Melissa Silverberg, Daily Herald

Melissa Silverberg

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Chicago, IL, United States

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Past articles by Melissa:

Can Prospect Heights residents dissolve their own town?

What would you think if your suburb decided to voluntarily disappear, absorbed into one or more surrounding towns? That's the idea a group of residents is floating about Prospect Heights. → Read More

Rolling Meadows police chief retires early; successor expected in April

Rolling Meadows Police Chief Dave Scanlan retired last week, a few months earlier than first planned, city officials confirmed Thursday. → Read More

Dawn Patrol: Niles West's Supreme nominee; McHenry County counting

Niles West classmates recall Merrick Garland as overachiever; Kohl's in St. Charles to close; McHenry County voting still must be completed; boy hit by car crossing street in Arlington Heights; three women arrested at St. Charles massage parlors; state rep from Wheaton testifies she was frightened by voice mails; what's behind Adam LaRoche's retirement. → Read More

St. Charles Kohl's to close in June

The Kohl's store in St. Charles will close in a few months as part of the company's plan to shutter 18 stores nationwide. → Read More

Wind causing power issues around suburbs

Much of the Chicago area is under a wind advisory until 8 p.m., and some areas have seen outages and other damage from the high gusts. → Read More

Sherman wraps up Green contest in 5th congressional district

In a Green Party primary contest for the 5th congressional district, Rob Sherman of Buffalo Grove had the edge over Warren "Grizz" Grimsley of Chicago late Tuesday. → Read More

Beloved Elk Grove High School teacher dies of cancer

Alexa Rodheim-Cutler, a young, beloved teacher and coach at Elk Grove High School, died Friday after fighting breast cancer for two years. → Read More

Sanders connects African American voters during Chicago forum with Jesse Jackson

With only days until the Illinois primary, Bernie Sanders was in Chicago on Saturday to make a last-minute appeal for support among African Americans, a voting block that has eluded him so far in his presidential campaign. Sanders spoke at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition's Saturday morning forum with Rev. Jesse Jackson about issues including income inequality, police misconduct and rebuilding urban… → Read More

District 214 being investigated over PARCC test walkouts

The state board of education is investigation Northwest Suburban High School District 214 because of the large number of students at three high schools who refused to take the PARCC standardized tests in 2015. → Read More

Jury will decide if Arlington Heights man was insane in wife's murder

A jury will decide if an Arlington Heights man was legally insane at the time authorities say he killed his wife with a hatchet in November 2014, but only if they first find him guilty of the crime. → Read More

Digital signs OK for drive-throughs in Arlington Heights

Digital signs will be allowed in the drive-through lanes of restaurants in Arlington Heights, under a measure approved by the village board Monday. The signs will be restricted to no more than 2 square feet. → Read More

Arlington Heights hikes underage drinking fines for parents to $1,000-$5,000

Arlington Heights is taking a stand against social hosting -- parents who allow teens and other underage persons to drink in their homes -- by sharply hiking the fines to the highest in the suburbs. → Read More

One dead in Hoffman Estates crash

One person has died after a car accident in Hoffman Estates on Thursday night. → Read More

Dawn Patrol: Snowy morning; cigarettes used to hurt teen

Snow in the morning rush hour expected. Lawmakers criticize College of DuPage payment to president. Aurora man charged in armed robbery. Burning cigarettes used to torture kidnapped Elgin teen, records show. Bulls overwhelmed. Blackhawks get the win. → Read More

Mount Prospect stays in house for new fire chief, top deputy

Mount Prospect is staying in house for its new fire chief and his top deputy. Brian Lambel and John Dolan, who have been serving as interim fire chief and interim deputy fire chief since Oct. 1, will begin those positions on a permanent basis March 16. → Read More

Wheeling High students take invention from class to business launch

Wheeling High School teacher John Kritek assigned his entrepreneurship class a simple exercise: Name a problem and think of a solution. That homework turned into a business and future career for two students about to launch their first product. → Read More

New memory care facility proposed for Arlington Heights

A new memory care facility with 72 beds has been proposed for the Rand Road corridor in Arlington Heights. → Read More

Young and pregnant in suburbs? Help line may be going away

Once a scared, depressed and pregnant 15-year-old, Gloria Jimenez now has a certificate in early childhood education from Harper College, is a U.S. citizen and the proud mom of a healthy first-grader. But Healthy Families, the program that helped her, is in danger of getting killed by the state budget impasse. → Read More

Work on new Rolling Meadows fire stations could start next year

Rolling Meadows is moving forward with a plan to build two new fire stations, but officials say construction is not likely to begin until 2017. Officials are recommending the city hire an Aurora-based construction company to lead the $9 million project. → Read More

District 214 superintendent testifies before U.S. Senate panel

Northwest Suburban High School District 214 Superintendent David Schuler testified Tuesday before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions about the Every Student Succeeds Act, which is replacing No Child Left Behind. "Now, we have the ability to acknowledge that we all learn in different ways, our students learn in different ways, and they should be able to demonstrate… → Read More