- Tiffany Thomson saw a "gazillion" Hatchimals at the South Elgin Toys R Us back in October. She didn't think her kids would want one and worried it would be another Furby-type toy. But the South Elgin woman found herself camping out at the same store in early December hoping to get one of the elusive...
- Despite saying the strangulation death of a Northbrook lawyer was an isolated case and 36-year-old Jigan K. Patel was the intended target, police Chief Charles J. Wernick said Saturday afternoon the department was not on the verge of an arrest in the case.Wernick said investigators have reviewed...
- A community and a family said goodbye this weekend to a Canadian National Railroad security guard who was slain on the job last month during an exchange of gunfire. Tyrone Hardin was buried Saturday at Homewood Memorial Gardens following a tearful and emotional funeral in Harvey. Hardin, of Merrillville,...
- A Highland police officer remains in critical condition at a Chicago-area hospital after a car hit him head-on early Saturday morning. Officer John Swisher, an 11-year veteran of the department and a K-9 handler, was responding to a call and heading northbound in the 9100 block of Kennedy Avenue...
- Despite saying the strangulation death of a Northbrook lawyer was an isolated case and 36-year-old Jigan K. Patel was the intended target, police Chief Charles J. Wernick said Saturday afternoon the department was not on the verge of an arrest in the case. Wernick said investigators have reviewed...
- Dr. Ben Carson canceled a scheduled appearance at Elgin's Judson University following his nomination to serve as Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development under President-elect Donald Trump, the university announced. Carson, who ran for the Republican Presidential nomination...
- AURORA | The Aurora prep sports schedule for Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016:
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AURORA PREP SPORTS SCHEDULE
Hinkley at Denver East, 1 p.m.
Grandview at Mountain Vista, 6 p.m.
Ponderosa Invitational — (schedule/results)Championship game: Vista PEAK vs. Manual, 9:30 a.m.
Gateway at Denver West, 1 p.m.
Douglas County H
- The Lake County Drug Task Force arrested a man and seized more than $100,000 in marijuana Tuesday, according to a release from the sheriff's office. "This investigation was successful in part due to reports from the citizens of Gary, who truly care about their neighborhood," Sheriff John Buncich...
- Cherokee Trail’s Deon Barfield, left, celebrates with teammate Karmon Bode, right, after the Cougars’ 60-59 non-league boys basketball win over Lakewood on Dec. 9, 2016, at Cherokee Trail High School. Barfield’s tip-in off a missed free throw provided the winning points for the Cougars, who improved to 4-0. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)
AURORA | Of course Deon Barfield expected teammate Jaizec Lottie to sink a game-tying free throw in the late stages of Cherokee Tra
- Angela "Angie" Schmelzer said she had been somewhat estranged from her son for some time before the death of her mother, Mildred "Dodie" Darrington."I loved him, but I did not like him," Angie Schmelzer said on the stand Friday, under cross-examination by the defense attorney for her son, Richard...
- Police investigating the death of an attorney found strangled in his Northbrook office this week described the slaying as an isolated event that does not pose any ongoing threat to the community. Jigar K. Patel, 36, a Prospect Heights resident, was found dead in an office building in the 1300 block...
- Students in Indian Prairie District 204 high schools no longer will be required to pass a driver education course to graduate. In response to a civil rights complained filed against the school district in February, District 204 recently dropped driver education as a requirement for graduation from...
- Cases of a dangerous superbug increased 27 percent last year in a region surrounding Chicago, a new survey shows, but incidents were down in the city, and officials say they are making strides in containing the contagion. The state survey counted medical patients who tested positive for a germ...
- A man arrested last month while gathering signatures to run for public office in Evanston has had his candidacy challenged by two people, one of whom is the wife of the city clerk, whose office the man seeks to hold. On Monday, the Evanston election board will meet to consider the complaints filed...
