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  • St. John Paul II statue dedication at Niles cemetery Sep 1, 2014 4:33 PM
    Catholic Cemeteries of Chicago has announced the addition of a new sculpture honoring Saint John Paul II at Maryhill Cemetery, 8600 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Niles. The 32-foot-tall sculpture will be dedicated by Most Rev. Andrew Wypych, auxiliary bishop of Chicago, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6. Musical accompaniment will be provided by the Lira Singers Quartet.

     
  • Florida firm acquires Golf Mill property for $60 million Aug 20, 2014 10:12 AM
    The majority of the Golf Mill Shopping Center property in Niles has been sold to Palm Beach, Florida-based Sterling Organization for $60 million, the company announced Wednesday. The private equity real estate investment firm will acquire 912,382 square feet of the 1.1 million-square-foot shopping center. The property was purchased through the firm's institutional fund Sterling Value Add Partners, LP, for $60 million from the family that originally developed the shopping center over 50 years ago.

     
  • Unlicensed, uninsured drivers cost us all Aug 9, 2014 5:01 AM
    A Niles letter to the editor: Gun control and illegal immigration have gotten so much attention in recent months, but why aren’t we addressing the problem of unlicensed/uninsured drivers? This too is a major law enforcement issue. Check the police blotter in the paper and you’ll commonly see two or three such arrests following minor accidents or routine traffic stops.

     
  • Trial delayed for 2 of 3 men accused in Wauconda home invasion Aug 4, 2014 1:22 PM
    The trial date for two of three men accused of invading a Wauconda apartment and shooting a 26-year-old man was delayed in Lake County court Monday. Attorneys for Jose Alfredo Dominguez-Eleperez, 27, of Wheeling, and John Nava, 19, of Niles, requested more time, claiming more investigation needed to be done on the case. Prosecutors said the trial for the third man, Noe J. Brito-Ramirez, 22, of Crystal Lake, will most likely be delayed Tuesday.

     
  • Investors ‘bullish’ on acquiring properties in Arlington Heights, elsewhere Jul 25, 2014 4:26 PM
    The Metrolofts in downtown Arlington Heights, which was the center of a bankruptcy of its developer, was purchased for about $3.8 million by an attorney and a real estate developer who have been buying distressed properties around the suburbs. One was raised in Arlington Heights and the other in Mount Prospect.

     
  • New director for Lombard’s Plum Library Jul 18, 2014 5:03 PM
    A new director has been chosen to lead the Helen M. Plum Memorial Library District in Lombard. The library’s board of trustees selected Barbara Kruser to take over the position on Aug. 18, after longtime director Robert Harris retires. Kruser has spent her entire career at the Niles Library, where she was hired as a reference librarian in 1989.

     
  • Religion fuels Libertyville financial expert to help, advise Jul 7, 2014 5:04 AM
    Kukec's People features Roch Tranel, founder and president of The Tranel Financial Group in Libertyville, who follows his christian values in business as well as in the community, where he enjoys cultivating leaders.

     
  • The Big Greek Food Festival of Niles Jul 3, 2014 7:28 AM
    The Big Greek Food Festival of Niles at 7373 Caldwell Avenue in Niles, IL invites you to experience the sights, sounds, and smells of Greece. The festival begins at 5:00pm on July 18th and continues Saturday and Sunday opening at 3:00pm all three nights we are open until midnight. The festival features authentic homemade Greek food, pastries,live Greek music by Rythmos Entertainment: Chicago Greek Band, professional Greek dancers, a kids korner with great entertainment for the children such as a magician and a balloon artist, and many more great things to experience! There is plenty of free parking! For more information visit and like our Facebook page or call (847) 647-8880. We hope to see everyone at the festival this year!

     
  • Bank robber to spend extra 6 months in prison Jun 18, 2014 5:10 PM
    A federal judge in Chicago says a 74-year-old who gained notoriety for robbing a Niles bank so he could return to prison must serve an extra six months behind bars.

     
  • Oakton duo wins first at Skyway STEM Competition Jun 2, 2014 1:40 PM
    Two Oakton Community College students received first-place medals in the biology category at the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference’s annual STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Poster Competition hosted by Morton College, in Cicero, on April 25.

     
  • Convicted sex offender pleads guilty to new charges May 27, 2014 8:55 PM
    A man sentenced in January for molesting an 8-year-old child with special needs at a suburban church pleaded guilty Tuesday to two additional charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, prosecutors said. Robert Sobczak, 20, admitted to assaulting a Schaumburg teen who is autistic, blind and developmentally disabled between December 2012 and March 2013.

     
  • Niles man also faces charges in McHenry County May 10, 2014 5:34 PM
    A 19-year-old Niles man who is being held in Lake County jail in lieu of $500,000 bail as the third suspect in a Wauconda apartment break-in and shooting that wounded a man last Sunday also is facing charges in McHenry County.

     
  • Third suspect in Wauconda shooting held on $500,000 bail May 9, 2014 5:59 PM
    A 19-year-old Niles man is held in Lake County jail in lieu of $500,000 bail as the third suspect in a Wauconda apartment break-in and shooting that wounded a man Sunday night. John Nava appeared in Lake County bond court Friday before Judge Joseph Salvi.

     
  • Police charge three men in Sunday’s Wauconda apartment break-in, shooting May 8, 2014 6:15 PM
    A 26-year-old Chicago man was surrounded, slashed at and eventually shot by three opposing gang members who had burst into his girlfriend’s Wauconda apartment Sunday night and attacked him in bed, authorities said during a Lake County bond hearing Thursday. The victim survived the attack, authorities said.

