12:38 AM EST, Mon November 20, 2017
Northwest Herald 23 hours ago

Palestinians threaten to suspend talks

WASHINGTON – The Palestinians threatened on Saturday to suspend all communication with the U.S. if the Trump administration follows through with plans to close their diplomatic office in Washington. The potential rupture in relations threatens to undermine President Donald Trump’s bid for Mideast peace – a mission he has handed his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said the U.S. decision was “very unfortunate and unacceptable,” and accused Washington of bowing to pressure from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s...
Northwest Herald 23 hours ago
Climate talks wrap up with progress on Paris rulebook

Climate talks wrap up with progress on Paris rulebook

BONN, Germany – Global talks on curbing climate change wrapped up Friday, with delegates and observers claiming progress on several key details of the 2015 Paris accord. The two-week negotiations focused on a range of issues, including transparency, financial assistance for poor nations and how to keep raising countries’ targets for cutting carbon emissions. “We are making good progress on the Paris agreement work program, and we are on track to complete that work by the deadline,” Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama told...
Northwest Herald 23 hours ago

FBI report on black ‘extremists’ raises new monitoring fears

WASHINGTON – An FBI report on the rise of black “extremists” is stirring fears of a return to practices used during the civil rights movement, when the bureau spied on activist groups without evidence they had broken any laws. The FBI said it doesn’t target specific groups, and the report is one of many its intelligence analysts produce to make law enforcement aware of what they see as emerging trends. A similar bulletin on white supremacists, for example, came out about the same time. The 12-page report, issued in August, says...
Northwest Herald 23 hours ago

Detroit priest beatified by Catholic church

DETROIT – A priest known for his steadfast devotion to the needy cleared a threshold on the way to possible sainthood Saturday as the Roman Catholic Church beatified Solanus Casey, who is credited with the miraculous cure of a woman with a chronic skin disease. More than 60,000 people attended a Mass in Detroit where Father Solanus, as he was known, has an extraordinary following, decades after his death in 1957. Many insist their prayers to him have led to remarkable changes in their lives. Pope Francis said Father Solanus met the...
Northwest Herald 23 hours ago
Crystal Lake-based School District 155 Board to vote Tuesday on tax levy increase

Crystal Lake-based School District 155 Board to vote Tuesday on tax levy increase

CRYSTAL LAKE – Members of the Community High School District 155 Board appear ready to vote Tuesday on a tax increase. Estimated tax payments people can expect to make will be presented to the board, as it gathers for its regular monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the District 155 Center for Education, 1 S. Virginia Road, Crystal Lake. In a meeting of the board’s Finance Committee last week – which included the entire board – members asked District 155 Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations Jeremy Davis to come...
Northwest Herald 23 hours ago
McHenry County Board asks Gov. Bruce Rauner to veto bill that would give Jack Franks power of appointments

McHenry County Board asks Gov. Bruce Rauner to veto bill that would give Jack Franks power of appointments

WOODSTOCK – A majority of McHenry County Board members are concerned the passage of a bill on Gov. Bruce Rauner’s desk will give Chairman Jack Franks absolute power to appoint whomever he wants to committees – but the recently elected Democrat contends that it’s all political nonsense. On Nov. 14, 20 County Board members signed a petition addressed to Rauner asking the governor to veto House Bill 171 – a measure that would allow Franks to appoint members and leadership to committees with the consent and approval of the County Board. ...
Northwest Herald 23 hours ago
30th annual McHenry Christmas Walk kicks off holiday season, brings community together

30th annual McHenry Christmas Walk kicks off holiday season, brings community together

McHENRY – McHenry kicked off the holiday season with the 30th annual Christmas Walk held by the Downtown Business Association. The Saturday event helped bring locals to the downtown area with in-store activities such as face painting and caricature drawings, and the city sponsored trolley rides to different stores. ​“This is our give-back to the community here,” said Kim Loewe, president of the Downtown Business Association. “All the businesses put in their own money to make this event happen. We pay for the face painters,...
Northwest Herald 23 hours ago
Lebanon’s PM Hariri says he will be in Beirut within days

Lebanon’s PM Hariri says he will be in Beirut within days

PARIS – Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Saturday that he will return home in the coming days from where he will declare a political stance for the first time since making a strange resignation announcement from Saudi Arabia that unleashed fears of a political crisis in Lebanon. Hariri and his family met Saturday with French President Emmanuel Macron, who invited the Lebanese leader to Paris to dispel fears that he was being held in Saudi Arabia against his will. Macron is seeking to calm tensions and avert a proxy conflict between Saudi-backed and...
Northwest Herald 23 hours ago

Tax filers in most states claim deduction targeted by GOP

ATLANTA – A popular deduction targeted in the GOP’s overhaul of the tax code is used by more than a quarter of all filers in a majority of states, including many led by Republicans where some residents eventually could see their federal tax bills rise. The exact effect in every state isn’t known, in part because of differences in the Senate and House versions of the bill. But the change to the deduction for state and local taxes could alter the bottom lines for millions of taxpayers who itemize. Residents in high-tax, Democratic-led...
ESPN Nov 18, 2017

Braves prospect Ronald Acuna named AFL MVP

Braves prospect Ronald Acuna named AFL MVP
MLB Nov 18, 2017

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Northwest Herald Nov 18, 2017
Director of Puerto Rico power company resigns amid scrutiny

Director of Puerto Rico power company resigns amid scrutiny

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The director of Puerto Rico’s power company resigned Friday amid ongoing blackouts and scrutiny of a contract awarded to a small Montana-based company to help rebuild the electric grid destroyed by Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rico’s Electric Power Authority said Ricardo Ramos presented his letter of resignation to the company’s board effective immediately. Ramos said in a brief video posted on Twitter on Friday evening that it was a very personal decision and that it had nothing to do with any issues covered by the media. ...
ESPN Nov 18, 2017

Rumor Central: Robbie Ross Jr. on Blue Jays' radar?

Rumor Central: Robbie Ross Jr. on Blue Jays' radar?
ESPN Nov 18, 2017

Rumor Central: Alex Cobb drawing interest from Orioles?

Rumor Central: Alex Cobb drawing interest from Orioles?
Northwest Herald Nov 18, 2017
Longmeadow Parkway construction in Algonquin needs extra month of work

Longmeadow Parkway construction in Algonquin needs extra month of work

ALGONQUIN – Construction workers are finishing up the Algonquin section of Longmeadow Parkway despite a pending lawsuit claiming that updated environmental impact studies were not completed. Kane County Division of Transportation assistant director Steve Coffinbargar said that the project was supposed to be completed by Nov. 15, but it now is looking at a mid-December completion date, which is contingent on the weather. The controversial project was stopped two times during construction – once because of a restraining order meant to...

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