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Autopsy: Inmate in attempted hit man case found dead in jail cell in apparent suicide
A preliminary autopsy determined a Mundelein man found dead in a Lake County Jail cell Wednesday apparently committed suicide.
A guard found 34-year-old Jonathan Velazquez alone in his cell “with fabric-type strap wrapped around his neck” about 12:45 p.m., according to a news release from the Lake…
Gary man acquitted in drug deal killing
A Lake Superior Court jury acquitted a Gary man of murder late Wednesday in an Aug. 6 shooting during a marijuana deal that went bad.
Jurors deliberated about six hours before acquitting Shelton Curtis, 23, of murder in the shooting death of James Powell, 18, of Gary. Curtis had been charged with…
‘I feel hurt’: Black Lives Matter supporters gather in Waukegan
Chants of “No justice, no peace,” “Black lives matter” and “Stop the killing, stop the violence” filled the air around the Lake County Building in Waukegan on Thursday afternoon.
Nine people marched around the block surrounding the building to protest police brutality against African-Americans,…
Old artillery shell found in Yorkville basement
The Kane County bomb squad deployed Wednesday night after an old artillery shell was found in the 500 block of West Fox Street in Yorkville.
The bomb squad and the Yorkville Police Department both responded to the house about 10:45 p.m. Wednesday mostly as a precaution, said Yorkville police Deputy…
Man stopped in McHenry Co. with 72 pounds of pot gets 12 years in prison
A man who was stopped by police in McHenry County with more than 70 pounds of marijuana in his van was sentenced Thursday to 12 years in prison.
Michael Karavastev, of Sunnyvale, Calif., was found guilty of drug trafficking and possession charges at his May trial, where prosecutors hauled boxes…
Dick and Sharon Portillo donate $1 million to Argo, their alma mater
Before he was a hot dog mogul, Italian beef wizard or chocolate cake phenom, Dick Portillo was a student at Argo Community High School.
So was his wife Sharon.
Come next June, the couple will return to their roots in a permanent way when their names are emblazoned on a new performing arts center…
Glenbrook officials review manifesto by man who police say killed Northbrook parents
Glenbrook School District 225 said Thursday that staff interviews and a review of a lengthy manifesto, which police say was written by a former student who killed his parents in Las Vegas last month, had yielded “no new information.”
Las Vegas police say Aaron Wulf, 36, stabbed and shot to death…
Sharon Pollock, taught kindergartners in Wilmette, dies at 73
Sharon Pollock taught kindergartners in an enrichment program at the Wilmette Community Nursery School for nearly 30 years. She was always open to new educational approaches with her little charges but built her teaching on a foundation of love, colleagues said.
“She just mothered them, she loved…
Lincoln-Way’s misuse of bond funds propped up district’s finances
When Lincoln-Way High School District 210 officials acknowledged in April that the district inappropriately spent millions in bond funds from 2008 through 2012, they announced it would cost $5 million in new borrowing to fix.
But a Daily Southtown analysis of Lincoln-Way’s financial records found…
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence emerges as Donald Trump’s likely running mate
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence emerged Thursday as Donald Trump’s likely running mate, with Pence and Trump allies sending increasingly strong signals that he would join the GOP ticket and Republican leaders saying they have been told to standby for an announcement.
But 24 hours before Trump is set to…
Watch Craig Sager’s inspirational speech at the ESPY Awards
Vice President Joe Biden presented TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager with the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance for his strength and determination while fighting leukemia for 1 1/2 years at last night’s ESPY Awards.
“I will continue to keep fighting, sucking the marrow out of life as life sucks the…
Gordon Ramsay needs ‘a new set of teeth’ after eating Chicagoan’s dish
“MasterChef” judge Gordon Ramsay is known for his harsh critiques, but his barbs reached a whole new level — a prehistoric level — on Wednesday’s episode of the Fox cooking competition.
RPM Steak server Diana Bilow, who lives on the North Side and hails from Plainfield, served the “MasterChef”…
Body found in trunk after car fire extinguished in Joliet Township: officials
A dead body was found early Thursday in the trunk of a rental car that had been on fire in Joliet Township, officials said.
The body was burned beyond recognition and police were unable to determine if it was a man or a woman, Will County Sheriff Deputy Chief Rick Ackerson said.
State’s attorney to appeal dismissed charge against former North Chicago police chief
The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office will appeal a local circuit court judge’s decision to dismiss felony government theft charges against former North Chicago Police Chief Michael Newsome.
On Wednesday, Judge James Booras denied the state’s motion to reconsider dismissal of the charges. Booras…
Six years for man in Gary auto theft shooting
A Gary man with no criminal record was sentenced to six years in prison for reckless homicide.
James E. Adams, 52, who was convicted of the charge April 13 during a jury trial, plans to appeal both his conviction and sentence, defense attorney Scott King said.
