Orbit Skate Center ending 46-year run in Palatine

Orbit Skate Center will vanish from the suburban landscape at the end of the month, ending a 46-year run as an iconic gathering place in Palatine. The rink, which bills itself as the "original social network," will close March 31, owner Sandra Levin announced. She cited the high cost of operating a large roller skating facility in Cook County as the reason she's selling the building. Full story.

Should U-46 support Hanover Park taxing district extension?

U-46 officials later this month will discuss whether to support extending the life of a special taxing district in Hanover Park. The Village Center Tax Increment Financing District, or TIF 3, established in 2001, has a $6.6 million deficit. Full story.

Authorities are searching for this man, who the FBI says robbed a TCF Bank location in Schaumburg on Tuesday morning. Courtesy of the FBI
FBI searches for Schaumburg bank robber

Authorities are searching for a man who robbed a TCF Bank in Schaumburg Tuesday morning. According to the FBI, the man held up the bank at 2501 W. Schaumburg Road about 10:22 a.m. Tuesday. Full story.

Police investigating fatal shooting in North Chicago

Lake County police are searching for the person who shot and killed a 29-year-old North Chicago man early Monday. The victim, who was not identified by police officials, was shot while sitting in the passenger seat of a car in North Chicago, according to a news release issued Tuesday afternoon. Full story.

Fire, vandalism at Behm Park in Fremont Township

Lake County sheriff's police are searching for one or more people who burned down a shed and vandalized other structures at Fremont Township's Behm Park Monday night. Full story.

Des Plaines-area teen and her son missing

Police are searching for a 17-year-old girl from the Des Plaines area -- and her son -- who left a note saying she was running away. Katherine Lujano and her 18-month-old son, Eric Manriquez, were last seen around 4 p.m. Friday. Full story.


Cloudy and 26 degrees this morning. Highs today in the low 30s, with lows tonight around 20. Full story.


No major delays to report this morning. Intersection work is scheduled to close the right lane of Ogden Avenue in each direction near Columbia Street in Naperville until May. Full traffic.

Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Baez has designs on winning a Gold Glove this season. Last year he played 80 games at second base, 73 at shortstop. John Starks | Staff Photographer, Oct. 18, 2017
Will Baez finally rule at second base for Cubs?

Could this be the year we witness an official changing of the guard, with Javier Baez taking over as the Cubs' everyday second baseman? The time seems right, and the conditions seem ripe. It's getting more difficult to keep Baez off the field, and he wasted no time showing why, making a pair of dazzling plays in one early spring game. Full story.

The Bulls' Kris Dunn drives past Boston's Jaylen Brown during the first half of Monday's game at the United Center. Associated Press
As losses pile up, Bulls counting on Dunn to step up

Watching the Chicago Bulls bench veterans and change lineups every five games, it's easy to get the impression their top priority is to lose games. Coach Fred Hoiberg offered another opinion Tuesday, saying that they are searching for a young leader to emerge. Point guard Kris Dunn is willing, though he has said his initial instincts are to establish himself for a longer period before telling others what they should be doing. Full story.

Toews wins it in OT for Hawks

Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews surged ahead of Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon and fired home a perfect cross-ice pass from Patrick Kane to give the Hawks a 2-1 victory Tuesday night at the United Center. Full story.