New Naperville gym for overweight exercisers only
Diane Reiter of Aurora would notice two types of people every time she started a membership at a gym -- the people with a few pounds to lose and the athletes. She's neither. With a significant amount of weight to lose, Reiter is among clients at Downsize Fitness in Naperville. It's a chain that bills itself as "the world's first overweight-only gym." "There's definitely a need for this because obesity is a problem," Reiter said. "It's amazing that there aren't more facilities like this." Full story.
Quinn to require schools to insure athletes for sports accidents
Gov. Pat Quinn Sunday will sign legislation requiring Illinois high schools to carry insurance covering catastrophic sports accidents, making law a cause Rob Komosa fought for from his 1999 paralyzing football injury until his death earlier this year. Komosa was hurt after being tackled into a post on a Rolling Meadows High School practice field, and the immense financial burden on his family from the cost of his complicated medical care dogged him for the rest of his life. Full story.
Work to untangle Rollins Road/Route 83 intersection set to begin
The anticipation has been like waiting to get an aching tooth pulled. But construction on a long-sought solution to traffic tie ups at Rollins Road and Route 83 in Round Lake Beach is about to begin with an emphasis on keeping the public informed. "This is the largest and most complicated projects we've ever undertaken. It warrants that outreach," said Al Giertych, assistant county engineer. Full story. Ex-Arlington Hts. mayor in running for Metra chair?
Could Mulder be next Metra leader?
Is Arlene Mulder next for the Metra chairman's job? The former Arlington Heights mayor is on one official's shortlist for the position. Asked if she would take the position, Mulder said, "I'd consider it." But Vice Chairman Jack Partelow of Naperville "is doing a good job, and we can't do anything until we have eight people. So many things are fluid here," she said. Full story.
FBI: No community immune to child prostitution
A push to save children who are forced into prostitution led FBI agents to partner with their suburban law enforcement counterparts last month to look for potential victims on neighborhood streets, in area hotels and even on websites, authorities said. By the time the three-day operation came to an end on July 27, FBI officials say, two underage girls were saved in the Chicago area and one person was arrested on pimping charges. Authorities also arrested 150 pimps during the operation in 76 cities across the country. Full story.
'Fearless' Elgin woman dies in sky-diving accident
A professional sky diver from Elgin who also made her mark as a drag racer has died in a sky diving accident. LaSalle County authorities are investigating the death of 32-year-old Stephanie Eggum last Thursday. "She was very serious about her work, and also serious about her play," her boss said. "We kind of enjoyed living through her. She did a lot of living in her short time." Full story.
Naperville boy's death officially ruled drowning
An autopsy Sunday confirmed that the death of a 6-year-old boy found face down in a pond near his home Saturday was caused by drowning. DuPage County Coroner officials confirmed that Amer Kahn's death was consistent with drowning. Kahn was found floating in a pond by the Glenmuir Luxury Rental Homes complex near 95th Street and Cedar Glade Drive at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. He was transported to Edward Hospital and was pronounced dead at 12:28 p.m. Full story.
NTSB: Pilot error caused crash that killed Antioch man, daughter
Pilot error caused a southeastern Wisconsin plane crash last November that killed a father and daughter from Antioch. The National Transportation Safety Board report recently released points to pilot Todd Parfitt's lack of recent flight experience to explain the uncontrolled spin that led the single-engine plane to crash west of Burlington Municipal airport Nov. 18. The 50-year-old Parfitt and his 14-year-old daughter Nicole Parfitt, both from Antioch, died. Full story.
Buffalo Grove debates where to make budget cuts
Always on the lookout for ways to deliver services while also cutting costs, Buffalo Grove last week unveiled a proposal to carve services even more finely. At the committee of the whole meeting, Deputy Village Manager Jennifer Maltas presented possible staffing reductions, department consolidations and revenue increases that would result in savings of approximately $1.5 million. The goal, Village Manager Dane Bragg said, is to chip away at a projected deficit of $1.6 million in 2014. Full story.
Tall ships sailing into Chicago
Whether you're a nautical nut or just like to admire beautiful boats, Tall Ships Chicago will once again be docking at Navy Pier. During the five-day event, Wednesday through Sunday, Aug. 7-11, which occurs once every three years, visitors can explore the festival grounds, view 14 Tall Ships -- including the Unicorn, owned by a Naperville native and the world's only tall ship with an all-female crew -- board a vessel for a dockside tour, get a taste of life at sea with a sail-away cruise and watch more than 100 match races. Full story.
World & Nation
Video shows driver accelerated through boardwalk crowd. Full story.
U.S. extends closures of 19 embassies. Full story.
Why Weiner won't quit NYC race. Full story.
Jury to hear closing arguments today in Bulger trial. Full story.
States consider regulation of drones. Full story.
Meet the new star of 'Doctor Who.' Full story.
Powerball jackpot hits $400 million. Full story.
'2 Guns' shoots to No. 1 at box office. Full story.
Actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson leaves wrestling career open. Full story.
A-Rod brings baseball's circus to Chicago. Full story.
Sox lose their 10th straight. Full story.
Cubs' offense keeps coming up empty. Full story.
There are still good reasons to watch the White Sox. Full story.
Tour of Elk Grove 'gets better and better.' Full story.
Missy Franklin wins record 6th gold. Full story.
Wood coasts to 8th win at Bridgestone. Full story.