Beach Park man accused of 3 carjackings, death of 11-year-old
A 34-year-old Beach Park man was in Milwaukee County jail last night, awaiting extradition to Illinois on charges he carjacked three vehicles in the Chicago area and caused a crash that led to the death of an 11-year-old Chicago boy. The story of Rockie Douglas, whose last listed address is the 12700 block of Major Avenue in Beach Park, is a complicated one. It promises to get even more complicated as law enforcement agencies in both Illinois and Wisconsin attempt to unravel a tangle of suspected offenses. Full story.
Missing woman found in Wheaton
An 82-year-old Wisconsin woman who was missing for more than a day was found safe about 80 miles away after she collapsed in a grocery store in Wheaton. "She's confused, but she's all right," Myra Fox said as she was heading to meet her mother at an Illinois hospital. Full story.
Christmas at Lazarus House a Fox Valley tradition
Nearly 200 people gathered for food, conversation and cups of cheer at Lazarus House's annual Christmas Brunch in St. Charles yesterday -- a Fox Valley tradition. "Community is the word that summarizes all of what Lazarus House represents," said Executive Director Liz Eakins. Full story.
Holiday food and fellowship for Des Plaines seniors
Christmas spirit was in the air as 20 volunteers served holiday dinner to about 100 seniors at the Frisbie Senior Center in Des Plaines yesterday evening. It was the 11th year the center has hosted Christmas dinner for local seniors. Full story.
Naperville seniors have a jolly Christmas
"I had nobody for the Christmas holiday, so I decided to come here," said George Smith, a 46-year resident of Naperville. Smith was one of more than 200 people who took part in the Christmas luncheon for seniors yesterday by the Naperville Park District and the YMCA at the Chicago Marriott Naperville. Full story.
Expect partly cloudy skies and a high around 16 degrees when you walk out the door this morning for work. Temperatures will rise to about 29 degrees today, although the wind chill will hover around 20 degrees. Flurries or light snow showers are possible in the late afternoon. Full forecast.
The majority of expressways and tollways are clear this morning, but some ramps and bridges remain icy after last night's snowfall. Traffic congestion is expected near shopping malls this morning as shoppers head out to return Christmas gifts. There are accidents on Hart Rd, between Lake Cook Rd and US-14 in Barrington and near Grand Avenue and Hunt Club Road in Gurnee. Full traffic report.
Defensemen huge reason Hawks are scoring in bunches
Forget Patrick Kane's flashy moves and Jonathan Toews' steady play. Same for the rest of the talented forwards on the Blackhawks. Instead, check out the players who line up right behind the team's biggest stars. The Hawks' athletic defensemen play a prominent role in the NHL's most potent offense. Full story.
Time to shine spotlight on Bears offensive line
Let's hear it for those grinders. Lost amid Matt Forte's 1,229 rushing yards, Alshon Jeffery's 1,341 receiving yards, Brandon Marshall's 1,221 receiving yards, Josh McCown's career-best passing numbers and Jay Cutler's best passer rating as a Bear has been the work of the players who make it all possible -- the offensive linemen. Full story.
Miami beats Lakers 101-95 for 6th straight victory
The Los Angeles Lakers missed having Kobe Bryant out on the court on Christmas Day. Same for LeBron James. Playing without its biggest star, Los Angeles stayed right with the Miami Heat for most of the day before slipping to a 101-95 loss against the defending NBA champions. Full story.