Prospect Hts. man's 72-year softball career over
At age 82, Ken Black of Prospect Heights has played organized baseball for an amazing 72 years. "He lives, drinks, sleeps baseball," Thom Black said of his dad, who is being benched by a new age limit in the Palatine Park District 50-and-over league. Full story.
Analysis finds spotty meeting attendance by some Carpentersville trustees
Two of Carpentersville's trustees have missed more than 20 percent of village board meetings since the last election. "If you're not able to make it to the meetings, what good of a voice are you?" asks Trustee Brad McFeggan. "If I thought that it was on purpose or that they were trying to duck their duties, I would be disappointed, but I don't think it's the case," village President Ed Ritter said. Full story.
Arlington Heights woman killed in McHenry Co. crash
A 68-year-old Arlington Heights woman was killed Saturday when the SUV she was driving collided with a pickup truck in northern McHenry County, authorities said. Sharon L. Ams was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred about 11:58 a.m. on Route 12, a half mile east of Mackwood Drive, in Richmond Township, McHenry County sheriff's police said. Full story.
Foster, Biggert spar over tax cut extension
Democrat Bill Foster, in an interview with the Daily Herald, said the across-the-board extension of the Bush tax cuts two years ago, which he voted for, was "a mistake." Then he went on Fox News Chicago and said his vote came at a time when the economy was in the tank. Judy Biggert and her fellow Republicans who support extending the cuts for everyone said Foster is out of touch with the economy. Full story.
Former Chicago fire commissioner now deputy chief in Carol Stream
Bob Hoff, who stepped down as Chicago's fire commissioner in February, is now deputy chief for the Carol Stream Fire Protection District. Hoff, 56, said he still has fire in the belly, even though he's taken a job in a much smaller community for less pay. "To come here and start -- it's a breath of fresh air for me." Full story.
New Grayslake police chief talks about the job
Phillip Perlini is the new top cop at the Grayslake Police Department. Perlini, 51, a longtime central Lake County resident and former Glenview deputy chief and possibly the only police chief in the state who's an emergency medical technician, answered questions about how he views the job. Full story.
Suburban GOP pleased with VP pick
Suburban Republicans Saturday praised Mitt Romney's decision to pick Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate, saying the budget-minded lawmaker was a good fit as voters focus on government spending. "He's as sharp as people think he is," said U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, a Wheaton Republican who works closely with Ryan as part of House leadership. Full story.
Beat-box duo wins Suburban Chicago's Got Talent
To the cheers of fans gathered on a breezy summer afternoon, the beat-boxing vocal duo ILLest Vocals won Suburban Chicago's Got Talent and secured an audition with NBC's next season of "America's Got Talent." "It's been an amazing journey from the first audition," Sanu John told the audience after the decision was announced. Full story.
Prospect Hts. teens charged with firing guns near hotels
Police arrested two 15-year-old Prospect Heights boys suspected of firing shots Friday afternoon in a parking lot area near hotels on the 500 block of Milwaukee Avenue. Whoever was shot at fled the scene before officers arrived. The suspects told officers the shooting was in retaliation for a similar shooting a day earlier, police said. Full story.
World & Nation
Evangelist Billy Graham hospitalized. Full story.
'Batman' gets bumped from No. 1 spot. Full story.
Axelrod: Ryan plan would lead to end of MEdicare. Full story.
Romney signals support for more Medicare choices. Full story.
Jennifer Aniston is getting married. Full story.
Key considerations in reverse mortgage. Full story.
America a patchwork of potato chip varieties. Full story.
Social Security surplus dwarfed by future deficit. Full story.
Olympics close out with pop party. Full story.
U.S. men beat Spain for hoops gold. Full story.
See images from the closing ceremony here.
Sox' Pierzynski brings it every day. Full story.
Cubs' offense stuck in reverse. Full story.
Bear's Urlacher says he'll be good to go. Full story.
Phelps plunges into Golf Channel gig. Full story.
McIlroy wins PGA Championship. Full story.