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Despite Lions' miscues, Bears fall 20-14 — Playing as if they didn't appreciate the playoff berth they had clinched a day earlier, the Detroit Lions repeatedly did all they could to keep the Bears in the game. But even that didn't work for the Bears, who ultimately lost 20-10 Sunday at Soldier Field, falling to 5-10 as the Lions moved to 11-4 and a date with the Green Bay Packers next week for the NFC North title.

Mixed reviews for raising juror pay, reducing juries — A newly signed law that'll more than double what Illinois jurors are paid while reducing the size of civil case juries is earning mixed reviews from criminal justice experts. Gov. Pat Quinn signed the measure Friday that backers say could lead to more diverse juries and offset anticipated costs by cutting back jurors in all civil cases from 12 to 6.

Minorities now the new majority in many suburban schools — There are more minority students in Illinois than their white counterparts, and more than 50 percent of students now come from low-income families. Suburban educators are adjusting to the demographic shift. Of the change and the challenge, Glenbard High School District 87 Superintendent David Larson said, "This is what's happening in America.

Illinois Brass Band performs Holiday Classics in St. Charles — The Illinois Brass Band performed their Holiday Classics concert Saturday evening at Baker Memorial United Methodist Church in St. Charles. This is their 24th annual concert and their first time performing back in the Fox Valley since 2007. Interested in reusing this article?
Dec 20, 2014

The Illinois Brass Band performed their 24th annual holiday concert tonight, this year in St. Charles. #music...

Jingle Bell Jam back for second year at Elgin studio — Side Street Studio Arts hosted its second annual Jingle Bell Jam!, a day of music, featuring area bands and solo musicians in Elgin. The lineup of artists included a dozen acts representing genres such as rock, experimental and singer-songwriter. Three of the bands played at this event last year and others performed at the gallery other times.
Dec 20, 2014

Jingle Bell Jam! returns to Side Street Studio Arts Saturday. Runs until 11 if you want to catch the last few...

Chicago mayor's teenage son mugged near home — A spokeswoman for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the mayor's 17-year-old son was mugged near the family's home. Spokeswoman Kelley Quinn said Saturday that the mayor's son, Zach, had "injuries that required medical treatment but was able to join the family for a long planned trip."

Weekend picks: Revisionist 'Christmas Carol' — The Organic Theater Company offers a different take on Charles Dickens' holiday classic by presenting Tom Mula's "Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol" at North Central College's Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall in Naperville. Step onto the ice at the NHL-sized outdoor Frozemont ice rink at MB Financial Park at Rosemont.

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2 Bartlett High School students hack into Elgin U-46 portal — Bartlett police are considering criminal charges against two Bartlett High School students who hacked into an Elgin Area District U-46 online portal and changed student attendance records, officials said Friday. "One account being hacked into is one too many," said John Heiderscheidt, the district's coordinator of safety and security.

Suburban schools changing how they discuss heroin — In response to the rise in local heroin use, educators say classroom scare tactics about the perils of drugs in general are evolving into lessons that take a science-based look at addiction and opioids, including heroin. "Our kids are so sophisticated today," says DuPage County Regional Superintendent Darlene Ruscitti.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @dailyherald: Not DARE or scare tactics: Suburban students already know about #heroin, so #drug #education is changing

Algonquin freezing 2014 tax levy — Algonquin is looking to collect roughly $5.4 million in property taxes from residents in Kane and McHenry counties. The village board this week approved freezing the property tax levy for the 2014 tax year. Interested in reusing this article? Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.

St. Charles students expelled for shutting down Dist. 303 network — Two St. Charles East High School students successfully shut down District 303's network for the better part of a month in an ongoing denial-of-service attack. They were expelled for the rest of the year, but it cost the district about $9,000 to trace the activity and fix the damage.

President wants chief gone, board wants him to stay — Who will be the Campton Hills police chief on Dec. 28? It depends on who you ask. Chief Dan Hoffman's contract expires at 4 p.m. Dec. 27. The village board recently voted to extend his term through May 2015, but Village President Patsy Smith has vetoed that move and wants to let Hoffman's deal expire.

Naperville man, brother plead guilty to $6.1M tax fraud — Two Illinois brothers have pleaded guilty in what federal authorities say was a $6.1 million tax fraud scheme. U.S. Attorney Jim Lewis said Wednesday that 50-year-old Shaher Mizyed of Naperville and 46-year-old Mohammad Mizyed of Peoria will be sentenced in April for crimes including conspiracy to defraud the United States.