Downers Grove man charged in mother's murder
A Downers Grove man is charged with the shooting death of his 61-year-old mother. DuPage County State's Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Burr Ridge Chief of Police John Madden announced yesterday that first-degree murder charges have been filed against Michael Zaky Bassaly, 27. Full story
Fight with suspects sends deputies, detective to hospital
Two Lake County deputies and a detective were hospitalized and four people are in custody after a fight yesterday afternoon in an unincorporated area near Grayslake. The incident took place about 1:45 p.m. on the 17300 block of West Dartmoor Drive. Full story
Buffalo Grove Days kicks off
Months of hard work by more than 50 volunteers began to pay off last night as community members began to pour in for the first night of the 2013 Buffalo Grove Days festival. On the opening night of the fest people enjoyed a Bingo tournament, carnival rides, beer tent and tastings from more than 16 local restaurants. Full story
Illinois House Republicans pick Durkin as leader
Illinois Republicans yesterday chose a suburban lawmaker to lead their House caucus in Springfield after his lone opponent, a longtime friend, bowed out. Rep. Jim Durkin of Western Springs was elected by acclamation. The former prosecutor is known for his command for criminal law and his measured, if pointed, rebukes during debate on the House floor. Full story
Goliath roller coaster at Great America to be fastest, tallest, steepest
When it opens next year, the new wooden roller coaster planned for Six Flags Great America in Gurnee immediately will live up to its name as a giant in the amusement industry. Goliath will be a "world record breaking behemoth of a ride," park President Hank Salemi told a crowd of about 100 coaster enthusiasts yesterday at the groundbreaking. Full story with video.
Round Lake girl who drowned identified
A girl who drowned this week in Fox Lake was publicly identified yesterday as 9-year-old Mireya Elizabeth Cardenas of Round Lake. Lake County sheriff's police are investigating the case of the Fremont Intermediate School student. Full story.
Another hot one today with a high temperature of 93 degrees. It will be about 70 degrees when you head out the day today, but a possible damaging thunderstorm could roll in this evening. Temps will dip back to 70 degrees overnight. Full story.
Construction continues on I-88 between IL Route 31 and Orchard Road. The left lane is blocked between Randall Road and Orchard Road until 6 a.m. More traffic.
Browns best Bears 18-16
Cleveland closed out the preseason with an 18-16 victory over the Bears last night. Full story
Sandberg's return to Wrigley all business
Ryne Sandberg understands now that it was a mistake to believe he would someday manage the Cubs. Full story by Barry Rozner.
Poll Vault: How many holidays do you get at work?
Michelle Holdway and others have to work this Monday. Do you have to work on Labor Day? Which of the federal government's 10 official holidays do you get off? Leave your answer with Poll Vault.