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Lightning sparks at least one fire; rains bring relief from heat

Lightning sparks at least one fire; rains bring relief from heat

Lightning caused at least one fire Monday afternoon as a line of storms brought rain and cooler temperatures to the region.

August 25, 2014 8:45 pm Photos


Flooding rains slam region again

Flooding rains slam region again

A strong, slow-moving thunderstorm hit western Lake County on Saturday afternoon, closing U.S. 30 in both directions near U.S. 41 and stranding some motorists in floodwaters.

August 23, 2014 6:12 pm Photos



Illinois appeals court rules against Bears on tax

CHICAGO | An Illinois appeals court says the Chicago Bears owe $4.1 million to Cook County in amusement taxes plus interest.

August 07, 2014 1:43 pm

Cook County Sheriff's Police to conduct enhanced patrols

Cook County Sheriff's Police will conduct enforcement efforts starting Thursday night focusing on DUI and seat belt violators in Cook County, Sheriff Tom Dart announced Thursday.

July 31, 2014 3:16 pm

Cook County to cut buildings' carbon emissions

CHICAGO | Cook County buildings will be getting greener.

July 25, 2014 12:00 am

Cook County sheriff's police looking for DUI, seat belt violations

Don't drive drunk and buckle up in Cook County this weekend.

July 24, 2014 8:15 pm

Quinn backs county ballot measure on gun laws

CHICAGO | Gov. Pat Quinn has thrown his support behind a Cook County ballot measure that asks voters to weigh in on Illinois gun laws.

July 24, 2014 1:25 pm
High waves prompt Lake Michigan beach hazard advisory

High waves prompt Lake Michigan beach hazard advisory

A forecast including waves as high as 11 feet on Lake Michigan prompted a beach hazard statement for Lake, Porter, LaPorte and Cook counties through Thursday morning.

July 23, 2014 12:00 pm Photos


Air Quality Action Day declared throughout region

Environmental agencies in Indiana and Illinois are warning of poor air quality due to high ozone levels expected throughout the region Monday.

July 21, 2014 6:51 am

Severe thunderstorm watch issued for region

A beach hazards statement remains in effect through Tuesday night for Lake Michigan beaches in Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties.

July 14, 2014 10:39 pm

Crossing the Line -- Gas prices

Crossing the line separating Indiana and Illinois sometimes means dealing with different laws and customs. Readers are asked to share ideas for this weekly feature. This week: Gas prices.

July 06, 2014 12:00 am

Convicted murderer arrested in E.C. on federal firearm charge

EAST CHICAGO | A convicted murderer was arrested last week after a grand jury indicted him on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, federal court records show.

June 29, 2014 7:15 pm

Cook County thinks improving transportation boosts south suburban economy

EAST HAZEL CREST, Ill. | When Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle spoke before a gathering of south suburban municipal officials Thursday about improvements to the south suburban economy, she made sure to have Transportation and Highways Superintendent John Yonan with her.

June 19, 2014 12:00 am

Region largely spared by storm damage

A thunderstorm that blew through the region Tuesday night left little evidence of its presence Wednesday morning.

May 21, 2014 8:57 am

EDITORIAL: Illinois needs school district consolidation

School funding in Illinois is the subject of considerable debate as Illinois weighs the fairness of its funding formula and tries to narrow the budget chasm. Education in Illinois needs a major overhaul, not just a tweak.

May 20, 2014 12:05 am

Dense fog to lift by mid-morning

The National Weather Service issued a dense for advisory for the region Tuesday morning.

April 29, 2014 6:42 am

Snow expected for evening rush

The first April snow in the Chicago region in three years is expected to fall by the Monday evening rush.

April 14, 2014 7:18 am

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Cook County provides forum for connecting

Regional needs like transportation funding and other infrastructure investments seem to be getting lots of media attention lately.

April 13, 2014 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Aggressively market Indiana's attributes

Indiana has been focused on improving the state's business climate, which now gives the state's economic development recruiters plenty of selling points.

April 04, 2014 12:00 am
Developer plans $68.5 million revamp of Union Tank Car site

Developer plans $68.5 million revamp of Union Tank Car site

EAST CHICAGO | A massive $68.5 million project will transform the vacant, debris-littered Union Tank Car Co. site in East Chicago into a major business park with more than 1 million square feet of space.

April 01, 2014 7:19 pm Photos


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