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Woman who credited eating Portillo's for longevity dies at 100
Longtime Elgin resident Helen Diekman died less than three weeks after turning 100. She joked that the secret to her longevity was eating at Portillo's restaurant.
Meet the tattoo-covered greeter who charms Wal-Mart shoppers
George Cornwell is not your typical retail store greeter. Sure, he's a biker dude with tatts and bling, but that's not what makes him so unique. It's his boisterous hellos and genuine love of life and people that has him lighting up shoppers at Aurora's Wal-Mart.
Libertyville to meet Glenbard West for 7A title
Here's what to expect from Saturday's Class 7A state championship game, from the perspective of unbeaten Libertyville.
Boys basketball: Friday, Nov. 27 scoreboard
Results of area high school boys basketball games for Friday, Nov. 27.
3 die in single-car crash in McHenry County area
Three teenagers are dead after a single-car crash Friday afternoon in unincorporated McHenry County. According to a news release from the McHenry County coroner's office, the vehicle was traveling south around 2:11 p.m. Friday at 1308 S. Lily Lake Road when it left the roadway, traveled down into a ravine and landed on the driver's side of the vehicle.
Scouting Montini vs. Crete-Monee football
Scouting the IHSA Class 6A football championship, Montini vs. Crete-Monee
Breaking down this weekend's IHSA football title games
With temperatures expected in the mid- to high-30s this weekend, veteran prep sports columnist Marty Maciaszek breaks down the IHSA football title matchups at NIU's Huskie Stadium and offers his predictions.
Scouting Glenbard West vs. Libertyville football
Scouting the Class 7A state championship football game
Blackhawks pull out amazing 3-2 win
The Chicago Blackhawks scored 2 goals in the last two minutes of regulation and beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 in overtime.
Girls basketball: Friday, Nov. 27 scoreboard
Results for area girls high school basketball games for Friday, Nov. 27.
How to watch Libertyville High football team's title game
The undefeated Libertyville High School football team gets a pep talk from Principal Marina Scott, just a few days before the Wildcats' state-title showdown against Glenbard West.
Conant's second-half defense sinks St. Viator
In their annual Friday night battle in St. Viator's Joe Majkowski Thanksgiving Tournament, Conant's boys basketball team leveraged its height advantage and its perfect free throw shooting to pull away to a 59-48 win agains the Lions, as both teams finished the week 2-1.
Benet makes it look easy against Bartlett
Benet forced 31 Bartlett turnovers and led by double digits most of the Friday's game.
Baby Face Nelson-Battle of Barrington witness: Re-enactors got it right
Bill Eiserman, 87, was 6 years old when he saw the Battle of Barrington from a ditch on the side of the road. On Friday, Eiserman returned to the scene of that battle along with around 250 spectators to watch a re-enactment. "They did a great job," Eiserman said. "What an experience, huh?"
DeWyze concert a big hit with Elk Grove crowd
Lee DeWyze, the "American Idol" winner from Mount Prospect, performed in Elk Grove Village before helping Mayor Craig Johnson throw the switch to light the village's Christmas tree on Friday evening.
Burlington Central will play for Sycamore crown
Burlington Central's boys basketball team relished the challenge of taking on Sycamore on its home floor.With a trip to the championship game hanging in the balance, the Rockets smothered a physical Spartans' squad from the outset and led all the way in an impressive 54-42 victory Friday night at the Sycamore Leland G. Strombom Tournament.
Is Halo 5 really a blockbuster?
When Microsoft launched Halo 5 in late October, the company claimed that it was the biggest launch yet in the company's biggest video game franchise, but video game retail chain GameStop says Halo 5 launch had been a disappointment, naming it along with Star Wars: Battlefront and Assassin's Creed Syndicate as the splashy games that had fallen short of expectations so far this fall.
WW South downs Kaneland, wins tourney title
Wheaton Warrenville South defeated Kaneland 61-36 Friday night and in the process won the championship of the Batavia boys basketball tournament.
Batavia dumps St. Francis for 1st win
Basketball coaches stress the importance of free-throw shooting in tight games.Batavia's boys team knocked down 9 of 12 free throws in the 4-minute overtime during Friday night's 73-68 victory over St. Francis (1-2) at the 40th annual Ken Peddy Windmill City Classic.
17-year-old Elgin resident held in shooting
A 17-year-old Elgin resident has been charged with aggravated battery with a firearm in connection with a shooting Thanksgiving night on the 800 block of East Chicago Street.
Larkin falls short against Indianapolis Pike
Larkin's boys basketball team suffered a tough 64-61 loss to Indianapolis Pike on Friday.
Special Report: Gliniewicz's final hours as he staged his 'hero' cop death
The shot into Fox Lake police Lt. Charles "Joe" Gliniewicz's chest missed his heart and gave him 90 more seconds to stage a murder scene meant to immortalize him as a fallen cop. The scheme worked, at first.
Geneva to play for tournament title
Geneva's boys basketball team advanced to the championship game of the Crystal Lake Central Thanksgiving tournament with a 58-46 win over Prairie Ridge on Friday.
Barrington earns title-game appearance
Will Reinhard scored 18 points to help Barrington earn a date with Geneva in the Crystal Lake Central tournament championship.
Downers Grove South handles St. Charles North
Downers Grove South defeated St. Charles North 74-58 Friday night to advance to the championship game of the St. Charles East tournament.
Route 59 all open just in time for Naperville/Aurora shoppers
Retailers along Route 59 in Naperville and Aurora say the end of a two-year road construction project came just in time to bring better traffic flow for holiday shoppers.
