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  • Report: Boozer to join L.A. Lakers Jul 17, 2014 5:46 PM
    Carlos Boozer has landed with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to multiple reports. The Bulls used the amnesty provision on the burly power forward Tuesday. By using the amnesty rule, the Bulls released Boozer and are still liable for his $16.8 million salary this season, but it won’t count toward the salary cap or luxury tax.

  • Mike North video: Second half baseball preview Jul 17, 2014 10:29 AM
    It’s good we have some individuals to watch in baseball like the White Sox’ Chris Sale and Jose Abreu and the Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro, but Mike North doesn’t think their respective teams have very good futures.

  • Don’t expect Ozzie Guillen to get his wish Jul 17, 2014 10:07 PM
    While Ozzie Guillen expressed interest in returning to the Chicago White Sox some day, Mike North thinks the chances for that happening are pretty slim.

  • Motorists get extra day to buy Chicago stickers Jul 16, 2014 8:58 AM
    The city of Chicago is giving residents an extra 24 hours to purchase vehicle stickers after problems were reported with the city’s computer system. Tuesday was to be the last chance for motorists to buy annual vehicle stickers before fines are imposed. However, currency exchanges and other locations that weren’t part of the city clerk’s office were reporting problems with after-hour sales.

  • Cook County sheriff boosts Chicago warrant arrests Jul 16, 2014 8:59 AM
    The Cook County Sheriff’s Department will increase efforts to apprehend people wanted for violent crimes in an effort to reduce gun violence in Chicago. Cook County Jail executive director Cara Smith says sheriff’s deputies are being shifted from suburban Robbins, where they were working to reduce violence, to Chicago. Smith told the Chicago Sun-Times the deputies won’t be patrolling Chicago’s streets, but will work with the police department’s fugitive teams more frequently.

  • Prosecutor: Man slapped, spit on Illinois judge Jul 16, 2014 9:35 AM
    Illinois prosecutors are charging a Chicago man with a hate crime after they say he spat at and slapped a black female judge. An assistant state’s attorney tells the Chicago Sun-Times that David Nicosia told Judge Arnette Hubbard he wanted her to stop smoking outside a Chicago courthouse. The attorney says Nicosia called the 79-year-old judge “Rosa Parks” and spat in her face.

  • 1.1 million attend Taste of Chicago, down from last year Jul 16, 2014 7:56 AM
    tormy weather meant 400,000 fewer people attended the Taste of Chicago this year. Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office says about 1.1 million people attended the annual food and music festival this year in Grant Park.

  • Bullpen hardly Sox’ biggest concern Jul 16, 2014 8:47 PM
    The bullpen has been an issue, but it’s not the biggest problem facing the White Sox, says Sox Insider Chris Rongey.

  • White Sox claim pitcher off waivers from Rockies Jul 16, 2014 2:39 PM
    The Chicago White Sox filled out their 40-man roster Wednesday by claiming right-handed pitcher Raul Fernandez off waivers from the Colorado Rockies. Team officials then assigned the 24-year-old reliever to Class A Winston-Salem.

  • Reports: Preckwinkle rules out running for Chicago mayor Jul 15, 2014 2:46 PM
    Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has ruled out running for mayor of Chicago, the Chicago Tribune is reporting.

  • Professor: New police-file policy will shine light Jul 15, 2014 1:01 AM
    An agreement to make public all completed investigations of Chicago police misconduct will shine a light like never before on a department that has long been dogged by a reputation for brutality and a code of silence, according to a law school professor involved in the litigation that led to the city’s decision.

  • Except for Cleveland, Bulls put together best off-season Jul 15, 2014 5:18 AM
    While the Cleveland Cavaliers got their guy back and the world is right again in Ohio, the Chicago Bulls got Pau Gasol, and outside of LeBron James’ return to Cleveland, Mike North believes that’s the best addition any NBA team made in the off-season.

  • 5 injured in Chicago horse-drawn carriage accident Jul 15, 2014 8:14 AM
    Police in Chicago say an SUV and horse-drawn carriage accident has injured five people, including four children. Chicago police tell the Chicago Sun-Times that the SUV rear-ended the carriage late Monday. There were no passengers in the carriage. The driver was injured. Fire department officials say the children were passengers in the SUV.

  • Top Hawks prospect Hartman learning by experience Jul 16, 2014 12:48 PM
    Ryan Hartman has been a man on the move lately. For the native of West Dundee, whose family recently relocated to Naperville while he himself has set up shop in Lincoln Park, it's been a whirlwind year or so. “It's nice to see the guys and the coaching staff and be around the organization and wearing the Blackhawks sweater,” the 20-year-old forward said. “It's good to be here and around all of the guys.”

  • So just how do revamped Bulls stack up in East? Jul 15, 2014 10:37 PM
    The Bulls officially used the amnesty clause on Carlos Boozer, creating cap space to sign Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic. How will the Bulls revamped roster stack up in the East next season?

  • Glen Ellyn entrepreneur forsakes tech’s nomadic life Jul 14, 2014 4:58 PM
    Kukec's People features Saad Rehmani of Glen Ellyn who forgoes his father's world travels to stay here in the area. But he recently left innovative Redbox and has settled at Kapow.

  • Jails struggle with role as makeshift asylums Jul 14, 2014 5:00 AM
    The numbers, posted daily on the Cook County sheriff’s website, would be alarming at an urgent care clinic, let alone a jail: On a Wednesday, 36 percent of all new arrivals report having a mental illness. On a Friday, it’s 54 percent. But inside the razor wire framing the 96-acre compound, the faces and voices of the newly arrested confirm its accidental role as Chicago’s treatment center of last resort for people with serious mental illnesses.

  • Mike North video: Chicago baseball all stars Jul 14, 2014 10:56 AM
    Mike North is pleasantly surprised the Cubs and White Sox have a total of five players making the all-star team this year.

  • Romanian midfielder joins Chicago Fire Jul 14, 2014 11:52 AM
    Veteran Romanian midfielder Razvan Cocis, 31, has signed with the Chicago Fire, team officials announced Monday. “Razvan is an experienced, well-traveled central midfielder,” said Fire head coach Frank Yallop, whose team has struggled to a 3-10-4 record and sits in eighth place in the Eastern Conference. “He brings a wealth of international experience and will be a great addition as we enter the second half of the season.”

  • Cubs’ trade stings a bit, but it was the right move Jul 14, 2014 10:24 AM
    Now that the shock of the Jeff Samardzija/Jason Hammel deal has worn off, Cubs Insider Len Kasper don’t think there should be much question about what the Cubs did and why they did it. Trading Samardzija was inevitable so why wait until next year when you are more likely to be in buy mode?

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