McHenry County woman teaches self-defense to sex-trafficking victims
Belle Staurowsky, 48, of Oakwood Hills, is the founder of Green Tara Project, which teaches self-defense to girls who are victims of human sex trafficking. "One girl had probably about 12 cigarette burns on one arm. Another had her front tooth knocked out," Staurowsky said of girls she has trained on two trips to India. Full story.
New kidney in Carpentersville boy working
Those rooting for Nathan Saavedra, 3, of Carpentersville, are hopeful that the new kidney he just received marks the beginning of a new Nathan. He remains in intensive care on oxygen, but if all continues to go well, he could be home by the Fourth of July. "It's definitely in reach, but we make no promises," his doctor said. Full story.
Suburban candidates spin healthcare ruling
Some suburban congressional candidates in swing districts are tempering their statements on the Supreme Court's decision on the Affordable Care Act as they seek to draw independent votes in the Nov. 6 election. The question is "who can put who on the defensive," said Bruce Newman, a political marketing professor at DePaul University in Chicago. Full story.
Elgin boy dies in Colorado accident
Robbie Fehlman, 14, who just moved from Elgin to Colorado, died Friday afternoon when a car careened off the road and jumped the curb, hitting him and a friend. "He was so outgoing he had a million friends," his mom, Mary Fehlman, said of Robbie, who had 1,165 friends on his Facebook page. Full story.
Palatine brothers Sen. Durbin's poster boys for immigration reform
Apprehended by immigration officers during a train trip to visit a buddy at Harvard University and fearing deportation, the Robles brothers of Palatine are thrilled with the recent change in immigration policy that allows them to continue their college careers and keep their dreams of eventually becoming U.S. citizens. "Would America be a better place if Carlos and Rafael are deported? Of course, not," says Sen. Dick Durbin. Full story.
Few in suburbs cast absentee ballots for Mexican president
Blanca Trejo, 39, a student at College of DuPage, is among about 45,500 Mexicans living in the United States who registered to vote from abroad in today's Mexican presidential election. But most, like Elginite Jaime Garcia, aren't voting. "Yes, I had the chance, but I just never did it. I guess it just wasn't a priority." Full story.
Man found dead after Algonquin standoff
An Algonquin man was found dead in his home from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after a standoff with police Sunday afternoon. Officers from a half dozen law enforcement agencies, including a SWAT unit from the McHenry County Sheriff's Office, responded to the home in the 900 block of Glacier Parkway after Algonquin police received 10:51 a.m. call about a suicidal man in his home with a gun. Full story.
Powerful storms down trees, cut off power in suburbs
Severe thunderstorms clobbered parts of the Chicago area Sunday afternoon, knocking over trees, damaging homes and knocking out power to more than 200,000 ComEd customers. The western suburbs, and DuPage County in particular, were hit hardest. The National Weather Service reported wind gusts of 60 mph in Villa Park, trees down in Wheaton and heavy rain in Addison. Full story.
Mundelein teen killed in Sunday morning crash
Lake County Sheriff's deputies are investigating a one-vehicle crash near Grayslake early Sunday morning that took the life of a 17-year-old boy. Harrison C. Fischer of Mundelein was the only person in the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene, said Lake County Coroner Artis Yancey. Full story.
Two Woodstock teens die in single-car crash
Two 16-year-old McHenry County boys died early Sunday in a single-vehicle car crash near Woodstock, authorities said. Alec J. Kaiser and Jacob S. Norys, both of Woodstock, were in a 2010 Hyundai Elantra that crashed into a brick pillar and a tree about 2 a.m. Sunday, according the McHenry County Sheriff's Office. Full story.
Joe Walsh takes on Joe Walsh
As Congressman Joe Walsh was meeting with constituents to discuss health care at a forum in Elk Grove Village, former Eagle Joe Walsh was in Schaumburg, performing a concert to benefit Democrat Tammy Duckworth, the political Walsh's opponent in the November election. Full story.
World & Nation
Storms kill 13, cut power to millions. Full story.
Jay-Z, Kanye and Whitney honored at BET. Full story.
High stakes in Cruise-Holmes divorce. Full story.
Big U.S. cities boom as young adults shun suburbs. Full story.
Ex-Penn State president OK'd not reporting abuse. Full story.
How clean is your hotel room? Full story.
Google releases Chrome browser for iPhone, iPad. Full story.
Wood shuts down Astros. Full story.
Yankees outlast Sox. Full story.
Asik's offer to big for Bulls to match. Full story.
All-Star Game nods to Castro, LaHair. Full story.
Sale ecstatic to join all-stars Konerko, Dunn. Full story.
Woods wins at AT&T National. Full story.
Hawks sign free-agent defenseman Brookbank. Full story.
Bulls will do their best to fill holes in roster. Full story.
Cubs complete deal with slugger Sole. Full story.