| Apr 15, 2014
| 10:19 AM
Cars cost a lot of money.
With an average sales price of about $32,000, we know a new car is out of reach for many. The automakers know this too, which is why they continue to roll out bottom-rung cars for buyers on way-below-average budgets.
| 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...
| Apr 1, 2014
| 5:53 PM
A 9-year-old Vernon Hills girl who survived a horrific car crash that killed her family is expected to make a full recovery, officials said Tuesday.
Rinka Hirayama was in fair condition at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, a spokeswoman there said. The...
| May 11, 2014
| 12:44 PM
Officials said this afternoon that classes at Proviso East High School are canceled Monday and Tuesday following an extra-alarm fire that damaged at least 10 rooms at the school.
The fire broke out about 9 p.m. Saturday on the second level of the high...
| 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...
| 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,...
| Apr 1, 2014
| 3:18 PM
An overflow crowd packed a north suburban funeral service Tuesday for Jeffrey Bronken and his daughter, Katherine, 15, who were killed in a plane crash in Florida during their spring break.
The service touched on how the Round Lake family had been twice...
| 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 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,...
| Mar 16, 2014
| 3:52 AM
An Elgin police officer was injured overnight in a traffic crash in the northwest suburb, police said.
The two-car crash occurred at the intersection of Dundee Avenue and River Bluff Road sometime about midnight, Elgin Police Departent Cmdr. Dan O'...