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GoPro cameras and more available at Palatine library

The Palatine Public Library District is offering cardholders an opportunity to borrow a high-tech camera and kits for science-related interests and knitting. Officials said several donors made possible the purchases of the GoPro cameras and the kits. The GoPro cameras are available for a three-day checkout.…

Aurora rescuers free paving employee stuck in concrete

A paving company employee who was trapped in concrete for more than two hours was freed by Aurora firefighters and has been released from the hospital, authorities said Monday. The 23-year-old man became stuck in hardening concrete about 9:30 p.m. Friday as he was working to…

Audit gives Lake Zurich high marks

Lake Zurich received a “clean” opinion in its latest financial audit, an assessment which reflects well on village efforts to become more financially sustainable, officials announced Monday. “The village board and our staff strive to find innovative, cost-saving ways to deliver municipal services in an economically…

The doctor will Skype with you now

The proliferation of the internet of Things (IoT) creates unprecedented new uses for internet-enabled devices and heightens the demand for high-speed connectivity among residential and commercial users. One example of such uses is telemedicine and the associated applications to monitor patients, personnel, and medical devices, all…

Fire damages six businesses in Roselle

An early morning fire Monday at a Roselle shopping center caused at least $500,000 damage and forced the temporary closure of six businesses, including a hardware store and a pizza restaurant. Firefighters responded around 1 a.m. to the fire at Cross Creek Commons shopping center at…

Dann Gire recalls talking zombies with filmmaker George Romero

Daily Herald Film Critic dgire@dailyherald.com Horror pioneer George Romero created the modern zombie movie with his 1968 renegade black-and-white classic “Night of the Living Dead,” a visionary, seminal work that established the set of “undead” ground rules universally adopted by filmmakers around the globe. Romero, 77,…

Why meat + summer = fundraiser success

Groups that want to raise money for community projects have long learned to sell one thing in the summer — meat. The East Dundee firefighters’ association and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2298, in West Dundee, have been putting those two ingredients, meat and summer, together…

Open house Thursday in Hawthorn Woods about water rate hikes

Aqua Illinois is hosting an open house and information session Thursday, July 20, for customers in Hawthorn Woods who utilize Aqua’s water and sewer services. The event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the village barn, 2 Lagoon Drive. Residents can bring monthly bills…

Special electronics collection in Lake County

Lake County businesses, schools, churches, not-for-profits and units of government can bring broken and unwanted electronics to be recycled at a special collection event from 8 a.m. to noon July 27, at the Lake County Division of Transportation, 600 W. Winchester Road, Libertyville. Visit www.swalco.org for…

Help give Waukegan Art Bus a makeover

An Art Bus family painting event will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 26, at the Eddie Washington Center, 424 South Ave., Waukegan. Participants will help recreate the look of Waukegan Township’s current Art Bus, which has been in existence since 1996. Community members are…

Suburbs left scrambling as firms relocate to big cities

Visitors to the McDonald’s wooded corporate campus enter on a driveway named for the late chief executive Ray Kroc, then turn onto Ronald Lane before reaching Hamburger University, where more than 80,000 people have been trained as fast-food managers. Surrounded by quiet neighborhoods and easy highway…

OJ Simpson faces good chance at parole in Nevada robbery

LAS VEGAS — O.J. Simpson, the former football star, TV pitchman and now Nevada prison inmate No. 1027820, will have a lot going for him when he asks state parole board members this week to release him after serving more than eight years for an ill-fated…

US Foods acquires three Midwest distributors

ROSEMONT — US Foods said it has acquired broadline distributors, The Thompson Company, Braunger Foods and Variety Foods, owned and operated by TOBA Inc., for an undisclosed sum. TOBA Inc. entered food distribution in 1995 with the purchase of The Thompson Company in Grand Island, Nebraska,…

Motorola to partner on AI system for public safety

CHICAGO — Motorola Solutions said it will work with artificial intelligence company Neurala to develop intelligent cameras for public safety users. The goal is to enable police officers to more efficiently search for objects or persons of interest, such as missing children and suspects. The companies…

Coast Guard rescues 4 during Lake Michigan boat race

MILWAUKEE — The U.S. Coast Guard says it rescued four people from a capsized boat on Lake Michigan during the annual Chicago Yacht Club Race. The Coast Guard says the four were clinging to the vessel’s hull and only two were wearing life jackets when rescued…

McDonald’s free ice cream promotion marred by app glitch

A McDonald’s promotion for free ice cream cones to celebrate National Ice Cream Day went awry over a glitch with the fast food giant’s mobile app. McDonald’s offered a free vanilla cone to its app users Sunday. But after several users complained to McDonald’s on Twitter…

Zebra’s B2B marketing campaign wins two PR awards

LINCOLNSHIRE — Zebra Technologies’ “Intelligent Enterprise” campaign has earned two communications industry awards, the Golden Trumpet Award and Skyline Award, in the B2B marketing category. The Golden Trumpet Award is sponsored by The Publicity Club of Chicago and honors distinguished individual achievement of public relations and…

Chicago Blackhawks’ Brian Campbell announces his retirement from NHL

Defenseman Brian Campbell is retiring at age 38 after playing 17 NHL seasons and winning the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010. Campbell announced his retirement Monday. The Blackhawks say he’ll join their front office, assisting with community and youth hockey initiatives and marketing.…