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  Attorneys for a 24-year-old Deerfield man accused of killing his girlfriend's mother will argue Friday he is not mentally fit to stand trial. A psychologist who visited Daniel Baker in the Lake County jail this week said the murder suspect needs...

Court to rule on murder suspect Baker's fitness for trial

Updated: 10/4/2012 04:52 PM

  Longtime Kane County Associate Judge Allen Anderson announced this week that he is retiring from the bench, effective Dec. 31. Anderson, 66, of Elgin, was appointed in January 2000 and said it was the best job he's ever had and he wanted to step...

Anderson to retire from Kane County bench

Updated: 10/4/2012 04:44 PM

  Several environmental groups want the Illinois Pollution Control Board to order Midwest Generation to clean up groundwater pollution that allegedly leached from coal-ash ponds at four of the company's power plants.

Environmental groups file complaint over coal ash

Updated: 10/5/2012 07:00 AM

  Nearly three dozen states have failed to meet conditions of a 2006 federal law that requires them to join a nationwide program to track sex offenders, including five states that have completely given up on the effort because of persistent doubts...

Many states fall short of federal sex offender law

Updated: 10/4/2012 03:52 PM

  An invigorated Mitt Romney basked in rave reviews Thursday after his first face-off with the president, envisioning an inaugural celebration with conservative activists while President Barack Obama looked to rebound by accusing his rival of remaking...

Post-debate: Romney basks, Obama challenges

Updated: 10/4/2012 01:05 PM

  A federal judge sentenced former Illinois power broker William Cellini to a year in prison Thursday for conspiring to shake down a movie producer, capping off the last trial to stem from the investigation of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Cellini, 77,...

'King of Clout' gets a year in prison

Updated: 10/5/2012 06:59 AM

  September marked the first wetter and cooler than normal month in Illinois this year. State Climatologist Jim Angel says the cooler temperatures and heavier than normal rainfall helped ease drought conditions in most of the state.

Cooler, wetter September eased drought conditions

Updated: 10/5/2012 07:00 AM

  Sadly, there's evidence that the NFL's bounty scandal is having an effect at the very roots of the sports. And perhaps it's been there all along.

Playing the game for its own sake ought to be reward enough

Updated: 10/5/2012 05:54 AM

  Cubs president Theo Epstein heaped praise on left fielder Alfonso Soriano Thursday. Epstein said he learned a few things about Soriano and that he had to overcome some preconceived notions.

Cubs' Epstein: Soriano had incredible year

Updated: 10/4/2012 08:36 PM

  Bears cornerback Tim Jennings picked off the NFC defensive player of the month award after picking off 4 passes and deflecting 2 others that wound up as interceptions for teammates.

Bears' Jennings reaps national attention

Updated: 10/4/2012 08:34 PM

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