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  • Hitler comic-strip assignment supported by Woodland school board: 'People are always looking for hate'

    Hitler comic-strip assignment supported by Woodland school board: 'People are always looking for hate'

    Despite controversy surrounding a recent eighth-grade history assignment requiring students to draw cartoons about Hitler, Woodland School District 50 officials announced Thursday night they support the teacher's choice in assigning it. District officials met in a closed session Thursday night...

  • 18-year-old woman pulled from burning Waukegan house dies from injuries

    18-year-old woman pulled from burning Waukegan house dies from injuries

    A young woman rescued by Waukegan firefighters from a Dec. 4 house fire died earlier this week from complications from smoke inhalation, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office. Alonda Caballero Negron, 18, died Sunday Dec. 10 at Loyola Medical Center in Maywood, where she was being...

  • Help Them to Hope

    Help Them to Hope

    The annual Help Them to Hope campaign benefits local service agencies that provide direct financial support and services to Lake County residents in need. Agencies that benefit from donations this year are A Safe Place, Beacon Place, Catholic Charities of Lake County, Community Social Services,...

  • Suburban man charged with sexually abusing children while working with Catholic group in South America

    Suburban man charged with sexually abusing children while working with Catholic group in South America

    Jeffery Daniels left his native Peru in 2001, moved to the U.S., married and started a family, leaving behind the elite Catholic society he’d spent years with for a life in the quiet north Chicago suburb of Antioch. Now, in the wake of an explosive report issued earlier this year, Peruvian prosecutors...

  • Ex-wife of Cancer Treatment Centers founder appeals multimillion-dollar divorce ruling

    Ex-wife of Cancer Treatment Centers founder appeals multimillion-dollar divorce ruling

    The terms of the divorce between Richard and Alicia Stephenson took eight years, a monthslong trial and millions of dollars in legal fees alone to determine. But it’s not over yet. Alicia Stephenson has appealed the ruling in the acrimonious divorce that awarded her a $6.5 million lump-sum payment...

  • FBI arrests former IT technician on charges of hacking Lake Forest-based company

    FBI arrests former IT technician on charges of hacking Lake Forest-based company

    A Chicago information technology specialist was indicted Tuesday in federal court after being arrested by the FBI and charged with cyberhacking systems at Lake Forest-based W.W. Grainger Inc., his former place of employment. Edward Soybel, 34, was charged with 10 counts of of intentionally causing...

  • Mayor: Lake Forest spent nearly $200,000 to lobby for Amtrak stop

    Mayor: Lake Forest spent nearly $200,000 to lobby for Amtrak stop

    The Lake Forest mayor said the city has spent $192,000 on lobbying efforts to persuade Amtrak to build a stop in the village. Lansing made the disclosure during a discussion about the proposed stop at the Dec. 4 Lake Forest City Council meeting, when he announced Amtrak's support for a stop in...

  • Students help launch wrestling program at Rochelle Zell

    Students help launch wrestling program at Rochelle Zell

    Eli Ecanow of Long Grove and Ben Lesch of Evanston didn't know each other before enrolling at Rochelle Zell, but they had the same desire: They wanted to be high school wrestlers. They both had taken lesson in jiujitsu growing up. However, Rochelle Zell did not have a wrestling team when Ecanow...

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    Monday "Scrooge and the Ghostly Spirits": Taking place through Dec. 23, this world-premiere musical is based on Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." This family favorite brings all the cherished characters and themes to life through an original score and the magic of song and dance. Book, music...

  • Lake County deputy, armed with pink cuffs and law degree, set for A&E's 'Live PD' gig

    Lake County deputy, armed with pink cuffs and law degree, set for A&E's 'Live PD' gig

    Deputy Rebecca Loeb knew at the age of 12 she wanted to be a police officer. But Loeb, now 27 with four years of policing and a law degree under her belt, never expected working with the Lake County Sheriff's Office would bring under the spotlights on national TV. She is scheduled to appear Friday...

