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Erica Lynn Austin (mother) born on Leap Day on Feb. 29 1988, gave birth to her daughter Arielle Lynn Blanchard today, Leap Day 2012. The two are pictured with the father, Aaron Blanchard, at Edward Hospital in Naperville. (Warren Skalski / Chicago Tribune)

Leap Day baby arrives on mom’s Leap Year birthday

Erica Austin may only get a birthday every four years, but she now has twice the reason to celebrate when it comes around. The 24-year-old … Read more ›

A memorial to Melissa Lech, killed by a hit-and-run driver in Joliet in 2008. Inset: Melissa Lech (Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune. Inset: Family photo)

Man confesses 4 years later: ‘I was the one who hit your sister’

Michelle Lech spent four years contemplating the identity of the nameless, faceless hit-and-run driver who killed her sister as she walked along a Joliet street. … Read more ›

Mixed marial arts: Will County State’s Attorney’s office reviewing Dec. 17 MMA event in Joliet

The Will County State’s Attorney’s office is reviewing a Dec. 17 mixed martial arts event in Joliet that resulted in a 20-year-old amateur becoming paralyzed, … Read more ›

Investigator drops lawsuit against parents of Riley Fox

A private investigator suing Kevin and Melissa Fox for unpaid bills dropped the suit Thursday. An attorney for National Investigators and Security declined comment about … Read more ›

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LWSRF Holding Candlelight Bowl March 11th

New Lenox, IL: The Lincolnway Special Recreation Foundation is holding a Candlelight Bowl to benefit the special needs recreation center planned for New Lenox. The … Read more ›

Historic kidney transplant chain has links in Chicago

A history-making kidney transplant chain involving 60 people across the country had two important links in the Chicago area. The 30 donors and the people … Read more ›

IDOT chief sees challenging future down the road

Ann Schneider, Illinois’ first female transportation secretary, has spent almost 25 years in state government putting the public’s money to work. Schneider is completing her … Read more ›

Mike Iaconelli with two big tournament bass.   Photo by BASS and Rob Russow
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Is it Ike’s turn?

After a year of fishing in a variety of tournaments across the nation, 49 of the best anglers will finally compete in the 2012 Bassmaster … Read more ›

Elodia M., a southwest side Chicago woman (center) was recently announced as a $1 million winner in the Illinois Lottery’s Mega Millions game. She received her check from (l to r) Jovanna Levy of the Illinois Lottery, and was joined by Steve Cieslak, JEWEL-OSCO store director, who accepted a $10,000 check for the grocer’s role in selling the winning ticket. The presentation was held at the JEWEL-OSCO store located at 3644 S. Archer in Chicago, where the winner bought her ticket. (Photo: JEWEL-OSCO)
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Chicago Woman Wins $1 Million in Illinois Lottery

A Southwest side Chicago woman is one of Chicago‚Äôs newest millionaires. Elodia M., a 49-year-old mother of two daughters, has won $1 million playing the … Read more ›

Dick Worcester
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The 30 Second Ride

Kevin O'Connell, a Naperville policeman and my barefoot water ski buddy, recently shared a story of a 30 second water ski ride that inspired him … Read more ›