Bartlett teacher's charity links his students with Africa
Bartlett High School teacher Brett Weiss teaches International Relations to his suburban students. And he lives the topict through his charity, which gives scholarships that enable children in Africa to attend high school. "You meet the people there, they are the nicest, most polite people. They have nothing and they might be the happiest people I've ever met. They don't know their life is hard," Weiss says. Full story.
Lake County communities see green in BMW Championship
The golf world's top players won't be the only ones going for the green during this week's BMW Championship. Lake County and it's communities hope to snare a slice of a predicted $30 million bump to local economies. "I think we're trying to do as much as we can," said Maureen Riedy, president of the Lake County Convention & Visitors Bureau. Full story.
Public defender undeterred by murder of his sister
Scott Slonim has always believed in the judicial system -- even when he sat in a Louisiana courtroom 17 years ago, watching the trial of the man who murdered his younger sister. "We're here to represent the poor," the Buffalo Grove resident and assistant Cook County public defender said. "In that sense, we do God's work ... fighting for the preservation of an ideal, that the system only works when everyone has representation." Full story.
U-46 promoting change in 10 schools feds say are failing
The fact that plenty of parents and educators think highly of the instruction in U-46 schools means nothing when it comes to the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Ten elementary schools in Elgin and Hanover Park are in the middle of the federal restructuring process, which requires the district take aggressive action to improve the schools. Educators are focusing on collaboration as the key to change. Full story.
Challenges for women topic of 10th Suburban Mosaic reading program
The reading list for the 2013-2014 Suburban Mosaic Books of the Year program has been announced, and it includes six books that deal in some way with the challenges women face across the world. Suburban Mosaic, now in its 10th year, attempts to spark dialog in the Northwest suburbs through the shared reading of books. Full story.
Public interests converge on Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills
What should happen with some small but strategically located properties along Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills will be the topic of discussion for local public bodies that each have a stake in the sites' futures. Officials from the village, Vernon Hills Park District, Cook Memorial Public Library District and Hawthorn Elementary District 73 will meet this week to discuss their interests in the land. Full story.
3-hour standoff with police in McHenry closes Rt. 120
A 22-year old McHenry man was being held on a variety of charges Saturday after refusing to come down from a roof and threatening police with a knife during a three-hour standoff that resulted in the closure of Route 120, police said. Full story. Full story.
Residents add their names to Wheaton mural
Wheaton residents visited the College Avenue neighborhood Sunday so they could scrawl their names on a brick wall, ensuring that they'd be immortalized in a mural that will celebrate the diversity of the community. R.J. Ogren, a retired Disney artist, has been painting "Pearls of the Universe," a mural on the side of the building at 1026 E. College Avenue, just east of Wheaton College. He plans to finish it in about a month, at which time it will be formally dedicated. Full story.
Baby doesn't quite wait for Condell's ER
Baby Julie Ann Manning couldn't wait to come into the world. Julie's mom Alma Martinez delivered the 7-pound, 9-ounce bundle of joy about 9 a.m. Thursday in the front seat of the family truck, just seconds after Julie's dad ran into the ER at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. "A few seconds later people from the hospital came. My boyfriend came out with a wheelchair. I remember seeing him in shock when he saw the baby in the front seat with me." Full story.
Suburban Syrians: 'We want to stop the bloodshed'
Suburban Syrian-Americans are conflicted about how far the United States should go with military intervention in Syria, but say something needs to be done now. "I don't want America to bomb Syria," said Lina Sergie Attar, a Lake Forest architect, adding though that she believes a U.S. military strike, while undesirable, may be the only way to prevent further civilian bloodshed. Full story.
Chicago radio legend Don Wade dies
Chicago radio legend Don Wade died Friday after a yearlong battle with brain cancer. Wade had a 55-year career in broadcasting, including 27 in Chicago at WLS. At WLS, Wade and his wife Roma began hosting their long running morning talk show in 1989. Wade was 72. Full story.
World & Nation
US: Proven link of Assad to gas attack lacking. Full story.
Ruling allowed NSA search of domestic email. Full story.
Syria strike would present Navy with complex task. Full story.
Study: E-cigarettes as good as nicotine patches. Full story.
Business owners still struggling after budget cuts. Full story.
Rape hearing casts light on Naval Academy's culture. Full story.
Kristin Cavallari ticketed for speeding in Evanston. Full story.
Bruno Mars to sing at Super Bowl halftime show. Full story.
Wilde and Sudeikis too busy to plan wedding. Full story.
Charlie Hunnam talks about his '50 Shades' role. Full story.
Bears, Trestman victorious in opener. Full story.
Cutler gets new Bears offense rolling in 2nd half. Full story.
Bears speaking an entirely new language. Full story.
Tillman gets job done in Bears' win. Full story.
Much is different for Bears in familiar victory. Full story.
Did race play part of Lovie Smith criticism? Full story.
Sox end nine-game losing streak. Full story.
Cubs' Baker hopes to get another start. Full story.
Serena Williams wins fifth U.S. Open title. Full story.