Witness: Buffalo Grove man's murder plot may have included daughter
The murderous intentions of Steven Mandell, the former Chicago police officer and onetime Illinois death row inmate charged with attempted extortion, conspiracy to commit kidnapping and murder-for-hire, didn't stop at the businessman whose money and property he coveted, a witness testified yesterday. Chicago real estate developer and FBI informant George Michael testified that Mandell, of Buffalo Grove, indicated in recorded conversations that the businessman's college-age daughter might also be target. Full story.
Rutherford won't release independent report
The independent probe into accusations of sexual harassment and improper campaign work against Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford will remain a secret for now, his attorney said. Attorney Peter Andjelkovich said he advised Rutherford not to release an independent report by former FBI agent Anthony D'Angelo, nor to talk further about the claims that threaten to derail his candidacy for governor. Full story.
All Mundelein High students to get laptops
As Mundelein High School officials prepare to issue laptop computers to all students next fall, they're cautioning teens and their parents about proper -- and improper -- use of the machines. Full story.
Cool this morning with temperatures at about 12 degrees. Temperatures are expected to climb to 23 degrees this afternoon before falling back to 6 degrees overnight. Full weather forecast.
Construction continues on Route 47 in North Aurora at Harter Road. People are urged to use expect delays in this area. Full traffic report.
Bulls feeling good heading into break
By knocking off the Brooklyn Nets 92-76 on Thursday night at the United Center, the Bulls returned to two games above .500 and head into the All-Star break on a three-game winning streak. Full story.
Highland Park's Jason Brown sixth after short program
American Jason Brown put on the performance of his young skating career to finish sixth after the short program in Sochi yesterday. He's within the width of a skate blade of third heading into Friday's free skate. Full story.
USA crushes Slovakia 7-1 in men's Olympic hockey
Paul Stastny scored twice during a six-goal barrage in the second period, and the United States got off to a spectacular start in the Olympic men's hockey tournament with a 7-1 victory over Slovakia yesterday. Ryan Kesler, David Backes, Phil Kessel and Dustin Brown also scored as the Americans battered Slovakia for six consecutive goals in a 13:51 span, turning what was expected to be a tough matchup into a laugher. Full story.