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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

Morton Grove -  Morton Grove Days annual festival that ends July 4. The annual carnival opens on Saturday. The Moby Dick sent riders soaring to new heights. | Joe Cyganowski ~ For Sun Times Media

Morton Grove Days gearing up for July 3-5, needs volunteers

Now that the giant snowdrifts have melted, are you ready to party on a scorching, 104 degree day?

Weird Crime: Peanut butter and jelly sandwich causes crash and more

Free of charge, we offer tales of odd news, strange crimes, dumb criminals and otherwise silly stories from the Chicago suburbs.

<p>"Teeny Tiny Gardening" by Emma Hardy &nbsp;| &nbsp;Courtesy of the MGPL</p>

MGPL pick of the week: 'Teeny Tiny Gardening: 35 step-by-step projects'

MGPL Pick of the Week: "Teeny Tiny Gardening: 35 step-by-step projects and inspirational ideas for gardening in tiny spaces" by Emma Hardy

<p>Snow&nbsp;returned to&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;in the early evening on Monday, April 14. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times&nbsp;</p>

Record-low temperature in 20s could follow late-season snow

A mid-April snowfall that drew a collective sigh from Chicagoans late Monday afternoon was the precursor to some potentially record-breaking cold temperatures on Tuesday morning.

<p>Passover Seder Plate</p>

Passover events in Chicago's suburbs

Join family and friends for these Passover celebrations in suburban Chicago.

On his first day cooking pizzas again, Burt Katz shows off the first-place trophy a Canadian TV show awarded to Burt's Place this April after sampling dozens of other restaurants in Chicago.  |  Rick Kambic/Sun-Times Media

Burt's Place makes list of best restaurants not in Chicago

Burt's Place isn't just a town favorite in Morton Grove, but also one of the 12 best Illinois restaurants not in Chicago, according to

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Niles West named 59th most challenging school in Illinois

Niles West was named as the 2014 59th most challenging school in Illinois by the Washington Post. They dropped from 56th, their ranking in 2013. See school statistics and more.

<p>Niles West's Denis Gargovic gets ready to heave the shot put on May 24, 2013 at the Class 3A boys track and field state meet. He finished sixth. | File</p>

Niles West, North 2014 boys track & field season preview

A new boys track and field season is upon us and Chicago's northern suburbs have a number of talented athletes to watch for this spring.

<p>Sun-Times file photo</p>

The Morton Grove round up: Top stories, April 4-11

Here's a round up of what you might have missed this week in the Morton Grove Champion.

Kids can enjoy a petting zoo, and candy-themed crafts and activities at Spring Sweets & Treats on April 19 at Westfield Old Orchard in Skokie.

Family Friendly: Candy-themed holiday party at Old Orchard

Your family can celebrate the season at two fun-filled events when Westfield Old Orchard in Skokie presents Spring Sweets & Treats, starting at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 19.

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