| Jun 17, 2011
| 9:05 AM
Have you ever heard of “water dumping”?
I hadn’t, but apparently it’s so prevalent that today the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a proposed rule to end the practice and theoretically cut down on food stamp abuse.
| Dec 6, 2010
| 5:00 AM
LOS ANGELES -- The discovery of hard plastic inside packages prompted a nationwide recall of 72,000 pounds of canned chicken salad sold nationwide under several labels.
The Suter Company is recalling 8.2-ounce packages of the "Bumble Bee Lunch on the Run...
| May 30, 2011
| 5:52 PM
The House passed legislation today that would set stricter rules and guidelines for nursing homes in Illinois that care for the developmentally disabled.
The measure, which passed the House 69-45, would give harsher penalties for poor care and make sure...
| Aug 6, 2011
Prices at the fuel pump putting a crimp into your getaway plans? Leave your gas guzzler in the garage and take a close-to-home minivacation by train and bike.
The McHenry County Prairie Trail passes within blocks of the downtown Metra station in...
| Jul 24, 2011
On a sultry summer's eve, the tables in the courtyard of the Alys restaurant at La Veta Inn are crowded with folks lingering after they've finished their meals, enjoying the music of local singer-songwriter Will Dudley.
Hold on to your hat when you cross...
| Feb 14, 2011
| 5:50 AM
By her bedside, Waleria Krzemien kept a photograph of her trusted pastor, the Rev. Thaddeus Dzieszko of St. Constance Roman Catholic Church on Chicago's Northwest Side.
Now authorities are examining the circumstances under which "Father Ted" became...
| Aug 3, 2011
Recent law school graduates are known to labor over the high-stakes bar exam.
But for Elana Nightingale Dawson, a spring Northwestern Law School grad, the labor took on new meaning last week on the second day of the two-day Illinois bar exam.
| May 31, 2012
SPRINGFIELD — As lawmakers head toward adjournment Thursday night, Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan paved the way for a comprehensive government worker pension reform plan by dropping his demand that suburban and Downstate school districts...
| Jun 13, 2011
| 6:03 PM
When Stanley Ligas talks about moving out of the 96-bed facility where he has lived for years and into a small, community-based home for people with developmental disabilities, he describes it like this:
"You know how Jiminy Cricket sings, 'When you wish...
| Jun 21, 2011
| 6:39 PM
MILWAUKEE — On a chilly Sunday morning, a 19-year-old Marquette University student walked into the campus security office and tearfully reported being raped by an athlete just hours earlier.
She says two of the officers on duty that February day...
| Jul 7, 2011
DuPage County Sheriff John Zaruba has amassed the biggest campaign war chest of any sheriff in Illinois — thanks in part to cash given by deputies he oversees.
His deputies also have gathered petitions for his campaign, kept vandals away from pro-...
| May 13, 2011
| 3:12 PM
May 28-29: Mackinaw Music and International Wine & Beer Fest, Mackinaw. Wine and beer tasting, along with a variety of musical entertainment at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard. Fee applies; 309-359-9463; tinyurl.com/3gofqou. Miles from Chicago: 160...