- From left, Marquise Johnson, Tre Early and Quincy Sanders helped the Vista PEAK boys basketball team to a sweep of its season opening Bison Bash tournament. One of the highlights of the week ahead in Aurora prep sports (Dec. 8-14, 2016) is Vista PEAK’s trip to the Ponderosa Invitational where it goes after a second tournament crown. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)
AURORA | A look at some of the key games, tournaments and happenings in Aurora prep sports from Dec. 8-14, 2016:
- Lake Zurich police said Friday that the "inappropriate activity" carried out by members of the Lake Zurich High School football team did not warrant criminal charges. Deputy Chief Kevin Finlon would not specify exactly what happened in the school's locker room Oct. 27, saying multiple accounts...
- Grandview junior Leilah Vigil (34) looks for a cutter to pass to during the second half of the Wolves’ 62-52 win over Ralston Valley in a Class 5A girls basketball showdown on Dec. 2, 2016, at Grandview High School. Vigil overcame foul trouble to contribute eight points in her first game in a Grandview uniform. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)
AURORA | A look back at some of the key games, tournaments and happenings in Aurora prep sports from Dec. 1-6, 2016:
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- The man believed to have been driving a stolen vehicle that dragged a Waukegan police officer at a gas station on Dec. 3 was taken into custody on Friday, authorities said. Santos L. Martinez, 18, of the 1300 block of North Ave., Waukegan, is charged with resisting a police officer and aggravated...
- East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland petitioned Indiana's top officials to declare the lead-contaminated Calumet neighborhood a disaster. Copeland's decision to seek declaration from Gov. Mike Pence was announced after a two-hour meeting with residents Friday. The residents of the Calumet neighborhood...
- Surprisingly, there aren't many photos of Felipe Garcia in the Plano house where he lived with his wife of 50 years, along with their daughter and three grandchildren. "Pictures aren't all that important," 16-year-old Nick Garcia said of his beloved grandfather, "when we've got so many memories...
- Northbrook police are continuing to investigate the strangulation death of a Northbrook attorney found Wednesday night in his office on 1300 block of Shermer Road. The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office classified the death of 36-year-old Jigar K. Patel, a Prospect Heights resident, as a homicide...
Aurora’s state Rep. Fields taking ‘upstream’ approach — not introducing gun control bills in upcoming legislative sessionAURORA | Fresh off a White House roundtable discussion about gun violence and prevention, State Senator-elect Rhonda Fields said Friday she will not be introducing any bills in the upcoming Colorado legislative session that directly address gun control.
“My effort is going to be working upstream to prevent young kids from entering into the criminal justice system, making sure we have access to quality early childhood education, we have quality schools,”said Fields, a Democr
- NEW YORK | A decades-long trend of rising life expectancy in the U.S. could be ending: It declined last year and it is no better than it was four years ago.
In most of the years since World War II, life expectancy in the U.S. has inched up, thanks to medical advances, public health campaigns and better nutrition and education.
This Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 photo shows a room inside a funeral home in Saginaw, Mich. According to a study by the government released on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, life
- NEW YORK | As a girl, Tracy Reese thought she might be an architect. Then she caught the fashion bug.
She knew, of course, that designers who are black like her existed. She used to snap up Willi Smith at The Limited growing up in Detroit. She headed to New York with high hopes.
“When I first came to New York my eyes were really opened to the breadth of the industry, but I was looking for our place in it,” recalled Reese, who has dressed first lady Michelle Obama.Reese, along wi
- Jeweled breads, studded with candied fruits and nuts, are hallmarks of the Christmas holiday, traditions brought by European immigrants as they settled across the United States. Fruitcake, panettone, and julekake are favorites, but for many, the Christmas stollen is king.
Christmas stollen, known in Germany as Christollen, is a rich, dense, sweet bread filled with dried fruit, candied citrus peel, marzipan or almond paste, and nuts. It hails from the city of Dresden, Germany, where it was first
- BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Utah | Bryce Canyon National Park officials say the iconic hoodoo rock pillar known as “The Sentinel” has ended its watch.
The Deseret News reports (http://bit.ly/2hkaVWj ) officials say the hoodoo fractured at a point 2 feet in diameter, causing an approximately 15-foot-tall segment to fall. Snow has prevented rangers from locating the resulting debris.
