Suburban talent contest narrows to final five
It's now down to the final five for Suburban Chicago's Got Talent, and the competitors are all vying to win the top prize of a trip to audition for NBC-TV's next season of "America's Got Talent." Full story.
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Libertyville boy killed in boating accident
Authorities today identified a 10-year-old Libertyville boy as the child killed Saturday when he fell from an inner tube in the Chain O' Lakes and was struck by a motorboat. Tony Borcia died as a result of traumatic injuries suffered in the accident, which occurred a a little after 4:30 p.m. on Petite Lake, near Lake Villa. Sgt. Brett Scroggins of Illinois Conservation Police said Sunday an investigation into the boy's death is ongoing and probably will take at least a few more days to conclude. Full story.
Ill. treasurer's 're-branding effort' comes with $2 million tab
State Treasurer Dan Rutherford's office is paying nearly $2 million to a Chicago consulting firm to rebrand and market a program the Pontiac Republican said just months ago was exceeding expectations. The state will pay Henson Consulting a total of $1.98 million over three years to "re-brand and market the Cash Dash program in the state treasurer's unclaimed property division" between now and 2014. Full story.
Racewalk records still held by Wheaton man, 61
A world-class racewalker whose Olympic dreams were dashed in 1976 and 1980, Augie Hirt of Wheaton still holds American records and has introduced the sport of racewalking to tens of thousands of people. "I think just the fact that it looks silly to people is why it's never caught on," he said of the sport's limited popularity. Full story.
Athletes from suburbs survive death race
Near the 37th hour of the Spartan Death Race, Anthony Matesi of Carol Stream wanted to quit after carrying a dozen logs down from a mountain in rural Vermont. "My negative thoughts were getting the best of me," he said. He was one of three suburbanites to compete in the event. Full story.
Naperville heroin victim's mom vows to help others
Caroline Kacena never felt as alone and embarrassed as she did while her son, John Kacena, battled his heroin addiction. Less than a week after losing her 20-year-old son to the addiction he fought for nearly a year, she's determined to never let another parent feel the same way. Full story.
What's Higgs Boson? Fermilab explains
The scientific world was all atwitter earlier this month about how physicists think they have found evidence that the "God particle" does indeed exist and that they have a better idea where to find it. What does this mean to those of us who never even took physics in high school? Full story.
Park Ridge motorcyclist killed on Kennedy
William May, 41, was killed when his motorcycle hit a concrete wall at Foster Avenue, a Cook County sheriff's office spokeswoman said. May's 2012 Harley Davidson was speeding in the northbound lanes when he lost control of the vehicle at 1:50 a.m., authorities reported. Full story.
Schaumburg police seek jogger's assailaint
Schaumburg police have released a sketch of the man they suspect in an attack on an 18-year-old Streamwood woman jogging in Schaumburg Thursday night. The woman said the attack occurred at 9:45 p.m. while she was jogging west on the sidewalk along Schaumburg Road west of Odlum Drive. Full story.
Dry season aids Des Plaines River
Drought has caused many problems, but it's provided a rare opportunity for volunteers working to clear debris from the Des Plaines and other rivers. Low flows have made it easier to spot items that normally would be underwater, leading to cleanup bonanzas for groups trying to make waterways safer and more enjoyable for canoeists and kayakers. Full story.
First-time cycling event a success in St. Charles
The Sammy's St. Charles Prairie State Criterium event brought cyclists from all over the Chicago area and beyond to St. Charles on Sunday for a day of intense racing near the Fox River. Organizers say the event was conceived as a kickoff to the Prairie State Cycling Series, a new event expected to hit multiple Illinois communities in 2013. Full story.
World & Nation
India's Olympic team abuzz about mystery woman. Full story.
Fewer than 1 in 4 Americans trust big banks. Full story.
Rev. Jesse Jackson: No timetable on son's recovery. Full story.
Report: US presents Israel with Iran strike plan. Full story.
How TV shows trick you into watching ads. Full story.
Why top universities are putting courses online for free. Full story.
Did the government really invent the Internet? Full story.
2 S. Koreans arrested over cellphone hacking. Full story.
Images from Sunday's Olympic events. View slideshow.
U.S. swimmer sets world record in 100M butterfly. Full story.
French swim past Phelps, Americans in relay. Full story.
U.S. women lead, but gymnastics champ misses the cut. Full story.
Costas recalls Israel athletes killed at '72 Games. Full story.
Sox give Floyd zero run support. Full story.
Rizzo proving to be the real deal. Full story.