Work begins on new entrance at Good Shepherd
Work has begun on a new main entrance at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, adding more traffic cones, construction cranes and workers in hard hats to the campus near Lake Barrington, but also signaling further progress in the facility's $247 million modernization project expected to finish in 2017. Officials say the new entrance will provide a much-needed facelift to the 35-year-old hospital. Full story.
Fire leaves Naperville restaurant uninhabitable
Investigators are working to determine what sparked an early morning fire yesterday that left a downtown Naperville restaurant uninhabitable and caused an estimated $200,000 in damage to its building. No one was injured in the fire, which was reported at 6:13 a.m. by a passer-by that noticed a large amount of smoke coming from Rizzo's restaurant and bar at 6 W. Jefferson Ave., according to the Naperville Fire Department. Full story.
St. Charles police warn of suburban IRS scam
Daily Herald Law Affairs Writer Harry Hitzeman reports in his column this week about a phone scam that targeted two St. Charles residents. "Everyone hates paying taxes and the letters "IRS" are enough to strike fear in the hearts of the bravest people," Hitzeman writes. "So when two St. Charles residents got calls on June 26 and June 27 from people claiming to be IRS agents, saying arrests were imminent if past due taxes were not paid immediately, it's easy to see why they complied. Except it was all a scam, St. Charles police say." Full column.
Dog Day at Frontier Days
The dogs had their day during the Frontier Days pet parade yesterday at Arlington Heights' Recreation Park. More than 50 pets, mostly dogs but also a cat and a guinea pig, participated in the event sponsored by Animal Feeds and Needs. Pets competed in five categories: best costume, best trick, cutest pet, most unusual and looks most like its owner. "I love it. It's amazing how everyone brings out their little pets," said parade organizer Carmella Lowth. "Everyone wants to win a prize." Full Frontier Days story. Other weekend festival stories: Naperville Ribfest and the Mundelein Community Days parade.
Sky diving comes to Naperville's north side
"It's a sport, not a ride," reads one sign posted on the observation deck of the new iFly indoor sky-diving center in Naperville. The sport is an adrenaline rush that simulates the free fall of outdoor sky diving, and it became available Friday to thrill-seekers who want to stop one step short of jumping out of an airplane. Full story.
Smooth sailing on area roads this morning. Drivers in Lake County should be aware of road work on Route 43 at Route 120, and in Cook County, there are road projects on Route 14 at Hicks and Smith roads. Full story
Partial sunshine is forecast for Monday with 25 percent chance of thunderstorms during the day. That chance increases to 40 percent this evening as a thunderstorm could pop up through Tuesday afternoon. Breezy conditions with winds up to 14 miles per hour are expected with a humid high of 82 degrees. Full story
Two White Sox players make the All-Star Game, but not Sale
The White Sox were all but guaranteed to send two players to the July 15 All-Star Game at Minnesota, and first baseman Jose Abreu and ace starting Chris Sale seemed to be locks. The Sox did get two players -- Abreu and shortstop Alexei Ramirez -- and Sale could make it three if he gets enough fan support on the Final Vote. Full story.
Cubs' Castro an all-star; Samardzija in limbo
For Starlin Castro, it's an all-star charm. For Jeff Samardzija, he's in all-star limbo. Cubs shortstop Castro learned Sunday that he had made this third National League all-star team as a reserve. Samardzija earned a first invitation to the All-Star Game, but there's one little problem: He was traded by the Cubs to the American League's Oakland Athletics this past weekend. Full story.
Broadcasters have a duty to talk about no-hitters
Cubs play-by-play announcer Len Kasper writes in his weekly Daily Herald column about the amount of angry feedback he gets when he talks about a no-hitter in progress on TV. "For some strange reason, the "don't mention a no-hitter while it's going on" business has been taken from the dugout to the broadcast booth, and it makes so little sense I am almost embarrassed to have to write about it." Full column.