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  • Gerald Chverchko, 42, of the 10900 block of Mayfield Lane in Huntley, was charged with punching a Chicago police officer after a Dave Matthews concert Friday night at Northerly Island.

    Huntley man charged with punching cop after Dave Matthews concertJul 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Huntley man faces charges alleging he punched a Chicago police officer after a Dave Matthews concert Friday night at Northerly Island. Gerald Chverchko is charged with aggravated battery of a police officer and resisting a police officer.

     
  • Abreu, Ramirez both deserving of star statusJul 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    Unless you’ve been marooned on an island for the last three months, you’ve heard about White Sox rookie Jose Abreu. And unless you’ve just returned from a walkabout in the Australian Outback, you know that Abreu has played the first half like an all star. But if any of those apply, you returned home just in time to find out that Abreu has been rewarded with an All Star Game appearance in his first season in the big leagues. If you’re one of these people, let me just tell you that his selection is absolutely deserving.

     
  • Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta has been flirting with no-hitters and appears to be throwing with a lot of confidence. Like Vince Scully, broadcaster Len Kasper believes he's not doing his job if he doesn't alert baseball fans of a no-hitter in progress.

    Broadcasters have a duty to talk about no-hittersJul 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    The amount of nasty and incoherent tweets that Len Kasper gets every time there’s a no-hitter in progress is astounding to him. As he explains in today's Cubs Insider column, "Our job in the booth is to tell people what’s happening (duh!). It’s also to keep people watching (double duh!). And if we don’t mention that a no-hitter is in progress, I am completely whiffing on my duties."

     
  • Cubs starting pitcher Edwin Jackson has excellent stuff, but, like always, his inconsistency can be maddening.

    Too much bad to go around for Cubs, White SoxJul 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    As the Cubs and Sox barrel toward 90 games (and 50 losses), Matt Spiegel refuses to wait for the All-Star Game break to dissect what we’ve seen.

     
  • Comedian Paul Reiser (“Mad About You”) returns to Zanies in Rosemont.

    Weekend picks: Fests, bands and Paul ReiserJul 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    “Mad About You” comedian Paul Reiser returns this Saturday to do standup comedy at Zanies in Rosemont. Catch Smash Mouth amid the rides and carnival games at the Northwest Fourth-Fest Saturday night at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates. The Mount Prospect Lions Club hosts its annual Village Festival in Melas Park this weekend. The Eyes to the Skies Festival promises a carnival, fireworks and its famous array of colorful hot air balloons.

     
  • Tony Borcia

    Quinn signs boating rules inspired by Libertyville boy’s deathJul 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    Gov. Pat Quinn has approved several laws aimed at increasing boater safety on a holiday weekend that many Illinois residents are spending on lakes and rivers.

     
  • Customs at O’Hare snags $700,000 in undeclared jewelryJul 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    Customs officers seized a cache of jewelry from an alleged smuggler worth nearly $700,000 at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency announced the seizure Friday, July 4, noting the American citizen who failed to declare the items now faces a penalty of up to the jewelry’s domestic value.

     
  • Will Julian Green could be one of the many new players to lead the United States to the World Cup in 2018.

    Attention shifts to 2018 U.S. soccer teamJul 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    Hank Steinbrecher has been to many World Cups and enjoyed every one of them, but he doesn’t regret skipping this one. The Glen Ellyn native got to witness America embrace the World Cup, leaving us with a big question: What's next? Orrin Schwarz tries to answer that question as the attention shifts to the 2018 team.

     
  • Gov. Pat Quinn

    Federal subpoena issued for anti-violence program emailsJul 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    A federal grand jury has subpoenaed the emails of officials involved in Gov. Pat Quinn’s troubled anti-violence program, the latest chapter in a story that has become a major issue in Quinn’s re-election campaign.

     
  • Chicago must pay legal fees in gun store lawsuitJul 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    Chicago lost its legal battle to keep gun stores out of the city, and now it must pick up the tab for nearly $1 million in legal fees that the winners spent on the case.

     
  • Ex-basketball coach acquitted of sex chargesJul 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    A former Chicago charter school basketball coach has been acquitted of charges he forced a student to perform a sex act in his automobile and attempted to assault another girl.

     
  • Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija, reportedly on his way to Oakland, has a 2.83 earned run average this season.

    Sources: Cubs trade Samardzija, Hammel to OaklandJul 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Oakland Athletics have an agreement in place to acquire right-handers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Cubs for three top-line prospects in a surprising trade for baseball’s top team, two people with knowledge of the deal said Friday night.

     
  • The Cubs’ Chris Coghlan slides safely into home as Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos waits for the throw during the fifth inning Friday in Washington, D.C.

    Cubs’ bats hot in 7-2 win over NationalsJul 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    Jason Hammel pitched six-plus innings and Justin Ruggiano homered for the second straight game, leading the Cubs to a 7-2 victory over the Washington Nationals. The Cubs broke it open in the ninth when Ruggiano singled in Darwin Barney and Starlin Castro added a two-run single. Chris Coghlan had two hits and scored three times as the Cubs collected 14 hits in their fourth consecutive victory.

     
  • Knowles Corp. said it has developed a digital microphone for a smartphones or tablet with touchless gesture recognition, phone-to-phone data transmission, and other features.

    Itasca’s Knowles takes microphone to new levelJul 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Kukec's eBuzz column features a new digital microphone that will be going into new smartphones and other devices that will eliminate swiping the screen when turning on and off any calls. The device will also allow you to transfer data just by holding up the smartphone to another device.

     
  • Attorney General Lisa Madigan

    Madigan opposing ComEd, Peoples Gas rate increasesJul 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Illinois’ attorney general is trying to block rate increases proposed by ComEd and Peoples Gas. Lisa Madigan says Madigan says a plan by ComEd to pay $87 million in employee bonuses from a requested $275 million rate increase is illegal.

     
  • Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

    Emanuel super PAC raises $1 million in 2 weeksJul 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    A super PAC created to help re-elect Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his allies on the Chicago City Council has raked in $1 million largely from high profile members of Chicago’s business community.

     
  • Geneva seeks public’s help on Swedish Day parade burglaryJul 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    While the South Shore Drill Team was performing in the Swedish Days parade in Geneva, someone was burglarizing their bus. Geneva police are asking the public for help in catching the perpetrators.

     
  • Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge is now in prison for lying about the torture of suspects decades ago.

    Court upholds police pension in Chicago torture caseJul 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    An imprisoned former Chicago police commander accused of overseeing the torture of dozens of men — almost all of them black — to coerce confessions will keep his pension of more than $3,000 a month, under a decision Thursday by the Illinois Supreme Court.

     
  • Tameka Lawson, executive director of a local non-profit group called ‘I Grow Chicago’ leads a yoga class along the often violent streets of Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. Lawson said yoga’s meditative focus could help cooler heads prevail the next time violence or vengeance looms.

    Chicago group answers street violence with yogaJul 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    With their brightly colored mats spread along a sidewalk, Tameka Lawson’s yoga students try to follow her instructions: concentrate on their breathing and focus on the beauty of their surroundings. But this is Englewood, one of Chicago’s most dangerous neighborhoods, where streets are dotted with boarded-up houses and overgrown lots, and residents are as familiar with the crackle of gunfire as the chime of an ice cream truck.

     
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