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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 ›

Daniel Baker, 21, charged with killing his girlfriend's mother, Marina Aksman, is escorted by Chuck Schletz of Lake County Major Crimes Task Force and Waukegan Police Department from the Glacier County jail in Montana to the Great Falls airport where he will board a flight for Chicago. Baker was arrested earlier this week after he and Kristina Aksman were stopped for speeding in western Montana. He waived extradition. (Bryce Harman, For the Tribune / April 9, 2010)

Daniel Baker’s police statement will be allowed in Lake County court

Daniel Baker’s videotaped statement to police, in which he allegedly says that he beat his girlfriend’s mother to death with a baseball bat, will be … 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 ›

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 ›

State Senator Suzi Schmidt. (Lake County Sheriff's police / June 12, 2012)

Neighbors say state senator harassing them for more than year

Neighbors of state Sen. Suzi Schmidt claim the lawmaker has been harassing them for more than a year, including a confrontation with their 7-year-old son, … 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 ›

State Senator Suzi Schmidt. (Lake County Sheriff's police / June 12, 2012)

State Sen. Suzi Schmidt arrested in stalking case

State Sen. Suzi Schmidt was arrested by Lake County Sheriff’s deputies this afternoon on a misdemeanor warrant alleging that she damaged her neighbor’s property and … Read more ›