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  • U.S., Cuba to normalize relations; Obama to speak

    WASHINGTON — The United States and Cuba have agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations and open economic and travel ties, marking a historic shift i ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 11:02 am
  • Cicero landlord gets life in Valentine's Day 2010 fire that killed 7

    CHICAGO — A Cicero landlord has been sentenced to life in prison for the deaths of seven people during a Valentine's Day 2010 apartment fire that pros ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 9:18 am
  • In Rockford police shooting, lawsuit of church running day care pending

    ROCKFORD (AP) — The city of Rockford has settled one lawsuit after the police shooting death of an unarmed black man in 2009 but a second lawsuit is s ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 9:15 am
  • Illinois man gets 20 years in Granite City home invasion, pummeling

    EDWARDSVILLE — A southwestern Illinois man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after admitting his role in pummeling a man with a hammer and meta ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 9:04 am
  • 10 Things to Know for Dec. 17; No charges filed against Bill Cosby in Playboy Mansion case

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 7:18 am
  • Aussie leader: Siege gunman dropped off watch list

    SYDNEY – A gunman responsible for a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe was once on the national security agency's watch list — but was dropped off it years ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 12:10 am
  • Reporter won't have to reveal murder-case source

    JOLIET – Appellate court judges have reversed a lower-court ruling that had ordered a journalist to reveal the source of a leak in a northern Illinois ...
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 11:57 pm
  • The Nutcracker at the Raue preview

    Dancers from the Berkshire Ballet Theatre and the Summers Academy of Dance watch from the side stage during a rehearsal of "The Nutcracker" Tuesday De ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 12:03 am
  • Rauner says agencies will be asking for $760 million extra

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois’ Republican governor-elect said Tuesday he’s learned state agencies are planning to ask him for at least $760 million more than ...
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 11:49 pm
  • Crystal Lake City Council approves 1.43 percent tax levy increase

    CRYSTAL LAKE – The Crystal Lake Public Library will not get as much money as it asked for under a levy approved Tuesday evening.
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 11:46 pm
  • McHenry County Board approves committee assignments

    WOODSTOCK – The 24-member McHenry County Board approved its assignments to its standing committees and other boards and commissions for the next two y ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 12:03 am
  • John Bucci sworn in as new Algonquin police chief (with video)

    ALGONQUIN – The village has its new police chief. In front of a large crowd that included many membe ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 2:09 pm
  • Grafton Township agrees to sell land for defunct town hall to developer

    LAKE IN THE HILLS – Grafton Township officials have agreed to sell the land once slotted for a defunct, $3.5 million town hall project to a developer, ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 12:14 am
  • McHenry City Council approves flat levy for fourth year

    McHENRY – The city's portion of property owners' tax bills will not be going up next year. The McHen ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 12:11 am
  • Sony faces 2nd class action lawsuit over data breach

    NEW YORK — A second class action lawsuit has been filed against Sony Pictures Entertainment by two former employees whose private data was stolen from ...
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 5:07 pm
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