TribLocal - Skokie /skokie TribLocal – Chicagoland's local news community Thu, 10 Jan 2013 20:30:26 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.2.1 Heatwave expected to move in by midweek /skokie/2012/06/25/heatwave-expected-to-move-in-by-midweek/ /skokie/2012/06/25/heatwave-expected-to-move-in-by-midweek/#comments Mon, 25 Jun 2012 11:58:24 +0000 Heather Leszczewicz /schaumburg/?p=41991 Officials are expecting three-digit temperatures to move into the area Thursday following a brief cold front that may produce scattered thunderstorms tonight.

Meteorologist Paul Dailey said the storms will be “hit or miss” with some locations getting more rain than others.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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Skilling: Pleasant end to the work week /skokie/2012/06/22/skilling-pleasant-end-to-the-work-week/ /skokie/2012/06/22/skilling-pleasant-end-to-the-work-week/#comments Fri, 22 Jun 2012 13:14:05 +0000 Kara Silva /barrington/?p=31890

The work week ends with sunshine and warmth but without the humidity that smothered the first half of the week.

Friday is to deliver 85-degree warmth for the 25th time this year in a month running a solid 5 degrees above normal — the ninth consecutive month to produce a temperature surplus here and the warmest June of the past quarter century.

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Woman indicted in Skokie crash that killed boy, 9, riding his bike /skokie/2012/06/21/woman-indicted-in-skokie-crash-that-killed-boy-9-riding-his-bike/ /skokie/2012/06/21/woman-indicted-in-skokie-crash-that-killed-boy-9-riding-his-bike/#comments Thu, 21 Jun 2012 23:39:33 +0000 Kara Silva /skokie/?p=36345 A grand jury has indicted a 23-year-old woman on charges that she was driving under the influence of drugs in May when she caused a chain reaction accident in Skokie that claimed the life of a 9-year-old boy, prosecutors said Thursday.

Hanin Goma, of the 5000 block of Wright Terrace in Skokie, is charged with one felony count of aggravated driving under the influence resulting in death, and a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of drugs, prosecutors said during an appearance at the Cook County courthouse in Skokie.

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Winners and losers: Chicago-area casinos 20 years later /skokie/2012/06/21/winners-and-losers-chicago-area-casinos-20-years-later/ /skokie/2012/06/21/winners-and-losers-chicago-area-casinos-20-years-later/#comments Thu, 21 Jun 2012 11:52:42 +0000 Heather Leszczewicz /des-plaines/?p=45493

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 stories of gambling addiction and hardship for some area residents.

Joliet’s Empress Casino, which was renamed Hollywood Casino Joliet in 2010, welcomed its first customers in June 1992. Over the next two years, casinos opened in Joliet, Aurora and Elgin. Rivers Casino in Des Plaines opened last July, and gambling expansion talks in Springfield could put new casinos in the north and south suburbs and downtown Chicago.

During the past two decades, the fissure between casino supporters and opponents has remained deep.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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Skilling: Warmest June in 25 years, but relief in sight /skokie/2012/06/20/skilling-warmest-june-in-25-years-but-relief-in-sight/ /skokie/2012/06/20/skilling-warmest-june-in-25-years-but-relief-in-sight/#comments Wed, 20 Jun 2012 13:48:39 +0000 Heather Leszczewicz /arlington-heights/?p=49943 The Chicago area will swelter through a third straight day of 90s Wednesday, making June the warmest here in 25 years.

But relief is in sight. The highs will simmer down to the low 80s or even upper 70s Thursday, Friday and Saturday, then the middle 70s on Monday and Tuesday.

Wednesday’s high is expected to be around 94, and that means June will have eight 90s on the books when the summer solstice arrives this evening. The average temperature of 71.9 degrees so far this month is 5 degrees above the norm and the warmest June 1-20 period since 1987.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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Lifeguard on duty: Swim at your own risk /skokie/2012/06/20/lifeguard-on-duty-swim-at-your-own-risk/ /skokie/2012/06/20/lifeguard-on-duty-swim-at-your-own-risk/#comments Wed, 20 Jun 2012 12:04:01 +0000 Heather Leszczewicz /arlington-heights/?p=49936

Lifeguards at Pioneer Park pool in Arlington Heights always have to be on alert — for swimmers in trouble, but also for the lifeguard certification agency that could show up at any time to videotape them on duty, conduct a simulated drowning or quiz them on proper rescue techniques.

Pool managers also perform unannounced drills. At one drill Tuesday, a pool manager tossed a baby mannequin into the deep end from outside the view of the lifeguard on duty. The guard calmly but quickly stood up, blew her whistle three times, jumped in and fished out the doll in a matter of seconds.

In response to drowning deaths, lawsuits, improved training and rescue techniques and the proliferation of risk managers, lifeguards at public pools and beaches in the Chicago area appear to receive more rigorous training than ever before.

