| Sep 11, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Some workers at oil and gas sites where fracking occurs are routinely exposed to high levels of benzene, a colorless gas that can cause cancer, according to a study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
The agency, which is...
| Dec 27, 2013
| 3:00 AM
The year just ended brought a number of significant milestones, most of them good, to the area covered by The Record. The highlights include a couple of noteworthy sports accomplishments, completion of a major highway project, the end of a couple of...
| Dec 27, 2013
| 3:57 PM
A demolition crew member who was killed in a Thursday night worksite accident in Vernon Hills has been identified as 25-year-old Patrick O’Reilly, who grew up in southwest suburban Palos Park.
O’Reilly, who was a graduate of Stagg High...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 2:48 PM
A lucky encounter with a dance troupe in Mexico nearly a year and a half ago opened the doors for Marco Antonio Huicochea Gonzàlez to come to Chicago, where he could turn his passion for dance into a career.
DanceWorks Chicago, a small dance company, was...
| Jan 20, 2014
| 2:56 PM
A fire and structural collapse at an animal feed processing plant killed some people and injured at least 10 workers, four critically, the Omaha fire chief said Monday.
Officials had said earlier that the fire at the International Nutrition plant may...
| Jan 20, 2014
| 8:55 PM
A fire and structural collapse at an animal feed processing plant killed two people and injured 10 others, four critically, Omaha authorities said Monday.
Officials had said the fire at the International Nutrition plant could have been precipitated by...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 4:15 AM
Relatives of Chicago-area native and former SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau have weighed in on "Blackfish," issuing a statement that distances the family from the controversial documentary about the treatment of killer whales in captivity.
| Jan 21, 2014
| 3:48 PM
Investigators returned to an Omaha animal feed plant Tuesday searching for a second body and investigating the cause of the blaze and partial building collapse that killed two and injured at least 10 employees.
[Updated 3:36 p.m.: Authorities...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 2:30 PM
A state nurses union has reached a settlement with Maryville Academy's Behavioral Health Hospital in Des Plaines over an unfair labor practice complaint, union representatives announced recently.
In August of last year, the Illinois Nurses Association...
| Apr 28, 2014
| 11:01 AM
Whale trainers at SeaWorld Orlando started wearing safety vests at the theme park's “One Ocean” killer-whale show Monday.
The air vests inflate and become buoyant when their cords are tugged, and they include a small scuba tank. The...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 5:24 PM
Two oil well workers died and nine suffered minor cuts and bruises Wednesday after a high-pressure explosion in a West Texas county that is lightly populated but richly saturated with oil.
The two bodies were found about 20 feet from a wellhead that was...