Arlington Heights woman dies in crash
A 68-year-old Arlington Heights woman was killed in a crash in northern McHenry County Saturday, according to police. Sharon L. Ams was driving an SUV, which collided with a pickup truck in Richmond Township just before noon. Police said Ams' vehicle crossed the centerline and struck the pickup. Full story.
Cops: Woman tried to lure boys to car in Geneva
Geneva police are searching for a middle-aged woman who approached two boys in downtown Geneva Saturday afternoon. The woman approached the young boys outside a business on the 300 block of Campbell Street and asked if they wanted to see her dog inside her SUV. Police searched the area but did not locate the woman. Full story.
Two Carpentersville trustees missed 21% of meetings
Two Carpentersville trustees have missed more than a fifth of the 33 board meetings held since they were sworn in May 2011. Doug Marks says family and career obligations have made him miss the meetings, although the village amended its code to accommodate his new work schedule earlier this year, while veteran trustee Paul Humpfer says his absence has been due to business trips. Full story.
Beat-boxing duo wins Suburban Chicago's Got Talent
The beat-boxing duo iLLest Vocals took top prize from both the fans and judges in the first Suburban Chicago's Got Talent competition over the weekend. Sanu John of Skokie took the stage by himself on Saturday, because his partner was out of the country on an emergency, but that didn't stop the 25-year-old from wowing the judges and the crowd. Full story.
British pop acts dominate Olympic closing ceremony
The Olympics have officially ended and were capped off by a spectacular closing ceremony last night that featured bands Madness, Pet Shop Boys, One Direction, Liam Gallagher of Oasis, Muse, Queen guitarist Brian May and singer Jessie J as well as the reunion of The Spice Girls. Officials estimated the event at a whopping $14 billion, three times the original estimate. Full story.
Former Chicago Fire commissioner takes Carol Stream job
Former Chicago Fire Department commissioner Bob Hoff has accepted a position as a deputy chief for the Carol Stream Fire Protection District, after stepping down in February. Hoff has twice received the Chicago department's top award for bravery and has been a firefighter for more than 35 years. Full story.
Cool with showers are expected to dominate the day, with temperatures only reaching about 72 degrees this afternoon. It's only about 65 degrees right now, and will dip back to the high 62 degrees overnight tonight. Full story.
The second phase of the reconstruction of the intersection of Routes 64 and 47 in Lily Lake begins Monday with the opening of Route 64 to the east and the closing of Route 47 to the south. The official Illinois Department of Transportation-listed detour for southbound Route 47 traffic is to take Route 64 to La Fox Road, then south on La Fox to Route 38. Cars could also take Anderson Road south from Route 64 to Route 38. Full story.
Cubs stuck in a rut, again
In 12 games since July 31, the Cubs have been shut out four times and outscored 60-31, including Sunday's 3-0 loss to Johnny Cueto and the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field. It's little surprise that the Cubs are 1-11 over this stretch, and things are starting to take on an all-too-familiar look, even if a lot of the faces are different. The Cubs got off to a 15-32 start to the season, finishing that stretch with 12 losses in a row. Full story.
It was good while it lasted, Danks
Two days after hitting his first major-league home run -- a solo shot with two outs in the ninth inning Friday night to lift the White Sox to a 4-3 win over Oakland -- Danks was optioned back to Class AAA Charlotte. The Sox are going to call up a reliever from the minor leagues before tonight's game at Toronto, expanding the pitching staff to 13. "He's done everything you want," manager Robin Ventura said of Danks. "But we're running through guys in the bullpen pretty good." Full story.
Urlacher says he'll be 100 percent by Bears opening day
Brian Urlacher didn't have a lot of definitive answers about his injured left knee when he finally spoke to the media Sunday afternoon. Still, the eight-time Pro Bowl linebacker says he'll be 100 percent by opening day. "Sept. 9, I'll be ready to play for sure," Urlacher said of the season opener against the Colts. "That's really all that matters to me. Preseason games and all these practices, I'd love to be out there, but I'm not going to put myself in jeopardy of missing the first game." Full story.