The tragic set of circumstances that led to the death of Geneva High School grad Raymond Allen Kaligian III has left his family and friends reeling. The 28-year-old died Feb. 17 when the fumes from his new car — turned on accidentally via remote starter — filled his bedroom through a vacuum tube that started in the garage of his home in Houston, according to a family friend. Full story.
With Jewel in limbo pending a sale to an investor group, other major grocers are taking a lead in the Chicago suburbs, including Mariano's, Meijers, and others. The latest entry is Uncle Joe's Tuscan Market, set to open in Rolling Meadows. For now, consumers are the winners, with plenty of options for comparison shopping and specialty foods and services. Full story.
Had Toni Maraviglia bothered to show up at Berkeley to get that MBA, she might not have time to talk these days, what with all her high-powered business meetings with movers and shakers. But that's not why the 29-year-old Bartlett native is hard to reach. “Sorry, I was out in the bush,” Maraviglia says by telephone over the din of colorful birds outside a hotel in Nairobi. She apologizes for not having access to email the last several days spent in rural villages of Kenya where she works on the innovative education initiative she's launched. Full story.
A Lombard trustee's efforts to finish an incomplete painting on display at village hall is drawing criticism from an area artist, but some say the critique may be more political than artistic. Trustee Laura Fitzpatrick began working last month to complete a painting of historic buildings in Lombard by the late muralist Vern Milem. Brian Diskin of Wheaton, a freelance cartoonist who teaches at the College of DuPage, suggests Fitzpatrick shouldn't be altering another artist's piece. Full story.
Air traffic control towers could be shut down at three suburban airports if no deal is reached in Washington to avert federal spending cuts scheduled to take effect next month. DuPage County Airport in West Chicago, Aurora Municipal Airport in Sugar Grove and Waukegan Regional Airport are among nine airports in Illinois that could be affected. Full story.
Forty years after three firefighters were killed fighting a blaze at a Palatine Ben Franklin store, about 200 people — including firefighters from around the area — gathered for a ceremony in their honor at the Firefighters Memorial in downtown Palatine. Full story.
Redflex scandal could affect suburban red-light cameras
Red-light camera vendor Redflex's fall from grace in Chicago hasn't escaped the notice of local mayors and police chiefs whose municipalities have contracts with the troubled firm. But it's unclear if the scandal involving inappropriate perks will affect the company's future in the suburbs. Full story.
A trio of Hoffman Estates police officers and one of the town's top firefighters helped rescue a man who'd fallen into a partially frozen pond early Saturday, authorities said. The man was walking across the pond shortly before 1 a.m. when the ice broke and he plunged into the water, about 20 feet from the shoreline, according to a news release. In Antioch, rescuers saved a man who fell into the icy waters of Lake Marie while attempting to cross the lake on an all-terrain vehicle. Full story.
The law firm that represented four Island Lake trustees during a nasty political battle in 2011 has donated $6,000 to the candidates running against Mayor Debbie Herrmann and her allies, state records show. Zukowski, Rogers, Flood and McArdle gave the group running as the “For the People” slate $6,000 on Feb. 6, campaign disclosure reports revealed. Full story.
Justice Mary Ann McMorrow, the first woman to serve on the Illinois Supreme Court, died Saturday. The Chicago native served 14 years on the state's highest court, including as its chief justice from 2002 to 2005. She was 83. Full story.
A Carol Stream woman died and three other people were injured early Sunday morning when her car was struck by another vehicle while pulled over along the Eisenhower Expressway in Chicago, Illinois State Police said. Arquilla S. Jones, 29, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred about 5:45 a.m. on the eastbound side of the Eisenhower near Kostner Avenue. Full story.
Daily Herald columnist Burt Constable received the Spirit of Maryville Award Saturday during Maryville Academy's seventh annual Guardian Medallion Award Gala held at the Marriott in downtown Chicago. That spirit is about “respecting and nurturing the dignity of each young person who comes to Maryville,” Maryville Academy Executive Director Sister Catherine Ryan said. Full story.
Firefox phones coming this summer. Full story.
Woman, 104, forced to lie about age on Facebook. Full story.
Where's your tax refund? IRS website overrun. Full story.
Both parties condem pending budget cuts, spread blame. Full story.
Pistorius' brother faces charged in traffic death. Full story.
Afghanistan: U.S. special forces must leave province. Full story.
Affleck's 'Argo' wins best picture at Oscars. Full story.
Gire: Voters rallied around Affleck. Full story.
Suburban nominees winless at Oscars. Full story.
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Hawks win in shutout. Full story.
Bulls lose an ugly one to Thunder. Full story.
Castro, Cubs hungry for more. Full story.
Ramirez a slow starter, strong finisher. Full story.Copyright © 2014 Paddock Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.