| Sep 29, 2011
Drops of blood found at the murder scene didn't match the suspect or victim in the beating death of a respected 71-year-old Waukegan appliance store owner, but the jury was told that didn't clear the alleged killer, James Edwards.
| Feb 9, 2011
Last year, Debra Wells got a wake-up call in the form of congestive heart failure.
At 44, the Waukegan resident's weight had crept up to more than 400 pounds. After spending weeks in intensive care, then being sent home with an oxygen tank, Wells said to...
| Oct 31, 2010
Will Orpet was guilty. That was clear to the newspapers as his trial began in the summer of 1916, and it appeared equally clear to the people of Lake County: It took 23 days and more than 1,200 interviews to find a dozen men who said they could view the...
| Jun 17, 2011
| 2:08 PM
Despite decades of efforts to restore and protect the Great Lakes, dozens of old power plants still are allowed to kill hundreds of millions of fish each year by sucking in massive amounts of water to cool their equipment.
Records obtained by the Tribune...
| Sep 18, 2010
From a plane, it would be easy to think one of the nation's dirtiest power plants is within the Chicago city limits.
But the aging State Line Power Station, a major contributor to the city's chronically dirty air, sits just a few hundred feet over the...
| Feb 15, 2011
Q: Vanilla versus French vanilla. Explain, please!
—Tracey Thomas, San Francisco
A: Vanilla bean varieties are often named for where they're grown, like Madagascar, Tahiti and Mexico. That's not the case with French vanilla. The name refers not to...
| Mar 11, 2012
McSweeney's Books: 211 pp., $22
In the nine years it took Adam Levin to write his 1,030-page novel "The Instructions" (2010), he was also publishing short fiction. Those pieces, plus a few more, are gathered in the trim collection...
| Jun 30, 2011
| 1:10 PM
BIRTHDAY GUY: Actor Brian Van Holt was born in Waukegan, Ill., on this date in 1969. This birthday guy currently appears in the recurring role of Bobby Cobb on the series "Cougar Town." Holt previously starred in the TV shows "John From Cincinnati" and...
| 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...
| Dec 10, 2011
The Illinois Appellate Court has reversed the first-degree murder conviction of Juan Rivera Jr., who was found guilty in three jury trials of the 1992 murder of 11-year-old Holly Staker.
Rivera was convicted for the third time in 2009 despite DNA...
| May 25, 2012
| 9:30 AM
Ten days after announcing murder charges against a man whose DNA matched blood found at the scene of a 1994 slaying at a Waukegan appliance store, a Lake County prosecutor asked a judge today for more time to do paperwork before dropping the charges...
| 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...