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Judge hears allegations against Chicago officer

CHICAGO | A decorated Chicago police commander who rose through the ranks even as he was the subject of numerous misconduct allegations appeared in court Thursday, facing felony charges that he stuck his gun down the throat of a suspect and threatened to kill him.

August 28, 2014 3:27 pm

Chicago schools getting $10M for Safe Passage

CHICAGO | A school safety program beefed up after dozens of Chicago schools were closed last year will get a $10 million infusion from the state of Illinois for further expansion, Gov. Pat Quinn announced Thursday.

August 28, 2014 3:22 pm
Hegewisch had its own beacon

Hegewisch had its own beacon

THROWBACK THURSDAY | The Times is celebrating our region's rich history. Check out our gallery on nwi.com and share an historic photo(s) with us today by emailing Celebrate@nwi.com.

August 28, 2014 12:00 am

Faith and lay leaders invited to outreach breakfast

South Suburban Family Shelter has a long tradition of outreach, recognizing that effective violence prevention comes by educating and building relationships with the leaders of the communities served by SSFS.

August 28, 2014 12:00 am

Nonprofit raffles Chevy Corvette

Leaving Tracks Inc., with the support of the Tengelsen Family Foundation is selling raffle tickets for a 1995 Chevrolet Corvette to benefit American Greyhound, helping greyhound rescue and adoption.

August 28, 2014 12:00 am
Expo win has teen planning on PU engineering degree

Expo win has teen planning on PU engineering degree

Patrick Rose, of Crown Point, is looking forward to a hands-on career in engineering.

August 28, 2014 12:00 am

Sauk Village officials want federal status for future 223rd Street repairs

SAUK VILLAGE | Municipal officials said they want to get a U.S. Transportation Department designation for a stretch of 223rd Street so  future repairs could be covered by the federal government.

August 28, 2014 12:00 am
Chicago's Little League champs return as heroes

Chicago's Little League champs return as heroes

CHICAGO | The ballpark gleams, exactly as the home of the Little League World Series national championship team should.

August 27, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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Public welcome at tonight's discussion of song lyrics

GARY | The Gary Commission on The Social Status of Black Males, in conjunction with the Minority Male Initiative & Student Support Services at Ivy Tech College, is sponsoring a Village Circle Talk, “The Devastating Impact That Violent & Obscene Lyrics Are Having on Our Youth,” from 6…

August 27, 2014 12:00 am

Sign up now for fall activities

Students may have school to keep them busy now, but there are also plenty of fall activities at local park districts and forest preserves to entertain them after the bell rings. Even parents with little ones too young for school can find fun local activities to enjoy together.

August 27, 2014 12:00 am
Recreation director to reach out with added park programs

Recreation director to reach out with added park programs

As recreation director for the Calumet Memorial Park District, Thom Miller is excited to continue improving the lives of residents who use the facilities.

August 27, 2014 12:00 am
Lansing school takes the ice bucket challenge

Lansing school takes the ice bucket challenge

LANSING | St. John’s Lutheran School in Lansing started the school year with the ALS ice bucket challenge on Aug. 20. Participating were Elaine Clay, who teaches 3-year-olds; third/fourth-grade teacher Laura Rathjen, Principal Nick Muench, and Miranda Walker, who teaches 4-year-olds..

August 27, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Quinn signs pregnancy discrimination measure

Quinn signs pregnancy discrimination measure

CHICAGO | New guidelines aimed at preventing workplace discrimination against pregnant women were signed into law by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn this week, a move backers say extends protections already in place for other workers.

August 26, 2014 8:00 pm

Crete officials reluctant to pay cost of installing 'no parking' zone

CRETE | Village officials expressed a reluctance Monday to create "no parking" zones around the village's Park of Commerce on the eastern edge of town.

August 26, 2014 3:40 pm

Quinn: Agencies must follow hiring rules

SPRINGFIELD | Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn deflected blame for state hiring problems Tuesday, saying agencies must follow anti-patronage hiring rules — even when the candidates are those the governor's office favors.

August 26, 2014 3:30 pm
Cal City mayor takes ice bucket challenge

Cal City mayor takes ice bucket challenge

CALUMET CITY | After having been challenged by Cathy Petrucci-Walter, the daughter of the late, former 4th Ward Alderman Joe Petrucci and in memory of Dr. Ronald Larcher, Mayor Michelle Markiewicz Qualkinbush took the ice bucket challenge to benefit the ALS Foundation.

August 26, 2014 12:00 am

Lansing increases water rates

LANSING | The Village Board has approved an increase in water rates.

August 26, 2014 12:00 am

Bears, wolves, panthers protected under Illinois law

SPRINGFIELD | Although sightings of bears, cougars and wolves are relatively rare in Illinois, the trio are now a protected species under state law.

August 25, 2014 3:30 pm

Take a cemetery tour with Hobart historians

HOBART | Hobart First United Methodist Church and the Hobart Historical Society will sponsor a History Speaks & A Cup of Tea Cemetery Walk, with sessions from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 6 and 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 7. Tickets are $8 per person or $15 per couple, available until Monday by calling the c…

August 25, 2014 3:32 pm

Quinn vetoes Illinois ridesharing regulations

CHICAGO | Taxicab companies and others seeking statewide regulation of the emerging ridesharing industry pushed for a legislative override Monday after Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed measures that would have imposed background checks and insurance requirements on some drivers.

August 25, 2014 3:19 pm
Chicago Little Leaguers returning to city

Chicago Little Leaguers returning to city

CHICAGO | Chicago will get a chance to cheer the city's favorite team of Little Leaguers at a parade on Wednesday along a route that runs from the far South Side all the way downtown to Millennium Park.

August 25, 2014 3:14 pm
St. Florian celebrates first day of school

St. Florian celebrates first day of school

CHICAGO | Classes started Monday morning at St. Florian School in Hegewisch, seven months after the school had been slated for closure by the Archdiocese of Chicago.

August 25, 2014 3:00 pm Photos

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Martinez tries third attempt at City Council seat

CHICAGO | A vocal activist from the East Side neighborhood on several environmental issues will begin Monday his third attempt at winning a seat in the City Council.

August 25, 2014 1:43 pm

Carts and Cocktails event honors artists at GSU

UNIVERSITY PARK | Governors State University celebrates several new additions at the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park as well as the 45th anniversary of one of its signature works at Carts & Cocktails 2014, which takes place from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 13.

August 25, 2014 12:00 am
Library Director retiring after 28 years with LCPL

Library Director retiring after 28 years with LCPL

Ana Grandfield, director of the Lake County Public Library, is shelving her last book Friday, retiring with 28 years of service to the LCPL.

August 25, 2014 12:00 am
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