Some hate Quinn, others love him for vetoing gambling expansion
Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed a major gambling proposal Tuesday to a mixed response of praise and criticism. Sen. Terry Link, a Waukegan Democrat who has pushed for a Lake County casino, slammed Quinn for not negotiating with lawmakers to find a compromise. Other politicians such as Des Plaines Mayor Marty Moylan lauded the move as he worried that slot machines at Arlington Park would take from the Rivers Casino's profits. Full story.
Ann Romney the star of Republican Convention
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney swept to the Republican presidential nomination last night, praised lovingly by his wife, Ann, from their national convention stage as the "man American needs" and cheered by delegates eager to propel him into the fall campaign against President Barack Obama. The hall erupted in cheers when Mitt Romney strolled onstage and shared a hug and kiss with his wife of more than 40 years. Full story with videos.
Cardinal Francis George to undergo chemotherapy
Cardinal Francis George will undergo four months of chemotherapy starting next week after tests confirmed cancerous cells in his kidney and liver, the Archdiocese of Chicago announced yesterday. The 75-year-old had a cancerous liver nodule removed Aug. 15 and it doesn't appear that there is any cancer in his liver. George, who battled bladder cancer six years ago, is scheduled to begin treatment Sept. 5. Full story.
Schaumburg mayor to pay own way to Europe for orchestra trip
While Schaumburg taxpayers will be on the hook for $22,805 to cover expenses for five Schaumburg staff members to join the Schaumburg Youth Symphony Orchestra on a trip to Europe, Mayor Al Larson said he will now cover the $4,651 the village had agreed to pay so he could join the orchestra next June. "I've got some time to save my pennies," the mayor said. Full story.
Officials reach tentative deal on Dimucci shopping center proposal
Lake County officials tentatively have struck a deal with the mayors of North Barrington and Hawthorn Woods about future development on the Dimucci family's property near the two villages. The agreement will allow county officials to rezone the land so a shopping center can be built at Route 12 and Old McHenry Road. Full story.
Lombard mosque builders get 8-month extension
The builders of a future mosque and Muslim community center near Lombard say they'll need at least another year to finish the project, and last night, the DuPage County Board voted 13-3 to grant them eight more months. No work has begun on the 4-acre site at Roosevelt Road and Lawler Avenue because of financing and weather constraints, according to the president of the Muslim Community Association of the Western Suburbs. Full story.
Woman pinned under vehicle in Elgin expected to survive
A 68-year-old woman was trapped in her overturned vehicle for about 30 minutes after she was struck by another vehicle early Tuesday evening in Elgin, according to authorities. The driver of the second vehicle, a 57-year-old Elgin woman, was cited for failing to yield after striking the vehicle at Larkin and Melrose Avenues last night. Police said the victim suffered serious injuries but was expected to survive. Full story.
Isaac nears New Orleans, floods rural La. levee
Hurricane Isaac pushed water over a rural levee to flood some homes, knocked out power and immersed beach-front roads in Louisiana and Mississippi early Wednesday as it began a drenching slog inland from the Gulf of Mexico with a newly fortified New Orleans in its path. Wind gusts of more than 60 miles per hour and sheets of rain pelted New Orleans, where people braced themselves for the storm behind levees that were strengthened after the much stronger Hurricane Katrina hit seven years ago to the day. Full story.
Mostly sunny and pleasant today with a high temperature of 84 degrees. AccuWeather says it's 66 degrees right now, and temperatures will dip to 66 degrees overnight tonight. Full story.
Construction continues on Route 173 between Deep Lake Road and Route 83 in Antioch. There will be periodic closings of the roadways and reduced lanes, officials warn. People should use caution. Full story.
John Dietz's fantasy football advice -- running backs
Let's talk fantasy football running backs. The best draft-day strategy circa 2012 should be to do the best you can with your top running back, then pile up them up in the middle rounds like the way my wife adds to her shoe collection, John Dietz writes in his column.
It was all Travis Wood, but that wasn't enough for Cubs
Travis Wood did it all for the Cubs last night, and that was the problem. Wood worked 7 innings of 5-hit, 3-run ball and chipped in with the bat as he hit a home run leading off the bottom of the third. But that was it for the Cubs, who fell 4-1 to the Milwaukee Brewers before a season-low crowd of 30,017 at Wrigley Field. Bruce Miles reports.
White Sox lose 6-0
The Baltimore Orioles defeated Chris Sale and the White Sox by a final of 6-0 Tuesday to pick up their fourth straight win. Sale gave up four runs and six hits in four innings Tuesday. Full story.