  • Waukegan District 60 weighs transparency benefits, cost of videotaping meetings

    Waukegan District 60 weighs transparency benefits, cost of videotaping meetings

    A suggestion to start filming Waukegan District 60 school board meetings will remain just an idea for now. Board member Brandon Ewing had proposed that the board begin streaming its meetings to increase transparency, but questions of whether the level of engagement would be worth the cost kept...

  • Teva Pharmaceutical to lay off 14,000 globally; effect on Gurnee facility unclear

    Teva Pharmaceutical to lay off 14,000 globally; effect on Gurnee facility unclear

    Israel-based Teva Pharmaceutical Industries — which has nearly 100 employees in Illinois — announced plans Thursday to cut 14,000 jobs globally. It was not immediately clear whether the Illinois employees, who work at a distribution center in Gurnee, will face layoffs. In an email, Teva spokeswoman...

  • Help Them to Hope

    Help Them to Hope

    The annual Help Them to Hope campaign benefits local service agencies that provide direct financial support and services to Lake County residents in need. Agencies that benefit from donations this year are A Safe Place, Beacon Place, Catholic Charities of Lake County, Community Social Services,...

  • College of Lake County picks Wisconsin technical college official as new president

    College of Lake County picks Wisconsin technical college official as new president

    After a four-month search for the College of Lake County's next leader, its Board of Trustees is set to pick the vice president of learning and chief academic officer for a Wisconsin technical college system. Lori M. Suddick, who has 18 years of experience working in leadership and faculty roles...

  • 'It's a blessing': 125 military families treated to holiday cheer at Great Lakes

    'It's a blessing': 125 military families treated to holiday cheer at Great Lakes

    After sitting on Santa's lap and posing for a picture with his little sister and good friend, 6-year-old Alex Weiss had a difficult choice to make: What one item would he pick from the box of toys for boys placed near Santa? In the end, a ninja sword beat out a black-and-blue mask and a toy blade....

  • Help Them to Hope

    Help Them to Hope

    The annual Help Them to Hope campaign benefits local service agencies that provide direct financial support and services to Lake County residents in need. Agencies that benefit from donations this year are A Safe Place, Beacon Place, Catholic Charities of Lake County, Community Social Services,...

  • Man found shot to death in Walmart parking lot in Waukegan

    Man found shot to death in Walmart parking lot in Waukegan

    A man was found shot to death in the parking lot of a Walmart on the west side of Waukegan Monday evening in what police said was not a random incident. Police Chief Wayne Walles said dispatchers received 911 calls around 6 p.m. reporting a hit-and-run, then shots fired at the Fountain Square Walmart...

  • 'It was a damn telephone': Woman sentenced in fatal Round Lake Beach cell phone robbery

    'It was a damn telephone': Woman sentenced in fatal Round Lake Beach cell phone robbery

    A Fox Lake woman was sentenced to three years in prison Monday afternoon for her role in the death of a North Chicago man who was killed in April when an attempted cellphone theft turned fatal. Courtney Sherman, 18, was initially charged with robbery and reckless homicide in the death of Javier...

  • Medical examiner issues homicide ruling in case of Grayslake teen pulled from fire

    Medical examiner issues homicide ruling in case of Grayslake teen pulled from fire

    The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office said Monday a 17-year-old who was shot in the head before being pulled from a burning house in Grayslake over the summer died of complications from both the gunshot wound and injuries from the fire. The report also officially ruled the death of Zackary...

  • Mundelein organizes community forum to detail flood relief options

    Mundelein organizes community forum to detail flood relief options

    Mundelein officials have scheduled a Jan. 8 committee meeting for residents in the Route 45 and Division area to learn about possible long-term flood prevention plans that all involve significant construction. A report written by Iowa-based HR Green Inc. suggests adding detention ponds and installing...

  • Round Lake District 116 expands technology initiative after delay caused by state budget impasse

    Round Lake District 116 expands technology initiative after delay caused by state budget impasse

    Fifth-grader Evelyn Vazquez used to have to take turns working on the computer to get her projects and other homework done. That was before she joined Indian Hill Elementary School teacher Jamie Torgerson's classroom this year. Torgerson was one of more than 30 Round Lake Area School District 116...

