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A train passes by Metra workers investigating the scene of fatal accident. A person was hit by an eastbound train around 7:00 a.m., near the Hanover Park Metra stop in Hanover Park. (Stacey Wescott, Chicago Tribune / June 25, 2012)

Metra train hits man on bicycle on Milwaukee West Line

A man riding a bike was struck and killed by an inbound Metra train this morning at the Hanover Park station on the Milwaukee District … 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 ›

A cougar at Wildlife Prairie State Park near Peoria. (E. Jason Wambsgans/ Chicago Tribune / June 14, 2012)

Study: Cougars again spreading across Midwest

Cougars are again spreading across the Midwest a century after the generally reclusive predators were hunted to near extinction in much of the region, according … Read more ›

Stevenson's Patrick O'Connell, left, fires a pass to Tom Imus at the USF shootout in Joliet. (Jeff Vorva/Tribune)

Area sophomore basketball teams get a summer workout at USF shootout

The first tipoff was at 8 a.m., and 13 hours later a champion was crowned. And in the middle was nonstop basketball featuring several TribLocal-area … Read more ›

Report: Rivers Casino makes $35M in May

The Rivers Casino in Des Plaines made $35.2 million last month and continues to outpace other riverboats in the state, according to figures released by … Read more ›

Police mugshots of RIcky J. Moreno (left) and Mario A. Williams, both 15. (Elgin Police / June 12, 2012)

2 Elgin teens charged in shooting death of boy, 16

Authorities have charged two Elgin teenagers as adults in the June 7 shooting death of a 16-year-old boy. Elgin police gang-unit officers on Monday night … Read more ›

Oak Park players run off the field after beating Grant in the state semifinals. (Jeff Vorva/Tribune)

Arrogance ‘in a good way’ helps Oak Park win first state baseball title since ’81

Oak Park River Forest High School’s baseball team needed a seventh-inning single from Mike Brennan to score Jack Picchiotti to set off a wild celebration … Read more ›

Five area softball teams bring home state trophies and two win titles

Glenbard South and Marist High School each won Illinois High School Association softball championships Saturday in East Peoria while Bartlett claimed second and Providence Catholic … Read more ›

ICE announces 44 arrests in Chicago-area operation

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested 44 people during a five-day operation this week targeting “egregious immigration law violators” in the Chicago area, officials … Read more ›

A veteran Elgin firefighter was sitting out on this patio when a pair of large dogs attacked. (Stacey Wescott, Chicago Tribune / June 7, 2012)

Large dogs attack fire station in Elgin

Elgin firefighters and paramedics felt so threatened by two dogs running loose one afternoon this week that they were forced to run into their fire … Read more ›