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Lake Villa woman pleads guilty to DUI in death of motorcyclist

Rebecca Wells spoke softly, her hands cuffed in front of her, as she entered a guilty plea Tuesday to a DUI charge in the death … Read more ›

A driver uses a cellphone in Evanston in 2010. (Chris Walker, Chicago Tribune)

Ban on cell use while driving could go statewide

Drivers throughout Illinois would not be able to use hand-held cell phones when behind the wheel under a measure making its way through the Illinois … Read more ›

On Wednesday in Waukegan, Rodney Fernandes and his wife, Lyemia, attend the funeral for her sister, Lyvita Gomes, who died after a hunger strike while in the Lake County Jail. ( Chris Walker, Chicago Tribune / February 1, 2012 )

Funeral is held for inmate who died after hunger strike in Lake County Jail

Hundreds of people turned out at funeral services Wednesday for Lyvita Gomes, a native of India who died after a hunger strike in Lake County … Read more ›

Lake County sting found just a few selling alcohol to minors

A countywide sting targeting stores and restaurants selling alcohol to underage customers in Lake County over the holidays found 12 violations. “Our desire is to … Read more ›

Services set for Lake County Jail hunger-strike victim

Funeral arrangements have been set for Lyvita Gomes, a Mumbai-area native who died in early January after going on a 15-day hunger strike in Lake … Read more ›

State police point finger at prints analyst

The Illinois State Police said Friday that it had reassigned a fingerprint analyst and is reviewing a number of the analyst’s cases in Cook and … Read more ›

Lake County prosecutors won’t retry Rivera in girl’s ’92 slaying

Lake County State’s Attorney Michael Waller announced this morning that he will not challenge an appellate court’s reversal of the murder conviction of Juan Rivera, … Read more ›


If you are drinking on New Year’s Eve, watch your step

Most New Year’s Eve revelers know it’s dangerous to drink and drive, but now there’s new evidence that it’s also dangerous to drink and walk. … Read more ›

Kenneth Cooper

Niles teen on parole charged for leaving stolen cars on tracks

A 19-year-old Niles man on parole has been charged with two counts of possession of a stolen vehicle after he confessed to separately taking two … Read more ›

Lake County prosecutor ending career amid cases tainted by DNA evidence

Michael Waller will leave his job as Lake County’s lead prosecutor at the end of 2012, but echoes of the controversies that have marked his … Read more ›