  • New prosecutor on board for former Lake County coroner's Jan. 16 perjury trial date

    New prosecutor on board for former Lake County coroner's Jan. 16 perjury trial date

    A new special prosecutor in the perjury case of former Lake County Coroner Dr. Thomas Rudd appeared in Lake County Circuit Court for the first time Monday and said he believes he will be ready for Rudd's currently scheduled trial date of Jan. 16. Rudd's previous Oct. 23 trial date was scrapped...

  • Help Them to Hope

    Help Them to Hope

    The annual Help Them to Hope campaign benefits local service agencies that provide direct financial support and services to Lake County residents in need. Agencies that benefit from donations this year are A Safe Place, Beacon Place, Catholic Charities of Lake County, Community Social Services,...

  • Driver critical after hitting pole in DUI crash near Grayslake: sheriff's office

    Driver critical after hitting pole in DUI crash near Grayslake: sheriff's office

    A 32-year-old Waukegan man was in critical condition and charged with DUI after a single vehicle accident early Monday morning on Rollins Road west of Route 45 in Avon Township, according to the Lake County Sheriff's Office. Raquel Vazquez-Cordada, 32, of the 600 block of Clarke Avenue, was driving...

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    Listings are subject to change. Please call the venue in advance. To submit items to the calendar, go to newssunonline.com/community. Thursday "Scrooge and the Ghostly Spirits": Taking place through Dec. 23, this world-premiere musical is based on Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." This family...

  • Volunteers and donations fill hearts of those in need at Antioch Traveling Closet

    Volunteers and donations fill hearts of those in need at Antioch Traveling Closet

    Within an hour, more than 200 people had lined up for the annual Antioch Traveling Closet held at the Antioch Area Senior Center where, besides finding clothes, shoes and toiletries, people could get their blood pressure checked and a new haircut, all courtesy of donations and volunteers. "Basically...

  • Waukegan City Council approves plan for River Road corridor

    Waukegan City Council approves plan for River Road corridor

    A plan that seeks to maintain the current character and open space of the River Road corridor was unanimously approved by the City Council last week after an 18-month process involving volunteer residents. Its approval means the end of a lengthy moratorium on development in the area, according...

  • Help Them to Hope

    Help Them to Hope

    The annual Help Them to Hope campaign benefits local service agencies that provide direct financial support and services to Lake County residents in need. Agencies that benefit from donations this year are A Safe Place, Beacon Place, Catholic Charities of Lake County, Community Social Services,...

  • Mundelein bridal shop owner detained upset customer in store against her will, police say

    Mundelein bridal shop owner detained upset customer in store against her will, police say

    A Mundelein bridal shop owner charged with trapping a customer inside her store is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 19. The female customer entered Novias Jair Bridal, 445 N. Lake St., around 2 p.m. on Nov. 21 and asked to use $190 in store credit she was given four years ago, according to Mundelein...

  • Conserve Lake County merging with Chicago-based group

    Conserve Lake County merging with Chicago-based group

    Two well-known conservation groups, Conserve Lake County and Openlands, announced their merger at Conserve's annual meeting this week, matching a national trend of conservation groups combining their resources. Conserve Lake County will merge into Chicago-based Openlands on Jan. 1 and maintain...

  • Waukegan will be filled with music for the holidays

    Waukegan will be filled with music for the holidays

    From "The Magic of the Nutcracker" to 98 Degrees, The Genesee Theatre in Waukegan offers a holiday show for everyone. "We try to incorporate some holiday shows but we try not to overpower everyone with Christmas tunes," said Colleen Rogalski, marketing and booking manager. Rogalski said acts are...

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    Listings are subject to change. Please call the venue in advance. To submit items to the calendar, go to newssunonline.com/community. Monday Journey Through the Vietnam War: Veteran Paul Baffico shares his personal journey and insight on the Vietnam War. He is a docent for the Vietnam Veterans...

  • Help Them to Hope campaign benefits agencies that help Lake County residents in need

    Help Them to Hope campaign benefits agencies that help Lake County residents in need

    The annual Help Them to Hope campaign benefits local service agencies that provide direct financial support and services to Lake County residents in need. Agencies that benefit from donations this year are A Safe Place, Beacon Place, Catholic Charities of Lake County, Community Social Services,...

