Day: July 14, 2017

Tommy John surgery likely for White Sox pitching prospect Burdi

White Sox right-hander Zack Burdi has a ligament tear that will likely force the 22-year-old prospect to undergo Tommy John surgery, according to general manager Rick Hahn. Burdi, a Downers Grove native who was drafted No. 26 last June, will miss the rest of this season…

Pete’s Fresh Market preparing to open in Wheaton

The anticipated opening of a Pete’s Fresh Market in Wheaton would accomplish two things. The store would once again bring a grocer to the Rice Lake Square Shopping center after Whole Foods moved earlier this year to a remodeled former Dominick’s in Danada. Pete’s Fresh Market…

Rauner declares Lake, McHenry, Kane counties state disaster areas

Gov. Bruce Rauner has declared Lake, McHenry and Kane counties state disaster areas as a result of this week’s flooding. The declaration comes as rivers and lakes in the counties have reached or will reach record crests. The flooding came after a deluge of heavy rains…

Some Des Plaines residents forced to evacuate as floodwaters rise

Some Des Plaines residents near the Des Plaines River were forced to evacuate their homes Friday as floodwaters continued to rise, though officials say the flood of 2017 isn’t as bad as previous floods that hit the city. The National Weather Service Friday morning downgraded its…

Preckwinkle: Cook County has laid off more than 300

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said Friday afternoon that the county has laid off more than 300 employees as a result of a budget crisis. The Human Resources Department is working with departments, bureaus and the offices of separately elected officials to reduce personnel to…

Glendale Heights man sentenced for scamming neighbors

A Glendale Heights man has been sentenced to three years in prison for attempting to scam his elderly neighbors with promises of fixing a court case involving their son. Joseph LaPuma, who will turn 67 Monday, of the 1000 block of Michael Court, was sentenced after…

Kane Co. not eager to share election security info

Kane County officials shunned a recent request for information about election system security flaws by U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, calling the request itself a gateway to fraud. The county’s response also names same-day voter registration as the biggest threat to the system. Durbin last month sent…

Mount Prospect rapist sentenced to 90 years

The Mount Prospect man who sexually assaulted a 97-year-old woman nearly two years ago will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars after Cook County Judge Steven J. Goebel sentenced him Friday to a total of 90 years in prison. Jurors convicted Frank Mendez,…

Gurnee native Brandon Paul signs with NBA’s Spurs

Gurnee native Brandon Paul never gave up on his NBA dream, even though he wasn’t drafted when he left the University of Illinois in 2013. He finally arrived on Friday, signing a deal with the San Antonio Spurs. Paul made it official by posting a photo…

Chicago Bulls sign NBA summer standout Blakeney

The Bulls signed summer-league standout Antonio Blakeney to a two-way contract Friday, which means he can play for both the Bulls and the G-League’s Windy City Bulls next season. Blakeney has been one of the best players on the Bulls’ summer squad in Las Vegas. In…

Moody’s questions Illinois’ ability to pay bills

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A major bond-rating agency says Illinois’ fiscal challenges linger despite approval of the first state budget in two years. Moody’s Investors Service issued a report Friday. It notes that an income tax increase approved this month will generate nearly $5 billion more a…

Illinois State Fair causes stir with route change

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Parade officials are receiving criticism for their decision to move the traditional route for the annual Illinois State Fair. The State Journal-Register (http://bit.ly/2tSd2FZ ) reports that the Illinois State Fair Twilight Parade scheduled for Aug. 10 in Springfield. It will now start in…

Uruguay: Recreational pot sales begin July 19 at pharmacies

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Legal sales of marijuana for recreational purposes are set to begin next week in Uruguay at a limited number of pharmacies to nearly 5,000 people who have registered as consumers. The South American nation’s Cannabis Regulation and Control Institute said Friday in…

Group to have forum on proposed Campana apartment proposal

A commmunity group supporting more affordable housing in the area is hosting a forum Monday about the proposed Campana apartment project. Fox River Valley Initiative has invited the developer, Evergreen Real Estate Group, to speak at the session, and to answer questions. It is from 7…

The Latest: Victims’ names read out in French city of Nice

PARIS — The Latest on France’s Bastille Day celebrations (all times local): 8:20 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron has sat with other dignitaries as the names of the 86 victims of the extremist attack in Nice last year were read out and posted on a board…

Buffalo Grove teen with leukemia dies

A 15-year-old Buffalo Grove boy who received community support as he fought leukemia has died. Matthew Abrams, 15, was to be a sophomore at Stevenson High School and was looking forward to classes this fall, the school said in a statement on Facebook. Matthew died Sunday.…

Russian-American lobbyist says he was in Trump son’s meeting

WASHINGTON — A Russian-American lobbyist says he attended a June 2016 meeting with President Donald Trump’s son, marking another shift in the account of a discussion that was billed as part of a Russian government effort to help the Republican’s White House campaign. Rinat Akhmetshin confirmed…

Brookdale evacuation in Des Plaines called off

Des Plaines River floodwaters continued rising overnight Thursday, forcing some Des Plaines residents to evacuate their homes. But an announced evacuation of Brookdale Senior Living, which faced electrical challenges, was called off Friday afternoon when the problems were resolved. Meanwhile, the National Weather Service Friday morning…