Many area park districts rely on national certification agencies like the American Red Cross and Jeff Ellis & Associates that focus on constant vigilance to prevent drownings. The training regimens may require off-season instruction, weekly refreshers during the summer and the passage of surprise drills and inspections. Park district insurance companies also typically require audits and intense oversight of lifeguards.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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Skilling: We’re on a hot streak not seen since 1977 /skokie/2012/06/19/skilling-were-on-a-hot-streak-not-seen-since-1977/ /skokie/2012/06/19/skilling-were-on-a-hot-streak-not-seen-since-1977/#comments Tue, 19 Jun 2012 13:50:30 +0000 Heather Leszczewicz /arlington-heights/?p=49902

A second uncomfortable day lies ahead, potentially hotter than Monday, with highs in the middle to upper 90s.

The reading would mark the 12th time this year that the Chicago area has been visited by a 90-plus temperatures. Only one other year — since official weather records began in 1871 — has logged more 90-degree or higher readings by June 19. The year was 1977 and there were 13 days in the 90s by this date.

The warm air covering the Midwest has discouraged the formation of clouds and rain. The brutally hot and often bone-dry summer of 1988 serves as a benchmark for hot summers in the Chicago area. That year produced more 90 and 100-degree temperatures than any other on the record books here — 47 and 7, respectively.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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Police: Skokie man faces charges in shooting near Yellow Line /skokie/2012/06/18/police-skokie-man-faces-charges-in-shooting-near-yellow-line/ /skokie/2012/06/18/police-skokie-man-faces-charges-in-shooting-near-yellow-line/#comments Mon, 18 Jun 2012 19:05:28 +0000 Heather Leszczewicz /skokie/?p=36177 A Skokie man has been charged with shooting at a moving car last week near Skokie’s Oakton Yellow Line station, police said.

Authorities have charged Alexander Soballe, 20, of the 4900 block of Louise Avenue, with four felony counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm in connection with the shooting last Thursday, Skokie police said. Soballe has also been charged with two misdemeanor counts of aggravated assault stemming from a May 30 incident in which police allege he threatened two people with a baseball bat after a traffic dispute.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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Monday could be hottest day so far this year /skokie/2012/06/18/monday-could-be-hottest-day-so-far-this-year/ /skokie/2012/06/18/monday-could-be-hottest-day-so-far-this-year/#comments Mon, 18 Jun 2012 13:48:16 +0000 Heather Leszczewicz /arlington-heights/?p=49873 Monday is shaping up to be one of the hottest days of the year so far — if not the hottest — with high humidity and winds from the south.

The Chicago Weather Center is predicting a high of 97, which would match the hottest day we’ve had this year, 97 degrees on May 27. The record high for this date is 98 set in 1954.

The high humidity could make it feel like 103 degrees in some places in the Chicago area.

High winds out of the south/southwest will contribute to the day’s high heat, and will be strong enough that the National Weather Service has issued a gale warning and a small craft advisory for Lake Michigan and a wind advisory for McHenry and Lake counties.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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Fans could see the next Pujols or Maddux as Cougars host Midwest All-Star Game Tuesday /skokie/2012/06/15/fans-could-see-the-next-pujols-or-maddux-as-cougars-host-midwest-all-star-game-tuesday/ /skokie/2012/06/15/fans-could-see-the-next-pujols-or-maddux-as-cougars-host-midwest-all-star-game-tuesday/#comments Fri, 15 Jun 2012 13:53:27 +0000 Jeff Vorva /geneva/?p=30557

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 Geneva.
The Kane County Cougars host the Midwest League All-Star game at 6 p.m. at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark and more than 65 players have been invited. In the past, stars such as Maddux, Pujols, Prince Fielder and several other major league stars played in the game.
When the Cougars last hosted the game in 2007, Clayton Kershaw was on one of the rosters and worked his way to the majors and won the Cy Young Award in 2011 for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
This year’s marquee players include Cleveland Indians’ top prospect Francisco Lindor and Minnesota Twins minor league standout Miguel Sano.
Kane County’s coaching staff, led by manager Brian Buchanan, will lead the Eastern Division team.
Cougars invited to the game are outfielders Lane Adams, Jorge Bonifacio, infielder Danny Mateo and pitcher Matt Ridings.
The Cougars will host a Fan Fest at 11:30 a.m. leading up to the game.
The event will feature a variety of fun including music, food and drink, and opportunities to take batting practice and play catch on the field from noon to 2 p.m. A rock-climbing wall, trackless train and plenty of kid-friendly attractions such as face painters, jugglers, magicians and balloon artists will all be part of the event. The first 1,500 fans through the gates that day will receive a commemorative All-Star Game aluminum sports bottle.
Before the game, there will be an autograph session from 5:10 to 5:40 p.m. and will feature both All-Star rosters.
Entertainment that will be featured during the game includes in-game performances by the Zooperstars, live organ music during the game by former Chicago White Sox organist Nancy Faust, music by the Chicago Cubs Dixieland Band, a post-game performance by the Jesse White Tumblers, and a fireworks show. Wayne Messmer will perform the National Anthem before the game. Fans may run the bases after the game.
Tickets for the Midwest League All-Star Game includes admission to that day’s Fan Fest. A limited number of tickets remain for the contest. Fans may call 630-232-8811 or visit kccougars.com for more information.

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