  • Lake Forest remembers former mayor Rhett Butler

    The Lake Forest City Council at its meeting Monday honored former mayor Rhett Butler, who, according to his family, died Nov. 22 of natural causes. Mayor Rob Lansing described Butler as a "man of tremendous energy, particularly intellectual energy." "He was always looking at how to improve and...

  • Basement bedrooms under scrutiny in Waukegan after woman rescued from fire

    The number of illegal basement bedrooms used to be a problem in Waukegan in the recent past, but officials say the danger they pose is still a threat to anyone using one. "Ten to twenty years ago, it was a big big problem. We've reduced it, but we still know there are issues out there," said Steve...

  • Help Them to Hope

    The annual Help Them to Hope campaign benefits local service agencies that provide direct financial support and services to Lake County residents in need. Agencies that benefit from donations this year are A Safe Place, Beacon Place, Catholic Charities of Lake County, Community Social Services,...

  • 'It did not occur in a locker room': Vernon Township staff accused of harassing women, discussing drugs

    Vernon Township Supervisor Daniel Didech is demanding that Assessor Gary Raupp fire two male employees in the assessor's office who Didech says created a hostile work environment for female workers and discussed drug use on township computers. Didech called an emergency meeting Tuesday night in...

  • Lindenhurst washing the well water away, courtesy of Lake Michigan

    Water coming out of the tap in Lindenhurst had its problems when the village used only well water — a whiff of sulfur or a rotten-egg smell, that white streak on a glass from the calcium, the scaling inside of appliances connected to the well water and the need for water softeners, among others....

  • Attempted murder conviction overturned after prosecutors violated discovery rules

    An Illinois appellate court has reversed the conviction of a Waukegan man for a 2013 attempted murder, saying that the prosecution violated discovery rules. Handed down Monday, the decision from the 2nd District Appellate Court of Illinois found prosecutors failed to disclose before trial a booking...

  • Deerfield financial adviser sentenced for stealing almost $1 million from client

    A Deerfield financial adviser who took advantage of a client's trust in order to steal almost $1 million has been sentenced to 55 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $911,000 in restitution, authorities said. William P. Carlson, 54, pleaded guilty to federal mail fraud charges in August...

  • Evanston, Round Lake Park nonprofits honored as 'Neighborhood Builders'

    Nineteen-year-old Donail Rucker of Rogers Park will start work this winter at Sherman Dodge in Skokie assisting a mechanic — entering a field in which he's always been interested, though he was unfamiliar with how to break into the business. That hesitation changed, he said, through the efforts...

  • Lawsuit: Water shutdown caused 'inhumane' conditions at Lake County jail

    A federal class-action lawsuit against the Lake County Sheriff's Office was filed Monday alleging unsanitary conditions were caused by a water shutoff at the Lake County jail last month. The lawsuit, filed by the Chicago-based O'Connor Law Firm in U.S. District Court in Chicago, petitions to represent...

  • Waukegan approves new revamped liquor license rules

    A revamped liquor code was approved by the Waukegan City Council Monday evening, one that simplifies its rules but requires more upfront information from business owners. The goal is to create a more efficient and effective process that allows the council to make better decisions, Mayor Sam Cunningham...

  • Lake Forest gives initial approval to proposed car wash at long-vacant site

    Despite fierce opposition from some neighbors, the Lake Forest City Council gave initial approval Dec. 4 to a proposed gas station and car wash that would be located at the intersection of Waukegan and Everett roads. In a 5-3 vote, the city council gave initial approval for a special use permit...

  • MainStreet Libertyville transforms to a Dickens of a holiday

    Libertyville puts on a Dickens of a Holiday every December for two Saturdays, Dec. 2 and 9. No, really, that's the name of the holiday event sponsored by MainStreet Libertyville. The annual event includes family events such as photos with Santa, a holiday shop where children can buy gifts for their...

  • 'His one true love': Vietnam veteran's last wish to broadcast on ham radio fulfilled

    For Vietnam veteran John Nugent, who served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, coming home to Newburgh, N.Y., meant some isolation, according to his son Chris, but his love of ham radio allowed him to reach out to other people throughout the world. "It was tough for him. The radio made him feel comfortable,...

