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Over 200 New State Laws Go Into Effect Jan. 1

Naperville, IL Patch | Amanda LuevanoEmail the Author | Posted 12.22.2011 | Chicago

As the clock strikes midnight Jan. 1, more than 200 new laws will go into effect in Illinois, including a database of first-degree murderers, stricter...

Local Native Is NHL's First Cuban-American Player

Glenview, IL Patch | George CastleEmail the Author | Posted 12.22.2011 | Chicago

Al Montoya is proud to be a Cuban-America -- the first to play in the National Hockey League -- but his sports upbringing is definitely classic All-Am...

Suspect In Indian Head Park Teen's Murder Pleads Not Guilty

Burr Ridge Patch | Sabrina Wu | Posted 12.23.2011 | Chicago

John L. Wilson, Jr., the man charged with the murder of a Lyons Township teen, has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. At his arraignment W...

Winnetka Woman Wraps Up Her 2011 Facebook Quest

Winnetka-Glencoe, IL Patch | Carrie Porter Email the Author | Posted 02.18.2012 | Chicago

One day in May, a Winnetka woman stopped about 20 miles outside Kansas City, shared lunch, and had her stomach touched by a professional entertainer. ...

Suspect In Bleeding Heart Robbery Arrested

Oak Park-River Forest, IL Patch | Casey Cora | Posted 12.16.2011 | Chicago

Police in Oak Park say the attacker in the Bleeding Heart Bakery robbery has been caught. Travion Trapp, 19, of the 300 block of North Hamlin Avenu...

Police: Man Took Cab From Local Bar After Robbing Lemont Bank

Lemont, IL Patch | Amanda Luevano Email the Author | Posted 02.14.2012 | Chicago

A 33-year-old homeless man has been charged in connection with Tuesday's robbery of Lemont National Bank, Lemont police said. Gerald C. Tysko, who ...

Illinois Couple Says $11M Lottery Win Will Save Them From Bankruptcy

Channahon-Minooka, IL Patch | Dawn Aulet Email the Author | Posted 02.13.2012 | Chicago

Bouncing up and down with excitement, Minooka resident Janet Gossett said she and her husband plan to use their lottery winnings to go to Minnesota an...

Officials: Slain Woodridge Man Involved In Heroin Ring

Woodridge, IL Patch | Melissa TussingEmail the Author | Posted 02.12.2012 | Chicago

A Woodridge man fatally shot in the Emerald Court apartment complex last week was a federal defendant in a heroin distribution ring, according to the ...

Police: Pizzeria Owners Part Of Major Drug Trafficking Operation

Buffalo Grove, IL Patch | Cristel MohrmanEmail the Author | Posted 02.08.2012 | Chicago

The owners of Buffalo Grove's DeLuca's Pizzeria were among a group of people charged in connection with a major narcotics trafficking operation, Cook ...

Police: Man Ran Heroin With Newborn Son

Skokie, IL Patch | George SlefoEmail the Author | Posted 02.08.2012 | Chicago

For Efrain Martinez, a family night out includes eating at McDonalds, driving around to look at Christmas lights and allegedly selling heroin to his S...

Bleeding Heart Bakery Robbed, Sketch Of Suspect Released

Oak Park-River Forest, IL Patch | Casey Cora | Posted 12.07.2011 | Chicago

Police say a man walked into Oak Park's Bleeding Heart Bakery around 7:15 p.m. Monday, approached the cashier and demanded cash from the store's regis...

Police: Man Beat Mother Nearly To Death With Bat

Plainfield, IL Patch | Karen SorensenEmail the Author | Posted 12.06.2011 | Chicago

A 20-year-old man was arrested this morning for beating his mother into unconsciousness with a baseball bat in the home they shared near Caton Farm an...

Burning Cigarette Leads To Woman’s 61st Arrest

Skokie, IL Patch | George Slefo Email the Author | Posted 02.04.2012 | Chicago

And yet another reason to quit smoking: A woman stopped for throwing out a burning cigarette from her vehicle was arrested for the 61st time on Nov. 2...

Suburban Man Charged In Mother's Murder

Bolingbrook, IL Patch | Bolingbrook, IL Patch | Posted 12.03.2011 | Chicago

A Bolingbrook woman found dead in her bathroom Friday afternoon is believed to have been killed in a domestic dispute, police said. Shirley Marzo, ...

Town Will Use Beet Juice To Prevent Icy Roads This Winter

Niles, IL Patch | Kelly GustafsonEmail the Author | Posted 01.31.2012 | Chicago

It's Dec. 1. Can snow be far away? The Village of Niles is planning to combat it with a powerful arsenal of salt brine, calcium chloride and...beet...

Spiderman Comic Found In Attic Worth Over $10,000

La Grange, IL Patch | Matthew HendricksonEmail the Author | Posted 01.28.2012 | Chicago

Little did a young George Toman know when he bought an Amazing Fantasy comic book for about a dime in the late '60s that it would end up being worth o...

All-Clear Issued Over Suspicious Package At Lake Zurich High School

Lake Zurich, IL Patch | Korrina GromEmail the Author | Posted 11.28.2011 | Chicago

The all-clear has been issued at Lake Zurich High School following an investigation into a suspicious package found outside the main entrance. Jean...

Clinton Talks Occupy Wall Street At Skokie Book Signing

Skokie, IL Patch | Philip DownieEmail the Author | Posted 01.20.2012 | Chicago

Former United States President Bill Clinton Friday urged Occupy Wall Street protestors to bring together local politicians and business owners to come...

Same Woman Arrested Three Times In Five Days In Chicago Suburb

Western Springs, IL Patch | Darren McRoy | Posted 11.17.2011 | Chicago

Anna H. Metodieva, 45, of 907 Williams St., Westmont, was arrested on an outstanding warrant from DuPage County after being noticed by an officer "beh...

Metra Passenger Allegedly Sprayed Conductor With Mace

Wheaton, IL Patch | Wheaton, IL Patch | Posted 11.15.2011 | Chicago

A woman was arrested Monday after she sprayed a Metra conductor in the face with mace at the College Avenue train depot around 8:40 a.m. The woman ...

Wheaton Parent Finds Nail In Child's Halloween Candy

Wheaton, IL Patch | Charlotte EriksenEmail the Author | Posted 11.14.2011 | Chicago

A resident in the 400 block of Byron Court reported food tampering after finding a one inch nail in a fun-size Snickers bar in their child's Halloween...

Iraq War Veteran Tammy Duckworth Leaves Students With Plenty To Think About

Elmhurst, IL Patch | Karen ChadraEmail the Author | Posted 01.11.2012 | Chicago

Iraqi War veteran Tammy Duckworth began this Veterans Day in the warm embrace of the students and staff at York High School and Edison Elementary. ...

PHOTOS: Honoring Chicago-Area Veterans

Posted 01.11.2012 | Chicago

As U.S. celebrates Veterans Day, HuffPost Chicago has teamed up with area Patch sites to bring you stories of local men and women who have served thei...

PHOTOS: Rare Suburban Car Collection Rakes In $4 Million

Glenview, IL Patch | Philip DownieEmail the Author | Posted 01.09.2012 | Chicago

In the last week, vintage car and motorcycle enthusiasts converged on Glenview from across the country and around the globe for the auction of Lee Roy...

Man Arrested In Anti-Immigration Graffiti Case

Evanston, IL Patch | Posted 01.08.2012 | Chicago

Evanston police on Monday arrested a 21-year-old man from Evanston and charged him in connection with anti-immigration graffiti that appeared througho...