5:14 AM EST, Tue November 21, 2017
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Hindu temple proposed for vacant property in Lake in the Hills

Hindu temple proposed for vacant property in Lake in the Hills

LAKE IN THE HILLS – A Hindu temple is proposed for a vacant Lake in the Hills property that used to be a church. Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha Midwest Inc. applied for a conditional religious use for 1300 Cunat Court, interim Community Development Director Fred Mullard said. The property is zoned for a multifamily dwelling district and previously was Crossway Church and social service agency Northern Illinois Center for Autism. Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan...
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Shootings put semi-automatic rifles ads under new scrutiny

Shootings put semi-automatic rifles ads under new scrutiny

ATLANTA – The ads leap out from the pages of almost any gun magazine: Soldiers wearing greasepaint and camouflage wield military-style rifles depicted as essential to the American way of life. A promotional spot by the Mossberg brand boasts of weapons “engineered to the specs of freedom and independence.” The ad campaigns by major gun makers did not pause after mass shootings at a Las Vegas country music concert and a Texas church, and the slick messages are big drivers of sales ahead of Black Friday, by far the heaviest shopping day each year for firearms. ...
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Manson has endured as the face of evil for nearly 50 years

Manson has endured as the face of evil for nearly 50 years

LOS ANGELES – Other killers snuffed out far more lives than Charles Manson did in 1969. Yet he has endured for nearly a half century as the personification of evil, even in an age in which mass shootings leave dozens dead at a time. Manson, the hippie cult leader who died Sunday at 83, horrified America more than a generation ago with the way he seemed to have turned young people murderously against everything their parents cherished. That horror continued long after he had been locked up, in large part because of the demonic image that crime experts say he...
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Warming to make thunderstorms larger and more frequent

Warming to make thunderstorms larger and more frequent

WASHINGTON – Summer thunderstorms in North America likely will be larger, wetter and more frequent in a warmer world, dumping 80 percent more rain in some areas and worsening flooding, a new study says. Future storms also will be wilder, soaking entire cities and huge portions of states, according to a federally funded study released Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change. The U.S. in recent years has experienced prolonged drenchings that have doused Nashville in 2010, West Virginia and Louisiana in 2016 and Houston this year. The...
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Zimbabwe's Mugabe ignores calls to quit, faces impeachment

Zimbabwe's Mugabe ignores calls to quit, faces impeachment

HARARE, Zimbabwe – Zimbabweans mobilized Monday for a major push to oust President Robert Mugabe, an increasingly isolated figure who faces impeachment proceedings and more street demonstrations even as he ignores calls to resign. While there is a widespread consensus that the 93-year-old president should step down after nearly four decades in power, Mugabe has refused. The country has known no other leader since independence from white minority rule in 1980. The conflicted role of the military, widely hailed as a savior after...
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U.S. declares N. Korea a terror sponsor; new sanctions expected

U.S. declares N. Korea a terror sponsor; new sanctions expected

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump announced Monday that the U.S. is putting North Korea’s “murderous regime” on America’s terrorism blacklist, despite questions about Pyongyang’s support for international attacks beyond the assassination of its leader’s half brother in February. Trump said the designation as a state sponsor of terror was long overdue, and he promised a new wave of sanctions as part of a “maximum pressure campaign” over North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons that could soon pose a direct threat to the U.S. mainland. ...
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Judge dismisses one of two civil lawsuits against former House Speaker Dennis Hastert

Judge dismisses one of two civil lawsuits against former House Speaker Dennis Hastert

A Kendall County judge has dismissed one of the two civil lawsuits filed against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert of Plano. A plaintiff, identified in court documents as Richard Doe, alleged that Hastert molested him in the early 1970s when Hastert was a teacher and coach at Yorkville High School, and that when he went to the state’s attorney’s office in the 1980s to file a complaint about it, he was discouraged from doing so. Judge Robert Pilmer ruled at a hearing Monday morning in Yorkville that he agreed with Hastert’s...
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Coal City man pleads not guilty to killing bartender girlfriend

