Latest spin on Metra fiasco -- no Collins, Monday meeting canceled
It appears former assistant U.S. attorney Patrick Collins won't be sweeping in to clean up Metra's mess. Metra board of directors officials said Sunday the agency had abruptly canceled a meeting scheduled for this morning where they were expected to vote on hiring Collins, the prosecutor who sent former Gov. George Ryan to prison. Collins' star power would have given the beleaguered Metra board and its Chairman Brad O'Halloran some breathing room coping with fallout after a so-called golden parachute handed to ex-CEO Alex Clifford. The agency has been sharply criticized since the June 21 separation agreement was approved. Full story.
Wheaton police seek armed robber
Wheaton police are looking for a man who robbed a gas station at gunpoint Saturday night. At 10:33 p.m. Saturday an unidentified man entered the Mobil Gas Station at 1000 E. Roosevelt Road in Wheaton and pointed a black semiautomatic handgun at two employees, according to police. The man reportedly said "Give me all your money" and fled on foot after employees emptied the cash register. Full story.
Missing Elmhurst couple found safe
An elderly couple from Elmhurst who went missing Friday have been found safe downstate, police said yesterday. Vernon and Elaine Schweisthal, ages 89 and 85, were found about 11 a.m. in Bureau County, about 100 miles from their home, according to police. Full story.
Police: Downers Grove deaths stem from domestic incident
Police weren't releasing any new information yesterday about a Downers Grove couple found stabbed to death in their home Friday. The deaths of Thomas F. Smith, 41, and Jennifer M. Smith, 39, appeared to be related to a domestic incident, police said, but authorities did not disclose more details of the ongoing investigation. Full story.
Cubs can't recover from rough start
The Cubs are piling up the hits. Unfortunately for them, they're not getting them when it counts most. The Cubs outhit Colorado 10-5, but another dismal performance with runners in scoring position cost them in a 4-3 loss to the Rockies yesterday. Full story.
White Sox put it all together to stop Braves
It could've gotten ugly. But it didn't. And for White Sox fans who have witnessed all kinds of bad this season, it had to come as a pleasant surprise. With timely pitching and hitting, to go with some sterling defense, the Sox out-Atlantaed Atlanta yesterdat for a 3-1 victory that gave them the series win over the Braves. Full story.
Mickelson's win entertaining because he earned it
As tough as Muirfield Golf Links played the past few days, no PGA Tour tournament should ever be played on a course or under conditions that are much easier. The money the world's best golfers compete for every week is too good to be won less strenuously. More difficult is more entertaining, isn't it? Full story.