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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 ›

Judge in Peterson trial: Pastor may testify about statements Stacy Peterson made

A pastor can testify at Drew Peterson’s trial in the drowning of his third wife about statements Peterson’s fourth wife made about Peterson’s actions at … 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 › 1 comment

Joliet, Crest Hill make last-ditch efforts to avoid Diocese office move

Diocese of Joliet officials plan to close on property in Crest Hill for a new office building despite pleas from two suburban mayors not to … 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 ›

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 ›

Workers are assembling cylinders on the production line at Caterpillar hydraulic components plant in Joliet June 1. (Zbigniew Bzdak / June 11, 2012)

Caterpillar advertises for replacement workers in Joliet

A day after the deadline for its latest contract proposal passed, Caterpillar has started advertising for replacement workers to fill in for striking workers at … 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 ›