Day: July 13, 2017

Brushwood Center announces new board chairman

Kevin Ogorzalek, vice president and director of impact partnerships at Bonsucro, has been elected as the new board chairman of the Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods. Nestled in the Lake County Forest Preserves Ryerson Woods, Brushwood Center offers nature-based programming in the arts, education, and wellness…

Unclear what will happen to Jack Straw’s building in Wheaton

The owner of a downtown Wheaton landmark has remained mum about his plans after the abrupt closing of his longtime hot dog and pizza restaurant in a quaint corner building. Regulars of Jack Straw’s are still taking to social media to look back on their memories…

Hinsdale man facing life for 2014 murder of Bloomingdale man

A Hinsdale man convicted of the December 2014 murder of a perceived romantic rival faces life in prison when he is sentenced on Aug. 25. DuPage Judge George Bakalis set the sentencing date Thursday after “seeing no basis” to grant the 54-year-old Jeffrey Keller’s motion for…

With Quintana, Cubs keep an eye on this year and the future

Chicago Cubs President Theo Epstein insisted Thursday’s blockbuster trade with the crosstown White Sox was twofold: It may help the struggling team in the second of this season, but it was equally important to think long term. The two teams shocked their fans bases with the…

Elgin wants to limits sales of alcohol downtown

Elgin is clamping down on alcohol sales downtown to stem homeless loitering and public indecency. That’s bad news for some business owners. Alex Matsas and Alexander T. Giannopoulos wanted to lease and reopen Nick’s Liquors at 71 Clock Tower Plaza but were turned down by the…

Drug-related cases remain a ‘serious issue,’ McMahon says

Kane County prosecutors have been dealing with more cases in the first six months of this year compared to last year at this time. State’s Attorney Joe McMahon told the Kane County judicial and public safety committee Thursday that felony filings are up 14.5 percent. Misdemeanor…

U-46 taking action on water fixtures with elevated lead levels

Elgin Area School District U-46 has begun replacing, repairing or shutting down hundreds of water fixtures reported to have elevated lead levels during state-mandated testing completed this year. More than 3,000 water samples were collected from 37 buildings — 27 of which were elementary schools —…

Des Plaines closes more roads as water continues to rise

Des Plaines officials Thursday afternoon closed two stretches of River Road due to the possibility of storm-related water levels affecting traffic. Officials said drivers should anticipate closure through the weekend, though the lanes could be reopened, depending on conditions. The two areas of the road experiencing…

Local survivor to attend Our Lady of Angels fire presentation

A Hoffman Estates resident who survived the Our Lady of the Angels school fire in Chicago in 1958, along with some of his former classmates, will be on hand to answer questions during a presentation on the tragic event at noon Wednesday, July 19, at Hoffman…

Buffalo Grove seeking trustee applicants

The village of Buffalo Grove is seeking applicants for candidates interested in filling out the term of former Trustee Steven Trilling, which ends April 30, 2019. Trilling announced last month he was stepping down after 15 years on the village board. Candidates possessing skills and experience…

Teamsters leader Coli charged in extortion scheme

For decades in Chicago, the word “Teamsters” has been synonymous with one family name: Coli. Now the feds have indicted John T. Coli Sr., the man who has led Teamsters Joint Council 25 for more than 15 years and has been a major player in city…

Marriott Theatre audience patiently evacuates while surrounded by flood

Marriott Theatre audiences aren’t just loyal patrons. They’re loyal patrons whose priorities are in order. As a deluge flooded parking lots at the Lincolnshire resort and theater Wednesday, officials notified guests they were evacuating the hotel and canceling performances of its acclaimed show, “The Bridges of…

3 more on defense, 2 OL from Wisconsin make watch lists

MADISON, Wis. — Three seniors on defense and two junior offensive linemen at Wisconsin have made the latest round of college football preseason watch lists. Linebacker Jack Cichy, lineman Conor Sheehy and cornerback D’Cota Dixon were among 103 players who made the watch list for the…

White Sox GM: Cubs trade offer was clearly the best

In early May, Chicago White Sox general manager Rick Hahn was quite clear when asked about his alleged disinterest in trading with the crosstown Chicago Cubs. “Any deal we make is about maximizing the future of the White Sox,” Hahn said. “We are open to business…

Watch live drone footage of flooding on our Facebook page

Our drone offers us the chance to share with you a bird’s-eye view of Lake County towns hardest hit by flooding. The past two days, we did some Facebook Live broadcasts from our drone of these flooded areas, including Lincolnshire, the Licolnshire Marriott and Round Lake…

Driver arrested for DWI after crash killing 2 inside house

FRANKFORT, Ind. — Authorities say a car crashed into the living room of a rural central Indiana home, killing two people who were inside. The car went off a Clinton County road about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and ran into the house a few miles outside Frankfort.…