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  • Pastors preach Christmas’ promise of love in uncertain times

    CRYSTAL LAKE – Pastor Aaron Schellhas wants his congregation to know the Christmas story and the American war film “The Hurt Locker” are not so differ ...
    Dec. 24, 2014 - 11:13 pm
  • New Three Oaks attraction moves closer to completion in Crystal Lake

    CRYSTAL LAKE – Construction is wrapping up on a new and improved scuba diving facility at Three Oaks Recreation Area.
    Dec. 24, 2014 - 11:21 pm
  • CL tournament to draw top tennis players

    CRYSTAL LAKE – A competition featuring highly accomplished tennis players will be held early next month at The Racket Club.
    Dec. 24, 2014 - 10:53 pm
  • Christmas Eve windy, but not white for many

    NEW YORK – Christmas Eve shaped up to be windy, wet and warm instead of white across much of the country, creating headaches for travelers in the Grea ...
    Dec. 24, 2014 - 10:46 pm
  • Sony broadly releases 'The Interview' in reversal of plans

    LOS ANGELES – Amid a swell of controversy, backlash, confusion and threats, Sony Pictures broadly released "The Interview" online Wednesday – an unpre ...
    UPDATED: Dec. 24, 2014 - 11:34 pm
  • After NYC deaths, a surge of support for police

    NEW YORK – Rocker Jon Bon Jovi donned a New York Police Department T-shirt on stage. Well-wishers delivered home-baked cookies by the hundreds to poli ...
    Dec. 24, 2014 - 10:45 pm
  • Islamic State extremists capture Jordanian pilot

    AMMAN, Jordan – Islamic State militants captured a Jordanian pilot after his warplane crashed in Syria while carrying out airstrikes Wednesday, making ...
    Dec. 24, 2014 - 10:45 pm
  • Unions make push to recruit immigrants

    CHICAGO – Unions across the U.S. are reaching out to immigrants affected by President Barack Obama’s recent executive action, hoping to expand their d ...
    Dec. 24, 2014 - 10:45 pm
  • Again? Really? What if it's Bush-Clinton in 2016?

    WASHINGTON – Again? Really? There are more than 300 million people in America, yet the same two fami ...
    UPDATED: Dec. 24, 2014 - 11:36 pm
  • Cuba relations with Catholic Church at high point

    HAVANA – Golden rays of tropical sunlight slant through the caved-in roof of Saint Thomas de Villanueva chapel, illuminating tiles graced by the faces ...
    UPDATED: Dec. 24, 2014 - 11:32 pm
  • Report: More surviving Ebola in Sierra Leone

    One year into the world’s worst Ebola outbreak, doctors are reporting an encouraging sign: About 70 percent of patients in a hard-hit area of Sierra L ...
    Dec. 24, 2014 - 10:15 pm
  • Pope celebrates Christmas Eve Mass and calls Iraqi refugees

    VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis celebrated Christmas Eve with a late-night Mass Wednesday in St. Peter’s Basilica and a phone call to some Iraqi refugees ...
    UPDATED: Dec. 24, 2014 - 11:31 pm
  • Rockford firefighters rescue 14-year-old from fire

    ROCKFORD – Authorities are investigating what caused a Rockford house fire in which firefighters rescued a 14-year-old boy.
    Dec. 24, 2014 - 10:04 pm
  • Peoria toddler pronounced brain dead after beating

    PEORIA – A 19-month-old Peoria boy has been pronounced brain dead a day after police said he was beaten by his mother’s boyfriend.
    Dec. 24, 2014 - 10:04 pm
  • Police: Chicago boy, mother attacked by pit bull

    CHICAGO – Chicago police said a 10-year-old boy and his mother have been injured after being attacked by a neighbor’s pit bull.
    Dec. 24, 2014 - 10:04 pm
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