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  • Former Crestwood official resigns after conviction

    The former head of Crestwood’s Water Department resigned after being convicted of lying about the use of a tainted well in the village. Theresa Neubauer was found guilty of lying to environmental regulators. She was accused of using misleading documents that said all of Crestwood’s drinking water came from Lake Michigan. But, for roughly 22 years, Crestwood was also using well water that was tainted with vinyl chloride, a chemical which can cause cancer. Neubauer faces up to five years […]

  • Illinois Senate passes ‘Pet Lemon Law,’ moves to House

    The Illinois Senate passed a law Wednesday, protecting consumers who buy a dog or cat from a pet store, only to find out their new pet has a serious illness. The “Pet Lemon Law,” introduced by Sen. Dan Kotowski, D – Park Ridge, was passed through the senate Wednesday, but still has to be approved by the house and make it to the governor’s desk. The bill allows people who buy a dog or a cat at a pet store […]

  • Students may have to give back promised grant money

    Nearly 10,000 Illinois college students who had been promised state grants would lose part of that money thanks to a mistake by the state. The Illinois Student Assistance Commission said it over-committed to its popular Monetary Award Program grants this fiscal year by nearly $2 million. Instead of asking all 140,000 students getting grants to take less, the agency wants to reclaim funds from the last 9,500 students who received money. Each student would lose about $210, equivalent to ten […]

  • Bears to formally introduce first round pick Friday

    The Bears’ first round pick, Kyle Long will be formally introduced to Chicago in a press conference Friday afternoon at Halas Hall in Lake Forest. Long started four games at guard for Oregon last season. He is expected to compete for the starting left guard job, but General Manager Phil Emery said he is a versatile player and could make the transition tackle. Long said his off the field issues, which include a DUI in 2009 as well as brief […]

  • Chicago’s eyes turn to Te’o on draft day

    The first day of the NFL draft begins Thursday and all eyes in Chicago are on the Bears’ 20th pick in the first round. Many expect former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o to be that first round pick. Te’o was a four year starter with the Fighting Irish and was noted for his on the field performance as well as his leadership skills. However, others have raised concerns about his poor showing in the BCS Championship game against Alabama. The […]

  • New sci-fi reality show to hold casting call in Chicago

    What if the amazing race took place in middle earth? That’s the idea of a new reality TV show for science fiction fans. “The Quest” is holding a meet and greet for potential cast members in Wicker Park. On hand will be executive producers of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Ideal cast members should be high energy, competitive, and have a flair for fantasy and  science fiction worlds. The event will be held Thursday at the Emporium Arcade Bar […]

  • Bail hearings for two men in Canadian terrorism plot

    Bail was denied Tuesday for one of the two men accused of plotting an Al Qaeda supported attack in Canada. On Monday police arrested Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, of Montreal and Raed Jaser, 35, of Toronto. Neither are Canadian citizens but had been in the country for several years. The plot reportedly involved Canada’s popular Via Rail passenger train traveling from Canada to New York’s Penn Station. The suspects are reportedly linked to an Al Qaeda group in Iran.  However, Iranian […]

  • Uncle of bombing suspect urges nephew to turn himself in

    An uncle of the Boston bombing suspect killed early Friday morning said he nephew was a, “loser.” Tamerlan Tsarnaev was shot and killed during a firefight with police.  But, his younger brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was able to escape, and is still on the run. The uncle, Ruslan Tsarni also said his oldest nephew, “deserved to die.” While speaking to reporters Friday morning, Tsarni urged his nephew to turn himself in and beg for forgiveness from the victims’ families. Tsarni said the […]

  • Slain diplomat laid to rest in River Forest

    Friends, relatives, and colleagues said goodbye Wednesday to a Chicago-area diplomat, who was killed in Southern Afghanistan. Anne Smeginhoff, 25,  died along with four other Americans on April 6, after being hit by a suicide bomber. Mourners braved the rain and cold to pay their final respects to the former diplomat at St. Luke Church in River Forest. “She was always supportive of me,” said a friend.  “I had some hesitations.  And she was always about going, and getting, and […]

  • 2 children dead, buried alive in NC

    The bodies of a 7-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl were recovered Monday morning in Denver, NC. The children were playing at a home construction site, when a basement wall collapsed, and a mountain of dirt fell on top of them Sunday. Rescue crews frantically dug with shovels and bare hands, to try to reach the children. An all-night recovery effort, with heavy equipment, found the bodies.

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