U.S. ambassador killed in Libya
The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three American members of his staff were killed in the attack on the U.S. consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi by protesters angry over a film that ridiculed Islam's Prophet Muhammad, Libyan officials said Wednesday. They said Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed Tuesday night when he and a group of embassy employees went to the consulate to try to evacuate staff. Full story.
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Townships assessors get bonus for doing job right
Nearly 900 township assessors and county assessment officials in Illinois are eligible for a $3,000 yearly bonus -- just for doing their jobs right. The "performance stipend" costs taxpayers upward of $650,000 a year in a state that's so broke it's at least $5.8 billion behind in paying its bills. "I think that's something that's going to be phased out," said state Rep. Ed Sullivan, a Mundelein Republican who is also assessor in Lake County's Fremont Township. Full story.
Deisgn flaw makes hazmat rail cars dangerous
For two decades, one of the nation's most common types of rail tanker, known as a DOT-111, has been allowed to haul hazardous liquids from coast to coast even though transportation officials were aware of a dangerous design flaw that almost guarantees the car will tear open in an accident. "There's a law of averages that gives me great concern," said Jim Arie, fire chief in Barrington, a suburb where ethanol tankers snake through a bustling downtown. "Sometimes I don't sleep well at night." Full story.
Driver who killed motorcyclist gets 17 years
A 48-year-old Round Lake Beach man was sentenced to 18 years in prison yesterday after pleading guilty to being drunk when he pulled his SUV into traffic on July 24, 2011, killing a Lake Geneva man. Vicente Torres-Vasquez had a blood-alcohol level of .28 when he struck 55-year-old Gregory Homola's motorcycle while driving in Wauconda. Full story.
State rejects plans for new Crystal Lake hospital
Wisconsin-based Mercy Health System's $115 million plan to build a hospital in Crystal Lake was rejected by a state panel Tuesday morning. The 6-3 vote was the second time the state board rejected Mercy's plan to build a hospital, but a Mercy official said the agency has no plans to giving up. Full story.
Cops: Distracted driving caused Elgin crash
Police say a 27-year-old woman was distracted when she lost control of her vehicle on Route 31 in Elgin during rush hour yesterday, causing the vehicle to crash into an oncoming SUV. The driver, who is from Niles, and the two occupants of the oncoming vehicle all suffered severe injuries in the crash but are expected to survive, according to police. The 21-year-old Marengo man driving the pickup and 27-year-old Elgin man in the passenger's seat are being treated at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital along with the Niles woman. Full story.
Another nice day is on tap with a high temperature of 87 degrees this afternoon. It will be in the mid 60s as you step out the door this morning, and will dip back to about 63 degrees overnight tonight. Full story.
Bridge work continues on McLean Blvd-Sleepy Hollow Road in Elgin. The roadway is closed through the week, and people are told to use northbound McLean Blvd. to eastbound Big Timber Road. Full story.
Sox lead down to 2 games
Chicago's lead in the AL Central is down to two games after last night's loss to the Detroit Tigers. The Sox and Tigers have split the first two games of the four-game series, which is the last time the two teams meet in the regular season. The Tigers have beaten the White Sox in eight of their past nine meetings. Full story.
Cubs bats silenced in 1-0 loss to Astros
Houston starter Jordan Lyles (4-11) scattered two hits and struck out five in five innings and five relievers completed a 1-0 shutout of the Cubs last night. Cubs slugger Anthony Rizzo was injured in the third inning in a collision with Brett Wallace. Rizzo hit a grounder in the third inning, and the throw to first was high, causing Wallace to jump to try and catch it. Rizzo collided with Wallace while he was in the air and tumbled violently to the ground. Full story.
Bears receivers are willing to get physical
One of the many problems the Bears have encountered in losing six of their last seven games to the Packers is having their receivers manhandled at the line of scrimmage by the physical Green Bay defensive backs. That should be less of a problem going forward with the presence of 6-foot-4, 230-pound Brandon Marshall and 6-3, 216-pound Alshon Jeffery. Full story.