from some lawmakers that action will be delayed until spring. State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, an Aurora Democrat who is sponsoring the bill, wrote in a letter earlier this month that the controversial school funding proposal needs more work.
Oct 31, 2014

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1929 Model A's color is the perfect Halloween hue

dailyherald.com — Jerry Peters has a deep-seated love for high-octane hot rods. A lot of that passion stems from his early childhood, which was spent around petroleum products. "From the time I was 7, my father owned a gas station in Chicago," the McHenry resident said.
Oct 31, 2014

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St. Charles teen carves out another Halloween victory

dailyherald.com — Sara Fessler, 15, of St. Charles loves Halloween. In fact, the only thing that would make the holiday better than Christmas, would be if there were presents, she said. For the past five years, Sara and her family have won the "Family Fun" category in the St.
Oct 31, 2014

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Dawn Patrol: Cold Halloween weather coming; Neuqua Valley to reopen

dailyherald.com — It's not too late to add a coat to your Halloween costume. The forecast could be more trick than treat for those celebrating Halloween tonight as a major storm with wind, rain, cold temperatures and maybe even snow is predicted to hit the suburbs. Full story.

New website to promote Naperville charities on 'Giving Tuesday'

dailyherald.com — A couple of Naperville nonprofit organizations are creating a "one-stop shop" for the day of donations after Thanksgiving known as "Giving Tuesday," and they're calling it Naperville Gives. "It'll give smaller organizations more of a structure and more guidelines and ways to promote what they're doing to make it more successful," said Marion Ruthig of I Support Community, who is creating Naperville Gives along with Angela Bender of Naperville CARES.
Oct 31, 2014

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Northwest suburban schools grow more in math than reading

dailyherald.com — Two plus two is the same in every language. There's no trick answer, there's no need for context or comprehension to find the answer. For those reasons and a few others, Northwest suburban students are making more progress in math than in reading, officials say.
Oct 31, 2014

SCHOOL REPORT CARDS: Northwest suburban schools are making better progress in math than reading dailyherald.com/article/201410… via @dailyherald

Hossa hits milestone in Blackhawks' win

dailyherald.com — Jonathan Toews scored a pair of goals and Patrick Sharp clinched it in the shootout, but Thursday night in Ottawa belonged to one man and one man only: Marian Hossa. Returning to the place where he began his Hall of Fame career, Big Hoss was just 2 points shy of reaching the 1,000-point mark.

Wal-mart to cut prices on 20,000 items to spur sales

dailyherald.com — Wal-Mart Stores Inc., working to reverse six straight quarters of stagnant U.S. sales, will cut prices on more than 20,000 items tomorrow to get a jump on competitors before the holiday season. To improve customer service, the world's largest retailer plans to open more checkout lines during peak shopping times.

Medicare bought medications for dead people

dailyherald.com — Call it drugs for the departed: Medicare's prescription program kept paying for costly medications even after patients were dead. The problem was traced back to a head-scratching bureaucratic rule that's now getting a second look.

Boeing sees rocket blast hastening end to Russia-engine reliance

dailyherald.com — The Antares rocket destroyed in a fireball off a Virginia launchpad could speed efforts by the U.S. space industry to end its reliance on Russian-made engines, Chicago-based Boeing Co.'s defense chief said. "It re-emphasizes the need to not just be dependent upon one engine provider," Chris Chadwick, who runs Boeing's defense, space and security unit, said yesterday.
Oct 31, 2014

Boeing sees rocket blast hastening end to Russia-engine reliance dailyherald.com/article/201410… via @dailyherald

Sold-out Chicago match marks rugby's soaring popularity

dailyherald.com — Think David versus Goliath in short shorts with choreographed trash talking. Tomorrow's rugby match between New Zealand's All Blacks, the world's top squad, and the USA Eagles, who lost eight of 10 games last year, has sold out Chicago's 61,500-seat Soldier Field -- the largest-ever audience for an international rugby contest on American soil, signaling the sport's growing U.S.