| Sep 20, 2012
| 5:49 AM
A former pastor of a northwest Indiana megachurch will likely serve at least 10 years in prison for taking a minor across state lines for sex.
Jack Schaap, 54, of Dyer and Crete, says in his plea agreement with federal prosecutors that both he and...
| Mar 25, 2011
Forget golf, bridge or shuffleboard. Jim Woodruff's hobby is dead people.
Woodruff, 74, spends his retirement wandering through the fields of the departed armed with a camera, a clipboard and chalk.
He records the names of the dead and the year they...
| 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...
| Mar 30, 2011
Even in the great outdoors, tobacco use hurts nonsmokers.
Inhaling secondhand smoke can trigger asthma and breathing difficulties inside or outside. Beyond that, many people don't realize that discarded cigarette butts contain nonbiodegradable plastics...
| Mar 23, 2012
The country cousin to Lake County's more affluent suburbs, Lindenhurst is a village nestled among the lakes, forest preserves and parks that its residents cherish.
Except for the families who farmed this area for generations, people settled in "Lindy"...
| Jul 26, 2011
| 11:53 AM
Gambling opponents today called for Illinois to ban casino interests from making political campaign contributions and for Gov. Pat Quinn to veto a pending casino expansion bill.
Common Cause, a government watchdog organization, released a report saying...
| Jan 7, 2012
Nearly 20 years after he was imprisoned, Juan Rivera walked out of Stateville Correctional Center and into a throng of jubilant family members Friday evening after he was exonerated in the murder of a Waukegan baby sitter.
His release came less than...
| 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...
| Jan 23, 2012
| 12:19 PM
Jereme Richmond, the Waukegan basketball phenom whose rise was derailed by college struggles and a criminal case, received 18 months of probation today after pleading guilty to unlawful use of a weapon, his attorney said.
The Lake County court...
| 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...
| May 4, 2011
Betty A. Smith had become accustomed to holding a tissue over her mouth to combat the secondhand smoke that would infiltrate her apartment.
After years of raising concerns, the 83-year-old lung cancer survivor and former smoker has literally found...
| Jan 6, 2012
| 10:50 PM
Ending nearly 20 years in custody, Juan Rivera walked out of prison today hours after authorities said they will not challenge an appellate court’s reversal of his murder conviction in the 1992 slaying of 11-year-old babysitter Holly Staker....