Westminster Christian knocks off St. Edward
Westminster Christian's boys basketball team had a big test on Friday night against St. Edward and passed it with flying colors.After surrendering a 13-point second half lead the Warriors rallied back and defeated the Green Wave 50-47 to advance to the championship game of their own Thanksgiving tournament.
Baby Face Nelson-Battle of Barrington witness: 'We were scared to death'
Can you imagine wandering through Barrington in 1934 and stumbling across a shootout between cops and Baby Face Nelson? Bill Eiserman and his brother did. And you can step back in time with Barrington's special re-enactment Friday.
Chicago Bears' rookies doing just fine
Bears coach John Fox doesn't subscribe to the theory that rookies run out of steam late in their first NFL seasons. The Bears started four rookies against the Packers Thursday night.
Warren's best effort yet too much for Mundelein
Jayson Dorsey had 6 assists to go along with 13 points as Warren's boys basketball team topped Mundelein 78-38 on Friday.
Garrett's opens popcorn shop in Woodfield
The much-anticipated Garrett Popcorn Shops location at Schaumburg's Woodfield Mall opened at 8 a.m. Friday to greet Black Friday shoppers. Though kept under wraps until late last week, the popular snack shop's first suburban store is in Woodfield's Grand Court near Macy's.
Wrestling: Friday, Nov. 27 scoreboard
Results of area high school wrestling meets for Friday, Nov. 27.
Will Lincolnshire take on unions by creating right-to-work zone?
Months after formally endorsing Gov. Bruce Rauner's controversial turnaround agenda for Illinois, LIncolnshire officials are going further by moving to establish the town as a right-to-work zone.
Ron Onesti: Thankful to help fulfill 'bucket lists'
Ron Onesti: I have a unique opportunity to affect the lives of hundreds of people each week. In every 950-guest audience, at least one person had lost a loved one recently, lost a job or just had a bad day. We at The Arcada feel a responsibility to take those people away from it all, even if it is for just a couple of hours.
Free community college plan in Chicago costs $3 million
Thousands of students have started attending community college free under President Barack Obama's federal program. The Chicago's Star Scholarship -- a signature Mayor Rahm Emanuel initiative -- covers tuition, books and transportation. The price tops $3 million for the inaugural class.
Numbers favor Einloth, unbeaten Grayslake North
Three days after netting the 1,000th point of his high school basketball career, Grayslake North senior Aidan Einloth followed up with a game-high 22 points in leading the Knights to an 86-60 romp over North Chicago's JV team at Johnsburg in the Johnsburg/Richmond-Burton tournament Friday.
Chiefs getting healthy as injuries mount for Bills
Chiefs riding 4-game win streak into game vs Bills thanks to stars getting back to full speed
St. Joseph's size sinks St. Charles East
St. Joseph defeated St. Charles East 67-52 Friday in boys basketball action.
Special report: How Gliniewicz went from hero to crooked cop
How painstaking detective work revealed the presumed murder of "hero" cop Charles "Joe" Gliniewicz was a deadly deception.
5 things to do in the suburbs this weekend
All shopped out? Get your mind off the lines at the malls for a few hours with a Christmas lights festival, a holiday play or classic rock concert. Here are five fun ideas.
Editorial: The uncomfortable reality of Laquan McDonald's death
A Daily Herald editorial says that while the suburban experience is one that generally builds admiration for police, the series of unjustified police shootings across the country make it clear that the inner city reality is demonstrably different.
St. Edward wins at Quincy
St. Edward's girls basketball team held off a late run by Quincy Friday night to down the Blue Devils 41-35 at the Quincy Thanksgiving tournament.
Cortland's Garage still drawing big crowds
Buzz was building about Chicago burger and beer joint Cortland's Garage expanding to Arlington Heights long before they opened in September. And crowds are still packing the space.
Bears defense is the real hero
The Bears' defense may not feature any big-time stars, but it's had a lot to do with the team winning five of its last eight games, including Thursday night's upset of the Packers in Green Bay, in which it contained perinnial Pro Bowl quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Building uninhabitable after fire in Naperville
A Naperville home was damaged Friday night in a fire, official said.There were no injuries to residents or firefighters, and a family cat was rescued, firefighters said.Firefighters a 911 call was received at 6:08 p.m. Friday from a homeowner on the 200 block of East Fourth Avenue reporting an appliance on fire on the second floor.
Hersey teams up to top Buffalo Grove
Hersey's girls basketball team scored 13 unanswered points to begin the final period en route to a 60-50 triumph at the Bison Classic over host Buffalo Grove.
It's a first for Phillips, Chicago Public League
It took 42 years, but the Chicago Public League finally has an Illinois football state champion. Unbeaten Wendell Phillips Academy accomplished the feat with a 51-7 victory over Althoff Catholic of Belleville on Friday at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb.
Colorado shooter in custody; cop, two others killed
A gunman who opened fire inside a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic was arrested Friday after killing a police officer and two other people and wounding many others while engaging in gun battles during an hours-long standoff with authorities, officials said.A police officer with the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs was killed in the rampage, a law enforcement official said.
Jacobs goes to 3-0 by topping tourney host Palatine
Jacobs' boys basketball team used 6-foot-9 inch Cameron Krutwig's size to its advantage Friday night at Palatine's Ed Molitor Tournament. The host Pirates had no one to match up with Krutwig, who scored 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting. Krutwig outrebounded the entire Palatine team, 17 to 11, as Jacobs won 60-46.
David Arquette's 'Sherlock Holmes' proves utterly clueless
There are many baffling mysteries tied to the national tour of "Sherlock Holmes" with "Scream" star David Arquette in the title role. The biggest mystery, however, isn't who killed whom. Rather, it's how in the world this woefully misbegotten stage production made it far enough to play Chicago's Oriental Theatre.
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