| Jan 4, 2015
When former Gov. Bob McDonnell stands before U.S. District Judge James Spencer on Tuesday for sentencing, the big question will be: Is the core of political corruption taking money when in office, or doing something in return?
For the prosecutors who...
| Dec 30, 2014
| 3:40 PM
Robin Redmond, Executive Director of the George M. Pullman Educational Foundation, announces that two students from the Oak Park/River Forest area are among the 161 Pullman Foundation Scholarships awarded for the 2014-2015 school year: River Forest’...
| Dec 23, 2014
| 12:34 PM
Some people talk about being green, and they maybe make it a point to recycle their plastics.
Then there is John Rosales. The Oak Forest High School senior actually is doing something about our environment on a regular basis. As president of the school&...
| Dec 15, 2014
| 12:20 PM
Judy Baar Topinka had already developed her “no B.S. approach” to politics as class president of her high school in Lake Forest.
After a 30-year career in elective office — including 12 years as state treasurer — Topinka passed...
| Dec 15, 2014
| 1:59 PM
The Rev. Theodore Schmitt coached football and taught in Chicago area high schools, worked as Hollywood movie executive and ran a sports memorabilia store in Las Vegas before being ordained a Catholic priest in 2002 at age 58.
"There was always a...
| Dec 17, 2014
| 10:28 AM
Imagine you are in the hospital and need a re-operation for a complication of a surgery done the previous day. You could choose the doctor who operated on you and has been up for 18 hours, or one who has just come into the hospital after being home for...
| Dec 20, 2014
| 4:36 AM
Even in the middle of the afternoon, the prayer candle for the slain teen flickered in dim, artificial light, casting small shadows in the grimy, sooty 63rd Street viaduct just west of State Street. Trucks roared through, causing ear-rattling noise as...
| Dec 19, 2014
| 8:33 PM
Cecilia Corrigan, a 2013 Lake Forest College writer-in-residence, is receiving national accolades for the poetry she wrote during her stay on the North Shore.
Corrigan's book, "Titanic," contains poems whose central figure is Alan Turing, the British...
| Dec 21, 2014
| 6:22 AM
Evanston's Central Street was already sluggish on a recent Saturday afternoon when a wailing siren brought traffic on the two-lane road to a halt. An Illinois State Police cruiser sailed up from behind, lights blazing, and led a line of westbound buses...
| Dec 22, 2014
| 12:17 PM
With an ongoing debate about flooding, a community fight to save a 19th-century home, a drunk driving investigation, and yes—chickens—Downers Grove was ripe with controversial, provocative and intriguing news in 2014. Here's are some of the...
| Dec 22, 2014
| 12:08 PM
Downtown development, library Internet rules and a new village hall made headlines in Orland Park and Homer Glen this year. Here's a look back at some of the southwest suburbs' biggest stories of 2014.
Kustok sentenced to 60 years for wife's murder...