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  • Suburbs putting new O'Hare noise on ballots Aug 21, 2014 5:11 AM
    As complaints about increased airplane noise from O'Hare International Airport grow louder, more towns are voicing their displeasure by putting advisory referendum questions on the Nov. 4 ballot. The completion of a new runway in October has upset thousands of area residents. “This is obviously an issue that needs to be addressed,” Bensenville Village President Frank Soto said.

     
  • Bat bite puts theatergoer on rabies treatment program Aug 21, 2014 5:40 AM
    A woman who was bitten by a bat Sunday at Palatine's Cutting Hall is now on a rabies treatment program. Joan Walsh says she felt something scratch her inner thigh shortly after sitting down in her seat and then another sharper scratching on her finger.

     
  • 2 Americans arrested in Bali under suicide watch Aug 20, 2014 4:42 PM
    An American couple arrested in Indonesia on suspicion of murdering the woman’s mother and stuffing her body into a suitcase at a resort hotel are being held under a suicide watch, their appointed lawyer said Wednesday.

     
  • Blocking Mulligan’s forte, but he likes to catch and pass now and then Aug 20, 2014 9:11 PM
    Bears backup tight end Matthew Mulligan has made an NFL career out of being an effective blocker, but he showed last week that he shouldn't be overlooked as a receiver. “Any opportunity you get in the NFL should be appreciated, whether it’s blocking like I’ve done for the last seven years or whether it’s playing special teams or catching a pass,” he said.

     
  • Hahn, White Sox look to the future Aug 20, 2014 10:51 PM
    The White Sox lost again Wednesday night, and general manager Rick Hahn said the club might not be fully competitive for three or four more years.

     
  • Archdiocese clears former Schaumburg pastor of abuse allegation Aug 20, 2014 6:51 PM
    New information has cleared a former pastor of St. Matthew Catholic Church in Schaumburg of allegations he sexually abused a young parishioner, leading to his reinstatement as a priest in good standing, the Archdiocese of Chicago confirmed Wednesday. An independent review board on July 24 removed the Rev. Joseph Wilk from a list of clergy with a substantiated allegations of abuse against them. Wilk had been placed on the list Feb. 5.

     
  • Bears' Jordan Palmer will be No. 2 QB Friday Aug 21, 2014 5:23 AM
    The competition for the Bears' top backup QB spot continues Friday night against the Seahawks in Seattle, where both Jordan Palmer and Jimmy Clausen will face a standout defense in the NFL's noisiest outdoor stadium. “It's a great opportunity because of the environment,” Palmer said. “There's going to be some adversity that we're going to have to deal with (regarding) the noise. It's a great opportunity to show some composure and move the team down the field.”

     
  • Jermaine Jones destined for MLS — and maybe Fire Aug 21, 2014 12:09 AM
    U.S. midfielder Jermaine Jones has signed with Major League Soccer and should find out within the next 24-48 hours whether he will play for the Chicago Fire or New England Revolution, sources said.

     
  • For Bears fans, there’s plenty of uncertainty Aug 19, 2014 6:48 AM
    Mike North believes the Chicago Bears will miss returner Devin Hester. And with the uncertainty of the Bears defense and special teams, he wonders if the Bears offense will turn into the "Air Coryell" teams in San Diego in the 1970s.

     
  • Daughter of slain Oak Park woman slain had troubled past Aug 19, 2014 1:10 PM
    Police reports point to a troubled relationship between an Oak Park woman and the daughter accused in her killing on the Indonesian resort island of Bali. Oak Park police were called 86 times in 10 years to the house where the two once lived.

     
  • Emanuel’s critics scurry to find 2015 challenger Aug 19, 2014 8:51 AM
    Rahm Emanuel swept into the Chicago mayor’s office with citywide support and a promise — some might say a threat — to tackle Chicago’s many problems. The former White House chief of staff has been true to his word. Along the way, he’s ticked off enough people to expect a serious challenge when he seeks a second term early next year.

     
  • Where does Chicago rank in sleep deprived cities? Aug 19, 2014 1:36 PM
    Feeling tired this week? It might be more than your imagination. Chicago residents get an average of 6 hours and 50 minutes of sleep at night, that's about 2,737 hours less of sleep over a lifetime than Orlando, the city in the U.S. that gets the most sleep.

     
  • MB Financial completes Taylor Capital purchase, merges banks Aug 19, 2014 11:56 AM
    MB Financial Inc. completed its acquisition of Taylor Capital Group Inc., the holding company for Cole Taylor Bank, as is it expands operations in Chicago. MB Financial merged Cole Taylor into MB Financial Bank, the Chicago-based buyer said today in a statement.

     
  • Tucker’s on mission to eliminate missed tackles Aug 19, 2014 7:49 PM
    Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker admits that missed tackles were one of the biggest problems for last year's crew, and correcting that that has been a daily focus in practice this year.

     
  • Chicago Little League team tops Texas 6-1 Aug 19, 2014 9:07 PM
    Joshua Houston struck out five in five innings, and Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West beat Pearland, Texas, 6-1, in an elimination game in the Little League World Series on Tuesday night. Chicago will face the loser of Wednesday’s game between Las Vegas and Philadelphia on Thursday night. Pearland has been eliminated.

     
  • LeGere: Playing Seahawks will test Bears’ offense Aug 19, 2014 7:53 PM
    The Bears' offense, which has some kinks to work out and questions to answer, will be tested in Friday night's third preseason game against the Seahawks in Seattles' noisy CenturyLink Field. Starters are expected to play at least until halftime.

     
  • Former Bears linebacker Tim Shaw says he has ALS Aug 19, 2014 9:38 PM
    Former NFL linebacker Tim Shaw has announced that he has ALS. In a 25-second video posted Tuesday on the Tennessee Titans’ web site, the 30-year-old Shaw reveals he was recently diagnosed with ALS and pours a bucket of ice water on his head as part of the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money and awareness to battle the disease.

     
  • Weekend picks: MTV's Chris DiStefano plays Zanies Aug 19, 2014 3:40 PM
    Comedian Chris DiStefano of MTV's “Guy Code” fame appears starting Thursday at Zanies locations in Chicago and Rosemont. Fans of all things fantasy and sci-fi won't want to miss the Wizard World Convention Comic Con 2014 starting Thursday in Rosemont. Meet and get autographs from actresses Patricia Rodriguez Vonne, Crystal McCahill and Rosario Dawson before screenings of “Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Die For” at the Hollywood Palms Cinema in Naperville. And check out the Color Aloft Balloon Festival at Central Park in Grayslake.

     
  • $1 million bond set for 2 men in Chicago crash Aug 18, 2014 8:49 AM
    A Cook County judge has ordered two men held on $1 million bond each in connection to a police chase that ended in a fatal crash. The Chicago Sun-Times reports 18-year-old Gabriel Johnson had his bond set Sunday on charges of reckless homicide, aggravated DUI and unlawful possession of a handgun.

     
  • Chicago Housing Authority adjusts voucher program Aug 18, 2014 7:11 PM
    Chicago Housing Authority officials say the agency will lower the limit on exception payments for housing vouchers in a program that has allowed some of the city’s poorest residents to live in high-priced apartments.

     
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