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Area softball teams hoping to knock off defending state champs Marengo and Moline

Five TribLocal area teams are gunning for state softball titles this weekend but will have to knock off a pair of defending state champs to … Read more ›

Booking photo of Brysen J. Bradberry (June 6, 2012)

Man suspected in burglaries in suburban homes and at Metra station

A 21-year-old Joliet man convicted of burglarizing two Joliet homes in 2010 now faces charges alleging he stole from a New Lenox home and broke … Read more ›

Trucks dump their loads of dirt and debris from construction sites into the Reliable Materials quarry at 4401 S. First Ave. in Lyons. (Chuck Berman, Chicago Tribune / May 31, 2012)

Proposed new rules governing what can be dumped in Illinois ready to be approved

For decades, dozens of quarries that pockmark Chicago’s suburbs have accepted truckloads of dirt and debris from construction sites without clear pollution standards for what … Read more ›

NATO summit cost Metra $800,000 in lost revenue and security costs

The NATO summit at McCormick Place cost Metra $800,000 in lost revenue from customers who stayed away and extra security expenses like bomb-sniffing dogs, the … Read more ›

Lyons Township's baseball team hopes for a repeat state championship celebration. (Jeff Vorva/Tribune)

Area baseball teams hope to continue wild postseason

In a wild postseason that saw several top-ranked teams fall, four TribLocal area baseball team survived in Class 3A and 4A and have a date … Read more ›

A plastic grocery bag is caught on blades of grass alongside the Springbrook Prairie Forest Preserve in Naperville  on June 5. (Keri Wiginton/Chicago Tribune)

Proposal would recycle plastic bags, not ban them

As several U.S. cities move to ban plastic bags, Illinois is a signature away from its own law to regulate the omnipresent carryout sacks that … Read more ›

Viewers look toward the sun during a free public observation of the Transit of Venus at the Adler Planetarium  in Chicago on June 5. (Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune)

Transit of Venus transfixes folks across Chicago area

Amateur Chicago-area astronomers turned their attention skyward Tuesday evening to catch a glimpse of a pinprick-size disc — Venus floating past the sun. The planet’s … Read more ›

Midwesterners will have good view of Transit of Venus

Venus will begin its twice-a-century trip between the Earth and the sun this evening, and Midwesterners will have a decent view of a celestial event … Read more ›

Cash, pizzas, shoes, taken in 2 Joliet Area hold ups

Will County Sheriff’s Police report gunmen took pizzas, cell phones, cash and even extra shoes during two unrelated Joliet-area robberies over the weekend. At 6:30 … Read more ›

In April, the Chicago Rush hosted a scrimmage between Homer Glen and Joliet youth teams. The Rush will host an All-Game Saturday, June 16. (Chicago Rush photo)

Area football youth standouts to compete in All-Star game at Allstate Arena

Several TribLocal-area youth players have been invited to the Chicagoland Youth Football League All-Star game at 3 p.m. June 16 at Allstate Arena in Rosemont. … Read more ›