     
  • Robber who was homesick for prison gets 3½ years Apr 17, 2014 8:13 PM
    An ex-con who spent most of his adult life in behind bars on Thursday got what he said he wanted for robbing a Niles bank. The 74-year-old gets to go back to the place he called home — prison. Telling Walter Unbehaun he frightened a teller by showing her a revolver tucked in his pants during the 2013 heist, a federal judge imposed a 3½-year prison sentence, citing the man’s lengthy rap sheet that includes crimes from home invasion to kidnapping. “This is not the first time you’ve inspired fear,” Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman said, repeatedly scolding the high-school dropout and part-time bathtub repairman. As he had on the day he robbed the bank, Unbehaun gripped a cane as he hobbled to the podium to make a brief statement. He didn’t withdraw his wish to go to prison, though he said, “I don’t want to die in prison.” “My crime is bad, there ain’t no doubt,” he said in a strong voice. “I just wanna be like everybody else.” Boredom and loneliness, defense filings said, had partly led Unbehaun to conclude that a life on the inside was preferable to struggling to cope on the outside. No family or friends of Unbehaun attended Thursday’s hearing, and no letters of support were posted on his docket. Listening to the proceedings, Unbehaun fidgeted and rubbed his forearms, both of which sported tattoos. He occasionally nodded as his lawyer spoke. On Feb. 9 of last year, he walked into the bank with a cane but no disguise, displayed a loaded revolver in his waistband and told the teller, “I don’t want to hurt you.” With $4,178 in loot shoved in his pocket, he drove to a nearby motel and waited for police to arrive. Confronted by authorities in the motel parking lot, the bald, portly Unbehaun dropped his cane, raised his hands and startled police by his apparent joy at getting nabbed. At his initial court appearance, he also bewildered his appointed lawyer. “His first words were, ‘I just want to go home,” that same attorney, Richard McLeese, told the court Thursday. For a minutes, McLeese recalled, he thought Unbehaun was saying he hoped to get bond. Then, it dawned on him what Unbehaun meant. “It is, without a doubt, one of the saddest and most disturbing cases I’ve dealt with,” he said. Lead prosecutor Sharon Fairley conceded the judge faced a dilemma: Sending Unbehaun to prison could be seen as more reward than punishment to him, but setting him free would risk him committing another serious crime. Unbehaun’s unusual case also raised broader societal questions, she said in one filing. “Did the system fail Mr. Unbehaun? Or was his inability to stay out of jail the result of his own free will?” she asked. “We may never know. But what we do know, clearly, is Mr. Unbehaun lacks the desire to lead a law-abiding life outside of prison walls.” The Chicago-born Unbehaun first went to prison at 23 for transporting a stolen car. His record includes more than half a dozen convictions, including — ironically — escaping from prison. Media accounts from 1970 describe how he kidnapped a 19-year-old girl and left her bound to an Ohio motel bed as fled in her car. For that, he was sentenced to 25 years. His most recent decadelong prison term, for bank robbery, ended in 2011. Unbehaun pleaded guilty in September to the 2013 bank robbery in Niles. Prosecutors had asked for a sentence of about seven years; the defense asked for three. Unbehaun’s third wife died while he was behind bars. Following his 2011 release, his sister and her husband bought Unbehaun, a childless widower, a trailer home in rural Rock Hill, S.C., the couple said Wednesday. Bored and alone, Unbehaun spent his days watching television or drawing and painting. “He was living like a hermit,” McLeese said. “The analogy he drew was that it was like living in solitary confinement.” McLeese told the court Thursday the onset of mild dementia may have contributed to his client’s decision to rob his way back into prison. And he said the last judge who sentenced him had failed to ensure he had adequate mental health treatment. Coleman said Unbehaun would also serve three years of closely monitored probation and that mental health services should be readily available to him. As the hearing ended, Unbehaun requested he be sent to FCI Greenville prison in southern Illinois, walking her through the various benefits of the facility, including good work programs. Coleman agreed to recommend that prison. She then shook her head. “It’s sad,” she said, “to have a defendant who knows the facilities and knows which ones to go to.”

     
  • MFRI sees 34 precent sales gain in 2013 Apr 15, 2014 10:07 AM
    MFRI, Inc. said net sales for 2013 rose 34 percent as a result of growth in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

     
  • UOP in Des Plaines sponsors chemistry competition Apr 4, 2014 2:03 PM
    UOP volunteers and $10,000 in grant money from Honeywell Hometown Solutions recently helped more than 3,000 students from Chicago-area middle schools learn more about science through the Chemical Educational Foundation’s You Be The Chemist program. “The You Be The Chemist program is a terrific annual event that aims to generate enthusiasm for science in the critical middle school age group,” said Doug Nafis with Des Plaines-based UOP.

     
  • Generations run Volo’s Fish Lake, while generations have returned Mar 24, 2014 4:58 AM
    Kukec's People features Volo's Fish Lake Resort and how five generations have kept it moving ahead for 75 years.

     
  • Fox Valley police reports Mar 17, 2014 6:09 PM
    [No Paragraph Style]NewsJavier Diaz, 42, of Hanover Park, was charged with obstructing identification after he gave police a false name and date of birth after he was identified as the driver of a vehicle that hit a pedestrian Sunday in the 800 block of North State Street, according to a police report. Diaz was also wanted on a Cook County warrant.

     
  • Displaced animal shelter closer to new home Mar 10, 2014 7:03 PM
    Wright-Way Rescue, a no-kill shelter that had to abandon its Niles location after a bus crashed into it last October, said Monday it’s on track to open its new Morton Grove adoption center in late spring.

     
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