  • Help Them to Hope

    The annual Help Them To Hope campaign benefits local service agencies that provide direct financial support and services to Lake County residents in need. Agencies that benefit from donations this year are A Safe Place, Beacon Place, Catholic Charities of Lake County, Community Social Services,...

  • Man wanted on warrants found hiding under insulation in attic at Round Lake Beach home

    A man wanted on two warrants in Lake County was arrested Tuesday after he was found hiding under insulation in the attic of his home in Round Lake Beach, authorities said. Dustin M. Serna, 31, was arrested in the 500 block of Pheasant Court by members of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Warrants...

  • Waukegan residents, most aldermen voice objections to mayor's proposed levy increase

    The Waukegan City Council chambers were filled Monday evening by people there to voice their opposition to a higher property tax levy, a message a majority of the aldermen said they understood. The next step will be talking to the aldermen and seeing where they are on the issue, Mayor Sam Cunningham...

  • Highland Park's Country Club golf course sale to park district hits snag

    Golf operations may be ending at the Highland Park Country Club golf course on Dec. 31 under an agreement being hammered out between the City of Highland Park and the Park District of Highland Park. But a new hurdle has emerged in the deliberations between the city and park district over the disposition...

  • Ravinia Festival cuts all ties with former music director James Levine over sexual misconduct allegations

    The Ravinia Festival, where James Levine served as music director for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s summer residencies from 1973 to 1993, has severed all ties with the famed conductor amid allegations of sexual misconduct currently under investigation by authorities in Lake County and at the...

  • Help Them to Hope

    The annual Help Them to Hope campaign benefits local service agencies that provide direct financial support and services to Lake County residents in need. Agencies that benefit from donations this year are A Safe Place, Beacon Place, Catholic Charities of Lake County, Community Social Services,...

  • Young woman injured during house fire in illegal basement bedroom

    A young woman staying in an illegal basement apartment in her family's single-family home was in critical condition because of smoke inhalation after a fire Monday night during which firefighters rescued her. "There was heavy smoke and fire visible in the basement area upon arrival," said Steve...

  • Illinois attorney general launches civil rights inquiry into bus company

    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office is investigating a bus company that serves University of Illinois students for potential civil rights violations, the latest fallout in response to the company’s racially tinged weekend ad that disparaged Chinese students and the university’s admissions...

  • 3 charged in Libertyville ATM skimming scheme

    Federal authorities have charged three Elk Grove residents with using a skimming device to steal personal data from a bank ATM in Libertyville. The arrests were made on Nov. 11, Libertyville police disclosed in a Monday afternoon news release. The device was placed on the ATM outside Libertyville...

  • Most Lake County Board seats, countywide offices will have competitive races next fall

    Four of the 14 Lake County Board members and one of the four countywide incumbents up for election in 2018 remained without challengers Monday, which was the last day established-party candidates could file the paperwork and signatures necessary to appear on their party's March primary ballot. ...

  • Suburban Democrats line up to challenge Roskam, Hultgren in 2018

    There is no shortage of suburban Democrats hoping to challenge incumbent Republican U.S. Reps. Peter Roskam and Randy Hultgren in 2018. A crowded field of Democrats in the two congressional districts could duke it out this spring for a spot on the 2018 ballot to challenge the incumbents as Monday...

  • Waukegan, Fox Lake among Lake County communities unveiling Illinois bicentennial flag

    From Waukegan west through Gurnee to Fox Lake, a number of municipalities on Monday hoisted a new Illinois flag celebrating the state's looming bicentennial in 2018, the theme of which is paying tribute to the people, places and things that are being born, built or grown in the Land of Lincoln....

  • Antioch couple held for alleged armed robbery of Citgo station

    An Antioch couple were being held in lieu of $350,000 bail after the pair allegedly used a baseball bat and gun to rob a service station Sunday in Antioch Township. Jason R. Haines, 31, and Holly C. Van Crey, 26, of the 1200 block of Main Street, Antioch, each was charged with armed robbery, aggravated...

