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Police blotter: Several teens charged with theft at Hawthorn JC Penney

A rendering of Vernon Hills' new signs that will point to businesses that are obstructed by trees or are located off a main road. | Photo courtesy of Vernon Hills

Vernon Hills to help point out hidden businesses

Vernon Hills wants to help businesses that are blocked by trees or neighboring companies. Trustees recently approved the purchase and instillation of four, 16-foot tall signs...

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How to get preapproved for a mortgage

In the current competitive housing market, there is a low inventory of new homes and a surge of buyers looking to take advantage of low interest...

Writers Theatre Artistic Director Michael Halberstam of Chicago (from left), with gala co-chairmen Nancy Kehoe of Winnetka and Roberta Olshansky of Glencoe, and Executive Director Kathryn Lipuma of Elmhurst | Photo by Robert Carl

WordPlay raises $700,000 for Writers Theatre

Writers Theatre’s annual WordPlay Gala 2014 raised a record-setting $700,000 at a celebratory evening supporting the company’s artistic and education programs.

R&B singer Janelle Monae performs before President Barack Obama addresses supporters at the UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd., in the first of three fund-raising events Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, in Chicago. | John J. Kim~Sun-Times

Taste of Chicago music headliners released

Janelle Monae and Aloe Blacc are among the artists who will be headlining this year's Taste of Chicago. The festival will run from July 9-13.

Interior view of the Compassionate Care Foundation marijuana grow facility, Monday July 22, 2013,  in Egg Harbor Township, NJ, where seedling plants were recently transplanted. (AP Photo/The Press of Atlantic City, Michael Ein) ORG XMIT: NJATL101

5 things you should know about marijuana in Illinois

Read some recent stories about medical marijuana in Illinois.

Weird Crime: Million-dollar-fraud case takes police to Disney World and more

Free of charge, we offer tales of odd news, strange crimes, dumb criminals and otherwise silly stories from the Chicago suburbs.

Patrick (from left) and John Dwyer with mom Ann Danner, St. Jude national board member, and Kevin Dwyer, all of Lake Forest | Lee A. Litas/for Sun-Times Media

Four Stars Extravaganza feast raises $650,000 for St. Jude

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s annual Four Stars of Chicago Restaurant Extravaganza offered a feast for 850 guests at its 20th annual gourmet spread held at the...

<p>Scott Zacher of Geneva, right, and Brian Twite of St. Charles, left, look over vinyl records at Kiss The Sky, an independent privately owned compact disc and vinyl record store located in downtown Geneva &nbsp;| &nbsp;Arianne Mather/Staff Photographer</p>

Where to celebrate Record Store Day in Lake County

We've compiled a list of stores that sell records in Lake County so you can go out and celebrate by adding to your vinyl collection.

Sole survivor of Arizona car crash will join grandparents in Japan

Nine-year-old Rinka Hirayama, the lone survivor of a fiery car crash last month on a desert highway near the Grand Canyon in Arizona has returned to Vernon Hills, but only for a...

The current Stevenson High School sign that was in the planning stages of being replaced last winter. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times Media

Stevenson to play host, model for Friday’s Sustainable Schools Symposium

With the Lincolnshire school on display as an environmental model, Gov. Pat Quinn and education officials from around the state are scheduled to convene Friday to learn how to...

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