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Front, Luke Malewicz, director of the Maine East Jazz Band at Park Ridge Maine East High School, with the band at rehearsal April 15. First row from left, Johnny Maltese-Miller, Park Ridge, Joey Maltese-Miller, Park Ridge, Adam Lindquist, Niles, Gavan Sarrafian, Niles. Second row, from left, Daniel Choi, Des Plaines, Altamish Khan, Niles, Matt Magno, Morton Grove, Divin Ramachandran, Des Plaines, Tristan Gammell, Glenview, Kamal Talukder, Glenview, Perry Hasapis, Niles, Dante DelGrosso, Niles, Peter Szilagyi, Glenview, Paul Saiki, Morton Grove and Marcin Jaskolski, Des Plaines | Karie Angell Luc/for Sun-Times Media

Maine East jazz band director develops a Blue Demons sound

<p>Niles North&rsquo;s Ari Cone, who is pictured on May 14, 2012, is hitting .280 this season. Cone, the Vikings&rsquo; No. 1 pitcher, also is 3-3 with a 3.04 ERA in six appearances. | File</p>

Ari Cone's hard work leads to success at Niles North

BELLWOOD — Anthony Sanchez has played on the Niles North baseball team with Ari Cone for three seasons and during that time he’s seen Cone undergo an “incredible” transformation.

<p>Dispatcher Blanche Franco is at the controls in the dispatch room of the Highland Park police headquarters. &nbsp;| &nbsp;Eric Davis/For Pioneer Press</p>

Savings tied to 911 dispatch merger reappear

The City of Highland Park now stands to save roughly $470,000 over the next five years — $1 million over the next decade — by consolidating 911 dispatch services with Glenview.

The steel frames for IceLand's new, expanded outer rink are done; contractors are now laying in the foundation for the rink itself. | Igor Studenkov/For Sun-Times Media

IceLand Skate Complex in Niles closing this summer as renovations continue

IceLand Skate Complex’s indoor rink will close for renovation on June 9, and will stay closed for the summer.

Photo provided by Niles Discount Cleaners

4 things you may not know about dry cleaning

When you drop your clothes off at the dry cleaners, you may not give much thought to what happens as they get cleaned. Dry cleaning is actually a...

Army Specialist Ryan Smith of Morton Grove poses with Morton Grove Mayor Dan DiMaria after DiMaria read a proclamation honoring Smith's actions in Afghanistan. | Pam DeFiglio/For Sun-Times Media

Morton Grove honors local soldier who thwarted Taliban attack

During the first few months Morton Grove native Ryan Smith was stationed at the U.S. Army’s Forward Operating Base Robinson in Afghanistan, almost nothing happened.

Smashing Pumpkins founder Billy Corgan regularly performs and mixes with fans at his tea shop, Madame ZuZu's, in Highland Park. | Tim Boyle/For Sun-Times Media

Billy Corgan talks new music, new book and PAWS

Smashing Pumpkins founder Billy Corgan is a busy man. Not only is he recording two new Pumpkins records, but he’s also a quarter of the way through a sprawling spiritual memoir...


Suit: Swans contributed to Villa Park man’s drowning death

A woman who says a pair of aggressive swans contributed to her husband’s drowning death near Des Plaines in 2012 is suing the condominium company that kept the animals on its...

Niles, Morton Grove crime briefs: Woman’s wallet stolen from Fresh Farms Grocery

Niles, Morton Grove crime briefs as of April 16, 2014.

Caring for your clothes to make your wardrobe last

You have probably spend years carefully selecting pieces that make up your wardrobe, so you will not want to see garments lost to stains, shrinking...

Members of Maine East's Demons Against Depression club visit Warren Township High School in Gurnee to talk to sophomores about depression. | Photo courtesy of Erika's Lighthouse

New Maine East High School group raises awareness about depression

Maine East High School students and Erika’s Lighthouse are teaming up to raise awareness about depression.

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