| Feb 7, 2014
| 5:04 AM
Someone walked into a Des Plaines convenience store last year and bought an Illinois Lottery ticket worth $162,500.
That person has until Feb. 21 to claim the cash or lose it forever, lottery officials said.
The winning Lucky Day Lotto ticket was sold...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 2:30 PM
A state nurses union has reached a settlement with Maryville Academy's Behavioral Health Hospital in Des Plaines over an unfair labor practice complaint, union representatives announced recently.
In August of last year, the Illinois Nurses Association...
| Jan 26, 2014
| 6:49 AM
A Des Plaines-area teenager had drugs in his system when the vehicle he was driving hit and killed a 65-year-old Niles woman last week, authorities said.
Dustin Aranda, 18, was charged Thursday with aggravated driving under the influence causing death,...
| Jan 9, 2014
Working was a multidimensional endeavor for Ed Duffy.
He was a Chicago cop, deputy chief of staff under Gov. Jim Thompson, director of the Illinois Department of Public Aid, an Arlington Heights trustee, president of Arlington Park racetrack, chief...
| Jan 18, 2014
| 1:13 PM
A 65-year-old Niles woman died Friday morning after being struck by a car while walking in unincorporated Glenview, authorities said.
Janina Kasperek, of the 8500 block of North Milwaukee Avenue, was pronounced dead just before noon Friday at Advocate...
| Jan 22, 2014
The following items were taken from police reports:
A 33-year-old Chicago woman was charged with drunk driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or more, improper lane usage and minimum speed regulation after a stop on the 1900 block of...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 1:09 PM
A Cook County judge cleared former Maine West High School coach Michael Divincenzo of all charges, including misdemeanor battery and failing to report an alleged 2012 incident at the Des Plaines school in which older players were accused of pulling down...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Asking my Facebook fans (https://www.facebook.com/Stevedalepets) about their New Year's resolutions for their pets (or all pets) has become an annual tradition. Here some responses I've received for 2014:
"To have my cats stop using my credit cards to...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 2:51 PM
It's been a snowy start to 2014 in Des Plaines and Park Ridge, with some towns near Chicago receiving up to a foot of snow since the first flakes started to fall on New Year's Eve.
In Park Ridge, police thus far have responded to 16 car crashes since...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 9:34 PM
Despite the cold weather — and also because of it — thousands of people are grabbing their binoculars this winter and heading out to find bald eagles in Illinois.
Chances are better than ever they'll see scenes like the one Thursday near...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 6:06 PM
A Cook County judge upheld the firing of a Des Plaines police officer accused of using excessive force, city officials announced late today. Dec 16
The ruling last Friday Dec. 13 by Judge Sophia Hall overturns an arbitrator's decision this past May...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 7:53 PM
Des Plaines Community Consolidated School District 62 board President Brenda Murphy recently was recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education and given the 2013 Thomas Lay Burroughs Award for her service.
"It's quite an honor to receive this...