Slain 5-month-old Zion boy recalled at prayer vigil
A 5-month-old Zion boy is being remembered a year after he was killed by his mother's boyfriend. A prayer vigil was held Thursday night in honor of Joshua Summeries, whose body still has not been found. Demetrius Thorpe, 26, of Zion pleaded guilty last month to suffocating Joshua and placing his body into a large trash bin, which was emptied from a truck into a landfill. His sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 2. Full story.
Flash flood warning for Cook, Lake, DuPage counties
A flash flood warning is in effect for portions of Cook, Lake and DuPage counties this morning due to heavy rains that fell overnight, meteorologists say. Full story.
Attorney says abuse suit against cleared priest "is alive"
The man accusing Catholic priest Joseph Wilk of sexual abuse will continue his lawsuit against the former Schaumburg pastor, despite the Archdiocese of Chicago recently reinstating the priest to good standing and removing him from a list of abusive clergy, his lawyer said. Wilk was pastor of St. Matthew Church in Schaumburg from 1994 until 2006. "This case is alive," attorney Patrick F. Bradley said Thursday. "There is so much reasonable cause (to pursue the case), it stinks." Full story.
College of DuPage trustee censured
College of DuPage Board Vice Chairman Kathy Hamilton has been censured by her colleagues for "making erroneous statements reflecting negatively against her fellow board members and the administration in an inflammatory, insulting, discourteous and defamatory manner," according to the censure resolution. The censure stems from Hamilton's public statements in opposition to a new Teaching and Learning Center. "I will continue to fight for the taxpayer, for the community, for the values I believe that our community reflects and what we need to develop a workforce going forward," Hamilton said. Full story.
Do you have money in an old I-PASS account?
An estimated $2.2 million has been sitting in unused I-PASS accounts, and the Illinois tollway is urging drivers to either reactivate the languishing accounts or close them. Users will be able to claim a refund before the money is switched over to the state treasurer's I-Cash program as of Oct. 1. The average account balance is between $31 and $45, although 500 people have balances of $100 or more. Full story.
Anti-bullying campaign gets big boost from senator, former Bear
U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is teaming up with former Bears lineman James "Big Cat" Williams on a public service announcement about the dangers of cyberbullying. Kirk and Williams were at the Libertyville Sports Complex on Thursday to film the video, which will run on Kirk's website, YouTube and possibly local cable. Williams said he was "pushed around, beat up, (and) hassled," as a youngster. "Being in that situation, knowing how it feels to be in that situation, it really makes me feel like I have the ability to help, can help and will help," he said. Full story.
Mostly cloudy and 73 degrees this morning. Temperatures will rise to 80 degrees this afternoon, but could be accompanied by some thunderstorms. Temperatures will drop to 69 degrees overnight. Full story.
Construction continues on River Road between Kelsey and Roberts road near Island Lake. People are urged to seek alternate routes. Full traffic.
Chicago team tops Philly, on to U.S. title game
Chicago's Jackie Robinson West Little Leaguers will play for the U.S. title game Saturday after defeating Philadelphia 6-5 Thursday night in a matchup of inner-city teams at the Little League World Series. Joshua Houston had a clutch two-run single and reliever Cameron Bufford pitched a tense scoreless sixth inning during a game played in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Full story.
Best chance for some Bears to make lasting impressions
Friday night's third Bears preseason game marks the most extensive playing time starters will get, and also gives a handful of players an opportunity to prove they deserve to be with the No. 1s when the regular season starts, writes Bears beat writer Bob LeGere. Quarterback Jordan Palmer, battling for the right to be Jay Cutler's backup, will be in the number two spot on Friday night. Full story.