George Ryan leaving prison Jan. 30
After spending five years in prison on corruption charges, former Gov. George Ryan is scheduled to be released to a Chicago halfway house on Jan. 30. A longtime former aide for the Kankakee Republican tells the Daily Herald that the halfway house is located in Chicago's Greektown neighborhood, and is the same Salvation Army Freedom Center that housed former Chicago Alderman Edward Vrdolyak in 2011, and former Ryan Chief of Staff, Scott Fawell, in 2008. Full story.
Grayslake Dist. 46 contract talks continue
Contract negotiations continued late Sunday night in an effort to end the teacher strike in Grayslake Elementary District 46, officials said. Board members and the Lake County Federation of Teachers union met with a federal mediator for at least four hours on Sunday night without announcing a resolution. As board of education members arrived for negotiations parents and community members rallied with signs in support of the teachers. Full story.
Former Round Lake cop's conviction doesn't stop pension
Round Lake Beach taxpayers continue to provide a pension for retired police officer Leroy Kuffel, who was convicted of molesting a 16-year-old girl and is on a law-enforcement agency's sex-offender registry. Mayor Richard Hill said the village has determined it can't halt Kuffel's pension. "We don't want to exhaust any more (village) funds," he said of fighting the pension. Full story.
Wimpy winter teaches cold facts of business to teens
The Blizzard of 2011 financed everything from an iPad and expensive new baseball equipment to shovels and a snowblower for two pals who launched their Shovel Boys business that year. Now grizzled teens, the Shovel Boys are trying to survive a nearly snowless winter. "What can we do?" Nick Pardo says. "I mean we can't make it snow." Full story.
Flag can fly over Glendale Heights VFW
The owner of the shopping center that's home to Glendale Heights VFW Post 2377 will not order the post to take down its American flag, said a company official who labeled the controversy that erupted over the flag last week a misunderstanding. Full story.
West Chicago teen beginning road back from coma
Step inside the Novak family home in West Chicago: First, there's the Christmas tree. Then there's the hospital bed and the maze of buzzing electrical equipment. Alex Novak, 15, is sitting in his wheelchair, wearing his St. Francis High School football jersey and taking his nutrition through a tube. Five months ago, he was riding his bike when he was struck by a van. He would spend the next six weeks in a coma. Full story.
Barrington Hills mayor ratchets up tiff with East Dundee over auto site
Barrington Hills Village President Robert Abboud was so concerned about an auto auction business moving into neighboring East Dundee, he took matters into his own hands. Last week, he drove to the business' Wheeling locations, where he took photographs and videos of what he called serious pollution issues. But Wheeling calls the problems "relatively small." Full story.
Naperville razes 'eyesore' for future park
A Naperville "eyesore" is no more. The long dormant building at 420-440 S. Washington St. was demolished beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday. On land now owned by North Central College, the building was razed to make way for open space. "We're anticipating it will eventually become a park," said Paul Loscheider, North Central's vice president for business affairs. Full story.
Bartlett retirement community out of bankruptcy
The Clare Oaks retirement community in Bartlett recently came out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy. But as part of the deal, the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis, who owned the woodlands where the five-year-old community was developed, agreed to sell the land to Clare Oaks. About 40 sisters live in the community and a handful are on the board of directors. Full story.
Hampshire principal moving back to Dist. 300 administration
Community Unit District 300 has tapped Hampshire High School Principal Chuck Bumbales to see it through a series of upcoming projects. Bumbales in July will return to the position of assistant superintendent of operations, which he held from 2004 to 2008. He will research boundary changes, create a maintenance plan for the district and rewrite a capital improvements plan. Full story.
Bartlett woman charged after 2-week-old injured
A 19-year-old woman is facing a felony charge stemming from injuries suffered by a 2-week-old infant during a disturbance at a group home for youths. The Cook County State's Attorney's Office and Bartlett police charged Asia Levels, 19, of the 900 block of Bartlett Road, with aggravated battery and misdemeanor battery. Full story.
World & Nation
Death toll climbs past 80 in Algeria. Full story.
Sex is major reason military commanders are fired. Full story.
Roe v. Wade: After 40 years, deep divide is legacy. Full story.
Flu season fuels debate over sick time laws. Full story.
NTSB: Plane battery that burned not overcharged. Full story.
Banker pay finally falling. Full story.
Obama sworn in to second term. Full story.
Illinois Democrats look at loan to pay backlog of bills. Full story.
Couric scores Manti Te'o interview on girlfriend hoax. Full story.
Barbara Walters injured after fall. Full story.
Schwarzenegger's "Last Stand" flops at box office. Full story.
Armstrong and Te'o, liars and lies. Full story.
Hossa sparks Hawks in win. Full story.
Rickets' Wrigley makeover sorely needed. Full story.
Cardinals Hall of Famer Stan Musial dies. Full story.
Bulls' Butler making most of opportunity. Full story.
Source: Sox agree to deal with Lindstrom. Full story.