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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 ›

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 ›

The llini 4000 for Cancer team poses for a group picture in front of Cloudgate (The Bean) at Millennium Park. (Submitted)

Libertyville student’s ‘cool’ summer project: Documenting the ‘cancer experiment’

Without a declared major or a summer internship, Kenny Shaevel of Libertyville was looking for something “cool” to do this summer after his freshman year … 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 ›

79-year-old motorcyclist killed in Libertyville crash

A 79-year-old Mount Prospect man died overnight after a car collided with the motorcycle he was riding in Libertyville. William Thedorf Sr. was riding a … Read more ›

Village meetings may soon be broadcast online

Libertyville may soon begin broadcasting video recordings of their board meetings online. The special projects committee on Tuesday unanimously approved spending money on a video … 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 ›

Former Lake County prosecutor faces disciplinary board in drug case

His drug-dealing roommate loved baking “marijuana pastries,” a former Lake County prosecutor testified Wednesday, so when the roommate offered him some chemically enhanced batter, he … Read more ›

Winchester Road to close for railroad repairs

Drivers on Winchester Road from Route 45 to Midlothian Road will have to find a new route for the week of June 26 to July … Read more ›