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Florist, Photographer Team Use Special Needs Kids As Models

Beverly-Mt. Greenwood, IL Patch | Posted 08.23.2012 | Chicago

In April, Beverly florist Steve English and Palos Park photographer Katie Driscoll tag-teamed for a project to use special needs children in ad campai...

Friends Remember Volleyball Standout As 'Beautiful Person'

Wheaton, IL Patch | Posted 08.23.2012 | Chicago

While Megan Boken’s loved ones look ahead to her visitation and funeral Mass this week, they are also looking back fondly on their memories of her...

Who Visits Drew in Jail? Not His Mom

Bolingbrook, IL Patch | Posted 08.22.2012 | Chicago

Patch obtained the list of approved visitors for Drew Peterson at the Will County jail, as well as an account of each person to see him since his May ...

Rare 'Secret' Nazi Book Found By Library Staff

La Grange, IL Patch | Posted 08.20.2012 | Chicago

Books given to the La Grange Park Public Library for donation get dropped off with some regularity. Some are added to the library's collection, others...

Analyst: Jackson Will Likely Still Win Election By 'Wide Margin'

Chicago Heights, IL Patch | Posted 08.15.2012 | Chicago

Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. will win the November election with 50 to 60 percent of the vote regardless of a mysterious medical leave and diagnosis ...

Food Truck Battle Expands To The Suburbs

Evanston, IL Patch | Posted 08.08.2012 | Chicago

One donut truck is pitting itself against the city of Evanston over the city’s requirement that food trucks must be operated by brick and mortar res...

Local Sikh Community Grieves At Vigil For Temple Shooting Victims

Wheaton, IL Patch | Posted 08.07.2012 | Chicago

Mourners of many faiths gathered at the Illinois Sikh Community Center in Wheaton to grieve the victims of the fatal shooting of seven people at a Sik...

Local Vigil Planned For Sikh Temple Shooting Victims

Wheaton, IL Patch | Posted 08.06.2012 | Chicago

As news of the fatal shooting of seven people at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, WI, spread across the country, both Sikhs and non-Sikhs in the Wheaton co...

Peterson Pours His Heart Out In Letters Addressed To Young Woman

Bolingbrook, IL Patch | Posted 07.30.2012 | Chicago

You can lock Drew Peterson up for years, but you can’t stop him from sweet-talking the ladies on the outside. Peterson, the 58-year-old former Bo...

Senator Kirk Gives Health Update, Is Walking More

Deerfield, IL Patch | Posted 07.29.2012 | Chicago

Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Highland Park) gave the first update on his health in more than two months Friday thanking Dr. George Hornby and the team at the Reh...

Chicago-Area Native Rapper Signed To Rick Ross' Label

Chicago Heights, IL Patch | Posted 07.13.2012 | Chicago

How many Homewood-Flossmoor High School graduates can say they've taken a ride around New York with a platinum-selling recording artist? Rockie Fre...

Man Allegedly Set Brush Fire That Left Thousands Without Power

Buffalo Grove, IL | Posted 07.10.2012 | Chicago

A brush fire northwest of Buffalo Grove and Aptakisic roads destroyed grass and wiped out power to thousands of residents, but no lives or homes were ...

Police: Former Teacher Sent Student Photo Of Genitals

Des Plaines, IL Patch | Posted 07.06.2012 | Chicago

Former Chippewa Middle School teacher Jack K. Pickup has been charged with sexual exploitation of a child and grooming after texting a photo of his ge...

Judge Bars 'Murder Weapon' Bathtub From Peterson Courtroom

Joliet, IL Patch | Posted 07.04.2012 | Chicago

Calling the bathtub in which Drew Peterson's third wife was found drowned a "murder weapon," a prosecutor argued Tuesday to have the tub hauled into c...

Peterson Lawyers Will Get A Peek At Savio Evidence

Bolingbrook, IL Patch | Posted 06.27.2012 | Chicago

Drew Peterson's lawyers convinced a Will County judge to let them look at expunged battery cases brought against the former Bolingbrook cop's slain wi...

5 Men Plead Not Guilty In Suburban Restaurant Mob Attack

Tinley Park, IL Patch | Posted 08.22.2012 | Chicago

After appearing before three different judges in Cook County Court Thursday, five Indiana men each pleaded not guilty to 37 counts related to mob acti...

Evanston Considering Following Chicago's Lead On Speed Cameras

Evanston, IL Patch | Posted 06.20.2012 | Chicago

While the number of car crashes involving pedestrians has decreased steadily in the past several years, the city believes there’s more work to be do...

Pony Dies After Being Struck By Drunk ATV Rider

Yorkville, IL Patch | Posted 06.18.2012 | Chicago

The Shetland pony that sheriff's police said was struck by a drunk ATV rider early Sunday had to be put down due to its injuries. The pony, named D...

Couple 'Takes The Plunge,' Weds At Water Park

Yorkville, IL Patch | Posted 08.17.2012 | Chicago

Samantha Kolar wore a bikini underneath her traditional wedding dress and veil Saturday so she and her better half could properly take the plunge as t...

'Veep' Star, UCB Co-Founder Hosts Chicago-Area Comedy Event

Darien, IL Patch | Posted 08.13.2012 | Chicago

Actor Matt Walsh may live in Los Angeles now, but his roots in the Darien area run deep. Local influences pop up in everything from the Hinsdale So...

Republicans From Throughout The State Gather For 'Party Time'

Tinley Park, IL Patch | Posted 06.10.2012 | Chicago

Illinois Republicans from far and wide are flooding the Tinley Park Convention Center this weekend. Some are showing to participate in workshops, v...

Lawyer: Peterson's Wife Pleaded To Not 'Let Him Get Away' With Murder

Bolingbrook, IL Patch | Posted 06.07.2012 | Chicago

"He's going to kill me." "He's going to make it look like an accident." "You can't let him get away with it." Wheaton attorney Harry Smith te...

White Supremacist Jailed In Racist Arson Case

Shorewood, IL Patch | Joseph Hosey | Posted 05.30.2012 | Chicago

A Joliet white supremacist and disciple of incarcerated hate-monger Matt Hale was arrested today on charges he torched the home of eight black childre...

Emergency Motion Filed in Peterson Murder Case

Bolingbrook, IL Patch | Joseph Hosey | Posted 05.24.2012 | Chicago

An emergency motion to "limit electronic communication" was filed Wednesday in the Drew Peterson murder case and could be argued during a hearing Frid...

Woman Charged With DUI In Crash That Killed 8-Year-old

Skokie, IL Patch | Andrea Hart | Posted 05.23.2012 | Chicago

A 23-year-old Skokie woman has been charged in the crash that killed an 8-year-old boy, according to a police statement released Wednesday. Hanin G...