  • Indoor synthetic ice rink, 'Ninja Warrior' facility open in Lake County

    As winter descends on the area, two new businesses in Vernon Hills and Libertyville are offering active family activities indoors. After opening its first location in Chicago a year ago, Ultimate Ninjas debuted its third facility Nov. 24 at 732 East Park Avenue in Libertyville, giving patrons a...

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    Listings are subject to change. Please call the venue in advance. To submit items to the calendar, go to newssunonline.com/community. Thursday Reasons to be Bullish: The current outlook for the economy is discussed. The focus is on: signs that the economy is improving; the emergence of an American...

  • Help Them to Hope

    The annual Help Them To Hope campaign benefits local service agencies that provide direct financial support and services to Lake County residents in need. Agencies that benefit from donations this year are A Safe Place, Beacon Place, Catholic Charities of Lake County, Community Social Services,...

  • Libertyville birder breaks record for most species seen in any Illinois county in one year

    Those looking for Andy Stewart most mornings this year would have found him walking along Lake Michigan somewhere between Winthrop Harbor and south Waukegan, binoculars around his neck, spotting scope in tow. In fact, in the past three years, Stewart, a 64-year-old retired Abbott employee from...

  • Bus company serving University of Illinois criticized for 'racist and bigoted' ad

    A bus company that runs shuttles between college campuses and the Chicago area drew strong rebukes for a racially charged ad that took a swipe at the number of Chinese students attending University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The ad from Suburban Express, sent Saturday via email, was publicizing...

  • Rep. Schneider talks tax bill at Gurnee town hall

    The new national tax reform proposal that was passed by Republicans early Saturday was the main issue raised by those in attendance at a "Congress on Your Corner" event hosted by U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Deerfield, hours later in Gurnee. The 55 people that gathered inside the Woodland Middle...

  • Help Them to Hope

    The annual Help Them To Hope campaign benefits local service agencies that provide direct financial support and services to Lake County residents in need. Agencies that benefit from donations this year are A Safe Place, Beacon Place, Catholic Charities of Lake County, Community Social Services,...

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    Listings are subject to change. Please call the venue in advance. To submit items to the calendar, go to newssunonline.com/community. Monday How to Raise an Adult: LEAD's 2017 Keynote with Author: LEAD's 2017 keynote event features author and Stanford Dean Julie Lythcott-Haims. Find out how over-parenting...

  • Former longtime Ravinia conductor James Levine faces sexual misconduct investigation

    James Levine, who spent decades as music director of the Ravinia Festival and the Metropolitan Opera, is being investigated by authorities in Lake County following a man’s report that the famous conductor molested him starting when he was 15. Lake County State’s Attorney Michael Nerheim confirmed...

  • Sheriff's deputy allowed Waukegan police official to call for ride after traffic stop, video shows

    The Waukegan Police Department and the Lake County Sheriff's Office are conducting internal investigations into a months-old traffic stop in which a deputy detained a Waukegan deputy police chief for allegedly speeding and weaving and allowed him to call for a ride home, the News-Sun has learned....

  • School chief, parents at odds over North Chicago teacher's behavior in bus incident

    Parents of students at AJ Katzenmaier Academy in North Chicago say they're concerned over an incident involving a teacher that happened during an early bus dismissal last month, just before students went on Thanksgiving break. North Chicago Community School District 187 Superintendent John Price...

  • Two men charged with promoting prostitution near Zion: officials

    Two men who authorities said were passing out business cards advertising a prostitution operation in unincorporated Zion have been arrested and charged with promoting prostitution. According to a statement issued by the Lake County Sheriff's Office early Friday, members of the sheriff's Gang Task...

  • Lindenhurst grandpa's beardless Santa story starts as family tradition, becomes published book

    When he was about 5 years old, Howard Michael Bricker's grandson, Sean, posed a question many youngsters do at Christmas time: Is Santa Claus real? Bricker's grandson, now in his 30s, had seen a man at a shopping mall dressed like Santa Claus put on a fake beard that day. As Bricker, a Lindenhurst...

