Suburbs spared worst of severe weather
While tornadoes touched down Sunday in portions of central Illinois killing at least five people and causing widespread damage, the Chicago area seemed to be spared the worst of the severe weather. Severe thunderstorms that passed through the area featured 60 mph wind gusts and quarter-sized hail, according to the National Weather Service. Full story.
Lake County doctor's stress busters: cricket and carrom
Trying to defeat cancer is what Lake County oncologist Dr. Nilesh Metah does for a living. In his free time, he's a national doubles champion in his boyhood game of carroms. "In my house, we didn't play this to fool around. You played to win," remembers Mehta, who often did. "I was the carrom champ throughout my medical school." Full story.
What Kennedy meant to suburban Catholics
Admiration for Kennedy was widespread among suburban Catholics in the 1960s. As the nation's first and only Roman Catholic president, Kennedy signified a new era for the religion, whose followers had faced discrimination in the country's past. Yet, as Catholics reflect on where they were at the time of Kennedy's assassination -- which occurred 50 years ago on Nov. 22 -- many realize the sadness they felt when he died wasn't due to their shared faith. It was because they lost the nation's Commander In Chief, a man who is frequently described by Catholics and non-Catholics as a charismatic, vibrant and youthful sign of hope. Full story.
Man killed in Gurnee hit-and-run
Gurnee police continue to search for the driver who struck and killed a Gurnee man and injured his dog in a hit-and-run crash early Saturday morning. Timothy Fleming, 31, was found about 3:45 a.m. Saturday near the southbound entrance ramp to Skokie Highway/U.S. Route 41 from Washington Street in Gurnee. Officers who arrived on scene found him lying unresponsive, next to his injured dog. Police believe Fleming may have been chasing his dog when they were struck. Full story.
Glen Ellyn teen gets room makeover on "cancerversary"
A typical teenager, Genevieve Cipriano already spends countless hours in her room. Following Saturday's bedroom makeover by Special Spaces Chicagoland, her parents may never see her again. Full story.
Illinois embodies national trend with big local government
Nothing thrives in Illinois like local government -- almost 7,000 units that tax, spend and drive up debt in a state struggling to pay off vendors and cover almost $100 billion of unfunded pension liabilities. More than any other state, Illinois illustrates how local taxing bodies flourish across the United States, whether urban or rural, Republican or Democrat. Full story.
New Schaumburg police chief to be named today
The end of an especially painful year for the Schaumburg Police Department will be heralded by the announcement Monday of a new permanent police chief to lead the force into 2014 and beyond. The top candidate among 83 applicants from throughout the region and country will likely start on Monday, Dec. 30, Schaumburg Village Manager Brian Townsend said. Full story.
Police: Wood Dale man pulled BB gun on barber over haircut
A Wood Dale man faces assault charges after threatening his barber with a BB gun over what he claimed was a lousy haircut, authorities said Friday. The confrontation happened Tuesday at the Barber Lounge, 453 West Irving Park Road in Bensenville. "I've been cutting hair for 10 years and I've never seen anything like that before -- not even close," owner Carlos Dighero said. Full story.
Chicago man arrested on O'Hare tarmac
A 23-year-old Chicago man faces a felony trespassing charge after walking onto the tarmac at O'Hare International Airport on Saturday, authorities said. Chicago police arrested Ardell Walker, of the 5200 block of west Van Buren Street, at about 3:15 p.m. Saturday after an airport employee notice Walker standing on the tarmac. Full story.
Wood Dale bank robber strikes again
Officials believe a man suspected of robbing banks in Rolling Meadows and Wood Dale earlier this year has struck again in Wood Dale. According to the FBI's BanditTrackerChicago.com website, the man, who is believed to be between 50 and 60 years old, robbed the Charter One Bank, 333 E. Irving Park Road, in Wood Dale on Friday. Full story.
World & Nation
Water a pressing concern for typhoon survivors. Full story.
JFK mementoes kept 50 years mark awful day. Full story.
Army scrapping chemical weapons incinerators. Full story.
Chicago mayor, Stewart engage in deep-dish diss. Full story.
Ex-Glendale Heights 'hacktivist' gets 10 years. Full story.
As ban on printed 3-D guns ends, extension sought. Full story.
Amazon 's Sunday plan further crumbles wall between week, weekend. Full story.
Beyond Twitter: The next wave of tech IPOs brews. Full story.
'Doctor Who' at 50: Charming but a little too alien. Full story.
In banner year for black films, the hope is for momentum. Full story.
Bears overcome multiple twist and turns. Full story.
Bears find the will, a way to win. Full story.
Quarterback controversy? Not in the slightest. Full story.
McCown knows his role with Bears. Full story.
Hawks' Crawford stronger than ever. Full story.
Sorting out good, bad in NBA Eastern Conference. Full story.