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  • 72 Charged in Online Global Child Porn Ring

    72 Charged in Online Global Child Porn Ring
    Washington -- More than 50 members of a child pornography ring who engaged in what authorities describe as "horrific" and "unspeakable" crimes have been arrested for sexually exploiting children from 12 years old to as young as infants. Top federal law...
  • Bill to limit end-of-career pension spikes awaits governor's signature

    For decades, state lawmakers have drawn criticism when they leave the Legislature and take another government gig with a fat salary that greatly boosts their public pensions, but soon the state might be on the hook for less of those retirement costs for a...
  • Water reclamation pension peace could be blueprint for state

    Water reclamation pension peace could be blueprint for state
    The state's top politicians still can't reach agreement on how to fix Illinois' woefully out-of-whack public employee pension system, but there's an approach to the issue that both Democrats and Republicans have hailed as a model to follow. There's...
  • Six Flags amusement parks prepare for thematic makeovers

    Six Flags amusement parks prepare for thematic makeovers
    Wham! Bam! Ka-Pow! A bruising brawl involving comic-book superheroes, Saturday morning cartoon characters and extreme sports icons will change the ride and roller coaster landscape of Six Flags' 11 U.S. amusement parks in 2011. An intellectual...
  • Top 10 new theme park rides for 2011

    Top 10 new theme park rides for 2011
    It already feels as if 2011 is shaping up as a tweener ye ar for new rides and attractions at U.S. theme parks. Last year saw the blockbuster debuts of Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal's Islands of Adventure in Florida and the "World of...
  • Review: Legoland California blends epic and mini scales for Star Wars Miniland

    Review: Legoland California blends epic and mini scales for Star Wars Miniland
    The new Star Wars' models take shape at Star Wars Miniland renders epic battles, iconic cityscapes and massive machines in an intimate 1:20 scale at Legoland California. The new Star Wars attraction, which opened Thursday at the Carlsbad kiddie park,...
  • Unused sick days add up to big payouts

    A few years into John Butts' superintendent job in DuPage's Lake Park High School District 108, a lucrative perk showed up in his contract: 300 sick days. In an amendment to his contract, the school board signed off on 150 sick days in 2006-07 —...
  • Failing Chicago State students got state financial grants

    Failing Chicago State students got state financial grants
    Potentially hundreds of failing Chicago State University students received state financial aid even though their grades were so low that they shouldn't have been allowed to take classes, according to testimony Wednesday at a state hearing. The money...
  • Superintendent merry-go-round yields fat severances

    Superintendent merry-go-round yields fat severances
    Stanley Fields resigned after just a year as superintendent of a suburban Cook County school district where he was put on leave, faced with firing and ultimately required to apologize to the community. Still, he walked away with a $100,000 severance...
  • In a decade, obscure tunnel board bled $1.3 million on overhead, but where's the underpass?

    In a decade, obscure tunnel board bled $1.3 million on overhead, but where's the underpass?
    About every 15 minutes, trains block a busy corridor in the near west suburbs — a problem so frustrating that state officials created a special board to oversee construction of a tunnel or bridge. That was nearly 12 years ago. The agency has yet to...
  • Channahon mayor charged with failing to file federal taxes

    Channahon mayor charged with failing to file federal taxes
    Federal authorities on Tuesday charged the recently re-elected mayor of far southwest suburban Channahon with failing to file four years of federal tax returns. Joseph Cook, 45, allegedly failed to report more than $250,000 of income from 2005 to 2008,...