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Aldens Kennels hosts 75th Anniversary show of Central States Collie Club this weekend

The children probably don’t remember Lassie, the heroic collie from television and Cinematic fame. Still, collies are widely accepted as one of the most elegant … 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 ›

Niles approves slight sales tax increase for flood control, pensions

Niles plans to raise the village sales tax by a quarter of a cent to finance an anti-flooding building program, as well as police and … Read more ›

Cook County board president Toni Preckwinkle leaves the Cook County Morgue following a press conference where she stated that there would now be daily inspections at the morgue's cooler. ( Antonio Perez, Chicago Tribune )

Cook advisory council to look at morgue problems

Cook County leaders will revive a long-dormant advisory council for the medical examiner’s office, and a proposal to make it easier to fire the besieged … Read more ›

Metra commuters wait to depart Ogilvie Transportation Center on the Union Pacific West line to Elburn on the first day of fare increases Wednesday. (E. Jason Wambsgans, Chicago Tribune / February 1, 2012)

Riders cope as Metra rolls out higher fares

Commuters seemed to be grudgingly adjusting Wednesday to Metra’s biggest-ever fare increase, although some were caught unaware of a new policy that eliminated a half-day … Read more ›

Surgeon: Kirk’s condition upgraded to fair

Sen. Mark Kirk has been upgraded from serious to fair condition, according to a brief statement today by his neurosurgeon. “Senator Kirk’s recovery is continuing,” … Read more ›

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UPDATE: Sen. Kirk’s brain swelling reported ‘stabilized’

About a day after Sen. Mark Kirk underwent another surgery to make room for his swelling brain, his neurosurgeon reported in a statement that Kirk … Read more ›

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Bad Romance is coming to Chicago!

Bad Romance Live Concert ExperienceDedicated to Music of Lady Gaga is First of Kind in U.S. March 16 Chicago show to feature industry’s most talented … Read more ›

Cook County Clerk announces new military, mail voting projects

Cook County Clerk David Orr’s office reports:  Last week, the clerk announced new projects to improve military voting, vote-by-mail operations and polling place accessibility for … Read more ›

Tollway: Traffic down after rate hike

Car traffic on the Illinois Tollway fell during the first week after higher tolls went into effect Jan. 1, the agency said Tuesday. Passenger car … Read more ›