“I’d like to say I’m sorry for all…
Small, relaxed crowd waits, watches for glimpse of Clinton outside Wilmette fundraiser
The small crowd of reporters, camera crews, and Sheridan Road kibitzers were dealing with Wednesday afternoon’s muggy heat as best they could, while training their eyes on the Wilmette mansion where Hillary Clinton, unseen, was raising money for her presidential campaign, when a boy and a girl…
Murder for hire suspect found dead in Lake County Jail cell
A Mundelein man accused of criminal sexual assault and solicitation of murder was found dead in a Lake County Jail cell Wednesday, police said.
Jonathan Velazquez, 34, of the 0-100 block of Sandhurst Road, was initially charged in December 2015 with criminal sexual assault, authorities said.
New YMCA guidelines support transgender bathroom, locker room access
A mom at a suburban YMCA recently reported to employees that she was unnerved to find a teenager who appeared to be male using the women’s locker room.
But YMCA staff later learned the teen was transgender and determined the youth had every right to access the women’s facilities.
“From (the mother’s)…
Will fingerprint scans at Lake Zurich School District 95 protect students’ privacy?
This fall, at Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95, students will be able to check out lunch items with just a scan of their fingerprints, no longer having to bother with wallets or ID cards, under a new system that relies on biometrics, school officials have said.
Joining the few area…
McDonald’s to work closely with Oak Brook in planning move
McDonald’s representatives have assured Oak Brook officials they will be partners with the fast food giant as it prepares to move in 2018 from Oak Brook to Chicago.
Village President Gopal Lalmalani said Tuesday that village officials had their first in-person meeting that morning with McDonald’s…
Police: 2 dead in Wisconsin floods, including 84-year-old Illinois man
At least two people have died in flooding caused by powerful storms that damaged homes, washed out roads and stranded motorists in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan.
In northern Wisconsin, an 84-year-old Illinois man died Tuesday when his vehicle became submerged in a flooded ditch, according to…
Tinley Park man killed after jumping in front of train
A 23-year-old Tinley Park man died Tuesday after witnesses say he jumped in front of a Metra train, officials said.
The man was sitting on a bench at the Tinley Park station, 6700 South St., when the outbound Rock Island District Metra train No. 413 passed through the station, according to Meg…
Husky recovering after treatment for gunshot wounds
Through piercing blue eyes, the gray and white husky perused the examination room, sizing up visitors and homing in on the bag of treats held by hospital employee Jenn Johnson.
Obeying Johnson’s commands to sit and lift his paw, the 2- to 3-year-old canine was oblivious to both the wounds on his…
Aurora man charged with concealing woman’s body after heroin overdose
An Aurora man has been charged with hiding the body of a woman who died of a heroin overdose in a wooded area in the city.
Bruno Muro, 21, of the 300 block of Beach Street, was arrested Monday for his alleged involvement in the overdose death of 20-year-old Marisa MacDuff of Yorkville, according…
Sagent Pharmaceuticals, of Schaumburg, to be acquired by Japanese company
Consolidation in the global pharmaceutical market has snared another Chicago-area company.
Schaumburg-based Sagent Pharmaceuticals has agreed to be acquired by Nichi-Iko Pharmaceutical of Tokyo for about $736 million.
The deal unites two companies in the generic drug business, a huge global market…
Gary cop: Lieutenant charged in hit-and-run crash admitted he was drunk
A Lake County police lieutenant arraigned Wednesday on charges stemming from a hit-and-run drunken driving crash leaving the Gary Air Show admitted to a Gary police commander that he was drunk and hit a pedestrian, according to court documents.
Guy John Mikulich, 37, of Merrillville, who is free…
Former Sen. Evan Bayh says he’ll seek Indiana Senate seat again
Democrat Evan Bayh launched a bid Wednesday to recapture the Indiana Senate seat he left six years ago, a move that boosts his party’s chances to pick up the Republican-held seat in their effort to regain control of the chamber this fall.
Bayh, 60, cited frustration with Washington gridlock when…
Police: Man with gun barricaded inside Antioch townhome
Police told residents of the Highview Court apartment complex in Antioch to lock their doors and stay inside after a man barricaded himself inside a townhome Wednesday afternoon, police said.
Antioch police Sgt. Geoff Guttschow said police responded to the 700 block of Highview Drive at 11:59 a.m….
Highwood hosts first North Shore Taco Fest
Highwood is gearing up to celebrate the 48th annual Highwood Days July 20-24. While that number is undoubtedly impressive, what really caught our eye was an event happening at the festival for the very first time. On July 23 and 24, drop by for the first North Shore Taco Fest, which will bring…
New search underway for Park Forest mom missing since January, family says
Family members of a Park Forest woman missing since early January planned to search an area in that south suburb Wednesday morning in hopes of finding her.