The Northbrook Speed Skating Club doesn't have one or two Olympians among its alumni. It has 19. And the suburbs have ties to nearly a dozen other Olympians competing in ice sports in Sochi this week, including three suburban curlers, two bobsledders, a hockey official, a handful of skating coaches, and three local figure skaters. Full story.
An early morning fire Sunday in downtown Mount Prospect left a Japanese restaurant gutted, residents homeless, businesses without power, streets closed and the immediate future of a popular bakery uncertain. No injuries were reported, however. Full story.
A lover of fresh ideas and grand schemes, Mount Prospect's Lloyd Levin appreciates the forgotten charms of his vast Valentine's Day card collection that boasts romantic greetings from the 1800s. “I was brought up in a time when you wooed your girlfriend,” says Levin. Full story.
A driver and passenger were killed Sunday morning when a car lost control on the Jane Addams Tollway (I-90) at Barrington Road and struck a light pole, Illinois State Police said. Full story.
The Illinois State Board of Education could pick a food fight over new federal rules that could limit the traditional school bake sale fundraiser. “It sounds to me like another example of our government overregulation and big brother trying to tell us what to do all the time,” Downers Grove District 99 school board member Mike Davenport said. Full story.
A Carol Stream family filed a wrongful-death lawsuit Friday against the village and a former paramedic, claiming negligence in the choking death of an 81-year-old woman. The lawsuit claims that on Aug. 25, 2012, the village “willfully and wantonly breached its duty” when Carol Stream Fire Protection District paramedic Carey Zabran, who is no longer with the district, responded to a call at a Carol Stream party involving Armida Nonneman, who was choking on food and could not breathe. Full story.
One person was killed and another injured when a pickup truck and van collided Sunday morning along Route 173 in Antioch. Antioch Police Sgt. Geoff Guttschow said the cause and circumstances of the crash, which occurred about 10:15 a.m. at Route 173 and Eagle Ridge Drive, remain under investigation by the Antioch Police Department and Lake County Major Crash Assistance Team. Full story.
The FBI is looking for a 16-year-old Houston girl who was last seen in Des Plaines. Sandra Gonzalez was reported missing Tuesday. The teenager was seen that day with Herminio Bahena-Santana, 35, of Houston, in Des Plaines, authorities said. Full story.
A portion of Algonquin's original business district is about to meet the wrecking ball. Three historic, but crumbling buildings on West Algonquin Road that date back to the late 1800s, will be demolished within the next six months, the village board decided this week in a 4-2 vote. Full story.
Let Julie Andrews, or even Carrie Underwood, climb every mountain. Let all those Wolves of Wall Street climb the corporate ladder. Let the Chicago Cubs climb in the standings. OK, that last one was a joke. But if you really wanted to see folks do some serious climbing — the kind that requires some honest-to-goodness sweat — the Oakbrook Terrace Tower was the place to be Sunday. Full story.
More suburban theaters now eligible for Jeff Awards
Several suburban theaters will be eligible to win one of Chicago's top theater awards next year because of a recent rule change. The Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee, a volunteer organization that grants. Among the theaters now considered eligible for the 2014-2015 awards, called the Jeff Awards, is the Paramount Theatre in Aurora. Full story.
Advocates for gambling expansion in Illinois hopeful this year. Full story.
U.S. economy may be stuck in slow lane for long run. Full story.
Experts contemplate the end of smoking. Full story.
Small businesses use offbeat ways to sell products. Full story.
Poll: U.S. Catholics don't share many Vatican views. Full story.
A fresh start for Hilary Clinton and liberals? Full story.
Fact checker: CBO report didn't say health care law will kill 2 million jobs. Full story.
LaBeouf's red carpet appearance: a stunt or statement? Full story.
'Lego Movie' has big weekend at box office. Full story.
DiCaprio, Hill to re-team on Richard Jewell project. Full story.
Cubs' mixed messages make mess. Full story.
Gibson, Noah lead Bulls over Lakers. Full story.
Blackhawks living up to post-Cup promise. Full story.
Brown, Gold help U.S. earn bronze in team figure skating. Full story.
Anderson completes U.S. Olympic sweep in slopestyle. Full story.Copyright © 2014 Paddock Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.