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  • ‘I prepared myself to die.’ Survivors recall Flight 232 crash Jul 16, 2014 11:05 AM
    Twenty-five years ago, Chicago-bound United Flight 232 cartwheeled across a runway in Sioux City, Iowa, burst into flames and shot into a cornfield. "It was like a roller coaster in pitch darkness with smoke and fire," survivor Sumit Roy of Naperville recalled. Miraculously, 184 of the 296 people on board lived.

  • Chicago upgrading to 4G in subways Jul 11, 2014 1:01 PM
    Chicago plans to upgrade wireless service to 4G in its subways and other underground transit facilities. Much of Chicago's commuter train network is elevated above street level, but more than 11 miles of the system is underground. The existing wireless service in those tunnels dates back to 2005, before the widespread use of smartphones and tablets, and cannot support modern wireless data needs.

  • Man trapped in Cook County jail feared death, attorney says Jul 11, 2014 5:14 PM
    A man who was trapped in a Cook County jail visiting room for about 30 hours last weekend tried yelling and kicking to get someone’s attention, then using a key to try to force a glass piece in a door out, his attorney said. None of that worked for 51-year-old Farad Polk, attorney Michael Richmond said, leaving Polk to wonder if he would be freed before he died.

  • Dawn Patrol: Autopsy today on infant; West Chicago man not guilty Jul 11, 2014 5:35 AM
    Autopsy today on 1-month-old girl; West Chicago man acquitted of sexual assault; tollway warns of email scam targeting I-PASS users; vehicle missing for 20 years found in hospital pond; Farnham attorney requests time for possible plea negotiation; judge rules charges in Highland Park huffing case are constitutional; Sale, Rizzo get final All-Star Game spots; landmarks commission OKs Wrigley Field upgrade.

  • Polar vortex next week? Not likely, but it’s going to be cold Jul 11, 2014 12:00 PM
    Dire predictions of the return of the dreaded polar vortex to the Chicago area next week might have been a bit exaggerated, but you can expect to feel cooler than normal temperatures. You can also expect severe storms to hit us tonight and tomorrow.

  • Dawn Patrol: Killer gets 3 life sentences; Charges against ex-Bull Jul 10, 2014 5:44 AM
    Howard gets 3 life sentences, plus 60 years. Documents detail allegations against ex-Bull. Barrington Hills teen pleads guilty in fatal DUI. Gurnee man accused of having child porn. Aurora man guilty of burglarizing ex-girlfriend’s home. Melo expected to spurn Bulls.

  • Archaic tax formula leaves most suburbs wanting more Jul 9, 2014 4:58 AM
    Suburban Chicago would be almost unrecognizable to someone who hasn't been here in 35 years. But what's the same is the distribution of funds from a lesser-known state tax that is based on how the suburbs looked in 1979. “If you're allocating dollars based on how Illinois looked 40 years ago, we're overdue for a change,” Naperville City Manager Doug Krieger said.

  • Three life sentences for Hoffman Estates murders Jul 10, 2014 4:57 AM
    D’Andre Howard will spend the rest of his life in jail for murdering three members of the Engelhardt family in Hoffman Estates in 2009, and for attempting to murder a fourth. “The wounds and pain that you inflicted on us have not weakened our family and will not define our future," Shelly Engelhardt said in court to the man who stabbed her and killed her husband, daughter and mother.

  • Report: Rauner firm gave contribution after deal Jul 9, 2014 7:48 PM
    A company once partially owned by Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner’s investment firm started making campaign contributions to Illinois Democrats after it won a multimillion-dollar Cook County contract, according to a report published Wednesday in Crain’s Chicago Business.

  • Dawn Patrol: Cop testifies in rape case; Geneva doctor accused Jul 9, 2014 5:51 AM
    Officer: Woman 'unresponsive' when found with man in W. Chicago. Geneva doctor accused of 2012 sexual assault. Harper College budget adjusts spending with enrollment dip. Former Larkin Center shutting down July 31. Life sentence stands in Nellessen slaying. Motorcyclist killed in Libertyville crash. Pedestrian hit by Metra train dies in Elgin. Is Cubs' plan really that hard to understand?

  • Dawn Patrol: Fund for boy caught in sinkhole; Barrington road projects Jul 8, 2014 5:38 AM
    Elgin boy caught in sinkhole home, fund set up. Barrington OK's road projects. Wheaton approves new DuPage health center. Why we don’t see lightning bugs in the suburbs. Fire at Rizzo’s in Naperville started outside. Boating victim identified as Arlington Heights woman. Mount Prospect settles with bar owner. Cary man accused of drug crimes, resisting arrest. Carmelo Anthony talk continues.

