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  • Damage worse than thought in Japanese earthquake Nov 23, 2014 6:03 PM
    The damage from an overnight earthquake in a mountainous area of central Japan that hosted the 1998 winter Olympics proved more extensive than initially thought. A daylight assessment Sunday found at least 50 homes destroyed in two villages, and 41 people injured across the region, including seven seriously, mostly with broken bones, officials said.

     
  • Ferguson prepares for grand jury decision Nov 23, 2014 11:07 AM
    Crews erected barricades around the building where a grand jury has been considering whether to indict the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, even as a grand jury decision seemed unlikely this weekend. Tension has been mounting in Ferguson and elsewhere in the St. Louis area in recent days, with many speculating that the grand jury’s decision would be announced on Sunday. That seemed increasingly unlikely by late Saturday, although there was a noticeable uptick in the preparations being made.

     
  • Gambling nuke commander linked to fake poker chips Nov 23, 2014 8:01 AM
    On July 18 Rear Adm. Timothy M. Giardina was banned from both the Horseshoe and Harrah’s for 90 days, but he returned at least twice to play poker at the Horseshoe before the ban expired. The second time, in October, he was given a lifetime ban from all gambling establishments run by the Horseshoe’s owner, Caesar’s Entertainment Corp.

     
  • 2 men on sinking boat are rescued on Lake Michigan Nov 23, 2014 1:01 AM
    One Wisconsin man is recovering in a hospital after he and another man were rescued from a sinking boat on Lake Michigan Friday morning.

     
  • Letter that inspired Kerouac found Nov 23, 2014 9:59 PM
    It’s been called the letter that launched a literary genre — 16,000 amphetamine-fueled, stream-of-consciousness words written by Neal Cassady to his friend Jack Kerouac in 1950. Upon reading them, Kerouac scrapped an early draft of “On The Road” and, during a three-week writing binge, revised his novel into a style similar to Cassady’s, one that would become known as Beat literature.

     
  • Evacuation plans readied as Buffalo flooding looms Nov 23, 2014 7:35 PM
    A snowfall that brought huge drifts and closed roads in the Buffalo area finally ended Friday, yet residents still couldn’t breathe easy, as the looming threat of rain and higher temperatures through the weekend and beyond raised the possibility of floods and more roofs collapsing under the heavy loads.

     
  • 12-year-old suburban girl missing Nov 23, 2014 9:44 PM
    A 12-year-old girl has been missing since Saturday night and the Cook County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in finding her. Jordan Sumlin was last seen by her parents at approximately 8:10 p.m. on Saturday on the 5200 block of Shotkoski Drive in an unincorporated area near Hoffman Estates, according to a news release Sunday night.

     
  • Faiths unite to celebrate in Buffalo Grove Nov 23, 2014 9:55 PM
    In the Buffalo Grove area, the Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration is just as much of a tradition and cranberry sauce. The event, held by the Northwest Suburban Interfaith Council, takes place at a different house of worship each year. St. Mary Parish in Buffalo Grove was the site of this year’s celebration, which brings together worshipers of all faiths to celebrate each other’s religions and give thanks.

     
  • Police: Elgin man fleeing cops ends up in Fox River Nov 23, 2014 6:12 PM
    A 20-year-old man was rescued, treated and then arrested after he fell through ice on the Fox River Sunday afternoon while fleeing officers, Elgin police said.

     
  • Small trains draw big crowd to South Elgin open house Nov 23, 2014 6:01 PM
    The trains never stop, and neither did the crowds at the 65th annual Valley Model Railroad Club’s open house and food drive Sunday in South Elgin. Visitors watched trains run around a large HO model railroad layout, and some even had a chance to operate the trains.

     
  • New Des Plaines police dog helps recover $30,000 in drug money Nov 23, 2014 4:05 PM
    Des Plaines’ new police dog helped recover $30,000 in drug seizure funds just days after hitting the streets for the first time. But it’s the simple things that bring this dog happiness. “When he does something good, he gets his toy,” said Officer Steven Dickson. “His toy means the world to him.”

     
  • More than 30 horses reported dead in Crystal Lake-area barn fire Nov 23, 2014 4:55 PM
    State, county and local investigators sifted through the smoldering remains of a McHenry County barn Sunday where 32 horses died in a massive fire. “I’m devastated,” farm owner Amber Bauman said Sunday. “This is every barn owner’s worst nightmare.”

     
  • Wheaton doctors work to spread positive message about house calls Nov 23, 2014 7:33 AM
    Bernard and Margaret Sloan don't schedule their doctor's appointments at a clinic anymore. Instead, the couple -- married 67 years -- has check-ups and procedures done in the comfort of their Wheaton home by a physician who does house calls for a living. Some say “a perfect storm” is occurring that will push more people back into the direction of home health care in the near future. That includes a mix of health care changes due to the Affordable Care Act, the Medicare and Medicaid fiscal crisis, increasingly advanced and portable medical technology that can be brought into the home and a quickly aging population.

     
  • Constable: Bears make teen’s wish come true Nov 23, 2014 10:55 AM
    Bears fans might moan that today's showdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is a meaningless matchup of disappointing teams. But for Daniel Isufi, 14, of Arlington Heights, the game is his Make-A-Wish dream come true.

     
  • Churches, organizations offer free Thanksgiving meals to people in need Nov 23, 2014 2:59 PM
    Churches, restaurants and service organizations in the suburbs give the lonely, the elderly, the poor, the homeless and those in military service camaraderie and a great meal to be thankful for on our uniquely American holiday of Thanksgiving. Read about these giving people and organizations in our community and be thankful for them.

     
  • Images: Bears vs. Buccaneers Nov 23, 2014 5:02 PM
    Images: Chicago Bears vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

     
  • Gusty winds, snow expected in some suburbs Monday Nov 24, 2014 5:19 AM
    Colder air, strong winds and possibly 3 to 5 inches of snow will arrive in the area today, according to the National Weather Service. The weather service issued a winter weather advisory forecasting snow and 20 to 30 mph winds, with gusts nearing 40 mph, from 3 p.m. today through midnight for McHenry, Kane and Lake counties.

     
  • Ringling circus shed in Wisconsin gets $1M renovation Nov 22, 2014 9:18 AM
    Contractors have completed a more than $1 million renovation of a circus building that once housed train cars in Baraboo before the “greatest show on Earth” was taken across the country. The $1.2 million upgrade to the Ringling Bros. train shed is now finished after nearly a decade of planning and execution.

     
  • Illinois victims of LA phone scam Nov 22, 2014 8:54 AM
    A months-old phone scam that originated in Los Angeles is now targeting people across the country, including here in Illinois.

     
  • Family of NYC man killed by police seek answers Nov 22, 2014 9:53 AM
    The Rev. Al Sharpton is calling for prosecutors to do a thorough investigation into the police killing of an unarmed man in a darkened stairwell at a public housing building in New York City. Police have described a rookie officer’s shooting of Akai Gurley in a Brooklyn staircase as an apparent accident. But Sharpton asked Saturday how that can be known “until there is a thorough investigation of all that happened.”

     
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