Firearms, ammunition sell big at Kane County gun show
Cramped aisles and steady transactions marked the Kane County Sportsman's Show yesterday with sales of ammunition and semiautomatic firearms topping the list. Don Moran, president of the Illinois State Rifle Association, noted how little ammunition was left even at 11 a.m. -- a few hours before the event wrapped up in St. Charles. When Moran left, he stopped by the Gander Mountain store in Geneva and found the same empty shelves. Full story.
'American Idol'-mocking website to shut down
For the past nine years, West suburban resident Dave Della Terza has mocked "American Idol" contestants on his popular but maligned website, VoteForTheWorst.com. On Sunday night, Della Terza announced plans to shut down "VFTW" in June, at the end of this season of "American Idol." The season of the still top-rated show begins Wednesday night on FOX. In a post on his website, Della Terza said his decision was "bittersweet." Full story.
Icy conditions lead to 11-car pileup in Schaumburg
Two people are recovering from non-life-threatening injuries after an 11-car pileup on the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway in the Schaumburg area late Saturday night, according to Illinois State Police. Police said there were six separate crashes, two personal injury crashes and four with property damage only. Officials said the icy weather was to blame for the accidents. Full story.
World's best bull riders compete in Rosemont
The struggle lasts only a few seconds, but to the cowboys riding the bulls, it must seem like an eternity. A cheering crowd watched 35 of the world's best bull riders compete Sunday during the Professional Bull Riders Chicago Invitational at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. The riders took turns riding 2,000-pound bucking bulls for eight seconds while holding a rope that's wrapped around the bull's waist. Full story.
Local dogs a comfort to Sandy Hook students
George Schiestel of Arlington Heights has been a trained dog handler for nearly two years, but nothing touched him like his visit earlier this month to Newtown, Conn. "It was an extremely emotional trip -- but very worthwhile," says Schiestel, who runs Detail Kitchens in Arlington Heights by day. Schiestel was one of six handlers and seven golden retrievers to travel to the scene of last month's deadly shooting for the reopening of school after the holidays. Full story.
Extremely cold to start the day, with temperatures hovering around 12 degrees as you head out. Temperatures will climb to 26 degrees before dipping back to 12 degrees overnight tonight. Full weather.
Icy conditions are being reported throughout the system, specifically on Route 47 and Route 38 in Elburn. People should use caution. More traffic.
Bears' GM should be right, not rushed
Barry Rozner: After Phil Emery fired Lovie Smith, he was a hero to a large portion of Bears Nation. But in the two weeks since, the Bears GM has become the village idiot in many precincts. It seems that because Emery is taking his time with the search for a new coach, he has already failed. Has he lost out yet on the one candidate you felt he had to have? The truth is it doesn't matter how long it takes to get a new head coach. He doesn't need to rush. He needs to get it right. Full story.
'Argo,' Affleck anointed by Golden Globes
The Iran hostage thriller "Argo" was a surprise best-drama winner at Sunday's Golden Globes, beating out the Civil War epic "Lincoln," which had emerged as an awards-season favorite. "Argo" also claimed the directing prize for Ben Affleck. TV winners included Lena Dunham with the comedy series Globe for "Girls," Julianne Moore with a best-actress Globe for her role as Sarah Palin in "Game Change," "Homeland" for best TV drama series, and its stars Claire Danes and Damian Lewis for top dramatic acting awards. Full story.
Stars from film and television were heating up the red carpet under sunny skies but crisp temperatures Sunday for the Golden Globes ceremony. View a slideshow of the top fashions.