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Illinois State Sen. Suzi Schmidt (R), Lake Villa , leaves the Lake County Courthouse following her arraignment today on charges of criminal damage to property and trespassing. (Stacey Wescott, Chicago Tribune / June 27, 2012)

State Sen. Schmidt allowed back home, but no contact with neighbors

State Sen. Suzi Schmidt has been cleared by a judge to return to her home near Lake Villa following her arrest this month involving an … Read more ›

State police recovering vehicles intentionally submerged

State police investigators are attempting to recover several vehicles believed to have been intentionally submerged in ponds in the northwest suburbs. An Illinois Department of … Read more ›

Cook County property values going down, but tax bills headed up

When Cook County homeowners get their property tax bills in about a week, most will owe more than last year despite continuing decreases in their … Read more ›

Mary Applegate works in a ceramics class at Harper College. An exhibit showing Applegate's work is on display at the college. (Kate Thayer/Tribune)

Harper exhibit honors octogenarian art student

Mary Applegate carefully molds scored pieces of clay until they start to take shape into a holder for writing utensils. The octogenarian Palatine artist called … Read more ›

4 charged in year-old murder of woman in South Barrington forest preserve

Police say they have pieced together the murder of a man found strangled nearly a year ago in a pond in a South Barrington forest … Read more › 1 comment

The Empress Casino gambling boat makes its way down the Des Plaines River in 1993. (John Smierciak, Chicago Tribune / June 21, 2012)

Winners and losers: Chicago-area casinos 20 years later

The first suburban Chicago casino opened 20 years ago this month, bringing with it hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in taxes, but also … Read more ›

A lifeguard watches over swimmers at 63rd Street Beach in Chicago on Tuesday. State guidelines say where lifeguards are required, there must be a minimum of one per 100 bathers or 2,000 square feet of water surface area. ( Armando L. Sanchez, Chicago Tribune / June 17, 2012 )

Lifeguard on duty: Swim at your own risk

Lifeguards at Pioneer Park pool in Arlington Heights always have to be on alert — for swimmers in trouble, but also for the lifeguard certification … Read more ›

New faces join Barrington 220 this summer

Several administrators will join Barrington 220 schools, beginning July 1. Cynthia Armendariz-Maxwell will be the director of English Language Learner Programs. Armendariz-Maxwell, who most recently … Read more ›

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Fans could see the next Pujols or Maddux as Cougars host Midwest All-Star Game Tuesday

Time will tell if fans will be watching future Major League impact players such as Albert Pujols or Greg Maddux play Tuesday, June 19 in … Read more ›

New D15 contract avoids increased class sizes, teacher layoffs

A new teaching contract at Community Consolidated School District 15 will avoid layoffs, increased classroom sizes, and cuts to program assistant benefits; but will lower … Read more ›