  • Help Them to Hope

    The annual Help Them To Hope campaign benefits local service agencies that provide direct financial support and services to Lake County residents in need. Agencies that benefit from donations this year are A Safe Place, Beacon Place, Catholic Charities of Lake County, Community Social Services,...

  • Help Them to Hope

    The annual Help Them To Hope campaign benefits local service agencies that provide direct financial support and services to Lake County residents in need. Agencies that benefit from donations this year are A Safe Place, Beacon Place, Catholic Charities of Lake County, Community Social Services,...

  • Developer pitches $43 million 'Navyseum' attraction for North Chicago

    A new Navy-related 130,000-square-foot complex — described as an interactive "sailor for a day" attraction — is in the works in North Chicago, officials said. The planned $43 million Navyseum, which would be located on an 11-acre site along Sheridan Road, would use decommissioned Navy equipment...

  • Police: Spa robber takes money, then buys sandwich in same Deerfield shopping center

    Deerfield police say a man robbed a downtown spa and then bought a sandwich in the same shopping center Tuesday evening. Deerfield Police Commander Juan Mazariegos said police responded to a call from the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa at The Shops at Deerfield Square at 6:35 p.m. reporting an armed...

  • One cow's great escape causes sightings around Gurnee

    Could there really be cow sightings off Grand Avenue in Gurnee, home to six lanes of traffic, Gurnee Mills and Six Flags Great America? Gurnee's deputy police chief Brian Smith said there have been "a number of sightings." Police have contacted the cow's owner and are trying to find the wandering...

  • Spring Grove man whose SUV hit tree in critical condition after extrication, charged with DUI

    A 38-year-old Spring Grove man remained in critical condition Wednesday after a crash Tuesday afternoon that sent his SUV into a tree, according to the McHenry County Sheriff's Office. The driver of a 2001 Jeep Cherokee SUV, Joshua Fauser, was trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated by...

  • Judge allows DNA evidence in trial of man for 2005 slayings of two Zion girls

    Contested DNA evidence will be allowed in the upcoming murder trial of a former Zion man accused in the 2005 Mother's Day slayings of two preteen girls, despite the defense's claims that it's "compromised," a Lake County judge ruled Wednesday. Judge Daniel Shanes on Wednesday also said he might...

  • Vernon Hills company plans to relocate, expand to Buffalo Grove under incentive deal

    A midsized company specializing in computer hardware plans to leave its headquarters in Vernon Hills and expand to nearby Buffalo Grove after Buffalo Grove officials recently approved a six-year sales tax incentive package. Business IT Source Inc., 954 Corporate Woods Parkway, Vernon Hills, is...

  • Help Them to Hope

    The annual Help Them to Hope campaign benefits local service agencies that provide direct financial support and services to Lake County residents in need. Agencies that benefit from donations this year are A Safe Place, Beacon Place, Catholic Charities of Lake County, Community Social Services,...

  • 'Because you’re white': Lake Villa detective disciplined for remarks while detaining teens

    A Lake Villa detective has been disciplined for "behavior unbecoming an officer" after telling one member of a group of teenagers outside a local pawn shop that he was being detained because he is white, the police chief said Tuesday. The officer, Detective Esteban Gomez, was conducting a theft...

  • Slew of suburban Democrats seek to challenge Roskam, Hultgren in 2018

    Ten Democrats lined up to take aim at Republicans in two west suburban congressional districts Monday, the first day of filing for the March 20 primary election. Five Democrats and incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam submitted nominating petitions for the 6th District congressional seat,...

  • Antioch Traveling Closet giveaway events: Too much need, too little space

    Sometimes too much of a good thing can cause problems, and the Antioch Traveling Closet is getting close to drowning in good intentions. The nonprofit organization has hosted six giveaway events in the past few years, providing free clothes, toiletries and other essentials to those in need in the...

  • Incumbents make up more than half of Lake County candidates to file Monday for 2018 elections

    More than half of the 42 candidates who filed Monday seeking a spot on the Lake County Board, a countywide office or a local statehouse seat are incumbents, state and Lake County records show. Monday marked the first day candidates could file the paperwork and signatures necessary to appear on their...

