Mt. Prospect settles with Ye Olde Town Inn for $6.5 million
Mount Prospect will pay Ye Olde Town Inn a $6.5 million settlement, after the village board approved it last night. It officially puts an end to the federal racketeering lawsuit filed in 2008 by the inn's owner, Tod Curtis, who accused village officials and a local development company, Errol Oztekin's Oz Development, of conspiring to seize his land at 18 W. Busse Ave. and move forward with a downtown redevelopment plan without him. Full story.
Walgreen HQ to stay in U.S.
Deerfield-based Walgreen Co. announced this morning it will keep its headquarters based in the United States and not move overseas. Full story.
County delays vote on ordinance, new horse racing regulations
The McHenry County Board delayed a vote yesterday on imposing new restrictions for horse racing events in unincorporated areas. Board members have not finished reviewing the roughly 300-page proposed "unified development" ordinance, which took more than three years to draft. It primarily consolidates and streamlines existing regulations on zoning, subdivision and signage. Full story.
Woodfield P.F. Chang's on card data breach list
Credit and debit card information may have been stolen from customers who dined at the P.F. Chang's China Bistro at Woodfield Mall between April 10 and June 11, company officials said this week. The Schaumburg location is one of 33 restaurants nationwide where data from cards -- including card numbers, cardholder names and card expiration dates -- may have been stolen, the company announced in a news release. Full story.
Hanover Park 'getting close' to deal with Hanover Square buyer
While he called negotiations a "work in progress," Hanover Park Mayor Rodney Craig said yesterday he's optimistic the village will reach a deal with a developer who wants to buy a troubled strip mall on Barrington Road. "We're getting close," Craig said of talks to sell Hanover Square. Full story.
Man convicted of 2005 Aurora murder seeks juvenile court
A Sudanese immigrant whose 35-year prison sentence for fatally shooting an Aurora woman recently was overturned wants his case returned to juvenile court -- a move that theoretically could set him free. Garang Deng, formerly of Aurora and now 22, was 14 when prosecutors say he killed Marilyn Bethell, a substance abuse counselor in Hoffman Estates, on Halloween 2005. Full story.
Lombard cover band singer to be new lead singer of Kansas
In a dream-come-true scenario similar to the movie "Rock Star," suburban classic rock cover band singer Ronnie Platt, of Lombard, has been tapped to be the new lead singer of the legendary band Kansas. He'll replace Steve Walsh, the voice behind the band's biggest hits, including "Carry on Wayward Son," "Dust in the Wind" and "Point of Know Return." Platt also will play secondary keyboards. Full story.
Partly sunny with a high of 77 degrees this afternoon. Temperatures will be about 63 degrees this morning when you head to work. Tonight, temperatures will be in the low 60s. Full story.
Washington Street remains closed between Hainesville Road and Cedar Lake Road near Round Lake Beach. People should use Rollins Road or Route 120 as alternate routes. Full traffic.
It's not good when you make Adam Dunn the pitcher
If you're going to lose big, you might as well have some laughs along the way. That's what the White Sox did while falling to the Rangers 16-0 last night at U.S. Cellular Field. With the outcome hopelessly out of hand in the ninth, Adam Dunn moved from designated hitter to relief pitcher. "He's been begging for that for a while," manager Robin Ventura said. Full story.
It took 6 at-bats for Baez to show his stuff, win it for Cubs
As far as Cubs President Theo Epstein is concerned, the time is right for Javier Baez. And was it ever in Baez's major-league debut last night. He hit the game-winning home run in the top of the 12th inning to give the Cubs a 6-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies. Full story.