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Apr 25, 2014"They're just not in vogue anymore," said Jerry Pluard, owner of Elgin-based Safe Deposit Box Insurance Coverage LLC. He estimated that about half of the nation's safe-deposit boxes are sitting empty but noted that the lack of industry research and data on ...Leave a comment

Apr 25, 2014Scientists have recently welcomed the newest addition to the Fermilab family — a baby buffalo. The U.S. Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia welcomed the first new calf of the year recently to its herd of American bison, ...Leave a comment

Apr 25, 2014DETROIT -- Miguel Cabrera drove in three runs, Max Scherzer struck out 10 and the Detroit Tigers beat the White Sox 7-4 Thursday. Cabrera hit a pair of two-out singles for his RBIs. Rajai homered, doubled, singled and drove in two runs. Advertisement.Leave a comment

Apr 24, 2014More than 100,000 vehicles cross the Interstate 90 bridge over the Fox River each day, but the Illinois Tollway's plans to rebuild the span this summer will have to wait for the fish to do their business. Construction of the $75 million project near Elgin won't start ...Leave a comment

Apr 24, 2014Putting together an effective bullpen can be a maddening task, even for the smartest guys in the room. The current Cubs management team, which is considered pretty bright, is faring little better in the bullpen department than past regimes. Advertisement.Leave a comment

Apr 24, 2014Attorneys for five former fraternity members charged with hazing in the 2012 alcohol-related death of Northern Illinois University freshman David Bogenberger argued Thursday that the state's hazing statute is unconstitutional and the charges against their ...Leave a comment

Apr 24, 2014A hearing officer has upheld the firing of a former Maine West soccer coach dismissed by Maine Township High School District 207 last year for not appropriately responding to allegations of hazing. Former freshman soccer coach Emilio Rodriguez, formally ...Leave a comment

Apr 24, 2014A natural gas leak forced authorities to shut down a stretch of Route 176 near Wauconda for more than five hours Thursday. The leak occurred about 7 a.m., west of Fairfield Road. Crews doing road improvements punctured a gas line on the south shoulder ...Leave a comment

Apr 24, 2014Combine 101,300 vehicles a day with 200,000-pound beams, spawning fish, plus marsh marigolds and you see why rebuilding the I-90 bridge over the Fox River is not the average project, Illinois tollway engineers said Thursday. Tollway board directors ...Leave a comment

Apr 24, 2014SOUTH ELGIN — The friends of Kyle Slinker were horrified when the 19-year-old South Elginite sustained an ultimately fatal head injury in an out-of-state car crash two weeks ago. Last weekend, they attended his funeral. And this Sunday, they plan to hold a ...Leave a comment

Apr 24, 2014U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) informed Robert Tanner, President and CEO of Greater Elgin Family Care Center (GEFCC) Thursday that the Department of Health and Human Services has awarded the GEFCC a $2,203,792 Health Center Cluster Grant, ...Leave a comment

Apr 24, 2014A judge sentenced an Aurora man to 23 years in prison Thursday for his role in a March 2013 North Aurora home invasion in which a safe was stolen and a dog shot and killed. Quintin D. Mullen, 23, of the 1700 block of Felton Road, Aurora, was convicted in ...Leave a comment

Apr 24, 2014Detective Shaun Ferguson of the Naperville Police Department discusses the dangers of heroin abuse before a packed auditorium at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville in 2012. | Sun-Times Media file. storyidforme: 65283355 tmspicid: 10300708Leave a comment