| Mar 11, 2012
McSweeney's Books: 211 pp., $22
In the nine years it took Adam Levin to write his 1,030-page novel "The Instructions" (2010), he was also publishing short fiction. Those pieces, plus a few more, are gathered in the trim collection...
| Jun 30, 2011
| 1:10 PM
BIRTHDAY GUY: Actor Brian Van Holt was born in Waukegan, Ill., on this date in 1969. This birthday guy currently appears in the recurring role of Bobby Cobb on the series "Cougar Town." Holt previously starred in the TV shows "John From Cincinnati" and...
| Oct 7, 2011
A new resume search claims more than 42,000 job hunters in Chicago.
Indeed.com launched its open resume search Sept. 14, but the site has been taking resume uploads since February, including imported LinkedIn profiles.
For now, the search at indeed.com/...
| Jan 23, 2012
| 12:19 PM
Jereme Richmond, the Waukegan basketball phenom whose rise was derailed by college struggles and a criminal case, received 18 months of probation today after pleading guilty to unlawful use of a weapon, his attorney said.
The Lake County court...
| Dec 10, 2011
The Illinois Appellate Court has reversed the first-degree murder conviction of Juan Rivera Jr., who was found guilty in three jury trials of the 1992 murder of 11-year-old Holly Staker.
Rivera was convicted for the third time in 2009 despite DNA...
| May 25, 2012
| 9:30 AM
Ten days after announcing murder charges against a man whose DNA matched blood found at the scene of a 1994 slaying at a Waukegan appliance store, a Lake County prosecutor asked a judge today for more time to do paperwork before dropping the charges...
| Aug 6, 2011
Prices at the fuel pump putting a crimp into your getaway plans? Leave your gas guzzler in the garage and take a close-to-home minivacation by train and bike.
The McHenry County Prairie Trail passes within blocks of the downtown Metra station in...
| Jul 16, 2012
| 2:24 PM
Police soon will be required to notify crime victims of their rights within 48 hours under a measure Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law Monday.
Surrounded by children attending a day camp at St. John Bible Church in the Austin neighborhood, a center of gang-...
| Jan 7, 2012
Nearly 20 years after he was imprisoned, Juan Rivera walked out of Stateville Correctional Center and into a throng of jubilant family members Friday evening after he was exonerated in the murder of a Waukegan baby sitter.
His release came less than...
| Apr 6, 2012
Hoping to prevent bungled police probes and prosecutions like those that have plagued Illinois' legal system, state lawmakers mandated the creation of a class to certify officers as "lead homicide investigators."
But one of the teams being paid tax...
| Jan 7, 2012
| 12:28 AM
As Juan Rivera enjoyed newfound freedom this weekend after being cleared in the murder of 11-year-old Holly Staker, Waukegan police reopened the 20-year-old case that became the latest to unravel with the emergence of DNA evidence.