| Jun 29, 2011
| 1:53 PM
A report on Illinois beaches released today by the Natural Resources Defense Council suggests that the use of border collies to harass gulls has helped reduce water contamination levels at area beaches.
The annual NRDC assessment says the difference...
| Jul 1, 2011
| 3:23 PM
About 20,000 homes and businesses served by Commonwealth Edison Co. were without power this afternoon in the wake of severe thunderstorms that pelted the Chicago area with golf ball-size hailstones, disrupted Metra service for hours in the far northern...
| Jun 30, 2011
| 10:19 AM
The Illinois Tollway said today it will implement a new policy requiring that all violation notices be mailed within 90 days of a tollway user's third violation.
Previously the tollway would sometimes not send out such notices out for years when backlogs...
| Jul 5, 2011
For seven years Monica Behnke has lived in Winchester House, one of the few government-run nursing homes left in Illinois. Its operations are mostly funded by Medicaid, with the taxpayers of Lake County making up the difference.
Behnke, 79, a former...
| Jul 5, 2011
In 2000, Illinois had 32 government-run nursing homes. That number now stands at 25, and might drop again if Lake County privatizes the management of Winchester House. Other county-owned facilities in the Chicago area, though, say they have no plans to...
| Aug 15, 2011
| 12:10 PM
The Illinois Tollway should scale back its proposed 35-cent increase in tolls to a more modest 15-cent increase, tollway Director Bill Morris said today.
The tollway has a balanced budget and enough projected cash flow within its current rate structure...
| Aug 20, 2011
| 12:17 AM
The Illinois Tollway's proposal to nearly double tolls has attracted standing-room-only crowds at public hearings and prompted a show of force by labor unions, contractors and engineers, many of whom stand to benefit from the agency's $12 billion...
| Aug 28, 2011
| 4:13 PM
A Lake Villa man was killed and his 9-year-old daughter critically injured when their motorcycle collided with a car in Lake County on Saturday evening, authorities said.
Justin McBride, 29, was driving his motorcyle north on Illinois Route 59 with his...
| Sep 3, 2011
A little-known hamlet of mobile homes tucked away in Lake County seems an unlikely location for a bustling new casino, one piece in a massive gambling expansion approved by Illinois lawmakers.
Park City has just about 7,500 residents, virtually no...
| Sep 29, 2011
| 5:40 AM
Recordings of 911 calls are raising the question of whether state Sen. Suzi Schmidt sought to use her political clout to influence Lake County authorities during several domestic disturbances with her husband.
After quarreling with her husband and...
| Dec 10, 2011
| 5:53 AM
In taking the rare step of throwing out Juan Rivera's rape and murder conviction and barring prosecutors from taking him to trial again, the Illinois Appellate Court delivered a stinging rebuke to the Lake County criminal justice system, which has come...
| Jul 13, 2010
Lawyers filed a request Monday to appeal the case of Juan Rivera , who was convicted three times in the 1992 murder and rape of an 11-year-old baby sitter in Waukegan.
After his third trial, Rivera was sentenced in May 2009 to life in prison, despite...