Month: July 2018

Woman rescued after crashing vehicle into Antioch Lake

A woman was rescued by divers Sunday afternoon after she crashed her vehicle into Antioch Lake, authorities said. Antioch Fire Battalion Chief Joe DuShane said it appears the woman, who is in her mid-30s, was driving on Route 173 when she fainted at the wheel, hopped…

Family: Naperville man found dead in Chicago was a ‘free spirit’

Weeks after a missing Naperville man’s body was found in a Chicago dumpster, family members are remembering 20-year-old Michael Armendariz as an aspiring artist, a loyal friend and a free spirit. Armendariz, who was reported missing in January, was a leader and could brighten any room…

Sleepy Hollow police: Wood Dale man lunged at officers with knife

A Wood Dale man is facing charges after authorities say he lunged at Sleepy Hollow police officers with a knife during a confrontation Friday. James A. Dal Cerro, 42, was charged with two counts each of aggravated assault of a peace officer, aggravated assault with the…

Museum expects to profit from Joliet prison tours

JOLIET, Ill. — The Joliet Area Historical Museum is budgeting for a profit from tours and other income expected from the opening of the old Joliet prison. The prison grand opening on Aug. 25 is getting unexpected international attention. “There’s a French publication through the ministry…

Mount Prospect teen identified as Wheeling crash victim

Wheeling police continue to investigate a three-vehicle crash that claimed the life of a 16-year-old Hersey High School student who was riding in a car with family members Saturday. Authorities Sunday morning identified Alyssa Lendino of Mount Prospect as the girl killed in the collision that…

Schwarber hits key HR as Cubs take 5-game series from Cards

Kyle Schwarber hit a two-out home run in the sixth inning to snap a 2-2 tie and the Cubs went on to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-2 at Wrigley Field on Sunday. Jose Quintana, who threw a Cubs-season-high 121 pitches, went 7 innings and improved…

DuPage County Fair gearing up for five days of food, rides and animals

Farms that once dotted the landscape in DuPage County long have been replaced by subdivisions and strip malls. Still, the largest reminder of the county’s agricultural past — the DuPage County Fair — continues to educate tens of thousands of visitors while entertaining them with live…

Kane County Fair wraps up 150th season

A demolition derby and 4-H Blue Ribbon livestock sale marked the final day of the 150th Kane County Fair in St. Charles. In the fair barns, visitors could get up close to the livestock, pets and poultry that members of Kane County 4-H Clubs have raised.…

Going to the cats? Rosemont convention caters to feline fans

Dogs get special parks, nationally televised kennel club shows, chances to compete in leaping and agility competitions, and much more. It’s about time cats and the people who love them got their due. At least that’s what Palatine cat blogger Lauren Mieli figured when she organized…

Cubs split doubleheader with Cardinals

There’s nothing like two games — for the price of two — in one day to bring a couple of Cubs issues to light. The Cubs have been cruising along quite nicely of late, and they split a day-night doubleheader with the St. Louis Cardinals on…

Kane County corrections officer accused of sexual assault of inmate

A Kane County corrections officer faces felony criminal charges that he sexual assaulted a jail inmate, authorities said Saturday. Prosecutors have charged 52-year-old John H. Johnson of Elgin with one count each of criminal sexual assault and custodial sexual misconduct and two counts of official misconduct.…

How rise in opioid deaths takes toll on funeral home operators

When Denise and Tim Eilrich’s 21-year-old son died from an overdose of heroin laced with fentanyl, the days became a blur of shock and tragedy, a jarring introduction to the world of the opioid epidemic. But through the haze, they took action. On the day of…

Homegrown Festival celebrates suburban music and art

The threat of rain couldn’t keep rock fans away from Saturday’s Homegrown Arts & Music Festival, the annual celebration of music and art in the suburbs. The fest, now in its sixth year, gathered together 30 musical acts and acoustic performers along with 15 art vendors…

Kane County corrections officer accused of sexual misconduct

A Kane County corrections officer faces felony criminal charges that he sexual assaulted a jail inmate, authorities said Saturday. Prosecutors have charged 52-year-old John H. Johnson of Elgin with one count each of criminal sexual assault and custodial sexual misconduct and two counts of official misconduct.…

Outpouring of donations helps families displaced by Prospect Heights fire

Several grateful Prospect Heights residents displaced by a condominium complex fire Wednesday sifted through boxes of donated clothing and groceries Saturday at a local church to meet their urgent needs. Donations have been pouring in at The Bridge Community Church in town from community members and…