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  • Training of new Gary police officers delayed Jul 28, 2014 8:58 AM
    A Fraternal Order of Police leader says the city of Gary is dragging its feet in hiring additional officers, raising concerns among the rank and file in the wake of the fatal shooting of a patrolman.Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson has said putting more police on the streets is a priority, but officers don’t believe that’s the case, FOP Lodge 61 President Sam Abegg told the Post-Tribune for a story Sunday , three weeks after the fatal shooting of Patrolman Jeffrey Westerfield.

  • Police: 1 man charged in Chicago train robbery Jul 28, 2014 8:54 AM
    Police say a 20-year-old man has been charged with boarding a Chicago Transit Authority train, pulling out a gun and robbing passengers of wallets, phones and jewelry.Chicago police said Sunday that Michael A. Taylor of Chicago is charged with four felony counts of robbery with a firearm and two felony counts of aggravated assault in the July 16 incident.

  • Police: Chicago men arrested for shooting boy Jul 28, 2014 8:54 AM
    Chicago Police say two men have been arrested in the shooting of a 3-year-old boy hit in the abdomen and hip.The Chicago Sun-Times reports 19-year-old Alger Sanchez and 22-year-old Anton Aseves were charged Sunday with two counts each of attempted first-degree murder. They were charged with one count each of aggravated battery and discharge of a firearm.

  • Lollapalooza looms, so do Chicago traffic woes Jul 28, 2014 8:54 AM
    One of the country’s most popular music festivals starts in Chicago in a few days and that means traffic headaches for some motorists. Sections of some roads in downtown Chicago are already being closed as Lollapalooza organizers set up for the three-day event that starts on Friday. Around 100,000 people are expected to attend each day of the festival in Chicago’s lakefront Grant Park. The rock band Kings of Leon and rapper Eminem are among this year’s headliners. Most streets shut down during the festival will reopen by early next. But a few sections will stayed closed for a few additional days as festival organizers clean up and haul away stages.

  • Dawn Patrol: Chicago greats in Hall of Fame; Lisle man killed in crash Jul 28, 2014 5:49 AM
    Maddux delivers one more brilliant outing; 'emotional’ Thomas takes his spot in Cooperstown; Lisle man killed in Ogden Avenue motorcycle crash; Mt. Prospect teens learn to be entrepreneurs; Lake in the Hills man gets second chance after drug arrest; firefighter hurt in Bartlett house fire

  • Cahokia Mounds excavators make interesting find Jul 28, 2014 8:57 AM
    Experts say student archaeologists excavating the Cahokia Mounds in southern Illinois have made an interesting find that could reveal information about Native American religious beliefs. The students, from the University of Bologna in Italy, found a bundle of whelk shells and bird bones tied together.“Most of what we find are fragments of pottery shards and little bits of arrow points and things like that,” Lori Belknap, the executive director of the Cahokia Mounds Museum Society, told the Southern Illinoisan .

  • Addison woman shot during Indiana robbery attempt Jul 28, 2014 5:47 AM
    Police say a mother and her two daughters were shot during an attempted robbery in Hammond. Hammond Police Lt. Rich Hoyda says two men tried to rob a 41-year-old woman Sunday morning while she was in the car with her daughters, ages 15 and 12.

  • Calvary Church sends 1,000 volunteers to serve community Jul 28, 2014 9:35 AM
    Roughly 1,000 volunteers from Calvary Church in Naperville will go into 16 sites around the community to perform cleanup projects and be an extension of God’s love on Aug. 2 and 3.

  • Harper professor releasing second rock album Jul 28, 2014 9:25 AM
    Harper College English professor Greg Herriges never expected his band Athanor to get a record deal. When that finally happened in 2013 – 40 years after recording their first collection of demos – he assumed that was as far as the band could go.

  • Dogs get their day at Cantigny Park on Aug. 2 Jul 28, 2014 9:36 AM
    Cantigny Park will play host to its sixth annual Dog Days festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. It’s the one day each year when guests and their pets are invited to enjoy the park together.

  • ‘Spring Awakening’ opens Friday in Des Plaines Jul 28, 2014 9:08 AM
    ArtReach Educational Theatre in partnership with Spotlite Theatrix Production Company is staging "Spring Awakening." Book and lyrics by Steven Sater, music by Duncan Sheik, based on the play by Frank Wedekind.

  • CCSD21, Indian Trails partner for expanded library access Jul 28, 2014 9:19 AM
    Teachers in Community Consolidated School District 21 will have expanded access to resources in the coming school year, thanks to a partnership with the Indian Trails Public Library District.

  • Be aware of street closures for North Aurora Days Jul 28, 2014 9:20 AM
    North Aurora Days is this weekend. Residents should be aware of road closures during the festival.

  • Rockin’ country band at Bartlett library’s ‘Fravinia’ Jul 28, 2014 9:15 AM
    Billy Croft & the 5 Alarm, a red-hot country rock band, will play at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 8, at the Bartlett Public Library, the third concert in the “Fravinia” series of free music and entertainment.

  • Benedictine invites public to National Night Out event Jul 28, 2014 9:30 AM
    The Benedictine University Police Department invites the public to attend a National Night Out event from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 5 at the university’s main campus, 5700 College Road, Lisle.

  • Fox Valley Park District’s ‘Amazing Race’ returns Aug. 9 Jul 28, 2014 9:41 AM
    The Fox Valley Park District’s local adaptation of the famously frenetic TV show “The Amazing Race” returns Saturday, Aug. 9, with the sixth annual rendition of the event at 9 a.m. from the Eola Community Center, 555 S. Eola Road, Aurora.

  • Why this is the worst summer construction season ever Jul 28, 2014 5:15 AM
    Late for day care. Late for work. Late for meetings. Crawling along I-355. At a standstill on I-90. Sweating on Route 31. Weeping on the Elgin O'Hare (not) Expressway. Is this the worst summer for traffic ever? “It is one of the worst and it is only going to get worse,” University of Illinois at Chicago expert Steve Schlickman predicted.

  • Hackmatack refuge gives birders a chance to explore new territory Jul 28, 2014 11:01 AM
    If you like birding, you’ve probably heard something about Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge, the newly established preserve that straddles the Illinois-Wisconsin border. Hackmatack is a wonderful opportunity for suburban birders to explore the first and only national wildlife refuge within 100 miles of Chicago.

  • Voters may decide on Wauconda Community Center expansion Jul 28, 2014 5:18 AM
    A $4.75 million expansion plan could nearly double the size of the Wauconda Community Center — but it would first need voter approval. The Wauconda Park District’s proposal calls for a 10,000-square-foot addition to the 21-year-old building in Cook Park.

  • Japan to step up sanctions against Russia Jul 28, 2014 11:40 AM
    Japan is stepping up sanctions against Russia over the unrest in Ukraine.Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Monday the sanctions include the freezing of assets held in Japan by individuals and groups supporting the separation of Crimea from Ukraine, and a ban on Crimean imports. He said the steps are in line with measures taken by European Union and Group of Seven nations.

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