Based on visitor photos, park officials believe it broke Nov. 25.
The tall, skinny spire of r
- If it’s true that an army travels on its stomach, will better snacks keep passengers loyal to one airline?
Delta Air Lines is rolling out new free snacks for customers in the main cabin, including brand-name yogurt bars and pretzels. Some will come in larger portions than before because, Delta has figured out, that’s what customers crave.
In this Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, photo, a Delta Air Lines jet sits at a gate at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta. Delta
- BELGRADE, Serbia | Even a small bar of chocolate can trigger a big row in the Balkans.
The president of Croatia has issued a public apology for handing out packages of sweets that included Serbia-made chocolate to children in Dubrovnik, the ancient Adriatic Sea resort attacked and damaged by the Serb-led Yugoslav army in 1991.
President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic’s made the apology under pressure from Croatian nationalists.
But Serb politicians responded with anger to her gesture, calli
- NEW YORK | More than 50,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year, the most ever.
The disastrous tally has been pushed to new heights by soaring abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers, a class of drugs known as opioids.
Heroin deaths rose 23 percent in one year, to 12,989, slightly higher than the number of gun homicides, according to government data released Thursday.
FILE – This Tuesday, May 19, 2015 file photo shows a firearm and 154 pounds of heroin worth at least $50
- LOS ANGELES | Donald Trump is gone from the boardroom of NBC’s reboot of “Celebrity Apprentice” but he’s kept a business connection to the reality show.
President-elect Trump has an executive producer credit on “The New Celebrity Apprentice,” said Clare Anne Darragh, a spokesman for “Apprentice” creator Mark Burnett. She declined further comment on Trump’s participation in the show that taped last February.
- WASHINGTON | Hillary Clinton decried the rise of fake news as an “epidemic” during a speech on Capitol Hill.
Clinton addressed fake news during a speech for retiring Nevada Sen. Harry Reid at the Capitol Thursday.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a ceremony to unveil a portrait of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Clinton warned that “it’s now clear that so-c
- A car drove into a chiropractic clinic on Aurora's West Side Thursday afternoon, injuring one person and trapping an employee in her office, according to police. At about 2:25 p.m., a 79-year-old woman driving a 2013 Mercedes pulled into a parking spot in front of Pure Health Physical Medicine...
- The Lake County Division of Transportation is ready for what could be the largest snowfall of the season this weekend, officials said Friday. Kevin Kerrigan, engineer of maintenance for the Lake County Division of Transportation, said plans are in place for crews to rotate around the clock from...
- Laced gummy bear candy that sickened 14 Naperville North High School students earlier this week appears to have been "homemade," Naperville police said Friday. Responding to what he said were "questions about the source of the gummy bears," Naperville police Cmdr. Jason Arres said "it would appear...
- An effort to kick Mayor Wayne Motley's re-election bid off the February primary ballot was unsuccessful Friday morning. The three members of the Waukegan Municipal Officers Electoral Board voted unanimously to overrule an objection filed by activist Margaret Carrasco to Motley's petition papers....
- Three months before opening day for the high school baseball season, the IHSA Board of Directors is scheduled to vote on rules regarding pitch-count limits and mandatory rest periods for pitchers at its Monday meeting in Bloomington.The new rules are expected to closely resemble those proposed...
- Rewards totaling $11,000 are being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a man wanted in the shooting of an AT&T employee last month in Berwyn, police said. The employee was on duty when he was shot during a robbery attempt about 11 a.m. Nov. 28 in the 6300 block of Park...
- A Skokie man has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for flying his children out of the country last year without their mother's consent or knowledge, according to FBI officials. FBI Chicago Media Coordinator Garrett Croon said Murtaza Ali, 46, pleaded guilty to international parental kidnapping...
- Northbrook police are investigating the death of a person whose body was found Wednesday in a building on Shermer Road. According to a spokeswoman for the village of Northbrook, officers were dispatched to check on the well-being of a person in the 1300 block of Shermer. Officers found a person...
