Sentence voided in 2005 Aurora murder
A state appellate court on Friday voided a 35-year prison sentence for a man who pleaded guilty to killing a woman in Aurora in 2005. Gareng Deng, now 21, was 17 when he accepted a plea agreement with Kane County prosecutors for the Oct. 31, 2005, murder of 47-year-old Marilyn Bethell of Aurora. He sought to withdraw his guilty plea in 2011, arguing that he had inadequate legal representation and didn't know he'd have to serve 100 percent of the sentence. Full story.
The journey to fatherhood difficult, but rewarding
Fatherhood literally falls out of the sky for the dad in the new Superman movie. Richard Say of Schaumburg had to endure years of sacrifice and strife and travel to the ends of the world just so he could celebrate Father's Day as a dad. And Say says that turned out super. Full story.
New challenges await for blinded Army vet
Despite being blinded by roadside bomb in Iraq, U.S. Army veteran Steve Baskis, a former Glen Ellyn resident, has gone on to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, ski in Yellowstone and compete in Ironman triathlons. On Saturday, Baskis was ready to take on a new challenge, with the help of a new tandem bicycle. Full story.
Navigators chart their own course
Bothered by the Boy Scouts of America's long-standing policies excluding gay youths and atheists, Elizabeth Vesto of Kildeer wanted her sons involved in an organization she believed in. So, with the support of a Unitarian church in Palatine, she helped begin the first and only local chapter of Navigators USA, which bills itself as committed to providing a quality -- and "intentionally inclusive" -- scouting experience. Full story.
Expectations low for latest pension talks
When lawmakers return to the Illinois Capitol this week to take another crack at the controversial task of curbing the state's escalating pension costs, things will be in place as if they'd never left. The state's pension costs continue to rise, and compromise is blocked by deep ideological divides or political motives, depending on who you ask. Full story.
Aurora's RiverEdge earns rave reviews
"Beautiful" was a common word Friday night as Aurora's RiverEdge Park hosted its grand opening for Blues on the Fox. The park, the stage, the Fox River, even the weather were praised as Aurora's new $13.2 million music venue shone with lights, bustled with people and jammed with blues after seven years in the works. Full story.
Cary police search Fox River for woman missing since '99
Cary police searched Saturday for a Chicago woman who went missing in the area 14 years ago, authorities said. Wendy M. Kimura, then 28, was last seen walking near Route 14 on May 21, 1999, after she had taken a train to Fox River Grove to spend the night with a friend who lived on the 200 block of Northwest Highway. Full story.
Health officials close Lombard restaurant over E coli
DuPage County health officials said Saturday they are looking into at least four confirmed cases of E. coli infections likely stemming from one restaurant they have identified. Jason Gerwig, external affairs manager for the DuPage County Health Department, said medical experts are conducting a thorough investigation to determine the cause of the infections and whether the patients all ate at the same restaurant. Full story.
Most wanted fugitive, suspected bank robber captured
A Crystal Lake man wanted in connection with a Chicago bank robbery and listed as one of McHenry County Sheriff Office's top 10 fugitives was arrested this week in McHenry. John L. Gilbert, 35, of 1300 block of Dola Rosa Vista, was wanted in the county on two counts of felony theft and one count of misdemeanor theft. Full story.
Fire leaves Libertyville, Palatine homes uninhabitable
A kitchen fire left a Libertyville home uninhabitable Saturday evening, while a blaze Friday evening in Palatine left its residents temporarily homeless. No one was injured in either fire, but firefighters did save a dog from the Libertyville home. Full story here and here.
American sets three records at weightlifting competition in Itasca
The morning competition at the 2013 PanAm Masters Weightlifting Championships belonged to American Robert Arroyo, who set three records. Arroyo broke the record for the clean and jerk for the second and final time. The total weight of the snatch and clean and jerk lifts combined was also a Pan Am Masters Weightlifting record, giving him three records in one day. Full story.
World & Nation
NSA leaker's life surrended by spycraft. Full story.
5 ways to stop the NSA from spying on you. Full story.
Housing recovers as underwater borrowers shrink. Full story.
Bite marks derided as unreliable in court. Full story.
Bank overdraft fees can harm consumers. Full story.
Cimate talk shifts to adapting. Full story.
Fracking fules water fights in nation's dry spot. Full story.
Kim Kardashian, Kanye West welcome daughter. Full story.
'Days,' 'Y&R' win big at Daytime Emmys. Full story.
Miss Connecticut wins Miss USA. Full story.
'Man of Steel' debuts big with $125 million haul. Full story.
Blackhawks, Bruins may be at this a while. Full story.
Hawks' power play leaving a lot to be desired. Full story.
Bruins a challenge in every way for Hawks. Full story.
Cubs' Marmol blows another save. Full story.
Sox fall to 10 games under .500. Full story.
Battle between Cubs and rooftops heats up. Full story.
US Open glory for Rose, disappointment for Mickelson. Full story.