  • Visitor trapped in Cook County jail for about 30 hours Jul 8, 2014 10:21 PM
    A visitor to Cook County jail was trapped inside for about 30 hours over the Fourth of July weekend. Investigators are trying to determine why no one noticed the man hadn’t checked out.

  • Life sentence stands in Nellessen slaying Jul 8, 2014 6:27 PM
    A Cook County judge on Tuesday denied a defense motion to reconsider the life sentence he imposed on 22-year-old Matthew Nellessen, who murdered his widowed father George Nellessen in the family’s Arlington Heights home three years ago. Matthew Nellessen’s lack of contrition or remorse was one reason Judge Martin Agran cited in declining to reconsider, court transcripts show.

  • Cook County jail inmate charged with murder plot Jul 8, 2014 6:13 AM
    A Cook County Jail inmate has been charged in connection with his alleged involvement in a murder for hire plot. Sheriff’s Department officials say 29-year-old Everardo Salinas was charged July 2 with solicitation of murder after an undercover investigation found he had been looking to hire someone to kill a 15-year-old victim he had been charged with sexually assaulting in 2013. Investigators say they found Salinas had reached out to another inmate in an attempt to find a hit man to murder the juvenile victim in the pending case. Prosecutors say that Salinas visited late last month with an individual who he believed to be a hit-man. In actuality, the man was an undercover officer. Salinas was denied bond on July 3 by Cook County Circuit Judge Laura Sullivan.

  • Dawn Patrol: Construction at Good Shepherd, Fire at Naperville restaurant Jul 7, 2014 6:02 AM
    Work begins on new entrance at Good Shepherd; fire leaves Naperville restaurant uninhabitable; St. Charles police warn of suburban IRS scam; Dog Day at Frontier Days; sky diving comes to Naperville’s north side; two White Sox players make the All-Star Game, but not Sale; Cubs’ Castro an all-star; Samardzija in limbo

  • Al Salvi remembers run-in with IRS’s Lois Lerner Jul 4, 2014 7:00 AM
    As the IRS scandal continues to play out in Washington — most recently with the revelation of the loss of former top official Lois Lerner’s emails — the saga reminds Lake County attorney Al Salvi of his experience with Lerner. “It ruined my political career, so I remember this pretty well,” he said.

  • Experts warn fireworks may trigger PTSD episodes in veterans Jul 4, 2014 9:52 AM
    Fireworks aren't the symbols of freedom and liberty to many suburban combat veterans like they are to everyone else. Instead, the loud explosions and intermittent flashes trigger the anxiety and stress symptomatic of post-traumatic stress disorder. “What’s worse for these veterans are the days before or after and the unexpected booms,” said Amanda Feiner, an Arlington Heights therapist.

  • Federal money for South Side fire department Jul 3, 2014 6:02 AM
    The Federal Emergency Management Agency is making nearly $1.8 million available to a fire department in one of Chicago’s southern suburbs. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin’s office says the money goes to the Homewood Fire Department. Homewood applied for the grant on behalf of the region’s joint dispatch center. The money announced Wednesday will enable 18 departments in the south suburbs to issue new portable radios. They’re meant to improve communication between firefighters as they respond to fires and other emergency responders. The funding comes through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. Since 2001, that program has provided more than $5 billion to first-responders nationwide to help them purchase equipment and pay for training.

  • Dawn Patrol: Boy walks after sinkhole fall; fatal Naperville motorcycle crash Jul 3, 2014 5:38 AM
    Elgin boy takes steps after sinkhole accident. One killed, one injured in Naperville motorcycle crash. Local clergy hand out condoms at Hobby Lobby. Email prompts Quinn to withhold COD funding. Geneva doctor’s license suspended. Tollway named for Medal of Honor holder. Cubs beat Red Sox, sweep series. Bulls waiting on Carmelo, have options. Cubs beat Red Sox, sweep series. Fireworks, festival options.

  • Report: Siblings sue Big Brothers Big Sisters, say volunteer abused them Jul 3, 2014 11:56 AM
    A trio of siblings is suing Big Brothers Big Sisters out of DuPage for sexual abuse they received in the 1990s, the Chicago Tribune reports.

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