Coal City man pleads not guilty to killing bartender girlfriend

JOLIET – A Coal City man charged with shooting and killing his bartender girlfriend pleaded not guilty at his first court appearance Monday. Jeremy Boshears, 32, appeared on video in Will County Circuit Judge Carla Alessio Policandriotes’ courtroom, where his attorney, Neil Patel, said he pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. Patel said he plans to file a motion to preserve evidence in the case. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Dec. 13. Boshears’ wife and other family members were present at Monday’s hearing. They...
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McHenry County Board members offer up IMRF pension alternative for elected officials

McHenry County Board members offer up IMRF pension alternative for elected officials

WOODSTOCK – A pair of McHenry County Board members have put together a proposal encouraging countywide elected officials to enroll in private retirement plans rather than plans through the state’s pension system. Developed by board members John Reinert and James Kearns, the plan would offer elected officials in nine county offices the opportunity to enroll in a deferred compensation plan with a one-to-one contribution match – but only if they do not participate in the $35.8 billion Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. The plan follows...
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Lakewood hires new chief administrator after months of uncertainty

LAKEWOOD – The village has a new lead administrator. Jeannine Smith, a former Prairie Grove village administrator and West Dundee economic development coordinator, was approved Nov. 14 by the Lakewood Village Board with a 5-1 vote. Smith was the top choice of Lakewood Village President Paul Serwatka, who was on a quest to find an administrator with experience in both finance and village management to handle the village’s day-to-day business.  Although the appointment of Smith – who worked for Prairie Grove...
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Carjacking charges dismissed against three arrested near Harvard

WOODSTOCK – Carjacking charges were dismissed for three people accused of taking a 2005 Chrysler 300 from a home near Harvard in May. Genaro Pena, 35, of Harvard and Alex P. Gonzaque, 34, and Hayley Halpin, 38, of Walworth, Wisconsin, were arrested May 12 and charged with vehicular hijacking, which could have landed them four to 15 years in prison. The hijacking charges, however, have since been dismissed and additional, less serious charges were filed in their stead, court records show. Both Halpin and Gonzaque pleaded guilty to...
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Harvard's former Motorola campus delinquent property taxes sold to auction company

Harvard's former Motorola campus delinquent property taxes sold to auction company

HARVARD – An auction company has bought delinquent property taxes for Harvard’s former Motorola campus. The largely absent owner of the former Motorola campus in Harvard allowed property taxes on the 1.5 million-square-foot campus to fall delinquent when he failed to pay the second installment on the $325,437 tax bill Sept 9. An auction company bought the taxes at a McHenry County tax sale Oct. 30, according to county records. When property taxes are sold, the investor puts a lien on the property that it can then hold for two and a...
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Judge dismisses one of two civil lawsuits against Hastert

Judge dismisses one of two civil lawsuits against Hastert

A Kendall County judge has dismissed one of the two civil lawsuits filed against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert of Plano. A plaintiff identified in court documents as Richard Doe had alleged that Hastert molested him in the early 1970s when Hastert was a teacher and coach at Yorkville High School, and that when he went to the state’s attorney’s office in the 1980s to file a complaint about it, he was discouraged from doing so. Judge Robert Pilmer ruled at a hearing Monday morning in Yorkville that he agreed with Hastert’s...
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Infant burned during Crystal Lake cooking accident, police official says

Infant burned during Crystal Lake cooking accident, police official says

CRYSTAL LAKE – An infant was burned late Sunday afternoon during a cooking accident, police said. The injury occurred about 4 p.m. Sunday in a home on the 200 block of Dartmoor Drive. The baby experienced “significant burns on various parts of their body” after having hot food spilled on them, said Crystal Lake Deputy Chief Derek Hyrkas. “We are looking into the circumstances but don’t believe this was anything more than a tragic accident,” he said. Hyrkas said Monday that the baby is alive but he...
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Victoria's Secret show in China struts on despite controversy

Victoria's Secret show in China struts on despite controversy

SHANGHAI – Gigi Hadid and Katy Perry didn't make it but the Victoria's Secret show in Shanghai managed to strut on Monday without them, surviving a controversy over visa issues and a model who slipped and fell during the show. Fifty-five models walked the catwalk inside the Mercedes-Benz Arena, serenaded by Harry Styles, R&B star Miguel, Tony Award-winner Leslie Odom Jr. and Chinese singer Jane Zhang. Styles sang "Only Angel" and later "Kiwi." Chinese media reported that Hadid and Perry were denied visas. Bella...