  • Help Them to Hope

    The annual Help Them To Hope campaign benefits local service agencies that provide direct financial support and services to Lake County residents in need. Agencies that benefit from donations this year are A Safe Place, Beacon Place, Catholic Charities of Lake County, Community Social Services,...

  • CLC police say security improvements have made Waukegan campus 'much safer'

    Recent changes in security and structures for the College of Lake County's Lakeshore Campus in downtown Waukegan has helped cut down the number of incidents and made things safer, according to officials. "All of our campuses are safe statistically," said CLC Police Chief Tom Guenther, adding that...

  • Victim in fatal Thanksgiving Day crash in Waukegan identified

    The woman who died in a Thanksgiving Day crash in Waukegan was identified Monday as Maria Castillo, 31, of Zion. "Preliminary autopsy results confirm that she died due to multiple blunt force injuries from a motor vehicle crash. Toxicology results are pending," Lake County Coroner Howard Cooper...

  • Woman killed in Antioch Township crash identified

    An Arizona woman who police say was killed when her vehicle was struck from behind and then hit a tree in Antioch Township early Sunday has been identified by the Lake County coroner's office as Stephanie Dokken. Coroner Howard Cooper said Monday that an autopsy confirmed the 27-year-old died of...

  • Mundelein village attorney honored for 45 years of service

    Charles Marino was first appointed Mundelein’s village attorney 45 years ago, and earlier this month dignitaries past and present celebrated his service as he reflected on the important cases that shaped the town. Marino, 83, first passed the Illinois bar exam on Nov. 21, 1957 and accepted the...

  • Gliniewicz theft case on hold for Appellate Court motion ruling

    Lake County Circuit Court proceedings in the theft case against Melodie Gliniewicz are on hold as a state Appellate Court considers an appeal on a pretrial ruling that texts between Gliniewicz and her late husband, former Fox Lake police Lt. Joe Gliniewicz, cannot be introduced at trial. In a brief...

  • Round Lake man pleads guilty to sex with teen in Waukegan motel

    A Round Lake area man pleaded guilty Monday to charges of sexual abuse for taking a 15-year-old girl to a Waukegan motel for sex earlier this year. Steve W. Spoerl, 43, was sentenced to four years in prison, followed by two years of felony sex offender probation including periodic imprisonment...

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    Listings are subject to change. Please call the venue in advance. To submit items to the calendar, go to newssunonline.com/community. Thursday Winter Wonderwalk: Woodlands Academy's 22nd annual Winter Wonderwalk and Holiday Boutique benefit kicks off with a Boutique Preview Party on Thursday in...

  • Help Them to Hope campaign for Lake County

    The annual Help Them To Hope campaign benefits local service agencies that provide direct financial support and services to Lake County residents in need. Agencies that benefit from donations this year are A Safe Place, Beacon Place, Catholic Charities of Lake County, Community Social Services,...

  • After off-campus shooting, law limiting suspensions to be addressed Waukegan District 60 safety forum

    A Waukegan District 60 forum focused on school safety is in the works, the move coming in the wake of rising safety concerns. The forum is planned for 6 p.m. Thursday at Waukegan High School's Brookside campus, less than a month after two Waukegan teenagers were injured in an off-campus shooting....

  • Outdoors: Fat Sunday rides set to roll

    Zion Cyclery is kicking off Fat Sundays during the winter —organized group rides that take you along Lake Michigan — on Sunday, Dec. 3. The rides take place 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., starting and endingat the rear of the Zion store at 2750 Sheridan Road. The fat-tire bikes make traversing snow or sand...

  • Woman killed in Antioch crash

    A 27-year-old woman died at the scene of an automobile accident early Sunday morning in Antioch, and a 41-year-old man may face charges from the incident, officials said. According to a news release, Lake County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to a multiple-vehicle crash in the area of Route...

  • Help Them to Hope

    The annual Help Them To Hope campaign benefits local service agencies that provide direct financial support and services to Lake County residents in need. Agencies that benefit from donations this year are A Safe Place, Beacon Place, Catholic Charities of Lake County, Community Social Services,...

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