Gender pay gap starts quickly for college grads
As college seniors enter the workforce, some are frustrated by one factor that still enters the salary equation -- gender. According to the American Association of University Women, a gender pay gap not only exists, but it develops right away. Women working full time one year after graduation are paid an average of 18 percent less than men also working full time one year later. "We were really trying to get at a group that was as close to the same as possible right out of college," said Christianne Corbett of the AAUW. "And we still found a gap." Full story.
COD offers way to earn bachelor's at community college
Nine students will walk across the stage Sunday at Lewis University's commencement ceremony to receive bachelor's degrees in criminal justice. Yet, these students never took classes at the school's campus in Romeoville. Through a so-called 3+1 program partnership between Lewis and College of DuPage, the students earned their four-year degrees from Lewis by taking all their classes at COD's campus in Glen Ellyn. It's the only community college in the state to offer such a program. Full story.
Cary businessman turned war's terrors into art
Cary businessman Mike Duffy studied art after he came home from the war in Vietnam and now his paintings will be part of a new exhibit at the National Veterans Art Museum on Chicago's Northwest Side. "I figured I'd be dead by morning," he says of the intense gunfire that greeted his arrival in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive. Full story.
High schoolers walk at Harper commencement
Included in the 550 or so students who donned caps and gowns Saturday at Harper College's commencement was a contingent not yet old enough to vote, but qualified to take vital signs, transfer patients and practice infection control. A total of 18 high-schoolers, 17 from Wheeling High School alone, walked after completing their Certified Nursing Assistant certificate, one of the fast-growing number of dual credit options that Harper offers. Full story.
Chief puts Schaumburg cop on leave during gun investigation
A Schaumburg police officer who allegedly kept a revolver a resident turned in to police has been placed on administrative leave as his conduct is being investigated, authorities said. The officer was relieved of his duties April 26, when Schaumburg police Chief Ken Bouche was notified of his improper handling of the .22 caliber revolver. Full story.
Two charged in South Elgin heroin overdose
Two suburban residents have been charged with delivering a fatal dose of heroin to a 24-year-old South Elgin woman last month. Andrea R. Nielsen, 23, with a last known address of the 900 block of Mark Street, South Elgin, and Nicholas C. Allen, 21, of the 300 block of North River Street in Batavia, were charged with drug-induced homicide in death of Abby L. Nordmeyer on April 5, according to court records. Full story.
Fire damages historic Naperville fort
An early morning fire Sunday damaged the Fort Payne building, part of the Naper Settlement living-history museum in Naperville, authorities said. The fort will be closed while a full damage assessment is made, but other buildings on the site remain open, and programs are running as planned. Full story.
Elgin police investigate gang shooting
Elgin police are investigating a shooting from early Sunday morning that may have been gang-related. Police responded to reports of shots fired at about 1:35 a.m. and found a 23-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his leg near Jefferson Avenue and Porter Street, according to officials. The injured man was taken to Sherman Hospital with nonlife threatening injuries, police said. Full story.
Residents escape Palatine condo fire
No one was injured in a fire Friday night that left three condominium units uninhabitable in Palatine, authorities said. The Palatine Fire Department is investigating the cause of the fire at a two-story, 24-unit condo building at 516 N. Wilke Road. Full story.
Police: Women recorded in Elmhurst hospital bathroom
A man accused of using a cellphone to record women using a washroom at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital faces a felony charge of unlawful videotaping, authorities said Saturday. Salvador Perez, 49, of the 2500 block of Sonia Avenue, Franklin Park, on Friday positioned his cellphone under the sink of a unisex bathroom at the hospital so it would record the toilet area, officials said. Full story.
Indoor sky diving coming to Rosemont
By next spring, visitors to Rosemont's restaurant and entertainment district will be able to satisfy more than just a craving for food and beverages, comic relief and shopping -- they can get their thrills by jumping off a nearly 70-foot-tall building. Plans for a new indoor skydiving facility will go before the village board in June. Full story.
World & Nation
Tornadoes level homes in Oklahoma, hit other states. Full story.
Retiring boomers driving sale of small businesses. Full story.
Obama urged to make economy a bigger, bolder topic. Full story.
Illinois workers anxious as lawmakers debate pensions. Full story.
'Trek' sequel falls short of box office expectations. Full story.
Yahoo's board OKs purchase of Tumblr. Full story.
Google boosts photo options to rival Facebook. Full story.
O.J. Simpson lawyers say he is closer to freedom. Full story.
Hawks' best players invisible in Game 2. Full story.
Stalberg 'likely' to be back in Game 3 for Blackhawks. Full story.
Castro's potential all up to him. Full story.
Cubs' Wood rues pitch that got away. Full story.
Team leader Noah should only improve. Full story.
White Sox powerless against Angels. Full story.