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Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich returns to his Chicago home after the first day of his sentencing hearing last December. (Chris Sweda)

Blagojevich to serve sentence in Colorado prison

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich will serve his 14-year sentence at a federal prison in Colorado as he had sought, sources said Tuesday. Blagojevich, who is … 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 ›

Bishop R. Daniel Conlon in May 2011. (Zbigniew Bzdak, Chicago Tribune)

Bishop blasts Obama plan on birth control

Acknowledging the divide in the pews regarding birth control, Bishop Daniel Conlon of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet has joined the chorus of Catholic … 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 ›

Sen. Mark Kirk

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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From the community

January 20 is the Final Ticket Deadline for a Chance to Win a 1.2 Million Dream House or $1 Million Cash in The Chicago Dream House Raffle

It’s not too late to enter into the Grand Prize drawing for a chance to win an exquisite $1.2 million Hinsdale dream home or $1 … Read more ›

11 residents seeking to fill vacancy on DuPage County Board

Eleven residents of Wheaton, Glen Ellyn and Winfield have thrown their hats in the ring to be considered for a roughly one-year appointment to fill … 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 ›

Housing Authority announces new director

A lawyer with senior management experience for housing agencies in Texas, New Orleans and Hawaii will be the new director at the troubled DuPage Housing … Read more ›