Park Ridge labor contract in dispute
Union disputes city's health care deductionsA month after Park Ridge aldermen reaffirmed a new contract with an employees' union, members are claiming its provisions are not being adhered to by the city.
Homer Glen plan commissioners learn about open meetings
Training is required under state lawRequired training for some Homer Glen Plan Commission officials on the Open Meetings Act was held this week.
Stormwater-detention area worries Lake Forest residents
School officials say area is required to handle water during heavy rainsA frustrated contingent of residents who live in the neighborhood near Lake Forest High School gathered at District 115 headquarters last week, voicing dismay that renovation of the school's track this summer will include creation of a stormwater-detention area they fear will pose a danger to children.
Lawmakers expected to use special session to punt pension reform to committee
Any compromise reached by panel of 10 legislators would still need approval from both chambersState lawmakers return to the Capitol on Wednesday to consider fixes to Illinois' financially woeful government worker pension system, but the heaviest lifting they're likely to do is to vote to form a committee to seek an elusive compromise.
For 2nd time, woman gives Chicago athlete 1-finger salute
The disturbing photographic evidence is, unfortunately, incontrovertible. It shows what appears to be a fearsomely vulgar new trend among East Coast female sports fans.
Professional naming by the numbers
How Bloomingdale Trail rebranders computed winning '606' labelThe 606.
Witness: Ex-Cook County Board head gave deputy signatory power
Todd Stroger's name comes up repeatedly as Carla Oglesby corruption trial continuesFormer Cook County Board President Todd Stroger's name was raised repeatedly Tuesday at the criminal trial of his former deputy chief, whose alleged theft of $300,000 in taxpayer money appeared to have been helped along by his authority.
Protests rare over Blackhawks' name, logo
While critics say use of Indian mascots perpetuates outdated image, hockey club says it has mutually beneficial ties with local communityJust after the Chicago Blackhawks captured the Stanley Cup in 2010, hockey fan Anthony Roy created a Facebook page suggesting that the team change its logo from an Indian head, which he considers culturally insensitive, to a bird. On Tuesday, the page had received 357 likes.
CTA unveils artwork destined for 7 Red Line stations
Train stops on north branch to benefit from $621,000 enhancement projectCommuters on the Red Line's north branch will notice a new splash of color at seven stations by the end of the year.
2 naval landing craft on auction block at Great Lakes
Need to transport a platoon? How about a tank? Check these vessels outFor anyone looking to stage a D-Day invasion, run scuba tours in the Caribbean or cruise Lake Michigan with 200 of your closest friends — the U.S. Navy has a boat for you. And maybe a bargain.
Oak Lawn cancels pensions for part-time officeholders
Mayor, Village Board members includedThe part-time job of Oak Lawn Village Board member no longer comes with pension benefits. Board members last week voted to get rid pensions for elected officials, including the Village Board and mayor.
'Oily substance' in lake baffles investigators
Silver sheen seems to be harmless chemicals, officials say; no ill effects reportedThe U.S. Coast Guard and Indiana environmental officials continued Tuesday to investigate the origins of a silvery substance that was found in southern Lake Michigan, causing some beaches to clear bathers from the water.
Mourners remember Darien murder-suicide victims as loving family
Man thought to have killed wife, daughters 'was in a dark, dark place,' pastor saysThe darkness that overwhelmed David Andrus shouldn't be allowed to extinguish the joyful memory of those he killed — a wife, who loved animals, all animals, and his two daughters, a pastor said at their funeral Tuesday.
Plastic bag ban goes before aldermen
No vote on latest plan to require stores not to use plasticEnvironmentalists came to City Hall on Tuesday to support a proposal to ban plastic bags at Chicago stores, a move retailers say will hurt businesses unless they charge shoppers up to 10 cents for each paper bag that's used instead.
Dr. Gertrude M. Novak, 1928-2013
Pathologist took up family practice in her 50sGertrude Novak fled the Nazis as a girl, leaving her native Vienna with one of her sisters just before Germany annexed Austria.
Village finds temporary worker to fill staffing needs
Since February, Tinley Park has relied on a temp worker to fill a hole in the village treasurer's office, leasing an accountant from a business based in Deerfield.
Orland Park looks to alleviate flooding along 143rd Street
April flooding shut down intersections for daysThe thunderstorms that hit Orland Park last week were a springtime shower compared to the mid-April storms that dumped up to seven inches of rain in parts of the Chicago area.
Former Lake Zurich trustee appointed to open position
Jonathan Sprawka is sworn inNewly appointed Lake Zurich Trustee Jonathan Sprawka said keeping the village headed in the right direction with its downtown redevelopment efforts will be his top priority.
Striking similarity of dying words
Longtime hospice nurse believes patients are glimpsing the afterlifeMaggie Callanan has witnessed more than 2,000 deaths. In 27 years as a hospice nurse, the Massachusetts-based author and speaker cared for people of all ages and widely divergent backgrounds as they reached the end of their lives.
CPS leader predicts happier ties with teachers union
Group's president counters rosy view, says looming layoffs signal bad things to comeChicago Public Schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett offered an upbeat vision of the district's future during an event Tuesday night, a dramatically different take from that given by Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis in a speech earlier in the day.
The following items were taken from police reports.
Plainfield man on trial for murder in Door County, Wis.
The trial of a southwest suburban man accused of killing his girlfriend and then sexually assaulting her corpse began Monday in Door County, Wis., where the alleged killing took place last summer, authorities said Tuesday.
Glenview couple reflects on 15 years as foster parents to teens
For most people, raising one child is exhausting. But to take care of your own and give shelter to dozens more is a feat not a lot of families can claim.
Highland Park and Deerfield talk about guns
Daniel Easterday knows what he'll do if he hears an intruder during the night in the Highland Park home he shares with his wife and young child — first call the police, then grab one of his guns.
Work at tennis center in Wilmette on schedule
Pool open for summerThe $1.8 million repair of Wilmette's indoor tennis center – partially ruined in the mid-April storm – is well underway and on schedule, park officials say.
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