- With a spike in the number of homicides in Gary in the last two months, Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said police are working on curbing the tendency for retaliation and how to create hope in violence-prone neighborhoods. She told common council members recently that as of Oct. 1 "all hell broke loose,"...
- A judge has set arraignment dates for three Illinois Youth Center guards who made their first appearances in court since being charged with criminal wrongdoing at the facility in St. Charles. The trio - Johan Asiata, 30, of Channahon; Michael Klimek, 40, of Yorkville; and Elliott Short, 34, of...
- If you still feel like you haven't celebrated the Cubs as World Series champions enough, you're in luck because the Commissioner's Trophy is coming to Naperville. While it not yet known when and where the trophy will be in the city, it is part of a largely Midwestern tour the team announced Thursday....
- WASHINGTON | The scoreboard wasn’t working at the outset, when there were thousands of empty seats and the fans that did show up were quiet as can be, so the arena announcer pierced the silence Thursday night, telling the small gathering by just how much the mediocre Washington Wizards were trailing the Denver Nuggets, basket after basket.
“It was kind of, like, a gloomy feel,” Denver’s Wilson Chandler said.
Eventually, the overhead electronic display began function
- BOSTON | The Colorado Avalanche jumped ahead early and got yet another win in Boston — this time to end a recent skid.
Matt Duchene scored his 10th goal and John Mitchell got his first, lifting the Avalanche over the Boston Bruins 4-2 on Thursday night.
The Avs had lost four straight and five of six, but again came out winners in Boston, where they’ve won 10 times in their last 11 visits.
“We were off to a good start in the first period. We got a couple quick ones and we
- BISMARCK, N.D. | For protesters fighting the Dakota Access pipeline, the messages from the Standing Rock Sioux reservation are confusing: The tribal chairman tells demonstrators that it’s time to leave their camp and go home. Another leader implores them to stay through the bitter North Dakota winter.
The conflicting requests show how the camp’s purpose has widened beyond the original intent of protecting the tribe’s drinking water and cultural sites into a broader stand
- SEOUL, South Korea | South Korean lawmakers on Friday impeached President Park Geun-hye, a stunning and swift fall for the country’s first female leader amid protests that drew millions into the streets in united fury.After the vote, parliamentary officials hand-delivered formal documents to the presidential Blue House that stripped Park of her power and allowed the country’s No. 2 official, Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, to assume leadership until the Constitutional Court rules
- Senior Nick Holmes (0) stands with coach Danny Fisher, left, and his teammates on the Overland boys basketball team prior to the Trailblazers’ 71-63 win over Regis Jesuit on Dec. 1, 2016, at Overland High School. Holmes’ role with the team has changed from playing to inspiring as he is finding other ways to contribute while dealing with his diagnosis with a treatable form of bone cancer that will keep him off the court. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)
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Boys Basketball: Overland’s Nick Holmes steps confidently to the line to battle his toughest foe, cancerSenior Nick Holmes (0) stands with coach Danny Fisher, left, and his teammates on the Overland boys basketball team prior to the Trailblazers’ 71-63 win over Regis Jesuit on Dec. 1, 2016, at Overland High School. Holmes’ role with the team has changed from playing to inspiring as he is finding other ways to contribute while dealing with his diagnosis with a treatable form of bone cancer that will keep him off the court. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)
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- After reaching a plea agreement, Lake County Councilman Jamal Washington was sentenced to one year of probation Thursday for a domestic incident from more than a year ago. Washington's jury trial was scheduled to start Thursday, but that was canceled as he instead appeared with his attorney, Paul...
- Hop on a virtual sleigh ride to the North Pole. Stand on the “Naughty or Nice O’Meter.” Snap a selfie and see your face on a dancing elf. The Santa experience has gotten a makeover as many malls install shows and games they hope will lure shoppers, who are buying more online.
About 40 malls in the U.S. and one in London have the high-tech Santa displays, most of them located near major cities that tend to house pricier stores. Taking photos on Santa’s lap costs about $30
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