Elmhurst woman crowned Miss Illinois
Brittany Smith of Elmhurst now has "people." She'll need them to manage more than 300 planned appearances between now and next June. Smith was crowned Miss Illinois Saturday night, accepting the bejeweled headpiece and all the responsibilities that go along with it. Isabelle "Izzy" Hanson, a student at Benet Academy in Lisle, won Miss Illinois Outstanding Teen. Full story.
Elgin mom advocates for parents to skip immunizations
Hollie Redinger of Elgin isn't sold on the benefits of vaccines. And she's not alone. While 98 percent of kids in school in Illinois have had their required shots, that still leaves more than 68,000 who didn't for reasons that aren't always clear, but that can include the parents fear of side effects, doubts about their effectiveness, and their religious beliefs. Full story.
Some think religious vaccination exemption is too broad
In Illinois, a parent can file a religious objection to required immunizations. That has opened a gateway to forego the shots that more and more parents, such as Elgin's Ashley Focht, are choosing to walk through. She has skipped immunizing her son Gavin, despite not having any actual religious beliefs against vaccines. "We should just be able to say we don't want to get these shots because we just don't want to," she said. "Kids get sick. And guess what? The vaccinated kids get sick, too." Full story.
Roselle man's garage clutter holds a lifetime of memories
The vestiges of Bob DeBellis' past are mostly loaded into trucks to be carted away. The emotional baggage isn't as easy to discard. "I'm happy. I really am," insists the 59-year-old Roselle man as he surveys a nearly empty garage. But all that junk also holds memories of good times and laughter with his wife and three kids, memorials to his talents and monuments to his years at the top of his game. Full story.
Man charged in Oakbrook Center robbery attempt
Levert Jones, 25, of Detroit, who was shot after he tried to rob a jewelry store at Oakbrook Center, was charged with felony attempted armed robbery Saturday, authorities said. "The allegations against Mr. Jones and his accomplices are outrageous," DuPage County State's Attorney Robert B. Berlin said in a news release. Full story.
Hoffman Estates lauds Cook County's oldest farmer
Harold Bergman of Hoffman Estates will take a rare day off from his chores today, but for good reason. Village leaders have declared the day to be Harold Bergman Day. "It's pretty neat," Bergman concedes. Bergman turned 97 years old on June 1 and at their last board meeting, village leaders issued a proclamation, dedicating today in his honor. "His family has played an important part in the development of Palatine Township and in Hoffman Estates," says Hoffman Estates Mayor Bill McLeod. "We felt it was appropriate."
Lake Zurich families band together on cleanup flood
Many flood-prone areas in the Northwest suburbs suffer over and over again, but the damage done last Wednesday to Rosemary and Ed Sebastian's Lake Zurich cul-de-sac was as unexpected as it was terrible. Full story.
Electronic tracker led to Des Plaines armed robbers
Three Chicago men who robbed a Des Plaines Radio Shack at gunpoint on Thursday were arrested after police found them via a tracking device on one of the electronics they had stolen, officials said. According police, at 12:40 p.m. on Thursday two of the men entered the Radio Shack at 1587 S. Lee St. in Des Plaines and displayed pistols to the two employees present. The men loaded bags of cellphones and other electronics, as well as money from the cash register, after placing the two employees in the bathroom area. Full story.
Palatine residents want cell tower moved
More than a dozen neighbors gathered in Palatine Sunday to discuss their issues with a cell tower which they say is too close to residential homes. The cell tower, located on Crescent Avenue in a neighborhood near Palatine and Quentin roads, was built in 1988, before the homes were built and before the land was annexed into Palatine. "All we're asking is that they look into other options," said resident Vicki Wilson. Full story.
Inverness police reviewing video in shooting case
Inverness police on Sunday said they're reviewing hours of security video as they investigate a shooting. A 63-year-old man was shot inside a house on the 100 block of Crighton Lane on Friday night. The victim was shot by one of two men waiting in the home, police said. The victim's girlfriend lives in the home, police said. Full story.
Goo Goo Dolls, Matchbox Twenty to play 3 shows at Ravinia
Originally dismissed as a copy of The Replacements, the Goo Goo Dolls have come a long way since their start in 1985. And the Goo Goo Dolls keep moving forward. The pop-rock band's 10th album, the recently released "Magnetic," adds a modern touch while maintaining the integrity of the band. Fans will get a taste of old and new when the Goo Goo Dolls join Matchbox Twenty for three shows this week at Ravinia. Full story,
World & Nation
Firefighters unaccounted for in Arizona wildfire. Full story.
Southwest braces for more sizzling temperatures. Full story.
House takes up own immigration fix, no citizenship. Full story.
Ecuadorean president says Snowden can't leave Moscow. Full story.
Egypt erupts in protests demanding Morsi ouster. Full story.
Post-recession, higher education paths diverge. Full story.
Bank of America exec: Small business on comeback. Full story.
Southwest braces for more sizzling temperatures. Full story.
Chicago Pride Parade draws gay marriage supporters. Full story.
Jessica Simpson welcomes baby No. 2. Full story.
'The Heat,' 'Monsters University' land on top box office. Full story.
Hartman hopes to hit it big with Blackhawks. Full story.
Bickell back with Hawks; Bolland, Frolik out. Full story.
Bulls decision to cut loose assistant coach surprising. Full story.
Expect Bulls to be bargain shoppers in free agency. Full story.
Losses, rumors continue to mount for White Sox. Full story.
Konerko knows any White Sox trade is possible. Full story.
Cubs' Sweeney headed to DL with broken rib. Full story.