| Mar 18, 2014
| 10:39 PM
Toyota Motor Co. and the Justice Department have agreed on a $1.2-billion settlement to close a criminal probe into whether the automaker handled cases of sudden acceleration properly, according to media reports.
The settlement -- which could be...
| May 12, 2014
| 12:40 PM
A 79-year-old woman died after a car she was in hit a tree in Oak Park Sunday morning, authorities said.
The woman, identifed as Ethel Baskins, of the 900 block of West 51st Street in Chicago, was pronounced dead at 8:44 a.m. at Loyola University...
| Mar 25, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Margie Beskau would seem to have a strong lawsuit against General Motors for millions in damages.
Eight years ago, her 15-year-old daughter, Amy Rademaker, died in a Chevrolet Cobalt — one of the cars the automaker has now admitted had a deadly...
| May 11, 2014
| 8:58 AM
An extra-alarm fire broke out at Proviso East High School in Maywood on Saturday evening, causing damage and startling families gathered for a school play. No injuries were reported.
The fire was reported at about 9 p.m. at the west suburban high...
| Apr 29, 2014
| 12:45 PM
A semi truck loaded with beer rolled over on the Eisenhower Expressway early this morning, temporarily blocking the inbound lanes of the expressway at Harlem Avenue in west suburban Forest Park.
About 2:30 a.m., the truck driver lost control and the...
| Mar 26, 2014
| 8:06 AM
Nissan is recalling about 1 million late model cars — including its popular Altima and Sentra sedans — because a software glitch can prevent the front passenger air bag from deploying in an accident.
The recall includes the Nissan Altima,...
| Mar 28, 2014
| 3:07 PM
General Motors Co. recalled an additional 824,000 vehicles in the U.S. as it continues to deal with the fallout of a faulty ignition switch linked to a series of crashes and at least 12 deaths.
The automaker said it is calling back Chevrolet Cobalts,...
| Apr 6, 2014
| 10:31 AM
Chinese and Australian ships hunting for a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner have picked up separate acoustic signals in different parts of a vast Indian Ocean search area and are trying to verify if one could be from the plane's black box recorders....
| Mar 7, 2014
| 4:01 PM
A 17-year-old Northwest Side boy was struck and killed by a Metra train while walking to Taft High School on Friday morning, officials said.
Erik Lucansky was trying to cross the tracks at Avondale and Bryn Mawr avenues in the Old Norwood Park...
| Apr 25, 2014
| 7:35 AM
A pint-sized dish of cevichocho, served on the street in Otavalo, sparked one of those ah-hah moments so unexpected it caught me unawares.
By the time we the three of us parked near the town's famous craft market, lunch time had come and gone. Heading...
| May 13, 2014
| 8:47 PM
A 66-year-old man was fatally struck by a Metra train as he apparently tried to cross the train tracks in west suburban La Grange on Tuesday evening, authorities said.
The man was struck about 7:25 p.m. by an express train headed outbound from Chicago on...