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Some Illinois state parks could close without new revenue

One of Gov. Pat Quinn‘sfirst acts after assuming office in 2009 was reopening seven state parks that predecessor Rod Blagojevich shuttered in a cost-saving move. … Read more ›

Hot, but high temperature falls short of hottest day of year

Temperatures today at O’Hare International Airport hit 94 degrees briefly, three degrees shy of tying the warmest day of the year so far. Tuesday and Wednesday could … 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 ›

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 ›

Illinois foreclosures rise 29 percent in May

Illinois home foreclosure activity rose 29 percent in May compared to the previous month and is 54 percent higher than May of 2011. A report … Read more ›

Motorcyclist killed by motorist involved in unrelated ‘road rage’ incident – chicagotribune.com

A motorcyclist from Lombard was killed by another motorist involved in a “road rage” incident with another driver, Naperville police said. via Motorcyclist killed by … Read more ›

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Proposed voting districts ‘accepted so far’

Naperville has only received two suggested changes to its proposed map of voting districts following five public forums. City officials also have heard from residents … Read more ›

Fire Dept. recommended for international accreditation

The Naperville Fire Department has been recommended for international accreditation for the fourth time in 15 years, city officials announced Wednesday. To receive the honor … Read more ›

Recent U.S. Naval Academy graduates Nicholas Dominguez, left, of Lockport, and Matt Koltis of Clarendon Hills, give advice to incoming cadets during a reception Tuesday night at the Hinsdale home of U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert. (Melissa Jenco/Tribune)

Incoming military cadets receive advice, thanks

When Charles Ren heads to the U.S. Naval Academy later this month, he’ll begin to fulfill a dream he’s had since the age of 11. … 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 ›